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Boobs on Bikes parade: Police Role Spelt Out

Boobs on Bikes parade: Police Role Spelt Out

New Zealand Police National News Release

19 August 2008

In order to clarify the Auckland City Police position on the issue of the forthcoming Boobs on Bikes parade, it's important that the following facts are understood.

• The Auckland City Council by-laws require parades to obtain a permit - from the Council.

• The Boobs on Bikes parade was refused a parade permit by the Auckland City Council

• The organisers of the parade have stated they would hold the parade regardless

• The Auckland City Council, on the grounds the parade does not have a permit, has sought to prevent the parade by obtaining an injunction. This was refused by the District Court.

• If the parade takes place, the organisers - prima facie - breach the by-law. It is then up to the Auckland City Council to decide what, if any, enforcement action it will take to enforce its own by-law.

• There is no power of arrest for breaching the by-law and any Court action would have to be taken through the issuing of minor offence notices• The enforcement of Council by-laws regarding parades is not a matter for the Police

• The display of naked breasts may - or may not - amount to offensive behaviour under the Summary Offences Act, depending on the circumstances at the time. On the circumstances that have previously prevailed, the same display of bare breasts in the same manner will not amount to offensive behaviour under case law set down by the Courts. Neither does it amount to indecent exposure or an indecent act under the Crimes Act

More to come

• The Police part in any parade is to ensure that there is no danger to the safety of participants or observers that is inherent when motor vehicles and pedestrians share the same roadway

• The Police have, in the past, assisted with the traffic management of many parades and marches that have not received Council permits but which have, nevertheless, gone ahead.

• Again, the Police role has been directed at safety rather than any breach of the City Council by-law.

To avoid congestion, Auckland City Police advise motorists to avoid Queen St and Downtown Auckland tomorrow [Weds August 20] between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

ENDS

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