Auckland Council 'aren't going to shut me up' - Penny Bright

Morning Talk 23/01/2018

Veteran activist Penny Bright says she's not backing down from her decade-long battle with the Auckland Council, even as it moves to sell her home to recover her 10 years of unpaid rates.

The proceeds of her Kingsland cottage will recover $34,000 in unpaid rates and penalties, as well as $20,000 in court costs.

Penny Bright joined Mark Sainsbury on Morning Talk to explain why she still refuses to pay the rates and what her next steps will be. 

"I'm consistent, persistent, and I'm an absolutely determined anti-corruption whistleblower who's making a stand for the transparency that we are lawfully entitled to," she told RadioLIVE.

"What am I doing that is wrong? I am demanding my lawful rights as a citizen. I am entitled to democracy services, democracy services include transparency and where exactly rates monies are being spent," she said.

"There are billions of dollars, we don't know where they are going because the books are still not open. I'm not budging until they are."

Ms Bright says the Council "aren't going to shut me up".

Auckland Council says Ms Bright has declined a meeting to resolve the matter.

"Taking enforcement action to recover unpaid rates is the last resort and happens very rarely," said Auckland Council's Acting Group Chief Financial Officer Matthew.

The Council has now asked the High Court to commence the sale process.

"While we would prefer not to have reached this point, the council needs to be fair to the thousands of Aucklanders who do pay their rates or have a payment plan in place."

Ms Bright is calling for the public to support her in her battle, saying that it is not just for herself but on behalf of all citizens.

This wild west on steroids that we have right now has got to stop.

Listen to the full interview with Penny Bright above.

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