The Waste Resources Trust and Anne Audain Charitable Trust might call themselves trusts but, as you will see, they are trusts in name only.
The Waste Resources Trust is not a registered Trust but a 100% owned subsidiary of a limited liability company, Clean Stream Waiheke Limited, in other words a profit-making company. As a private company its accounts are not available for public scrutiny. Clean Stream Waiheke Ltd has three directors listed. They are John Stansfield (partner of hard left, Green Party List MP Denise Roche), Michael Tavares (wannabee Green Party politician and eco-terrorist) and local William (Bill) Kinghorn.
Apart from the Directors of Clean Stream Ltd, the Waste Resources Trust has three others on their team. They are Dawn Jeffries, Ivan Kitson and Susan Barker (also of Kai Conscious Waiheke). This is significant because Dawn Jeffries is also the recipient of large amounts of Local Board funding (that’s ratepayers’ money) in other ways.
The Waste Resources Trust has received nearly $15,000 for its ‘Project Little Oneroa’. Dawn Jeffries has herself further received almost $8,000 for putting on the ‘Good Life Eco Fest’ event.
The Anne Audain Trust simply does not exist as I have said before. It is an entity used by the Waiheke ‘Ask’ Church run by Sergio Rodriguez and his wife (website now discontinued), which is based on a residential property in Ostend, to obtain funding from the Local Board. To date, this so-called ‘Trust’ has received three tranches of funding from the Board totalling over $9,000, all of it to pay for hire of the High School gym (aka the Waiheke Recreation Centre).
Last week, I received a serendipitous email from Anne Audain herself. She is not happy about having her name taken in vain and says:
A LONG time ago ( early 80's) a group of Waiheke residents came to me to begin the Anne Audain Charitable Trust to run Outward Bound style camps on the island for underprivileged city kids. It was lead by Dennis Mardle and was legitimate, had a board of directors who I met with a few times when I trained on the island during the NZ summer. .
However Dennis and his wife moved from the island quite a long time ago and I understood the AA Trust was shut down.
Can you get me the name and address of the person I need to contact and I will get my lawyer to ask they cease using my name.
There should also be great caution when granting public money to Trusts because Trusts are able to keep their accounts from being viewed by the public. This means ratepayers lose oversight of where their money gets spent and there is a lack of accountability. A case in point is the ‘Heart of the City’ Trust set up by Alex Swney, now a convicted fraudster. Swney was able to siphon off millions of dollars of public money (much of it belonging to Council ratepayers) because it was a case of out-of-sight, out-of-mind for the Trust’s own Board, as well as Council officers. Swney also established the Pathway Trust set for Skypath.
Since the Supercity amalgamation, the traditional checks and balances that ensure transparency and accountability when the public’s money is being doled out have been sadly lacking. Helped by the dumping of experienced staff and the amateurish blunderings of a wet-behind-the-ears, new crew, this has permitted Local Boards with distinctly political agendas (such as the second Waiheke Local Board) easy access to public funds.
It is no secret that Green Party insiders are pulling the strings of the Waiheke Local Board. You can see how successful their Green businesses and associates have been in applying for, and receiving ratepayer funding.
It is also no secret that Chair Walden and at least one other Board member are fundamentalist Christians. It is therefore, no surprise that the ‘Ask’ Church (affiliated to the Assembly of God Church) has been another successful recipient of funding as a favoured group.
It’s a question of trust. Can you trust politicians who divert your hard earned rates money to a Church that takes someone’s name in vain? Can you trust politicians who openly favour their party political mates and give them preferential treatment over other legitimate community groups and who fund a private business when other businesses pay huge business rates and receive nothing? No, you can’t and neither do I.