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  • Ministry of Economic Development refuses information request

    Ministry of Economic Development refuses information request

    Ministry of Economic Development lawyer Grant Slevin, today rejected requests for further information about the policies adopted by the Official Assignee to allow the executor of a deceased estate to take bankruptcy proceedings against her own estate. The Ministry had been asked to confirm its practice and policy this week, after the executrix of a mutual estate was allowed to bankrupt a beneficiary to whom she owed a greater amount. Last week, Minister for Commerce, the Hon Craig Foss was fo...
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  • Public Trust refuses to act for estate

    Public Trust refuses to act for estate


    The Public Trust has advised that it wll not take over the administration of a Wellington estate unless the beneficiaries waive taking action against the previous trustees for financial irregularities and the alleged abuse of an enduring power of attorney. The dispute arose after the trustees spent over $250k of the trust fund taking one of the estates beneficiaries bankrupt over a $5k debt to the estate.


    The Public Trust had previously declined to take over administration...
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  • Horan family rift over mother's estate

    Horan family rift over mother's estate


    MP Brendan Horan's sister tried to take over their mother's affairs three months before she died, on the grounds that she needed a major operation and her memory was failing. But Olwen Horan, 87, resisted the attempt, revoking power of attorney from her daughter, Marilyn Bleackley, and obtaining a medical certificate to prove she could administer her own affairs. The moves were all part of a power struggle within the Horan family as Olwen Horan, a million-dollar lottery winner, died slowly a...
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  • Serious Fraud inquiry into Tenths' payments

    Serious Fraud inquiry into Tenths' payments




    The Serious Fraud Office is investigating whether any transactions relating to the Wellington Tenths Trust were unlawful.

    A High Court judgment this month against two Wellington accountants charged with rorting the tax system flagged whether a payment from one of the trust's development partners to a company owned by lawyer Lorraine Skiffington ended up in a joint account she held with Tenths chair Sir Ngatata Love.
    Sir Ngatata has stood aside from the trust and...
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  • Trust chairman steps down

    Trust chairman steps down

    Wellington Tenths Trust chairman Sir Ngatata Love has stepped down from his job while an investigation is undertaken into $1.02 million being deposited into an account he held with his partner Lorraine Skiffington. The payment was revealed in the decision of Justice Stephen Kos covering the trial of David Ingram Rowley and Barrie James Skinner in the High Court at Wellington. The pair, as directors of Tax Planning Services, were found guilty of a multimillion-dollar fraud against Inl...
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  • Lawyer faces fraud investigation

    Lawyer faces fraud investigation

    A former Dunedin lawyer accused of borrowing large sums of money from his mostly elderly clients is now facing a fraud investigation.The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) today confirmed it was investigating John David Milne for alleged offending involving serious or complex fraud. The investigation comes after the Law Society's Otago standards committee yesterday conducted a hearing into two complaints against Mr Milne.The complaints relate to Mr Milne's dealings with funds his clients had placed with...
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  • Te Atiawa factions in court over rent

    Te Atiawa factions in court over rent

    Associate Judge Gendall-Credit Dom post
    A dispute between two Maori factions over unpaid rent on a Wainuiomata kohanga reo was "remarkable" for its squabbling and lack of agreement, says associate judge David Gendall. The Pukeatua Kohanga Reo Charitable Trust has not paid rent for the former Wainuiomata intermediate school property since it opened nearly 18 months ago. The landlord, Lowry Bay Section One, went to the High Court at Wellington yesterday in an attempt to secure rent...
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  • Disgraced lawyer Gerald McKay hires PR company

    Disgraced lawyer Gerald McKay hires PR company



    A Napier lawyer at the centre of Law Society charges against himself and a former practice partner,has hired an Australian online reputation manager to boost his flagging reputation on the world wide web.

    Formerly the president of the New Zealand Trustees Association, Mr Mackay
    said the charges will be defended with two of the country's top Queen's Counsel appointed to represent them.Gerald McKay, said charges against himself and Richard Hill, also of Napier, were
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  • Judge Warwick Gendall given Queens Birthday Honour.

    Judge Warwick Gendall given Queens Birthday Honour.

    Its been a busy week for Justice Warwick Gendall

    Four days after being named by Attorney-General Chris Finlayson as the new head of the parole board, Judge Warwick Gendall has been named in the Queens birthday list for his services to the state and sport. The commendation from the Queen appropriately refers to Judge Gendall's award being made for services to the state rather than to the law. Likewise, Mr Finlayson's recent appointment of former solicitor General David Colli
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  • Ministry of Economic Development refuses information request
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    Ministry of Economic Development lawyer Grant Slevin, today rejected requests for further information about the policies adopted by the Official Assignee to allow the executor of a deceased estate to take bankruptcy proceedings against her own estate. The Ministry had been asked to confirm its practice and policy this week, after the executrix of a mutual estate was allowed to bankrupt a beneficiary to whom she owed a greater amount. Last week, Minister for Commerce, the Hon Craig Foss was fo...
    20-08-2013, 09:54 PM
  • Public Trust refuses to act for estate
    by admin

    The Public Trust has advised that it wll not take over the administration of a Wellington estate unless the beneficiaries waive taking action against the previous trustees for financial irregularities and the alleged abuse of an enduring power of attorney. The dispute arose after the trustees spent over $250k of the trust fund taking one of the estates beneficiaries bankrupt over a $5k debt to the estate.


    The Public Trust had previously declined to take over administration...
    08-01-2013, 03:11 PM
  • Horan family rift over mother's estate
    by admin

    MP Brendan Horan's sister tried to take over their mother's affairs three months before she died, on the grounds that she needed a major operation and her memory was failing. But Olwen Horan, 87, resisted the attempt, revoking power of attorney from her daughter, Marilyn Bleackley, and obtaining a medical certificate to prove she could administer her own affairs. The moves were all part of a power struggle within the Horan family as Olwen Horan, a million-dollar lottery winner, died slowly a...
    02-12-2012, 12:26 PM
  • Serious Fraud inquiry into Tenths' payments
    by admin



    The Serious Fraud Office is investigating whether any transactions relating to the Wellington Tenths Trust were unlawful.

    A High Court judgment this month against two Wellington accountants charged with rorting the tax system flagged whether a payment from one of the trust's development partners to a company owned by lawyer Lorraine Skiffington ended up in a joint account she held with Tenths chair Sir Ngatata Love.
    Sir Ngatata has stood aside from the trust and...
    29-08-2012, 12:09 AM
  • Trust chairman steps down
    by admin
    Wellington Tenths Trust chairman Sir Ngatata Love has stepped down from his job while an investigation is undertaken into $1.02 million being deposited into an account he held with his partner Lorraine Skiffington. The payment was revealed in the decision of Justice Stephen Kos covering the trial of David Ingram Rowley and Barrie James Skinner in the High Court at Wellington. The pair, as directors of Tax Planning Services, were found guilty of a multimillion-dollar fraud against Inl...
    12-08-2012, 02:27 PM
  • Lawyer faces fraud investigation
    by admin
    A former Dunedin lawyer accused of borrowing large sums of money from his mostly elderly clients is now facing a fraud investigation.The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) today confirmed it was investigating John David Milne for alleged offending involving serious or complex fraud. The investigation comes after the Law Society's Otago standards committee yesterday conducted a hearing into two complaints against Mr Milne.The complaints relate to Mr Milne's dealings with funds his clients had placed with...
    26-07-2012, 04:38 AM
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