Auckland activist Penny Bright ordered to pay rates and costs to council

Penny Bright's appeal over unpaid rates has been dismissed

Penny Bright's appeal over unpaid rates has been dismissed

Serial activist Penny Bright's appeal against paying tens of thousands of dollars in Auckland council rates has been dismissed.

Chief High Court Judge Geoffrey Venning dismissed an appeal by Penny Bright at the High Court at Auckland on Monday.

Bright had appealed a February decision by the Auckland District Court which required her to pay her rates which have been outstanding since 2007.

The summary judgment obtained was for outstanding rates and penalties of $34,182.56, as at 30 June 2015.

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Bright had refused to pay rates for the last eight years until she knew where her money was going.

Comparing herself to a female version of US Democrat Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, she had previously said her fight was "campaigning against corrupt corporate control".

But Venning said Bright had obligations like other ratepayers to pay the rate. "Her refusal to do so simply increases the administration costs of the council." 

The court also awarded the council costs.

The council has welcomed the decision and said court action had been a last resort to recover unpaid rates.

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