NZ Herald 14 Nov 2012
Opponents of the Chow Brothers’ resource consent bid for a 15-storey brothel and hotel building in the Auckland CBD say it could become New Zealand’s first sex hotel and a drawcard for overseas and out-of-town sex buyers. At the hearing of the building consent application yesterday, Denise Ritchie, of the Stop Demand Foundation, said the size of the brothel was “news” to her. Auckland Council planners had recommended approval for the building based on brothel activities being located over 1.5 floors, with 13 brothel rooms on the third floor and a brothel entertainment area on the ground mezzanine. However, the Herald yesterday reported the architect saying accommodation for the brothel would be located on the third and fourth floors and the first and second floors were to be occupied by a strip club. From the fifth to the eighth floor would be hotel rooms, then two levels of offices and on the 11th and 12th floors a bar. Hearing commissioners’ panel chairman David Kirkpatrick confirmed the plans earlier shown for the building showed only the third floor as a brothel and the fourth as for the hotel.
….Ms Ritchie expressed concern that hotel rooms as non-permanent accommodation were defined by the council as including any services and amenities provided on site for the normal use of patrons. “Given that there is a brothel and that’s providing services, are we to take it that this is a sex-on-site hotel and, if so, is it fair that we see this as a commercial sex hotel as distinct from a hotel where you would have families coming to stay?”