Monthly Archives: January 2014

Media summary on Grant Norman King, since this Consumer Advocacy website was launched:

Grant King 2014

Sensible Sentencing Trust Offender Profile:

NZ Herald Articles:

Family missing $23k after building project quashed (January 2012):

Sleepout defaulter charged (June 2012:

Broke builder exposed (August 2012):

Bankrupt nearly back (May 2013):

Bankrupt turned to DPB fraud (September 2013):

Fraud Victims hopeful of being protected from serial fraudster (April 2014):

 Judge backs bloggers fight against fraud (May 2014):

Blogger beats bid to shut down site (May 2014):

Fraudster with over 40 convictions sent to jail (2016):

Grant King – Convicted Sex Offender.

Grant King Offender Timeline 1982 – present-day

Grant King Media Articles Library Summary

Trident Cycles Facebook Page

Trident Cycles Trade Me Page

Grant King High Court Public Examination 2014

NZ Gazette Notice of Grant King Public Examination

No Cowboys Rating for Trident Cycles

No Cowboys Rating for Tern Marine Ltd


Trade Me FINALLY sees the light, suspends Grant Kings “Cycles2u” membership, and removes all 64 product listings totalling over $52,000 from Trade Me.

Grant King Offender Timeline 1982 – present-day

Grant King Media Articles Library Summary

It seems common sense has finally prevailed at “Trade Me”.

This is one of 64 emails I have received today from “Trade Me”, one for each of the 64 products listed by Grant King, posing as”‘Micheal Wei” and using the account name “Cycles2u”:

Dear Steve,

Thanks for reporting the listing # 686745767, TRIDENT: COROMANDEL 27.5″ 650B XMAS SPECIAL OFFER.

The Trade Me Customer Support Team have reviewed the listing and has deemed that it is in breach of our terms and conditions. As a result the listing has been removed from the site.

Thank you for bringing this listing to our attention and making Trade Me a better place to buy and sell.

Happy trading!

Trade Me Customer Support

Keep an eye on the media over the next few days – I suspect that this story has been picked up.

There is a Facebook Page for Trident Cycles as well, which is still live.



“Cycles2u” the latest “Trade Me” business scam being operated by Grant Norman King (and despite being given the evidence, Trade Me confirms a “do nothing” response, and throws future fraud victims under the bus).

Grant King Offender Timeline 1982 – present-day

Grant King Media Articles Library Summary

An eagle-eyed member of the “GNKASS Network” has discovered that Grant King is illegally operating a “Trade Me” account under the user name “Cycles2U”, and under the false name of “Micheal Wei”.

And Trade Me, despite being given the evidence that an undischarged, currently opposed bankrupt with a 30-year fraud history clocking up over 70 fraud victims and nearly $3 million dollars in fraud, who was permanently banned from “Trade Me” in 2011, and is now illegally trading over $52,000 worth of warranty-worthless product on the “Trade Me” website, risking still more fraud victims, chooses a “do nothing” response.

First things first:

Here is a copy of Grant Kings “Trident Cycles” business card:

Trident Cycles Business Cards

Here is a screen capture of one of Grant Kings products being sold on “Trade Me”:

Screenshot 2014-01-21 20.14.20

(Click on image to enlarge)

Here is the “Trade Me” link to the same ad:

cycles2u (33 Address Verified Oct 2013
  • 97.1% positive feedback
  • Member since Sep 2013
  • 09 4208836
  • 027 5228664
  • Best contact time: Any time

Compare the phone numbers: they match perfectly.

Here is the “Trade Me” profile of “Cycles2u:

Newsflash for “Trade Me”: King’s name ain’t Michael, and King’s not Chinese!

Now to the correspondence to Trade Me, and their response to me:

Email sent to “Trade Me” Investigations by me, with attachment of Trident Cycle Business card:


Trade Me has previously banned Grant Norman King from Trade Me for dishonest and unethical practice.

I note that Grant King is back trading on Trade me selling a Horse float under the name cycles2u:

If you read the attachment to this email, and compare the phone numbers on the business card, with the phone numbers on the Trade Me ad, it will quickly become clear that Grant King is illegally conducting business on Trade Me, whilst being banned from Trade me.

When you check “sellers other listings” under cycles2u, you will note that Grant King is illegally selling bikes under the banner of Trident Cycles using the user name cycles2u, and the name of “Michael Wei” all whilst an undischarged bankrupt, and without the permission of the Official Assignee to trade.

This email has been copied to the Official Assignee at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Enterprise.

Please advise as to what Trade me’s response to this advisory will be?

I also flagged each product listed under “Cycles2u” via filing 64 “Report this listing” reports – I figured that Trade Me would realise the seriousness of the matter at hand – however, this was not to be:

Email response to me from “Trade Me” Investigation representative:

Hi Steve,

Thanks for getting in touch with your concerns through the following listing:

2 Horse Angle Loader Float – 682809120

If we’re able to link this membership to Mr King’s previous ones, we’ll take the necessary action. Otherwise, we’ll wait for the Official Assignee to get in touch with any concerns.

We appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention.


(NB: I actually advised them of all 64 of the illegal “Cycles2u” listings, but whose counting?)

This is an unacceptable response from “Trade Me”: we have just gift-wrapped 30-plus year criminal fraudster Grant King for them, and provided them with evidence of yet another significant “Trade Me” commercial fraud, and their response is “Yeah, Nah”.

When I queried “Trade Me” as to why they were not being more pro-active in this matter, the Customer Service staff member replied “Oh, because everyone goes home at 5 pm, and it’s 3 minutes past 5”.

“Trade Me” markets itself as a trusted place to do business, yet their laissez-faire attitude pretty much easily exposes every single one of their 1 million-plus subscribers to fraud – even when they are given the heads-up, “Trade Me’s” response, rather than acting swiftly to protect their subscribers, is to wait for someone else to do something about it, and bugger their subscribers.

It was through “Trade Me” that our initial contact with Grant King began, and we all know how THAT turned out – again, Grant King was hiding his real identity, just as he is now, illegally trading, just as he is now, and in the process created a victim, just as he will continue to do now, unless “Trade Me” wake up to what Grant King is actually doing on their website, and take some meaningful action around consumer protection and safe commercial trading practices.

As I said, absolutely unacceptable.

UPDATE 22/1/14:

The “Cycles2u” membership of Grant King posing as ‘Michael Wei” has been suspended pending further investigation, and all 64 products totalling $52,000 have now been removed from Trade Me.

Gotcha again, GNK: chalk up yet ANOTHER victory for the “GNKASS” Network 🙂



Who is Candy Tang, and what is her relationship to Grant King, Trident Cycles, and Tern Anchors?


Candy Tang

Candy Tang

Grant King Offender Timeline 1982 – present-day

Grant King Media Articles Library Summary

Because at this link, Ms Tang is listed as the Overseas Sales Manager of Tern Marine (NZ) Ltd, which is the “front company” for Grant Kings “Tern Anchors” and Trident Cycles”.

Yet another unsuspecting accomplice to fraud, recruited by Grant King, perhaps?


Why is Burnsco Marine stocking the product of a convicted sex offender, convicted fraudster, and current bankrupt?

Grant King Offender Timeline 1982 – present-day

Grant King Media Articles Library Summary

I have sent an advisory to the Head office of Burnsco – feel free to do likewise if you have a connection to the Marine Industry: