Many Far North households are paying much more for their electricity than they were 12 months ago, and some of the price increases imposed just as winter bills began arriving were the steepest in the country, on top of what in some cases were amongst the highest prices paid anywhere.
The latest power price survey by the Ministry of Economic Development shows some Northlanders are paying 25 per cent more for power than at the same time last year. The steepest price hike has been felt by Meridian Energy customers in the Far North, who are paying an extra 25 per cent for their electricity and an extra 24.5 per cent in line charges. That's on top of what were already some of the highest power prices in the country, Contact Energy charging more in the Far
North than almost any other compa...
A former Kaitaia lawyer has been struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors, the New Zealand Lawyers' and Conveyancers' Disciplinary Tribunal having found that he is not a fit and proper person to be a legal
practitioner. The misconduct, namely the misappropriation of client funds, which Junior Lambert Witehira had admitted, occurred whilst he was the principal of his own firm, Far North Law, in Kaitaia. The funds had been
taken from his solicitor's trust fund and lodged in his own bank account. Neither client had authorised the transfers.
In the first case he took $22,917, and in the second $810. A party whose name was suppressed had lodged allegations of misappropriation with the Lawyers' Complaints...Continues here...
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