Auckland mega-brothel hearings ‘a sham’

ONE News 13 Nov 2012
Family First says hearings on whether a mega-brothel should be located in central Auckland opposite Sky City are a sham because the council has already effectively made up its mind.

Brothers John and Michael Chow plan to build their Penthouse Club on the site of the historic Palace Hotel on Victoria Street West which was demolished two years ago under council orders.

Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie says it is evident from making the organisation’s submission at the council’s resource consent hearing today that the committee is only concerned about minor issues such as traffic flow, carparks and video screens.

“Yet this ignores the overwhelming number of submissions questioning the location and the effect of the brothel on the character of the central city area,” McCoskrie said in a statement.

“It appears that the Auckland Council has already given the green light to the big bold ‘red light’ in the heart of the city where there are tourists and families and children. This is completely unacceptable,” he said.

The proposed mega-brothel is part of a building which will be used by children and families because of its restaurants, accommodation and entertainment areas which could hold wedding receptions, conferences, kids’ activities etc, he said.

It is also located close to residential apartments, hotels, backpacker accommodation, churches, the Auckland City Mission, family restaurants, and opposite the main entrance to a major tourist attraction, McCroskie said.