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