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Gill Alcock attends the special general meeting that decides the fate of headland -- Sculpture on the Gulf Still passionate: Initiators and founding benefactors of headland -- Sculpture on the Gulf Jo and John Gow. ' It would have been nice to reach a compromise to reach a solution but we are too far apart. ' Bill Singh Gallery treasurer Waiheke Community Art Gallery has been given a clear mandate by its members to set up a lim- ited liability company to run its biennial headland -- Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition. It was standing room only at a special general meeting of gallery members at the Artworks Theatre last Thursday, with some members making the trip from Auckland to hear the two motions put forward by the two factions disputing the governance of the three week outdoor sculpture event. Gallery members had been sent details of the two proposals before the meeting, which was chaired by gallery chairwoman Susan McCarthy. First to speak was gal- lery director Linda Chalmers, who reminded members of the gallery committee's wish to form a limited liability com- pany with charitable status to protect the gal- lery and its members from the financial risks should the headland event fail. A limited liability company will allow for self-governance while still maintaining accountability.'' The company would consist of a board of five directors appointed for four-year terms with the ownership of the head- land brand remaining with the gallery. The alternative motion was that a group be established to elect a trust board for an inde- pendent charitable trust to run the event. This was put forward by Kay Peterson who was chairwoman of the gal- lery's headland subcom- mittee before it was dis- solved, Graham Guthrie, on whose Church Bay property the headland gala opening has tra- ditionally taken place, and on which many of the sculptures have been sited, and headland com- mittee member Christine James. Lawyer John Robertson spoke on their behalf, saying headland had grown to such an extent it was like the tail wagging the dog''. He said Mr Guthrie, who was unable to attend the meeting, was warning that people should look carefully at the legal implications''. In Graham Guthrie's view headland needs to be more separate than can exist with a limited liability company. If you set up a trust there will be a greater degree of separation between the two operations.'' Mr Robertson warned the next headland event was now two months behind schedule and the establishment of a legal entity was of paramount importance''. He ended by saying Mr Guthrie was urging members to take another course of action and adjourn this meeting and set up another''. Plus he was recommending getting the subcommit- tee working again and letting this decision work itself out''. Once representatives for both motions had taken their allotted 15 minutes, Mrs Peterson also asked to speak. Using the words of this year's headland director Juliet Monaghan and supporter Roger France she said the gallery should not control head- land as the event needed different skill sets''. We accept the gallery is the legal owner of headland but it is the huge army of volunteers who are the real owners. The gallery's baby has now morphed into an adult and needs to go its own way.'' Connell's Bay Sculp- ture Park owner John Gow, along with his wife Jo, Ruth Foreman and Sue Fisher initiated headland -- Sculpture on the Gulf 10 years ago with the Waiheke Com- munity Art Gallery as the sole beneficiary''. Mr Gow told members he remained passionate about New Zealand's leading sculptural event'' but that the current situ- ation had undermined headland and threatened the integrity of the whole event''. He recommended the subcommittee should keep it going as it had done for the last five events. Treasurer Bill Singh told those gathered: It would have been nice to reach a compromise to reach a solution but we are too far apart. The bottom line is the gallery retains owner- ship but we cannot bridge the gap with the other group. It won't happen.'' Non gallery members ex-Waiheke Community Board chairman Tony Sears and library man- ager Fiona Kralicek were called upon to do the count after the members had voted on the two motions. The results, which included 169 proxy votes, were 235 for the gallery's motion of forming a lim- ited liability company and 27 for the motion to form an independent charitable trust. Ms McCarthy says she is delighted by the sup- port from the member- ship. I think we had a reasonable, even debate.'' We have a clear man- date to go forward and I do hope we can all work together to do so,'' she says. Mrs Peterson says the result was never going to end differently but she hopes whatever happens from now on the outcome for headland is the best it can be''. Mr Gow says: It's good that everyone aired their views. There were no material differences. There was a strong message behind the gal- lery.'' Headland questions and answers Waiheke Community Art Gallery members got the opportunity to gain some clarity over the governance issue at the meeting. Here are some of the questions they put to the floor: David Wheeler raised the issue of liability, asking how the gallery would be exposed if headland incurred a large debt and whether headland funds would be used to support the gallery if it fell over. Gallery lawyer Matthew Tetley-Jones answered that that would be where the limited liability company would kick in''.Basil Holmes asked if any serious effort had been made to get the separate parties together to resolve the situation. It is a disgrace. You meet, you argue and you reach a solution.'' Gallery chairwoman Susan McCarthy agreed it was a disgrace, saying the parties had spent many many hours talking''. The headland sub- committee said we should just make a decision, but we felt we had to ask you all.'' A suggestion the meeting be adjourned by Will Marley received some support. Otherwise you are asking members to embark on a lose-lose situation.'' Roger Hutton asked if it was true that if motion two was chosen, members would have no input into headland. Lawyer John Robertson replied interested members could become trustees.
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