Porn Parades Cost Taxpayer $20,000-plus

Media Release 19 August 2011
Family First NZ says that the Boobs on Bikes parades in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga have cost the tax and ratepayer at least $20,000 in police costs and local council traffic management, and the costs should be recovered from the organisers. 

“The Boobs on Bikes parade is not a community event, a Christmas parade, or even a social or political issue. It is a blatant marketing tool for the pornography industry, and as such, the police and local councils should be actively recovering the costs of hosting the parades,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. 

Official Information Act requests to the Auckland police show that in Auckland alone, 48 police staff were deployed using 10 vehicles at a cost to the taxpayer of more that $6,000. 

“When you combine the Auckland cost with the costs of the police time in Tauranga and Hamilton, and then add on the local council costs, the taxpayer and ratepayer is effectively paying $20,000-plus for the porn industry to push their product on our main streets.” 

“The police say they are not seeking to recover these costs, but they should be, on behalf of the tax and ratepayer. Why should families have to fork out for an offensive parade which local councils are powerless to prevent, and politicians are refusing to strengthen the laws to protect families from,” says Mr McCoskrie


7 comments for “Porn Parades Cost Taxpayer $20,000-plus

  1. Massoud
    21 August 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I totally disagree with you Mr McCoskrie. Families fork out for many things already that they may find offensive. You just simply personally disagree with the parade on principle. Others might not.

    Many may not wish to support a Christmas parade. They may see it is a blatant commercial or pseudo-religious imposition. Many may not wish to see a public cent paid out on a professional event like the Rugby World Cup. Illiterates may feel libraries are unnecessary. Others might feel disgust in subsidising a Royal visit, seeing it as an insult to free-thinking democratic people. How about money spent on supporting a crook like Karzai in Afghanistan with the SAS?

    A local council may oppose the parade as well. However, our democracy is a system of checks and balances. Sometimes judges and other branches of the executive overrule council or even government decisions. It is not simply a matter of majority rules – the worst kind of tyranny- or even of an offended noisy minority, but rather of tolerance. Tolerance towards relatively petty events like the Boobs-on-Bikes.

    I am sure our values will not collapse overnight. Families will not be traumitised. “God” will not strike the country with a plague. And $20,000, compared with some of the other more outrageous expenses we are all subjected too, is trivial.

  2. Jane
    21 August 2011 at 11:16 pm

    How is it a system of checks and balances if a woman walking around town with her shirt off would be arrested for indecent exposer but if a group of women on bikes do it it’s ok? This isn’t a system of checks and balances this is hypocrisy. So as a tax payer if something happend to you during one of these ‘parades’ your house or a car accident you would be ok with them saying ‘ sorry we cant respond to your emergency right now we are streached thin with the boobs on bikes sorry’ this money and time is better saved elsewhere. They don’t even have legal permits to be an actual parade. You can’t even have a sausage sizzle on the city streets infront of your own business with out permits. So why is this getting the extra attention? If it was a bunch of naked guys on bikes this discussion would be completely different.

  3. 22 August 2011 at 4:54 pm

    @Jane, you completely miss the point – you are incorrect – as a woman you are just as entitled to “walk around town with your shirt off” without the risk of being arrested for indecent exposure as any male is. That is the whole point. Regardless of what it has become, I started Boobs On Bikes to prove that very point – Section 19 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 guarantees every New Zealander the right to freedom from discrimination on the grounds of discrimination as defined in Section 21 of the Human Rights Act 1993. The very first item in Section 21 Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination, 21(1)(a) is ‘Sex’, that is it is illegal in this country to discriminate against someone on the basis of their sex. It therefore follows logically that a woman can go topless in public anywhere a man can – a fact very clearly demonstrated by my hugely popular Boobs On Bikes parade. Whether a woman chooses to or not is, and should only be, her and her choice alone. Boobs On Bikes serves to educate New Zealanders of the fallacy that it is illegal for a woman to go topless in public in this country. You are correct about one thing, if it was a ‘bunch of naked (well topless) guys it would be completely different’ – my argument is, under our laws it is not and nor should it be. Why would you, a woman, advocate less rights or freedom of choice for women than men. Set aside the ‘porn’ argument; and think about that from the point of view of logic and freedom of choice.

  4. Bob
    22 August 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Steve

    Good to see you reading a decent blog 🙂

    The difficulty is that the general public can’t set aside the ‘porn’ argument. Which is why Tauranga City Council unanimously rejected your permit for your parade.

    Hugely popular? By all accounts, the crowds have almost disappeared. That’s why the parades are having to try new venues.

  5. Lao DaGe
    22 August 2011 at 6:42 pm

    How about getting the dairy industry to organize and “udders on trucks” parade? Maybe the public would get the irony of this -Crow and his gang of lizards are farming women and making no positive contribution to our nation. Get the money back!

  6. Michael Bahjejian
    22 August 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Decency is a virtue that is more precious than it looks. It keeps humanking from any degrading actions that can quickly go out of control.

  7. Jane
    23 August 2011 at 3:02 am

    Exactly thank you Micheal like I’ve said before with displays like this how can we teach girls to respect themselves and for boys to learn to respect women. I would never put my body on display nor would I ever want my daughter, mother, sister, friend, aunty, or grandmother on display. Argue as much as you want but really it just objectifies the human body taking away the beauty at which nature has created making the body nothing more then carnal. Women are more then boobs which is what your ‘parade’ is promoting. Each woman is unique and should be celebrated for more then just what can be seen on the outside.

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