Trust in lawyer’s hands

The Press (New Zealand), Aug. 2, 2002,1008,1285097a1934,FF.htmlOff-site Link
02 August 2002

The trustees of the Full Gospel Mission Trust have agreed unanimously to put the trust’s fortunes in the hands of a barrister.

The six trustees, Neil Eggleston, Bruce Hingston, Joanna Hingston, Arnold Love, Garry Love, and Ross Williams, met on Wednesday night to discuss a petition from former members of the Full Gospel Mission Fellowship which asked for the trust’s assets to be sold and the proceeds distributed to charity.

Assets include 180ha at Murchison, a 48ha property in the prime wine-growing area of Waipara and the fort-like headquarters of the mission’s fellowship, Camp David.

The decision has delighted petition organiser Marie Squires. She said yesterday she was “very, very, happy”.

Trustee Joanna Hingston said it was hoped once the barrister had looked at the Trust Deed everyone would be informed about the “best way forward for the trust”.

“We see this as the best way forward for the trust and do not want to continue on with the legacy of Douglas Metcalf who died 13 years ago. We want to move on with our lives,” she said.

A tug-of-war developed over the assets following an alleged attempt by one trustee, Garry Love, to sack four of his fellow trustees. His efforts were thwarted.

Former members, alarmed at his attempted coup which they saw as a move to rebuild a religious sect at the property, petitioned the trustees to make an application to the court to have the assets sold.

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