Avondale Avondale Avondale Avondale- -- -Waterview Waterview Waterview Waterview Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated
No. 47September—October 2010
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
1990-1991 Avondale Oral HistoryProject: tapes to CD
Two completed sets of the CD version of the recordingswere handed over to Auckland City Libraries atAvondale Library on Tuesday 3 August. Around 50turned up, including students from Avondale Intermedi-ate.
Our thanks for the Avondale Community Board fortheir financial support for the project.
This should be presented to the Society by John Adamlater in August.
Auckland Heritage FestivalRosebank Horticultural Study
St Judes Church photographic exhibition this year, to beheld Saturday 18 September and Sunday 19 September.Along with that, they are organising a special “pioneersin the cemetery” event at the George Maxwell MemorialCemetery, Saturday evening on the 18th September.Avondale Community Library, a talk on St Ninian’s onWednesday 22 September.Pt Chevalier Community Library talk on AucklandAsylum history, Thursday 23 September.A walk in Auckland’s Chinatown, Sunday 3 October,with David Wong.More details available by calling Auckland City Council,379-2020,
and the upcoming info booklet.
NZ Historic Places Trust
The Society declined the membership renewal this year, and I have written the following to their head office:
Dear Sirs,The Avondale-Waterview Historical Society voted onSaturday 7 August 2010 to decline your reminder of membership renewal. We noted, unfavourably, the priceincrease in the membership subscription, but we havealso felt a great deal of disquiet over the moves this yearto eliminate local committees within the NZ HistoricPlaces Trust structure. We feel that this will impact nega-tively on local participation regarding heritage issues, andhave a negative follow-on effect in terms of nationalpolicy towards our heritage.The costs of membership have, for some time, out-weighed any benefits to our members, and yet still theTrust asks us for more and more money, while limitingopportunities for feedback and comment from membersas to policies and procedures.In the light of this, after a number of years as membersalmost from our incorporation in 2002, we now advisethat we resign.
Your committee for 2010-2011 are:
Jack DragicevichCatherine FarmerLes Murphy
AWHS Committee 2010-2011Our Society’s tax status
AWHS remains as an incorporated society, rather thana registered charity or charitable trust. We chose not togo down the road towards registration with theCharities Commission some years ago, and the InlandRevenue dept recently sent a “please explain” note tous as to why and what we do.
The good news is that in response to our reply, wehave been informed that AWHS qualifies for anincome tax deduction of $1000 per year as a non-profitorganisation, and we qualify as a donee organisationunder section LD 3 of the Income Tax Act 2007. Thismeans that we don’t have to file a return if our incomeafter expenses is less than $1000 per year, andindividuals can claim a donation rebate for donationsof $5 or more.
We continue, therefore, as we have done, without aneed for a change in status.