Item 6 in The Royal Society of New Zealand Alert Newsletter 743 states:
6. New Zealand Fund for Humane Research (Lord Dowding Fund) research grant
The Animal Welfare Institute of New Zealand [AWINZ] is seeking expressions of interest for a grant of $20,000 from the New Zealand Fund for Humane Research (Lord Dowding Fund).
The grant will be for research that will contribute to the replacement or reduction of the use of animals in research, testing or teaching, but will not itself involve the use of any animals or animal tissue.
Expressions of interest must be received no later than 28 February 2013. To do this, and/or to seek further information, please email Neil Wells (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The final decision will be made on or before 30 April 2013.
Item 6 Posted 15 November 2012.
The Society (SPCS) has published on its website its investigations into the activities of AWINZ (The Animal Welfare Institute of New Zealand), an unincorporated charitable trust of which Auckland barrister Neil Edward Wells is “the Settlor” of its alleged “Deed of Trust and Revocation” dated 5th December 2006.
AWINZ was registered as a charity with the Charities Commission on 28 September 2007 (Reg. No. CC11235) and has spent $126,850 over four years (2007 to 2011) on defamation proceedings taken by three of its trustees against a ‘whistler blower’ – Ms Grace Haden, a registered private investigator – who has sought to highlight alleged fraudulent and corrupt practices involving the charity and its trustees. The funding for these proceedings, filed in the name of AWINZ trustee Neil Wells of 1308 State Highway 3 Rd 5, Te Kuiti 3985, and two other trustees – Graeme John Coutts and Winifred (Wyn) Norien Hoadley QSO, came from the AWINZ money – specifically a National Bank Term Deposit designated “Lord Dowding Fund” (“LDF”).
Legal proceedings by AWINZ against Ms Haden have continued since Neil Wells filed the last set of AWINZ financial accounts for the year ending 30 June 2011. As the 2012 AWINZ financial accounts are not yet available on the Charities website (they were due to be filed no later than 31/12/12), it is unclear how much more of the “LDF” money has been allegedly mis-used by Neil Edward Wells and his colleagues to advance their case against Ms Haden (they are currently seeking to liquidate her company Verisure Investigations Ltd and bankrupt her) and gain pecuniary benefits from the attempted prosection.
A recent notification on the Charities website indicates that the AWINZ 2012 financials have just been received , but the documents remain “restricted” (no reason given). It is noteworthy that AWINZ trustees Neil Edward Wells and Wyn Norien Hoadley have personally received $50,000 and $16,800 respectively from Court awards for “damages” in their joint -defamation case against Ms Haden. Neither beneficiary has personally funded the Court proceedings as the money has all come from LDF.
The Lord Dowding Funds (“LDF”) have been recorded on the Charities website in AWINZ Funds records as $98,208 (2007); $90,000 (2008); $44,000 (2009); $46,281 (2010); $48.209 (2011), with interest earned separately recorded as $9,712 (2007); $7,737 (2008); $3,731 (2009); $2,345 (2010); $1,968 (2011).
The New Zealand Fund for Humane Research (“NZFFHR”) is not associated in any way with the Lord Dowding Fund (“LDF”) and therefore has no right to use its name. Neil Edward Wells is a trustee of both NZFFHR and AWINZ and has merged both NZFFHR and LDF in his call for “expressions of interest” for a $20,000 “New Zealand Fund for Humane Research (Lord Dowding Fund) research grant”. However, they are distinct organisations and “not associated in any way,” according to the Executive Assistant of LDF.
The LDF was founded in 1973 in honour of the President of the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), Air Chief Marshall the Lord Dowding. For more details go see: http://www.ldf.org.uk and http://www.ldf.org.uk/