OETT AGM 2020
OTAGO EXCURSION TRAIN TRUST
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SEPTEMBER 22nd 2020
7.30 PM BURNS HALL
- Minutes from the 2019 AGM 10 September
- Minutes from the 2019 Special Meeting 10 September
- Minutes from the Special Meeting 5 August 2020
- Matters arising
- Chairman's report
- Election of executive members those retiring by rotation offering themselves for re-election are;
Diane Nader, Brian Crabbe, David Wood.
8. Four further nominations have been received:
Grant Craig, Alan Boyer, Philip Riley and Courtney Kilner.
Therefore to complete the number of executive members (8) as per clause Vl(b)(l) in the Constitution four members need to be elected.
9. Options for OETT in the future.
10. General Business
Bio of the candidates standing for election
Although the importance and activity of the Trust has been taken away in recent times it is important that it continues and follows the aspirations of its original membership.
I served on the Executive for 20 plus years and in that time organised and ran trains from various South Island locations to the Gorge and other places. I was involved in the Save the Train Appeal. My experience in the tourism business and managing trains for the operators of the TGR will be of benefit to the OEIT members. We need to move on in support any new owners of the Dunedin Railways
My name is Brian Crabbe. I am a Foreman Carpenter for Naylor Love Construction and have been with them 47 years in January. This will be my tenth year as a Volunteer host with Taieri Gorge Railway. In February 2014 1 was asked would I like to be co-opted into the Executive of the Otago Excursion Train Trust. I thought this was a privilege to be asked. For the last six years I have been OETT Health & Safety Rep.
I am life member No.64 and joined the trust in 1979.
I have had a real interest and involvement in the Otago Excursion Train Trust (OETT) since joining in 1979 and have served previously on the OETT committee. My interest in railways, its history and management goes back to the early days of the setup of the OETT. I have made a 40 year career in the railway industry, served on a number of volunteer organization's committees and I have the knowledge, experience and drive to see a reset of the OETT as it still has a place in fostering rail travel and in protecting the historic and scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.
If elected to the committee I wish to see more involvement of the members in decision making, foster a more social side and ensure the OETT membership is better informed through a newsletter, website and a new facebook page.
I have a railway and tourism background, which led to employment at Dunedin Railways.
Rail Operations interests me; selection for Guard/Locomotive Assistant training and working alongside OETT hosts on cruise ship trains has given me a well-rounded knowledge.
Recent mothballing resulted in my redundancy, and I was instrumental in organising the successful Keep Dunedin Rail Rolling campaign, which is ongoing.
I believe the OETT has a part to play in the future ofTGR and promoting rail in Otago. I offer my team skills and energy to the OETT with confidence we can grow in this new environment.
The last year for the OETT has not been an easy one. This as we know has been ongoing from Dunedin Railways and the devastating effects of Covid-19.
I have been part of the OETT Executive for the past 4 years. I believe that we work well together and I would like to continue for a further 2 years to see through the changes that are ahead for the OETT.
Recently moved back to hometown of Dunedin after 16 years away and as a former volunteer of OETT and former employee of Taieri Gorge Railway Ltd, I have the passion and enthusiasm for railways and the community to stand for the OETT Board to ensure that it has a surviving chance to promote rail travel and work alongside Dunedin Railways when the opportunity arises. I have over 25 years of experience in tourism, hospitality and aviation.
During my career I have gained a set of valuable intangible skills which include mentoring, leadership, teamwork, compliance, marketing, accounting and strategic development and planning. Making my skills at good match for the future of the trust.
I feel my skill set is what the OETT needs to ensure a great diverse future.
David W Wood
I have lived in Dunedin since 1977 and began my association with the OETF back in January 2006 when I became a volunteer for cruise ship trains and have retained this involvement till earlier this year. From October 2009 1 have been a member of the OEIT Executive and for the last four years Chairman of the Trust plus holding the position of Treasurer. In 2013 1 was elected to the Taieri Gorge Railway Board now Dunedin Railways Ltd as one of the two OEIT Directors on that Board and have remained on its Board till the dissolution earlier this year.