Fined for un­law­ful garage


An Auck­land prop­erty owner has been fined tens of thou­sands of dol­lars for build­ing a garage with­out re­source con­sent.

Da Jiang Fan was found guilty by jury on March 2 for the un­law­ful es­tab­lish­ment of a garage at the front of his Onehunga prop­erty.

The jury found he de­lib­er­ately con­tra­vened an abate­ment no­tice is­sued in 2012.

Fan was con­victed and fined $30,000 with 90 per cent of the fine payable to Auck­land Coun­cil.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of re­source con­sents, Ian Small­burn, says the de­ci­sion re­in­forces the im­por­tance of com­ply­ing with district plan rules.

‘‘The on­go­ing ef­fects of peo­ple build­ing with­out re­source con­sent can be sig­nif­i­cant, and can ad­versely af­fect stormwa­ter and other en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes.’’

As well as the con­vic­tion and fine the Crown was awarded so­lic­i­tors’ costs of $2260, and $130 Court costs.

Fan is now re­quired to re­move the garage from its cur­rent po­si­tion and ei­ther re­lo­cate it in its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion, or de­mol­ish it.

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