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February 2015 P3 Kayla Cullen - The Northern Mystics' comeback kid

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New Zealand Perspectives

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Babich Wines Toast a Century of Excellence

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A warm West Auckland welcome to 2015 Happy New Year and welcome to 2015. Hopefully you’ve all had a good, safe and happy break during a summer that came late but then came in spectacular form. This time last year I predicted that with The Trusts both comprehensively modernised and trimmed to a fine edge of efficiency, you could look forward to even better services and much better “Giving Back” from us than we have been able to for some time. A year later it’s fantastic to say that all of that has come true. The biggest single “buzz’ was providing every West Auckland household with a high quality photo-electric smoke alarm. As you know by now, these could be obtained by bringing a voucher into our support office or your nearest West Liquor or Village Wine & Spirits store and exchange it for a smoke alarm. It is truly great that so many of you have taken advantage of this give back. To those of you who haven’t, please do. Soon. It costs nothing and every smoke alarm is a potential lifesaver. More than 30 people a year die in New Zealand house fires and very often because it’s because they didn’t have a smoke alarm installed. Remember the life you save will be yours or that of your loved one or flatmates. We've heard many stories over the years of how smoke alarms have saved lives and homes (most people's largest investment) across West Auckland. There will be more city-wide giving back in the future. Each one will improve the quality of life or safety of West Aucklanders. Meanwhile, we continue with our sponsorship programme that sees us giving back large and small to some 200 causes or local groups each year. We have continued to recruit exceptional people and train the ones we have, to be as good as they can be. The results

speak for themselves right through our retail, hospitality and management operations. I am very, very, proud to lead this team and proud that thousands of people have put their name seeking a career with us because they’ve heard that we truly are an excellent employer and they want to be part of our operation. Our retail store refurbishment programme has been a great success. We have seen the results in more people shopping with us and especially, more women enjoying the experience of shopping with us. This has started to fulfil our aim of obtaining growth more by attracting more customers than by selling more to existing patrons (we are never willing to get into loss leading to gain custom). To us that is not trading liquor responsibly. Last year we unveiled a concept plan for a new mix of modern, high quality, bars and restaurants to be developed from now on. Each premises will be different from the others so that there’s a fantastic range of choice overall, both in presentation, comfort and decor and in the style of food and beverages on offer. Each will be tailored to meet the preferences of the community it serves. In that regard we are on the verge of appointing new multi-venue managers to lead our hospitality strategy and operations going forward. We will be describing this programme in more detail in future issues. As with every initiative in recent years we’re excited about transformation in hospitality. More exciting times ahead.

Simon Wickham CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Calling all Wedding Suppliers! Get in quick to reserve your stand at the 2015 Wedding Expo. Visit www.facebook.com/WeddingExpoWaitakere or email Weddings@lincolngreen.co.nz for more details


Kayla Cullen - the Northern Mystics comeback kid For someone just 22, Kayla Cullen has had a full netball life. She was a school girl star for Auckland Girls Grammar and was signed by the Northern Mystics at 17. Soon after she was making her ANZ Championship debut and the following season she started for the Mystics in a grand final, was named at wing defence in the competition’s All-Star team, and earned a spot in the Silver Ferns. This was before she hit 20. It hasn’t all been roses though. Kayla missed last year’s ANZ champs, after her second ACL knee injury. She got called into the Silver Ferns in October, following Casey Kopua’s own knee troubles, but she was still fighting her way back to fitness, both physically and mentally. “When I first came back, I thought about the knee every single time I caught the ball,” says Kayla. “I thought I would never be able to play the way I used to. But I’ve come a long way since then.” Kayla has spent plenty of time in the gym in the off-season, working alongside the Mystics’ trainer Sam Pervan, and that effort was rewarded when she was named in a 12-strong Silver Ferns team to travel to Fiji in January. “The knee feels stronger now and I feel more comfortable as a result,” she says. “When it’s strapped up, I don’t think about it at all. It’s such a relief to go out on court and just play.” While she’s still a youngster, Kayla won’t be a junior in the Mystics’ defensive unit this season. In fact, she’s the oldest of a trio with Silver Ferns experience that coach Debbie Fuller has to call on. Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick (22), who didn’t play in last season’s ANZ competition due to having twins, has re-joined the Mystics for 2015, while plenty of eyes will be on Temalisi Fakahokotau (20), who made such an impression with her energy and interceptions last year. There’s more experience for the Mystics in their shooting circle, where internationals Cathrine Latu (28), Maria Tutaia (27) and Paula Griffin (26), spearhead the line-up. Then Laura Langman (28) brings the learnings of over 100 test matches to the midcourt, where she’s joined by fellow Silver Fern Camilla Lees (25). Interesting newcomers to the Mystics for 2015 include Katherine Coffin (24), whose aunty Jenny-May was a regular for the Silver Ferns, and English international Serena Guthrie (25). The Mystics open their ANZ Championship campaign against the Tactix in Christchurch on March 2. The first of their six regular season games at home is against Irene Van Dyk and the Central

Pulse at The Trusts Arena on March 23. Other big home matches include the local derby against the Waikato BOP Magic on May 3 and the final round showdown with the Melbourne Vixens, the current ANZ champs, on June 1. The Mystics have reviewed their membership packages for 2015, with the goal of giving members more. Prices start from $120 for adults, $60 for children and $350 for families (two adults and two children).

All the details are at www.northernmystics.co.nz

2015 Northern Mystics Squad Elsa Brown, Katherine Coffin, Kayla Cullen, Temalisi Fakahokotau, Paula Griffin, Serena Guthrie, Laura Langman, Cathrine Latu, Camilla Lees, Nadia Loveday, Sulu ToneFitzpatrick, Maria Tutaia.

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Toddler Day Out is one fun day! For the organisers of Toddler Day Out, Violence Free Waitakere, Saturday 7 March is just around the corner and plans and people are coming together to create another amazing event at The Trusts Arena in Henderson. Toddler Day Out is a community-led initiative launched with the assistance of the old Waitakere City Council, to give toddlers a day of fun and excitement while raising awareness among parents and caregivers of the enormous importance of education and other areas of child development during these years and; providing connections to the many areas of support available in the community.

Violence Free Waitakere is supported by a wide range of agencies and individuals, and reflects the diverse needs and concerns of a large, young and culturally diverse community. A wide range of programmes run under the Violence Free Waitakere banner include the Promoting Great Parenting Network, tackling bullying, helping Westie mums and dads to be great mums and dads and many others.

For more details see the Toddler Day Out West Auckland facebook page or go to www.violencefreewaitakere.org. To volunteer, please call 837 4849.

Building on the success of their 11 previous events, a group of early childhood educationalists, parenting services providers, health and dietitians, safety, massage practitioners and entertainers are all preparing for another great day for families with children under five! The theme of this year’s event is “It takes a village to raise a child”. So, mark your diaries, plan to spend as much time as you can with us between 10am and 3:30pm on Saturday 7 March. Even if it’s wet, the show will go on in all its glory, colour and fun. While all activities are free, and there are amazing spot prizes, nonstop toddler friendly stage entertainment and learning activities galore at any of the village. A gold coin donation on entry is requested, to help assure the future of a popular event that helps to make West Auckland a place where kids are cherished and given a great start in life.

Children dancing for the large audience at last year's Toddler Day Out

International Track is back in West Auckland Watch our best Kiwis take on world rivals at The Trusts Arena, after a gap of six years world class athletics is back in Waitakere! This invitational meeting kicks off on 26 February 2015 at 7:30pm. Adults $20, kids (under 14) entry by gold coin donation (online or at the gate).

Check the event website at www.trackchallenge.nz for further information. Tickets available at www.thetrustsarena.co.nz.

Competition includes: World #1 Ryan Whiting (USA) taking on on the best New Zealand has to offer in the Men's Shot Put. Nick Willis, Zane Robertson & Jake Robertson tackling the NZ 5000m record of 13:10.19 against World and Commonwealth medallist Augustine Choge (Kenya). Double Commonwealth Games silver medallist Nikki Hamblin and teammate Angie Smit battle Kenyan rep Magdalyne Massai and Australian Zoe Buckman in the women's 1500m.


Business Showcase Be inspired, grow your connections and immerse yourself in the diverse products and services at the 2015 West Auckland Business Club Business Showcase. With 40 businesses exhibiting and free seminars throughout the day, it is a must attend event for anyone who wants to connect with the local business community.

Seminars include:

• Information on new human resources legislation • Collecting debts • Government funding for research and development • Social media and digital marketing • Succession planning and exit strategies • Development in Auckland’s north-west

Event Details Date & Time: Thursday, 5 March

11am – 5pm

Venue: Genesis Lounge, The Trusts Arena, 65 Central Park Drive, Henderson

Entry is free of charge. If you’d like to attend, or find out if there are still slots available for exhibitors, please visit the website at: www.aucklandnz.com/2015-business-showcase or contact Christina Laird on 09 354 0075.

The West Auckland Business Club’s sole objective is to stimulate prosperity in West Auckland by encouraging the business community to support each other and grow. With the support of valued sponsors, the club funds the showcase to provide a unique opportunity for local businesses to exhibit their products and services.

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How the ANZAC legend was born... 100 years ago, at dawn on April 25, the legend of ANZAC was born on the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula. Ten months later, it ended in heroic defeat and has been seen forever after, as a massive bungle; a stupid idea made infinitely worse by botched planning, execution and leadership.

(then called Constantinople).

And yet, as is so often the case in war, the difference between brilliant victory and criminally stupid defeat was razor thin. The original plan was far from stupid but then, the original plan didn’t involve landing at Gallipoli at all.

It was so bold that Britain and France reckoned that it was worth losing a fleet to take Turkey out of the war in one decisive stroke. The ships blasting their way up the Dardanelles would be hammered in return, but they were obsolete ships whose loss wouldn’t matter.

Millions of tons of wheat came to Britain, France and other European allies, from Russia. The normal shipping route was an inland waterway in which seas and narrow straits are strung together like a necklace joining the Black Sea with the Atlantic. The wheat would have started its journey at the Russian port of Odessa, gone down the Black Sea and through the Bosphorus, the narrow straits that cut through Turkey’s capital of Istanbul. It would then go down the Sea of Marmara, through the straits of the Dardanelles formed by the Gallipoli Pensinsula on one side and the Turkish mainland on the other, into the Aegean Sea, then the Mediterranean Sea before passing through the Straits of Gibraltar into the Atlantic where it could make a home run to Britain and the western continent. By November 2014, this could no longer happen. Turkey (the Ottoman Empire) declared war on Germany’s side and Russia was weakened by having to fight Turkey on its southern border as well as Germany to the west. Equally bad for the allies, Turkey sent an army into Egypt to defeat British forces and seize the Suez Canal. Finally, because Turkey controlled both the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, millions of tons of desperately needed food, were suddenly bottled up in Russia. Coincidentally, New Zealand infantry and light horse were in camp in Zeitun in Egypt, training. Australians were nearby at Maadi. Quite why army chiefs thought training in Egypt would prepare the men for battle in the French and Belgian trenches isn’t clear, but there they were discovering the bitter cold of desert nights, that the sand was coarse in some places and fine in others and that water wouldn’t drain away because a metre below the sand was a bed of impenetrable clay.

With Istanbul in Allied hands, Turkey would almost certainly be out of the war and the sea route to Europe for the wheat would be open.

By the end of February it was all going to plan. The fleet had destroyed a number of Turkish forts for the loss of no ships. This success was so great that Turkey was withdrawing its troops from Egypt; the Egyptians had decided they were better off siding with the British, and the Turkish Government was making plans to evacuate the capital from Istanbul to Brusa. The original prize of shortening the way seemed within reach. All it would take now was for the British and French battleships to complete smashing their way through the Dardanelles and victory stood before them, without a single soldier getting so much as a wet foot. Meanwhile at their camps in Egypt the New Zealanders and the Australians were being forged into an impressive fighting force and on 24 February, for the first time, the idea arose of combining them as a single division, under the command of Major General Alexander Godley. The Australians were to move from Maadi to join the Kiwis at Zeitun because “such a transfer will help cement the friendship of New Zealand and Australian armies and it will give added piquancy to the healthy rivalries that exist between regiment and regiment.” This new army was to be called the “New Zealand Australia Division”. It was the first ever ANZAC force in all but name.

These various facts would collide catastrophically two months later in the event that helped define three infant nations; New Zealand, Australia and Turkey itself: Gallipoli. For Britain, it was another monumental defeat. But that wasn’t in anyone’s mind in February 1915. Rather, the British and French decided they’d send 10 obsolete and expendable battleships into the narrow Dardanelles and blast the Turkish forts on both sides, to rubble. Having smashed the forts, they’d drive through across the Sea of Marmara and only then would an army be put ashore, to capture Istanbul

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The Royal Navy battleship HMS Cornwallis fired the first shots of the campaign.


NZ Perspectives. An exhibition of photography inspired by the coastline of New Zealand at the Piha Surf Life Saving Club featuring

DEREK HENDERSON . MORGAN MAASSEN . CHRIS BURKARD . RICHARD HODDER . SKIP JAMES SCOTT SINTON . RAMBO ESTRADA . JEREME AUBERTIN . CHRIS SEARL and CPL

Come visit the Piha SLSC to enjoy Corona Extra on the deck at our pop-up bar this summer and take in an exhibition of images by some of the world’s leading lifestyle, travel and surf photographers. All proceeds from the auction of images and all profits from Corona beer sales will go towards the fundraising efforts of Piha SLSC. Exhibition now open and continues till March 1. The Corona Deck at Piha SLSC is open 4:30pm to sunset, Friday to Sunday for the duration of the exhibition and all image are for auction at corona.co.nz/piha.

Image: ‘No Schedule’ Piha — Richard Hodder

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Toasting a century of excellence: Babich Wines puts plans in place to celebrate one hundred years Since the first bottle of Babich Wine was produced in 1916, the Babich Family has been known as a leader and innovator of the New Zealand wine industry. Now, almost 100 years later, this West Auckland based company is gearing up to celebrate their centennial anniversary in 2016.

Manager. “The New Zealand wine industry is often thought of as a young industry, so to be talking about 100 years of experience is quite significant. Babich Wines demonstrates ‘excellence through experience’ by producing quality wines that stand up to the very best the world has to offer.”

Preparations are in full swing to mark this milestone. Kicking off early 2015 the multi-award winning brand will be running an international media and marketing campaign across New Zealand and all of their export markets. This campaign will incorporate an extensive global PR drive that will be supported by 100 year promotional activity, the release of limited edition wines and Babich hosted events in major cities around the world. Plans are also in place to give the Babich Cellar Door in Henderson Valley a facelift and special West Auckland 100 year promotions will be run through The Trusts retail stores.

Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers, agrees that the centenary is an important milestone, not just for Babich but also for the New Zealand wine industry as a whole.

“The business has been the livelihood of three generations and is extremely successful both in New Zealand and globally,” says John Lang, Babich Wines Sales & Marketing

"Babich Wines and generations of the Babich family are exemplars of all that has made New Zealand wine such an inspiring international success story,” says Philip. “From humble beginnings, with hard work, with enormous dedication and with great vision they have built a highly successful wine business. Their individual enterprise has always been coupled with unwavering service to the wider New Zealand wine industry, for which they are applauded and recognised by their peers."

`Te Henga The Westie´ gets a facelift When Babich became a pioneer of West Auckland nearly 100 years ago, the sole focus was producing wine for the local West Auckland customers. Over the past 30 years, Babich has transformed itself into a major exporter of New Zealand wines around the world, with extensive vineyards in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay (in addition to the home vineyard, winery and head office in Henderson Valley). In 2007, with the goal of increasing local sales, Babich returned to its pioneering roots and teamed up with The Trusts to launch the Te Henga The Westie wine range. Enthusiasm flowed from The Trusts when presented with the opportunity to team up with a renowned local wine producer to create and market a product that would be exclusive to West Auckland and had the potential to become an icon of the West. It did not take long for this vision to be achieved and in 2009 the brand received a Marketing Excellence award at the Westpac Waitakere Business Awards. Close to 8 years on, Te Henga The Westie is well and truly an established brand out West and continues to be a local favourite through The Trusts retail stores and restaurants. To celebrate this 8 year milestone the Te Henga The Westie packaging has received a facelift and you will start to see the new label appear on shelves from early 2015. The new package is a standout and what we love the most

about it is the way it came to be – all of The Trusts staff were able to have their say by voting on their preferred design. This ensured the new package not only excites the consumers but also excites The Trusts staff and reinforces the fact that this is The Trusts and West Auckland’s OWN wine brand. The modern look and high-end feel is quite a change from the original design, however the new package continues to evoke the spirit of freedom and independence of Auckland’s awesome west coast landscape and people – the driving force of what the brand has been built on. The range includes: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Vintara Red, and Merlot Cabernet at $12.99. The Pinot Noir is $15.99.

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Bricklane's New Living Walls Regulars to Bricklane Restaurant and Bar in the New Lynn have already been enjoying the transformation that took place in our outdoor area over Christmas. Peter Burney, Bricklane Venue Manager, has enhanced and brought life the outdoor entertaining area with the addition of ‘living walls’ of plants, creating a beautiful, realxing and everchanging space. New macrocarpa seating and tables complete this popular area, shaded by sails there is often a cool summer breeze drifting through the area, it’s a great place to chill out with friends and enjoy any afternoon or evening! The Bricklane Restaurant and Bar famous $15 Lunch runs from 11am until 3pm with the kitchen being led by award winning chef Steve Weston. Come in and try our seasonal menu, prepared with only the freshest ingredients. To entice everyone to take advantage of the amazing outdoor area during the day, Bricklane Restaurant and Bar will be trialling Smoke Free Lunchtimes in this space. A separate outdoor area has been put aside for anyone wishing to have a cigarette. We’d love your feedback on this initiative. Please visit our Facebook page and let us know what you think at www.facebook.com/5ClarkStreet, or to find out more about Bricklane Restaurant and Bar visit our website www.bricklane.co.nz, or to make a booking simply call us on 09 826 3654.


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