23 Oct 2014

Activist begs judge to stop house sale

4:38 pm on 23 October 2014

Auckland activist Penny Bright has begged a judge to stop Auckland Council selling her home.

Penny Bright.

Penny Bright. Photo: www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

Ms Bright appeared in the Auckland District Court today in an attempt to stop an earlier judgement allowing the council to sell her $533,000 mortgage-free home for unpaid rates.

The woman has refused to pay rates since 2008 until the council reveals how it spends its money. She owes $33,000, which comprises $13,000 in rates and the remainder in penalties.

In court this morning, her voice kept breaking as she told the judge the council was being draconian and picking on her because of her role as an anti-corruption activist.

The council said a stay could only be granted if Ms Bright cannot pay the rates, but said that she had in court documents said she was refusing to pay them in protest.

The court has reserved its decision.