Trust opens up for public feedback
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.