Wellington Council investigates accusations of un permitted building work and rodent infestation at Tahir Nawaz

Tahir Nawaz – screenshot Whaleoil

On September 9th I wrote an article about a petition that had been launched to get rid of the Wellington Region Muslim community President and his management team in order to re-instate “our beloved scholar Sheikh” Among the many accusations included on the petition were the accusations that…

We submit that the President of IMAN has abused his office and has significant conflicts of interest. Foremost being that he rents the IMAN property at 42 Daniel Street and runs a hostel, thus profiting from this venture. The Property now has 7 rooms, two of which were added without Wellington City Council (WCC) approval, to increase rental income. The additional rooms are illegal and IMAN is liable should this be drawn to WCC attention. The tenants have expressed concern that the President has closed the account used for rent deposits and has opened a new account. There is no transparency regarding where this rent goes. The premises are a health and safety concern also, with a significant rodent infestation. This does nothing for IMAN’s reputation. The entrance hall and garage have also been rented out, making the dwelling overcrowded. The property has only one bathroom with attached toilet and one separate toilet. This is a serious hygiene issue

I put the above concerns about un-permitted work and a rodent infestation to the Wellington City Council and over a number of weeks followed up with them until they looked into them and conducted an inspection of the property.

Yesterday I received the following response to my enquiry:

I visited Tahir Nawaz at the house at 42 Daniell street in Newtown a building of considerable age but reflective of the Newtown area.

I spoke to two tenants about your concerns and they were unaware of any issues.

There was no evidence of any new work that I could see and there was no evidence of a rat infestation either.

All other concerns you have are not within the jurisdiction of council business.

This now raises more questions than answers. If these physically provable accusations are false then are all of the accusations in the petition to remove the Wellington Region Muslim community President and his management team false?

This is not the first time there has been conflict inside a New Zealand Muslim community. In 2014 the Avondale Islamic community centre was forced to close when the power struggle descended into violence and threats of Jihad.

[…] A mosque in Auckland has been shut down indefinitely following violent attacks and the declaration of jihad, or holy war, against private security staff hired to guard the premises.

Bill Frost, who leads the Global Security Intelligence team at the Avondale Islamic Centre, was assaulted twice on Sunday and said he feared for his life and the safety of his family after one worshipper threatened him with jihad.

High fences, seven security guards and two police officers were yesterday seen on the site as worshippers were turned away from afternoon prayers.

The New Zealand Muslim Association, which owns the property, said it was shutting down the centre until further notice because of safety concerns.

The centre’s administrator was brutally beaten two weeks ago after issuing trespass orders to a Salafist imam and some of his supporters, and spent 10 days in hospital with fractures and eye injuries.

Mr Frost said he was assaulted twice as he was handing out six trespass orders to people causing trouble at the Blockhouse Bay Rd mosque on Sunday.

[…] “My understanding of jihad is that it is a religious assassination notice, I take this threat really seriously … and I’ll be acutely aware of the vulnerability of up to seven children in my home,” said Mr Frost.

“It appears that these [people] are radical fundamentalists … to actually put a jihad on a New Zealand citizen trying to enforce New Zealand law is ludicrous.”

[…] Two Islamic factions have been embroiled in a battle for control at the mosque for over two years.

-NZ Herald


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