10 Sep 2013

Council candidate eyes fast-food outlets

6:44 am on 10 September 2013

A local body candidate in south Auckland wants to ramp up rates on fast-food outlets to drive them out of town in an effort to improve people's health.

Mana Party member Joe Trinder, who is contesting the Manukau ward, says he wants to launch a policy to discriminate against the big foreign restaurants.

He was impressed during a recent visit to San Francisco by the cheap, nutritious and healthy food options being offered by the Hispanic community.

But people in south Auckland are facing "death by fried chicken", Mr Trinder, of Ngati Awa, says.

He says he would also like to get smaller, local businesses which sell fried chicken to change their menus to offer healthier food, such as burritos.