Rates dodger and Bludger, Penny (Not too) Bright, reckons she will win

Penny Bright

Rates dodger and Bludger, Penny (Not too) Bright reckons she will win her case against Auckland Council:

Loud, relentless, persistent, annoying, opinionated and independent – all words you could use to describe anti-corruption campaigner and veteran activist Penny Bright.

She’s the Auckland woman in a decade-long fight with Auckland Council. They’re looking to sell her home to recover $34,000 in unpaid rates and penalties.

Penny Bright spoke candidly to RadioLIVE’s Ryan Bridge about her life and why she’s so annoying.

“Well, I guess when you’re blowing the whistle to help expose when things are not being done in proper way, it makes you very irritating to some people that don’t want the public to know,” she told RadioLIVE.

Asked why she seeks to fight the big guys, Bright says it’s because no one else is.

“I have chosen since the year 2000 to work full time in the public interest, and that’s when I was lucky enough to pay off my house,” she said.

“And if I was a material girl I would no doubt be a millionaire because I’m pretty good at what I’m focussed at doing. But money is not what drives me.”

She says the council needs to be open and honest with the public as to where their money is going.

“Why the hell is it my job to tell them their job? And where are the penalties for the council not complying with the law?”

“I will win this. Mark my words.”

Can’t hardly wait.

She isn’t a whistle blower, she’s a bludger and a rates dodger. She hasn’t blown the whistle on a single thing.

If she had put her rates money into a trust account she might have had a point, but she has simply avoided paying rates for 11 years based on a spurious and failed attempt to label the council corrupt.

She will be made to pay, as she should.


-Radio Live

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