AGM 2017


Our AGM this year started off in a slightly unusual way. The venue was set to be St Mary’s church, Whitby, at 7:30 but at the due time the doors were locked and we weren't able to contact anyone from the church management to let us in. If it wasn’t so chilly we could have held the meeting outside, and someone did suggest the local pub instead. In the end we were highly enthusiastic when Helen Reilly offered us her warm lounge where we congregated for the evening to conduct the formal and informal proceedings. After some shuffling of chairs to accommodate everyone (which included 9 other members of the Guardians whom we were very happy to see) the meeting got underway at about 8pm.

The AGM was a very simple affair, unlike those of the previous two years, and after a summary of the annual report and the presentation of the financial statement, all committee members, with the exception of two, were re-elected for another year. Mary Dinniss had already expressed her desire to concentrate on the Forest & Bird management committee of the Pāuatahanui Wildlife Reserve where she is very heavily involved, and Philippa Richardson also tendered her resignation.

For the 2017-2018 year the GOPI committee is made up as follows:

Chair                    Tony Shaw

Secretary             Helen Reilly

Treasurer             Stephen O’Neil

Plus:                    Janet Ryan (membership secretary)

Michael Waldron (newsletter editor and Webmaster)

John McCoy

                    Christine Stanley

Lindsay Gow

John Wells


Following the routine formal proceedings we were keen to hear our guest speaker for the evening, Mr Dale Williams ONZM. Dale was on the Otorohanga district council for 18 years, and as mayor for the last 9, and now represents the Northern Ward of Porirua City Council and is a member of the Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee.

Dale’s address focussed on his life experiences, both in private and public life. He summarised his history as a motorbike mechanic, eventually owning his own business in this endeavour and retiring to enjoy life. However, his calling turned to public service, working first at Otorohanga, and Dale expressed how much he loves being a councillor, recommending it as a career. It was a career opportunity presented to his wife that eventually brought Dale and the family to Wellington, and to his election as the Northern Wall councillor.

Dale addressed a range of issues facing the future for Porirua and included references to the Whaitua Committee’s work and the developments in and around the city that would affect the harbour. He comprehensively answered a number of environmentally aligned questions from the floor. Dale was very positive about the opportunities for Porirua and his whole address was fluent and altogether very interesting.


Our Annual Report is available to view here.


The Editor.



Last Updated: 30/06/2017 5:26pm