Streets Ahead may be saved

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

Streets Ahead 237 may have a fu­ture af­ter an out­pour­ing of gen­eros­ity fol­low­ing last week’s fraud rev­e­la­tion.

The Wai­tan­girua char­ity had to close ear­lier this year af­ter be­ing robbed by its for­mer busi­ness man­ager, Toni Gar­dener.

How­ever, since the fraud was made pub­lic, of­fers of fund­ing have come thick and fast to for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Poutoa and chair­man Gre­gory For­tuin.

‘‘It’s amaz­ing. I need to sit down. Just wow,’’ Mr Poutoa said.

Within hours of the fraud be­com­ing pub­lic, Mr Poutoa had been in­vited to meet with a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, and within a day had had of­fers of help from Maori trust Te Whare Ora, the Todd Foun­da­tion, Voda­fone and New Zealand’s Jewish com­mu­nity, he said.

‘‘We may be able to sal­vage this,’’ Mr Poutoa said.

It was un­likely Mr Poutoa would run the trust again, be­cause he and wife Jen­nifer were mov­ing to Dunedin to care for their un­well son, he said.

How­ever, it was al­ways an in­ten­tion that the com­mu­nity would even­tu­ally run Streets Ahead.

‘‘That was one of our dreams, for the com­mu­nity to take over,’’ Mr Poutoa said.

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