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our west JULY 2017

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! K C A B IT'S The Trusts are delighted to announce the second Million Dollar Mission, with applications open on 2 October 2017. Local charities and organisations are encouraged to apply for their share of the $1 million fund. Our West is brought to you by The Trusts. For more information on The Trusts, visit our website www.thetrusts.co.nz find us on facebook or email us at info@thetrusts.co.nz


Million Dollar Mission is back! Applications for the next Million Dollar Mission open on 2 October 2017. The first Million Dollar Mission was a staggering success. Now the sequel is being launched only months after the cheques from the first Million Dollar Mission were presented. Nominations open on 2 October and close on 1 December. It follows the same format as Mission One:

• charitable and community organisations, including schools, use the entry form to state their case for funding • We publicise the causes that have been selected, how much money they need and how they propose to use it • On-line voting opens to enable people to vote for the selected cause(s) they most want to vote for. Each vote is worth $5 • Selected organisations urge their supporters, and their friends and colleagues, to vote for them daily • The Mission ends for individual organisations when their votes have earned them the amount they have asked for or, when the whole million dollars has been allocated

More than 30 organisations were “in the hunt” earlier this year and did a brilliant job in whipping up support to earn the money they needed for their projects.

Community outcomes were far more than just money While earning desperately needed funding, applicants agreed they also got a huge windfall in general publicity and awareness, as well as new supporters and great bonding within the supporters they already had. And that’s the kind of results that money can bring but it can’t buy. Another major benefit was that just by giving support, just by going to our website and clicking on the voting button, people could have the huge thrill of being involved, without being asked for money or to go out collecting door to door, or sizzling sausages or whatever. What makes the Million Dollar Mission different is the way it brings the community into the decision making process. You decide how the money is allocated. Schools and groups say it was a welcome relief from the burden of traditional fundraising and helps overcome “charity fatigue’. We are immensely proud to support the valuable work these groups do in the community, often without a voice or chance to tell their story. The

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ABOVE LEFT: Te Atatu Rugby League received their cheque from Angela Hurst, Marketing Manager

increased public awareness that the public voting process brings to each organisation will make it easier for them to secure funding in the future. And as we’ve said many times, this is the sort of “Giving Back” the people of West Auckland love about The Trusts. This business belongs to you. We don’t pay dividends to private shareholders; we give back to the community. It’s wonderful to think of all the good it will create in the community. We can’t wait to do it again and help even more people in West Auckland.

Where does the $1 Million come from and why now? The million dollars comes from profits from our trading operations; retail stores, restaurants and bars. It does not come from gaming. Thank you to the thousands of you who support and frequent our stores and venues on a regular basis. Your support enables us to continually give back these profits. This has not come at the expense of the many sponsorships that we give into the community every year, we’re still doing those as well. The million dollars is also additional to the important role your Elected Members play in making recommendations to The Trusts Community Foundation who return close to 100% (typically 98-99%) of available funds generated through gaming machines in West Auckland back to the West Auckland community in the form of grants.

Humbled by the stories As you will have seen we’ve started telling the stories of all the organisations who received a share of the million dollars. I’m personally humbled, and I know the whole team here at The Trusts is as well, by the feedback we are receiving about of the difference that can be made. Thank you to all the people who give their time, and sometimes their lives, to the good of the community; and thank you to all those who support them. It was a privilege to stage the first Million Dollar Mission and it will be an even bigger privilege this time because we have a better idea of how much there is to do and how much help the Mission can provide. Simon Wickham, CEO


Advancing West Auckland health and wellbeing

ABOVE: The third mobile health clinic will be similar to this one, and will provide dental services in West Auckland.

Thanks to incredible public support, the Well Foundation received the highest number of votes during the recent Million Dollar Mission, raising $116,010 towards the cost of a third Mobile Health Clinic.

With the clinic’s self-sufficient power supply, nurses no longer need to run a power lead to use it and have been able to go to new areas and locations within the community, reaching more patients than ever before.

The Well Foundation is the fundraiser for the Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) and the new clinic-on-wheels will bring first class dental services to children around West Auckland.

“Being self-powered, the mobile clinic can go to new areas and the team has been able to respond to opportunities as they arise to take it to new places,” says team leader, Ruth Noel.

This new purpose-built, state of the art Mobile Dental Health Clinic will give nurses the ability to treat patients on the spot and provide a solution to major oral health problems facing so many vulnerable children.

“For example we recently took up an invitation to the Pacific Youth Rugby League Cup Tournament to provide health promotion for Rheumatic Fever awareness, immunisations, vision hearing testing and general child health matters. This would have been very difficult, potentially impossible in the old clinic.”

Recently, four children who had missed 22 appointments between them were brought to their attention. None of the children had been seen by the dental team and the youngest aged eight had his first dental experience under general anaesthetic, having to have eight of his teeth extracted due to various levels of decay. The Mobile Dental Health Clinic will see families like this one, benefit from earlier intervention on site at their pre-school or school, where treatment will be provided to reduce further health implications. Well Foundation CEO, Andrew Young says, “I am thrilled by the overwhelming response we’ve received from our community. Thank you for taking the time to vote. We are now one big step closer to the $262,000 which is needed to fund the clinic.” In addition to the amount raised from the Million Dollar Mission campaign, The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF) has also generously donated an additional $100,000 towards the clinic. TTCF and The Trusts are separate organisations With over three quarters of the total needed for the new clinic raised, the team is now hard at work fundraising for the rest so that the new clinic can be on the road as soon as possible. This will be the third Mobile Health Clinic that the Well Foundation has made possible with your support. In October last year, the first Mobile Health Clinic was launched in the community, reaching new patients for ear assessments and treatments, across West Auckland and the North Shore, even going as far north as Warkworth.

After just a few months in service, the new clinic is already changing the lives of many vulnerable families in the community. When 10 year old Etua Raki failed a school hearing test, his mum Tania took him to a mobile health clinic, parked at a school close to their home. When the nurse removed from one of Etua’s ear canals a piece of Lego and a small battery, which she guessed had been there for many years, Etua was referred for tests and treatment to try and reverse the damage this had caused. Without the Mobile Health Clinic service being available and easily accessible for Tania and Etua, it could have been many more years before Etua got the help he needed and the outcome could have been much worse. Thanks to the generosity of the community, a second clinic has also been ordered and is now on its way. This clinic, which will be on the road in September this year, will be used mostly for throat swabbing as a part of the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme and will visit local schools and areas in the community where vulnerable people are in need of healthcare, like the Western Village Caravan Park in Ranui.

To find out more about the Well Foundation’s current projects, visit www.wellfoundation.org.nz

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Vikings crank up the heat in the kitchen The Bay Roskill Sports Club, the Vikings, succeeded in raising a much needed $11,660 in The Trusts Million Dollar Mission to re-equip their kitchens that make and sell food to players and spectators. Like most clubs, Bay Roskill “runs on the smell of an oily rag”. Even so it has a long history dating back to the period immediately after the World War II and is one of the few rugby league clubs left in Auckland that own their own clubrooms. The club relies on revenue from hiring out its two halls and from a very busy tuck shop to pay for the everyday outgoings, but despite the club’s determination and a willingness to be as self-reliant as possible, previous equipment had gone beyond its useful life and holding the club back financially. So when the Million Dollar Mission popped up, the club jumped at the opportunity to apply for funding to upgrade kitchen equipment and get back into the business of catering to events and games. As a result of supporters earning the club $11,660, the club now boasts two working ovens that work, a fridge to replace the one that died at the end of the last league season, an extra pie warmer and a microwave to replace ones that had previously stopped working. This new equipment means more sales in the tuck shop and more revenue. A PA system, also purchased gives the club the capacity to make announcements at games, prize-giving and have regular Junior Club discos. Having ovens now means that teams can fundraise using the kitchen and sell meals at the club. This will pay for kids’ fees and merchandise along with end of year gatherings. A great way to ensure that the club is supporting their Mission. This proud club arrived at its present configuration as a result of the progressive amalgamation of a number of rugby league clubs that fired up after World War II. These three small clubs Eden Roskill, Wesley and Mt Roskill amalgamated around 1947 to become known as Mt Roskill Red Devils. The folding of the Avondale club of the mid-fifties led to the formation of the Blockhouse Bay Cougars and eventually in 1979, to the merger with the Red Devils to form the Bay Roskill Vikings we know today.

Today, the club is a Rugby League Club in the winter months and a Tag Club in the summer. It is home for the Bay Roskill Vikings, fielding 6 MiniMod teams, 8 Mod teams that include two youth girls’ teams, along with 2 senior male teams that currently play in the Sharman Cup Crown Lift Trucks Premiership, and a ladies team. Bay Roskill utilised Facebook and emails to their database as the communication tools to get people voting for the club to get their share of the million dollars and the club successfully reached their target of $11,660 in good time.

Bay Roskill Sports Club Incorporated Mission

• T o foster, promote and develop all sports within the club structure.

• T o encourage educational and life skills to all members which create a positive and progressive approach to life.

• T o promote and develop all junior sport in conjunction with Primary and Secondary schools to implant firmly the ideas of good sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, courage and respect for authority and others.

• B uilding partnerships to encourage more community groups to participate in our community club activities and facilities.

• T o continue to provide a working relationship with the correction department by providing a facility of work and counseling for minor offences.

• F ocusing on improving lives of children and families within our community.

• T o never turn away anyone seeking Junior membership regardless of culture, race or creed not withstanding financial or other circumstances beyond the clubs control.

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Titirangi Badminton now bathed in light lighting, a cost effective and energy efficient (sustainable) system. Such was the support it took just six days for the club to receive the votes it needed. New lighting will help Titirangi Badminton Club: • Hold more events at their venue for club and interclub play • Grow regular usage by community groups and schools • Reduce the running costs of their building whilst being more energy efficient • Increase membership due to their better lighting • Reduce the stress of the many volunteers who currently have to change the existing lighting tubes on a regular basis • Offer a professional and healthy environment for all hall users

Titirangi Badminton Club: Jody Bishop (President) and Glenis Robinson (Vice President) with The Trusts Chairman Brian Corban and elected member Linda Cooper.

Titirangi Badminton Club were quicker than a forehand smash in their pursuit for a share of Million Dollar Mission funding from The Trusts. In fact out of 30 West Auckland community organisations who participated, they were the first to achieve their target during the on-line voting phase. The $11,010 club supporters helped to raise will go towards the excellent court lighting that is vital to this sport. The club’s current (and very dated) court lights provide reasonable lighting, but require high maintenance and use old technology. The lights have separate diffuser covers which over time become brittle and break and are expensive and increasingly difficult to replace as this style of fluorescent tube is being phased out. They are also not very energy efficient. So the club seized the opportunity offered by the Million Dollar Mission to mobilise their supporters to vote for the money to upgrade to modern LED

This upgrade will help Titirangi Badminton Club to start out on its second 50 years of existence offering excellent facilities. Located on Withers Road, the club has a thriving membership of all levels participating in club nights, tournaments and other events throughout the region. “Our club has a very strong supporter base which voted daily as well as encouraging family, friends and work colleagues to participate. I personally was watching my computer screen when our target was reached and this was very exciting news to share with my immediate family. The great news travelled fast throughout our members via our Facebook page, website, phone calls and texts. I gather from comments passed at club, many were also watching the measure climb towards our target at the time. It was an extremely exciting moment indeed.” said Glenis Robinson, Vice President of the club. If you fancy playing badminton at Titirangi Badminton Club or using their hall for your community group? Please contact the club via www.titirangi-badminton.com

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Mystics agonisingly close to finals netball The SkyCity Mystics fell just eight goals short of making the final of the new ANZ domestic competition in its first year.

the last seven games was 57%. Along the way they beat all the other teams except the Steel.

All credit to the Pulse, the better team in the semis, but how misleading stats can be. The Mystics were better than their round-robin results suggest. Two heart-breaking one goal losses could just as easily have been one goal wins, giving them eight from 13. A 46% win/loss for the season would have stood at a very respectable 61%.

The results of the end-of-season shootout in the semis and finals does not necessarily reflect the quality of a season. They might reflect a season-long trend, or could just as easily reflect a situation where teams that were average during the season went well at the death. So, while what-might-have-been counts for very little against the scorecard, it does show that these Mystics deserved to be “on the podium” and it shows an improvement as the season went on.

Underlining an unfortunate scorecard was the loss in the last of the round robins against the Tactix, a team they had already beaten by 12 and on form should have beaten again. A win here would have taken them to nine from 13 or 69%. Even better, one of those one-pointers was against the Steel, the unbeaten team of 2017. Does a one point loss to such an indomitable opponent, mean they ended the season on a par with the season’s best! That might be taking analysis too far but maybe not, after all four of their six round robin wins came in the second half of the season meaning that their win rate over

Therefore, there’s work to be done but the season’s overall picture shows that the Mystics have a great launching pad for next year. Well done Mystics you were, as always, excellent role models for West Auckland and you were proudly supported, as always, by The Trusts.

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Farewell Julie Paterson Julie Paterson, the sports administrator who has guided the Northern Mystics and Netball Northern Zone as CEO has been lost to tennis. Julie takes up her new post as Chief Executive of Tennis New Zealand this month. Julie Paterson has an outstanding record from her 11 years in sports leadership. It has encompassed three premiership competitions, the National Bank Cup, the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship and the new domestic ANZ Premiership. She also co-founded Women in Sport Aotearoa, New Zealand’s first national advocacy organisation for women and girls in sport, launched earlier this year. In 2015, she was selected for the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Programme, one of the world’s most sought-after development opportunities for professional female sport leaders. “Netball has always been ahead of the curve. The ANZ Championship was the first trans-Tasman professional women’s competition which was fantastic to play a role in,” she says. “It’s been such an on-going time of change and that’s what I’ve absolutely loved about being involved with netball, it’s never stood still.”

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Air sea rescue off Karekare in 1935 Air sea rescue is everywhere these days but it may have all started off West Auckland’s Karekare Beach in 1935, when a drowning nurse, beyond the help of shore based lifeguards was plucked from the jaws of death by an air force float-plane. If it wasn’t the first rescue of its kind in the world, it was certainly the first in New Zealand and pre-dated the introduction of the rescue helicopter service, also introduced at Piha, by about 30 years. Some things seem destined to happen. If it hadn’t been for the formation of the Piha Surf Lifesaving Club the previous year, it’s very likely that the events leading up to this audacious rescue would not have happened. There may never have been that one person on the beach that day who had the brilliant inspiration to ring the Air Force when all other hope seemed to be lost. Thirty year-old Hazel Bentham must have been an astonishing young woman because her successful rescue also depended on her own courage and resilience in keeping herself alive for four hours beyond a line of surf that had defeated the lifesavers and would surely have drowned her. Sandra Coney tells us in her history of the Piha Surf Lifesaving Club that the club was set up on 10 January 1934 when Ben Holt his two brothers, Stan and Cliff, and friends Frank Ross and Laurie Wilson, agreed that the beach needed a lifesaving club. Has Sidford of the newly formed Auckland Surf Association also joined having found them a belt and reel. So it was that there were surf lifesavers around in 1935 when Hazel Bentham went swimming with an air mattress off Karekare Beach, was swept out in a rip and then swept off her lilo by a wave. It was a situation where under other circumstances death would have been inevitable, her own for sure and possibly at least one of the lifeguards’. One man identified as “S Turner” grabbed the lifesaving reel and belt from the local boarding house and plunged into the breakers only to be pulled up short when he reached the end of the 300 yard (267m) line. By now an SOS had been sent to the Piha club and A. L. Sutton, Cliff Holt, S. Moore and D. Sinkaotich dashed over bringing their reel with 440 yards (406m) of line. It was, by all accounts, a death-defying drive down the tortuous Karekare road that ended with the truck’s brakes smoking.

ABOVE LEFT: The Fairey IIIF floatplane at Hobsonville Air Base. Wallingford is in the pilot’s cockpit. Photo: Whites Aviation. ABOVE RIGHT: Hazel Bentham in her nurse’s uniform (photo probably 1924.)

What soon developed was a battle for survival by Hazel Bantham and the lifeguards alike. The resourceful woman did what all lifeguards advise these days, she didn’t fight the water but concentrated solely saving energy and just staying afloat. Meanwhile, Cliff Holt stationed himself on the far end of the rocks at the north of the beach to guide A L Sutton who had begun the long swim out to sea only to find that even the new line was also too short. He had himself dragged back in and while he rested, the two lines were joined and the courageous Sutton set off through the pounding surf yet again, only to find that nearly three quarters of a kilometre of line still wasn’t sufficient. Sutton was now exhausted and began his own battle for survival as he was swept close to the rocks into a maelstrom that few will ever survive, and he too became the focus of the rescue effort. By then someone had had the brainwave to call the airbase but fate seemed to be out to test nurse Bentham’s endurance. The Hobsonville phone line was out of order and the message was finally delivered by a post office worker on a bike. Even then, Base Commander Leonard Isitt had only half the number of ground crew necessary to launch the large Fairey IIIF floatplane. Despite the difficulties, Flight Lieutenant Sidney Wallingford and aircraftsman J Palmer made it into the air and soon afterwards arrived over the Karekare Beach followed by Isitt in a single seat Moth to add another pair of eyes to the operation. While this was going on Cliff Holt made yet another attempt to swim out through the surf, only to be defeated by cramp. Finally fortune changed in Hazel Bentham’s favour. An offshore breeze made it possible for Wallingford to make the tricky and dangerous landing and Hazel herself was just conscious enough to grab a line thrown from the plane. Wallingford and Palmer climbed onto one of the floats and lifted the exhausted woman into the plane, where they went to work on resuscitating her. With her life out of immediate danger, Hazel was flown to Hobsonville and after receiving medical treatment was taken to hospital by ambulance where she fully recovered overnight.


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KEY STATS: Date of Birth: 27 July 1891 Death: 21 January 1976 Knighted in 1946

AVM Sir Leonard Isitt, KBE Air Vice Marshal Sir Leonard Monk Isitt , KBE, Legion of Merit (US),born on 27 July 1891 in Christchurch, can reasonably regarded as one of the fathers of our air force. And of Air New Zealand. His name is indelibly linked with New Zealand and world history in many ways. Not least among these was that he was the New Zealander chosen to sign the instrument of surrender by which Japan accepted defeat in World War II.

his small force of De Havilland Moth and Fairey III biplanes to begin flying relief supplies to the devastated region, opening critical lines of communication. Squadron Leader Leonard Isitt directed operations in which military and civilian pilots flew 172 sorties bringing doctors and nurses, supplies and mail to the Hawkes Bay using Hastings as their base.

It was while overseeing the building of Hobsonville that he became a central figure in the use of aircraft to bring relief to the shattered Hawkes Bay after the 1931 earthquake. Several years later he initiated the first air-sea rescue in New Zealand and possibly the first or one of the first, in the world and the forerunner of today’s rescue helicopters.

In 1935 as Piha and Karekare surf lifesavers were failing in their efforts to rescue Hazel Bentham. Once again, Isitt turned to Wallingford who landed a Fairey floatplane outside the breakers and kept it alongside the drowning woman while Leading Aircraftsman Palmer pulled her to safety.

Leonard Isitt enlisted in the Army at the outbreak of the First World War and like so many others, after being wounded at the Somme transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, Britain’s first air force and forerunner until 1918, of the Royal Air Force.

In 1937, the RNZAF was created as a stand-alone service like the RAF. Isitt was promoted Wing Commander and made Air Member for Personnel. At the same time he began pushing the need for a civilian trans-Pacific air route which a peaceful future demanded anyway and which could be used by the military if war did come.

Having flown many bomber missions, Isitt stayed with the RAF after the armistice until he was transferred back to New Zealand which was in the process of setting up the New Zealand Permanent Air Force (NZPAF). This, like the RFC, operated as a branch of the army. Isitt’s first job was the care of a number of aircraft gifted to the country and based at Sockburn (now Wigram). This was the beginning of a New Zealand air career which saw him train in virtually every facet of air force activity and took him around the world. Seconded back to the RAF in 1926, at just 35, he accompanied Prime Minister Gordon Coates to that year’s Imperial Conference in London and for the next 18 months, he filled the role of New Zealand’s liaison with the British Air Ministry. As Squadron Leader he was tasked to develop and command the still un-built Hobsonville Airbase so he spent time studying Royal Canadian Air Force seaplane operations in 1928 on his way home. He remained at Hobsonville for eight years, overseeing the development of a combined land and seaplane base, developing an air force to use it and contributing to the early days of civilian flying in this country. In 1930, he despatched Flight Lieutenant Sidney Wallingford with a Moth fighter on the cruiser Dunedin, to help defeat a nationalist uprising of Samoans seeking to end colonial rule. In this capacity, however modest, Wallingford became our air force’s first combat pilot.

As Air Member for Personnel he presided over the build-up the RNZAF in the pre-war period. In 1940 he was sent to Canada to help run the Empire Air Training Scheme. This massive programme trained the aircrews of the Commonwealth air forces who played such a decisive role in World War II. Promoted Air Commodore in 1942, Leonard Isitt established the RNZAF’s Overseas Headquarters in London to manage the affairs of the New Zealand squadrons flying alongside the RAF, Australians, Canadians, South Africans and ultimately the USAF. He became the RNZAF’s first Air Vice Marshal and its first ever Chief of Air Staff In 1943, a post he held until 1946. In 1945 he was appointed the New Zealand signatory to the Japanese Instrument of Surrender and was accorded the US Legion of Merit. He was knighted in 1946, retiring from the Air Force in that year. He immediately turned to his second love, New Zealand civilian airlines. He became chairman of NAC (National Airways Corporation) and in 1947, chairman also of Tasman Empire Airways (TEAL). NAC was New Zealand’s internal airline and TEAL, was the forerunner of Air New Zealand. Air New Zealand and NAC were later merged to create the airline we know today. Sir Leonard served in these roles until 1963 thus becoming a “father” both of our air force and our national airline. He died at Lower Hutt on 21 January 1976 aged 85 and was buried with full military honours.

Within hours of learning of the Napier earthquake in 1931, Isitt organised

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Who We Have Helped TTCF supported the following locally based applicants 60s Up Movement of NZ Inc, West Auckland; Adventure Camp Piha Trust; Adventure Camp Trust Board (T/A Carey Park); Adventure Specialties Trust; Arthritis Foundation of New Zealand Incorporated; Athletics New Zealand Inc; Auckland District Kidney Society Inc; Auckland Festival Trust; Auckland Kindergarten Association - Avondale Kindergarten; Auckland Kindergarten Association - Don Buck Kindergarten; Auckland Mountain Bike Club; Auckland Playcentres Assn Inc; Auckland Waitakere Rollersports Club Inc; Avondale Business Association; Bay Olympic Soccer and Sports Assn Inc; Bay Roskill Sports Club Inc; Big Buddy Mentoring Trust; Blockhouse Bay Mainstreet Assn Inc; Bruce McLaren Intermediate School; C.A.R.E. Waitakere Trust; Charlotte Museum Trust; Combined Probus Club of New Lynn; Conservation Volunteers NZ; Croatian Cultural Society of NZ Inc; EcoMatters Environment Trust; Edmonton Primary School; EDUK8 Charitable Trust; Environmental Education Resource for Sustainability Trust (EERST); Fair Food Trust; Family Action; Fruitvale School; Gecko Trust; Glen Eden Community & Recreation Centre; Glen Eden Primary School; Glen Eden Tennis Club Inc; Glen Eden United Sports Club Inc; Glenora

Rugby League Trust; Gujarati Samaj NZ Incorporated; Hannah Sport and Culture Association Incorporated; Henderson Bowls Inc; Hoani Waititi Marae Trust; Huntington’s Disease Assn Auckland Inc; Interacting; Kaurilands Community Kindergarten Inc; Kelston Boys’ High School; Kelston Community Hub Inc; Kelston Community Trust; Kelston Deaf Education Centre; Kelston Girls’ College; Kelston Intermediate School; Laingholm Baptist Church; Lynn Avon United Association Football Club; Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust Auckland Inc T/A Better Blokes; Man Alive Charitable Trust; Massey Athletics Club Inc; Maternity Services Consumer Council; Matipo Primary School; Mercy Hospice Auckland Ltd; Migrant Action Trust; Monte Cecilia Housing Trust; Mt Albert Ponsonby Assn Football Club Inc; Neighbourhood Support Waitakere Inc; Netball Waitakere Inc; New Lynn Tennis Sports and Social Club Inc; Norwest United AFC; Ohana Young Parent Charitable Trust; Parkinsonism Society Auckland Inc; Peninsula Arts Incorporated T/A Harbourview Sculpture Trail; Piha Community Centre Society Inc; Playhouse Theatre Inc; Presbyterian Support Northern; Public Works Performing Arts Collective Inc T/A ConArtists

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The Trusts Community Foundation, or TTCF as we prefer to be known, has had a longstanding relationship with The Trusts operating here in West Auckland and we are by far the most significant class 4 gambling funder in the area. TTCF is dedicated to ensuring that a broad cross-section of applications from the local community is supported now and in the future. At this point we wish to acknowledge the elected members of The Trusts for their recommendations on applications received. The TTCF Board places a lot of credence on their local knowledge and expertise. The ongoing commitment and hard work of all venue staff and support personnel is also worthy of recognition. They work tirelessly to ensure TTCF’s gaming machines are operating in a user friendly and safe environment.

during the period 1st October 2015 to 31st March 2016: Theatresports; Ranui Community House Inc; Ranui Swanson AFC Inc; Rosebank School; Rotary Club of Henderson Charitable Trust; Rotary Club of Waitakere City Inc; Royal Guards Marching Teams; Rutherford Primary School; Seniornet West Auckland; Shakti Community Council Inc; Silver Fern Motorsport Charitable Trust; Sport Waitakere; Starling Park Sports Club Inc; Sturges West Community House Inc; Suburbs New Lynn Cricket Club Inc; TalkLink Trust; Te Atatu Association Football Sports & Social Club Inc; Te Atatu Memorial RSA Inc; Te Atatu Netball Club; Te Atatu Rugby League and Sports Club Inc; Te Atatu Toy Library Trust; Te Atatu Union Church; The Auckland Kids Achievement Trust T/A FYD Auckland; The Mixit Charitable Trust; The Parenting Place; The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand Limited; The TYLA Trust; Timatanga Community School; Titirangi Festival Trust; Titirangi Returned Services Assn Inc; Touch New Zealand Inc; Toughlove Auckland Inc; Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service (TYMS); United North Piha Lifeguard Service Inc; Vaishnav Parivar NZ Inc; Vikings Kiwi Tag Club Incorporated; VisionWest Community Trust; Violence Free Waitakere Inc; Waitakere Arts & Cultural Development Trust/

Corban Estate Arts Centre; Waitakere Badminton Association; Waitakere Central Community Arts Council; Waitakere Chess Club Inc; Waitakere City Assoc Football and Sports Club Inc; Waitakere City BMX Club Incorporated; Waitakere City Improving School Attendance Programme Trust; Waitakere City Masters Swimming Club; Waitakere City Stadium Trust; Waitakere Health Link Inc; Waitakere Indian Assn Inc; Waitakere Outrigger Canoe Club; Waitakere Performing Arts Society Auckland; Waitakere Regional Hockey Turf Trust; Waitakere Volunteer Rural Fire Force; Waitakere Womens Volleyball Club Inc; Waitemata Hospitals Chaplaincy Committee Inc; Waves Trust; Weedfree Trust; Well Foundation; West Auckland Aquatics Inc; West Auckland Assn Football and Sports Club Incorporated; West Auckland Education Trust T/A Learning Network NZ; West Lynn Garden Society Inc; West Auckland Hospice; West Auckland Resource Centre; West Harbour School; Western Magpies Softball Club Inc; Western Quilters Circle Inc; Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust; Woodlands Park Community Kindergarten Inc; Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust; YWCA Auckland.

Application forms may be downloaded from our website www.ttcfltd.org.nz

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'Momentum' wins Spirit of Motion Photography Award From organising the highly successful The Trusts Art & Sculpture Awards, Diane Costello has become a winner herself, winning last month’s inaugural ‘The Spirit of Motion’ Award at the Auckland Festival of Photography. Diane, who is arts co-ordinator of the Waitakere Central Community Arts Centre, carried off the new Mazda sponsored award with her impressionistic image, Momentum. Momentum depicts the lower half of a woman running in high heels; the viewer sees only the lower portion of the subject’s skirt, her legs and a pair of feet clad in stylish and slightly blurred high heels. The winning image was praised for its motion and an “exultation of spirit” by judges Phil Edmondes-Rowe, Auckland Festival of Photography Trust and Terrianne Brown, Customer Experience Manager of Mazda. “We chose this image because it has motion and that joie de vivre, a cheerful enjoyment of life. The woman is wearing her nice dress and high heels, yet her spirit and joy of life meant she couldn’t resist chasing pigeons. While many of the other competition images had motion, few showed that joy of life,” the judges said. “The number of amazing images impressed the judges. But we immediately smiled when we saw this picture. The subject’s vivaciousness was infectious and that’s what made the image the winner,” they said. Diane says she saw the potential for an image when she saw an extremely well dressed and elegant Asian woman running after pigeons in her shapely heels and wanted to capture the moment. She photographed a scene that was fleeting just because it was there and it has now become a winner. She says only that she was “very lucky” and seems genuinely taken aback when it’s suggested that she has joined the ranks of award winning photographers and that luck may have very little to do with that fact. She did not have any competition in mind when she took the photo but it later appealed to her as a candidate for Mazda’s new Spirit of Motion Award.

Entries starting to build for The Trusts Art & Sculpture Awards Although they had only been open a fortnight when Our West called to chat to Diane Costello about her award winning photograph, Diane had already received 17 entries to this year’s The Trusts Art & Sculpture Awards. As the principal organiser for the last several years, Diane was encouraged at this level of entries being received so early and hoped it was a portent that this year’s event will be large, with entries from around the country being a growth sector. Diane was also able to confirm that the Awards have secured the services of three prominent judges. Among a number of innovations by Diane this year is that the entries will not be separated into “selected” and “not selected” for the exhibition which runs from 7 - 15 October at Corban Estate. Another is a digital system for both receiving and registering entries and also to allow judges to make initial selections using iPads. Entries close on 8 September 2017, for more information please see www.waitakerearts.com

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Mid-Winter Christmas Gather your friends, family or colleagues for a Mid-Winter Christmas celebration at Bricklane. Enjoy the use of our Crown Lynn Room with fireplace and Christmas decor, along with a tasty festive menu. Bricklane Restaurant & Bar, 5 Clark Street, New Lynn www.bricklane.co.nz 09 826 3654

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Selaks New Zealand Roast Day is all about celebrating one of our nation’s best-loved meals. Our wines have been bringing Kiwi families and friends together for over 80 years, making Selaks the perfect choice to serve alongside your hearty roast meal. To help make your Roast Day a success, here’s a delicious leg of lamb recipe that is sure to be a hit.

Leg of Lamb with Beetroot and Rice Pilaf This dish pairs perfectly with our Selaks Reserve Pinot Noir, with its dark berry fruits, a hint of spice and earthy tones, complemented by a beautifully structured and rich palate. INGREDIENTS: RICE PILAF: • 1 cup white basmati rice • 150g unsalted butter • 2 red onions, sliced • 1 tsp ground allspice • 1 tsp cumin seeds • 1 cinnamon stick • 3 medium beetroot, grated

LAMB: • 1.5 kg deboned leg of lamb • 2 tsp ground allspice • 4 - 6 garlic cloves, peeled & crushed • 2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses • 1 tsp sea salt • ½ cup Selaks Reserve Pinot Noir • ½ cup water

METHOD: To make the rice stuffing, wash the rice in a sieve until the water runs clear. In a medium, heavy-based saucepan, melt the butter and fry the sliced onions for a few minutes. Add the spices and cook over a medium heat for about ten minutes until onions are completely soft, then add the grated beetroot and cook for a few more minutes. Add the rice then cover with water to 2cm above the level of the rice. Bring to the boil, covered, then stir once. Replace the lid and reduce

heat to low and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and rest the rice for five minutes, with the lid on, while you prepare the lamb. Preheat the oven to 1500C. For the lamb, combine the ground allspice, crushed garlic, pomegranate molasses and salt and rub over the inside surface of the lamb. Put half of the pilaf inside the leg, tuck the meat around the rice, and tie with string to secure. Place in an oven proof dish, add the wine and water, seal with foil and cook for one hour thirty minutes. Remove the lamb from

the oven and remove the foil. Increase the oven temperature to 2000C. Pack the rest of the rice pilaf into the dish around the lamb and roast for fifteen minutes more, or until the lamb is nicely browned. Rest for fifteen minutes before carving. Serve lamb on flat breads with minted yoghurt and the rice pilaf on the side.


West Liquor's new international wine expert We’ve often said that at The Trusts we don’t just sell products. More importantly we provide world class service. World class service means bringing real knowledge to the process of selecting our products and sharing knowledge with customers to assist them in their choices. That’s why we employ people like Valentina Verardo, a 30 year old native of Prodenone, a small town in Italy. Her parents worked incredibly hard (a kitchen designer and a lawyer) meaning Valentina was raised during the week by “wonderful grandparents” becoming her grandfather’s “little shadow”. It was an idyllic childhood with her grandfather, helping a friend harvest his vineyard in exchange for some bottles of wine and a couple of homemade salami. “I remember the hot dry sunny days picking the grapes, the women singing, the dogs happily running around, the smell of the ripe grapes and the smile on my grandfather’s face. He wasn’t a wine expert but he used to enjoy his glass of red wine every lunch and dinner and I was his personal waiter.

“I was responsible for wine sales and brand development in Eastern European and Asian markets. “I opened 14 new markets and maintained cooperation with more than 60 importers and agents. I travelled extensively all over Asia attending wine fairs and competitions, organising tastings and meeting with customers.” “From 2013 to 2015 I attended in Treviso, the Italian wine school directed by the Italian sommelier association, FISAR, and earned title of Sommelier (Professional Wine Taster) in April 2015. “In the same year, I was awarded as the Best Sommelier in Treviso and Treviso’s province.” She then gave it all up for love. She met Matteo an “incredibly passionate” marine biologist who was extremely interested in the marine biodiversity of New Zealand. So a year ago she gave up her beloved job, family and friends for a new life on the other side of the world. “I admit, I liked the idea as I was curious to taste New Zealand wines which are hard to find in Europe. “I have now started my path towards the WSET diploma, at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine. This is the most prestigious international wine qualification. I passed Level 2 with a 100% result and I’m now preparing for Level 3.

My father, on the other hand, is a wine lover. He taught me how to correctly store the bottles and which glass to choose for each wine. Every time we went out for dinner in some of the top restaurants he knew, he was always asking to see the wine cellar.

“Wine to me is like reading a full book but in a few minutes. Wine always tells a story and the interpretation is up to your senses. Wine is passion, it’s family and friends. Wine is art, it’s culture. As with human beings, a wine’s taste depends on its origins and its upbringing and it’s exactly the upbringing that I look at when selecting or drinking a wine.”

It wasn’t wine that Valentina chose to study to begin with, but languages. At 16, she persuaded her parents to let her go to St. Petersburg where she fell in love with the sounds of the language, the history and the culture. Specialising in Russian at Rome’s most prestigious university, Roma 3, she graduated in 2009. Valentina returned to Pordenone to be with her beloved grandfather who was dying of cancer. She enrolled to the University in Udine and gained a master’s degree in March 2012.

“I like all the varieties but I’ll try to pick a few favourites. German Riesling, I love wines grown in cool areas. Burgundy Pinot Noir with delicate aromas, flavours and inimitable elegance. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for its stunning bouquet combining exotic fruit and grassiness, sharp acidity and unique minerality. I adore dark chocolate with Tawny Port and Trentino Alto Adige Gewürztraminer is just spectacular.”

Now fate took a hand. While Valentina was planning a trip to India, an executive at the at Ca’ di Rajo winery on the banks of the River Paive in Italy’s Treviso Province called. The winery was looking to expand into Russia and needed a Russian speaker to lead the campaign. A week after, at the age of 24, totally by chance, she embarked on five years as export manager at Ca’ di Rajo, a family run winery with an average of 1.5 million of bottles produced every year and exports to 50 countries.

“And there’s champagne. Come on, who doesn’t like champagne! I absolutely adore the high acidity and the flintiness given by the chalky soil together with the yeastiness, toasty-bready notes and creaminess given by the yeast autolyses.” Valentina started working for The Trusts in July 2016 and is now located at Titirangi Village Wine & Spirits. She is also working closely with other West Liquor stores to share her knowledge and help our sales team members gain new insights and understanding, to make shopping for wine an even better experience for our customers.


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