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Community Development Trust

On May 13th 2014 a proposal developed through the work of the Vision Motueka strategic development group (and particularly by Chris Salt and David Armstrong) was put to the Motueka Community Board, seeking the board's endorsement to create a steering committee that would establish and write the constitution for a community development trust. (View the document here.)

That endorsement was given unanimously, so we know we have the board's strong backing for this initiative. As a result a steering committee was established to draft the constitution and trust deed of the proposed trust and appoint or have elected founding trustees.

The steering group members were Chris Salt, David Armstrong, Linda Glew, Eva Lawrence, Mark Chapman, Donna McLeod, Dave Moloney, John Fisher and Gabrielle Thorpe. They met first on June 7th and finished in September.

They decided that rather than recommend that a new organisation be set up, Vision Motueka is ideally placed to do this work, with a newly constituted board that adds in representatives of the five major community development groups in Motueka - Tasman District Council, Motueka Community Board, Our Town Motueka, Keep Motueka Beautiful and iwi. They also recommended that the name be changed to Vision Motueka Development Trust, mainly to reflect the greater responsibility it is to take on.

The Vision Motueka accepted the recommendations at its October meeting and revised the trust deed to suit. This was accepted by the Companies Office the following week.

The new board is meeting in an interim capacity with its new representatives and some new independent board members, to work on the community consultation process until VMDT's annual general meeting on January 29th, 2015. In early December Canterbury Community Trust donated $7000 for a paid part-time coordinator and researcher for this consultation project, to start in March.