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No. 35September—October 2008
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
The following recommendation from the Executive Commit-tee was presented by Jack Dragicevich and agreed to bymembers at our AGM, 2 August 2008:
An executive committee meeting consisting of AlisonTurner, Dorothy Maddock and Jack Dragicevich, was held at38 Wingate Street at approximately 11am on Thursday 31July 2008, in accordance with the wishes expressed at thelast members meeting to further discuss the issue of whetherthe Avondale-Waterview Historical Society should take up alease from the Auckland City Council on Saint Ninian’sPresbyterian Church, Avondale. The President, Lisa Trutt-man was unavailable to attend and sent her apologies as wellas indicating her views on this matter to the committee.
After a careful study of the conversation plan, and associatedreports (including on the contamination of the site and onearthquake strengthening requirements etc) and from a de-tailed study of the proposed lease documents, the committeevoted unanimously to recommend to the members of theAvondale-Waterview Historical Society to reject the idea of taking up the offer of entering into any lease arrangementsover St Ninian’s church and its associated grounds at thispoint in time. It was felt that the proposal was beyond thescope and resources of our society at present to take on sucha task.
There were many reasons for recommending a rejection of this proposal such as: issues of on going maintenance andsecurity of the site, the legal costs of setting up such a lease,the financial burdens on the society in terms of managing along term lease, the ongoing cost in terms of paying for ratesand amenities such as power and water, the lack of a suffi-cient volunteer base in an organisation with an aging popula-tion base for the day to day running and operation of such avenue; the potential cost of wages for someone to act as acaretaker/custodian for the building, and whether the build-ing offers more value to our members as a meeting space thatour present premises. Also there is the clear need to have along term vision/ plan for what this new venue could beused. It was further noted that the society would need on-going political/financial support from organisations such asthe Avondale Community Board (and from individual boardmembers) to make such a task possible. The current state of the economy and the uncertainty over the local governmentand administrative reforms in the Auckland region at present,makes the prospect of this venture insecure.
AWHS Executive Committee—2008-2009
Jack Dragicevich, Catherine Farmer and Les Murphy
Letters of Support
The Society agreed to send a letter of support to theWaterview Methodist Church supporting their fundingapplications towards the cost of restoration and mainte-nance.
The Society also agreed to send a letter of support to theorganisers of the campaign to support heritage protectionof Res 2 areas in the Auckland City Council area.
Trading Table report
Dawn Moffatt, in charge of our trading table project, pre-sented $182 to the Society at our AGM from the project’sproceeds. This comes mainly from sales of items at theAWHS meeting, but also from sales at the BlockhouseBay markets on Saturdays. Dawn expressed her thanks toLisa for occasional help at Blockhouse Bay, and to mem-ber Jack Munk for the lovely wooden ware he so gener-ously donated, some of which was included as gifts forour guest speakers.
“I feel it is worthwhile and would like to continue withit,” Dawn said. The Society agreed.
Guest Speakers—August meeting
Manjula Patel and Sarah Boyd-Bell gave a wonderfulpresentation to the Society this month on what the Avon-dale Community Library has to offer. The AWHS, rightfrom inauguration in 2002, has had strong and continuingties with the library.
Guest Speakers to come …
Phil Sai-Louie in October talking about NZ placenames
Chris Kiwi in December talking about QueenStreet in the 1970s
Graeme Hunt, author of an upcoming book on thehistory of St John’s in New Zealand in February2009
History at St Judes Church Avondale, 27 September 2008. Speakers: Rob Lennox on the church’s history, and LisaTruttman on Avondale in the 1880s. Part of Auckland City’s Heritage Festival. More details in the Council’s brochure.