Re­ply by Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Your ed­i­to­rial ‘‘Money for jam’’ (Oc­to­ber 29) was so fac­tu­ally in­ac­cu­rate it can only serve to mis­lead the Porirua com­mu­nity.

The cur­rent fee struc­ture of trustees is clear with trustees be­ing paid, in to­tal, be­tween $9500 and $18,500 each. Their roles for the next three years in­volve great re­spon­si­bil­ity and a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time man­ag­ing trust funds and prop­erty port­fo­lios, dis­tribut­ing grants and man­ag­ing schol­ar­ships.

Your re­port of the fee struc­ture has made wrong as­sump­tions. Fees are not paid on top of fees. Trustees are paid for one role within Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion and one role at Trust Porirua, not two or three, as you as­serted.

To­tal trus­tee fees are in­cluded in our an­nual re­port and there are strict guide­lines around any other as­so­ci­ated costs.

We are see­ing a real drive with the cur­rent trustees (three of whom have been in their po­si­tion only two weeks) to­wards to­tal trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and vastly im­proved re­port­ing to the com­mu­nity.

Your news­pa­per has done a dis­ser­vice to the hard­work­ing, com­mu­nity-minded in­di­vid­u­als on

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