Au­dit throws a chal­lenge

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Streets Ahead 237’ s au­dited an­nual re­port is out, with its board chair­per­son and founder both chal­leng­ing ‘‘ de­struc­tive forces’’ in the Porirua community to pick holes in it.

The char­i­ta­ble trust’s fi­nan­cial re­port for 2011/ 12 year shows grant in­come of $517,477 and do­na­tions of $772. Streets Ahead has five em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing founder Wayne Poutoa and wife Jen­nifer, and wages were just over $187,000, while the next big­gest ex­penses were to­wards im­ple­ment­ing the pro­grammes – $71,329.

Mr Poutoa and trust board chair­per­son Gre­gory For­tuin said it was an un­qual­i­fied au­dit, which looked at ev­ery as­pect of their ac­counts.

‘‘The last two years has seen this or­gan­i­sa­tion build ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ca­pac­ity and put the right pro­ce­dures in place and it’s im­por­tant that we are trans­par­ent and ac­count­able to the peo­ple of Porirua,’’ Mr For­tuin says. He said it had been frus­trat­ing deal­ing with mem­bers of the community at­tack­ing Streets Ahead. City coun­cil­lor Litea Ah Hoi had al­leged fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment on her Face­book page.

‘‘There are de­struc­tive forces out there and some of what is be­ing said on Face­book is ex­tremely per­sonal. Al­though we re­sent what is be­ing said, we have not re­sponded, pre­fer­ring to fo­cus on the right out­comes that Streets can de­liver.’’

Mr Poutoa said the staff and vol­un­teers were the ones who de­serve the most praise.

‘‘We [him­self and Mr For­tuin] might be the faces, but we’re not the engine room. The peo­ple who are in­volved in Streets Ahead come and trans­late their pas­sion into per­for­mance.’’

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett was happy to en­dorse the au­dited re­port and said Mr Poutoa has proven the abil­ity to ‘‘ up­lift vul­ner­a­ble kids and de­liver op­por­tu­ni­ties for them’’.

‘‘The pub­lic fun­ders are happy and the au­dit proves they are on the right track. It’s im­por­tant that Porirua community groups and non- gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions func­tion well and have to­tal trans­parency and Wayne’s clearly shown that.’’

Mr For­tuin and Mr Poutoa have not ruled out le­gal ac­tion against Ms Ah Hoi.

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