Dunedin city councillors have delayed a decision on whether
to have an observer on a restructured Otago Theatre Trust
board until they have further information about the new board
and what rights the observer would have.
The trust operates the Regent Theatre and the council owns
Following a report from staff on arrangements between the
theatre and the council, councillors on the community
development committee agreed an observer role would be
pointless without the observer at least having speaking
Councillors also noted they would receive a fuller report on
options for future financial arrangements with the theatre
after a review of civic grants and service-level agreements
between the council and community groups using council
facilities was completed later this year.
Both parties are keen to clarify roles and responsibilities
for maintenance and meeting compliance requirements for the
The trust says it is unable to meet increased compliance
costs for the building since a recent major upgrade of the
Councillors agreed to delay a decision on the council's role
on the trust board until it had more details of the proposed
board structure and reporting procedures.