In Northland, buskers will now need to apply for permit to sing on the streets of Whangarei.
That’s under a new by-law that’s come into play this month after strong lobbying from the business fraternity.
This may be his bread and butter but Little-John Makoare supports the new by-law requiring buskers to have permit.
The Whangarei District Council says the bylaw is not a criticism of buskers but more a support for businesses.
Billie Te Paa has been busking on Whangarei streets for the past twenty years and is not openly supportive of a bylaw that now requires her to seek the support of three local businesses if she intends to busk for more than three hours a week.
Businesses in the city will now determine who will be permitted to sing on Whangarei streets in the future.