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Help save Otimai for the next generation of Girl Guides!

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Do you remember learning to make bedding rolls, gadgets and singing songs around the campfire at Burgin Field? Or maybe you attended a Pippinic, sat on toadstools at the ‘Fairy Ring’ or held a Guides Own service at the outdoor chapel.

If you have any of these special memories, please help us to save Otimai for the next generation!

Otimai - the first GirlGuiding Centre in New Zealand and home of GirlGuiding Auckland – is being sold. Tens of thousands of Girl Guides have stayed here during the last 89 years, and we want this legacy to continue for future generations.

In making the decision to sell there has been:

·       No public consultation undertaken about the sale of Otimai 

·       No public statement given by GirlGuiding New Zealand

·       No notification given to the Wilson family, who donated the property to GirlGuiding New Zealand in 1926. The family understood Otimai to be donated in perpetuity.

 

Furthermore, no official reasons for the sale have been given. Claims have been made that: 

  • It is “too expensive to run” causing a deficit of $30,000/year.

However the Annual Report shows the organisation had equity of $26million in 2015. Cash in hand is listed as $3.8million.

Furthermore, in the Audit Report compled by BDO for the 2015 accounts, GirlGuiding New Zealand does not comply with current reporting standards. Basically:

1.     The accounts do not state land and buildings at fair value and “the effects of this misstatement are both material and pervasive to the financial statements.”

2.     Non-consolidation of Districts (meaning they have no overall idea of the wider associations finances).

(More information can be found on the Charities Register.) 

  • “Usage is down”

Despite reports of Otimai being fully booked on weekends and school holidays.

  • “The property needs repairs and maintenance”

No large-scale fundraising efforts have been undertaken to repair Otimai for 30+ years. Re: maintenance, volunteers offers to maintain the property had been turned down. After the decision was made to sell the organisation accepted help without informing the volunteers it was going to be sold. Note - a GirlGuiding value is to be “honest and trustworthy”.

 

We are starting this petition to:

·       Raise awareness before it is too late!

·       Hold the National Board accountable for making a decision that the majority members and alumni do not support.

·       Get answers about the real reasons it is being sold.

·       Prevent the sale of Guiding assets from happening in other parts of the country.  

·       And most of all – to SAVE OTIMAI!

 For Guides in other parts of New Zealand:

This is a plea for you to help! If this precious space can’t be saved, who knows which assets might be next. Will 2017 see Cracroft, Raroa, Camp Rutherford and Sidey Outdoor Centre on the chopping board with no consultation? We really hope not!

Please sign and share this with anyone who has been involved in Girl Guiding.

 We need to make it clear to the National Board that this is not ok! 



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