Motion to cease Shelly Bay talks passed at Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust AGM

An artist's impression of a joint venture development at Shelly Bay by the Port Nicholson Block Development Trust and ...

An artist's impression of a joint venture development at Shelly Bay by the Port Nicholson Block Development Trust and The Wellington Company.

The future of Shelly Bay is uncertain after opponents to a proposed development challenged its sale.

A motion was passed at the annual meeting of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST) on Saturday, calling on the board to cease its discussions with developer Ian Cassels. 

Last month the trust confirmed it had entered a joint venture with the Wellington Company, Cassels company, just months after members voted down a different proposal with the same company.

The trust took ownership of the land in 2010 as part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement. Since then there have been a series of proposals to develop the land, however none have progressed and the buildings are deteriorating.

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On Wednesday Dr Catherine Love, daughter of the recently jailed fraudster Sir Ngatata Love, said a motion calling on trustees to cease talks with developers had passed with "overwhelming support".

The motion said talks should be stopped and the trust should discuss all Shelly Bay options with its members.

However, she was not clear on the legal position of the board regarding the vote.

Another motion was passed that there should be an independent audit review of the Trust's operations, from 2009 to the present.

PNBST chief executive Jason Fox said members would have more opportunities to discuss the proposed joint venture.

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Cassels said the internal process that was "boiling" was something that had to happen and he was confident the trust would work through and resolve its issues.

"Shelly Bay is a good deal for all parties, which will become obvious when they [beneficiaries] look at it."

Meanwhile, Neville Baker is the only existing PNBST board member to be re-elected, with former members Sam Kahui, Kura Moeahu, and Te Rira Puketapu failing to gain enough support. 

Mahina Puketapu, Hannah Buchanan, Wayne Mulligan,John Coffey, and Kara Puketapu-Dentice were elected as trustees.

They will join Holden Hohaia, Peter Jackson, Toarangatira Pomare and Howie Tamati and Morrie Love as trustees, who are now in to the second year of a three-year term.

Puketapu-Dentice, 25, said the result was a clear indication of the feelings of the people about how the trust had been performing.

"They felt discouraged with decisions being made, particularly with the sale of Waiwhetu school in 2013 and the proposed sale of Shelly Bay."

The people wanted to be more involved and engaged with decision making, he said.

"This is the moving of the old guard and the entry of the new guard that will inject new energy and listen to the people. Now it is time for the people to recover their trust."

 - Stuff

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