David Henderson, long time IRD battler, who had a movie made about him which I have reviewed here on the movies page, is in the news again: Link
Some time ago Rodney Hide wrote about a situation where he was having to provide information to the Official Assignee about a friend. They wouldn’t say who it was, or why they were investigating, only that they needed information and that he had to give it. Which he found extraordinary, of course!
So today I see the story linked to above, and Hide’s friend is David Henderson (the Christchurch one) who has had troubles with his property development business since the GFC.
The Official Assignee is chasing him over a various matters.
Funny how I take David Henderson’s side in this fight – after bankrupting Michael Robert McDonald for non payment of his debts and seeing what a fraud he is.
It will be interesting to see how both these cases proceed through the courts.
I have a small commercial/residential property in Papakura, Auckland. I was just reflecting on how much is going on there right now:
1) There are 48 townhouses being built around 550m from the CBD. 19 in stage one, being done now. Corner of Ray Small Drive and Elliot St. Here’s a picture off of the signboard on the property. Try and ignore the graffiti :
2) They are working on the old Warehouse site to turn it into a medical centre now:
3) There’s a few apartment developments around the town you probably won’t be aware of:
These ones have just been completed and are very close to the subject property. The guys who did these are doing more just down from the current property on the Great South Road, across the road from the Warehouse – in the medical centre building. So the medical centre people are moving out and across the road to the Warehouse site.
There are 11 planned just up and across the road from my building, above the Post Office. Resource consent granted, construction not started.:
12 are being built (Nearly finished) in Railway St West. I don’t have a photo of these, but they’re of very good quality. Approximately 1km from the centre of CBD.
I think there are 4 being built in Wood St. But haven’t seen this, just been told by an agent.
So anyway, I was listening to something on the radio the other day about the revival of run-down towns in the US and the key they said, was to get people living there. Then the rest would come e.g. restaurants, cafes, shops etc, people feel safer at night and so on.
So I think this may happen to Papakura, but it won’t happen overnight, might take a few years.
So finally the Serious Fraud Office has charged Mike McDonald and he’s appeared in court:
Tax agent appears in court on fraud charges
MICHAEL BRADLEY/FAIRFAX NZ
The Serious Fraud Office has charged a tax agent with 18 counts of fraud, who was remanded on bail at the Manukau District Court.
A tax agent facing 18 charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office has appeared in the Manukau District Court.
Michael Robert McDonald, 40, has been a registered tax agent since 2002 and faced four charges of theft by a person in a special relationship, 13 charges of dishonestly using a document and one charge of false accounting.
In his role as a tax agent, McDonald filed GST, PAYE and income tax returns on behalf of clients and their related entities.
He was alleged between 2007 and 2013 to have received money from some of his clients for the purposes of paying tax but failed to forward the money to the Inland Revenue Department.
He also allegedly filed about 250 false GST and income tax returns to receive money from Inland Revenue or to retain client funds that he was not entitled to.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has also charged McDonald for allegedly making false entries in one of his client’s financial statements in order to hide his offending.
McDonald was remanded on bail without plea and his next appearance was set down for December 11.
SFO director Julie Read said the misuse of money by professional advisers was a breach of professional standards and undermined the confidence of the community.
“New Zealanders need to rely on experts when dealing with complex financial matters and it is critical that such professionals demonstrate that they are worthy of the trust placed in them,” she said.
I found this article really good. It tallies with what I have found with exercise, eating etc.
How exercise can make you fat
Ever spent hours pounding away on a treadmill, then coming to the end of the week and finding your weight hasn’t shifted at all?
Or how about eating cake in the knowledge you’d been for a long cycle ride, yet somehow piling on the pounds? You’re not alone – or going mad. You’ve simply fallen foul of something scientists are increasingly recognising: exercise often doesn’t help you lose weight. And worse yet, there’s increasing evidence that it could even make you fatter. Just last month, in an article for the British Journal Of Sports Medicine, doctors said we have wrongly emphasised that physical activity can prevent people becoming very overweight.
The truth, they said, is that while physical activity is useful in reducing the risk of disease, it “does not promote weight loss”. That false perception, they claimed, “is rooted in the food industry’s public relations machine, which uses tactics chillingly similar to big tobacco companies – denial, doubt and confusing the public”.
Yet anti-consumerism is clearly helping to build the Patagonia brand. Indeed, the company is seeing double-digit annual growth.
The company’s anti-materialistic stance ramped up on Black Friday, 2011, with a memorable full-page advertisement in the Times that read, “Don’t Buy This Jacket.” The ad’s text broke down the environmental costs of the company’s top-selling R2 fleece sweater and asked consumers to think twice before buying it or any other product. The attention the ad received helped to bump Patagonia’s 2012 sales significantly.