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November 2016 The Trusts Million Dollar Mission

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Nine new members elected to The Trusts

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60 artists open 40 studios to the public this weekend

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Don Oliver Awards evening a great success

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The Trusts New Zealand Bowls Open moves to February

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Our West is brought to you by The Trusts. For more information on The Trusts, visit our website www.thetrusts.co.nz find us on facebook or email us at info@thetrusts.co.nz


Whatever your community group needs, we could help pay for it. The Trusts are giving back one million dollars to community groups and projects all over West Auckland. Whether you need school supplies, clubhouse extensions, or life-saving equipment, we’ve got the funds to help pay for it. If you require funding, just tell us how much you’re after and what you need it for.

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Submit your application today at milliondollarmission.co.nz


Giving Back It’s been four years in the making but finally The Trusts Million Dollar Mission is here. It’s the biggest treasure hunt ever held in West Auckland and a whole bunch of deserving West Aucklanders will get a share of the money to spend on doing the good things they do for others. Yes its for real. For once it isn’t too good to be true. Our mission is to give back $1,000,000 to the West Auckland community in the next year. Your mission, dear reader, is to help us to do it. How? First we put up the million dollars and bring together a selection panel of community leaders. Then clubs and schools, charities, and other worthwhile community organisations apply online for a share of the money.

The really good part

When applications close our selection panel will assess all the entries based on various criteria and will decide which applications will “make the cut”.

In May 2017, we announce the lucky winners and give back $1 million to help make the West an even greater place to live.

Then it’s over to you. Your job is to vote for the organisation you think should get a share of the $1 million. And if you support an organsation you can ask all of your friends to vote as well. Just get onto Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter or get out in the streets with a loud hailer, hold street parades and basically do whatever it takes to generate support for your favourite organisation’s entry.

There! Easy! Mission accomplished.

We’ll be doing the same thing; using every communication channel we can think of to make sure that the good people of West Auckland know that their organisation can apply for money and then later urging people to get out and vote.

Be quick and apply now - applications are open! Applications are already open. Clubs, charities, schools, ethnic groups, churches, theatre groups, art societies, social organisations and all the rest of our worthy causes, will have until 31 January 2017 to make their applications for a share of $1 million to help do whatever it is that they do. All the criteria and applications forms are available online at www.milliondollarmission.co.nz including terms and conditions.

Selection Phase The selection panel will make their choices from all of the applications in February 2017.

Public Voting This opens on 1 March and runs for two months, until 30 April 2017. So this is the time you’ve got to get your “cast of thousands” out and voting for you. All voting will be online at www.milliondollarmission.co.nz

Where does the $1 Million come from and why now? The $1 million comes from profits from our trading operations; retail stores, restaurants and bars. It does not come from gaming. Why now? Projects on this scale don’t happen overnight and it has taken us four years of planning to get to this point. Four years ago we set ourselves the target of raising at least $1 million a year to Give Back to the West Auckland community. But first we had to make the business profitable enough to do that. Over the next four years we revolutionised our business. We streamlined it, reduced costs, improved customer satisfaction and empowered our teams to enhance efficiency in everything we do. We invested in transformiong the retail operations into West Liquor and Village Wine & Spirits stores to broaden our customer base and sell alcohol responsibly. Now we’re updating our restaurants and bars. After doing all that we achieved the objective of having a minimum of $1 million to give back each year. In fact, it will be way more than $1 million because we’ll still be keeping our sponsorship and gifting programmes going alongside The Trusts Million Dollar Mission. That was mission accomplished as well. If you look back over the last four years, you’ll see that we stated this ‘giving back’ was one of our goals way back then. It’s great to tick that box. It’s awesome to be able to launch our $1 Million Dollar Mission for West Auckland.

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Nine new members elected to The Trusts This year's elections have almost certainly seen the beginnings of the end of a particularly rich and characterful era in West Auckland local politics, with the retirements of 91 year old Assid Corban OBE (after 54 years of elected service), Lorraine Wilson QSM, JP and Ross Dallow MNZM, QPM. However the era is not entirely closed because the venerable Janet Clews CNZM, QSO, JP, has returned for a term on a Trust of which she was a founding member. She has already served 53 years as an elected member in one capacity or another in West Auckland. Another three years will see her become the longest serving elected representative in New Zealand. The retirements of Lorraine, Assid and Ross were part of a change on both Trusts with five new members on the Portage Trust and four on the Waitakere Licensing Trust.

Waitakere Trust Members

Warren Flaunty QSM

Steve Tollestrup

Shane Henderson

The Portage Trust welcomes new members Sandra Coney QSO, Paul Davie, Clera Matafai, Leanne Taylor and Margi Watson. These new members join the returning Ami Chand JP, Ross Clow, Janet Clews, Catherine Farmer and Neil Henderson. As well as farewelling Lorraine Wilson, The Portage Trust also farewells Kathryn Davie, Greg Presland, Sandy Taylor JP and Evan Taylor. The Waitakere Trust welcomes new Elected Members Lynette Adams, Shane Henderson, Penny Hulse and John Riddell. These new members join Linda Cooper JP, Warren Flaunty QSM and Steve Tollestrup. The Waitakere Trust farewells Messrs Corban and Dallow plus John Carrodus and former Cabinet Minister, the Hon John Tamihere. Mr Clow and Mesdames Cooper and Hulse were also returned for a third term as Councillors on Auckland Council. All three had a previous career as Councillors on Waitakere City Council with Penny Hulse having been Deputy Mayor of Waitakere and Auckland.

Lynette Adams

Linda Cooper JP

John Riddell

Penny Hulse

Portage Trust Members

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Sandra Coney QSO

Ross Clow

Paul Davie

Neil Henderson

Margi Watson

Janet Clews CNZM, QSO, JP

Clera Matafai

Catherine Farmer

Ami Chand JP

Leanne Taylor


Distinguished careers that stretch more than half a century Assid Khaleel Corban OBE JP (Retired)

Local Board member and elected member of the Waitakere Licensing Trust.

Assid Khaleel Corban, grandson of Assid Abraham Corban, founder of the Corban wine dynasty, has served West Auckland local politics for 54 of the last 60 years. Why? Because when he was a boy his Lebanese immigrant grandfather told him Assid Khaleel Corban that if you wished to live in a country you had to be prepared to put something back. Assid Corban first served as a Henderson Borough Councillor in 1956 to 1959. He returned in 1965 beginning 51 years of continuous service, first as Henderson Deputy Mayor for three years and then Mayor for 15. He was also the first Mayor of Waitakere City from 1989 to 1992 and thereafter served as a Waitakere City councillor until 2010. He finished his council life as deputy chairman of the Henderson Massey Local Board between 2010 and 2013. He was first elected to the Waitakere Licensing Trust (of which he was a Vice president) in 1995 finally bringing down the curtain in this, his 91st year. Nor was he just a West Auckland politician, having served on the Auckland Regional Authority and through eight years on the Local Bodies’ Association and other national organisations. Among his many achievements and legacies in West Auckland was the creation of what is now known as the West Wave Aquatic Centre. West Wave was first built as an Olympic Pool for the 1990 Commonwealth Games and when opened, then Prime Minister (the late) David Lange quipped the pool would be known as the “Assid Baths”.

Ross Dallow MNZM, QPM, JP Ross Dallow’s name is also missing from the lists of elected members for the first time in 24 years as a Councillor, Ross Dallow

Before that he was 36 years in the police, rising to the rank of Superintendent, in which capacity he was Police District Commander for Waitakere. He was the main driver behind the design, building and financing of The Trusts Arena which opened in 2004 and was its chairman until retiring at the beginning of this year. He was a founding Trustee and first chairman of the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation. He was also a top athlete in his day winning 31 national titles and setting eight New Zealand records and went on to become an international coach whose greatest known success was as coach of Beatrice Faumina. We will cover Ross’ extraordinary career and legacy in greater depth in another issue of Our West.

Janet Clews CNZM, QSO, JP Meanwhile the incredible career of Janet Clews rolls on for another three Janet Clews years. Mrs Clews was first elected as a Glen Eden Borough Councillor in 1963. At the time she was the first woman councillor and the youngest woman councillor in New Zealand. Twenty years later she was elected the first woman Mayor of Glen Eden, a position she kept for six years until Glen Eden became a part of Waitakere City. She then served 21 years as a Waitakere Councillor and a further three years as deputy chairman of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. Her total of 53 years continuous service as an elected councillor or local board member is believed to be a New Zealand record. Janet Clews was also a founding Elected Member of the Portage Licensing Trust, a position she continues to hold (and was for a time, its President) and also served as a director of West Auckland Trust Services, the commercial company that runs the businesses owned by the Portage and Waitakere Licensing Trusts. Janet Clews was made a QSO in 1989 for her community service and in 2011 became one of only 40 New Zealanders to be made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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A purpose built mobile health clinic for West Auckland families A brand new health service is coming to West Auckland with the launch of a $210,000 purposebuilt mobile health clinic to bring increased levels of healthcare to children and families in more areas across our region. Funded by Waitemata DHB’s official fundraising body the Well Foundation, the new clinic will be taken by the DHB’s public health nurses into schools, early childhood centres and other public spaces like community centres. They will provide ear health check ups and treatment, throat swabbing as part of the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme, general health advice, treatment and referrals when required.

Some of the Waitemata DHB Child & Family team with the new clinic

The new mobile clinic takes the place of the oldest of two previous clinics which were operated using modified motor homes. Despite their good service over 18 years these clinics are small, cramped and are suffering increasing mechanical unreliability as they come to the end of their useful lives. With one new purpose built clinic launched at a special function at The Trusts Quality Hotel Lincoln Green at the end of October, the Well Foundation is preparing to raise the funds for a second.

These clinics will significantly improve the DHB's outreach programmes. Along with being comfortable, spacious and designed specifically to stand up to demands of the growing service, the new clinic also has a self-sufficient power supply. This means nurses no longer need to connect to a mains power source, using a lead. This will allow them to take the clinic to new areas and locations in the community to reach new patients for assessment and treatment. “As a team focused on providing the best care possible to children and families in our community, we are thrilled with the new mobile health clinic which will enable us to extend our reach across the region and help more vulnerable people,” Stephanie Doe, Waitemata DHB Acting General Manager of Child, Women & Family Service said. “The early intervention care this service offers is so important, particularly with a growing population of 153,000 children aged up to 19 years living in the district and it has proven to be vital in breaking down barriers

that typically stop those in need from accessing health care when they need it. The new clinic is better equipped to handle the demands on the service, provide a suitable environment for our nurses to treat patients and will allow us to reach more people,” she said. The mobile health clinics have previously focused on seeing people in hard to reach areas, including many West Auckland suburbs and travelling out to Helensville. The new clinic will be able to go to more places across West Auckland and have more of a presence in different areas/ locations, rather than just the locations used previously because of the limitations of power. Andrew Young, Well Foundation CEO said the foundation had received great support from the local community to get the new clinic on the road including major supporters, The Trusts Community Foundation, ProCare Charitable Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation and Rotary clubs. “We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who supported us to make this new mobile health clinic a reality and future proof this vital service the Child & Family team deliver in the community. We’ve heard many amazing stories throughout our fundraising about children and families who have benefitted, sometimes in a life changing way from visiting the clinic. We’re very excited to see the clinic get out there and start helping more Waitemata DHB public health nurse, people,” he Bridget Pynenburg and health assistant, Wendy Boyd in the new said. mo bile clinic


60 artists open 40 studios to the public this weekend! Open Studios is back. Open Studios is the highly successful event when the artists of the Waitakere Ranges area throw open their studios and invite the public to come and see how magic is created. The event made its return last year with support from the Waitakere Ranges Local Board and this year over 60 artists will open some 40 studios dotted through the ranges and foothills from Piha to Glen Eden, Titirangi to Te Henga.

Open Studios will happen on Saturday 19 November and Sunday 20 between 10am and 4pm and offers both guided and unguided tours. Waitakere has always been regarded as one of the “art capitals” of New Zealand with a great many of the country’s leading artists living here, or who have lived here and/ or have connections here. Within that area the Waitakere Ranges has been a particular mecca for the creative world. Art is the product of the creative process ranging across writing in its many forms, the performing arts, the visual arts, sculpture, weaving, craft and even film making. Among the names that have made Waitakere a centre of excellence for New Zealand arts have been such internationally famous artists as Colin McCahon, Don Binnie, Dean Buchanan and Frank Womble, world class writers like the two Maurices Shadbolt and Gee and world class film makers like Andrew Adamson and John Barnett. Leaders of this calibre have created this centre of excellence in which later generations of artists can live and breathe and aspire, in an environment that already understands what is great art. The bar has been set high and a wealth of new talent is now operating out in the ranges, artists who are all up to meeting the challenges set by their fore runners.

Open Studios is your opportunity to meet and watch some of Waitakere's most celebrated artists in their own studios from sculptors, painters, jewellers and illustrators, to ceramic artists and photographers. Artists include well renowned New Zealand painter Dean Buchanan at his studio in Karekare; award winning ceramic artists Sang Sool Shim and Keum Sun Lee in Henderson Valley, ceramic artist Renee Boyd in Glen Eden, book artist and writer Liz Constable in Glen Eden and many more.

The weekend provides the Learn the potter’s art with Renee Boyd opportunity to see art in action, purchase local artwork and learn about the creative process. “People that visited loved being able to see behind the scenes where everything is made and an insight into all the work that goes on in the artists’ studios“, says Renee Boyd, ceramic artist and event organiser. Visitors can take a self-guided tour at their own pace with the events Open Studios Map and mobile App, or jump on an Open Studios Bus Tour. This year Vevo Foodstore has collaborated with the event to offer an Open Studios Lunch Box, which can be pre-ordered and enjoyed while out on the road. Further collaborations and associated events include an Open Studios Rooftop Gig on the Saturday at Lopdell House. This free music event will feature a line-up of local talent and provides an entertaining break from Open Studios touring and a chance to refuel at the local Titirangi cafes. Join artists Charlotte Graham and Te Rongo Kirkwood for a candid talk about how art shapes life on Sunday at Lopdell House. This is also an opportunity to visit the Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition and/or drop in on the Learning Centre for a children’s “Claytime” workshop at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. Children can also get stuck into craft making at the Upstairs Gallery “Children’s Craft Table”. The weekend marks a very significant anniversary. On 19 November 1986 the Lopdell House Society opened the Waitemata City Arts and Cultural Centre in Lopdell House. This precinct continues to thrive today as an arts hub for the West. “A flourishing arts and culture scene is one of our key priorities,” says Waitākere Ranges Local Board Member Denise Yates. “We are thrilled to fund this event and believe Open Studios will showcase an amazing range of local talent.” Open Studios has been made possible through the funds and support of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board.

An example of the unique style of West Auckland’s Dean Buchanan

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Football scores for cultural diversity at launch of Ethkick West Ethkick West got off to a great start recently when 21 men’s and 5 women’s teams from different West Auckland ethnic or cultural communities turned out at Starling Park in Ranui in a new tournament. In the end, Afghanistan beat Nepal 1-0 in the men’s competition and Tuvalu downed New Zealand by the same score in the women’s competition.

Twenty different countries or ethinic communities were represented among the men's and women's teams although at times there was some mixing and mingling with the New Zealand Police team finding itself down on numbers and borrowing from other teams. The end result was a highly successful festival where community and football were the clear winners.

the fifth most diverse country in the world and West Auckland is one of the most diverse places in the country. Councillor Hulse was previously also deputy Mayor of Waitakere City at a time when its population expanded rapidly and came to embrace people of about 60 different ethnicities. She said how proud she is to be a West Aucklander where the multiple cultures and ethnicities have been proven to enrich us all. Ethkick West Tournament was organised by Community Waitakere partnered and/or supported by: the Northern Football Federation, NZ Police, Auckland Council, the Human Rights Commission, The Trusts Community Foundation, Ranui Swanson Football Club, West Auckland Local Boards, the Waitakere Ethnic Board, Sport Waitakere, and the Waitakere Indian Association. In kind support on the day was also received from Ranui photographer Edith Tuanai and Waitakere City based Appleseed Recycling Trust Ltd.

The women’s teams represented The WISE Collective, Tuvalu, New Zealand, England and Myanmar. The men represented Rwanda, Fiji Indian, Myanmar Zo, Afghanistan, Iran/Persia, Congo, Kurdistan, Burundi, India, Nepal, the Shri Ram Mandir Youth Group, NZ Police, USA, Chile, Somalilan Youth Group, Myanmar, Sri Lankan Tamil, Ethiopia, Tuvalu and Young Tuvalu. The men’s teams were organised into four pools with 10 matches played in each pool. Thirty minute roundrobin matches were played in the morning of the competition with the finals in the afternoon. “Virtual sunshine” was provided at lunch time on fairly bleak winter’s day by the Caribbean Steel Drum band. With this event organised by Community Waitakere, West Auckland has joined a footballing phenomenon that is spreading throughout New Zealand bringing together different communities and celebrating New Zealand’s cultural diversity through a shared passion for football.

The Burundi team with Race Rela tions Commissioner, Dame Suzan Devoy (Photo Maj De Poorter)

The importance of the event was evidenced by the attendance of the Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy and (the then) Deputy Mayor of Auckland, Penny Hulse. At the opening ceremony Dame Susan pointed out just how diverse West Auckland is, noting that New Zealand is

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NZ Police team with Chief Ref and a few borrowed players (Photo Edith Amituanai)


A night of stars and legends at The Don Oliver It was a night of stars and legends recently when about 200 people, including some of the country's greatest athletes, gathered at The Trusts Arena when the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation held a three-fold celebration at its annual awards night this year. A highlight occured when former Don Oliver Scholar, Tyla Nathan-Wong let the gathering know by phone that she had just stepped off a plane from overseas and was racing across town to deliver a signed Olympic T-shirt to be auctioned. Tyla was a member of the Women’s Rugby Sevens that won silver at Rio and as thanks presented a T-shirt signed by fellow Olympians to raise funds for the organisation. She made a dramatic entrance late in the evening, dazzling the room with her great smile and the silver Olympic medal proudly hanging around her neck. On the night, not only did the foundation make scholarship Awards and training grants to 15 young, high achieving West Auckland athletes but two of New Zealand’s all time great athletes shared stories about the Kingston, Jamaica, Commonwealth Games where 50 years ago Don Oliver won gold. To round out the night, six former international West Auckland sporting legends were inducted into the Wattyl Wall of Fame that runs round the walls of the Genesis Room at The Trusts Arena. Simon Wickham, CEO of The Trusts, chairman of the Don Oliver selection panel and also chairman of selectors for New Zealand Olympic teams, explained just how tough it is to get Don Oliver Scholarship, and for good reason. Sporting success is about rising to challenges, he said, and great athletes are the ones who have welcomed the challenges and risen to them. This was why so many Don Oliver Scholars converted success at this level to international success. He also welcomed the return of Don Oliver training grants as the next level down from scholarships. While 10 of this year’s applicants had shown what it takes to succeed at the top level, five had also been very close to selection and the selectors welcomed the introduction of $1,000 training grants to encourage and assist them to rise to the next level. The audience was then entranced by the stories told by the 15 young West Aucklanders of lives and (at times mindboggling) achievements the most of us can only dream of,

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an of Simon Wickham, chairm baru selectors and Ikko Shi

Stefan and Jo Crooks who purchased Tyla Nathan-Wong’s signed Rio Olympic Shirt

travelling the world and pitting themselves against ever more difficult competitions in the long road to the top. These were astonishing achievements for youngsters not yet 21 years of age. If they were entranced by the scholars, they were alternately in awe and in fits of laughter during the keynote speech by the awesome Cam Calkoen, a man who hasn’t let cerebral palsy stop him achieving whatever he’s wanted in life, including being a world class athlete. The legendary Don Oliver was remembered by his brother Gary who paid a moving tribute to a man he remembered as singleminded in his pursuit of excellence but nevertheless generous to a fault. This tribute was supplemented by the memories of two former team-mates, Bill Baillie and Roy Williams. With Don they made up a trio whose achievements of 50 years ago have still not been bettered by any New Zealand athlete. One of the speakers noted that it was astonishing to reflect on the fact that Baillie’s world records for the 20,000 metres and the one-hour race still stand, Don Oliver remains our greatest ever weightlifter and Williams our greatest ever decathlete. Roy Williams was also in charge of the re-introduction after some years, of selecting inductees to the Wattyl Wall of Fame. He joined Don Oliver selectors Simon Wickham, Gael Nagaiya and Ross Dallow in choosing six outstanding West Aucklanders who’s name, exploits and memorabilia will be added to the Wall. They are: international professional golfer Frank Nobilo; racing driver and former World Touring Car Champion, Paul Radisich; International footballer and All White Ivan Vicelich; Silver Ferns netballer, Linda Vagana; and All Blacks Craid Dowd and Eroni Clark.

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Waitakere United re-discovers winning way

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described as one of the most thrilling Chatham Cup finals in memory, City went down 3-2 to Birkenhead in extra time.

Waitakere United returned to winning ways in the early part of the new, Stirling Sports Premiership, beating old nemesis Auckland City in the first game of the 2016/2017 season. This year’s win was the first time in three years that the local lads have beaten their cross-town rivals. So the first up win is good news for fans thirsty for a return to the glory days.

Waitakere United's Stirling Sports League Draw

Significant changes at Waitakere happened in the pre-season, most notably with the appointment of Chris Milicich as head coach backed up by assistant coach Carl Jorgensen, an ex All White and ex Waitakere player.

The remaining draw to Christmas is:

The good news for fans is that the great bulk of Waitakere Uniteds remaining fixtures through to March next year are home games, mainly at the Douglas Track and Field at The Trusts Arena.

20 November v Team Wellington

Home : The Trusts Arena

27 November v Tasman United

Away : Trafalgar Partk

The team is also now based primarily at The Douglas Track and Field venue at The Trusts Arena and is once again being sponsored by The Trusts.

4 December v Canterbury United Home : Fred Taylor Park

The squad has an international look to it with eight of the 28 squad from overseas.These include Stefan Thelan from Jordan, Austrian goalkeeper Pirmin Strasser and young Englishman Ryan Tinsley. Thelan is a current Jordanian international who has played for Cologne among other German clubs brings a European perspective to the training session.

New coach is building for the future with home grown talent

Strasser represented Austria as an U17 and U20 footballer and is a top class goalkeeper. He has played professionally in Austria and Spain and will be coaching the goalkeepers. Nottingham born mid-fielder Tinsley played for both Leicester and the legendary Nottingham Forest. He came to New Zealand looking for new opportunities and for the last two seasons with Hawke’s Bay he was the league’s top scorer. Others from offshore are Australian Julyan Collett, Eder Franchini Pasten from Chile, David Icardo Hernandez from Spain, and Tom Shaw and Lewsin Caunter from the UK. Former All White Jake Butler is again the skipper. One of the best mid-fielders in the country, Butler is Waitakere’s most capped player having joined the club in 2004 when it was formed. Apart from duties with United he’s also the coach of Waitakere City winners of this year’s men’s 1st division and beaten finalists in the 2016 Chatham Cup. In what has been

18 December v Phoenix U20

Home : The Trusts Arena

New coach Chris Milicich is a UEFA “A” coach with over 22 years of coaching at the domestic and international level and has immediately launched the “The best of the West” training programme as part of a search for home grown players who can be developed to play for Waitakere United in the Stirling Sports Premiership and Youth teams. Best of the West is a nine week programme for young, elite (premier and metro) players from the West who fancy their chances at a higher level and want to take advantage of at least part of Waitakere United player development pathway. Already part way through, the programme wraps up in mid December but according to acting CEO, Scott McKay, it’s never too late for talented young players to contact the club, especially for Pirmin Strasser goalkeeping sessions. Any keeper who wants to work with a top professional goalkeeper is invited to contact the franchise. Waitakere is targeting three age brackets covering two years each, with the new initiative. These two year age bands process down from the current youth team age band (19971998). They are 12/13th (2003-2004), 14/15th (2001-2002) and 16/17th (1999-2000). A range of topics will be covered within the nine week programme. The playing philosophy and structure of Waitakere United’s playing model will be coached within these sessions. Each session will be 90 minutes duration. This will include teaching players the correct way to warm-up/cool down for their long-term injury prevention and include core stability exercises. They are being held prior to the first team trainings to allow first team coaching staff and players to coach, analyse and provide feedback to the players.

Coach Chris Milicich

Players wanting to be coached can contact the club.


The Trusts New Zealand Bowls Open celebrates 10 years The Trusts New Zealand Bowls Open, one of the premier events on the sport’s New Zealand calendar, celebrates its 10 anniversary with a new date and new competition structure. Dates for the Open have moved from late in the year to February 2017 and Blockhouse Bay Bowls, as the host club will be the venue for post section play and televised finals. Qualifying events will be held at clubs across Auckland. West Auckland clubs holding qualifying events are: Henderson, Glen Eden, Pringle Park, Te Atatu Peninsula, New Lynn and Titirangi Bowling Clubs. As always the event covers men’s and women’s singles, pairs, triples plus any combination pairs and triples for bowlers with a disability. Play for able-bodied competitors will be held from the 14 22 February and for bowlers with a disability next year from 18 - 20 February at Blockhouse Bay Bowls. Subject to the number of entries the main draw will comprise of 64 men and 32 women in singles. Pairs 64 men’s teams and 32 women’s teams. Triples, 32 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams. There is Open entry to the events for bowlers with disabilities.

The pairs and triples will now play to 18 ends, rather than 15 ends while singles will remain first to 21 shots. The time limit has been reduced to two and a quarter hours for all disciplines. Qualifying will be played in sections of four to determine the required number of qualifiers. All post section play will be at Blockhouse Bay Bowls with a slightly earlier start and later finish. A new inclement weather policy is being developed to ensure that there are clear rules in place and coordination across all venues should the rain arrive. The televised finals will now start at 10am, 1pm and 4pm to encourage more spectators to the venue by avoiding early morning traffic congestion. Schedule of qualifying tournament (as at 10 October 2016):

Entries close on Wednesday 4th January 2017 at 5pm.

Tuesday 14th Feb 2017: Men’s Pairs and Women’s singles Wednesday 15th Feb 2017: Men’s Singles and Women’s pairs Thursday 16th Feb 2017: Men’s and Women’s triples Saturday 18th Feb 2017: Disabled pairs Sunday 19th Feb2017: Disabled triples

Following on from a survey of players organisers have made four key changes to the event.

Note: Post section for the Disabled events will be held on Monday 20th February 2017.

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There's an exciting 2017 playing roster at the SKYCITY Northern Mystics

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Helene Wilson has finalised her 10 player roster which has an exciting mix of experience and youth for the SKYCITY Northern Mystics next season when they step out for the new ANZ Elite League competition. Experienced Silver Ferns Maria Tutaia and Anna Harrison will return to the SKYCITY Mystics in 2017. Tutaia has been a member of the Mystics since 2010 and she captained the team to the Finals Series of this year’s ANZ Championship. She will link up with fellow Silver Ferns shooter Bailey Mes, who is back in the blue dress after two seasons with the Mainland Tactix. Mes played five seasons for the Mystics from 2010 and then moved down south for more game time, but she played in the more unfamiliar role of goal attack. She will relish being back in Auckland and switching back to shooter where she has made her mark for the Silver Ferns. The electric Anna Harrison has played 82 times for New Zealand and joining her in the Mystics defensive end is brand new Silver Fern, Storm Purvis. The 23 year old debuted for New Zealand in Nelson last month in the three-game series against Jamaica. Purvis has played for the Southern Steel since 2012 after studying in Dunedin, but she can’t wait to head home to Auckland and play for the Mystics next year. She will link back up with Wilson, who coached her at Diocesan School in Auckland. Rising mid-courter Samon Nathan is also returning to her netballing roots, after playing a season with the Central Pulse. The 23 year old can cover all three midcourt positions and she grew up in Auckland. She played netball across three centres, including Waitakere, Auckland and North Harbour. Goal attack Tera-Maria Amani and wing attack Elisapeta Toeava both shone for Netball Northern in this year’s Beko League and it was their performances in that competition that earnt them a SKYCITY Mystics call-up. Both Amani and Toeava are no strangers to the Mystics. Toeava was part of the Auckland franchise in 2013 and 2014, while Amani was called on as a replacement player in last year’s ANZ Championship pre-season tournament. In early September, the SKYCITY Mystics filled their import slot by confirming the signing of England international and midcourter Sasha Corbin. Corbin has represented England 56 times since making her international debut against Malawi in 2008.

Young defenders Michaela Sokolich-Beatson and Brooke Watt make up the SKYCITY Northern Mystics Roster for 2017. Sokolich-Beatson was part of the Mystics squad this year and featured in the second half of the season when she took her opportunities on court at goal defence. She has also been a member of the national schools and Under-21 teams. Meanwhile, Watt was also a member of Northern’s Beko League team and she has previously been a training partner for the Central Pulse in the ANZ Championship. Given the slightly smaller 10 player roster for next year’s ANZ Elite League, Wilson has looked to the future in naming schoolgirl Mererangi Paul as a training partner for next season. The 17 year old midcourter is a member of the St Kentigern College side that won this year’s New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship. Paul was also named in the tournament team. The SKYCITY Northern Mystics, supported yet again by The Trusts, will join the four other New Zealand franchises from the previous ANZ Championships (Magic, Pulse, Tactix and Steel), as well as a brand new club based in the greater Auckland area. The teams will play 15 round robin games, including Super Sundays featuring all six teams in action at the same venue, before culminating in a two-game finals series with the top three. While no start date has yet been given for the new league it is expected to start towards the end of March. What is known is that games will be played on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays and all will be broadcast live on Sky. Sunday afternoon games will be at a family-friendly time. Stay tuned to www.northernmystics.co.nz and the SKYCITY Mystics social media channels for details as the new season approaches.


American professor with NZ links takes supreme Portage Ceramic Awards 2016 US based international ceramics artist and academic Caroline Earley has taken the Supreme Award at the Portage Ceramic Awards for 2016. Caroline Earley is the Assistant Professor, Ceramics at Boise State University in the US. Her work “Clinch” was chosen by Australian judge Janet DeBoos from more than 200 entries in the 2016 Awards. Besides the top award, ceramicists from around the country were also vieing for a scholarship to the Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey USA, or one of three merit awards worth a total of $3,000. The scholarship this year went to Northland ceramicist Greg Barron, for “Woodfired Jug”. Barron also has an international reputation having exhibited in a number of countries including China. The three merit awards went to West Auckland’s Susannah Bridges (another with an international reputation) for “Stick

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to the knitting”; Jim Cooper of Dunedin for “Shrine from the temple of Clinch-Portage Ceramic Supreme Award winner the Good Shepherd” and to Glen Eden’s Emily Siddel and Marky Goody for “Deconstructed Fables”. Susannah Bridges was also one of 10 entrants to get an honourable mention, this time for “Seven Brides for seven Brothers”. The other nine were Maak Bow “Diversity within Conformity”; Kirsty Gardiner “Huia@ward7south; Janna van Hasselt “Underbely”; Chuck Joseph “Expulsion”; Paul Winspear “I think it’s a gold bowl”; Madeleine Child “Stupid cups and plates”; Mel Ford “#159”; Yi-Ming Lin “Bursting Out” and Helen Yau “Lace Code”.

Major road rebuilding works at the Te Atatu roundabout Te Atatu road users and residents will see a major component in the upgrade of this busy road towards the end of November when contractors re-build road levels around the roundabout.

complete the remaining work and says that while work is unlikely to be completed in February, it is now increasingly certain the works can be all over well before August.

After consultation with businesses, this major piece of work will be carried out predominantly between 8pm and 6am to keep traffic congestion to a minimum and maintain access to the businesses during trading hours.

AT says that while appearances have been frustrating for road users, business and residents claims that the work so far could have been done quicker are incorrect. Because of the tangled nature of underground services, maps of services which proved to be little help in showing where gas, electricity and water mains and telecoms cables were located.

While there will be some noise Auckland Transport (AT) and Higgins Contractors say they will do their best to minimise the effect on neighbours. At present there are significant differences in levels and evening them out will improve road safety and is essential for when traffic lights replace the roundabout.

In the end contractors had to trace all the of the pipelines and cables bit by bit. An AT spokeperson said “They were conscious all the time that most of the services they were dealing with were live and supplying gas, power, water and telecom services to residents and businesses. So all this had to be achieved without cutting the services off.”

In further good news, there is increasing optimism now that the project can be finished considerably earlier than the projection of August next year.

“However, as this stage comes to an end, people will see much more work going on above ground. Edmonton Road has already been partially re-built and footpaths installed, as has the entry to Flanshaw Road.

AT had forecast that the works would’ve probably taken between 18 and 24 months to complete once construction began. With the slowest part of the project now coming towards an end, AT and Higgins Contractors say they are better able to accurately forecast the time it will take to

“Rebuilding the levels at the roundabout will take the whole project a big step forward and then we’re looking forward to much faster progress after that,” he said.


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