The Germans are canny sometimes. Take this idea for raising public cash:
A ‚Äúsex meter‚ÄĚ scheme, taxing prostitutes ‚ā¨6 a night to work the streets of Bonn has raised more than ‚ā¨35,000 for public coffers in its first year, authorities said this week.
Prostitutes working the streets of Germany‚Äôs former capital have to buy themselves a ticket from the converted parking meters each night, or face a fine.
‚ÄúThe sex tax has been accepted by the prostitutes,‚ÄĚ said city spokeswoman Elke Palm. The idea, introduced last August, was an extension of a tax imposed on brothels in the city at the beginning of 2011,¬†Die Welt¬†newspaper reported.
This would solve Papatoetoe’s problems with street walkers and also could possibly be used by Christchurch City Council for raising funds for the rebuild. Come to think of it Len Brown could do this to pay for his train set.