An undischarged bankrupt could be flying in the face of the Insolvency Act by running two Glenorchy businesses.
According to locals, Tim Brownie calls the shots at the Glenorchy Holiday Park/General Store and Information Centre and the Glenorchy Hotel.
Brownie went into bankruptcy three months ago.
Under the Insolvency Act, a bankrupt can’t be self-employed, employed by a family member or involved in managing a company.
But Brownie calls himself “employer” in a letter last month to former holiday park employee Wayne Herbert, whom he’s made redundant.
Although Brownie doesn’t own either business, both are in the names of family members.
The holiday park company that took over in 2007 is owned by his father, Christopher Brownie, and partner Charlotte – also called Maree – Robinson.
A new holiday park company, registered in April, is part-owned by Maree Robinson.
Robinson is also sole shareholder of the hotel-leasing company which took over last year.
Herbert is in no doubt Brownie runs both businesses. “Ask anyone in town and they’ll tell you the same.”
Holiday park landlord Tony Bennetts says: “[Brownie’s] still in charge, as far as I know.”
The only way Brownie can escape Insolvency Act restrictions is via a waiver from the Official Assignee, which it’s understood he doesn’t have.
Mountain Scene last month reported Brownie owed $72,000 to the Queenstown Anglican Church’s Earl Street Charitable Trust for a fitout loan and unpaid rent, which it’s written off.
It’s believed the Glenorchy businesses owe tens of thousands of dollars to suppliers – Brownie was bankrupted on the petition of Foodstuffs South Island subsidiary Trents Wholesale.
Fish & Game Otago is whistling for almost $5000 in licence fees.
Mountain Scene was unable to contact Brownie yesterday, leaving messages on his holiday park answerphone.