RATBAG: Rhys Coffin
There’s a guy in Pukekohe, south of Auckland, who touts himself as an internet entrepreneur and says he is trying to build a nationwide digital community news network.
While the concept he promotes of “community-good” seems a positive one, the man himself is rapidly building a reputation as a “shady” operator.
At least four people employed by Rhys Coffin’s company We Love Media Group are owed money – in one case almost $6000 in unpaid salary.
Rhys Benton Coffin promotes himself on Linkedin.com as “working on exciting projects in news media, Māori Business Development and internet marketing”.
But questions are being raised by former staff, some employed only recently, who believe Coffin is, at best, shady, and at worst, a liar.
One has been waiting patiently since the end of July for “regularly promised” payment of almost $6000 after being appointed editor of We Love Manukau and We Love Papakura.
He was also promised a shareholding in We Love Manukau when the company was formed.
Two others, more recently employed as salespeople, have already severed contact with Coffin after receiving not a red cent.
This despite Coffin touting a major restructure of the group that saw three investors come aboard.
In fact, those investors saw the possibilities and purchased one arm of the business – We Love Pukekohe and are running it well, especially as Coffin has been relegated to a minor role in that company.
It was never their intention to bail out Coffin and We Love Media Group, rather to take over a business and run it properly. Read more »