HiTAC June 2023

President’s desk

Kia ora Folks,

Well if you assumed from the missing president’s report last month myself and the committee have been very busy and there is also a lot to update the membership on, then let the below be proof of that.

The Lodge now has Indemnity insurance Cover for up to just over one million dollars just in time before our previous policy expired. Thanks to the committee for coming together for an extra meeting to discuss options, our Treasurer Andrew Darney for helping the committee and membership understand the various options on offer to us and Ross Eden for putting detail into how much a replacement build would actually cost us if the worst was to happen.

Myself, Andrew Jordan (Vice president)  and our experienced advisor Ivan Bruce represented the Club at  the Nga iwi o Taranaki and Crown redress ceremony at Aotearoa Marae in South Taranaki. The Collective Redress Document which was intitialled by both parties is available to download
The biggest aspect that will impact the club’s concession to have a lodge within Te Papakura o Taranaki is joint governance between Iwi and the Crown of the National Park. Bringing into question what is the Taranaki alpine club doing to stay relevant in modern times?. I am very much interested to hear members’ thoughts on how we can make more accessible the fantastic opportunities in terms of instruction and resources available to all interested in alpine activities on Taranaki maunga. As an incorporated society as opposed to a public institution we don’t currently record the ethnicity of club members on signing up but this has the potential to actually measure how inclusive the club is not just Maori but of various cultural backgrounds in general that choose Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand as their home.

Snowcraft is almost upon us. Last time I checked with our club captain there were a few precious spots left, so don’t hesitate in securing one of these. Also a reminder to those already shown interest via email to Finn your spot is not secured until you have returned the paper work and paid the fee.

Another Committee member Don Paterson has been a busy man; between all his multiple hats has found the time to review our instruction document with the intention of making sure it is relevant to our organisation which uses all volunteer instructors and trip leads. We were also recently asked by FMC magazine to contribute information for an article on how we check the competency and currency of our instructors so I will include that written record in this Hitac even though we unfortunately missed the cut off for that article with everything else going on.

Club Nights are nearly booked out for the year thanks to your elected committee, check the HiTAC and Facebook for details for upcoming club nights.
Ngā mihi

Conrad Murray

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