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Fiji Nursing Association Members Question Rent Income

Fiji Nursing Association Members Question Rent Income
New Zealand Nurses Organisation president Grant Brookes (left) with Fiji Nursing Association General Secretary Salanieta Matiavi during their Annual General Meeting at Novotel Suva Lami Bay conference centre on April 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 29
12:17 2018

The 2017 income and expendi­ture report for the year end­ing December 31, 2017, was scrutinised at the 61st Annual General Meeting of the Fiji Nurs­ing Association (FNA) at Novotel Suva Lami Bay conference centre yesterday.

This came after some members asked association office bearers what savings the association had after it had around $88,023 in 2017 compared with $71,748 in 2016 as the income from their building that has been on rent.

Members questioned what savings plans they had in place in terms of investment.

General treasurer Varea Ralifo responded that there was a build­ing committee within the FNA and the savings and funds from the rent were directed towards the commit­tee.

Mr Ralifo said there was a pro­posed plan for a four-storey apart­ment building and a multipurpose hall, which the committee was looking into.

Mr Ralifo also revealed that the chunk of the rent from the FNA building went towards repair and maintenance.

However, another member Kaviki­ni Naidini questioned if they were planning to finance the new build­ing from the profits over the years or to take a loan.

He further asked how the funds were being distributed and was it returning to the members?

In response, FNA General Sec­retary Salanieta Matiavi said the building fund had about $300,000 in its account.

“With the new building we are planning to take a loan and that is why we have to discuss the issue on the revised constitution and dis­cuss the increase of subscription from $10 to $20 from the members.”

However, FNA President Alisi Vu­diniabola replied that the decision to take a loan or not would have to come from the members.

“The plan is in place and the mem­bers will pay for the loan.

“The rent that is generated from the building in the previous years, we have also done major repairs that were needed.”

Chief Nursing and Midwifery ad­viser Silina Waqa suggested that FNA should invest money into the Unit Trust.

Ms Waqa said in the next three years this could be something the association could subsidise for the planned building.

“Just looking at the financial re­port, I’m thinking what is the as­sociation’s future plan and projec­tion towards the current building? Are we still happy to keep it? Or we want to build a bigger one and the value of the building would be much greater?”

However, she said, if the current building was getting in more in­come than her proposal could be ignored.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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