Group sparks country's biggest rates rebellion | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Group sparks country's biggest rates rebellion

Note: I kept emailing the Council to show me the legality of the rates but was always sent a BS reply. They knew that the rates were not legal at the time. The CEO at the time, was given $250,000 to leave due to "sickness". It was a lie. One of the Councillors at the time told me as he is a local farmer. I was threatened with penalties if I had not paid.

The group that revolted over a $65m wastewater plant, brought down a local council and sparked the country's biggest rates rebellion has taken its case to the Court of Appeal.

Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association was seeking a declaration that Kaipara District Council cannot rate for unlawful purposes and must quash rates charged for purposes deemed illegal.

The High Court ruled ratepayers must cough up a $57 million bill for the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme. But the Association challenged that, saying the council's actions were unlawful. They said the Council made multiple decisions relating to the scheme found not to comply with the Local Government Act.

Dozens of people from the Kaipara today travelled to the court in Wellington and to Auckland, where the hearing was broadcast via videolink to that city's Court of Appeal hearing room.

The court heard the Council allowed the wastewater scheme's cost to explode from $35m to $63.5m without consulting ratepayers.

"There is an egregious series of secret and unlawful decisions by the Kaipara District Council over a long period of time," said Matthew Palmer QC, who along with Kitt Littlejohn was representing the Association.