Phil Goff’s council fists ratepayers by sponsoring fisting event

The Auckland Ratepayers Association has discovered that ratepayers are funding sex parties:

Warning: this email has adult themes, graphic language, and links to content readers may find disturbing.  If you are easily offended, stop reading. 

A few minutes ago, we went public with our concerns that the tourism promotion arm of Auckland Council – ATEED – is using ratepayer money to sponsor “KIWIFIST”, an event of the Auckland Pride Festival.

The event is described on the ATEED sponsored website as (and the following is verbatim) “New Zealand’s biggest arse-play event” and advises attendees to “BYO toys and lubes” for “a full-on, five-hour-plus, gathering of gay and bi men into fisting and arse-play big-time”.

Call us prudes but ratepayers should not be subsiding sex parties, regardless of the sexual orientation of those involved.

Earlier in the week, we approached ATEED and asked precisely how much money Pride has received for the Festival and the promotion of the KIWIFIST event, and others. Initially, we were told the information was “easily available”, however once the spin doctors clicked why we were asking for the information they back peddled. They refused to give us the information, and said we would need to lodge an official information request with the Council (i.e. they’re forcing us to wait a month for a response).

We think ATEED’s behaviour is simply appalling.  Once again a Council agency has no regard whatsoever for transparency.

Last year Phil Goff justified his hotel tax by saying the money was needed to promote ATEED’s events. We wonder how the hotel tax would have been received if the public knew it was for, among other things, sex party promotion.

If you are disgusted and outraged by Phil Goff’s use of your money sponsoring the KIWIFIST event – please chip in so we can hold the Council to account.

So, not only is Phil Goff’s council funding fisting parties but his council is being sneaky and furtive with the information.

It is inarguable that the Council is funding this activity.

– Auckland Ratepayers Alliance


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