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Smoke Alarms

May 2015 The Trusts are providing 2 FREE Smoke Alarms for every household in West Auckland within The Trusts boundaries.

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Be part of the best protected 1. Get 2 smoke alarms for FREE. Smoke alarms are “trending” thanks to The Trusts in an initiative that could make West Aucklander the community that is the best protected from fire in New Zealand.

Why should you have smoke alarms? Because they save lives. The next life saved may be yours, or your children’s, your parents’ or a neighbour’s.

The reason is that next month, The Trusts is once again giving away smoke alarms to people living in West Auckland. Only this time we’re giving away two of these life saving devices.

Too many sleeping people die in homes without a working smoke alarm. They don’t get early warning that an alarm will give and are killed by smoke or fire before they can escape. Some never even wake up. Some wake up too late to save themselves or others in the house.

However, if you also ring the New Zealand Fire Service and ask for a free home fire safety check firefighters will not only check your house for hidden dangers, but if you meet their criteria they will also give you another smoke alarm, so you could end up with three for FREE.

The fire service attends between 3,500 and 5,000 house fires a year. On average 38 people die in those house fires each year, including children and babies. 30 of those people lived in a house which either didn’t have a smoke alarm or the smoke alarm wasn’t working.

How do you get this protection?

This needn’t happen. Most household fires make smoke before fire breaks out properly. The smoke sets the smoke alarm shrieking at this critical time, often giving sleeping people the early warning they need to make their escape.

Step One: The Trusts will deliver a voucher to your

letterbox on the week starting 8 June 2015. Go to one of our West Liquor, Village Wine & Spirits or to The Trusts Support Office, bringing the voucher plus a copy of a recent household bill that shows you live within The Trusts boundaries and we’ll give you two smoke alarms. FREE. You don’t have to buy anything at the store.

Step Two: Ring the New Zealand Fire Service on 0800 NZ

FIRE (0800 693 473) and ask them for a FREE home fire safety check. It’s that easy.

But not just sleeping people are saved. If you’re in one part of the house and fire starts somewhere else, a working smoke alarm will give early warning that might help you to put the fire out, or call the fire service, in time to save your home. Why would you take the risk of losing everything when you can have the protection of three smoke alarms and a fire safety check in your home for FREE? For more information visit www.thetrusts.co.nz/smokealarms

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

DON’T THROW THIS VOUCHER AWAY BY MISTAKE!

Whatever you do, don’t throw this voucher away. Keep the voucher and redeem it at one of our stores from the week starting 8 June to receive your two FREE smoke alarms.

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community in New Zealand 2. Get your house a FREE fire safety check. Where should you put a smoke alarm? What you should do is ring New Zealand Fire Service 0800 NZ FIRE (0800 693 473) and request a FREE home fire safety check. When the fire experts come, they will advise you on where to install your alarms. In fact, if you qualify for a third alarm they will install that one for you. The firefighters can also give you advice about other ways to keep yourself safer, and advise on fire fighting equipment, like fire extinguishers and fire blankets and how to use them. If you do intend to install your own alarms, put them up high on the wall, about 100mm away from the ceiling to avoid pockets of stagnant air that smoke cannot penetrate. If the smoke can’t get to the alarm, the alarm can’t do its job. You also need to be able to safely reach it for testing and to change the battery. If you can't, get someone to help you.

Always test your alarm Modern smoke alarms have many years of battery life and so can be easy to forget and not replace the battery. To help avoid this trap, twice a year (at the beginning and end of daylight saving) the fire service reminds people to test their alarms. You should always take this opportunity to test your alarm. There’s no point in having a smoke alarm with a flat battery. The Trusts will provide one with a 5 year battery life.

One good turn deserves another: be a fire fighter Any New Zealander can be a fire fighter and the New Zealand Fire Service is always in need of volunteers to take on both operational and non operational roles.

After many years living without one, Mr Pollard decided in November to take advantage of our offer of a fee smoke alarm. Just a couple of months later, he was in the middle of cooking vegetables when he had to go out. He thought that he’d turned the stove off, but he hadn’t and the food started to burn and smoke came pouring from the pan. The smoke alarm screamed it’s warning, a good neighbour called the fire brigade and the house was saved.

Thank you West Auckland, your support has helped to protect many homes All of us at The Trusts shared the pride of seeing our 'Giving Back' making real a difference, saving Bruce Pollard’s home recently, just two months after he installed one of our smoke alarms. That one incident has made the whole project worthwhile. This commitment to the community is one of many things that sets The Trusts apart from corporate business, we're community owned and locally operated and we give back. We’re very proud of that and we’ll keep on doing it. Thank you for your support as both owners and customers; without that none of this would be possible.

Simon Wickham CHIEF EXECUTIVE

The operational team actually assists in fighting fires, attending road smashes and rescuing people. Non operational staff are equally vital, taking on the many and varied tasks that keep stations running and help the operational teams in their work. For example, the Te Atatu volunteer brigade needs volunteers in all roles and right now particularly needs people to join the lighting unit. Lighting units go out on night call-outs to road crashes and other events that need light so the operational teams can do their work properly. If you think being a volunteer in the Te Atatu area is for you, please ring Warwick Briggs, Principal Officer of Te Atatu Volunteer Fire Brigade on 0274 949 139. If you’re from outside the Te Atatu area, Warwick can tell you the right contacts at the brigade nearest you, or you can just ring the nearest station direct.

One home already saved We gave away our first 20,000 smoke alarms in November last year and by February this year, one of them had saved the home of Te Atatu man, Bruce Pollard.

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Something old, something new An injection of fresh faces has the SKYCITY Mystics on track for finals netball. After a tricky couple of seasons, the SKYCITY Mystics netball team recruited six new players this year to join their established stars like Maria Tutaia, Cat Latu and Laura Langman. The season has started well and here’s a look at the contribution the newbies are making. After the addition of Serena Guthrie and Millie Lees the midcourt is now considered a real strength. Guthrie, who has played over 50 tests for England, has slotted straight in at wing defence and has become a fan favourite with her relentless pursuit of the ball. You can see why she might need a bit of tape on those shoulders. Lees, who spent the last six years playing for the Central Pulse while training as a doctor, has put her stethoscope aside in 2015 to concentrate on netball with the Mystics and the Silver Ferns. She’s been a regular starter at wing attack, where she’s providing smooth service to her shooters. She’ll have especially enjoyed getting wins over the Pulse in both matches this year. Maria Tutaia and Cat Latu are two of the top shooters in world netball. Latu regularly heads the ANZ Championship stats for highest goal percentages, while Tutaia does things that other goal attacks simply can’t. Getting court time off that pair is a challenge, but with Latu having troubles with an appendix, an ankle and then her back, both Elsa Brown and Paula Griffin have stepped up. Brown has been learning plenty off Latu, who has taken her under her wing (even though Brown is 1.91m) and the pair can regularly be seen working together at training. Griffin, who has played 15 tests for New Zealand, was superb when called on late in the match against the Magic in Rotorua, as the SKYCITY Mystics charged home for a 45-all draw. By comparison to the attackers and the midcourters, the defensive unit are the babies. The youngest of them is Temalisi Fakahokotau (20), while Kayla Cullen (despite her years in the spotlight), is still just 23. They’ve been joined this season by Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick (22) and Katherine Coffin (24). All four defenders have seen plenty of action as Debbie Fuller has used their different strengths to unsettle attackers. Tone-Fitzpatrick, who is back in the ANZ Championship after time away to have twins, is a niece of the famous All Black

prop Olo Brown, while Coffin, who has moved up from the Waikato, is living with her aunt Jenny May. Then another crucial recruit has been Noeline Taurua. The former head coach of the Magic is loving playing a support role at the SKYCITY Mystics, concentrating on the attack, with Fuller taking overall responsibility for the side who appear on track to play conference finals netball in June. SKYCITY Mystics remaining home games are all at The Trusts Arena, Henderson.

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Camilla Lees in action against the Central Pulse during round four of the ANZ Trans Tasman League, won by the Sky City northern Mystics 49-44.

Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick makes life hard for the Central Pulse under the watchful eyes of Laura Langman during the Sky City Northern Mystics' 49-44 win in round four.

Applications for Don Oliver Scholarship are now open Applications for a Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation scholarship for 2015/2016 are now open for young Westie athletes of outstanding talent and promise. Applicants must be between 14 and 17 with a West Auckland residential address. Youngsters who have already achieved to a high level in their sport should apply.

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Waitakere United in late season charge through ASB premiership A miserable start to the 2014/15 ASB Premiership campaign by Waitakere United was turned around in very promising fashion. In the first half of the season, Waitakere could manage just two wins from seven matches but in the second half they won five from seven. This late charge, led by player coach Brian Shelley, was enough for the former powerhouse to force their way into the play-offs before bowing out at the semi final stage. It’s not what Waitakere United has become used to over the years but all teams have their time in the wilderness. The important thing is to see progress on the road back to the top, with a period of comprehensive rebuilding. After an off-season of change, an essentially new team were going to take time to find their feet. They did, and came back a much improved outfit over the last seven games. The highlights of this run included a pair of high scoring wins over the two capital based sides, Team Wellington and the Wellington Phoenix Reserves. That late season form gave Shelley’s side momentum going into the two-legged semi-finals but they were handed a tough assignment in meeting local rivals Auckland City, who were defending champions and had finished third at the FIFA Club World Cup just weeks earlier.

Dylan Manickum shows determination against Team Wellington. Waitakere beat Wellington 4-0 second time around having narrowly lost 1-2 away in the first round.

Auckland proved too strong in the home leg at Fred Taylor Park in securing a 2-0 win that left Waitakere with a mountain to climb in the second leg. It proved too big an ask with Auckland again showing their class to claim the tie 7-1 on aggregate. There were many positives to be taken from the season, such as the progress of a raft of promising young players. These included Damien Mosquera, Jake Porter, Benji Roberts, Jack Caunter, Jonathan Quinn, Sam Copp and Joshua Armitt who were all involved in the first team at some point. On the goal scoring front, Derice Richards earned the squad’s golden boot with his eight strikes while Tom Biss found the net six times. Special mention must also go to the youth team, who led the ASB Youth League for much of the season under the guidance of coach Mark Holt but fell just short to be pipped for the title by Nelson Marlborough Falcons. It all points to Waitakere being well and truly on the comeback trail and if they lead-off next year in the way they finished this season, we can dare to believe they can end up back where they belong; as ASB League champions.

Player Coach Brian Shelley who crafted the squad that saw Waitakere United finish the 2015 season strongly.

No bird, just a sign of the times! No, Henderson Station isn’t running special services for large flightless birds. EMU stands for Electric Multiple Unit and is the technical description of the new electric trains that are being phased in by Auckland Transport, around the city.

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This sign which recently appeared on the Henderson Station, is a clear sign of the times. Electric trains are definitely coming soon to the hard-pressed West Auckland line that is so enormously popular that most of the smaller, slower diesel services are full to over-flowing at peak times.


Historic steam ferry Toroa being authentically restored in West Auckland You can’t see it but a transformation is taking place. The historic steam ferry Toroa has sat up beside the Lincoln Road motorway interchange for over a decade, to all outward appearances a wreck that’s not getting any better with the passing of the years. Even the big bold banner asking that we “Save our steamship” has gone, adding to the feeling that would-be saviours of this once beautiful vessel had bitten off more than they could chew. Not a bit of it. Deep inside the hull, Toroa is coming back to life. A team of dedicated workers is steadily, determinedly, rediscovering the secrets of how she was built nearly a century ago, and restoring her original glory. They have rebuilt her boilers and related machinery; had new metal frames made in Yorkshire and bent to shape inside the hull and the kauri wheelhouse has been rebuilt using ages-old methods for locking one piece of wood to another without glue, nails or screws. They also used only swamp Kauri.

One by one these venerable ships were scrapped. The car ferries went first, broken up and burned after the Auckland Harbour Bridge was built. By the 1980s, only Kestrel and Toroa were left. Kestrel launched in 1905 but later converted to diesel power, ended her ferry life in 2002. She then had a new career as a floating restaurant in Tauranga before being returned to Auckland where she is moored awaiting restoration. But only Toroa remains as a true steamship and when the $2 million plus rebuild is completed, she will again ply the Waitemata.

The Trusts Community Foundation is proud to have contributed to the Toroa’s restoration. Among other contributions the 13 tonnes of steel frames specially made in Yorkshire were bought with a grant from the Waitakere Licensing Trust. For further information visit: www.toroa.org.nz

The (mainly) volunteers have had to teach themselves Victorianage skills and re-invent the tools and techniques used back then. Thanks to their work, in the not too distant future, Toroa, the absolutely irreplaceable last of her kind, will return again to her natural element, fully and authentically restored and one of only a few surviving double-ended steam ferries anywhere in the world. Toroa was the last of her kind at the beginning of her life and again at the end. Launched in 1925 she was the last-built of a fleet of eight Albatross class, double ended, steam powered ferries that for about half a century were the way most people and all cars crossed the Waitemata Harbour. The class was named for the Albatross, the first in the fleet that was launched in 1904. All vessels in the fleet were lovingly built in Auckland out of Kauri plank over specially made steel frames. In their heyday they were elegant steamships, all gleaming wood and brass, sailing to the steady beat of engines fed by state of the art, Scottish, triple expansion boilers.

Riveting a new deck beam for the engine room of the Toroa. Photo © P.J. McCurdy, Toroa Preservation Society Collection.

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Steelwright Andrew Macbeth checks the fit of a new frame. Photo © P.J. McCurdy, Toroa Preservation Society Collection.

Toroa heading east – on a holiday excursion, not the Devonport commuter run. Photo © David Frith, Toroa Preservation Society Collection.


The HOT-AS Hub

Heart of Te Atatu South The “HOT-AS Hub” isn’t another example of a modern slang; HOT-AS is made up of the initial letters of Heart of Te Atatu South and the hub includes the free Book Exchange operating from a cluster of Council-owned buildings in Edmonton Road, between Countdown and the St John Ambulance station. Heart of Te Atatu South is an increasingly successful community initiative to bring life to the little village centre set around the Edmonton Road/Te Atatu Road intersection. The free Book Exchange was the brainchild of local woman Vicki Nuualiito, also the chair of HOT-AS itself. Distraught when their local library closed, Te Atatu people petitioned Auckland Council two years ago to be able to operate their own free of charge service. A year later they were in business with literally thousands of books, and the shelves to hold them, gifted from Auckland libraries. Users can exchange one of their own books or they can just take one if they don’t have a book to exchange. There’s no incentive to steal because the books are free and it soon becomes obvious to people, that this is a pretty cool idea that works for them. In the last year, donations of books and later, craft materials and even money, have come in a steady stream, into the busy little centre that’s open three days a week: Mondays 9.30am - 2.30PM; Wednesdays 9am - 12PM and Saturdays 10am - 12PM.

Christine Williams' hand knitted poppies for Anzac Day. On Mondays it is also the venue for a knitters’ group that started the expansion of the basic book exchange to a place where some of the old crafts, like knitting, are being revived and shared. A recent initiative was Christine Williams hand-knitting poppies for Anzac day and selling them through the nearby pharmacy, $1 from each poppy is donated to the RSA. School holidays are a hive of activities for local kids soaking up the opportunity to learn some of the crafts and pastimes that kept their grandparents going in the days before Xbox, computers and televisions. Starting in May, there will be a Saturday morning market at the venue.

Currently 19 volunteers staff the Book Exchange but there’s always need for more. If you’re interested in helping please contact heartoftetatusouth@gmail.com.

One person's trash is another's treasure This wise old saying was never proved more true than it was last month, when the Toroa Preservation Society’s Peter McCurdy delightedly took delivery of three old, thick, typewritten documents at Te Atatu South’s Book Exchange.

One person’s trash will, as a result, become a treasure of the Toroa Preservation Society that is rebuilding the Toroa, the last of the Auckland steam ferries in West Auckland.

Two of the three volumes each contain a list of names and statistical detail of the ships registered in New Zealand between 1840 and 1950 and their fates; the third was a list of passengers and the ships they came here in. A fourth volume of ship details was missing but there’s hope that it’ll still turn up in the boxes of “stuff” donated to the Book Exchange and still to be sorted. Compiled 1962 by M. N. Watt, of the NZ Ship and Marine Society, in Wellington they are known informally, as the “Watt’s Index”. The Index has a very broad significance because of its international reach covering many ships built and also registered in other countries, that served New Zealand, and of New Zealand ships that operated elsewhere. The Watts Index is a treasure trove of detail highly prized by maritime historians but this partial set came within a hairsbreadth of being thrown in the bin. It arrived at the Book Exchange among many other items and was originally mistaken for a fusty old thing of no value. However, Gwen Wilkinson had a canny feeling that just maybe… One thing led to another, the Index was recognised for what it is and proud Westie Peter took possession of the set from Gwen and fellow Book Exchange volunteer, Christine Williams.

Toroa Preservation Society’s Peter McCurdy receiving three old, thick, typewritten documents from Gwen Wilkinson at Te Atatu South’s Book Exchange.


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