Trust opens up for pub­lic feed­back

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Hutt Mana Char­i­ta­ble Trust is invit­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to speak be­fore its reg­u­lar monthly meet­ings.

The trust has al­ways wel­comed pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ings, but is now ex­pand­ing this.

‘‘We’re invit­ing and en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to have their say prior to the monthly trust meet­ings,’’ says chair­man Ian Hutchings.

‘‘Feed­back and sug­ges­tions from the pub­lic will be very valu­able . . . on how to best man­age the trust for ef­fec­tive de­ci­sion-mak­ing.’’

Porirua’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the trust, Sarah Dow, said dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign many res­i­dents told her they felt the trust op­er­ated ‘‘in the shad­ows’’.

En­cour­ag­ing pub­lic in­put was a good start, she said. ‘‘But we have fur­ther to go. ‘‘It is my goal to gen­er­ate more in­ter­est and in­put from our com­mu­nity as the as­sets we man­age are es­sen­tially owned by the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We will see even more change soon, I’m con­fi­dent of that.’’

Times and dates of trust meet­ings will be pub­lished on the web­site, hmct.org.nz.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic will be able to speak at the be­gin­ning of meet­ings for up to three min­utes about any­thing re­lat­ing to trust busi­ness, ex­cept cur­rent grant ap­pli­ca­tions.

Any­one want­ing to speak at a trust meet­ing can con­tact trust sec­re­tary Brian Mans­field on 569 6113, at sec­re­tary@ hmct. org. nz, or by writ­ing to him at Ken­dons Char­tered Ac­coun­tants, 69 Ruther­ford St, Lower Hutt, 5010.

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