Christchurch Press 1 March 2012
Christchurch City Council hopes that a bill to give an Auckland council the power to control where prostitutes can work on Auckland streets will be extended to other councils. The council yesterday approved a submission on the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill. The submission, which was delayed by the September 4, 2010, earthquake, is due to be presented to Parliament by councillor Sue Wells some time in the next few weeks. The bill aimed to give Auckland Council the power to control where prostitutes could operate if they were not in a brothel.
Wells said the submission would provide greater clarity on Christchurch City Council’s position regarding street prostitution and its control over the locations where prostitution could take place. Street prostitution had deliberately been left out of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, which legalised prostitution, she said. Ironically that has always been the biggest problem.”