A couple of weeks go Bevan Hurley wrote a schlock piece about the owner of Blacktop Construction who has fallen on hard times.
Simon Everett has worked every Christmas over the past 15 years resurfacing the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
But this year, he’ll get to spend the holidays at home with his family – he’s just not sure if it’ll be in his own home.
Last month, his world fell apart when Blacktop Construction, the family company he’s built up over 28 years, was placed in receivership.
It’s left this proud, self-made father of two having to ask for handouts to survive.
“A month ago, I was driving a Lexus. Today, I’m driving a motor scooter,” he said this week.
“My wife is about to go to WINZ to ask for some emergency payments for our mortgage. I’m going to be bankrupt, I would say. My brother and sister are in a pretty similar position.”
The lowest moment came when bailiffs showed up at his elderly mother’s home asking for money.
Blacktop found itself squeezed out of the major road maintenance contracts, deals now the subject of a Serious Fraud Office investigation. Read more »