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  • Public pays for court clash over flats

    Public pays for court clash over flats

    Two public organisations are using public money to sue each other in a case which could cost taxpayers and ratepayers millions of dollars. The case has been described as "destroying the savings and affecting the mental health" of a group of people whose retirement plans have been ruined. They have been caught between Housing NZ and Auckland Council after the failure of the $8 million Pepperwood Mews apartment complex they funded. The scheme was an early public-private partnership using private money...
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  • Wellington District Court swamped with backlog of cases

    Wellington District Court swamped with backlog of cases

    The Wellington District Court court has advised Crown and defence counsel that the court system is being swamped with a backlog of cases and a stakeholders meeting will be held at the court on the 27th of July 2012, seeking input from those concerned. There are currently 261 trials outstanding and a number of pre-trial conferences to be held. Fixtures are jammed full until the end of the year, with about 30 cases to be called on 31 August for allocation of trial dates in 2013 At stake, is the ...
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  • CRIES TO SAVE BANK VICTIMS FROM THEIR LAWYERS
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    In a land where victims with legal claims must pay the defendants' anticipated legal costs into court before a judge will allow their claim to be heard, it makes sense such victims not be allowed to congregate, discover they have similar experiences at the hands of the powerful partisans of the Crown and - God forbid - find a lawyer who will screw them out of their well earned poverty.

    This story begins with the life nurturing bankers and the threat to New Zealand's rule...
    09-07-2013, 11:44 AM
  • Pensioner evicted over rates protest
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    A Levin pensioner who has been staging a one-man rent revolt has been evicted from his flat by police. Sam Probert had been barricading himself inside his flat for the past month to protest a $15 rent increase on his council-owned pensioner flat, which he has refused to pay since last September. It took four police officers to carry him from his flat, although he had planned a more dramatic exit. "I thought I did but I had no kick and scream left in me. I'm worn out, but that's what this co...
    28-06-2013, 10:04 PM
  • Claim on deposit shocks couple
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    A Wellington couple are infuriated and shocked the second receiver of the failed kitchen supplier Kitchen House is looking to claim customer deposits worth $177,876 for the former owners of the firm. Andy Morse and partner Rowan White paid a 20 per cent deposit on a $13,000 kitchen in October 2011 to the Kitchen House as part of renovation project on their Brooklyn home. However, the six-store chain, run by CGKH Ltd, collapsed not long after and was placed in receivership. The s...
    05-02-2013, 06:53 AM
  • Relieved Blue Chip investors 'don't trust anyone'
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    "We don't trust anyone any more". As they toasted each other at avoiding bankruptcy after a landmark Supreme Court decision, elderly victims of the failed Blue Chip property scheme last night agreed they had learned the harshest lesson of their lives. For others the advice - and the court ruling in their favour - has come too late: they have lost their homes, their health and, in some cases, their marriages. More than a dozen Waikato Blue Chip investors are thought to be in...
    10-08-2012, 12:41 PM
  • Forum on insurance for the elderly
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    Hundreds of elderly Christchurch residents have vented their anger at major insurance companies , saying they were too old to keep "boxing with shadows". The 300-strong crowd at the eastern suburbs older generation's forum last Frdiay went head to head with senior managers from IAG, Lumley, AA Insurance, Vero and Southern Response and the chief executive of the Insurance Council. The elderly spoke of their frustrations with insurance companies, including listening to "daft music" while o...
    07-08-2012, 06:29 PM
  • Crown lawyers rack up 4000 hours on Dotcom case
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    New Zealand taxpayers have paid the equivalent of two lawyers' full-time salaries for work on America's bid to extradite Kim Dotcom, according to official figures. The Crown Law Office has now spent 12 months working on the case since the United States first asked for assistance in July last year. In that time, according to figures released under the Official Information Act, its lawyers have spent 4041 hours - 101 weeks - working on the case. Dotcom...
    03-08-2012, 10:47 AM
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