Kiri Allan has branched into consultancy. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Former high-profile Labour minister Kiri Allan has launched a new consultancy business, months after leaving her Cabinet role due to a car crash in Wellington.
Allan recently pleaded not guilty to a charge of refusing to accompany police, which arose from alleged offending in late July.
The ex-Justice Minister also faces a charge of careless driving for the incident, in which she crashed into a parked car on Roseneath’s Evans Bay Parade.
Allan’s first court hearing has been put off twice and is now due to be held in the Wellington District Court in November.
Allan, who resigned her ministerial portfolios after the crash, also announced she would not be standing for re-election this year.
She has now launched a new business, KLA Consulting. With the tagline “efficient and effective: solving your problems”, the site for her business promises to provide “strategic advice” to help businesses “cut through to solutions”. She would be able to advise on economic growth and regional development.
“Kiri Allan is ready to tackle any challenge and put you on the path to success,” the site said.
“A proven track record of getting things over the line, Kiri will not waste time for you or your business. She will provide you with free and frank advice on how to get the solutions to the challenges you face in the most effective and efficient manner.
“A former Cabinet Minister and lawyer, Kiri has committed her professional life to finding solutions to some of the most complex situations and is willing to do this for you too.”
The site also described Allan as someone with a “reputation for getting things done”, with a skill for communicating complex material to a broad audience.
“A clear analytical and strategic thinker, she will provide candid advice as to the most effective and efficient way to get projects across the line. She had also been described as a ‘chaos-tamer’, a leader, an effective decision maker and a catalyst for forward-looking change.”
The consultancy “can help you expand what is possible for your business”.
A phone number listed on the site went to a voicemail introducing Allan as an MP.
Melissa Nightingale is a Wellington-based reporter who covers crime, justice and news in the capital. She joined the Herald in 2016 and has worked as a journalist for 10 years.
The Devils Henchmen MC sold their clubhouse land to the local council during an armed takeover by the rival Rebels gang.
The site of a former high-profile South Island bikie gang pad, which was sold to the local council by old bikers after a rival gang muscled in, has failed to sell.
The Devils Henchmen Motorcycle Club, whose origins date back 50 years, were based at a fortified clubhouse on the outskirts of Timaru.
They occupied a large piece of land on Meadows Rd, Washdyke, complete with a two-storey pad housing a fully equipped bar.
But in May the old Devils Henchmen gang members faced an invasion when a group of rival Rebels MC gang members came from Christchurch, armed with shotguns, and took over the property.
They kicked out the Henchmen, stole some motorcycles, and soon draped a Rebels flag from the top-floor balcony, sparking police and community fears of escalated gang tensions in the South Canterbury town.
But over the next few days, as the Herald exclusively reported, the Henchmen brokered a deal to sell the property to Timaru District Council for more than $1 million, which resulted in the red-faced Rebels being booted out and the buildings being demolished by bulldozers. All but one of the Rebels in Christchurch would patch over to the Comancheros a month later.
On May 16, the local authority confirmed it had bought the 8766sq m Meadows Rd property.
With a September 2020 capital value of $1.26 million, according to qv.co.nz, the council wouldn’t disclose the final figure, but the Herald understands it was closer to $1.8m.
Within hours of the sale going through, trespass notices for the land were issued and then the diggers rumbled straight in.
In July, the property at 90 Meadows Rd surfaced for sale, along with a neighbouring site.
The properties are “high-profile and sought-after sites with excellent development potential”, the council said, and are zoned Industrial H, which allows for a wide range of uses, including heavy and light industrial, storage, and distribution.
“They offer access to water, power and fibre internet, have excellent access to State Highway 1, and are just a short distance from the Timaru CBD and the port,” the council said at the time.
But local mayor Nigel Bowen, who has been outspoken on gangs in the region, said the land has not yet been sold.
“We are looking to put the smaller holdings on the market through an agent before the end of the year and plan on holding the larger parcel for the short term,” he said.
The properties were being sold by private tender.
– Kurt Bayer is NZME South Island Head of News based in Christchurch. He is a senior journalist who joined the Herald in 2011.
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A gun has been recovered from a getaway car and nine people arrested after raids on stores across Auckland last night.
A liquor store and a Nike footwear shop in the central Auckland suburb of Newmarket were targeted by ram raiders just after 1am.
An hour later on the North Shore there was an alleged burglary at a service station on East Coast Rd.
Both raids ended with cars travelling at high speed on Auckland motorways before being spiked and occupants arrested.
Police said a vehicle was used to smash open the roller door of Epsom Liquor Centre on Manukau Rd.
Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Armstrong said around 1.05am police were called to a commercial address in Epsom following reports of a burglary.
“Those involved have attempted to break into the address using a vehicle to gain entry, however, they have been unsuccessful.
“The vehicle involved was abandoned at the scene and those involved have fled in a second vehicle, which is believed to have been stolen.”
Footage shown to the Herald by the store’s owner showed two vehicles arriving outside – one being use to ram the door, before several masked youths pried the door open and made off with goods.
The liquor store’s owner told the Herald the group caused a hell of a mess inside his shop.
A short time later, Police, including the Eagle helicopter, responded to reports of the same vehicle being used to gain entry into a retail store on Broadway, Newmarket, around 1.15am.
Photos show the large plate glass window smashed, with shattered glass strewn across the street. Police were standing guard outside.
A police spokesperson said earlier: “The vehicle involved was abandoned at the scene and those involved have fled in a second vehicle, which is believed to have been stolen.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Armstrong said police were quickly on the scene following reports of the burglary.
“Eagle observed an SUV leaving the area before being abandoned nearby.
“Those involved then entered a second vehicle and Police have monitored this vehicle as it travelled south on the Southern Motorway before exiting at Hill Rd, where it was spiked.”
Armstrong said the vehicle continued to travel in a dangerous manner, before entering an area of roadworks on Weymouth Rd, Manurewa where it was able to be stopped and the five occupants taken into custody.
“We have since searched the vehicles involved and recovered a range of stolen branded property, as well as a firearm.”
Four people aged between 19-24 were due to appear in the Auckland District Court today. Armstrong said they had been charged with several counts of burglary and unlawful takes.
Three of those arrested have also been charged in relation to an aggravated robbery at a commercial address in Royal Oak last Thursday.
A 16-year-old was also arrested overnight in relation to the Epsom and Newmarket incidents.
“Given the range of property recovered, our inquiries will continue, and we can’t rule out further charges for other incidents,” said Armstrong.
Meanwhile, on Auckland’s North Shore, Waitematā Police took four people into custody after a separate alleged burglary at a service station on East Coast Rd.
Police said at 2.40am the alarm was raised after two people were reported breaking into an address in Milford.
“Those involved have taken a number of items before leaving the scene in a vehicle,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Poland.
“It is not believed the vehicle was used to gain entry into the premises.”
He said police monitored the vehicle travelling at speed along East Coast Rd before entering the Northern Motorway where it headed south.
“The vehicle has exited, then re-entered the motorway, heading north,” Poland said.
Eagle continued to monitor the vehicle before it was spiked in Silverdale, eventually coming to a stop at Wainui.
Four people, aged between 14-16, then fled from the vehicle, however, all were apprehended a short distance away and taken into custody.
“This morning’s arrests are another example of police continuing to hold offenders to account for offending taking place in our communities,” said Armstrong.
“This brazen and often violent offending being inflicted on our community is unacceptable and those who choose to engage can expect to be held to account.”
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