The tax department is again investigating developer Dave Henderson, who this week officially opens his $2 billion â€śwhole new townâ€? near Queenstown.
Hendersonâ€™s previous battle with the IRD – which left him bankrupt but triumphant -is being made into a movie by Whale Rider producer John Barnett.
Henderson said the movie, which will tell how he fought the IRD for four years, eventually winning a $65,000 refund after it claimed he owed it $1 million, would start filming in January for an October release.
Hendersonâ€™s good mate and Act leader Rodney Hide, who helped him write a book about his experiences, will on Saturday turn the first dirt on the Five Mile development. Described in its publicity blurb as a â€śwhole new townâ€?, Five Mile stretches across 33ha near Queenstown airport.
Henderson, who was discharged from bankruptcy in 1999, said the IRD this year began back-auditing five years of his dealings. He said the IRD wouldnâ€™t let go and their officialsâ€™ â€śchildrenâ€™s childrenâ€? would be investigating him. â€śIâ€™ve just learnt to live with it â€¦ Iâ€™m up for whatever they throw at me.â€?
A spokeswoman for the IRD declined to say why the department was again investigating Henderson, saying it was unable to detail specific taxpayer affairs.