Local supporters wanted for SPCA
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.’’
Manawatu¯ SPCA manager Danny Auger and friends.