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our west

April 2016

What will you fix with your free toolkit?

A guide to all of the ANZAC Services in West Auckland

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World Series Darts is coming back to The Trusts Arena

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Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation Scholarships 2016

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Rest In Peace Harry O'Rourke MNZM, JP

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What will you fix with your free toolkit?

Sort out that DIY mishap with your free toolkit from The Trusts. Every household in West Auckland gets one. It’s our way of giving back to the community. Your voucher will arrive early May, so check your letterbox.

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What will you fix with your free toolkit from The Trusts? It's "Giving Back" time again at The Trusts.

What do you have to do?

Well, it's always "Giving Back" time because we distribute around a million dollars each year in sponsorships, donations and gifts, plus all the good things we give back in other ways, but in this case it's time for another gift to every household in West Auckland.

On either the 2nd and 3rd of May we’ll send you a voucher in the mail to your letterbox.

On the last occasion it was life saving fire alarms and now it’s a handy 24 piece mini toolkit in its own convenient case.

• when you have got the voucher, grab a household bill, or something else addressed to you to prove you live in The Trusts area.

Why? It’s obvious really. We asked around whether most people could find the tool they needed when they needed it. The overwhelming answer was, “No”.

• then bring your voucher and proof of address to any West Liquor or Village Wines & Spirits store.

We also asked, if people do have tools, do they have them in a handy case that can be slipped in a kitchen or desk drawer, in the glove box, tossed into the caravan, kept beside the cat flap in case of inquisitive boxer dogs, or at a pinch slipped into a pocket or handbag? Once again the answer was “No”. That was all the evidence we needed. Survey over, we sprang into action and sourced enough handy toolkits in their own convenient carry case, to give one to every house in West Auckland. It’s not the sort of toolkit that you’ll build a house with (or even a deck for that matter), or turn out a re-conditioned motor for the family car, but it is ideal for the thousand small jobs that crop up almost on a daily basis.

There's a 17cm long nosed plier, a spanner, a measuring tape, a screwdriver with adaptor/ handle, two clock screwdrivers, one Philips head and one flat-head, four sockets 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm plus extender bar, bits, an adaptor and three Allen keys. Allen keys? You know. Those small, L shaped, hexagonal bars with one end that fits inside the matching head of bolts and nuts. With the short end inside the nut, you pull on the long end and it unscrews the nut or bolt. These are very handy because Allen nuts and bolts are used in a lot of places around the home, often in furniture. A lot of furniture gets a bit loose and floppy with use. To fix that, what you have to do is find the right Allen key and do up the nuts and bolts holding the furniture together and hey presto, the furniture is as good as new again. Now, thanks to The Trusts you will have some Allen keys that are easy to find again!

To redeem this voucher and get your FREE toolkit: • watch out for the voucher in your mailbox over the week from 2 May 2016. • if the voucher isn’t immediately obvious, make sure you sort through any other mail in the box in case the voucher has got caught up in that.

That’s it! Just bring the voucher the household bill, show them to one of our staff and they’ll give you the toolkit. You don’t have to buy anything from the store. If you don’t want to go to a liquor store you may come to The Trusts Support Office, 3044 Great North Road, New Lynn. If your voucher doesn’t arrive by 11 May, please go to www.thetrusts.co.nz/toolkit where you can enter your name and address details so we can post you another voucher.

The voucher is valid until 31 July 2016 or while stocks of the toolkit last so please do come in as soon as you can. For more information, please go to www.thetrusts.co.nz/toolkit

Check your letterbox.

What will you do with your free toolkit ?

The voucher will come with a brochure. Whatever you do, don’t throw this voucher or booklet away. Apart from the voucher for the toolkit, in the brochure there are six hospitality venue offers that enable you to 20% off your bill when you dine at one of our fantastic venues The Flagship, The Hangar, Takahe, Bricklane, Black Salt and Origins.

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Why is The Trusts giving everyone a toolkit? Because we're committed to "Giving Back". You, the community, own The Trusts so we don’t have to pay dividends to private shareholders. Instead of paying into the pockets of a few, we “give back” to the community in many ways. Giving a gift to every household is one of those ways. In the past, The Trusts and/or The Trusts Charitable Foundation developed a very proud tradition of making the kind of gifts that make a difference to our whole community. In the past, this has included smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and car seats for kids.

In 2014 & 2015 we repeated the gift of fire alarms to every household. We know that these and fire extinguishers go on saving lives and property. Now it’s time to renew the gift. Because every household in West Auckland should now have working smoke alarms, we thought we’d make this year’s gift something every household needs, a handy little toolkit.

For more information, please go to www.thetrusts.co.nz/toolkit

Giving Back", it's part of our nature and our culture The Trusts is always looking for ways we can give back to the community. We support over 200 organisations including schools and clubs and while many might receive a small amount of money, it does make a difference in some way. For example, if we can help a school to afford a regular newsletter, or give out prizes at a fundraiser that makes a difference.

At the larger end of the scale we spend tens of thousands every year on major sponsorships that make a difference for the whole community of West Auckland. Perhaps the biggest example is The Trusts Arena which brings massive events to West Auckland and yet is still available and affordable for our kids and schools to use for their sport or; for community events like Spooks and Sparks, Diwali and also for many exhibitions and trade shows. Other regular sponsorships include: • The Trusts New Zealand Bowls Open • SKYCITY Mystics • The Trusts Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards • Rosebank Business Association • West Auckland Business After 5 • Auckland Track Challenge and ‘Get Set Go’ • The Trusts Spooks & Sparks • Life Education Trust • The Trusts Portage Ceramic Awards - the biggest and richest in New Zealand • The Trusts Waitakere Arts & Sculpture Awards – again the most prestigious in the country • Associate Sponsor of the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation which every year provides scholarships to promising young West Auckland athletes and helps them achieve their dreams on the international stage.

We give back in many other ways, ensuring that liquor is sold in West Auckland responsibly. We have made sure that there are enough liquor outlets to provide a convenient service without having a liquor store on every corner selling cut price alcohol. We don’t sell to minors. Our stores are at the leading edge of customer service. They are smart, modern, sophisticated but they keep the Westie warmth and look. Our product range and our pricing are competitive and our staff are trained to give world-class customer service. We’re one of the biggest businesses and employers in West Auckland so we bring work and wealth to build the local economy. We’re also always striving to be the best possible employer and people are lining up to take on a career with us. Those we employ have career paths, opportunities for development and access to skills they can take anywhere in the world.

What will you do with your free toolkit ?

Pimp pretty much anything with your free toolkit from The Trusts. Every household in West Auckland gets one. It’s our way of giving back to the community. Visit thetrusts.c o.nz/toolkit if you haven’t received your voucher.


Youth artists add colour to Olympic Park Young local artists have transformed a part of New Lynn’s Olympic Park by designing and painting a bright, colourful and clever new mural that covers three walls of the Waitakere Auckland Brass Band building.

The work is the creative inspiration of artists at the Kakano Youth Arts Collective that works with young people who have struggled in mainstream education and have a passion for visual arts. The mural depicts a brightly coloured brass band marching towards a view of the local native wetland, with the city skyline in the distance. It also features the native Whau bush, namesake of the region and the river that flows through New Lynn.

their confidence and self-worth through studio sessions and arts opportunities in the wider community where they have the opportunity to showcase their talents. The kids are very proud of their work and are sharing images all over social media. They are getting some great recognition and respect from their peers.”

The mural project was organised by Sport Waitakere with support from the Whau Local Board, Auckland Council, Bay Olympic Football Club, The Tag Out Trust, Generation Ignite, EcoMatters Trust, New Zealand Police and Lyndale Athletics.

Whau Local Board Chair Catherine Farmer says the mural has made Olympic Park more vibrant and the Board wanted to see more similar artworks on local facilities. She said she encouraged building owners to get in touch if they have a wall or space that could be brought to life with a makeover.

Mandy Patmore, Creative Director for the Arts Collective, says “Young people in Kakano develop their visual arts practice,

The artwork was painted in a bid to revitalise park facilities and reduce tagging.


We Will Remember Them" at dawn at Waikumete It is 101 years on from the birth of the ANZAC legend on the blood-soaked hills and valleys of the Gallipoli Peninsula. The troops of New Zealand, Australia and Britain have been withdrawn for 100 years and four months. They were extracted from the futile beaches in December 1914, ironically in an utterly flawless operation that took the Turkish forces who opposed them by surprise. They left behind the events that have become enshrined ever since, as the birth of ANZAC and the defining time for three fledgling nations, New Zealand, Australia and modern Turkey. True to the promise of the first ANZAC ceremony, 100 years on, we do remember them. More and more of us remember them every year as reverence grows, for the sufferings, sacrifice and achievements of men, women and families, people who we knew or our parents knew. People who risked and sacrificed so much that we might have peace and freedom and sought to make it lasting. The veterans of the first great conflict are no more and only a handful remain from the second. Old now, in their late 80’s and their 90’s, they assemble out of sight of the crowd to march in the pre-dawn darkness onto the Court of Honour at Waikumete Cemetery. They silently greet their fallen comrades from so long ago. The huge crowd greets them with respect and applause.

But though their numbers are small, the parade itself swells each year as youngsters from schools and youth organisations step forward to take the place of the men who are gone. They impart real substance to the words that will soon roar into the dawn sky, as the crowd says in unison "We Will Remember Them". The crowds have swelled to many times their original size as more and more young people, families and organisations come to honour heroes who survived the carnage of World Wars One and Two, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam and more recently Afghanistan. By the time 6am arrives, there are several thousand people and yet it is hushed and reverent, their candle flames pricking holes in the gloom, beneath the trees and before the serried ranks of headstones for old soldiers, that stretch off into the darkness. The hush is suddenly pierced by the keening lament of a lone bagpiper unseen among the trees, and in the far distance can be heard the parade sergeant major’s voice faintly calling, “Parade! Parade shun!” just as sergeant majors did all those years ago. The Waitakere City brass band strikes a stirring march. And now the hush around the cenotaph deepens, the crowd listening for the growing sound of the music and the steady tramp of feet.

As the parade marches, the darkness is hammered by the boom of cannon and then again and again. OId military vehicles stand around the Court of Honour.

ANZAC 2015 at Waikumete.

Out of the darkness the old soldiers march to array themselves before a stage of dignitaries from the city, from the armed forces and representatives of friendly nations. The hymns float out filling the night sky, led by the soaring voice of a young soprano. The priest dignified in his cassock, leads the prayers. The Last Post sounds its mournful voice, the flags of New Zealand, Australia and Britain rattle down the flagpoles. A voice speaks the haunting words:

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them". The crowd takes up the refrain, “We will remember them” with emphasis on the “will” investing it with sincerity and commitment. A disembodied voice calls the roll of honour of the veterans who have taken their personal Last Post in the past year. High on a nearby hill, appropriately beneath a pine, members of a rifle party fire their own tribute, when the Last Post has sounded and the flags have dipped in salute. It seems also in the “up and at ‘em” spirit of reveille, that this ceremony is a remembrance of the fact that life goes on; the flags rise into the air as dawn breaks over the eastern horizon, the wreaths are laid and the parade of old men who have been doing this for 70 years, march determinedly off to the standing ovation of the crowd.

Six O'clock Start The half hour ceremony begins exactly at 6.00am but given the ever increasing crowd, it is wise to aim to be at Waikumete by at least 5.30am. A second parade is held at 11.00am. On this occasion the public are invited to help with the wreath laying.

Please, No Dogs! Dogs are not permitted

in Waikumete during the ANZAC ceremonies.


12 West Auckland Mayor to attend ANZAC Services Waikumete There will be 12 different ANZAC Day commemorations at various times, throughout West Auckland on April 25. WAIKUMETE CEMETERY DAWN SERVICE

At the Cenotaph, corner of Great North Road and Glenview Road, Glen Eden assemble 5.30am for 6am start. 11Am SERVICE at Cenotaph.

SWANSON

8.45am parade departs Swanson Primary School for Swanson RSA for 9am service.

AVONDALE RSA

9.40am parade departs from clubrooms for St Ninian’s for 10 am service.

TE ATATU PENINSULA RSA

9.40am parade departs Te Atatu Community House carpark for Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre for 10am service.

NEW LYNN RSA

8.50am parade departs from behind McDonalds for 9.30am service at Memorial Square.

TITIRANGI

10.15am parade departs Lopdell House for Titirangi War Memorial Hall for 10.30am service.

LAINGHOLM COMMUNITY PARADE

10.30am at Laingholm Community Hall.

HOBSONVILLE RSA

10.30am parade departs Hobsonville School, for Hobsonville RSA, for 11am service.

WAITAKERE RSA

11am Service, at Waitakere RSA Clubrooms.

HENDERSON RSA

11.15am parade departs, Railside Avenue fire station, for Henderson RSA, for 11.30am service.

PIHA

1.50pm parade departs Piha RSA for Lion Rock for 2pm service.

KAREKARE

12.30pm parade departs Karekare Carpark for 12.45pm service on beach at WW2 plaque.

Mayor Len Brown will become the first leader of Auckland City to attend an ANZAC ceremony at Waikumete Cemetery. Mayor Brown will attend and speak at the 11am service. In the past, while Sir Bob Harvey and other prominent West Auckland politicians, including then Waitakere Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, attended the dawn and 11am services, no mayor of Auckland has previously attended.

An era ends at Waikumete An era is ending at the Waikumete ANZAC ceremonies this year. For the first time in two decades, Tracey Haggo, the woman who did more than any other to build the event, will not be leading the organising team. The ANZAC dawn ceremony at Waikumete Cemetery is regarded by many as the best in Auckland, the second biggest and very moving, with the parade of veterans out of the dark to the sound of the Last Post as dawn lights the eastern sky.

While a Waitakere Council staffer, Tracey took up the challenge when Mayor Sir Bob Harvey committed the Council to helping the Glen Eden RSA to develop a really memorable ANZAC Day ceremony at Waikumete, the country's largest war graves cemetery. Working with another council staffer and the RSA and especially Matt McMillan, Tracey led the organisation of the event year after year. She was loyally backed every year by a team of council officers who turned out to present the park in pristine condition, with the seats laid out, the poppies for sale, the candles and the orders of service. Between them they created an event that appropriately runs with military precision. Tracey also became responsible for ANZAC events throughout West Auckland. After the creation of the super city, Tracey’s responsibilities expanded even further. Sadly for the event, Tracey has retired from the Council to devote her time to a still young family. She deserves our sincere thanks for everything she’s done for the event, the people and most especially, the veterans. Typically modest, she refused to have her photo published.

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Mystics combo of Tutaia and Tuivaiti proves too much When the rules for the ANZ Championship Pre-Season Shootout came out and featured a three point scoring zone, Maria Tutaia, famous for her long-range shots, was the first name on people's lips.

Championship, with many games televised on SKY Sport. Netball Northern’s team, also sponsored by SKYCITY, started their season on 10 April in Invercargill.

And while Maria kept the scoreboard ticking over in chunks of three throughout the three games of the shootout, her regular partner in goal-scoring, Cat Tuivaiti (formerly Latu), got right in on the action too. In fact, in the final against the WBOP Magic, which the home side won 31-24, Cat hit even more threes than Maria. Not many people would have predicted that, but married life seems to be treating Cat well.

2016 SKYCITY Mystics squad:

There were three days of netball over the pre-season tournament held at The Trusts Arena in March, with the shootout filling the final day. Joining the Magic in coming to Auckland were the Southern Steel, Adelaide Thunderbirds and Queensland Firebirds. While the Australian sides will no doubt be formidable again during the regular season, they were slower to adjust than the Kiwis to the rule changes in the shootout format. Over the course of the pre-season tournament, the SKYCITY Mystics revealed that Jane Woodlands-Thompson who’d coached the Adelaide Thunderbirds to two ANZ Championship titles, would be doing some specialist coaching work with the Auckland side this year. Jane sat beside the head coach Debbie Fuller as her new team collected the shootout silverware. One of the big changes for netball in New Zealand in 2016 is the introduction of the Beko Netball League. That’s a development competition that underpins, and runs alongside the ANZ

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Krissy Hunter, "wildcat" from the West aims at Rio A new wrestling star has come out of nowhere in West Auckland and after only eight months in the discipline, has won the right to bid for a place in the New Zealand Olympic team to Rio.

With six years Jiu Jitsu in her background, she moves with the speed of a wildcat and seems to think and move faster than many people can just think. After just eight months in wrestling, she achieved the almost impossible by winning the 2016 Oceania Championships gold medal, in her (58 kg freestyle) class, without losing a single point. Her coach, former international wrestler, Karim Moradi, shakes his head in disbelief. “A single mistake and two points can be gone,” he says. Moradi says he has never seen anyone improve like Krissy but then, at their very first meeting she put a move on him that no-one in his whole career had ever done before. Winning the Oceania gold earned Krissy the right to travel to an Olympic qualifying champs in Algeria as her final step towards selection for Rio.

Given her incredible skill levels, it's hard to credit that Krissy hasn't been fighting since she was first able to stand, but the 30 year old mother of two only took up Jiu Jitsu six years ago, as a form of self-defence. More recently, she has also fought as an amateur in MMA. A West Aucklander from birth, these days with partner Steve Oliver, himself a former MMA world champion, Krissy has a busy life right now. Karin Moradi told her that if she trained every day he would take her to the Olympics, so she trains an Olympic schedule every day. She also coaches at Oliver MMA, the country’s leading MMA gym, administers American Top Team NZ (a New Zealand franchise operated by Oliver’s); she is administration manager of Oliver MMA itself and for the New Zealand Grappler competition, as well as being event organiser for the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation Awards Dinner. That’s on top of being a mother of two primary school age children. Whew! For the record; wildcat on the mat she may be, but off it, Krissy is a pussycat, gentle and modest and gives not the slightest hint that she could probably tie most people in a knot in less than ten seconds, without raising a sweat. Krissy’s partner Steve Oliver is the son of the former Olympian weightlifter, Don Oliver and a Trustee on the Don OIiver Youth Sport Foundation.

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World Series Darts Can you put “three in a bed” at will? No? Well it seems as if the men who can, will be coming back to weave their magic again.

After a highly successful debut by world darts last year, eight of the world's top PDC stars have signed up to be at the Auckland Darts Masters being held at The Trusts Arena from Friday 17 June through Sunday 19 June.

“darts mania” here. The final saw Englishman Adrian "Jackpot" Lewis beating Raymond "Barney" van Barneveld (Netherlands) 11-10, in an edge-of-the-seat thriller, played out to a packed house. This year the top eight Professional Darts Association players will be here at least to contest the Auckland title. They are current PDC world champion Gary Anderson, Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright, James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting. Filling out the contenders will be eight qualifiers for the first round of each tournament.

The even bigger news, however, is that New Zealand, and hopefully the Arena will be in line to host another round of the World Series Darts this year as well and possibly for several years to come.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s best with the arrows, Rob Szabo, has returned from the world championships in London in the belief that the professional body is set to announce a four year deal for New Zealand to be part of the global tour.

Once the sport of pubs played by eagle-eyed, beer bellied men who could put the “arrows” wherever they like in the “pie”, no matter how many “cats had been on the counter”, darts is now a sophisticated, professional, televised global sport followed by millions.

New Zealand officials won't confirm anything but it is known that the world's leading professional players are eager to return to Auckland.

When a round of the World Series Darts came to The Trusts Arena last year, following the world trend, it ignited

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And just for the uninitiated, “arrows” are darts, “three in a bed” is three arrows in the same number, a “pie” is the dartboard and “cats on the counter” are the drinks that the losers buy for the winners.


World Series Darts is coming back to The TRUSTS ARENA! 17 TH, 18TH & 19TH OF JUNE 2016 The annual Auckland Darts Masters will be held over 3 days at The Trusts Arena. The New Zealand event will see eight of the world’s top stars – including Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and reigning champion Adrian Lewis – joined by eight qualifiers for the first round.

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2016 Don Oliver scholarship applications open 1 May Pass the word! Get your scholarship applications in to the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation from 1 May 2016. 50 years ago this year a West Auckland weightlifter opened the door to our athletics hall of fame by winning gold at the Kingston Commonwealth Games and this month, the organisation founded to honour his memory, will be releasing scholarship application forms seeking young Westie athletes to become this year’s Don Oliver Scholars. Applications open 1 May and close 30 June 2016, with the winners announced at the glittering Awards Dinner hosted on 19 October at The Trusts Area by the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation (DOYSF) and its family of supporters and sponsors. The Trusts is proud to be Associate Sponsor of DOYSF, an organisation which has helped identify an extraordinary wealth of West Auckland sporting talent and help many athletes take their place on the world stage. As always the applications are open to outstanding young West Auckland sporting talent, in whatever sport. They must be aged 14 to 21 (both birthdays inclusive) at the time when the scholarships are granted, in August. They must be pre-elite and not professional and have their home address in West Auckland. Above all they must have the talent and character to step up to national and international honours.

So, it’s tough road to a scholarship but every year throws up some truly outstanding, world-class, young Westies. Every year most of them succeed on the world stage at some level. It is the Foundations’ proud boast that since its foundation in 1997, Gabrielle led the list of 12 Don Oliver there hasn’t been a Scholarship winners in 2015. New Zealand Olympic or Commonwealth Games without at least one past scholar in it. The big New Zealand hope at Rio is former scholar Lauren Boyle, although current scholar and junior world backstroke champion, Gabrielle Fa'amausili will be knocking on the door. At least two other scholars also have a very good chance of making the cut. They are Brahm Richards, a champion in both wrestling and judo and diver Elizabeth Cui, while Jared Free the current colossus of New Zealand Race Walking might be a possible bolter.

Applications can be found from 1 May 2016, at http://www.donoliver.org.nz or via www.sportwaitakere.co.nz

Anybody can nominate a young athlete, but it’s best if the applications come with the support of a club, regional or national sporting body, coach or school. This is important because selection is very tough with an uncompromising panel of professional selectors led by The Trusts CEO, Simon Wickham. Being deputy chairman of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and chairman of selectors for the New Zealand Olympic teams, Simon knows what it takes to get to the top and is looking for that X factor when selecting Don Oliver scholars.

, Michael Mincham, Mitchel Murray, Aaron Booth, Jared Free, The 2015 DOYSF Scholership Winners from left to right: Brahm Richards Liz Cui, Kanah Andrews-Nahu, Nicola McDonnell. 12Peter Bethell, Britt Kindred, Nicole Mettam,


Celebrating 50 Years It's 50 years since Don Oliver first proved that' he was a world-class heavy-weight weight lifter by winning the gold medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica and this year's Don Oliver Scholarship Awards night on 19 October will be a major celebration of "The Don's" achievements. This year’s dinner has been moved back in the calendar to enable guests to celebrate New Zealand success at Rio and hopefully, allow at least some Olympians to attend.

It’ll be a great night for another reason, proud if another former great, Roy Williams, has sponsor anything to do with it. He’s hatched a plan, along with Ambassadors Pat and Bryan Heron to get as many of our past sporting greats to come to the dinner as possible. So, not only will the Awards Dinner be the usual glittering event to applaud a new crop of young achievers, but this year attendees will be rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest names in our sporting history.

Make sure you put 19 October DOYSF Awards Dinner in your diary, this years celebration will be spectacular!

Last years dinner celebration at The Trusts Arena.

Don Oliver OBE - our greatest weightlifter Three time Olympian, the late Don Oliver is a legend in New Zealand weightlifting. He competed for New Zealand at two Commonwealth Games in the 1960s and three Olympic Games; 1960 Rome, 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico City, where he was flag-bearer for the New Zealand team. He medalled twice at the Commonwealth Games, winning silver at Perth in 1962 and gold at Jamaica four years later. Although not an Olympic medal winner he proved his world status with 12th at Rome, 9th in Tokyo and 8th in Mexico. He also remains the highest placed New Zealand weightlifter ever, at world championships, having finished 5th in the 1957 event in Tehran, Iran. Don Oliver was another truly amazing Westie and a more complete record of his many achievements can be found on the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation website at http://www.donoliver.org.nz

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Help Hospice West Auckland keep the wheels going round Every year, Hospice West Auckland’s vehicles travel more than 190,000 km and rack up $22,800 in fuel bills. Due to the growth of West Auckland’s population, combined with a generally ageing population, our team spends even more time on the West Coast roads and therefore some of our vehicles need to be replaced. Our first priority is replacing our equipment van, which is worn out. Thanks to this van we are able to provide a responsive service to patients, delivering oxygen concentrators, wheel chairs and shower stools to patients’ homes promptly, to help them remain in their chosen environment comfortably. The van is constantly on the move delivering and collecting equipment and must be both reliable and safe.

Make your donation at hwa.org.nz/donations/ donate-now to help keep this service functioning or, if you can help in other ways, please get in touch via info@hwa.org.nz. Many people may not realise that the majority of the care we deliver is in patients’ own homes, or the sheer size of the area we serve, from central West Auckland all the way to the South Kaipara Heads. Please help us stay on the road, serving the people of West Auckland.

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• 80% of our care delivered in patient homes • Annual fuel bill of $25,000 • Annual servicing costs of $10,000 • More than 190,000 km driven every year Each year Hospice West Auckland needs to fundraise 60% of its operating budget, or between $3 and $4 million, in order to provide specialist palliative care to the people of West Auckland. Your help and support is appreciated.


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Harry O'Rourke MNZM, JP

Harry O’Rourke, one of New Zealand’s most influential figures in local government, sport, civil defence and internationally in Judo, passed away on 21 March 2016, aged 74. Harry was chief executive of both Waitemata City Council and Waitakere City Council and when he retired, was one of the longest serving and most respected figures in Local Government New Zealand.

After 40 years service, 36 of them to the Waitemata City Council and its successor, the Waitakere City Council, the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers awarded Harry its highest honour, the Distinguished Management Award. At the time, he was one of only seven people who had received this honour. He was a graduate of both Auckland and Oxford Universities. Being honoured for long and excellent service marked Harry O’Rourke’s life in his profession, his sport Judo and in his leisure activities including the coastguard. Perhaps the greatest honour of all though was the love, respect, admiration and in some cases reverence, with which he was regarded by those for and with whom he worked and played. Former Waitemata City Mayor, Tim Shadbolt, attributed his success to Harry’s guiding hand. Former Waitakere City Councillor Derek Battersby and Janet Clews considered him a “safe pair of hands who retired at the top of his profession.” Throughout the country people now in very senior positions in Local Government and other fields of endeavour learned their craft and values and grew in stature under his careful and thoughtful mentoring. A lifelong sportsman, Harry became one of the dominant figures in Judo internationally. Not only was he formally honoured by the International Judo Federation, but he was honoured with a minute’s silence when news of his passing reached the Tbilisi Grand Prix, a major international judo event in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. As a fighter he was black belt 6th Dan; as an administrator he was President and a Life Member of Judo New Zealand, President of the Auckland Judo Association and the President of the Commonwealth Judo Association. He was Judo Commissioner for the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland and in that year was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Medal. Thanks to his efforts to have Judo included in the 1990 Games, Judo became an official Commonwealth Games Sport.

In 1983 Harry became one of only four people in the world to have been awarded an IJF Silver Medal and Diploma of Merit by the International Judo Federation for his contribution to National and International Judo. Eight months later, the New Zealand Government made him a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the sport. A veteran of the Rural Fire Service and Civil Defence since the 1970’s, Harry O’Rourke was honoured with a long service medal at the Waitakere City Council Rural Fire and Civil Defence Awards. He was a Civil Defence Controller for Waitakere City and also alternate Controller for Auckland City from the time of amalgamation until his death. He joined the coastguard when he was 16 and while still in his teens became the organisation’s youngest skipper.

Indeed the list of achievements and contributions by this exceptional man is too great to describe in detail but at the core of it all was his 40 years of Local Government Service. After earlier careers in the old Marine Department and Ministry of Justice, Harry O’Rourke began his Local Government career in 1967 as a Committee Secretary with the Mt Roskill Borough Council. Five years later he joined Waitemata County Council as a Planning Committee Secretary. Waitemata County became Waitemata City Council in 1974, with Harry first as City Secretary and later Town Clerk (CEO). When Waitemata was merged with New Lynn, Glen Eden and Henderson Boroughs in 1989 to form Waitakere City Council, Harry was appointed General Manager Finance and Administration, becoming a visionary Chief Executive Officer in March 2001. A leading light in the development of The Trusts Arena, he was a serving board member at the time of his passing and was also a trustee of the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation. Harry was an active JP, a member of The Lotteries Commission (Auckland area) and until very recently, he was up a Member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Harry O'Rourke, Icon of the West.

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Trailing through the sculptures

West Tree by Carolyn Lawrence. Manu Hangarua by Todd Sheridan with the sculpture trail laid our below.

We went for a look through the recent Harbourview Sculpture Trail at the water’s edge at Te Atatu Peninsula. We thought pictures were worth a thousand words, each. This increasingly important event owes a great deal to its sponsors and particularly to the generosity of The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF).

The Kumara Planters by Penny Howard.

Seven waka come to Te Atatu by Anton Forde.

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From humble beginnings in New Zealand, Kim Crawford is now served around the world. In our travels we get to see and enjoy the latest global trends first hand. We know Kim Crawford drinkers love to entertain at home. So, we kept note of the best entertaining ideas we’ve experienced, and then selected the trends we think epitomise the spirit of the unordinary entertainer. With inspiration from Vietnam to Sweden, we are proud to bring you the Kim Crawford 2016 Global Entertainers Guide.

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Nic Schouten - a real good sport hits the road! An era ended in West Auckland last month when Nic Schouten, one of the country’s pioneer lifeguards, hung up his golf clubs. If the two ends of that sentence don’t seem to make sense, they actually do but the connection needs to be found by tracing through a life rich in West Auckland sport. This is why, when he closed the doors on the Full Swing Golf Shop in Te Pai Place, after 31 years, it not only ended an era for golf but it marked but at least a tapering off point in a life time in sport. Nic started the Waitakere Triathlon and Multi-Sport Club and the Waitakere Fun Run and Half Marathon. He was a cofounder of the WESTY Trust which inaugurated the Eco City Challenge and now organises the Fun Run. He also served on the Waitakere City Stadium Trust and was chairman of Sport Waitakere at a critical time in its history. This all started 56 years ago when the Schouten family arrived from Holland with a six year old who was developing a passion for sport. At various Henderson schools he excelled at soccer, badminton and swimming. He reached A grade in badminton and in swimming was selected to train for the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch. Unfortunately, by then Nic had become committed to lifeguarding at Bethells Beach and didn’t make the Christchurch team. He started lifeguarding straight from school at 17 and was among the first professional lifeguards on our beaches. The reel was still the standard piece of life saving kit. Even this was left behind most of the time because it was too cumbersome. Lifeguards backed themselves to get safely out and return back with yet another person who owed them their lives. The pay wasn’t much, but can you imagine a better job for a 17 year old than spending summers on the beach and getting paid for it! Nic is a wonderful persuader and he may have first developed this skill in his first year selling $30 sponsorships on the club's new life-saving tubes. $30 was a lot of money in those days but typical of West Auckland businesses, they responded and soon sponsored all the tubes. Nic's been persuading businesses to give money to good causes ever since. He met Karen, his wife, and they travelled first to Australia, where Nic added bar-keeping to his CV and then to Europe. On returning home he got into the golf business in Henderson with Terry Leach. Soon afterwards Nic became sole proprietor, moving the business to Te Pai Place where Full Swing Golf has been ever since. Nic believes it might have been longer at one address than any other golf business in Auckland. It was after this that Nic began his 30 or so years of giving to the community. He introduced day/night golf to Auckland as a fundraiser for the Waitakere Rotary Club. In 1992 he founded the Waitakere Tri Club and began running duathlons as club fundraisers. When duathlons declined in popularity, he suggested a fun run as a fundraiser for Waitakere Rotary Club.

Nic Schouten with a rare Ping driver made in support of breast cancer after Bubba Watson won the US Masters.

According to the club, a fun run wouldn’t work and that brought out Nic’s stubbornness and determination. The Waitakere Fun Run and Half Marathon started in 1997 and has grown into a prestigious event and a warm-up event for the Auckland Marathon. For 19 years it has raised funds for North Piha Surf Lifesaving Club, the Tri Club and for many years, the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation, of which Nic was once a trustee and head of the scholarship selection panel. Nic became a trustee of what is now the Waitakere City Stadium Trust, which was funding and building The Trusts Arena and also running Sport Waitakere. At that time Sport Waitakere was in deep trouble and a restructure saw the stadium trust separate from Sport Waitakere, with Nic becoming chairman of the latter. He gives credit to many other people, but the fact remains that, when he retired as chairman, Sport Waitakere was one of the best performing regional sports trusts in New Zealand. Nic now turned his attention to creating the Eco City Challenge to capitalise on the many walking and cycling trails being developed by Waitakere City Council through the area’s stunning natural scenery. With Dai Bindoff and later John Wadsworth, he created the WESTY Trust to run both the fun run and the Eco City Challenge. WESTY stood for Waitakere Events Funding Talented Youth. In the 2000’s Nic’s own health suffered for a while and he pulled back from various commitments to concentrate on getting well, running his shop and supporting local golf clubs. Typically though, he always had to do something “extra” and he became the driving force in “The Golf Connection”, a nationwide chain of independent golf shops. Becoming one of the directors, Nic took the operation to a new level with its marketing and financial performance. Now he’s shut up shop to become a “grey nomad”, with Karen. But he won’t be lost to golf. He’ll be taking his re-gripping machine so that he can provide a travelling service and he’s on call to run golf shops when the owners need a holiday of their own.


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