Having attended the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust Annual Meeting here in Porirua on May 17 I am surprised there has been no coverage of this important event.
Sadly its loss in asset value over the last year of $3.5 million, as reported, is no cause for celebration and compares poorly with a growth in value of the trusts assets in the previous financial year of a similar amount, achieved by former trustees.
This loss could have been minimised had alternative options been taken in respect of asset management.
During the last local elections I expressed the view that funds and asset management was a critical requirement for trustees.
In the light of the HMCT’s performance since that time I hope electors will see that the statement I made then, was not entirely selfserving.
JOHN BURKE, Mana once that we should have a Peanut Slab. Definitely not for our city to grow, let’s accept its birth, its history and be true.
Te Rauparaha belongs to this land and his gift to New Zealand through Porirua and Ngati Toa, so an ideal ensign should be created around him. ARTHUR HOKENA-BRIGHTWELL,
Porirua. (Letter abridged) made no income or cost figures available.’’
Jenn: ‘‘. . . People need to realise is that while there is a debate going on around the use of the Aotea Lagoon as the site for this proposed business, that all procedure has been followed, no deception by Mr Marlow has happened, so the negative and biased attitudes around Mr Marlow needs to stop. Grow up and learn that it’s a public park, which means that applications such as Mr Marlow’s happen all the time all over NZ for commercial use . . .’’
Tristram Cheer: ‘‘@Everyone saying no to the lagoon, You are the rather vocal minority on this. Submissions were in favour by a long shot and those opposed were mainly from the area around the lagoon, which, having been raised in Porirua and having friends in the area, treat the lagoon like a personal backyard. It’s underused and run down with no signs it will ever become popular again without something like the wake park.’’
Frank Dux: ‘‘ . . . I’m not against it but I am against it being at Aotea lagoon. Build a new venue for this. Maybe by the natural lagoons by the turnoff at State Highway One.’’