A Christchurch City Council candidate is in hot water after he published the number plates of cars outside a brothel in his street.
The council believe the brothel is operating illegally in the residential area and has started the paperwork to close it down, but the owners have appealed and it is still operating.
Candidate Wayne Hawker has published photos on Facebook of cars outside the premises, alleging they belonged to customers of the brothel. The cars' number plates were in full view.
"If we can stop people from visiting this brothel, well maybe that will send a clear message this is not wanted in our area and the owner will pack up and go away," he said.
The council candidate has been watching the property and writing down details of anyone who goes in.
"This isn't about my campaign for council," Mr Hawker said.
"This is about our community and what we deserved and we do not deserve an illegally operating brothel in our community."
The council has issued an abatement notice, but the owners are still able to operate until their appeal is heard.
The council's inspections and enforcements manager, Anne Columbus, said the brothel may be allowed to operate if it makes some changes.
"We're not going to go in there and immediately push somebody out of their business," she said.
"We just need to get them to manage it so it's compliant either with that location, or, if they're wanting to take that level of brothel business activity, they take it somewhere else."
Some residents in the street told ONE News they did not agree with Mr Hawker's approach to the issue, saying he had gone too far.
"There has been some backlash, but there has also been some very positive feedback from the community to say I'm doing the right thing," he said.
But legal experts say that by publishing the number plates, Mr Hawker has opened himself up to a possible lawsuit due to the very real risk of defamation.
But he said he is not worried.
"I will continue to monitor and continue to record and we will see what happens," he said.