ECT trustee fee rise recommendation

Next council to decide

Next council to decide

A decision on whether to increase the remuneration for the trustees of the Eastland Community Trust has been left to the incoming district council, which will also have to consider new directors for Gisborne Holdings Ltd.

The council dealt with a recommendation from deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz to increase the remuneration fund for the ECT trustees from the present pool of $186,500 to $237,000. Mrs Stoltz was dealing with the issue because Mayor Meng Foon is a trustee.

Councillors were told the fees had been independently reviewed by the Institute of Directors, which had recommended the increase.

Sensitive issue

Graeme Thomson moved that this be put through to the next triennial council. It was a very sensitive issue at this stage and you did not want people voting on issues of importance and sensitivity at this time, he said.

They should be voting on whether it was warranted or not, and without the background of an election.

“There are people out there standing as candidates who are saying that when I get on I am going to sack the whole lot of them and things like this,” he said.

The council should not make an issue about a topic like this, which would create headlines at this time. His motion was seconded by Pat Seymour and was put to the meeting and carried.

Direction selection for GHL

Also on the council agenda was the selection of directors for Gisborne Holdings Ltd, the council’s fully-owned trading organisation. There are two vacancies for 2016/17.

The council was told that director Peter Reeves was retiring by rotation and sought reappointment.

The policy, performance and risk committee had also resolved in September to appoint an additional director.

The GHL chairman had advised that the board was seeking local appointees who possessed commercial, business and governance experience, with the ability to become chairperson.

The council resolved to support the reappointment of Mr Reeves.

It also resolved to appoint a three-person panel to shortlist candidates if there were more than six applications.

That will consist of the mayor (whoever wins the coming elections), and councillors Graeme Thomson and Pat Seymour, who have been elected unopposed.

A decision on whether to increase the remuneration for the trustees of the Eastland Community Trust has been left to the incoming district council, which will also have to consider new directors for Gisborne Holdings Ltd.

The council dealt with a recommendation from deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz to increase the remuneration fund for the ECT trustees from the present pool of $186,500 to $237,000. Mrs Stoltz was dealing with the issue because Mayor Meng Foon is a trustee.

Councillors were told the fees had been independently reviewed by the Institute of Directors, which had recommended the increase.

Sensitive issue

Graeme Thomson moved that this be put through to the next triennial council. It was a very sensitive issue at this stage and you did not want people voting on issues of importance and sensitivity at this time, he said.

They should be voting on whether it was warranted or not, and without the background of an election.

“There are people out there standing as candidates who are saying that when I get on I am going to sack the whole lot of them and things like this,” he said.

The council should not make an issue about a topic like this, which would create headlines at this time. His motion was seconded by Pat Seymour and was put to the meeting and carried.

Direction selection for GHL

Also on the council agenda was the selection of directors for Gisborne Holdings Ltd, the council’s fully-owned trading organisation. There are two vacancies for 2016/17.

The council was told that director Peter Reeves was retiring by rotation and sought reappointment.

The policy, performance and risk committee had also resolved in September to appoint an additional director.

The GHL chairman had advised that the board was seeking local appointees who possessed commercial, business and governance experience, with the ability to become chairperson.

The council resolved to support the reappointment of Mr Reeves.

It also resolved to appoint a three-person panel to shortlist candidates if there were more than six applications.

That will consist of the mayor (whoever wins the coming elections), and councillors Graeme Thomson and Pat Seymour, who have been elected unopposed.

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