Rates dodger and serial pest, Penny “Not Too” Bright, set to lose her house

Penny Bright protests Cameron Slater’s High Court Bid to block media from publishing information hacked from his Gmail and Facebook accounts including exchanges with accountants, doctors and lawyers and personal communication with his wife.

SB did this mad old bat as ‘Face of the day’ but she has constantly run plenty of defamatory comments against me so I get to put the boot in too.

I’m glad this veteran rates dodger is finally getting her comeuppance.

An Auckland activist’s home will be sold to recover more than $34,000 unpaid rates and penalties dating back more than 10 years, but she’s not moving.

A High Court judgement ruled Penny Bright’s Kingsland home would be sold by tender on April 24.

The decision followed an unsuccessful appeal by Bright and a statutory six-month stand down period.

In December 2017, Auckland Council asked the High Court to commence the sale process.

She’s had 11 years to pay her rates, she claims she is making a stand and a point about council expenditure, but she is in actuality a bludger and expects other ratepayers to cover her refusal to pay.

Bright had been in a bitter stand-off with Auckland Council for 11 years over unpaid rates after she stopped paying them in 2007.

She said she wouldn’t pay up until the council was more transparent about its spending. 

“I’m making a stand and because I am a whistle blower I’m being singled out and targeted. I am not leaving this is my home,” she said.

She isn’t a whistle blower; she is a mad old bag.

Bright claimed to have received “no correspondence” from council regarding the sale process, and only found out on March 15 via a letter from the High Court.

“It’s upsetting and stressful,” Bright said.

I always intended to pay back the rates, which I think has been lost in all of this.

The silly cow could always pay her rates, but no… she has to set conditions on that. If she intended to pay the rates she should do so.

“This could be simply resolved. The mayor and councillors need to instruct Auckland Council’s chief executive Stephen Town to open up the books. I have never received any sort of response from Mr Town regarding any of this and the buck stops with him as far as I am concerned,” Bright said.

It could be resolved even quicker if she paid her rates.

In February last year, a High Court judge threw out Bright’s claims of defamation against Town.

Acting group chief financial officer Matthew Walker said the sale of the property was a last resort and council had exhausted all other avenues to resolve the matter. 

“We have written to Ms Bright on a number of occasions and met with her in January in order to discuss payment options.

“Despite this, Ms Bright has continued to refuse to pay her outstanding rates bill, or arrange a payment plan,” Walker said.

“While it’s unfortunate that we have reached this next step, the council needs to remain fair to the thousands of Aucklanders who do pay their rates or have a payment plan in place.”

If an arrangement was not reached with Bright and council between now and the end of the tender process, the proceeds of the sale would be used to recover the full amount of outstanding rates and penalties.

The remainder of the proceeds from the sale would then be released to Bright through the Public Trust.

Bright anticipated a “tidal wave” of public support and said the ball was now in Town’s court.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for that tidal wave of support. It will never arrive… and your house will be sold. Good job.




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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.