Council spends $270k chasing $25k debt
The Taranaki Regional Council has spent $270,000 chasing a $25,000 debt from three Waitara environmentalists.
Last year the Friends of the Waitara River members lost a High Court appeal against an order forcing them to pay more than $12,000 for the cost of an independent consents hearing.
Including court costs, Fiona Clark, Robert Taylor and Andrea Moore owe the council about $25,000.
Fiona Clark said they had repaid about $17,000 and the bankruptcy proceedings were unnecessary.
"It's vindictive to pursue money off residents who've been honourable, we're paying it back, we've paid it almost all back. It's becoming vindictive now."
Regional council chair David MacLeod said the bankruptcy proceedings were regrettable but wiping off the debt would set a bad precedent.