Ashburton Council Should Protect Families From Brothels

Media Release 12 May 2011
Family First NZ is calling on the Ashburton District Council to respond to the concerns of families and prevent brothels being established in residential areas. 

“Family First has been contacted by families concerned about the proposed residential brothel. It is not sufficient for the Council to say that their hands are tied,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “Councils have every right under the law to restrict the location of brothels. They should push the location of brothels to areas well away from children and families.” 

“To allow brothels next to a family home is unacceptable. Nobody expects to have their largest investment suddenly neighbouring a brothel. We have accounts from around the country of home brothels where people willing to pay for sex are disturbing nearby homes trying to find the brothel. In one recent example in Auckland, there was full-frontal nudity in the windows, and bus loads of men streaming in on hourly rotations.” 

“There are also concerns about noise, traffic, and late-night visits. We must not expose our children and families to that level of risk.” 

“The Local Government Act empowers Councils to provide for, amongst other things, the social and environmental well-being of communities. The local district plan is already likely to be at odds with the potential activity of the brothel. The Council needs to be proactive rather than turning a blind eye to the potential harm on families.” 

Two out of three New Zealanders want the prostitution laws amended to ban brothels in residential areas. In the poll of 1,000 people undertaken by Curia Market Research in March, respondents were asked “Should the prostitution laws be amended to specifically ban brothels in residential areas?” 66% want brothels banned in residential areas, 26% disagreed, and the remainder (8%) were either unsure or refused to answer. 

“Family First acknowledges that the prostitution law is a dog’s breakfast and it’s time that the politicians got their act sorted out on this issue. But in the meantime, we urgently need local councils to make the hard calls and act in the interests of families,” says Mr McCoskrie.
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Updated: Covered in the Ashburton Guardian
Take a stand against the brothel
The Ashburton District Council should take a moral rather than a legislative approach to allowing a brothel to set up in residential Ashburton, a family advocate group says.

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4 comments for “Ashburton Council Should Protect Families From Brothels

  1. Massoud
    14 May 2011 at 7:59 pm

    This is an eminently sensible decision by the Ashburton District Council. They are only thinking about their ratepayers (and potential supporters), who will now have less further to drive or walk in order to visit their favourite lady-of-the-night.
    Quite possibly it is also more discreet than driving into a highly profiled “red-light” district.

    As probably a higher per capita proportion of judges, lawyers, policemen, businessmen, and ministers of religion well be the prime clients of these tireless workers, then the council is probably also thinking with their chequebook and have no wish to lose out on any future funding or “moral” support from the well-respected movers-and-shakers of the community come election time.

    It is extremely naive to think the council will ever act primarily in the interests of families, Bob, rather than in getting re-elected.

  2. David Favel
    16 May 2011 at 6:22 pm

    What do you propose they (council) do?
    Siting and running of a brothel is a NZ law, and nothing to do with Ashburton District Council.
    Certainly the hours of operation are subject to the council rules, so come resourse consent time then would be time for your moral outrage.
    And Massoud, I take offense at the possibility that councillers can be “bribed”

  3. Bob
    16 May 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Councils are able to restrict the location of brothels out of major residential areas

    The Hamilton City Council did – and won right through to the Court of Appeal.

    Ashburton should tackle central government on the flawed law, and should push brothels to ‘outer’ areas where minimal family harm will occur

  4. David Favel
    16 May 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Residential area brothels seem to be able to open very restrictive times, from memory till 5pm on a Sat/Sun night.
    Any application would be subject to a resourse consent, giving those outraged the opportunity to oppose this venture.
    As too tackling central government, we are a safe National seat. It seems that central only listen to marginal seats.

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