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Boobs on Bikes give way to 'big rugby thingy'

Published: 4:45PM Saturday September 10, 2011 Source: ONE News

Organisers have cancelled a Boobs on Bikes parade through central Auckland which was planned to coincide with the Rugby World Cup match between the All Blacks and France.

The group Family First slammed the proposed parade, saying it would promote the porn industry and staging it on a weekend when families with children would be in the city was offensive.

Parade organiser Steve Crow says the organisers have been advised by Auckland Council that they can find no reason to deny a permit for the parade.

But he says public opinion is against it.

"For the first time in the history of Boobs On Bikes the tide of public opinion is most definitely against us holding this event at the date and time proposed due to the 'family nature' of the big rugby thingy that is happening all over NZ at this time," Crow said in a statement. 

"A recent online poll shows 68% of people against us holding Boobs On Bikes at this time. So, and in keeping with our longstanding belief in democracy.....as much as it pains us to do so, we are cancelling the NZX Rugby D-Cup Boobs On Bikes."

Crow said that from a legal perspective the parade was all go and added not that we have ever cared about permits anyway.

The parade would have featured topless models riding on motorbikes through the city.

The All Blacks are set to play France at Eden Park on September 24.

Family First 'stoked'

Family First says it's "stoked" that the proposed parade has been canned.

National Director of Family First NZ Bob McCoskrie said families are the real winners, but so too is the image of New Zealand which is being beamed to the world because of the Rugby World Cup.

"Families coming to the Auckland city centre on that day no longer have to worry about being confronted by a tacky offensive porn parade," he said.

McCroskrie said it is still concerning that the council is legally unable to prevent future parades like this happening, even during the Santa parade.

"Family First will continue to plead with politicians to amend the law so that councils do have the clout to act in the best interests of families and prevent these parades happening in their area," he said."

"The fact that the hard-core porn industry can give 'two-fingered waves' to local councils and the police proves that the protection of children and families is not being given priority."

"Children and families deserve the protection of the state from offensive and sexualised behaviour promulgated by the porn industry."

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