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Honey, I’ve got the Blues

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In the world of real estate Martin Honey has always been considered safe as houses. Now the walls are closing in on the high-flying Auckland agent. In the fourth part of a special Whaleoil investigation, we examine the involvement of a former National party MP:


by Stephen Cook

FORMER NATIONAL MP Jackie Blue used false and misleading information in an attempt to destroy the reputation of one of the central figures in the Martin Honey real estate saga.

Today Whaleoil can reveal how Blue – who is now Equal Opportunities Commissioner – conspired with Honey to try and bring down consumer rights advocate Dermot Nottingham, who made his name back in the 1990s exposing car odometer fraud.

In March 2011 Blue wrote to Internal Affairs Minister Nathan Guy demanding an urgent investigation into the suitability of Nottingham as a real estate agent.

With that letter she included a ‘dossier’ containing a number of serious allegations relating to what she described as Nottingham’s “extensive criminal record and history of intimidation”.

The dossier was provided to her by Honey.

No effort was made by Blue to verify any of the allegations, all of which were untrue.    Read more »

Honey honey, don’t conceal it

In the world of real estate Martin Honey’s always been considered safe as houses. Now the walls are closing in on the high-flying Auckland agent. The lyrics of ABBA’s Honey, Honey says “Honey honey, don’t conceal it, ah-hah, honey honey”. In the third part of a special Whaleoil investigation, we examine what it was that he did conceal with the help of the Real Estate Agent Disciplinary Tribunal.


by Stephen Cook

THE INTEGRITY of one of the key players in the Martin Honey real estate saga is in serious question in the wake of compelling new proof suggesting clear bias against the men who first raised the issues.

The allegations are included in a detailed affidavit obtained by Whaleoil from Lois West, who six years ago worked as a real estate agent with Honey, who is now facing the possibility of career-ending misconduct charges.

She is demanding a top-level inquiry into the tribunal’s handling of the case. She believes the tribunal did not act “legitimately” and arrived at a decision that based on the evidence was clearly wrong. Read more »

Honey on Toast – A Special Investigation

Martin Honey

In the world of real estate Martin Honey’s always been considered safe as houses. Now the walls are closing in on the high-flying Auckland agent. In the first part of a special Whaleoil investigation, we explain why.


by Stephen Cook

THE HIGH COURT has delivered a major shot in the arm to one of the protagonists in a long-running Auckland real estate dispute with a ruling this week which threatens to turn the entire case on its head.

After six gruelling years, consumer rights advocate Dermot Nottingham, his brother Phillip along with Robert McKinney finally have something to celebrate after a court ruling clearing the way for a re-examination of crucial evidence in their six-year slugfest with real estate agent Martin Honey. Rounds one and two may have gone the way of Honey, but McKinney and the Nottingham brothers have claimed the high ground in the decisive third after successfully appealing the findings of the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal.

The ruling opens the door for more legal action against Honey by the three men who with costs are believed to out-of-pocket to the tune of at least half a million dollars.

They also have set their sights on a group of National MPs who supported Honey throughout the six-year ordeal.

The Nottingham’s and McKinney took the matter to the High Court challenging the tribunal’s refusal to lay misconduct charges against Honey for “duplicitous business practices” dating back to 2009 which they say ended up costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The appellants also claimed Honey laid a “false retaliatory complaint” with the Authority back in 2011 alleging Dermot Nottingham attempted to intimidate he and his wife with “militant style thug threats”.

After twice being knocked back by the organisation governing real estate agents, the three men decided to file an appeal in the High Court, claiming “corrupt, dishonest and immoral” practices on the part of the tribunal.

In a 40-page judgement in favour of the appellants, Justice Susan Thomas took serious issue with the tribunal’s handling of the case.    Read more »