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Auckland Co-Operative Taxi Society Turmoil


PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release


Management Committee manipulate voting system
Chairman and Vice Chairman voted out but refused to resign
Members interrogated for collecting signatures for petition
Further no confidence motions refused by committee


Auckland. March 15, 2002

Despite the shareholders of the Auckland Co-Operative Taxi Society overwhelming voting out the Chairman, Mr Robert Van Heiningen and the Vice Chairman, Mr Brian Lough at a Special General Meeting last week, both refused to resign from their positions. It was not till after members protested that they finally handed in their resignations as Chairman & Vice Chairman last Friday morning.

However, they have bluntly refused to resign their positions on the management committee and their directorships in over 20 Subsidiaries of the Auckland Co-Operative Taxi Society despite the No Confidence motion requiring their immediate resignations

This comes on top of the management committee being exposed, by the members, of fraudulently manipulating the Proxy votes at the Special General Meeting.

When unsuspecting members signed the attendance register they were handed proxies, by the secretary Mr Roger Clark. These members were unaware whose proxy they were representing and refused to use the proxy given to them when the vote was called.

Proxies read out by the Secretary were false, as members whose proxies were read out never granted a proxy and in many cases were also at the meeting. When the committee was questioned over these anomalies in the proxies they refused to answer.

Additionally, while the cut off time for Proxies is 48 hours prior to the meeting, members were still being called into the Chairman’s office less than 24 hours prior to the meeting and forced to sign a proxy in favour of the Chairman.

Members have signed affidavits as to these illegal activities of the management committee and an investigation into the irregularities of the proxy votes, by the Fraud Squad, is pending.


Furthermore, in a decision made this week by the management committee, they have indefinitely delayed a decision to expelled two members from the Society for collecting signatures for the petition for the vote of no confidence.

Their disregard for the member’s rights is appalling and completely out of order. The current management committee has spent over $500,000 in Lawyers bills defending themselves against legal actions taken by the members. They have also expelled members at will who question the actions of the committee.

Additional motions of no confidence in the Secretary and a Committee Member were submitted to the Societies offices last week however the committee have out rightly refused to vote on these motions at the next general meeting schedule for 2nd April.

The members of the Society will now be taking legal action against the committee members and plan to protest their concerns outside Taxi House, 10 Macaulay St Newton.

For further information please contact:

John Bourke
C/- The Concerned Members of the Auckland Co-Operative Taxi Society
Ph: 360-2886
Fax: 360-2885
M: 021-402-886

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