16 Dec 2010

Council's mystery windfall refunded

1:11 pm on 16 December 2010

Masterton District Council says a mysterious half-million dollar payment it received earlier this year was accidentally deposited by the Wellington Regional Council.

More than $520,000 appeared in the Wairarapa authority's coffers in September without information identifying who had paid it.

The district council's finance manager, David Paris, says it took only a day to discover the regional council had accidentally refunded a rates instalment that the district council had collected on its behalf.