Lo­cal sup­port­ers wanted for SPCA

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH - RICHARD MAYS

Big changes for the way the SPCA op­er­ates na­tion­ally will have min­i­mal im­pact lo­cally, Manawatu¯ gen­eral man­ager Danny Auger says.

From Novem­ber 1, the SPCA’s Palmer­ston North Cen­tre will be un­der the con­trol of One Na­tional SPCA.

How­ever, the new cen­tralised na­tional gov­er­nance struc­ture will mean the lo­cal com­mu­nity board is no longer needed, so Auger is keen to re­place it with new com­mu­nity con­nec­tions.

‘‘We’ve had a very good board for the last three to five years with ex­cel­lent peo­ple on it who have done a great job and will be dearly missed.’’

Auger said the board mem­bers pro­vided a vi­tal link with the com­mu­nity, and the SPCA would like to set up a Lo­cal Sup­porter Group to main­tain that depth of involvement. ‘‘Mem­bers of the Lo­cal Sup­porter Group would work closely with the cen­tre man­ager to en­sure the lo­cal com­mu­nity has the SPCA top of mind as their char­ity of choice.’’

He wanted to hear from peo­ple in­ter­ested in join­ing sup­porter groups. ‘‘It’s for those who re­ally en­joy the an­i­mals, have a pas­sion for an­i­mal wel­fare, love fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and hav­ing some fun.’’

One group of five to eight

‘‘We may have to change some as­pects of how we op­er­ate but it's not some­thing the pub­lic will no­tice.’’ Danny Auger

peo­ple would cover Palmer­ston North and Feild­ing, and any­one want­ing to find out more should con­tact cen­tre man­agers Katie Ped­er­sen, in Palmer­ston North, and Claire Kelly, in Feild­ing.

The One Na­tional SPCA was de­cided in June af­ter two year’s of dis­cus­sions and con­sul­ta­tion. SPCA del­e­gates from the coun­try’s 45 in­de­pen­dent cen­tres voted to form the sin­gle uni­fied and fu­ture-fo­cused na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Auger said the new na­tional struc­ture, cen­tralised in Auck­land, will over­look three re­gions. One cov­ers the South Is­land, and the other two the North Is­land.

The three re­gions were di­vided into about 10 ar­eas of which Manawatu¯, with cen­tres in Palmer­ston North, Feild­ing, Whanganui and Levin, is one. ‘‘The change means we will have one voice, one way of do­ing things and one set of stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures. It means cen­tralised fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and the or­gan­i­sa­tion will ben­e­fit from economies of scale.’’

Auger said that would re­sult in big sav­ings at au­dit time and bet­ter bulk deals on leas­ing ve­hi­cles right down to the pur­chas­ing of sta­tionery. While Auger will be known as area man­ager, he said ‘‘the job will stay the same’’.

‘‘We may have to change some as­pects of how we op­er­ate but it’s not some­thing the pub­lic will no­tice.’’

WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

Manawatu¯ SPCA man­ager Danny Auger and friends.

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