NO PUB CHAR­ITY Kaitaia not el­i­gi­ble for fund­ing

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Pub Char­ity has de­clined a fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion from Kaitaia No 64 Squadron ATC, be­cause Kaitaia does not have gam­ing ma­chines that con­trib­ute to it.

The squadron has dis­puted that, with­out suc­cess, point­ing out that the Waipa­pakauri Ho­tel, 12km north of Kaitaia, and the Man­gonui Ho­tel are both af­fil­i­ated to Pub Char­ity.

An un­named rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Pub Char­ity ad­vised the squadron by email that its ap­pli­ca­tion had been de­clined, un­der the pol­icy that funds were re­turned to the com­mu­ni­ties in which they were raised.

“I don’t know where ex­actly your or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­ates, but sadly we are only able to of­fer fund­ing to ar­eas that have Pub Char­ity ma­chines, so you might have mis­taken an­other trust’s venue for one of ours,” he/she added.

“My sug­ges­tion would be to look into which trusts of­fer fund­ing to your area and ap­ply to them, as there are a num­ber of trusts sim­i­lar to Pub Char­ity Ltd, and one of them might be able to sort you out with your project and the projects of the other or­gan­i­sa­tions in your area.”

The North­land Age un­der­stands that ap­pli­ca­tions from the Kaitaia Ten­nis and Squash Rac­quets Club, Kaitaia Abun­dant Life School, the Kaitaia Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and the Aupouri Rugby Foot­ball and Sports Club were also de­clined be­cause they were not in an area with Pub Char­ity-af­fil­i­ated out­lets.

Rob Bam­ber, who lodged the ATC ap­pli­ca­tion, pointed out that the Waipa­pakauri Ho­tel had gam­ing ma­chines, which con­trib­uted to Pub Char­ity, and wanted to know who could ap­ply for fund­ing from those

ma­chines if Kaitaia didn’t qual­ify.

“Waipa­pakauri is not a town,” he said.

“The pub is the only shop. There are no schools, but there is one rugby club. Most of the peo­ple who live at Waipa­pakauri work here in Kaitaia.

“How are you dis­tribut­ing the money you gain from this pub? What clubs from the Far North are now able to have their grant ap­pli­ca­tions ap­proved?”

He also noted that the ATC Squadron pa­rades at the RNZAF memorial im­me­di­ately ad­ja­cent to the Waipa­pakauri Ho­tel at the an­nual Bat­tle of Bri­tain com­mem­o­ra­tion.

The re­sponse was that the range for fund­ing in the Far North was lim­ited, and “un­for­tu­nately” did not ex­tend to Kaitaia.

“We pre­vi­ously did have some venues that cov­ered the Kaitaia area, but they have since switched to op­er­at­ing un­der the Ox­ford Sports Char­i­ta­ble Trust, so your or­gan­i­sa­tion and oth­ers in Kaitaia may have more suc­cess ap­ply­ing to them,” the re­sponse added.

"I don’t know where ex­actly your or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­ates, but sadly we are only able to of­fer fund­ing to ar­eas that have Pub Char­ity ma­chines."

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Pub Char­ity

Apart from the Waipa­pakauri and Man­gonui ho­tels, the Far North’s con­trib­u­tors to Pub Char­ity are the Klondike Ale House (Kawakawa), Klondikes Seafood cafe and Tav­ern (Mo­erewa), the Opononi Ho­tel and the Pai­hia Sports Bar.

Kaitaia’s Col­lard Tav­ern was once af­fil­i­ated but is now part of the Ox­ford Trust.

Kaitaia 64 Squadron ATC pa­rades at Waipa­pakauri ev­ery year for the Bat­tle of Bri­tain com­mem­o­ra­tion, but is not el­i­gi­ble for Pub Char­ity fund­ing from the ho­tel in the back­ground.

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