Hataitai resident Barbara Benson was elected last week as the first chairperson of the newly formed Joint Management Committee, which will manage the former bowling club and the Hataitai Community House.
Her Appointment follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between two organisations, the Hataitai Community Recreation Trust and the Hataitai Community House, transitioning them under one management system.
"It is an exciting time for Hataitai and its residents. We have a Feasibility Study in progress in the suburb to find out how residents see the bowling club and its services developing in the future," says Barbara.
She spent 34 years in Dunedin where she led teams of people throughout her working life as a secondary school science and biology teacher and teacher educator.
In 2008 she moved to Wellington to the national position of Manager Teacher Education at the New Zealand Teachers Council (now the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand).
Barbara's voluntary work over 40 years included being the Chief Judge of the National Science and Technology Fair and latterly she was the chair of its advisory board.