Let me set the record straight for Paul and everyone else who attends Local Board meetings. Read this advice taken for the website of the NZ Police Federation. You will find it very instructive.
What are the rules around taking photos or filming in a public place?
It is generally lawful to take photographs of people in public places without their consent. However, you must not film or take photos of people if they are in a place where they can expect privacy (such as a public changing area or toilet) and that person:
is naked, in underclothes, showering, toileting etc
is unaware of being filmed or photographed
has not given consent to be filmed or photographed.
You should not take photos of people if:
they are in a place where they would expect reasonable privacy and publication would be highly
offensive to an objective and reasonable person
it has potential to stop other people's use and enjoyment of the same place
you have no legitimate reason for taking the film or photos.
However, you can take and/or publish photos or film of people where there is no expectation of privacy, such as a beach, shopping mall, park or other public place.
Imagine where the banning of taking photos in public places could take us! Is the local media included in this ban by the Board? No more photos in the local papers?
Do we need to put up a sign to alert tourists who may want to take a photo of Oneroa shops and people in the street to put on their Facebook? “No locals on camera please”.
I know it’s an inconvenience this democracy thing, but just a friendly piece of advice, this is not the inclusive approach you all promised. Such an action flies in the face of transparency and democracy and reeks of secrecy.
A ban on photography by the Board won't hold up in court and has no foundation in law. It’s a slippery slope.
Let’s not be the bad boys of Auckland Council. Fess up Paul and admit your mistake.