35 days ago

Ready, set, roll!

The Team from Hamilton City Council

The new kerbside rubbish and recycling service will now start from 31 August 2020. Starting this week, teams will be out and about delivering the new bins!

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13 hours ago

Who Wins Here ?

Graeme from Frankton

In life , we need to pay our bills . I'll start from that point . Occassionally , stuff happens , and most people work through things .

I was saddened to read in the weekend ( on Stuff ) about a guy called Lloyd Green . I don't know this guy by the way .

He owned a company called Great Barrier Rental Cars . He had owned it for 20 years . He refused to pay a mechanic somewhere between $5000-7000 , disputing the quality of the work . He was advised the day before it went to court that this guy was taking him to court -- apparently the papers were sent to his old address , which was his ex-wifes house . We can only guess what happened .

Anyway , the next day it went to court , he wasn't fully prepared , the Judge believed the other guy , or this Lloyd guy didn't put up a strong case , or whatever , and he was ordered to pay about $10,000 including the other guys legal fees . He lost .

He didn't/couldn't pay -- presumably part out of spite , but to be fair it does sound like he was short of money , so the Court ordered his business be liquidated . He was then ( at 57 ) out of work , with no income .

He committed suicide .

The business was liquidated . All the assets ( cars ) were sold . All secured creditors were paid . The liquidator billed $119,000 , but only got paid $78,000 as there was no more money . Unsecured creditors were $50,000 ( presumably including the $10k court ordered debt ) , and the IRD $7000 . That may be GST on the sale of vehicles , or it may have been owing for months , it isn't clear .

So one guy ( a divorced/seperated Dad ) is dead . The unsecured creditors and IRD are $57k out of pocket . But you will have noticed that the liquidator got $78k . Which means every debt , without her involvement ( the liquidator was a female ) , would have been paid . It is fair to assume that as a trading company , the debts could have all been paid , and this Lloyd Green would have still been alive . It may have taken time , and I accept we don't know the full circumstances .

But I also fail to understand how a business with $57,000 in debts can be charged $119,000 by a liquidator to 'wind it up' . She may argue she did her job and was paid the allowed rate for the hours worked , and that her job was made more difficult by the fact the guy had died . But surely common sense would kick in somewhere ?

1 day ago

Have your say!

The Team from Hamilton City Council

Hamiltonians it's time to share your voice on our Back on Track COVID-19 Response Budget.

Have a read, tell us what you think and help shape your city!

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3 days ago

Painting tips: Tired kitchen cupboards brought to life

Adam from Adam's Painting

You don't need to spend thousands to update your old kitchen cupboards. With the right paint and a few careful moves with the paintbrush, it's possible to transform those tired cupboards to look almost new. Last week, a lovely family in Fairfield were wanting to do up their place ready for sale. They were expecting to employ a builder to completely rebuild their kitchen, until I explained they only needed to pay the painter at a fraction of the cost! These cupboards (see 'before and after' pics below) were painted white to freshen up their kitchen. My clients were thrilled! If you'd like to see how I can transform your kitchen cupboards, or any rooms in your house or business, please let me know! (See previous posts for further tips)