Auckland Now 8 May 2012
A proposed 15-storey super brothel in central Auckland would lead to an explosion of sexually transmitted diseases, child sex slavery, moral bankruptcy, drug warfare and a curse on everyone in New Zealand, according to submissions to Auckland Council. John and Michael Chow plan to build a development called the Penthouse Club, which would include a brothel and entertainment facilities on Victoria St, opposite SkyCity. It would be built on the 552-square-metre site of the former Palace Hotel, a Victorian-era heritage building which crumbled during refurbishments under the Chows’ care in 2010. Of the 200 submissions on the development, almost every single one was against it. Only one submission conditionally supported it. The majority highlighted issues of morality, criminality and health, while a handful – including one from the Historic Places Trust – were concerned about the building’s lack of heritage sensitivity.
…. Many submissions were identical, apparently based on a template from conservative lobby group Family First.