Porn king vows ‘I’ll be back’
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.