The Tasman Tempest might have cost west Auckland its only nightclub

Sanele Pauli outside his Club Fiafia nightclub in New Lynn, damaged by flooding.
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Sanele Pauli outside his Club Fiafia nightclub in New Lynn, damaged by flooding.

The only nightclub in west Auckland may close its doors after flood waters ripped through its premises.

Club Fiafia owner Sanele Pauli said he bought the club eight years ago, but the building in New Lynn had housed a nightclub for at least the past 15 years.

The club was located on the first floor of the Probett Building on Great North Rd.

The first floor of the Probett Building has housed a nightclub for at least  the past 15 years.
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The first floor of the Probett Building has housed a nightclub for at least the past 15 years.

It had been "red stickered" by Auckland Council after it had been damaged in the weekend's flooding.

A red sticker meant a building was dangerous and could not be entered.

A part of the pathway in front of the Probett Building caved in on March 12. 

A footpath collapsed in New Lynn following the deluge, opening up a temporary sink hole.
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A footpath collapsed in New Lynn following the deluge, opening up a temporary sink hole.

He said Club Fiafia was the only nightclub in west Auckland, and that it might now close for good.

He hoped to keep it going however, potentially at another site.

Pauli, who was not allowed to enter the club, said he would wait until the end of the week to hear back from council. 

Bike Barn in New Lynn was closed as staff clean up after the damage caused by Tasman Tempest.
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Bike Barn in New Lynn was closed as staff clean up after the damage caused by Tasman Tempest.

After that he said he would go inside, regardless of an all-clear from council, to salvage his equipment.

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Club Fiafia has about 20 staff members and five of them have been working with Pauli since he bought the business. 

He said he does not know where the next pay cheque for his staff will come from.

Further down the road, Bike Barn was also closed due to flooding damage.

A staff member said they were still cleaning up on March 14 – two days after the flood. Across the road at least five businesses could be seen with "yellow stickers". 

The owners were allowed to enter to clean-up but cannot open for business until a second check took place. 

Signs and Prints, Blondini's Arts and Farts, Chakri restaurant, Auckland Lock Services and Golden Town Takeaways had restricted access on March 13.

Wayne Zhang of Golden Town Takeaways said it was going to be at least another two days before they would open for business. 

The council sign on the takeaway window said the cooking areas had been flooded and access was restricted until a health inspector checked them.

The hazards inside Auckland Lock Services included "silt and possible electrical damage".

 - Stuff

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