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A Christchurch City Council committee
yesterday recommended the council does
not pursue a bylaw to regulate street-based
sex work in Manchester Street despite angry
residents saying the trade is ruining their
At a full council meeting in May, staff
were asked to investigate the feasibility of
introducing such a bylaw and to report back,
through the committee, on their findings.
Residents of the area of Manchester Street
north of Bealey Avenue have complained
about street-based sex workers in the area
since the 2011 earthquake.
“ We are prisoners in our own home,”
resident Matt Bonis said last month.
Bonis told the council’s Regulatory
Performance Committee the council
was “abdicating all responsibility” by not
introducing a bylaw.
Sex workers who had traditionally
frequented Manchester Street south of
Bealey Avenue were forced out of that area
when the city was cordoned after the 2011
They have been reluctant to move back
there because of roadworks, they say.
Residents north of Bealey Avenue say
although some sex workers have moved closer
to the CBD, some have not and they and
their associates continue to cause problems.
Bonis and his neighbours have found
needles and syringes, human faeces, used
condoms and litter on their properties.
Vandalism to houses and cars has been
reported, as well as thefts. One elderly couple
found a prostitute “ser vicing a client ” on their
lawn at 3am and when they asked them to
leave, had their car vandalised.
Attempts to ask the prostitutes to move on
are often met with threats and intimidation,
Bonis made a police complaint last year
after three prostitutes allegedly threatened to
burn his house down at 3am with his family
The trade starts about 10pm and often goes
through to 6am or 7am.
“They yell price lists to their clients, they
yell all sorts to each other. My son who is
now 11 knows the price lists, he knows what
a transvestite is. It’s everything you try and
protect your children from,” Bonis said.
Since 2011, Bonis and fellow residents have
tried to get help from police, both local and
central government, and the New Zealand
Prostitutes Collective, to try to move the sex
workers away from the residential zone.
Bonis said he has made more than 300 calls
over the last six years to police over noise and
“It ’s got to the point where they don’t
respond at all now,” he says.
The residents have been campaigning for
a bylaw to ban the sex workers from the
residential area. Some have already given up,
sold up, and moved on.
Yesterday, after considering the limited legal
options available, staff recommended against
pursuing a bylaw.
Instead, the report has recommended
establishing a collaborative community
working group comprising non-government
organisations, police and affected residents to
address the issues of concern.
They have recommended the council,
in partnership with the New Zealand
Prostitutes Collective, form a collaborative
community working group that will include
the non-government organisations, the
police, and affected residents to work on ways
of encouraging the street-based sex workers
The council will consider the committee’s
recommendations next month.
Bonis is now engaged with lawyers and
exploring possible legal avenues.
He fears that without regulation, the
situation will only worsen for residents like
“The next step is either to go to the High
Court or leave. They ’re the two choices that
the council and the police have left us,” he
said. “ To me, the argument is black and white:
should a commercial activity be allowed in a
residential area at night? And the answer to
that is ‘no’.” — NZME
Boaties will be given a new
message during Safer Boating
Week: If you cannot call for
help, we cannot rescue you.
chairman Lindsay Sturt says
people need to have waterproof
communications with them out
on the water and a marine VHF
radio is usually best.
Mr Sturt says the forum
has successfully focused on
lifejackets for seven years.
He says 86% of boaties now
have lifejackets on board and
76% wear them most or all of
Only 38% take two water-
proof ways to call for help and
the most common device is a
“ We can’t over-emphasise
the importance of carrying
Mr Sturt said.
“ We want to maintain boaties’
and increase their use of
Safer Boating Week begins
organisations’ leaders wearing
lifejackets will jump into
the harbour in Whangarei,
Auckland and Wellington.
Among them will be Maritime
NZ director Keith Manch, who
will also have a VHF radio
attached to his lifejacket so he
can call for help after he leaps
into the water in the capital.
of the New Zealand Herald
Auckland Council has known for
years about stability issues below a
car park site in Birkenhead where a
large slip has swallowed about 50m
The slip has nearby residents
worried, but last night council gave
an assurance that the land appeared
to have stabilised and posed no
immediate threat to homes.
The Herald has obtained a 2010
decision by council officers not to
lease the reserve below the carpark
to the Great Chelsea Gardens Trust
for a number of reasons, including
“the unstable nature of the land
and its importance for stormwater
“The gully is unsuitable for tree
clearance, excavation or earthworks
due to its inherently unstable
underlying structure ... the area has
serious issues of site stability,” the
Last night, Auckland Transport,
which manages the car park, said it
first became aware of stability issues
in mid-September when a crack
appeared and an area of the carpark
was cordoned off. Th e car park was
built by the former Birkenhead
Borough Council, probably in the
1960s, an Auckland Transport
spokesman said.The slip has resulted
in 25 of the 116 car parks being lost
and 29 cordoned off.
Auckland Council said that
investigators were at the site
assessing neighbouring buildings
and establishing if any are at risk as a
result of the slip.
“As a result of those assessments,
we have reduced access to parts
of a neighbouring construction
site,” a spokeswoman said. She said
assessments are continuing and
appropriate measures will be taken if
any further risk are identified.
Auckland Council’s manager
for regulatory compliance, Steve
Pearce, said there was no evidence
so far nearby construction work had
caused the slip.
“This will be considered in our
indications suggest that it was
probably caused by the car park
being built on old and potentially
poorly compacted fill, combined
with an unseasonably wet winter.”
Access to the construction site on
Rawene Road had been reduced
following council investigations as
a precaution. Further investigationas
would continue and were expected
to take “some time”.
No damage to apartments had
been discovered during a walk-
around investigation, Pearce said.
“The slip remains active, but
appears to be slowing down.
Buildings and apartments adjacent
to the slip site are not in immediate
danger, and we are monitoring the
situation in case of the unlikely event
that it deteriorates significantly.”
Given the scale of the slip, it was
unlikely any official inter vention
could have prevented it, he said.
Part of the Rawene car park slipped
away in the past few days after heavy
rain in recent months.
Mokoia Ridge Apartments body
Belfour said the slip was snaking
“The car park was built on flimsy
ground and this is just waiting to
happen,” she said.
Belfour said she had tried to report
the cracks since they appeared last
Friday, but did not get any response
from either Auckland Transport or
the Auckland Council earlier.
Nim Tucker, 26, a resident in one
of the apartments, watched the slip
happen on Sunday.
“There was a loud cracking noise,
and then everything just fell in,”
Tucker said. It looked like a horror
movie and something was sucking
all the trees and carpark from
underneath, very scary.”
Mokoia Ridge has 26 apartments,
which were converted from a toy
factory about 20 years ago.
A cafe operator, who wanted only
to be known as Mrs Kim, said she
was worried that if the collapse got
closer to the shops, the telephone
exchange could also go.
Auckland Council and Auckland
Transport met concerned business
owners and residents yesterday
morning and said it was too early to
say what caused the slip.
Birkenhead Town Centre
Association chairman Pete Taylor
said the disaster came at a busy
time for the suburb, which is a
major attraction for the Auckland
Heritage Festival starting today.
“ We are advising the public to
enjoy the horse-and-cart rides and
other entertainment in Birkenhead,
perhaps a walk through Le Roys
Bush and make the most of what
Birkenhead has to offer, just perhaps
catch a ferry over from the city or
enjoy a bus ride over the harbour
bridge into the Birkenhead Village.”
Bus drivers are calling on the Waikato
Regional Council to help staff secure a living
Drivers at the Tainui-owned Go Bus
marched on council to deliver a petition this
morning, in an effort to secure a collective
agreement covering Go Bus drivers across
The regional council awards the region’s
public transport contracts to private providers
such as Go Bus.
Under the tendering model councils use for
public transport, private providers bid for the
right to run public bus ser vices.
The companies that win the contracts are
often companies that can cut costs, which
can include wages and conditions for drivers,
according to the First Union.
Bus drivers in Auckland saw their wages
and conditions drop dramatically after NZ
Bus lost the contract for Auckland’s main
routes to Go Bus, the union said.
Hamilton City Cr Dave Macpherson,
who sits on the joint transport committee
between the regional and city council, will
meet the drivers and accept the petition on
his council’s behalf.
Go Bus drivers in Hawke’s Bay have also
marched for a living wage and called on the
Napier City Council to protect drivers’ wages
and conditions, while drivers in Tauranga
held a similar march in September. — NZ N
A group of tourists
have had a lucky escape
after becoming stuck
on Tuesday night on a
Central Otago range.
Three people were in
a 4WD travelling up to
Old Man Range last night
when it became stuck. The
group contacted police,
realising they were in a
The weather deteriorated
and there was significant
snowfall in the area, so the
group spent the night in
They were located
by Search and Rescue
volunteers yesterday, when
they were assisted back
down to Alexandra.
Senior sergeant Ian
Kerrisk of Alexandra
Police said the group was
well prepared for the trip,
travelling in a competent
vehicle with lots of food,
bedding and heating.
Kerrisk said the group
also did exactly what
they should have in that
“Once they realised they
were stuck they had the
common sense to stay
with their vehicle and call
for help, rather than try
and make their way out on
The tourists were
checked over as a
precaution before they
carried on with their trip.
Chch council turns
down bylaw to regulate
street sex workers
Hamilton bus drivers march for living wage
Boaties told to have way to call for help
Claims council known about
Birkenhead slip site for years
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