And you know, these are activities between consenting adults, so we would like to know that sex workers in any part of Aotearoa are going to be safe," Dame Catherine said. Change could be on the way, with Upper Hutt set to review its bylaws next year. Under Hamilton's district plan, brothels are retail activities. We have bylaws that reflect the desires of our residents, which we adopted in , reviewed in and we've carried on with those," Queenstown mayor Jim Boult said. NZPC is concerned council rules endorse the vulnerability of sex workers who, if in breach of the bylaws, are unwilling to report violent offending to police. Sweetman said no. However, for those changes to be effective, there are calls for the safety of sex workers to be at the forefront of any discussions. Home-based brothels, under Hamilton rules, allow two people to operate where one person is a resident. City growth general manager Jen Baird said the legal advice is clear. Councillors were told the bulk of its bylaw is legal and enforceable except for the solicitation aspect. They say restrictive regulations are forcing sex workers to operate illegally, which runs the risk of workers being mistreated by clients going unreported. The number of street workers in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch has decreased since the reforms. Associate Professor Gillian Abel from University of Otago said, "The danger with bylaws is they contradict the intentions of the Prostitution Reform Act, which is to safeguard the health and safety and occupational health of sex workers". That provision in our bylaw is considered to not be legal," Baird said. Your playlist will load after this ad They say the bylaws are inconsistent with the prostitution reform.