Can Penny Bright explain this?

Penny Bright refuses to pay her rates and has been slammed with $13,000 in court costs.

She maintains she is righteous in her attempts to shirk rates.

But it would appear that not only is she shirking her rates, she may also be subverting the water supply to her property.

Photos obtained by Whaleoil suggest she is bypassing the water meter to her property via a jury-rigged hose system.


The bypass of her water meter appears to have been completed during some pavement work October last year.

Sources say that her partner put a tap in before the concrete went back in. The hose runs down the side of her house.

I don’t know how she can think that she can stand for mayor if she can’t rid her lawn of rusting junk cars (and the associated rats that come with piles of rubbish like that) or pay her rates, and it appears she is also getting free water.

Perhaps she might like to explain this evidence in something other than weasel words and excuses.

Perhaps WaterCare might like to investigate; their rules seem quite specific.

The Auckland Council Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw came into effect on 1 July 2015.

It serves as a legally binding mechanism that enables us to protect our water supply and wastewater network assets, and replaces Auckland’s eight previous water supply and wastewater bylaws, standardising regulation across the region.

The bylaw covers various matters including:

  • Avoiding illegal or inappropriate connection to or disconnection from Watercare’s network
  • Protecting Watercare’s network from damage, misuse and interference
  • Requiring appropriate standards for infrastructure that will be vested as public assets
  • Enabling the restriction of water supply in order to maintain an adequate supply of drinking water in the event of drought or other emergency

The by-law is even more specific and the penalties aren’t cheap:

15 Offences (1)

A person who breaches clause 8, 12, 13 or 14 of this bylaw commits an offence under section 239 of the Act. Explanatory note: As at 1 July 2015 the maximum penalty for a person convicted of the offence of breaching this bylaw is a fine of $20,000 per offence.

I really hope Penny Bright has permits for her connection…otherwise she is on the hook for unpaid water bills and potential fines for an unauthorised connection.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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