No stop­ping top­less ride

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

AUCK­LAND mayor John Banks says he can’t pre­vent top­less porn stars rid­ing mo­tor­bikes down Queen St.

“In a per­fect world we wouldn’t have Boobs on Bikes in Queen St, but we don’t live in a per­fect world,” he says.

“I’m very aware that in th­ese post-Chris­tian times, in this slack and ill-dis­ci­plined so­ci­ety, hold­ing up a by­law around what is de­cent and what is not will be very dif­fi­cult.”

Auck­land city coun­cil­lors will de­cide at an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing whether to deny of­fi­cial con­sent for the Boobs on Bikes pa­rade.

But Mr Banks ac­cepts it will prob­a­bly go ahead re­gard­less.

He says he per­son­ally doesn’t want to see Queen St turned into the “front row of a strip club”.

“I have al­ways been op­posed to the ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women,” he says.

Pornog­ra­pher Steve Crow says only bad weather will stop the event be­ing held on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 20.

Mr Crow says coun­cil per­mis­sion isn’t needed to hold the pa­rade, which pro­motes his Erot­ica Expo.

“As with any event, there are those who ob­ject or find it of­fen­sive, but the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of peo­ple are sup­port­ive,” he says.

Mr Crow says he ap­proached the coun­cil only for sup­port on traf­fic man­ag­ment and crowd con­trol.

A by­law change last week means coun­cil­lors have the re­spon­si­bil­ity for is­su­ing per­mits for events that could be con­sid­ered of­fen­sive.

Coun­cil­lor Richard Northey failed in a bid to beef up the by­law to out­law events re­lated to pornog­ra­phy, de­spite 150 sub­mis­sions in favour of the move.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers no­ti­fied Mr Crow of the by­law change on Tues­day morn­ing, ask­ing for a sub­mis­sion to the coun­cil sup­port­ing the event by noon.

Po­lit­i­cal party Fam­ily First NZ says the pa­rade is of­fen­sive and il­le­gal and should be stopped.

“Most New Zealan­ders know it is in­de­cent and in­ap­pro­pri­ate to be top­less in a pub­lic place,” says na­tional di­rec­tor Bob McCoskrie.

“For those who stand for de­cency, and who seek to pro­tect fam­i­lies and chil­dren, a pa­rade dur­ing lunchtime down a ma­jor street will cause wide­spread of­fence.”

The ex­tra­or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing will be held be­fore the city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing on Au­gust 14.

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