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Tradie goes into hiding after fleeing the Cook Islands owing hundreds of thousands of dollars

A tradie has gone into hiding owing hundreds of thousands of dollars to banks and finance companies and leaving the home of a 93-year-old grandmother unfinished.

Sam Capper ran CM Contracting with his girlfriend Teau McKenzie, a former pageant winner and Olympian, in the Cook Islands but fled back home to New Zealand after complaints emerged of incomplete houses.

Emerar Crummer, 93, and her daughter Jacki Brown were building their dream home on the island of Rarotonga.

Ms Crummer wanted to be able to sit in her living room and look at her father's grave, Stuff reported.

Beauty queen Teau McKenzie kisses her boyfriend Sam Capper. The couple own CM Contracting which owes hundreds of thousands of dollars 

McKenzie won Miss Grand Cook Islands in 2018 and competed in the Rio Olympics in 2016

They paid CM Contracting $162,000, but after five weeks of building, construction stopped earlier this year.

Ms Brown was forced to re-purchase the materials and pay more contractors to finish the job.

'The financial distress of continuing to build Mum's house has taken its toll on our family. We have paid in effect for two houses but only have one,' she said.

'Mum's dream has been to come home and to ensure that her grandchildren who were born overseas, have connection to their ancestry and culture here on Rarotonga. This dream has turned into a nightmare because of these people.' 

The couple are pictured holidaying together at a beach destination prior to the collapse of their company

Capper and McKenzie are pictured together in Rio, Brazil, after she competes in the woman's Laser Radial

Capper and McKenzie's New Zealand-registered construction company owes money to a range of banks and finance businesses, including BOQ Equipment finance, Formula Four Investments, Heartland Bank, UDC Finance and Oxford Finance.

The lawyer of sister company CM Contracting Cook Islands, Tim Arnold, was retained to figure out how much the company owes and to help with debt recovery.

At a court hearing in Rarotonga last week, Arnold described the business as a 'lost cause' and 'utterly insolvent'. 

'It appeared the company was insolvent and that gives on to the issue of whether it is able to trade its way out of difficulty or should, instead, be liquidated,' he said, according to Cook Islands News

McKenzie owns 10 per cent of the company and Capper owns 90 per cent (pictured: an example of a construction site run by CM Contracting)

'What is clear, though, is that the position is not good.' 

McKenzie owns 10 per cent of the company and Capper owning 90 per cent.

The former winner of Miss Grand Cook Islands 2018 is a director of CM Contracting with her father, Ron.

McKenzie represented the Cook Islands at the Rio Olympics in 2016. She placed 35th in the woman's Laser Radial.

She stayed in the Cook Islands with her father sort out the company.

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