Marlborough Electric Power Trust chairman Tim Smit took no part in the trust's decision to support the civic theatre project in Blenheim with grants.
Mr Smit, who is also project manager of the civic theatre building project, declared an interest and took no part in the power trust's discussion on the grants.
Both Mr Smit and power trustee Leo McKendry made this point at the power trust annual meeting last week.
Mr McKendry confirmed a $200,000 grant to the civic theatre, which had been approved by the trust about three years ago, had been paid during the past year as the theatre project had been granted building consent. This was a condition of the grant being made.
The theatre trust had asked for a $2 million donation, and the power trust had decided to give $1 million, spread in two grants of $500,000 over two years, he said.
Mr Smit did not take part in any discussion of that grant, Mr McKendry said.
The power trust has made donations before, including $25,000 toward printing the Marlborough district 150 year history book and $35,000 for the Picton Emergency Operations Centre.
- The Marlborough Express