Rates fight ends

The New Zealand Herald - - News -

Ac­tivist Penny Bright has re­solved her out­stand­ing rates dis­pute with the Auck­land Coun­cil af­ter 11 years of re­fus­ing to pay thou­sands in out­stand­ing bills on her Kings­land home. Auck­land Coun­cil con­firmed yes­ter­day Bright had re­solved the bill. She had com­plained of “the lack of trans­parency in coun­cil spend­ing on pri­vate-sec­tor con­sul­tants and con­trac­tors”. The home had been listed by Bar­foot & Thomp­son in April for sale as the coun­cil asked the High Court to sell the house to re­coup the un­paid rates and penal­ties. Bright said she had sought a rates post­pone­ment ap­pli­ca­tion, which was ac­cepted. That had stopped the forced sale of her house pro­ceed­ing. “My onewoman’s rate protest is now over, it is just a small bat­tle in the war for trans­parency.”

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