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Mobile: (021) 259-2506
A Timeline of Grant Kings fraudulent offending from 1982 – Present day may be found here.
This website is dedicated to exposing what the author believes to be the misleading and fraudulent practices of NZ Sleepouts, and the owner, Mr Grant Norman King (Sociopath: http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html) of 46 K – actually, it is 46B – go here Garfield Rd, Helensville (Mobile #: 022018 9290) Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org home phone (09) 4207564 or (09) 4208836.
The author of this website is Steve Taylor, a former client of NZ Sleepouts, who paid NZ Sleepouts proprietor Grant King $23,500.00 for the purchase of a Sleepout which was not built by NZ Sleepouts.
Long story short:
Herald on Sunday Articles (15/01/12 & 22/01/12) is here:
In August 2011, my 76 year old father, a resident of Waiheke Island, had a heart attack, an event that was promptly followed by a triple bypass operation. Unable to live by himself, and in need of extended care and recovery, my father came to live with my wife and I, and we decided that the best way for Dad to retain his independence (whilst feeling safe and secure) was to build him an 8 x 3 fully self contained Sleepout on our property. After contacting several companies (all of which advised us that it was possible to build such a dwelling at our house), we asked for several quotes for the build. Grant King of NZ Sleepouts was one of the builders we approached to quote for the job. On assessing the site in our initial meeting, Grant King advised me that I would be able to build a Sleepout on our property. I asked Grant King about whether or not we needed a permit for the build. Grant King advised me that I would not need a permit, as the Council requirements were “grey areas with regard to minor units as a result of the recent Supercity amalgamation – no-one can agree on what the rules are, they are quite lost, really”. Grant King was the second builder from a specialist Sleepout supply company to tell us that a permit was not required for the job.
On the basis of Grant Kings advice to me that a permit was not required to complete the build, I gave the go-ahead for the unit to be constructed, and paid a requested $20,000 deposit to Grant King to begin the work (which I was advised by Grant King was for the purchase of building materials). After multiple delays and reassurances by Grant King (some delays related to weather and ground preparation requirements, but many delays related to promises made by Grant King and not delivered on: 25 of these at last count), a subsequent Council inspection on site resulted in me being advised that I would actually need a permit to build the Sleepout.
In a meeting with Grant King on 20/11/11, (who admitted no liability for the advice he had given me previously), it was agreed that Grant King would build the unit offsite at his factory in Helensville, and the unit would be sold on Trade Me, as we couldn’t now have the building on site, as I didn’t have a permit to build it on site, and it was going to cost an additionally estimated $10,000 for the permit process via Council.
Grant King then requested an additional $3500.00 from us (my wife was witness to the meeting) so that he could hire some extra staff to complete the build by 1/12/11. On 1/12/11, I made contact with Grant King to ascertain that the job had been completed, and was advised by Grant King that he had not completed the build by the agreed date, as he had been building another clients Sleepout.
I promptly visited the factory site of NZ Sleepouts (103B Mill Rd, Helensville) in Helensville, and discovered that the $3500 I had paid to Grant King to complete the build of my Sleepout, had been used by Grant King to build the Sleepout of another client – an act of fraud. I was shown the progress on our Sleepout – for our $23,500 investment, I found one floor and two erected half wall panels in Grant Kings factory. Grant King was not able to provide any evidence of building material purchase receipts for our job, and has consistently refused to tell me where the money had been spent that I have paid him to date.
On seeking legal advice and conducting some of my own research on the matter, I discovered that I had claims of action under the following against Grant King:
· Tort of Negligence.
· Breach of Duty of Care.
· Personal Liability for Claim of Damages.
· Breach of Contract.
· Breach of the Fair Trading Act 1986.
· Breach of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.
· Court-imposed Injunction.
· Consequential Loss.
· Right to repair.
· Deposit Refund due to Breach of Contract.
· Court-imposed Caveat over other buildings and assets owned by NZ Sleepouts, Swale Earthmovers, and / or Grant King.
· Contract Frustration.
· Breach of Implied Statutory Warranties under the Building Act.
· Breach of Implied Statutory Warranties under the Building Code.
· Breach of Implied Statutory Warranties under the Resource Management Act.
Again, on legal advice, I then cancelled the Contract with Grant King & NZ Sleepouts to build the Sleepout, and requested a refund of the money I had paid to Grant King for multiple breaches of Contract – Grant King refused to give me the refund, and I took legal action against Grant King.
The Civil Court process took 18 months, and progressed to a Judicial Settlement Conference in 2013, at which Grant King refused to settle.
I was advised by the Judge that, while I had a very strong case against Grant King, it would cost an additional $15,000 to progress the case to trial, and that even if I won the case, I would not secure reparation, as Grant King was an undischarged bankrupt.
Between August 2011 & December 2011, Grant King issued no less than 25 assurances to me that the Sleepout I had paid for on the basis of advice that Grant King had given to me would be built – every single assurance given to me was a lie.
Since this website went live in 2011, over 70 other fraud victims of Grant King have come forward, and their stories are profiled on this website as well.
I act as the Convenor for this victims group, and we informally call ourselves the GNKASS Network (Grant Norman King Accountability Support Society). The combined efforts of our group has resulted in 8 statutory convictions being secured against Grant King to date.
This is a cautionary story that is shared for one purpose – to minimise the possibility of Grant King creating any more fraud victims.
Over 160,000 unique visitors have perused this website, and we regularly receive updates from the general public about Grant Kings movements, attempted business scams, and location – all of this information is published, and forwarded to appropriate authorities, with which we enjoy close and supportive relationships.
Update 3/6/12: Grant Norman King has now been formally charged by the Ministry of Economic Development for breach of bankruptcy: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10810463
Update 20/6/12: Grant Norman King has now pleaded guilty to breaching his bankruptcy conditions by running two illegal businesses, and will be sentenced on 30/7/12 : http://grantnormanking.com/2012/06/20/gotcha-gnk-pleags-guilty-to-two-charges-of-breaching-his-bankruptcy-conditions-good-riddance-nz-sleepouts-nz-kennels/
Update 5/8/12: Grant Norman King has now been convicted and sentenced:
Update 12/5/13: “Herald on Sunday” publishes the ‘Bankrupt Nearly Back” article on Grant King:
Update 22/9/13: “Herald on Sunday” publishes the story of Grant King being convicted for Benefit Fraud, alongside the news that the Official Assignee is formally opposing Grant Kings automatic discharge from his 3rd Bankruptcy in October 2013, and includes the investigation into Grant Kings third illegal business being run under the current bankruptcy, “Tern Anchor”:
A Timeline of Grant Kings fraudulent offending from 1982 – Present day may be found here.
My family and I have known GNK for a number of years now-i will not post the specifics of how or why, save that it was not out of a desire to deal with him.
However, through friends and other acquaintences, we have heard a great deal about GNK, and quite frankly, I am glad he is getting what is coming to him.
Thanks for your feedback. Yes, there are now stacks of people cheering from the sidelines about GNK being exposed via the media and this website, from people who were ripped off a few hundred dollars, to people ripped off for almost a million dollars, and everyone in between. As well as the monetary harm, GNK has been responsible for traumatising peoples lives as well through his actions, and his come-uppance won’t arrive a moment too soon. Please be assured that as the Convenor of this website and the GNKASS campaign, I will not be resting until GNK and David Swale have had appropriate justice served upon them, which will include me getting back every cent my family has lost since we had the huge misfortune to have GNK cross our path – mind you, I am picking that both GNK and Swale feel the same way about me crossing their path – although for very different reasons 🙂
Damn i share the same name as this low life scum not good to be me
As long as you don’t look like the Grant King above, and have 2/8/55 as your birthdate, and don’t have the extensive history of GNK’s low life “scumminess” then I am sure you will be fine 🙂
However, if you do, then in the words of Stephen to William Wallace in the movie Braveheart, “You’re fooked”.
If you actually knew the guy you’d realise that you’re just being a cheap fag – learn to stop messing around in people’s lives. Also, I’m not 100% but I think the use of photos above of him are also privacy breaches. Gonna check that. And what makes you so righteous? You saying that your perfect? Never done anything wrong? Stick to getting your own life before trying to ruin other people’s. Him, and his daughter are both good people, and since retarded people like you do not seem to see people for what they are, but only see the flaws, you’re hardly worth it. But in the case that this article is a privacy breach, then we’ll see what happens to you for that.
If this is honestly your opinion, you are part of the problem.
Hey Jordan – bite me.
Of course, you could simply be GNK in one of his multiple identities – tell you what, post up your residential address and home phone number, and I will cross check the validity of your identity, just to be sure?
And then there is the fact that, if your “mate” had done right by me and my own family at the outset, he wouldn’t be in the continual and blazing glare of public accountability, now would he?
Mind you Jordan, I did warn GNK of the natural consequences of his actions -he somehow seemed to believe that he was above consequence – oooopss!
I’m not gonna leave my details with someone I don’t know.
Oh but Jordan: your previous comment was simply saturated in the assumption that you “knew” me – getting cold feet, are we? Or are you just another one of GNK’s multiple aliases? Put up, or shut up.
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well done and i suppose the government think there master builder scam will stop this sort of thing happening again
the government probly think that there courts are doing a good job with this sort of scum but he and people like him should be made to pay back all of the money they stole and not be released back into society till paid in full like bail bonds system
Hi John thanks for your support. No, you are right, professional registration is no guarantee of a positive outcome either. People like King can only flourish if people like you and me don’t hold him to account. The Courts are bound by precedent, and are still quite offender-centred in their ideology. The Court of public opinion however doesn’t negotiate with ideology – it just passes judgement. I don’t anticipate that King will ever be able to run a business again, given the ongoing publicity and internet presence he now has. What is unfortunate is that it has taken 30 years for someone to come along (me), and make him visible to the wider public.
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Good on you for putting a stop to him. ….name and shame although in a different way worked for us againset a rogue contractor ..being a very thick skinned individual it took a very loud megaphone and demanding our money back in front of his business ,home snd finally his church before he gave it back…..unfortunately his family became recipients of our action but these individuals are so selfish they don’t care who they hurt
Grant Norman King currently living in Taumarunui at Tumoana st. One house away from Turaki primary/intermediate school.