The issues around fast food restaurants taking over South Auckland has resurfaced after a hyped grand opening of international donut franchise Krispy Kreme.
The new Krispy Kreme store in Manukau. Photo/ PRN.
The American donut store in Manukau opened its doors yesterday with queues of people lining up all day for a taste of the new carb.
The first person to walk through the doors scored themselves a year's supply of Krispy Kreme donuts.
Auckland Councillor Fa'anana Efeso Collins is unimpressed and says it's time to stop fast food chains targeting vulnerable communities.
"It's completely irresponsible. We have the highest obesity rate in the Counties Manukau DHB area in the whole country," he says.
"I don't know why they didn't open their first store in Christchurch or in Dunedin. They can go down there and do this kind of business, we've got way too many fast food outlets."
The new Krispy Kreme store is within a kilometre radius of other fast food restaurants such as McDonald's, Wendy's and Carl's Jr.
Fa'anana is urging the South Auckland community to be wise.
"They come after people who are vulnerable, who live in South Auckland, who are poor, because we live day to day in survival mode."
"You're way better off buying fruit and vegetables than you are stopping by to get a Krispy Kreme," he says. "I would rather be a kill-joy and not have you eat those Krispy Kremes than watch you die before you're 60 years old. That's the ultimate price."
Fa'anana Efeso Collins (right). Photo/ PRN.
Fa'anana says Auckland Council only has the ability to moderate health grading levels and the issue needs to go to government.
"This comes down to the law. This comes down to who sets the laws in Parliament and this is a Wellington issue... It's who we allow to come in to our stores and we've got very unhealthy food places popping up everywhere in South Auckland."
"We don't mind one or two of these types of stores but we don't need them everywhere... You don't find the same types of stores in the wealthier parts of New Zealand."
"I would encourage people that feel strongly about this to talk to their MPs, to write them letters, to send them a quick email to say, 'I'm not happy about this,' and then they can represent that message in Wellington."
Full interview with Brian Sagala on Pacific Breakfast