NZ Herald 1 Dec 2012
The sex industry is expanding in central Auckland, with approval yesterday for the Chow brothers to build a 15-storey brothel and hotel building. The venture brings to 10 the number of brothels in the central city, including two others in the same vicinity of the SkyCity casino. Despite more than 200 objections to the use of the building, including it being labelled a “mega-brothel” by the Stop Demand Foundation, four independent commissioners said the law permitted a brothel on the site…. National director Bob McCroskie was disappointed with Mayor Len Brown for not honouring an election commitment to give local communities a say on the location of brothels.
Disappointment over mega-brothel decision
ONE News 30 Nov 2012
The green light for the construction of a ‘mega-brothel’ in central Auckland is disappointing but unsurprising, an advocacy group says. Stop Demand Foundation, which works to stop the sexual exploitation and sexual denigration of women and children, was one of 220 submitters opposing the Wellington-based Chow brothers’ application to set up shop in Auckland.
….Their decision to allow the brothel has been labelled “shameful” by a family values campaign group. “Auckland Council has ignored the overwhelming number of submissions questioning the location and the effect of the brothel on the character of the central city area,” Family First director Bob McCoskrie said. “The proposed mega-brothel is not just a stand-alone brothel in a ‘red light’ area. It is part of a building which will be used by children and families,” he said.