4 Aug 2008

Thousands raised for Whangarei Hearing Association

5:02 pm on 4 August 2008

An auction of household and office furniture has raised almost $6,000 for Whangarei's impoverished Hearing Association.

The association lost two-thirds of its assets after its committee was taken over in 2005 by a couple who sold the clubrooms and spent money on vehicles, furniture and travel.

Mark Whitfield and Erika Kemp have been ordered to appear in court in October to answer the liquidator's questions about what the High Court called "serious financial mismanagement".

Colin Edwards, who investigated the couple's spending, says an $800 bedroom dresser went for just over $100 dollars at auction, but other items fetched good prices.

He says some goods bought by the couple when they ran the Hearing Association are still missing, including a $2,000 water blaster.

Proceeds from the auction will go to a new Hearing Association, along with remaining assets worth about $200,000.