The Annual General Meeting held on Sunday evening, while sparsely attended due to conflicting events in the community, went well.
The guest speaker was Penny Pirrit, Manager, Regional and Local Planning for Auckland Council, who spoke on the Unitary Plan being prepared for the whole of Auckland. The Unitary Plan will replace the district and regional plans produced by the previous seven local Councils and Regional Authorities now incorporated into Auckland Council. Penny was questioned mainly on issues pertaining directly to Piha, including refuse collections, boundary setbacks, tree issues and commercial signage, all of which were addressed in clear and understandable language. Local ratepayer and Auckland Councillor Sandra Coney has placed a comprehensive overview of Penny Pirrit’s presentation on her website which can be viewed HERE.
The meeting was opened by outgoing President Graeme Webber and elections saw Ken Cowan take over as President with Graham Cleghorn as Vice President, Helen Pearce, Secretary; Graham Caley, Treasurer; and a committee of Graeme Carrie, Bobbie Carroll, James Dickinson, Jennifer Hulena, Jan O’Connor and Debalina Rose.
Financial Accounts, Post Office and Library reports were presented to the members and can be viewed on the website from the links provided. The Association is well placed financially and the Post Office continues to provide a small income with modest improvements in all areas.
The issue that produced the most interest and feedback from the members was that of the Library Building and assets. After more than 25 years of the Library operating as a sub-committee of the Piha R&R, the formation in late 2009 of the Piha Community Library Trust, without consultation with the R&R, has resulted in legal issues that must be resolved. Unfortunately, the Library Trust has avoided engaging with the Piha R&R to resolve those issues and, as a result, the meeting voted to require that the Committee continue to try and resolve the issues and, as a last resort, to issue legal proceedings. Alberto Bonini, a Library Trustee, read a prepared statement to the meeting but did not make himself available for questioning on the statement and so those issues will be addressed by the incoming committee in accordance with the members decisions. A motion was passed supporting the good work and dedication of the voluntary library workers. A history of the Library can be found HERE.