New trust a boon for Pataka
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.