CallActive directors declared bankrupt, company owes more than $2.6 million

Prime Minister John Key opened Callactive House in 2013, with then-Wellington City Council councillor John Morrison, and ...
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Prime Minister John Key opened Callactive House in 2013, with then-Wellington City Council councillor John Morrison, and Callactive chief executive Rick Allan.

The directors of a failed Wellington call centre who promised to create 2000 jobs have been declared bankrupt.

CallActive​ was put into liquidation earlier this month, following the collapse of its Australian arm.

Its Australian-based directors - Rick Allan and Phillip Allan - have since been declared bankrupt.

Workers at the opening of Callactive in Wellington three years ago.
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Workers at the opening of Callactive in Wellington three years ago.

The company owes more than $2.6 million, but that figure could rise.

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In their first report, liquidators Colin Owens and David Vance, of Deloitte, said they had been unable to reach one of the directors. To date, the only communication had been through email.

About 60 CallActive workers based at the Willeston St office in Wellington were made redundant just weeks before Christmas last year.

This came after the its Australian branch folded a month earlier.

Following the liquidation of the Australian company, the New Zealand company ceased trading.

As a result, liquidators froze the company's bank account with ANZ, which held a small amount of money.

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"This balance was subsequently transferred to the liquidators trust account and the bank account has been closed," the liquidators' report said.

Owens and Vance also contacted the company's professional advisors and requested all documents in their possession or control.

The landlord of CallActive's Wellington headquarters told the liquidators the lease for the premises was cancelled in January.

At that time, the landlord arranged for the assets and records to be disposed of, the report said.

"We have been advised that all company records have been destroyed. We have been unable to ascertain whether any electronic records remain."

As no records were available, they had not been able to identify all potential creditors of the company, it said.

The next stage was to conduct an investigation into the available financial records of CallActive - if any.

"However, at this stage, we do not know whether this will identify any recovery avenues for the benefit of creditors."

The New Zealand company, which is owned by two Australian firms, was set up to much fanfare in the capital in October 2013.

At the time, company director Rick Allan predicted the creation of up to 2000 jobs for Wellingtonians.

Rick Allan brought the company to New Zealand following a chance meeting with then Wellington City councillor John Morrison, who became CallActive's business development manager after failing in his bid to become Wellington mayor.

 - Stuff

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