Chal­lenge for changes to cen­tre

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The newly re­branded Porirua Whanau Cen­tre is fac­ing a le­gal chal­lenge over changes to its trust deed.

The Whanau Cen­tre’s community coun­cil has at­tempted to re­move all mem­bers of the Whanau Cen­tre Board of Trus­tees, for fail­ing to align with the strate­gic di­rec­tion of the coun­cil, which in­cluded the name change and changes to the trust deed.

The coun­cil also claims to have in­stalled a new trust board, chaired by Atarangi Cloth­ier.

Kapi-Mana News was sent a copy of a let­ter, dated Oc­to­ber 23, from Ms Cloth­ier to the old board mem­bers, in­form­ing them of the community coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

How­ever, Whanau Cen­tre man­ager Liz Kelly and in­cum­bent trust chair­man Mike Fer­ma­nis said the board was le­git­i­mate and com­pe­tent, and re­flected the di­rec­tion the cen­tre was tak­ing.

Known for nearly 20 years as the Porirua Fanau Cen­tre, the re­cent name change re­flects their fun­ders and ‘‘ what we have grown into’’, said Mr Fer­ma­nis.

Ki­tiona Tauira, who fa­cil­i­tates the Pa­pas and Ma­mas Pa­cific Com­bined Pro­gramme and as­sisted in the community con­sul­ta­tion over the name change, said the Maori term ‘‘ whanau’’ was well sup­ported.

The As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of Hous­ing, Health and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Tar­i­ana Turia, got a tour of the cen­tre and was in­formed about progress with the pro­grammes and ser­vices at the open­ing on Novem­ber 9.

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