Parking start-up in liquidation

A former Dunedin start-up company has been placed in liquidation, despite telling the High Court at Dunedin it had paid its debts.

While the company, Pickapark.Co.NZ Ltd had been removed from the Companies Office register in late January, Associate Judge Dale Lester, of the High Court, sitting in Dunedin, decided proceedings would go ahead, given they were initiated in November last year.

He gave leave that an order be made to restore Pickapark to the Companies Office register.

It was understood, but not confirmed, the debt was about $14,000 and had been since sold to a debt collection company.

Pickapark's sole director and shareholder is Keryn Pivac-Kernan, whose address as shareholder is Dunedin, but as a director, is listed as Awanui in Northland.

Until August last year, Mrs Pivac-Kernan had spent three years developing the car-parking website Pickapark, which operated across the country, in what she described at the time as initially "home-based development", while working part-time and raising a young family.

Last year, she devoted all her time to website development, with six casual staff, at a Dunedin office-sharing space, and became a business award nominee.

The website was not online yesterday.

Mrs Pivac-Kernan could not be reached yesterday.

The website was to connect people 24/7, to minimum hour-long parking stays - potentially hundreds of car parks in 22 car parking buildings in locations including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Assoc Judge Lester asked legal counsel for the creditor whether there was specific evidence of payment, other than a "screen shot" from an internet banking procedure.

The creditor's counsel said there was no actual evidence of payment, and clients had told him no payments had been received.

He noted to the judge a "screen shot" without inclusion of "payment received", could potentially be amended after the screen shot had been taken.

Assoc Judge Lester ordered Pickapark be placed in liquidation.

Other than an email to the creditor's counsel early yesterday morning, Pickapark made no submissions directly to the court and was not represented by legal counsel.