Stratford RSA facing liquidation

By ILONA HANNE

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The future of the Stratford RSA is in question, with an Extraordinary General Meeting to take place on Monday next week to discuss the possibility of liquidation
The future of the Stratford RSA is in question, with an Extraordinary General Meeting to take place on Monday next week to discuss the possibility of liquidation

Members of Stratford's RSA are considering putting the south Taranaki association into liquidation.

One former committee member describes the move as "coming out of the blue" - just one year out from the club's centenary.

Kevin Holley said he considered the motion indicated a vote of no confidence in the committee and resigned from his committee role on Tuesday last week.

"I believe other committee members were planning to do the same, but I can't speak for them. Everyone will make their own decision."

Neil Marriner, president of the Stratford RSA, referred all questions to Mr Holley.

In August 2014, dwindling patronage and ever-increasing running costs led to a temporary closure, followed by a decision to permanently close in October 2015, when the building was put up for sale by tender.

However, a new letter has been circulated, calling for the liquidation.

Mr Holley said some of the signatories on the letter were not current financial members but the committee agreed it would still accept the content and act accordingly.

"As a committee, we have been doing our best to do everything right and by the book."

He said the committee had discussed the option of liquidation with members in the past.

"While we have been able to significantly reduce the original debt we inherited from a previous committee, we were aware the time would come when we did run out of funds, so we discussed the options we had.

"One of those options was receivership, which we were not keen on as that process effectively means you hand over the keys, the locks are changed and you never see it again. We also weren't guaranteed that all debts would be cleared by the end.

"We then looked at liquidation but weren't convinced that was the right solution either."

Instead, the decision was made to put the building up for tender through local real estate firm Matthew & Co.

Mr Holley said he wasn't aware of the exact amount of debt the RSA had.

"But it isn't a great amount. It's around $160,000."

He said the assets were greater than the debt owed "by a considerable amount".

The committee has been working hard to do everything we can to clear the name of the RSA, to pay off the debt and to do the right thing.
Kevin Holley, former committee member of the Stratford RSA

While the RSA closed in October 2015, the committee continued to provide support to RSA members, and looked at ways to reduce the debt.

"The committee has been working hard to do everything we can to clear the name of the RSA, to pay off the debt and to do the right thing," Mr Holley said.

Leasing the building to Stratford District Council during a library relocation had helped.

"But since that ended in October 2016, we have lost that revenue stream," Mr Holley said.

Most of the memorabilia was owned by the Stratford RSA but some was on loan.

"So the liquidators, if it does end that way, will need to contact the families and make arrangements."

Mr Holley said the motion to place the association in liquidation would be considered at an extraordinary general meeting in the RSA clubrooms on Monday, March 20.

The decision lay in the hands of members, he said.

"I just hope they know what they are doing."

- Stratford Press

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