Stuff co.nz 28 June 2015
Naked and near-naked women are being used to hawk raffle tickets in Auckland pubs, even though there are sometimes children dining with their parents in the hotels.
The “tits and tickets” promotion sees strippers used to sell tickets for meat trays to raise money for local sports clubs. The woman are usually in their underwear and on occasions topless or entirely nude.
The Albany pub has hosted the event for more than 10 years and owner Adrian Donald was comfortable with the arrangement and confident children in the establishment with parents and guardians would not accidentally get an eyeful.
Though he would not discuss activities that went on inside the pub, Donald stressed that the two areas of the bar – the restaurant, and the adjoining sports bar where the raffle was held – were “two very different sides of the business”.
However, witnesses said they had seen children walking through from the restaurant to the bar area as the bikini-clad women sold their meat raffles.
Family First spokeswoman Sue Reid described the raffles as”cheap and degrading”, and evidence of “the sexualisation of the family meal”.
“What message is this sending young women and to young men. Is this the way to treat women?”
Reid, a mother, said she was particularly concerned if children could accidentally see the show, leaving parents with some difficult explaining to do.