20 Apr 2018

Private litigant makes hostile bid for Penny Bright's house

3:57 pm on 20 April 2018

Private litigant Graham McCready has lodged a low bid for the home of Auckland activist Penny Bright, which is being sold by the High Court.

Graham McCready says he's stoked with the verdict.

Graham McCready says he's stoked with the verdict. Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

Mr McCready says he opposes Ms Bright's refusal to pay rates, and has put in a tender a of $150,000, one-seventh of the home's $1.04 million rating valuation.

Tenders close next Tuesday, with the High Court selling Penny Bright's home to recover unpaid rates and penalties amounting to $34,182. She is due to meet council officials today regarding ten years of unpaid rates and penalties.

Ms Bright, who's a self-styled anti-corruption campaigner is demanding the council first publish details of all contracts it enters into.

Documents released by Hamilton-based Mr MCready show 19 charging orders from the council and the city's water company are lodged on the property.

Mr McCready became well-known through a series of private prosecutions against politicians John Banks, Sir John Key and Len Brown.

Meanwhile, Ms Bright has raised $12,000 in donations just days before the forced sale of her home for unpaid rates.

The money has been raised though Givealittle and the fundraising page closes today.

Ms Bright said the donations will be held in a trust pending any resolution.