SPCA to benefit from merger
The Far North SPCA has merged with the national body, forming one national organisation from what has been 45 independent centres around the country.
SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen says the decision had been made after two years of discussions and consultation.
‘‘As one SPCA we can achieve more for our country’s most vulnerable animals than we could do as a fragmented organisation,’’ she says.
The focus of every SPCA around the country would not change, but with consistency and collaboration, every animal would receive the best care possible, Midgen says.
‘‘We will be able to create a stronger SPCA inspectorate, and we will have one strategy and one voice. We will be able to access centralised funding opportunities and benefit from economies of scale, enabling us to have the resources to do more for animals.’’
Meanwhile, Tracee Knowler has returned to the Far North where she was born and raised, in the role of senior animal welfare inspector for SPCA in Kaitaia and Bay of Islands.
The job will make good use of the skills she acquired in a 19 year career with the police – most of that being spent in Kaitaia, in uniform and as a detective, ending at the sole charge station at Pukenui. It also follows a two year stint overseas working with Red Cross.
The society is currently trying to find a new location for its animal shelter in the Kaitaia area.
They are grateful to Jon Brennan for the use of his kennels over the past three years but his property has now sold. A new premises is needed by December 1.
‘‘We have a budget available to purchase land and or buildings but at this stage are having trouble finding something suitable,’’ Knowler says. ‘‘It would be great to hear from anyone who thinks they have a piece that we could purchase.
‘‘The only real proviso is that ideally it should be within five to 10 minutes drive from Kaitaia’’ Knowler says.
❚ Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Heather on 021 0283 0156. To help with land or property contact Tracee on 021 268 6920.