284 Court supervision of liquidation


On the application of the liquidator, a liquidation committee, or, with the leave of the court, a creditor, shareholder, other entitled person, or director of a company in liquidation, the court may—


give directions in relation to any matter arising in connection with the liquidation:


confirm, reverse, or modify an act or decision of the liquidator:


order an audit of the accounts of the liquidation:


order the liquidator to produce the accounts and records of the liquidation for audit and to provide the auditor with such information concerning the conduct of the liquidation as the auditor requests:


in respect of any period, review or fix the remuneration of the liquidator at a level which is reasonable in the circumstances:


to the extent that an amount retained by the liquidator as remuneration is found by the court to be unreasonable in the circumstances, order the liquidator to refund the amount:


declare whether or not the liquidator was validly appointed or validly assumed custody or control of property:


make an order concerning the retention or the disposition of the accounts and records of the liquidation or of the company.


The powers given by subsection (1) are in addition to any other powers a court may exercise in its jurisdiction relating to liquidators under this Part, and may be exercised in relation to a matter occurring either before or after the commencement of the liquidation, or the removal of the company from the New Zealand register, and whether or not the liquidator has ceased to act as liquidator when the application or the order is made.


Subject to subsection (4), a liquidator who has—


obtained a direction of a court with respect to a matter connected with the exercise of the powers or functions of liquidator; and


acted in accordance with the direction—

is entitled to rely on having so acted as a defence to a claim in relation to anything done or not done in accordance with the direction.


A court may, on the application of any person, order that, by reason of the circumstances in which a direction was obtained under subsection (1), the liquidator does not have the protection given by subsection (3).