Porn king vows ‘I’ll be back’

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

THE OR­GAN­ISER of Auck­land’s con­tro­ver­sial Boobs on Bikes pa­rade is de­ter­mined the event will go ahead in Septem­ber, de­spite new moves to stop it.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil wants a leg­isla­tive change to al­low lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to refuse per­mis­sion for events like the pa­rade and is looking at ways to amend its pub­lic places by­law.

Pornog­ra­pher Steve Crow says what­ever the out­come, it won’t stop the pa­rade.

“My at­ti­tude is what­ever they are try­ing to do is ob­vi­ously a di­rect at­tack on the Bill of Rights. I’m not go­ing to take any no­tice of what­ever they dream up next.”

The coun­cil took the case to the Auck­land District Court last year in a bid to stop Boobs on Bikes, but Judge Ni­cola Mathers ruled it was not un­law­ful for women to walk down the street top­less.

Mr Crow says he’ll pro­ceed un­der the Bill of Rights and if he is ar­rested, the coun­cil will have a “High Court fight on their hands”.

The coun­cil was plan­ning to seek a declara­tory judge­ment from the High Court, but voted to aban­don the plan at last week’s city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing.

In­stead, coun­cil­lors voted to write to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment min­is­ter to seek a leg­isla­tive change and look into ways of chang­ing its by­law.

Those were the rec­om­men­da­tions of a pub­lic places by­law work­ing party, headed by coun­cil­lor Graeme Mul­hol­land.

Coun­cil­lor Leila Boyle wanted the coun­cil to be able to reg­u­late events deemed of­fen­sive, but Mr Mul­hol­land felt us­ing the word “of­fen­sive” in leg­is­la­tion would limit the coun­cil’s pow­ers.

“How do you say what is of­fen­sive when the law al­lows cer­tain as­pects of things to hap­pen within so­ci­ety?”

By reg­u­lat­ing events not suit­able for the pub­lic do­main, the coun­cil could take into ac­count is­sues like pub­lic safety and traf­fic man­age­ment, he said.

“Some­thing might not be of­fen­sive, but it might be deemed un­ad­vis­able,” said Mr Mul­hol­land.

Coun­cil­lor Mark Don­nelly raised the is­sue of weigh­ing the pub­lic good against the pri­vate com­mer­cial ben­e­fits of pa­rades like Boobs on Bikes.

Coun­cil­lor Cathy Casey thought a High Court ju­di­cial re­view would have ruled in the coun­cil’s favour, but was not a sen­si­ble use of funds.

“The rea­son we’re not go­ing to the High Court is that we wish to make bet­ter use of ratepay­ers’ money.”

Last year’s court bat­tle set the coun­cil back $35,564 in le­gal costs.

“It’s un­be­liev­able that this coun­cil can’t stop an of­fen­sive pa­rade that pro­motes pornog­ra­phy. This needs fix­ing,” said Dr Casey.

Mr Crow says Boobs on Bikes is planned to be held this year on Septem­ber 23.

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