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Vision Motueka continues with new blood, new projects

March 1st, 2017

The signing up of three new trustees and adoption of two new projects means Vision Motueka will continue for at least another year.

At its AGM in January the development group said it may have to wind up operations due to a shortage of trustees and therefore ability to take on projects. (See our earlier story.)

Following media publicity of its dilemma, three new trustees volunteered to join, saying that a community organisation working toward a long-term vision was too important for a town like Motueka to let lapse.

Gail Jewell, Claire Hutt and Sally Robertson have been appointed as trustees, and Gail will also take on the role of treasurer, along with continuing chairman David Armstrong and secretary Linda Glew.

Claire, who is already actively involved with the Motueka Community Board and Our Town Motueka, will be the Vision liaison with the "Boomerang Bags Motueka" project, which she is helping to launch.

This involves a broad range of community participants making fabric shopping bags which can be used and returned freely, reducing the need for plastic bags and their adverse effects on the environment.

Claire is also interested in working with the Community Board to expand Vision Motueka's annual Motueka Volunteers Awards event.

Gail has a strong history and experience in local body government as well as executive roles in large non-government organisations. She lives on Jackett Island and is keen to help enable the proposed Motueka-Whanganui ferry service to be developed.

As an individual she has been the main southern contact point for the Whanganui-based team building the scheme, but will now work with the support of Vision Motueka to facilitate further project development at the Motueka end.

Gail has also been prominent locally in urging TDC to better address freedom camping issues in the Port Motueka area.

Sally is an administrative officer at Riuwaka School and a keen fisherwoman.

Two further trustee positions remain vacant, but David says with five trustees and five other non-trustee board members, Vision is now in a position to work effectively without being too great a burden on members.

"We're still interested in hearing from anyone else who would like to fill the two vacancies, especially if they bring with them ideas for new projects compatible with our goals and can help run those projects."

Vision Motueka presently plays a key role in three Motueka projects - the Motueka Kai Fest, the Youth Employment and Skills Training initiative, and fundraising for the indoor community swimming pool.

David says he is very pleased that Vision is now in the position to not only continue but also rejuvenate with new blood and new energy.

"Thanks to those who have put their hands up to not only bolster our numbers to ensure a workable team, but also introduce and take portfolio positions in new projects.

"I also note the pleasing number of people who have expressed to me privately their hopes that Vision Motueka continues, recognising that not only have we achieved a lot but also that Motueka still needs a 'group with a vision', alongside all the other community organisations that have their specific roles to play."

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