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John Minto

Affordable Housing
Will you take the lead to amend zoning restrictions in order to free up land so as to lower costs of housing for first-home buyers?

The question is misdirected because land-banking by speculators and developers and a market dominated by property investors are the main reasons for the lack of affordable housing. The greatest need in Auckland is for affordable rental housing and as our first priority Mana will build 20,000 affordable council rental homes to meet this need. Mana would drive property investors – both local and overseas – out of the property market with a tough capital gains tax and provide Kiwibank Home Ownership Accounts to provide low interest loans to first home buyers.

Alcohol Outlets
Will you take the leadership in reducing the hours of trading for both on- and off-licence premises, restrict the number of alcohol outlets in residential or school areas, and allow more community input as to the location, number and hours of alcohol outlets throughout the city?
And will you lobby government on behalf of the people of Auckland for evidence-based alcohol reforms at a national level that will augment local accessibility reforms; of particular note, reforms
involving alcohol pricing, the marketing of alcohol, purchase age of alcohol and drink-driving.

A big YES to all of this. We would also give communities the power to decide how many and where local liquor outlets are – and would do the same for loan sharks, pokie machines and fast-food outlets.

Will you introduce bylaws and show leadership in regulating public billboards in Auckland so that they must be G-rated and only suitable for family viewing, with a pre-vetting system?

I think the “voluntary” codes and guidelines that apply to advertising are a joke – in respect to alcohol in particular where sex is used to drive alcohol sales despite guidelines saying the opposite. We are allowing big powerful corporates to peddle booze to teenagers and encourage binge drinking to improve their profits. I’ve written quite a bit about this…

Will you campaign for Parliament to pass legislation to enable you to introduce bylaws prohibiting brothels in residential areas and close to sensitive sites such as schools, kindergartens, playgrounds and shopping areas frequented by families and children – and will you lead the attempt to introduce those bylaws

I agree re sensitive areas and I’d be keen to work with groups such as the Prostitutes Collective to ensure the safety of sex workers. I do not support the demonization of sex workers as implied in some of these questions.

Convention Centre for Pokies Deal
Will you reject the Convention-Centre-for-Pokies deal brokered by the government and seek to build a Convention Centre which follows due process and does not require the mass influx of pokie machines?

The current deal is absolutely unacceptable.

Facilities for family events
Will you introduce a bylaw preventing the hireage and use of Council-owned buildings and facilities for R-rated events e.g. Erotica Expo

I think that provided such events are managed appropriately then we should not have such a restriction.

GST on Rates
Will you campaign for parliament to remove GST on Rates?

Mana’s policy is to abolish GST altogether.

Loan Sharks
Will you campaign for Parliament to introduce legislation requiring greater regulation and accountability of loan sharks including capped interest rates, registration, and controls on location?

A huge YES to this – I was at the heart of campaigning to get tougher regulations under the last Labour government but Labour just didn’t want to know.

Mega Brothel in heart of city
Will you lead opposition to the Chow brothers’ mega-brothel in the heart of Auckland city and seek ways to restrict brothels in the central city areas frequented by families

These questions seem to be saying we don’t want brothels in residential areas nor in city centres. So where would they be? I personally find the Chow Brothers’ proposal offensive as I do the presence of Skycity casino itself.

Given that many of NZ’s gaming machines are within communities that are high on our deprivation and socio-economic scale, will you introduce and show leadership for a reducing lid policy on the number of pokie machines in local communities?

A sinking lid is not enough - we would give communities the power to ban pokies from their community.

Public nudity / marches
Will you campaign for the government to clarify the meaning of offensive behaviour under the Crimes Act in order to prevent parades involving nudity and/or offensive behaviour to families? e.g. Boobs on Bikes, beach nudity bylaws

I think mutual tolerance and respect is required with respect to nude bathing etc. I have previously protested against the boobs on bikes parades which I find offensive but I don’t think banning such parades is the answer.

Street Prostitution
Will you campaign for parliament to pass legislation to enable you to introduce bylaws to make street prostitution and pimping illegal – and will you lead the attempt to introduce those bylaws

This would be a return to the earlier times when sex workers were much more vulnerable than they are now.

Maybe – and open to the idea
Not Sure – but open to the idea
Not Sure

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