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World class Te Uru opens in Titirangi
Icon of the West - Michael Jones
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Season's greetings to everyone! I love my job and the greatest pleasure is knowing that, as a business owned by the community, we are making a real difference in the community. Another of the privileges is the opportunity to wish all of you each year, the very best wishes from all of us at The Trusts for a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and a holiday to remember for all the right reasons. We have come a long way in the several years I have been writing these Christmas season good wishes. It has been enormously satisfying to end this year making a gift of a smoke alarm to every household in West Auckland, all 80,000 of them! When we first started our journey of transforming the business during the depressed markets of the Global Financial Crisis, we knew better times would come again and we would be thoroughly modernised, efficient, profitable and ready to grow with an improved economy. We also promised that as soon as we were able, we would complete another major communitywide gift program, in addition to our ususal 200 or so annual sponsorships. We debated about the nature of the gift and settled on smoke alarms because smoke alarms save lives. No question. About 30 or so people die in house fires every year, where the house did not have a smoke alarm, or at least a working smoke alarm. We probably can never know how many lives, and properties, have been saved by the early warning a smoke alarm gives. Naturally we hope that you don’t ever suffer the trauma of a house fire, but some people will and if they have a working smoke alarm there’s a reasonable chance they will at least escape with their lives. Even one such case will make the gift worthwhile. Please make sure you have picked up a free smoke alarm for your household.
Details are are at www.thetrusts.co.nz/smokealarms We hope that you are able to take the time over the break to enjoy the natural treasures that West Auckland has to offer, including our legendary black sand surf beaches and glorious rugged bush walks through the ranges. If you are an art enthusiast, Te Uru has opened in Titirangi and is our pre-eminent gallery of contemporary art. We are proud that this extraordinary place has been partly funded through The Trusts Community Foundation, from money raised in West Auckland. We are even more proud that entries in The Trusts Portage Ceramics Awards will be on display there until February. These are the most prestigious Awards of their kind in New Zealand and it is our privilege to be their principal sponsor. If you want to enjoy a social night out, we have worked very hard to ensure our restaurants and bars are ready and raring to help you celebrate over the Christmas season. Our West Liquor retail stores have a great range of gift packs and gift cards to help make Christmas shopping easier, we’ll even gifts wrap those special purchases for free!
For more details on our hospitality venues and retail stores, please look at www.thetrusts.co.nz In conclusion, from all of us at The Trusts we offer our sincerest Season’s Greetings, please don’t drink and drive, in the sun do remember the old slip, slop and slap and above all, have a great season of peace, love and harmony.
Simon Wickham CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Dozens nominated for recognition at annual Ecowise Awards November was a month for celebrating many collaborative community projects that have been happening in West Auckland throughout the year, as ordinary people take it upon themselves to do something to improve their environment and their neighbourhoods.
EcoMatters Trust packed out the former Waitakere City Council Chamber for its annual Ecowise Awards. Welcomed by chairman John Riddell, the several hundred people present gave enthusiastic recognition to the dozens of individuals and groups who had entered projects or been entered for their work. Ranui Community Garden won The Karaka Award for the West Auckland Community Garden making a difference. The Brent Peters Award for on-going commitment to caring for West Auckland was won by Beauregard Fleming and Paxton Sneddon. The Rata Award for the West Auckland school caretaker making a difference was Mike Rowe.
Lin Chetty won the Kahikatea Award for the West Auckland teacher who inspires environmental action.
Some of the several hundred community-minded West Aucklanders that attended the Ecowise Awards.
The Nikau Award for the West Auckland business caring for the environment was awarded to Megan Tait of Plant Native. Blockhouse Bay Intermediate won The Puriri Award for the West Auckland school or pre-school caring for the environment. In nearly every instance children had created gardens, grown produce and in many cases had taken the produce home for their families.
Terry Davis, finalist of the "On-going Commitment to Caring for West Auckland" award with Keep Waitakere Beautiful trustee Denise Yates.
The Kowhai Award for West Auckland students making a difference was won by Kelston Boys High School. The Totara Award for the West Auckland group caring for the environment was awarded to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Henderson Valley. Sarah James of Glen Eden won the Kauri Award for the West Auckland individual making a difference.
Lin Chetty - a West Auckland teacher who inspires environmental action, with Keep Waitakere Beautiful trustee, Wayne Davis.
Yes you can! Book a court and pay with a can of food. Book a casual gym session and pay using canned food or non-perishable grocery items (value $10). All goods received will go to VisionWest Food Bank to help West Aucklanders over Christmas. Thank you for your support.
Who We TTCF supported the following Adventure Specialities Trust, Age Concern Auckland, Alpine
Oakley Creek (Te Auaunga) Inc, Freyberg Community School,
Sports Club Inc, Alzheimers Auckland Charitable Trust,
Fruitvale School, Get in2life Youth Development Trust, Girl
Amitabha Hospice Service Trust, Arahoe School, Auckland
Guides Association NZ Inc - Arataki District, Glen Eden Bowling
Academy of Dance Society Inc, Auckland Asthma Society Inc,
Club Inc, Glen Eden Business Improvement District Assn Inc,
Auckland Bowls, Auckland Badminton Assn Inc, Auckland City
Glen Eden Kindergarten, Glenora Rugby League Football Club
Mission, Auckland Cricket Association Inc, Auckland Curling
Inc, Green Bay High School, Going West Trust, Green Bay
Club Inc, Auckland Festival of Photography Trust, Auckland
Kindergarten, Gujurati Samaj NZ Incorporated, GymSports
Kindergarten Association - Avondale, Auckland Kindergarten
New Zealand, Hauraki Ice Racing Club Inc, Haven Foundation
Association - Massey, Auckland Kindergarten Association -
T/A Kodesh Trust, Henderson Bowls Inc, Henderson Croquet
Titirangi, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Regional
Club Inc, Henderson High School, Henderson Intermediate
Migrant Services, Auckland Rugby League Incorporated,
School, Henderson North School, Henderson Primary School,
Auckland Sexual Abuse Help Foundation, Auckland Women’s
Hobsonville Bowling Club Inc, Hobsonville Kindergarten,
Health Council, Avondale Athletics Club, Avondale College,
Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation, Interacting;
Avondale Community Gardeners, Avondale Intermediate School,
Kartsport Auckland, Kelston Boys’ High School, Kelston Girls’
Bethells Beach Surf Lifesaving Patrol Inc, Big Buddy Mentoring
College, Kelston La Leche League, Koru Care Charitable
Trust, Blockhouse Bay Business Association Incorporated,
Trust New Zealand, Laingholm Playcentre, Laingholm Primary
Blockhouse Bay Community Patrol, Blockhouse Bay Primary
School, Laura Fergusson Trust for Disabled Persons, Life
School, Cancer Society of NZ - Auckland Inc, Change Works
Education Trust City/West Auckland, Lincoln Heights School,
2006 Trust, Christians Against Poverty New Zealand, Chinese
Liston College, Lynn Avon United Association Football Club,
Association of West Auckland, Cochlear Implant Foundation
Lopdell House Society Inc, Love to Live New Zealand, Lynfield
of NZ (aka Hearing House), Combined Probus Club of Glen
College, Lynfield College Community Childcare Centre Inc,
Eden, Combined Probus Club of New Lynn, Combined Youth
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust Auckland Inc, Massey
High School, Massey Playcentre, Massey Primary School,
Condor Rugby Football Club Inc, Dayspring Trust, Dance
McCahon House Trust, Mercy Hospice Auckland Ltd, Monte
Directors NZ, Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation, EcoMatters
Cecilia Housing Trust, Motu Moana Scout Camp and Training
Environment Trust, Encounter Hope Foundation, Epilepsy Assn
Centre, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Auckland & The North
NZ - Auckland Branch, French Bay Yacht Club Inc, Friends of
Shore Inc, Muriwai Lifeguard Service Amenities Trust, Netball
Arataki & Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland Inc, Friends of
Northern Zone Inc, Netball Waitakere Inc, New Lynn Business
TTCF Committed To Local Distribution
Have Helped TTCF is proud to be the preferred class 4 Foundation for The Trusts. The recommendations from The Trusts elected members have greatly assisted TTCF to make informed decisions regarding all grant applications received in West Auckland. TTCF’s gaming machines operated at The Trusts venues have generated a total of $4,058,789 for the period 1st April to 30th September 2014.
applicants during this period: Association, New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust, New
Legend Charitable Trust, The Lonely Miaow Assn Inc, The Mixit
Zealand Blue Light Ventures Inc, New Zealand Opera Limited,
Charitable Trust, The Parenting Place, The Scout Association
NZ Ukulele Trust, Oratia United Assn Football Club Inc, Orpheus
of New Zealand - Edmonton Scout Group, Tirimoana Primary
Sea Scout Group, Piha Community Centre Society Inc, Piha
School, Titirangi Baptist Church, Titirangi Community House
Surf Life Saving Club Inc, Portage Ceramics Trust, Presbyterian
Society Inc, Titirangi Golf Club Inc, Toi Ora Live Art Trust, Totally
Support Northern, Prospect Primary School, Ranui Baptist
Horse Trust, Touch New Zealand Inc, Toughlove Auckland Inc,
Community Care, Ranui Kindergarten, Raukatauri Music
United North Piha Lifeguard Service Inc, Waitakere Ace Aotearoa
Therapy Trust, Recreate New Zealand, Redhills Community
Inc, Waitakere Arts & Cultural Development Trust/Corban Estate
Kindergarten Inc, Red Leap Theatre Charitable Trust, Riverhead
Arts Centre, Waitakere Adult Literacy Inc, Waitakere Auckland
Bowling Club Inc, Roopu Aur Aap Charitable Trust, RNZAF
Brass Inc, Waitakere Badminton Association, Waitakere Bears
Base Auckland Aviation Sports Club Inc, Royal NZ Forest and
Softball Club Inc, Waitakere Central Community Arts Council;
Bird Protection Society of NZ Inc (aka Ark in the Park), RNZ
Waitakere City Assn Football Club Inc, Waitakere City Athletics
Plunket - Auckland City Area Inc (Central Suburbs CSRS),
Club Inc, Waitakere City Lions Luncheon Club Inc, Waitakere
RNZ Plunket - Auckland West Branch, Roskill South Amateur
College, Waitakere Cricket Club Inc, Waitakere Ethnic Board
Athletic Club, Rutherford College, Rutherford Primary School,
Inc, Waitakere Indian Assn Inc, Waitakere Gardens Residents
Safer West Community Trust, Seniornet West Auckland Inc, Shri
Assn, Waitakere Performing Arts Society New Zealand,
Ram Mandir Charitable Trust, Special Olympics New Zealand,
Waitakere Rebels Volleyball Club Inc, Waitakere Regional
Sport Waitakere, St Dominic’s Catholic College, St Leonards
Hockey Turf Trust, Waitakere United Inc, Waitakere Volunteer
Road School, St Paul’s Catholic Church, St Paul’s School PFTA;
Rural Fire Force, Waitakere West Auckland Basketball Assn Inc;
StarJam Charitable Trust, Storytime Foundation, Supervised
Waitemata Bridge Club Inc, Waitemata Country Music
Access Centres NZ Trust (aka Care for Kids), Swanson Ranui
Club Inc, Waitemata Rugby Union Football & Sports Club,
Waitakere Community Patrol, Tag Out Trust, TalkLink Trust,
Watersafe Auckland, West Auckland Ice Skating Club, West
Taupaki Primary School PTA, Te Atatu Men’s Choir, Te Atatu
Auckland Mental Health Support Trust (aka Te Ata), West Coast
Peninsula Parade Society Inc, Te Atatu Rugby League and
Community Arts Trust T/A The West Coast Gallery, West Lynn
Sports Club Inc, Te Atatu Toy Library Trust, Te Atatu Village
Garden Society, Western Area Tennis Trust, Western Districts
Kindergarten, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Hoani Waititi Marae,
Schoolchildrens Cricket Assn, West Harbour Playcentre, Westy
The Auckland Kids Achievement Trust in conjunction with The
Trust Inc, YMCA of Auckland Inc, Youthline Auckland Charitable
Friends of the Whau, The Cantonese Opera Society of NZ, The
Application forms may be downloaded from our website www.ttcfltd.org.nz
Te Uru a world class gallery for contemporary art Titirangi now has one of the finest art galleries in New Zealand. It has international standing and it is utterly stunning. It is Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, a world class gallery, and one of the few in New Zealand with all of the attributes necessary to stage international exhibitions. Te Uru has five galleries, all with breathtaking architecture, purpose built to host and display contemporary art. Humidity, temperature and light are controlled to very fine tolerances and there are high levels of security appropriate to the protection of extremely valuable works. The new gallery was built adjacent Lopdell House as part of a $20 million re-development of the historic Lopdell Precinct. Some $12 million was funded by Auckland council with the balance contributed by major donations from The Trusts Community Foundation, Lotteries Grants Board and ASB Trust, among others. Te Uru is one of the few galleries in New Zealand to concentrate solely on contemporary art, “the art of our age”. This will give it a central role in the New Zealand arts scene, ahead even of such international institutions as Te Papa and the Auckland Art Gallery.
Some 2000 visitors passed through the Gallery on opening weekend featuring two days of tours. There were exhibitions, an eclectic mix of musical genres from string quartets to rock and roll, highlighting the fact that Te Uru is for everyone.
Inside, Te Uru is simply breathtaking.
Fittingly, the first exhibitions include the Portage Ceramics Awards which have returned to their natural home after an absence of two years and soon, Black Rainbow, an exhibition from Te Papa that includes Ralph Hotere’s 'Black Paintings' and work by Professor Michael Parekowhai.
Auckland artist Louise Rive takes top prize at The Trusts Portage Ceramic Awards One of the country’s more recognized ceramicists and painters, Louise Rive of Auckland, carried off the first prize and $15,000 in this year's The Trusts Portage Ceramic Awards, with a work entitled ‘The Space Between’. The Trusts has the honour and privilege of sponsoring the Awards, which are the richest and most prestigious in New Zealand. The winning piece will be added to the Portage Ceramic Trust’s collection of first class ceramic art. More than 260 entries were received. The winner and 4 merit awards were chosen from 50 works selected for exhibition. They varied in size from fingernail-miniature to multi-piece, metre-high installations and ranged in colour from porcelain white to eye-popping psychedelic.
The 4 merit awards went to: • Kate Fitzharris for her work, ‘After the Feelings Come the Thoughts’. • Madeleine Child, for ‘He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not’. • Duncan Shearer, for ‘Bottle and Two Cups’. • Frank Checketts for ‘Wheel’. An inaugural, international scholarship was also awarded to Hokitika ceramicist Chris Weaver. Established in 2001, The Portage Ceramic Awards are New Zealand’s premier showcase for the ceramic arts.
The 50 pieces will be on exhibition at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi until 8 February 2015, comprising the gallery’s first summer exhibition. A People’s Choice Award will be awarded during this exhibition. The Award was selected by this year’s international judge, Takeshi Yasuda and presented on the awards night held at the newly opened Te Uru. Mr Yasuda said he looked first and foremost at “whether the work moves me; it needs to tell a story and capture my attention emotionally or spiritually and in this case, the winning work displayed an overwhelming sense of emotion. ‘The Space Between’ conveys powerful universal feelings that people anywhere in the world can relate to. The work’s quality of finish is excellent, but it does not overpower nor is it independent of the expressive quality of the work”.
International judge, Takeshi Yasuda with Louise Rive and the winning ceramic piece, ‘The Space Between’.
Glen Eden tells its stories in major community collaboration Glen Eden has many stories as is befitting one of Auckland’s longest-settled communities, and now a selection of those stories have been written, filmed, recorded and/or set to music, collated and finally published in an on-line “book” on the Greater Glen Eden website. The new Glen Eden Stories site was launched recently at the Glen Eden library at a ceremony attended by some of West Auckland’s most dedicated community leaders. Some of them, including former mayor and Waitakere Councillor Janet Clews, had contributed stories about their time in Glen Eden and their hopes and dreams for the village. Others included former councillor Judy Lawley, Waitakere Ranges Local Board Chair Sandra Coney, her predecessor Denise Yates and local personality Sharon Davies. Sue Berman of Auckland Libraries archived the stories and collated this “first edition”. She said that the group chose to publish on the web because it offered scope to tell stories on video and by sound recording and to also set events to music. Stories covered a vast array of Glen Eden life past and present and range from the recollections of celebrity residents like Mrs Clews and Sir Bob Harvey, to those of Stephen Haroa who once raced go-carts around Glen Eden Mall. There are stories
Sue Berman who collated, edited and archived the Glen Eden Stories
about Project Twin Streams, the Glen Eden Christmas Carnival, Glenora Bears Rugby League Club and local music trio, Singularity, who contributed music to the book and performed on launch night. This novel concept had its origins four years ago when community organisation Lifewise decided to research how it could best support the Glen Eden community. This led to the creation of Greater Glen Eden, a loose affiliation of local people who decided to find ways to get the community together to share what is most valued in their community. This was the first of many steps to promote environmental, social, cultural and economic justice to make Glen Eden an even better place to live and to help shape the community of tomorrow. Their unofficial slogan is “Putting the Eden back into Glen Eden”.
Find all these stories and much more at: greatergleneden.org.nz
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Waitakere United picks new squad to chase ASB Premiership and a return to the O League The coming ASB Premiership season has the potential to see Waitakere United regain its pre-eminence in New Zealand football and shoulder its way back into the international O (Oceania) League after a poor performance in the 2013/14 season. Incoming CEO Bill MacGowan has spent the year re-structuring the administration side of Waitakere United off the field, in order to create the platform on the field from which the franchise can launch its campaign to win back both the premiership and a place in the international game. The Trusts is proud to be a major sponsor of Waitakere United, alongside The Trusts Community Foundation, Pegasus Trust, Lion Founation and Lotto Sports. The new coaching set-up, with player-coach Brian Shelley doing an off-season recruitment drive to pick a team that is stacked with talent, sees only four “survivors” from last season.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Mulligan, who grew up in Auckland and had a season at Waitakere in 2012-13. Meanwhile, Biss is also no stranger to the West, having played for his new team in this year’s OFC Champions League. Other players already signed are former Auckland City striker Adam Dickinson, Chris Bale, Rory Turner, Dean Lausev, Dylan Manickum, George Curry, Ed Sillars and young goalkeeper Alex Carr. With the club in a solid financial position and able to attract such a strong squad, Bill MacGowan and Brian Shelley, are quietly confident that this year can see the franchise back in its traditional position as the ASB Premiership champions and back in the O League with its wealth of international opportunities and experience for players.
Luke Adams, one of the country’s brightest young prospects will be back in the heart of the Waitakere United defence after spells with the Phoenix, the All Whites and English Championship club Derby County. Adams will form a centre-back pairing with Shelley in front of veteran “Goalkeeper of the decade”, Danny Robinson. Irish-born Shelley is himself a seasoned footballer, having spent time with Shamrock Rovers, Bohemian, Drogheda and Carlisle United before emigrating to turn out for Ballarat Red Devils before settling at Fred Taylor Park. In a busy off-season he also enticed former All White Andy Boyens, former New Zealand U-23 rep Tristan Prattley and youth internationals Harshae Raniga and Alec Solomons to help Waitakere United chase down its sixth ASB Premiership title and make Auckland City’s reign at the top a brief one. Another pair of players who leapt into Shelley’s net are former professional and All Whites David Mulligan and Tom Biss, both of whom performed with distinction at Hawke’s Bay United.
2014/15 home games 13 Dec v Canterbury
at Fred Taylor Park, 2pm
1 Feb v Southern
at Fred Taylor, 1pm
21 Feb v Waikato Bay of Plenty at Fred Taylor, 2pm
14 Mar v Wellington
at Fred Taylor, 2pm
8 Feb v Phoenix Youth
at Fred Taylor, 2pm
The Trusts New Zealand Open 2014 a great success Some of New Zealand's best bowlers treated the crowds to a fantastic week of top quality action at the Henderson Bowling Club. The tournament ran from 13th to Friday 21st November in the 8th year of this very popular event. 8
The Trusts Men's Singles Winner (from L-R) Rob Ashton with The Trusts Chief Executive Simon Wickham and runner up Alvin Gardiner.
The Trusts Open Singles Winner, Marilyn McLeod congratulated by Mark Oliver from The Trusts
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Michael Jones There will probably never be another Michael Niko Jones, MNZM, the Te Atatu lad who became the greatest rugby player of his generation and a giant of the international game. It is futile to compare outstanding players of different generations. Who can say whether Jones was better than Pinetree Meads or not, or Richie McCaw or any of the other greats? What is hard to imagine, however, is a player who has been or ever will be, as “different” as Michael Jones. It is also hard to imagine another of the greats so able to retain his humilty, relevance and charismatic status with the younger generation. He still goes out at night, visiting suburban parking lots and basketball courts, to meet and inspire West Auckland kids at risk. The Michael Jones legend is all the greater because he made such an enormous international impact in a career that was relatively short and frequently interrupted by injury and his unwavering refusal to put rugby ahead of his Christian beliefs by playing on Sundays.
How many players would be prepared to make such a sacrifice? A similar stand by possibly any other player at all, would almost certainly have cost that player his jersey. The Iceman, however, was so exceptional even in an exceptional All Blacks era, that New Zealand rugby accepted him on his terms. He was just that good. So good in fact that Auckland and later, All Blacks, coach John Hart, described him as “almost the perfect rugby player.” The late, great, JJ Stewart, also a former All Blacks coach simply said he was “a freak”. Michael Jones was exceptional from the very start of his rugby career. He attended Edmonton Primary and Rangeview Intermediate and even at that tender age he commanded attention for a sublime range of athleticism, skills and courage. He was in his primary school first XV from the time he was in Year 4; by the time he was 10 years old he was mixing it on the rugby field with lads nearly twice his age. While he was at Henderson High, that school was able to compete successfully with “the schools to beat”, Auckland Grammar and Kelston Boys. The early 1980’s wasn’t an easy time for raw rugby young talent to get noticed. 1982 marked the beginning of an era when Auckland rugby was outstandingly dominant. It was the era of Andy Haden, Sean Fitzpatrick, John Drake, Olo Brown, Zinzan and Robin Brooke, Gary and Alan Whetton. However Michael was so good that he caught the eye of John Hart. In 1985, at 20, Michael was a member of that allconquering Auckland side. In 1986 he made his international debut with Western Samoa and the following year, his All Blacks debut as a member of the side that won the first Rugby World Cup. It was the beginning of a career that made him an international
figure of awe and legend, a colossus of the game and yet it was, curiously, a “career of two halves”. He was an automatic choice when he was fit and yet he played only 55 tests out of the 90 played by the All Blacks over his twelve year international career. In some cases this was because of his unyielding “no rugby on Sundays” policy and at others it was because of a number of horrific injuries which included a broken jaw and two “blown” knees. It was the last of these that brought his stellar international career to a close. Indeed his susceptibility to injury and the number of icepacks he needed over time, that he came by the wry nickname, “The Iceman.” For all that, over the twelve years of his international career, his sheer brilliance saw him carve a unique place for himself in both the domestic and international game. On the home front, he was a member of Auckland side that defended the Ranfurly Shield 61 times and become national champion nine times. He was also a member of the Auckland Blues teams that won the first two Super 12 titles. His All Black debut in 1987 earned him a place in history that will never be eclipsed when he scored the very first try in the very first Rugby World Cup match. The image of Jones diving for the line is immortalised in bronze at Eden Park. He repeated the feat by scoring the first try in the second World Cup in 1991. Michael Jones was so sublime in the role of open-side flanker that it is generally acknowledged that he changed rugby by redefining the role of that position for those who came after him. With a leap gained from playing basketball he could jump higher in the lineout than anyone else, his ball skills were exceptional, he was a punishing tackler and blindingly fast around the field. When his knee injury robbed him of this speed, he swapped to the blind-side and even Number 8, with almost casual ease. Retiring from the game as a player, in 1999 he re-emerged on the international scene in 2003 as assistant coach of Samoa for that year’s Rugby World Cup. A year later he was the national coach a position he retained until the 2007 World Cup. Over the years, Michael Jones has remained a proud Westie and role model, particularly for Pacific Island youth in New Zealand. He was awarded the 1990 New Zealand Medal for service to the Pacific Island community. He has graduated from the University of Auckland with three degrees: B.A., M.A. and BPlan. In 2003 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2011, he was an ambassador for the Rugby World Cup and also introduced the Carl’s Jr Burger franchise to New Zealand. In Samoa, he has been given the Samoan chiefly title of Maitai of La'auli.
Michael Jones, Icon of the West, the West salutes you.