A member of the Wingatui Community Hall Society who was
expelled after a dispute last year has been made the
society's first life member.
The decision to appoint Brian Isaac as life member was made
at the society's latest AGM, which also detailed that six new
heat pumps had been installed in the previous financial year
in an effort to make the hall warmer.
It marks a turnaround for Mr Isaac, who was at the centre of
conflict over the hall's finances while he served as
treasurer and was last March expelled from its committee and
membership for at least five years. He has been re-appointed
since then and now serves as secretary.
President Mike McNulty said there was no longer any conflict
in the society.
''All that's solved. We are fundraising and the committee is
working as it should again. The old committee is completely
gone,'' he said.
Mr Isaac had been chosen as the first life member because of
the huge amount of work he had put into the hall over the
years - which, in recent times, included applying for grants
to buy the six heat pumps.
He said all the allegations previously levelled against Mr
Isaac were unfounded.
The society was still in negotiations with the council over a
$40,000 debt it had with the council against the society's