I was having problems because our views were somehow not updated to 2012 after the gw8 upgrade, I have had this same issue with GW8 updates in the past where the POA will not load views from the restore area.
For GW8 it was a known bug (TID 7004343) but is this still not fixed in 2012 sp1 or do I have something misconfigured ?
When I do 'ls <dir from 8209 error>' I see the 'win' dir that has all the views in them.

POA runs as root so it should have no trouble getting access to those files.