Res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion look­ing pros­per­ous

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion’s size­able bank ac­count was in the spot­light dur­ing a frac­tious an­nual meet­ing on Satur­day.

The as­so­ci­a­tion, which has been crit­i­cised for a lack of trans­parency and in­clu­sive­ness, showed off its fi­nan­cial health with a state­ment that dis­closed $48,846 in four bank ac­counts and a term de­posit.

Graeme Eb­bett was re-elected unopposed as as­so­ci­a­tion chair­man, with David Stan­ley the deputy chair­man.

He said $12,858 was given to the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion af­ter the Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents’ and Ratepay­ers’ Pro­gres­sive As­so­ci­a­tion folded eight years ago.

‘‘As you can see we are in a strong po­si­tion,’’ he said. ‘‘Ev­ery­thing is dis­closed and we have noth­ing to hide. We have char­i­ta­ble sta­tus and meet IRD cri­te­ria.’’

One of the 30-strong au­di­ence asked if some of the for­mer pro­gres­sive as­so­ci­a­tion’s money should be ear­marked to­wards a reprint­ing of a book on Ti­tahi Bay.

Mr Eb­bett said that money had never been ear­marked for any project, and it had not been spent un­jus­ti­fi­ably.

‘‘It is up to the dis­cre­tion of our com­mit­tee where that money will be spent. We have grown it from $9326 to what we have to­day.’’

The two-hour meet­ing, which in­cluded dis­cus­sion af­ter­wards about the as­so­ci­a­tion’s poli­cies, of­ten erupted into heated ar­gu­ments.

As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Wendy Leary said Kapi- Mana News was in pos­ses­sion of ‘‘defam­a­tory doc­u­ments, spread around by Porirua City coun­cil­lors’’, and there were ac­cu­sa­tions that the fi­nan­cial po­si­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion led to jeal­ousy within the Bay com­mu­nity.

Porirua deputy mayor ’ Ana Cof­fey ques­tioned whether the com­mit­tee was rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Bay and whether a re­view should be done of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s con­sti­tu­tion.

She pointed out that four days’ no­tice was given of meet­ing, con­tra­ven­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s 21-day rule.

‘‘Peo­ple have to jump through hoops. I ques­tion the process and how the [as­so­ci­a­tion’s] com­mit­tee holds the power to ac­cept new mem­bers. It’s not fair and in­clu­sive,’’ she said.

Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent Eleanor Cater asked whether the ap­pli- cation for mem­ber­ship, which states ‘‘ I sup­port its aims, ob­jec­tives, cur­rent poli­cies and agree to abide by its rules’’, was too re­stric­tive.

‘‘What if you don’t agree with the poli­cies and rules?’’ she asked.

‘‘Don’t join,’’ was Mr Eb­bett’s re­ply.

Sub­scrip­tions to the as­so­ci­a­tion would re­main at $10, the new com­mit­tee re­solved.

Mr Eb­bett re­ported that mem­ber­ship had in­creased to 60. High­lights for the as­so­ci­a­tion in 2013 in­cluded joint spon­sor­ship with Li­ons of the sub­urb’s re­union, Moana Court stay­ing as so­cial hous­ing and putting the brakes on the de­mo­li­tion of Porirua Lit­tle The­atre’s build­ing.

Dis­ap­point­ments in­cluded the sub­urb’s com­mu­nity con­sta­ble be­ing based else­where, the pos­si­ble re­moval of CCTV in the White­house Rd shops and the loss of Porirua News, which ‘‘pro­vided bal­ance with KapiMana News in lo­cal news cov­er­age’’.

New­com­ers on the sev­en­strong com­mit­tee — who were nom­i­nated prior to the meet­ing — were Pat Kelly and Michelle Collins, hus­band and daugh­ter of for­mer Porirua deputy mayor Liz Kelly.

Fi­nan­cial mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Mel Branch and Jen­nifer Cater, put their names for­ward for the com­mit­tee, but were un­suc­cess­ful.

The com­mit­tee re­solved to a re­view of its con­sti­tu­tion, but it would be done in­ter­nally.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Chair­man: Graeme Eb­bett has been re-elected as head of the Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion.

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