Outrage over brothel at National MP’s house

Herald on Sunday May 03, 2009

Kanwal Bakshi, a first-term list MP who stood in Manukau East, said he gave notice to the tenants to move out last month after angry neighbours complained. His property manager investigated and issued a warning notice to tenants. Bakshi acknowledged that he had not told his boss, Prime Minister John Key, that a brothel was operating out of one of his properties. Key, who has said he expects his MPs to disclose private problems to him, last night refused to comment.

But Auckland Mayor John Banks, whose office received complaints from neighbours and from Labour’s Phil Goff, said such brothels had become a “growth industry” that was expensive to monitor and police. The council was receiving complaints about unlicensed brothels from neighbourhoods across the city, Banks said. “I would like the Government to stop sending down their bad decisions on local authorities to administer and fund.” There are 16 licensed brothels in Auckland City but there are no figures on the number of small, unlicensed brothels operating out of private homes. One unlicensed brothel in Puriri Ave, Greenlane, has been given notice to stop operating by May 8 following complaints from residents.

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