New trust a boon for Pataka

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A char­i­ta­ble trust that will boost Pataka’s cof­fers has been cre­ated.

Porirua City coun­cil­lors were told last week that an ap­proach had been made by Pataka bene­fac­tors Sir Roderick and Lady Gil­lian Deane to es­tab­lish a trust.

It will be called the Pataka Foun­da­tion and will be sep­a­rate from any coun­cil bud­gets, be­ing able to draw on do­na­tions, grants and spon­sor­ship.

The trust will pro­mote and support the in­ter­ests of Pataka and could help to ac­quire or bor­row works of art and his­toric ob­jects, a re­port to the coun­cil said. Es­tab­lish­ment costs for the foun­da­tion would be about $10,000, to be met by the Deane fam­ily.

Pataka di­rec­tor He­len Ked­g­ley, coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas and Roderick Deane would be trus­tees, with up to two oth­ers.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said the foun­da­tion could only be a win­ner for Pataka.

‘‘This is a cou­ple [the Deanes] who are arts pa­trons with ac­cess to business and sources of fund­ing and they have made an of­fer to help Pataka,’’ he said.

‘‘It is a source of rev­enue that is not aligned to ratepay­ers and is a de­vel­op­ment that I en­dorse.’’

Pataka Art + Mu­seum rev­enue in the 2013/14 year was $300,000, against op­er­at­ing costs of $1.7 mil­lion.

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