Auckland Council is currently undertaking a review of its venue for hire services, with a view to balance the interests of various user groups. A proposal may be introduced to give ‘certain groups’ preferential treatment over others so that they may displace a prior group’s booking if they decide they want to use a certain venue at the same time.
As ratepayers, we all have the right to use the public venues we pay for to express our opinions. Some groups are not more equal than others and have no right to lay special claim to venues we all pay for and should be entitled to equal use of.
Write to Auckland Council and tell them why you feel it's so important that public venues remain places where free speech reigns free.