Horowhenua Charity Trust Fails to Provide Information

The Horowhenua NZ Trust, a charitable trust established over a year ago (in May 2018) has not provided its first annual financial report to Horowhenua residents.

Key financial trust in Horowhenua
has failed to front up
with returns for the public

The Charities Act 2005 requires all charities to file an Annual Return within 6 months of the end of the financial year.

The trust deed says trustees are also required to hold a public meeting, “within five months of the balance date to present and receive public comment on the annual report.”

The trust deed also says, “a summary of the annual report” must be published in all newspapers circulated within the Horowhenua.

Copies of the annual report “shall” also be available from the office of the trust and available on the trust’s website – which, to date, they are not.

No information has been released on if, or where, the trust has an office or whether the trust is still operating out of Horowhenua’s District Council’s premise’s in Levin.

Although deputy chair of the trust Antony Young is a member of an independent local body election site, administered by Carolyn Leslie, he did not respond to a question posted by local body election candidate for the Levin Ward Paul King about how to access the trust’s first financial records.

Candidate Paul King is asking the key questions


In response to whether he had been contacted at all by either a trustee or council officer Mr King said, “No, not as yet.”

Chief executive of the profit making arm of the trust, and Horowhenua District Council’s former economic development manager Shanon Grainger, is also a member of the local body election site. 

The charitable trust’s profit-making arm of the trust is called The Horowhenua Company.

Chief executive of the profit making arm of the trust, and Horowhenua District Council’s former economic development manager Shanon Grainger, is also a member of the local body election site. 
The charitable trust’s profit making arm of the trust is called The Horowhenua Company.

Council’s group manager corporate Services Mark Lester, also a member of the independent local body election site, didn’t respond to Levin Ward candidate Paul King’s request for information either. 
The council supported the establishment of the trust.

[Useful source of information: https://www.charities.govt.nz/im-a-register…/annual-returns/]

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