A company owned by Jonah Lomu bought an apartment from his father-in-law for $1,580,000 in 2008 – almost $700,000 more than the former bankrupt paid for it 10 months earlier.Although Mr Quirk bought the apartment when the property market was buoyant – prices began to slip in early 2008 and were falling by the time Lomu fell for his daughter.
In August 2008 Mr Quirk sold the apartment to Lomu’s company Stylez Ltd.
The listed sale price on public documents was $1,580,000 – almost twice the $876,000 government valuation.
Lomu’s company secured a mortgage from Westpac to buy the apartment.
In the seven years since Lomu’s company bought the apartment its valuation has fallen with records showing its rateable value has slid from $876,000 to $740,000.
Mr Quirk is bankrupt and public records show a string of business failures.
It is his second bankruptcy and Insolvency NZ records show he was first bankrupt between December 1991 and December 1994.
His current bankruptcy, beginning on November 5, 2012 lists his occupation on public records as ‘part-time tennis coach’.
Mr Quirk has had four companies in which he had been director or shareholder placed into liquidation.
The winger’s number 11 was the theme of a moving tribute to the All Black star as traditional haka and karanga calls echoed around Auckland’s Eden Park.
Lapasset recalled how the winger’s emergence on the global stage during the 1995 World Cup in South Africa ‘took our sport to new level and profile … When I think of that amazing tournament in South Africa 20 years ago I think of two people.
Off the field I think of Nelson Mandela. On the field I think of Jonah Lomu. Both men inspired millions around the world’.
Eric Rush – Lomu’s former team-mate and mentor in both the NZ sevens and All Blacks side moved the crowd to laughter and tears with his tribute.
Rush began by saying that he and his friend had always taken the mickey out of one another ‘and that’s not going to change now’ promising to ‘tell a few stories about the big fella and hope he doesn’t sit up’.
Rush said he ‘knew that Jonah was going to play well when the nostrils flared up because he took all the oxygen so nobody could use it’.
Rush noted too however that Lomu – who was raised in New Zealand and Tonga and grew up in a home with a violent father – was for a time the loneliest rugby player he’d met.