The AGM for 2002 was held on Wednesday the 10th of July at 7.30pm at the Marine Rescue Centre, Mechanics Bay, Auckland and a big thank you to those who came. There are several items of interest that need to be brought to your attention.
Jim Mason one of our founding Trustees indicated he would like to take a bit of a back seat now the Trust is up and underway. It was suggested and agreed at the meeting that Jim should become our first PATRON and it is with real pleasure that we now have Jim's name at the top of our letterhead.
With the retirement of David Bevan from public practice we were unable to get the Trust's accounts audited in time for the AGM. Treasurer, Shirley Collins presented un-audited financial records of our current position. It was agreed that as the Trust Deed requires that the accounts be audited that the Trustees find an accountant willing to take on the task. I am happy to report we have found such a person and the audit is currently underway. The final accounts should be available soon.
The elections were held with the usual pomp and ceremony with everyone trying to remain anonymous behind their seats in the usual way. With Jim's 'retirement' John Walsh agreed to become Chairman of the Trust Committee, with the remainder of the positions unchanged. HOWEVER there is always room for willing volunteers, not necessarily on the committee, but to help out the committee when we have events etc planned.
The speaker Ken Allen was an absolute treat, and you needed to be there to understand what I mean. Full of knowledge on collecting bottles and other antiques and memorabilia we all gained a better understanding of the "treasures" that we have either at home, at the Bach or in the garage. One of these days we will have to have a 'treasure-hunt' on Rangitoto!!!
Change of Address: We asked for and have had approved a change to the Trust registered office. It is now 47 Mariri Road, One Tree Hill, Auckland. If you wish to send fragile items to the Trust however we suggest you use PO Box 13 374, Onehunga, Auckland
Newsletter: We had a lot of feedback regarding the format of the newsletter and it was complimentary. I am happy to continue with this but I will need help occasionally in filling the pages, this is where our archives become so important so if you have any photos or stories that you can share please let us know.
Website: The website at www.geocities.com/rangitoto_trust is now up and running. Andy Heyward has spent quite a bit of time on it already but websites are time guzzlers, so we are looking for donations towards keeping it up to date. As a means of getting our story and activities across to the worldwide public this is an important tool already there has been a doubling of enquiries to our email address. Please have a look, encourage your family and friends to look too and dip into your pocket for a few dollars so that Andy can continue with the work he has started.
Donations: After our request for old curtains, filing cabinets etc I am very pleased to say that lots of curtains were received, a couple of filing cabinets and an old kettle. ALSO cash donations of $270, which included the music recital earlier this year for which we would like to, thank you all very much. The computer has arrived and is being readied to have the accounts and membership placed on it - thank you Lyn Trainor, Hilary Noall, Dave Cox, Heyward, Burton and Taylor families and others.
Funding Seminar: The Auckland Conservation Forum
held a seminar on funding during September. The guest speakers
were from the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, The New Zealand
National Parks and Conservation Foundation, KERP, and Tiritiri
Matangi Supporters Group. It was extremely informative and
it impressed upon us the need to be very professional and
To this end we have approached Biz Info to see if they can provide us a mentor to go through our current business plans and suggest improvements. If we have a member who can help us in this process your committee would be grateful for your help.
Wanted: Paint, primer, putty, nails, hinges, anything no matter how few or what colour. We need these to complete the weatherproofing, windows and doors etc of Bach 38. Now it has its new roof the inside has dried up very very well and looks, smells and feels so much better.
Working Bees: To make it easier for people to plan their precious weekends it was decided to hold the working bees centered around Bach 38 on the 3rd weekend of every month regardless of the weather. On the weekend of the Fishing Competition the sign will go up with our sponsors' logos, measuring for the flashings and the next working bees organised. In November work will begin on the bay windows and replacing the flashings etc. We hope to have discounted ferry tickets of $14 for adults and $7 for children for those attending the working bees. Contact Allan Godsall 634 0161 for details.
Permits and Concessions: Work continues on the permit process with John Walsh following up the myriad of details. It is a slow process because we would like to cover all eventualities that might occur in the next five years. Consultation with 'our neighbours' and local Iwi must also occur. We would like to think we would have it into DoC by Xmas.
Passing of Friends and Acquaintances: Eric Hart passed away recently at the grand age of 95. A wonderful raconteur, Eric originally came to Rangitoto at the age of 14 staying with the Greene family until he had his own Bach built by the Watson brothers in 1936. Eric has left an enduring legacy through his photos and stories, which the Trust has in its archives. Our condolences to Eric's family in particular John and Heather Walsh. Also Warren Sinclair of the Rakino Express lost in battle with leukemia in August.
Next Meeting: Still planning to ask Paul Mahoney of DoC Heritage, to show his fascinating slide presentation on huts, train stations projects, hopefully before Xmas.
Contact Phone Numbers: Jim - 4466228, Elizabeth - 6341398, Shirley - 2799819, Susan - 4451894, Hilary - 4184920, Lois - 4435536, John - 811 8875, Allan - 634 0131
When; Sunday 27th October, Labour Weekend
Start Time: 10am sharp.
Finish Time: 12 noon sharp
Judging: 12.30pm followed by lunch.
Auction: All fish will be auctioned to raise funds for the Trust, so bring your wallets.
What to Bring for the competition: Bait and tackle at least.
Rules: Two lines per person.
Fishing between Iliomana Light and Target Point only.
If using a boat must have appropriate lifejackets etc. (ARC bylaws apply)
Undersized fish = instant disqualification.
Who: Members and their families and friends, particularly children (14yrs and under).
What to bring for afterwards: Your own meat for the BBQ, salads and drinks. We are supplying free sausages for the children and tea, coffee etc afterwards. The BBQ will be available for use.
Prizes: Best Story - the Toilet Seat
Largest Snapper - Buchanan Trophy
Longest Fish - Pennant
Most Fish - RIHCT Trophy.
Prizes for the children as well.
Ferry timetable: Leaves Downtown at 9am, Devonport at 9.10am. Return on the 2.20pm or the 4.20pm.
Aim: To have fun, do what we used to do, involve the children and meet each other.
Weather: We do not intend to cancel the event, just bring raincoats, anyway we have ordered perfect weather!!