Central Leader : December 17th 2010
3 CENTRAL LEADER, DECEMBER 17, 2010 NEWS 120 Onehunga Mall Road, Onehunga Ph: 622 2819 Xmas Opening Hours Closed from 25th Dec - 2nd Jan 9am-3pm (3rd-9th Jan) 8am-4pm (10th-16th Jan) Come in and see our Xmas Specials LIFE CAN BE TOUGH THESE DAYS. . . Spoil yourself without breaking the bank. Discover our beautiful Courtyard for a peaceful meal. ZYKA AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE 574 HILLSBOROUGH ROAD LYNFIELD, AUCKLAND PH/FAX: 09-6272007 www.zyka.co.nz AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL BANQUET ENTREES: SAMOSA, CHICKEN TIKKA, SEEK KEBAB ONION BHAJI MAINS: BUTTER CHICKEN, LAMB ROGANJOSH, BEEF KORMA, VEG KORMA, RICE NAAN AND CONDIMENTS DESSERT: ICE CREAM, GULAB JAMUN TEA/COFFEE ZYKA REGULAR OFFER MON--WED ALL TAKEAWAYS $10 EXCEPT SEAFOODS FRI--SUN DINNER BUFFET 13 VARIETY JUST $15 SAT--SUN LUNCH BUFFET JUST $11 $25 PER PERSON Stolen tiger returns with unwanted fame A stolen tiger sculpture has been returned to Onehunga but may be auctioned off for fear of it being too famous. The three tonne hand-carved sculpture, nicknamed Mufasa, has graced the front of 262 Church St for around a year. It was stolen by two men with a forklift on Sunday night and is now back in its rightful spot after being discovered in a Howick garden. Millen Homeware manager Sophia Lee received a call from Howick police late on Tuesday to say the person who had bought the sculpture had seen an item on the news about its theft. It was sitting at his property in Howick. It s back here already but it s in a bad condition -- it s been painted white. I m not sure who painted it but the tail is broken and bits and pieces have been chipped off. The tiger could be auctioned with profits going to charity. We re happy that he s back but he might be stolen again -- he s way too famous. Suspect tenants moved on By RHIANNON HORRELL Suspicious activity: Amir Aljurani operates a brake and mechanic workshop on Arthur St in Onehunga and sub-leased an attached building as an art studio and storage space. The venue is suspected to be a brothel, which Mr Aljurani had no idea about, and he is in the process of evicting the tenants. Photo: JASON OXENHAM LESSOR'S VIEW ' They started working on the road, waving down cars -- a lot of abnormal things. ' Amir Aljurani TOWN'S VIEW ' They were out there on December 3 flagging down cars. It's absolutely inappropriate. ' Town manager Amanda Kinzett TENANTS of a suspected brothel in Onehunga are being evicted after the lessor was shocked to discover what had been going on at the property. Ladies from the Arthur St address have been seen waving down cars and the venue is only metres from Onehunga Primary School. Amir Aljurani is the main tenant of the building and operates a brake and mech- anic workshop. He had sub-leased a smaller part of the building as an art studio and storage space. The end of November I came back from overseas. I was very shocked -- especially with this in front of the school. This building is used for something which is not nor- mal. A lot of people come in and out, he says. There s a lot of suspect people. They started working on the road, waving down cars -- a lot of abnormal things. He says the tenants have added new wiring, moved doors, removed walls, added a bath and turned office space into bedrooms, all without permission. I turned on the television and there were sex movies, he says. Mr Aljurani says teachers from the school have com- plained about the venue. If that is the case, it is very disappointing to have that across the road, One- hunga Primary principal Mavis Moodie says. It s disappointing because it s just not appropriate. Mr Aljurani also estimates he is owed $3400 for missed rent and power charges and possibly thousands more to cover changes made to the premises. He last saw the tenants on November 29. An Auckland Council licensing and compliance spokesperson says no brothel licence has been issued for the address. If the council received a complaint about illegal activity the bylaw and resource consent monitoring team would investigate. The council has a bylaw in place to cover signs and health and safety aspects but there are no restrictions on location. The issue was also raised on December 7 at the Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board meeting in a presen- tation by town manager Amanda Kinzett. It s not a business -- it s a brothel that is looking to start, she told members. They were out there on December 3 flagging down cars. It s absolutely inappro- priate. Onehunga police acting senior sergeant Grant Harris says there have been no reports of a brothel operating at the address. The Onehunga community constable assisted the land- lord last week with some issues he was having with the tenants and my understand- ing is that the locks have been changed as a result of unpaid rent. Police are not as yet assisting the landlord with any eviction but we are able to assist him with advice on the matter.
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