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Waste Watch: Auckland Council Funds Conference on Polyamory

Waste Watch: Auckland Council Funds Conference on Polyamory

5 June 2014

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is stunned that Auckland Council recently funded a one day conference to explore the the practice of engaging in multiple sexual relationships with the consent of all the people involved, also known as polyamory.

Last month the gaynz.com website reported that among the first recipients of Auckland Council’s first ever 'Rainbow Door Fund’ was 'Poly Panel, Discussions around Queer Polyamory’, a one day event exploring a framework of ethical, healthy polyamory relationships.

Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:

"Auckland ratepayers will be horrified that it appears their rates are being used to promote alternative lifestyles. Why should Auckland Council be concerning itself with matters in the bedroom?”

"This is just as concerning as it would be were Auckland Council funding conservative lobby group conferences such as for Family First.”

On the general issue of the “Rainbow Door Fund” which is used for grants for glbti people, Mr Williams says:

“We think it is questionable for Auckland Council to fund community groups based on the sexual preferences of their members. Conferences such as these should be funded by the interest groups themselves, not from money meant for roads and core services."

"Given the spiralling levels of Auckland Council debt, the Council should be focused on value for money, not throwing funding at favoured groups."

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is a non-partisan activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power. It’s here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their tax dollar.


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