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Times still tight but OutlineNZ surviving

Tue 14 Jun 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

The national glbt counselling and welfare organisation OutlineNZ is still facing tight financial times, though it currently has enough funds to continue operating for six months. At last evening's AGM Outline members were told that although the organisation has been able to take on extra contracted and paid work for services to glbt people, attracting funds for core expenses remains a huge ask. OutlineNZ now has to pay significant rent for its small premises after being evicted from its previous and much cheaper and larger space when the Out organisation suddenly shut down last year. This, coupled with other incresases such as a considerable rise in phone costs associated with its 0800 counselling line, means there is sufficient money in the bank to cover operations for the next six months only. This is also, coincidentally, when the funding for its general manager position runs out. However, OutlineNZ chair Peter Martin was upbeat in his annual report,  acknowledging that the mostly volunteer-based organisation remains in good heart, provides services to a high standard and is a respected part of the glbt communities. Martin was re-elected unopposed to continue as chair but signalled that he will not be available for the role after this twelve month term ends. Also elected last night were Willy Ruru as secretary, ex-OutlineNZ General Manager Neil Denney as treasurer and board members Martin Fraser, Rick Mann, Tulia Thompson and Bernice Tyree.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 14th June 2011 - 7:59pm

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