A Step In The Right Direction

16 Apr

The community trust are definitely the most honourable of organisations we have in Invers.  To offer up another option at a council meeting rather than with a phone call to King or maybe a quiet chit chat with an elected member or two.  It is good to see that the offer is putting the debt squarely on the shoulders of Rugby Southland.  I am still unsure of why the stadium trust needs to go.  It’s hard to work out the real issues with the stadium trust and Rugby Southland’s financial information not readily available.  I think it is high time that Rugby Southland were treated solely as a user of the facility – pay a fee when they want to use it, a lease on office space and no special arrangements (no caveats on other people’s property, no admin arrangements).  Why can’t the stadium trust run the facility?   It is time to sink or swim, for both parties.

Most people I have spoken to regarding my letter understood that the ‘deadbeat friends’ are Rugby Southland.  I have to be honest though, Community Trust of Southland let me down on this hence my comment, ‘with the support of CToS’.  As I have said before, I was ignorant at the time about the loan going from CToS to Rugby Southland through the stadium trust.  It shouldn’t matter who set up the trust or who the tenant is.  The stadium trust and its property should be deemed independent of the management group/tenant.  CToS knowingly allowed the stadium trust trustees to go against their statutory responsibilities to consider the best interests of the trust.

King’s comment is funny (to me)

Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King told the meeting that the plan would not make any recommendations to council and was for background information.

“The report will be informative only.”

Given no recommendations were on the agenda, ‘the meeting’ should know that nothing was to come of it.  I am still waiting for Rugby Park to be on the agenda with a recommendation of any sort.  Here is a reminder of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act requirements – informative only (of course)

(7)An item that is not on the agenda for a meeting may be dealt with at the meeting if—

  • (a)the local authority by resolution so decides; and

  • (b)the presiding member explains at the meeting at a time when it is open to the public,—

    • (i)the reason why the item is not on the agenda; and

    • (ii)the reason why the discussion of the item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.

(7A)Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,—

  • (a)that item may be discussed at that meeting if—

    • (i)that item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and

    • (ii)the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but

  • (b)no resolution, decision, or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.



One Response to “A Step In The Right Direction”

  1. Philip.T April 16, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    The CTOS is showing some resolve in looking for a solution that is not just a hand out. That example shows a lot more integrity than the other groups tasked with administering public funds who seem unaware of the responsibility that entail. The ILT has for far to long just thrown money at things without a proper understanding of the consequences partly because they have people around the council table who have often jumped in with ratepayer funded bailouts leaving them looking like populist Santa Clauses.

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