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The sale of your public assets by council … “away from the glare of public commentary”

THIS TELLS THE WHOLE STORY. The Master Plan was the brainchild of the council’s economic development board according to a timeline in the Master Plan document. Former mayor Brendan Duffy and Mr Clapperton confirmed support for the Master Plan one day after the concept was presented to them by the board, and “In a councillor column in a community newspaper last year Councillor Neville Gimblett said the medical centre land deal…

“….reinforced that effective growth is a partnership between council, central government and private enterprise….away from the unsettling glare of public commentary..” …. Cr Gimblett, HDC

AWAY FROM THE GLARE OF PUBLIC COMMENTARY? … REALLY?


New medical centre for Levin first project of Horowhenua NZ Trust

One of the first projects the recently established Horowhenua New Zealand Trust hopes to project lead is a new medical centre on public land Horowhenua District Council sold to BOHR Property Ltd late last year.

Council’s chief executive David Clapperton and council’s economic development manager Shanon Grainger have both publicly stated the medical centre project will be led by the Horowhenua NZ Trust.

At the FCB meeting on 18 September 2017 Mr Clapperton said “the new purpose-built medical centre” was a Master Plan project which he described as, “the product of years of collective effort” …before going on to say, “it can be anticipated that further large scale projects like the medical centre will flow into our district.”

In his council report on supporting the establishment of the Horowhenua NZ Trust Mr Grainger said the Trust’s role up to July 2018 is to roll out Project Lift including, “a series of modern process-designed projects” which are part of the, “Master Plan: Quality Care and Lifestyle for Older People.”

Six former Horowhenua District Council economic development board members have now been named as trustees in a recently filed Trust Deed including Cameron Lewis, Antony Young, Andrew Wynn, Ron Turk, Evan Kroll and Larry Ellison.

Concerns have been raised by residents about whether the community will benefit from an extensive number of land and property development, construction and infrastructure projects the charitable trust intends to initiate throughout the district.

The public were excluded from participating in the council sale of the now demolished 100 year old historic Jack Allen House in Durham Street, Levin to BOHR Property Ltd for a new medical centre.

Due to the secrecy around the sale of the Jack Allen House there is concern about how transparent council will be about an intention to transfer up to 40 percent of public assets to the Trust as “seed” funding.

In a councillor column in a community newspaper last year Councillor Neville Gimblett said the medical centre land deal, “reinforced that effective growth is a partnership between council, central government and private enterprise….away from the unsettling glare of public commentary.”

According to Companies Office information Levin Chartered Accountant Hamid & McHutchon Ltd of Queen Street holds 116 of a total of 120 shares “on behalf” of other un-named shareholders of BOHR Property Ltd and Hamid & McHutchon Ltd is not the “ultimate holding company.”

The two directors of BOHR Property Ltd including Bente Ongkiehong and Johannes Roberti own two shares each worth 1.67 percent.

The Master Plan was the brainchild of the council’s economic development board according to a timeline in the Master Plan document. Former mayor Brendan Duffy and Mr Clapperton confirmed support for the Master Plan one day after the concept was presented to them by the board.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1806/S00287/new-levin-medical-centre-first-horowhenua-nz-trust-project.htm

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Halt the forced sale of Penny Bright’s house – ‘Open the Books’ Ak City Council!

Instruct CEO Stephen Town to halt the sale of Penny Bright’s house.

Public watchdog, and recipient of Eden Albert Community Board’s Good Citizen’s Award in 2010, is having her house sold over her head by Auckland Council for non payment of rates. 

“Open the books,” is Penny Bright’s catch phrase. She has not paid her rates, as she has put them on hold until Auckland Council tells us how our rate payers money is being spent. 

“It’s time to stop the commercialisation and privatisation of Council services and regulatory functions, and return to the genuine ‘public service’ model.”
Penny is standing for “transparency and value for money” for rate payers. Penny’s ‘punishment’ for her ethical stand is to have her house forcibly sold, and the overdue rates taken from the proceeds.

Why is this important?

Auckland Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Town, has not followed lawful due process regarding Auckland Council’s Rating Sale Policy.
A Charging Order was supposed to have been imposed on the title to Penny’s property, after the Judgment Debt of $47,431.76 was awarded in the Auckland District Court on 18 January 2017, and before the forced Rating Sale Application was filed in the Auckland High Court on 7 March 2017.
There is no such Charging Order.
These forced Rating Sale proceedings must be withdrawn forthwith.

Background information to this petition:
What Penny has been seeking for the last eleven years are for the following details of awarded contracts to be made available for public scrutiny, by publishing them on the websites of Auckland Council, and all Auckland Council-Controlled Organisations (CC0s) under ‘Procurement – Awarded Contracts’:
* The unique contract number.
* The name of the consultant/contractor.
* A brief description of the scope of the contract.
* Contract start/finish dates.
* The exact dollar value of every contract, including those sub-contracted.
* How the contract was awarded, by direct appointment or public tender.

Details around the sale:
“The Auckland Council Rating Sales Policy (CP2013/01403) states:
“14: The rating sales process is outlined by the following steps:
1. legal proceedings are initiated, and a court judgment issued with a Charging Order (registered on title documents) against the property.
16. The power to enforce a rating sale comes with a significant responsibility to ensure that the power is not used inappropriately.
A policy on rating sales is therefore being developed to ensure that there are clear rules regarding rating sales.”

“The ‘Composite Computer Register Under Land Transfer Act 1952, (search date 8 March 2017) shows no Charging Order registered against Penny’s property for the Judgment Debt of $47,431.76, given in the Auckland District Court on 18 January 2017.”

It appears that Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town, has not followed Auckland Council’s ‘Rating Sale Policy’.

For more information see:

This evidence that conclusively proves the CEO hasn’t followed the Rating Sale Process.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5pXI2s5sgTST2pWbzFVQjJfSGlDWTNRdVBCUEI0WEZwRmhr/view

And listen or read here:
https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/penny-bright-anti-corruption-campaigner
and
https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/penny-bright-is-new-zealand-really-one-of-the-least-corrupt-countries-in-the-world