3 Nov 2017

Council considers legal action over Sky World building

From Checkpoint, 5:08 pm on 3 November 2017

Auckland Council is considering prosecuting the owner of a major Auckland multiplex for not having a building warrant of fitness.

Skyworld, on Aotea Square, is home to Events Cinemas and dozens of food, retail and commercial tenants.

It was issued with a dangerous building notice last December.

Emails released to Checkpoint under the Official Information Act (OIA) show the sole director of Sky World's parent company JNJ Holdings - James Kwak - took no action "to bring the identified defects from 2014 back up to a compliant state".

The council's building control manager, Ian McCormick, has said it was no longer classed as dangerous but its owners had not done enough to earn it a warrant of fitness.

"Fairly disengaged, I think unresponsive, [would] probably be good words for it."

"I think it's fair to say it's frustrating. 

He said they had just missed an October deadline to comply and had not been easy to deal with.