Con­fu­sion re­mains over cen­tre

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Kris Faafoi has stepped into the fray di­vid­ing Porirua Whanau Cen­tre.

The Mana MP has writ­ten to the Min­istry of So­cial Devel­op­ment, which funds the health and com­mu­nity cen­tre, ask­ing it to in­ves­ti­gate which of two ri­val boards should right­fully gov­ern.

The cen­tre has come un­der fire since chang­ing its name from the Can­nons Creek Fanau Cen­tre last Novem­ber.

A group led by res­i­dent Lepeti Tea, call­ing it­self the Fanau Cen­tre Trust Board, claimed it had taken over gov­er­nance of the cen­tre af­ter the name change, but cen­tre man­ager Liz Kelly in­sists the orig­i­nal board, led by Mike Fer­ma­nis, still stands.

A 600-sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion protest­ing the name change was pre­sented to Mr Faafoi by res­i­dent Rob Piva, which spurred the MP to act.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple rely on that place. I don’t know who the right­ful trust is, but it needs to get sorted,’’ Mr Faafoi says.

‘‘For the con­fi­dence of the com­mu­nity in an or­gan­i­sa­tion a lot of peo­ple rely on, it’s best to get it sorted out.’’

The fact tax­payer money funds the Whanau Cen­tre was an­other rea­son to get the mess sorted, Mr Faafoi says.

Ms Tea says there is no con­fu­sion over who runs the cen­tre – her board of trustees is le­git­i­mate.

Porirua City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son agreed this month to me­di­ate be­tween the two boards, and Ms Tea wel­comed any at­tempts to try to end the stand­off.

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