Totara Park Mountain Bike Club
Trails for our community
 
 
 

Last Working Bee for the year Saturday October 6. Meet at the Redoubt Rd Carpark, 9AM or The Hub at 9.10am. bring a wheelbarrow and shovel , we'll be finishing Just Another track ( a link between Gutsa and Scrubber) and getting some armour into a few holes and ruts before summer.

Email us here or message us on Facebook if you're coming so that we can supply some food and drinks for all afterwards

In other news, FourForty MTB Park open there new uphill trail on October 13, look here for a $20 discount on uphill season passes.

Trail builders; TrailPRO  are having a bit of a tidy up on the new trails. These have stood up amazingly well after a very wet winter. Testament to the skills of the trailbuilders.

The new cattle grate is in above Mawhitiwhiti to aid access from Redoubt Rd.

Planning is under way for the 4 gullies area opposite the new trails to be fenced,planted out and new tracks developed within that planting site. If everything comes together, we're hoping to see a number of new tracks built to expand our network and help us achieve our goal of running races here under the club banner.  





Totara Park Mountain Bike Club (INC) AGM 2018 Minutes 
Friends of Totara Park Club Rooms 10 May 2018. 
Meeting opened: 7.31pm. 

 


Attendees: Kelvin Hieatt, Greg Simmons, Paul Allen, Colin Stickells, Blair Holst, Mike Small, 

Martyn Capstick, Geoff Leckie & Dave Barnett .  9 Members in attendance.   
Apologies: Peter Futterup, Sean Bolton, Kevin Hawke. 

A motion to accept the minutes of the 2017 AGM was proposed by Mike Breen and seconded by Geoff Leckie 

Presidents Report Delivered By Greg Simmons; 
Increases in all club activities including Membership, Contracted drain clearance/track reshaping, Working Bees, volunteer hours, events were recorded and new council tracks supported by Auckland Council and community funding organisations were confirmed.  
Greg commented that 2017/18 was a successful year in getting our base layer right as a group, and that the 2018/19 year is when we will start to be a real club He also expressed excitement about where we are headed. 
A motion to accept the Presidents Report was proposed by Greg Simmons and seconded by Paul Allen 
Motion Carried 


Treasurers Report Delivered By Kelvin Hieatt; 
Kelvin ran us through our accounts which had been depleted of the funds granted by council for track maintenance. Some $25000 was spent on maintenance in the 2017/18 year. Looking ahead, grants from The Trillion Trust, The Trusts and further maintenance funding from Auckland Council will see us continue with our maintenance program and will see the clubs coffers able to fund our projects for this coming year.  
A motion to accept the Treasurers Report was proposed by Geoff Leckie and seconded by Mike Breen 
Motion Carried 

Membership Report Delivered By Paul Allen;  
In 12 months we’ve gone from 17 members to 135, a monthly prize giveaway, along with a renewed web presence have seen facebook followers balloon to over 1200 and attendance at working bees skyrocket.  
A motion to continue with free membership for 2018/19 was proposed by Greg Simmons and seconded by Mike Breen. 
Motion carried 

MOU 
A motion to proceed with an MOU  (memorandum of understanding) with council was proposed by Mike Breen and seconded by Martyn Capstick. Discussion centred on whether or not Council Contractors should maintain and/or spray some sections of the track network. It was agreed that the club should push to manage all maintenance work required on the track network. 


Maintenance 
It was agreed that working bees would continue every 3 weeks initially to armour tracks affected by water damage. Anti Slip tape needing to be re applied to cattle grates. It was generally agreed that we have a lot of hard work ahead but once repairs of storm damaged tracks are completed the track network will be very resistant to storm damage. 

New Tracks for 2018 
A new planting as part of the Million Trees project for Auckland Council will see over 2 kilometres of new track built for us by Trailpro. This will consist of an up track and 2 downhill tracks of different styles with 90 odd metres of vertical. This is first new track built in the park since 2012 after some 12 months of lobbying council and applying for funding from council and outside charities. 

Funding 
VP Paul has been learning the craft of Funding Grant Applications, we give thanks to The Trillion Trust for $20000 of funding for new tracks. There are more applications for funding for equipment, rider clinics, maintenance in the pipeline. 
 

Signage 

Mockups have been done for entry and exit signs for the park, we’ll get them up around the park over the next few months. Sponsorship and/or funding by grants are to be looked at. 
Cattle 
We have ratified our policy on cattle in the park. Cattle have been a contentious issue in Totara Park over the past few years and the club has formulated a policy so that the public and council understand our collective opinion on stock in our park.  The policy was ratified by a vote with Mike Small being the only member against the proposal present at the AGM.  

Ebikes 
There are signs stating that ebikes are not permitted within Totara Park. This was a response to Stealth Ebikes using Totara Park as a launch venue for their range of high powered throttle controlled bikes, some of these could hit 70kmh and our club demanded in the strongest terms possible that it was not acceptable to have these motorcycles on our trails. Mike Breen kindly spent a little time riding some Scott pedal assist ebikes in the park for an evaluation of the damage which could be caused to track surfaces by these types of ebikes. His opinion was that there would be no difference between a pedal assist ebike and an aggressively ridden mountain bike. A proposal that we arrange for an overprint of the signs stating that pedal assist ebikes are welcome on our trails was proposed by Paul Allen and seconded by Greg Simmons 
Motion Carried 

Health and Safety. 
Kelvin Hieatt is to formulate a H & S policy for the TPMTBC. 

Election of Officers  
President – Greg Simmons;  Nominated by Kelvin Hieatt and seconded by Martyn Capstick .  
Vice President – Paul Allen; Nominated by Greg Simmons and seconded by Kelvin Hieatt.    
Secretary & Treasurer (combined) – Kelvin Hieatt;  Nominated by Greg Simmons and seconded by Paul Allen.  
Executive Committee – Mike Small, Sean Bolton, Colin Stickells, Mike Breen, Martyn Capstick, Kevin Hawke, Blair Holst  
All names put forward were accepted and voted for unanimously.No further voting was undertaken.  

Meeting closed: 9.17 pm   



2018 Special General Meeting Minutes

Totara Park Mountain Bike Club INC Special General Meeting - Minutes 7.00pm, Thursday March 15th 2018 The Friends of Totara Clubrooms  Totara Park, Manurewa, Auckland 
 
Meeting Opened: 7.00 pm Quorum: Met (6 required) 
 
Present: Kelvin Hieatt, Greg Simmons, Paul Allen, Geoff Leckie, Blair Holst, Alan Zuppicich, Mike Small, Carol Lynn, Colin Stickells, Kevin Hawke, Mike Breen, Sue Breen, Peter Futterup 

 
Apologies: Nick Wedde, Steve Le Gallais  

Moved to Accept: Paul Allan Seconded: Mike Small Carried (unanimous)  
 
Committee Motion:  Committee moves that the Constitution be amended to incorporate the following change: Remove clause 10.0  

10.0 Auditor

10.1 The Annual General Meeting shall elect or appoint an auditor or auditors.

10.2 The Auditor/s shall examine and audit all the books and accounts of the association annually, and have the power to call for books, papers, accounts, receipts etc of the association and report thereon to the AGM
 
Discussion:  

Mike Small asked whether removing this clause reduces the clubs standing with funders. - No not at all as accounts will be reviewed by CA and main funder still to be provided with report outlining expenditure.  Mike Small asked about advice given that removing this clause was ok and the correct thing to do – Advice to change Rules regarding Auditing received from both Register of Societies office and city Auditors via Manurewa Community Trust. Members reminded as per SGM notice that Auditing is expensive $3 to 10k and is only legally required for large charities/incorporated societies i.e. $1m annual funding and over. There is no mandatory requirement for a club our size i.e. less than $500,000 turnover.  
 
Seconded: Kevin Hawke. Carried (unanimously)  
 

 
Committee Motion:  

Committee moves that the Constitution be amended to incorporate the following change: Amendment to Section 8.3, removal of the reference to section 10 

8.3 At the Annual General Meeting, the President shall present a report of the club’s activities over the previous year, and the Treasurer shall present a statement of the Club’s accounts for the year ending 31 March, duly reviewed in accordance with Rule 10.2 

Amended to: 

8.3 At the Annual General Meeting, the President shall present a report of the club’s activities over the previous year, and the Treasurer shall present a statement of the Club’s accounts for the year ending 31 March. 
 
Seconded: Kevin Hawke Vote Outcome: Carried (unanimous)  
 
Committee Motion:  

Committee moves following: That the committee be authorised to make any such amendments as is necessary to update references throughout the Rules as a consequence of the amendment above (for example, the numbering of rules needs to be changed if a change is passed).  
 
Seconded: Geoff Leckie. Carried (unanimously)  
 
No other business. 

Meeting Closed: 7.15pm 


2017 AGM Minutes

Totara Park Mountain Bike Club (INC) AGM 2017 Minutes 

Location: Friends of Totara Park Club Rooms

Date: 29 th June 2017

Meeting opened: 7.08pm

     

Names of attendees: Kelvin Hieatt, Greg Simmons, Paul Allen, Colin Stickells, Blair Holst, Kevin Hawke, Adam Johnston, Alan Zuppicich, Steve Le Gallais, Peter Futterup, Mike Small, Caron Lynn, Kate Loman-Smith, Martyn Capstick, Geoff Leckie, Garth Lawrence, Joseph Allan, Sean Bolton.

 

17 Members in attendance.

 

Apologies: None

 

President report: Presented by Greg Simmons

  • Purchases included a Powered Barrow and a shipping container      for storage of club equipment.
  • Trail Pro were contracted for work on Scrubber, minor repairs      to Pony Express & upgrade to DIC.
  • Digger work/drain reinstatement on the track network continues.
  • Rain events leading to major works on Pony’s Express and      Anaconda
  • His view on the great cow debate.
  • Vision for future included; increasing trails to some 30 plus      kilometers and his goal would be to have a cross country course suitable      for local and national races. Also noted that the plans for new track had      been advanced and costed.      

     

Conversation about cattle in Totara Park:

Mike Small addressed the members regarding his opinion and position. An extensive discussion followed, with viewpoints for and against cattle in the park calmly debated.

   

Motion proposed by Paul Allen.

Executive committee are to form policy with regards to cattle in Totara Park. Then to have the policy ratified by the general membership.

Seconded by Blair Holst

Motion Carried.

     

Funding discussions

The Manurewa Local Board has offered a further $9000.00 to the club to assist with track repair following the storms in March and April. Incoming President to accept and sign funding agreement following the AGM. 

 Present was local board member Joseph Allan who discussed restructure of the local board/council and confirmed council willingness to work with community groups such as ours.

Costings covering track maintenance to be presented to Local board to support need for funding over the next 3 years.

Friends of Totara Park:

 

Kate Loman-Smith from Friends of Totara Park talked of 30,000 trees from the Mayor’s Million Tree Programme to be planted in the park and that it would be good for the club to work in with both Council and The FOT to plan new tracks in areas before fencing and tree planting took place. Funding for these areas could come from Property Developer Contributions being redirected to these types of environmental and community projects.   

Track Maintenance: – ongoing;

  • Digger work on the trail network to continue, drains have been repaired/reinstated.      Discussion that the drains were deep, and too some, dangerous, will see      the executive discuss the style of drain to be used in future.
  • Resurfacing still to be done
  • MAP 20 & 40 has been decided on as the material of choice      for use on the tracks.
  • Track material deliveries shall be placed in strategic locations      around the park for easier distribution onto tracks when weather allows.

Accounts:

A set of unaudited Year End (31/03/2017) accounts were supplied to the AGM.

Noted by Kelvin Hieatt, was the drop in membership fees over the last couple of years and also that $21,100.00 had been spent on repairing the tracks since the accounts were completed and the bank balance is $16,000. 

Motion to accept accounts proposed by Greg Simmons

Seconded by Garth Lawrence

Motion  carried.

 

Auditing of accounts/Changes to Constitution:

Greg Simmons put it to the membership that a Special General Meeting is to be arranged to consider changes to our constitution with regards to rules for auditing of accounts and executive membership issues.

Signage:

Official council signs, council have buy in and the signs may be taken more seriously.

Membership:

Discussion about subs - $0 for next 12 months to be consider by incoming committee. Incentives to increase membership shall be investigated by the new committee.

Events:

Addition of some new tracks to get bikes off the Bridal Paths would mean events could be run more easily without the need for marshals etc.

Election of Officers

 

President – Greg Simmons

Nominated by Paul Allen and seconded by Kelvin Hieatt

Unanimous vote.

 

Vice President – Paul Allen

Nominated by Kelvin Hieatt and seconded by Greg Simmons

Unanimous vote.

 

Secretary & Treasurer (combined) – Kelvin Hieatt

Nominated by Greg Simmons and seconded by Caron Lynn

Unanimous vote.

Council Liaison – Greg & Kelvin – already doing. All agreed it is part of the President’s role.

Club Captainno proposal.

Riders Repno proposal.

It was proposed these two positions become standard committee member positions.

Committee – Mike Small, Sean Bolton, Colin Stickells, Peter Futterup, Martyn Capstick, Kevin Hawke, Blair Holst

All names put forward were accepted. No further voting was undertaken.

Meeting closed: 8.41 pm