Some Questions and Answers
Does purchasing/contributing to a Turk mean the benefits described are for any Turk or just one?
Once you are a member of the Mountain Turk Club you can use any of the club’s Turks including any built after you have joined.
Where is the project up to now?
There are currently two Turks in the project (I can’t say club because it is not formed yet), one in the Crown Basin and the other in the drive at my house. The last year has been spent obtaining building and resource consent – this process was completed at the end of 2019. Prior to this approval I didn’t want to form the club and collect money since there was a risk I would need to return it.
What are the plans for the Crown Basin Turk?
The Crown Basin Turk was the first one built and has been a great success, however it lacks insulation, is single glazed and does not meet the engineering requirements approved by the council. The plan is to either sell and replace with the new design or refurbish the existing turk.
Where are things at financially?
If we consider consents as part of the assets of the club then the total assets are $30,000 (2 Turks and consents). Of this total, $20,000 has been paid by me (or I should say my family). If we include the value of pro-bono work done then the asset value would be around $100,000. I’ve also had verbal commitments from various people keen on contributing however that money isn’t in the bank since the club hasn’t been formed yet.
How do I join?
You can “pre-join” by depositing $300 into account: ASB 12-3405-0092402-03
Email me the following: Your name/phone number, whether you want to be anonymous and what part of a Turk you want to pay for from https://mountainturk.org.nz/about-turks/turk-contributions/
Alternately (or both) you can help build and install Turks.
What is a founding member?
If you are like me and really believe in this project then pay for a whole Turk ($10,000). I kind of had no choice because to get this crazy idea off the ground I needed to prove it would work! (Little did I realise that in less than a year after building the first one I would have a trip to the Antarctic.) Founding members do not need to pay to use Turks and can take friends and family FOC.
Is there something between a standard and founding member?
How about a family membership for the cost of a water tank ($2700). This would give you life membership for you and your kids without the need to pay use fees.
Are you sure about all of this membership stuff?
I’m not 100% certain, which is why I need a good establishment meeting next week so I can get some feedback on my initial concepts.
What can I do to help?
There are lots of tasks that someone else would be better suited to than me (time spent doing these would also contribute to membership), such as:
- taking meeting minutes (a committee secretary would do this)
- managing communication, mailing lists and social media (possibly another committee member)
- managing memberships
If you have more questions please send them to me.
4th February 2020
027 241 8571