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June 2015

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The La Rosa Community Garden

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SUPPORTING OUR RESTAURANTS, & STORES, SUPPORTS WEST AUCKLAND The Trusts ArtsBARS and Sculpture Awards p5

Shane Hales - Icon of the West

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Have you got your 2 Free Smoke Alarms? Have you received your voucher from The Trusts, entitling you to not just one, but two free smoke alarms? If you have, bring the voucher and a household bill to prove you live in The Trusts area into one of our West Liquor or Village Wine & Spirits stores and we’ll give you two potentially life saving smoke alarms for your home. If you haven’t got a voucher please let us know on www.thetrusts.co.nz/smoke alarms and we'll send you another one. Our alarms are photo-electric and come with a five year battery that you should test every year. The fire service reminds you to do this at the beginning and end of daylight saving. If you already have a smoke alarm from The Trusts, that doesn’t matter. You can’t have too many smoke alarms. You may never need one. We hope that you never do. But if such an awful time ever comes, you’ll be glad you did.

Smoke alarms save lives. Time and time again we see stories of people who escaped burning homes because they had a working smoke alarm. About 30 people a year die in fires each year in homes that didn’t have a smoke alarm or a smoke alarm that worked. In most cases, these fires happened at night when people were asleep and they either never woke up or woke up too late to rescue themselves or others in the house. The piercing scream of a smoke alarm would have most likely have woken them in enough time to escape such a tragedy. In cases that happen during the day, people can be in another part of the house when the alarm warns them of trouble. Why wouldn’t you have one? Better yet, why wouldn’t you have two? Our smoke alarms are a free gift. You don’t have to buy anything from us to get one. Just walk into store with your voucher and a household bill as proof of address, then walk out with a gift that could save your home or your life, or the life of your children, or your flatmates.

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The Trusts are providing 2 FREE Smoke Alarms for every household in West Auckland within The Trusts boundaries. Please make sure you redeem this voucher at any West Liquor or Village Wine & Spirits store at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your continued support of The Trusts. For more information, visit www.thetrusts.co.nz/smokealarms

Free Fire Safety Inspection After you get your smoke alarms, call the New Zealand Fire Service and ask for a free fire safety inspection of your home. They’ll send experts to show you how to avoid fire dangers and what to do if fire does break out. This includes an explaination of the sort of fire fighting equipment you could have and how

to use it; and when it’s safe to fight a fire and when it’s better to run. If you qualify they might even give you a third fire alarm and install it for you. Call 0800 NZ FIRE (0800 693 473).


Giving Back. Who paid for your free smoke alarms? If you shop with The Trusts, you made a contribution because these smoke alarms were paid for by our customers. The people who support our stores and venues. That’s one of the great benefits of having community-owned liquor trusts in control of selling alcoholic products in West Auckland. You, the community, own us and we take a portion of our profit and return it to the community as gifts, big and small. The big ones are like this one, where we offer two lifesaving devices to every household in West Auckland. We also sponsor major sports teams like the Northern Mystics and Waitakere United, organisations like the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation, The Trusts Arena and the most prestigious arts events in New Zealand, The Trusts Portage Ceramics Awards and The Trusts Waitakere Arts and Sculpture Awards. In total, every year, we give more than 200 sponsorships and gifts ranging in value from a few hundred dollars to support things like school and club newsletters to tens of thousands.

also. Nor does it include the other ways in which your community-owned liquor business “Give Back”. For example, people think we create many jobs locally. We may be one of the biggest employers in the west but we don’t create jobs. We create careers. Take a position with us and you have the opportunity to build a career and to be trained to be among the best in the retail and hospitality businesses, with skills that will be acknowledged around the world. We don’t have a liquor store on every corner and in every dairy. We have a responsible spread of 23 conveniently located liquor stores for a community of 250,000. And they’re well presented. They’re mostly as-new with a bright attractive modern fitout to make our customers, especially women, feel welcome and safe. And there is more to come as we plan to give our hospitality businesses the kind of makeover the retail stores have had, creating modern bars and restaurants that are the equal of any on Ponsonby Road or Parnell.

All of that comes from the profits of the liquor business that you own and we run for you. It doesn’t include the huge funding that comes from TTCF which is a separate organisation, but all the same it raises millions in our venues and returns them to the community

Simon Wickham CHIEF EXECUTIVE

INGREDIENTS: 23 CONVENIENT LIQUOR STORES 14 BARS & RESTAURANTS 400 LOCAL JOBS $1,000,000+ GIVEN BACK TO THE WEST 1 COMMUNITY DRIVEN TRUST

SUPPORTING OUR RESTAURANTS, BARS & STORES, SUPPORTS WEST AUCKLAND.


La Rosa Community Gardens Orchard Tucked away in Green Bay, free from the traffic noise of Godley Road, there is a heart of green. In that heart of green is a young, flourishing orchard. A decade or so ago people used to have fruit trees in their back yards. Some still do. But for many the experience of growing your own fruit on your own land has gone. For many that opportunity may be gone forever. Children often have no idea of the original source of their food. A group of locals saw there was an opportunity to change this experience within the neighbourhood of Green Bay. As part of the redevelopment of the La Rosa Reserve, a parcel of land became available for community use. The redevelopment was a monumental task for Auckland Council, ripping out a whole valley of fill from a disused and forlorn reserve and turning it into a massive community-supported stream restoration. A parcel of land at the top of the reserve was offered to the community for its own use. The first meeting of interested locals was held at the Titirangi Community House. A group of these locals, now known informally as the La Rosa Orchard Group spearheaded an initiative to turn the area into an orchard. Since that time, meetings are now held at the Green Bay Community House and with the staff there also helping with co-ordination of the group activities. The Whau Local Board was approached for their support and once the go-ahead was given plans needed to be made. Dealing with Council requirements and issues had its challenges but a small team from the group eventually negotiated their way through these. A plan of the area was drawn up and decisions were made as to what trees would thrive on the site and where to plant what. The site is quite steep and some parts of it get more

sun than others. The soil composition is just like some other areas of West Auckland, solid yellow clay, not far under the topsoil, which is wonderful for brick making but less so for trees. However once the trees arrived and a planting day was decided on, many helpers turned up to dig good deep holes, break up the soil, mix in lots of compost, and top dress with fertiliser. The trees were duly planted, staked and labeled. The trees are now into their third season and only one tree has been lost. Over summer a watering roster is set up to ensure the trees survive the summer and they will require this until they are better established. There is no irrigation system but the group is fortunate in that a neighbour has allowed some water tanks on his property to collect the rain off his garage. On account of a particularly dry summer several more tanks were added and it is hoped this will be sufficient in the future. Within the group people have different sets of skills which are utilised and shared. Among these are practical gardening and orchard skills, communication skills and bringing people together, and legal skills which have been very useful in dealing with different council requisites. Others are happy to come along on working bee days and give their support that way. Children and young people have been involved whenever possible, with making signs and decorating the fence, and weeding and mulching the trees. Useful advice has come from outside the group also. The Whau Local Board, Auckland Council and Eco Matters Environment Trust have been extremely supportive. To date the group are pleased with the progress of the orchard, and as the fruit begin to bear, look forward to sharing with the community.


`Art-felt´ out West with The Trusts Two of the country's richest and most prestigious arts awards, both with international reputations and both supported by The Trusts, are now open for entries.

Portage Ceramics Awards

West Auckland’s rich history is partly based on the worldclass artists, sculptors and ceramicists who have lived and developed their work and reputations, here.

Online entries are for the 2015 Portage Ceramic Awards are also now open.

In recognition of the value of this work, The Trusts have been major supporters of both The Trusts Arts & Sculpture Awards, now entering their 29th year and The Portage Ceramics Awards now entering their 15th year.

The Trusts Art and Sculpture Awards just got even bigger The Trusts Art & Sculpture Awards, already New Zealand’s oldest and richest, have just got bigger and richer with the addition of two new categories and total prize money of $13,000 plus various minor prizes in the form of gifts and vouchers. The Trusts Art & Sculpture Awards (formerly the Waitakere Arts and Sculpture Awards) is as always, open to all artists throughout New Zealand working in oil, acrylic, pastels, watercolours, ink, pencil, crayon, gouache, charcoal, pen, chalk, collage, mixed media, print-making and sculptures.

The Portage Awards are the richest in New Zealand with a first prize of $15,000. They are the country’s leading annual showcase for the diversity of ceramic artists throughout New Zealand and every year attract entries that seize the admiration of international judges and public alike. They also attract some of the world’s leading ceramicists to judge the entries, with this year’s being Ingrid Murphy, the Subject Lead in Ceramics at the National Centre for Ceramics at the Cardiff School of Arts and Design, in Wales. Awards night is 12 November at the Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi and the entries will be exhibited to the public at this fantastic West Auckland gallery over the summer, from 13 November 2015 to 24 June 2016. The awards are in part a celebration of West Auckland’s traditional role as the most important national centre for the ceramic arts, and of commercial ceramic operations for over 100 years.

Go to www.teuru.org.nz for entry forms and more information.

This year a category for young artists and photographers aged 13 - 18 and photography has also been as a category in its own right. The awards draw well over 300 entries from around New Zealand, last year it was 374, and with two new categories this is expected to increase. With a $4,000 top prize for the winning art piece and $2,000 for the top sculpture, the event, organised by Waitakere Central Community Arts Centre with The Trusts as principal sponsor, is the richest of its kind in the country, attracting both outstanding artists and judges. As a bonus for last year’s art winner, Jocelyn Harwood, the art judge Dick Frizell not only awarded the artist the $4,000 top prize but he paid her the singular compliment of buying the winning painting for his own collection. Making the Awards specially attractive to artists is that apart from having their work seen in company with some of New Zealand’s finest, winning artworks remain with the artists’ to sell. Entries close on 15 September and the Awards Evening will be held at Henderson’s Corban Estate Art Centre on 30 September. They will be open to public viewing in Shed 1 of the Corban Estate Arts Centre from 10am to 4pm, 2 - 11 October, 2015.

Go to: www.ceac.org.nz for more information.

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1st Prize 2014 The Trusts Art Award: Jocelyn A.A. Harwood for Ranui: Oil on Canvas Judged by Dick Frizzell


Massive projects help prepare the West for major growth There’s a lot happening in and around West Auckland with some massive roadworks projects at varying stages of completion and more lining up behind. The biggest of them at present, include the huge undertakings by New Zealand Transport Agency on the Northwestern Motorway (State Highway 16) and the upgrade at Fred Taylor Drive at Westgate. Coming on in the not too distant future after that, will be a start of the two year upgrade of Te Atatu Road and a second stage in Fred Taylor Drive. Among the many tasks is the upgrade to the causeway between the Te Atatu motorway interchange and the new Waterview connection which included the delicate task of jacking up the motorway over bridges at Te Atatu. This has involved cutting through the bridges’ foundations and raising the whole spans by about 600mm on hydraulic jacks. In fact, this was done three times because “the bridge” is actually three bridges: a pedestrian bridge raised in November last year, the traffic bridge from Te Atatu South to the Peninsula, was jacked up over Christmas and the third bridge from Te Atatu Peninsula to Te Atatu South was lifted over ANZAC weekend. All this explains the changes in recent months to the alignment of Te Atatu Road where it crosses the motorway. The motorway itself is having extra lanes added and this has required significant re-building of on and off ramps. The Te Atatu westbound off-ramp is presently being rebuilt and should be partially open to traffic by the end of June. The cycleway underpass under Te Atatu Road should be complete in July with the whole interchange upgrade finished in the first half of 2016. Elsewhere, the upgrade to the Lincoln Road interchange is in its final stage and the Henderson Creek motorway bridge has

A new form of spaghetti junction emerges at Te Atatu.

been demolished. The shared walking/cycling path linking Lincoln and Te Atatu Roads is due to be open in November this year and noise walls alongside the path will be installed from June. All this is part of the huge project to complete the western ring route that includes the two massive tunnels presently being built beneath Waterview. Among other improvements, the new causeway will have bus lanes on either side of the motorway to help Auckland Transport complete its fast and frequent bus services between the CBD and the West. It will be complemented with a major upgrade of Te Atatu Road between Wakeling Avenue and the motorway being undertaken by Auckland Transport. This project is scheduled to start in late July and take 18 months to two years. Meanwhile, major earthworks are underway in Fred Taylor Drive, between Don Buck Road and the Hobsonville Motorway interchange. This is the beginning of “future-proofing” roads in the North West as growth of up to 80,000 new residents gets underway. Growth is presently focussed on Hobsonville Point, but the new Westgate town centre will one day be home to around 7,000 people or more, major subdivisions are starting in the Huapai/Kumeu/Riverhead areas and development is anticipated at Red Hills. All this will need to be serviced by adequate roads, cycle and walking provision, public transport services and other services like water supply. The rebuild in Fred Taylor Drive will not only result in a wider road with cycling provisions but to save the road being dug up twice, Auckland Transport is also installing massive new watermains to enable Watercare to meet the needs of a thirsty new community.


icons west of the

Shane Hales

Our today was shaped by our yesterdays and some of us vividly remember the 1960s and '70's when a new form of music emerged driven along by the energy, inspiration and lifestyle of a new type of person; the rock star. New Lynn’s Shane was one of those rock stars. He shot out of the pack in 1969 with one of those songs that every New Zealander of the era has heard and remembers. He was Shane Hales and the song was St Paul, inspired by the “Paul McArtney is dead” rumour that topped the local charts and was voted “The Best Song of 1969”. It charted big abroad and notably for some reason, in Germany where it reached the top 10, making Shane one of only three New Zealand singers of his generation to chart outside Australia and New Zealand. St Paul was a high water mark for local music. Like Ray Columbus’ “She’s a mod” five years earlier, it was just as good as anything being offered up in Britain or America. At a time when Kiwi kids still struggled to believe the homegrown product was quite “up there”, St Paul helped put them straight. As with every “overnight” sensation, Shane had already been around for years. Even as an 11 year old choirboy in Guilford, England, his choir leader told him: “You’ll be on the B.B.C. one day.” The Hales family emigrated to Sydney where brothers Trevor (Shane’s birth name) and Keiron found rock and roll heaven. In those pre-Beatle years, Australian rock stars were “more everything” than their British equivalents and while radio elsewhere was locked in a time warp, Australian radio was rockin’ around the clock. Shane was hooked. At 12 he discovered that all he wanted to be was a singer. Just when it couldn’t get any better, the Hales family upped-sticks and moved to New Zealand and at first glance, back into the dark ages. In public, rock and roll

was confined to a weekly half-hour radio hit parade, but underground the scene was bursting and fate had put Shane right where the coming explosion took place. In 1963 Ray Columbus and the Invaders lit the blue touch paper with “She’s a Mod” played in a way that put them up with the best. In ‘64, as the Beatles really came of age in New Zealand, Shane signed to front Australia’s next big thing, The Pleazers. It was the start of 51 years in show biz that continues to this day. When the Pleazers split in 1967, he formed his own group and charted with the Bee Gees’ “The Town of Tuxley Toymaker”. The next year he signed to front TV’s, C’mon, Ray Columbus and the late Phil Warren took over his management and hits, including John Denver’s “Leaving on a jet plane”, began to rattle through the charts. “Cuddly Toy” went to No 5 and then St Paul owned the charts for six weeks. “Lady Samantha” written by the then unknown Bernie Taupin and Elton John, followed. In a sidebar, Shane recorded “Heya” under the name Zonk and then left to work his way to the UK on a cruise liner. “Heya” took off in the States and American Billboard voted it “Best Newcomer” sending United Artists hunting everywhere for him. Only as the ship slid out of New York harbour after a two day stop over, did he discover that he was wanted in that very city to do promotional gigs for his US breakthrough hit. One of our most enduring rock stars Shane continued his musical passion in many forms, in New Zealand and abroad, recording at Abbey Road, living the rock and roll lifestyle of various excesses that are now long in the past. Forty years on he is still performing solo and with bands like The Rumour, still recording, fronting his own TV show (Rocking the Planet) and, for something completely different, owning a New Lynn based tiling company.

First night with the Pleazers, April 1965 in Auckland. L to R: Bruce ‘Phantom’ Robinson, Bill London, Dennis ‘Speedy’ Gilmore, Shane, Peter ‘Bunt’ Newing, Ronnie Peel.

Shane's debut album from 1969 that includes his award-winning hit Saint Paul

Shane Hales, Icon of the West, the West salutes you.

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Join our Arena Boxing Team on June 26th between 4pm and 7pm We would like our community to come along and join us for an evening of a whole lot of combat action and fun. We will host a FREE combat class so bring your boxing gear along (gloves, wraps, pads) alternatively we will have gloves available to hire. Come check Arena Boxing out & meet our team! WWW.ARENABOXING.CO.NZ


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