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our west SEPTEMBER 2017

Get moving. s n o i t a c i l p p A . n o o s n e p o

The Trusts are delighted to announce the second Million Dollar Mission, with applications open on 2 October 2017. Apply forLocal funding at milliondollarmission.co.nz charities and organisations are encouraged

to apply for their share of the $1 million fund.

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


Million Dollar Mission Two gets ready to rock and roll

ABOVE: Simon Wickham, Linda Cooper, Shane Henderson, Angela Hurst and Martin Partridge at the Westpac Business Awards Finalist event

Entries for Million Dollar Mission Two open next month which is incredibly exciting. The first Million Dollar Mission certainly did a huge amount of good in the community and opened up a whole new concept in charity fundraising.

and Excellence in Innovation categories for Million Dollar Mission. There are a number of fantastic West Auckland businesses who have also made finalists in a range of categories for these awards and we’ll bring you some of these business’ stories in a future issues.

You know the drill, you put in an application at www.milliondollarmission.co.nz We appoint an panel to choose the finalists and then you get stuck in and vote for the worthy cause, or causes, you want to support in 2018.

A huge thank you to all West Aucklander’s who applied or voted to make it a success.

One of the great beauties of this initiative is that it’s not either/or. You can vote for as many of the causes as you want, until the million dollars has been allocated. Your daily vote earns each charity, project or organisation $5 of The Trusts money from business profits. Simple! And like most simple ideas it’s been good for everyone including us because we have been chosen as a finalist in the TVNZ New Zealand Marketing Awards. A big woohoo moment indeed!! We’re in esteemed company with many leading New Zealand companies as fellow finalists. Off the back of this we have also achieved Finalist status in the Westpac Business Awards - West, for Excellence in Strategy & Planning

Million Dollar Mission achieved a staggering 200,000 votes, thousands of likes and shares in social media and gave away a million dollars in just 29 days. It was terrific proof of what a great community we have in West Auckland that we all help support by Giving Back.

And now we’ll be doing it all again with Million Dollar Mission Two starting next month. I am delighted that our work, and I mean ours here at The Trusts and yours out in the community, has been recognised by the judges of these awards. Whatever the outcome of these nominations, we can proudly say we have been recognised for an innovative, creative and engaging way to bring Giving Back to life - it was a first for New Zealand. Simon Wickham, CEO

Simon Wickham, CEO

Applications Open 2 October 2017 Go to www.milliondollarmission.co.nz to sign up for updates


Awesome YMCA Raise Up youth programme! Work on youth development and strengthening families in the Massey area got a boost earlier in the year, when Massey YMCA’s Raise Up crew earned themselves $38,000 in the Million Dollar Mission. The money is now being put to use creating a Youth Hub at the Massey Leisure Centre that is run under contract by YMCA. Raise Up is YMCA’s youth development programme run by youth for youth and operates in 11 locations across Auckland and Hamilton. Since the programme began in 2002, Raise Up youth crews have provided 18,830 hours of voluntary service to their local communities. In April the programme received a Youth Group Award from Youth Minister Nikki Kaye in the 2017 New Zealand Youth Awards. Raise Up has been designed to offer youth a safe and positive environment in which to relax, socialise and achieve their goals. Programmes are run by Raise Up crews of young people selected from local high schools. Volunteering their time for approximately two hours per week they meet, plan and implement events, weekly activities, outdoor days and educational workshops for their peers. They also learn skills such as leadership and event management representing youth in the community. Organising and driving many of the events and activities operated for youth throughout YMCA is delegated to these crews. Activities include events, workshops and personal development options tailored to the interests of youth and include sports, music, dance, fashion, leadership training, and art. Massey Raise Up co-ordinator Conin Bowker says that the group has already been able to remove a wall the previously divided the

ABOVE: Conin Bowker, Peter Fegusson (CEO) and Jed Stancliffe with former Waitakere Mayor Sir Bob Harvey and netball legend Linda Vagana.

fitness centre. This has opened the area up to more activities and it’s already in use for different programmes. More work still needs to be done but that will be undertaken by Auckland Council and the building’s owner. In the meantime the space is already in use, anyway, providing youth programmes and meeting spaces for the Raise Up Crews. “It’s expected that the new Youth Hub will be fully open by the end of this year. Conin says that the rapid population increase in the Massey area has generated a growing need for more designated youth spaces in the local area. “The closest current youth space is in Henderson and that means young people are missing out on resources and support that can empower them to develop events and programmes that benefit the Massey community, he says. Conin says that Massey YMCA has 20 youth crew working on planning and running youth events that attract up to several hundred youngster. Others like the Youth Burn exercise programme can focus on groups of 10 or so. The term Youth Burn alludes to the fact that exercise burns calories. The group is planning a Laser Tag event which should be very popular and alongside that there will be games and activities in the Hub that is currently available. YMCA has managed the Massey Leisure Centre since it was opened by Waitakere City Council and is hoping to manage an enlarged complex when the next door library moves out in 2018 and the library space is incorporated into the leisure centre. If that occurs there will be a significant increase in the facilities available “to meet the complex and diverse needs of youth in Massey.”

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Matuku Trust and Unitec to transform Te Henga Wetlands The $85,125 earned by the Matuku Reserve Trust from the Million Dollar Mission means that it has been able to forge a practical relationship with Unitec that will see Unitec’s students play a major role in the development of the planned Wetland Education Centre. A barn and other buildings already on the land will be converted to education and display spaces as well as a field base for students, using the Million Dollar Mission donation. It will also contribute to creating safer and easier access to Matuku Reserve. The Million Dollar Mission success follows intensive fundraising that enabled Matuku Reserve Trust to purchase 37 hectares of bush and wetland for preservation, restoration and the creation of the education centre. Apart from restoring an important part of the local landform, the project ensures the safety of wildlife that lives in the area. The new conservation area in Te Henga Valley beside the Te Henga Wetland and has been named the Matuku Link because it allows further links to be formed with neighbouring environmental projects. With the addition of $85,125 from Million Dollar Mission round one, the Matuku Trust has been able to forge ahead with Unitec on a very ambitious, mutually beneficial design and construction project that is expected to be fully completed in 2019.

Unitec students have helped create an overall masterplan for Matuku Link and they are now developing a detailed landscape plan. Next year, Unitec architecture students will create the plan for re-developing the barn and then the project will culminate with the conversion of the barn by Unitec construction students. This collaboration means that the Matuku Trust has the expert of help it needs, with concepts coming from fresh young minds enthusiastic for the ideals and crammed with the latest thinking and the students will get the opportunity to put their classroom theory into practical use in a real life situation. In the meantime, Matuku Trust holds monthly working bees undertaking planting and water monitoring and other useful tasks. As with any community group, it’s always looking for volunteer help and people who want to be part of the adventure can find all the details they need on the Matuku Trust website at matukulink.org.nz or their Facebook page. Other work focuses on predator control and plugging drains which were introduced in the days when draining wetlands was seen as good. The Trust has taken the Maori name of the Australasian Bittern, which is appropriate to an area which is home to the bittern as well as to Crakes, Pateke, Kokako and many other bush birds.

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St John buy an extra Health Shuttle for West Aucklanders provide a level of care should it be needed. West Auckland currently has one, at times overworked, St John Health shuttle. Last year, operating year-round Monday through Friday, West Auckland Health Shuttle volunteer drivers covered 23,973kms across 1,519 hours, undertaking a total of 1,671 patient movements. Securing an additional Health Shuttle will enable St John to serve double the amount of patients they are able to transport and support. Not only will St John be able to increase the number of people helped, but they would be able to ensure that people in the wider West Auckland geographical locations would be able to access the services they need. The Order of St John: Hannah Davies (Fundraising Manager) and Lindsay Roberts (Chairman) with elected members Janet Clews and Steve Tollestrup.

Another St John Health Shuttle will soon be on the roads of West Auckland thanks to The Trusts Million Dollar Mission. St John applied for $107,990 from Million Dollar Mission for a second Health Shuttle for their West Auckland fleet. Supporters voting 15,402 times in the MDM appeal, raised $77,010 towards the cost and the organisation has raised the balance through their own fundraising efforts. As a result, St John are now in the process of buying a second Health Shuttle for West Auckland and anticipate getting it on the road in the next couple of months. Health shuttles transport people with mobility difficulties such as mothers and their children, the elderly and people with mobility difficulties, to and from medical appointments. This door to door community service restores a measure of independence to people who would otherwise have to rely on others. It’s free, though a coin donation is appreciated to cover costs; and provided by drivers who are also trained in first aid so they can

However, a larger service means demands more people and St John will need additional volunteers to run the service. This is viewed as an opportunity because there are many people with time on their hands looking for worthwhile cause to support. St John believes this has benefits both ways. The clients get the service and the volunteers have the opportunity to make new friends and connections and to give something to the community. If you are interested in volunteering with the Health Shuttle service, call toll free on 0800 000 606, or complete an online request at www.stjohn.org.nz/What-we-do/ Community-programmes/HealthShuttles. It would be hard to support a more worthy organisation because St John has been voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity every year since 2014, in the Readers Digest Most Trusted Brand Survey .

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Montana Heritage Trail leads to forest giants Wine and the Waitakere Ranges go hand in hand with some of the great names, such as Montana and Corban setting up business here. However, both these companies have gone as stand-alone businesses and are now owned by Pernod-Ricard but the connection to the ranges lives on.

A pou whenua carved by Te Kawerau a Maki craftsmen marks the start of the trail. Te Kawerau a Maki are the local tangata whenua. The trail is not accessible to wheelchairs or prams.

Montana made sure of this in 2000, with a 20 year sponsorship of the Montana Waitakere Ranges Heritage Trail. The eight kilometre trail leads to Cascade Kauri and an important remnant of the mighty kauri forest that once cloaked the ranges. It gives access to magnificent giants up to 600 years old.

The kauri forest giants are a huge draw card for Aucklanders and tourists alike, but Kauri root systems are delicate and don’t take kindly to being walked on at the best of times. Board walks have been built on the Montana Heritage Trail to guard against such damage but now there’s the incurable Kauri die-back disease to consider.

Kauri were exactly suitable for the shipbuilding and building industries of the 1800s, when Europeans arrived. They were especially valued in naval architecture; their tall, straight trunks with no branches for many metres were ready-made for sailing-ship masts and spars. So sought after and valuable were they, that European timber barons were intent on taking literally every tree there was.

For the moment the forest remains open to visitors and so if you do go, please do everything you can to avoid spreading the fungal disease that is killing kauri at an alarming rate. It is very important to clean the soles of your shoes at the stations at the beginning of the walking trails, and again when you leave.

Almost no cost or effort was too great for the lumber men and in 1922 they even considered blowing up the beautiful Cascade Falls in order to get at the now protected trees at Cascade Kauri. Fortunately this didn’t happen and three years later the land and trees were bought for a reserve by the Government and the Auckland City Council. Over many years, many people pushed for complete protection for the ranges until this was achieved with Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Protection Act in 2008. One of the leaders in push for greater protection was Montana Wines itself which 17 years ago approached the Auckland Regional Council with its proposal to sponsor the Heritage Trail. This led to a partnership that has upgraded and linked several existing tracks that bring people to regenerating forest, a hidden cascading waterfall, spectacular views, some special picnic spots and interpretive panels. Because Kauri create their own environment, this forest remnant also contains Rimu, Kahikitea, Puriri, Totara, Puketea and Tanekaha. Between them they create home to Kauri snails, glow worms and native long-tailed bats, wood pigeons (Kereru), Tui and Fantails (Piwakawaka) among other bird species. The bats are New Zealand’s only native land mammals but are elusive and a sighting is a treasure in its own right. Maori called the river at the start of the trail Te Awa Kotuku, the white heron’s plume, after the Cascade Falls.

Remember Kauri Die-back Disease

Montana began right here in the Waitakere Ranges Montana came into being in the 1940’s when Croation immigrant Ivan Yukich planted a vineyard in the Waitakere Ranges. He named it Montana, not as any reference to the American state, but because his vineyard was in the ranges and montana is Latin for mountain or mountainous. In the early 1960’s Ivan’s sons, Frank and Mate, formed a new wine company under the Montana name, establishing the head office and bottling facility on Scenic Drive where it remained until the mid-1970’s. Despite it’s relatively late start in the New Zealand industry, Montana soon outgrew the original vineyard and expanded to own vineyards in Gisborne, Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay. In 2000 however, before the mergers, like many people of the soil, the people at Montana decided they wanted to give something back to the beautiful region which had been their home and the nursery of their business. Preserving its own heritage association with the Waitakere Ranges, therefore, was one of two key reasons for Montana approaching the Auckland Regional Council about sponsoring the Montana Heritage Trail. The more important reason was to make a unique part of New Zealand’s heritage more accessible to the public.

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New stories for Henderson to enrich local literature Henderson is one of New Zealand’s oldest European communities. It has a developing history and literature and will soon have even more stories told about it.

specifically for Outside the Square, the boxes will be placed near the Japanese Garden and council buildings, at the Corban Estate Arts Centre and at Metlifecare Waitakere Gardens retirement village.

Launching on Sunday 17 September at the Corban Estate Arts Centre is a writing series The new collection includes short written works by Paula Morris, Nina Seja and Ann Poulsen, and a theatrical play for children by Renee Liang.

At 3pm all four authors will discuss their personal process of creating new writing for Henderson.

The works were commissioned and funded by the Henderson Massey local board as part of their Outside the Square initiative, to support community arts and cultivate a creative relationship with Henderson’s people, places and past. The written works will be distributed free at the launch and in purpose built book boxes in the weeks following. Designed and constructed

Local board chair Shane Henderson says Henderson is beginning to see a revitalisation and the local board has been supporting initiatives to encourage it. “There’s a number of initiatives to enliven the town centre, including Busking on the Bridge and murals by Kakano Youth Arts Collective,” he says. For more information please visit www.outsidethesquare.org.nz or contact Rebecca Kunin at rebecca@outsidethesquare.org.nz

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Record number of Don Oliver Scholarships and training grants Twenty young West Auckland athletes have been selected for awards from the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation, with Gabrielle Fa’aumasili being joined in the gold category by newcomer Keegan Pitcher who took the inaugural Harry O’Rourke Memorial Award. This is by far the biggest list of recipients in the 21 year history of the Foundation. There were two Gold Scholarships of $5,000 each, five Silvers of $4,000 each; seven Bronze of $2,000 and six training grants of $1,000 each. The inaugural Harry O’Rourke Award is for the most outstanding athlete with a disability but it is not because he or she has a disability. They must first “make the cut” purely on the basis of their results, character and potential alongside all other applicants. Then they must be sufficiently outstanding as to be worthy of a gold scholarship when weighed against all the others, and then finally they qualify for the “Harry”. This special award was the wish of the late Harry O’Rourke MNZM and his wife Jackie. Harry was one of the world’s great Judokas. A Black Belt 6th Dan, he became the head of Judo in New Zealand and the Commonwealth and had been honoured by the International Judo Federation.

In addition the Awards ceremony moves into a whole new era this year, changing the formal dinner concept for a high end cocktail function before and after the awarding of the scholarships. “We decided that far too much effort was being invested in a dinner and it was distracting us from working on how we could add value to the young people of Waitakere. And it made for an expensive event for family and supporters,” Dai Bindoff, chairman of the foundation said. “Taking a new direction has many benefits. Our focus goes back onto the young athletes of West Auckland and the Awards become more accessible to the people who most want to support the winners, their friends and family,” he said.

2017/2018 Don Oliver Scholars

ABOVE : Keegan Pitcher competing in 2017

Gold Scholarships – $5,000

Bronze Scholarships – $2,000

Two times junior World Champion and former record holder, backstroker Gabrielle Fa’aumasili is again a Don Oliver gold scholarship winner. Represented New Zealand at the world championships in July this year. A fraction a second robbed her of a place in the semi-finals of this, her first ever elite event. She clocked 25.38s to be 24th fastest from 87 starters in heats of the 50m freestyle. Had she equalled her PB and been just 0.3 of second faster, she’d have made the top 16 in the world.

Diver Nathan Brown, arguably the country’s top platform diver; KaHana Ngawati Glassie member of Waitakere Outrigger Canoe Club’s Waka Ama world champion team; Matthew Oxenham, multiple cadet and junior Greco-Roman champion; Brahm Richards the Oceania and Australian Open wrestling champion; swimmer Ikko Shibuya who is a national record holder with multiple age group gold medals and NZ Development Squad member; George Smith, multiple age group gold medal swimmer with five Auckland age group records and; Samantha Tawharu Football Ferns Development Squad member who scored twice against Jordan at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup last year.

Runner Keegan Pitcher has won the inaugural Harry O’Rourke Memorial Award for an outstanding athlete with disabilities. He entered his first international competition at the World Paralympic Championships in the UK in July, bringing home two bronze medals, for the 400m T36 (setting a New Zealand record of 55.23 seconds) and the 800m T36, and achieving a world ranking. Keegan has cerebral palsy and competes in the T36 category for athletes with a disability affecting all four limbs.

Silver scholarships – $4,000 Kanah Andrews-Nahu New Zealand’s No 1 junior woman Olympic Weightlifter; Aaron Booth, one of the world’s most promising young decathletes, having placed 13th in the 2015 World University Games, and third at this year’s Australian Championships; international footballer Nicole Mettam, key member of last year’s U17 Womens’ World Cup and headed to next year’s U20 World Cup Finals in France; Michael Mincham, our brightest prospect in the 1500 Freestyle and outstanding Touch player Mikayla Woodham Enosa.

Training Grants – $1,000 National and Oceania champion wrestler, Hunter Challis; aspiring future Black Caps’ quick bowler Sam Cook who has astonishing best figures of eight wickets for seven runs off four overs; Surf-lifesaver Lucy Makea medalled in every race she entered at this year’s National Surf-lifesaving Pool Championships before winning seven more at the beach champs. League player Jack Rouden is considered by coaches as the “complete package” with skill, attitude, commitment and work ethic on and off the field. Yzabelle Tevao is already a Basketball world youth champion having sunk the most individual free throws at last year’s World Youth Tournament in Hawaii, where NZ came third and; Liam White, the U15 Heptathlon national champion in Australia and the Auckland Junior Pentathlon champion.

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west

Brian Corban MA (Hons), LLB CNZM, QSO, FIOD, FNZIM

When you see New Zealanders standing to sing the New Zealand anthem in Maori and English with unashamed gusto and patriotism, and you listen to virtually any Kiwi on just how much better New Zealand is than just about anywhere else in the world, one of the people you can thank (indirectly) is that extraordinary, passionate, Westie, Brian Corban. Not that Brian’s passion is of the “ra ra” sort, in fact he’s quiet, thoughtful and reflective. But he’s also incisive and effective and has helped to transform the face of New Zealand from what it was 30 years ago to what it is today. Brian would probably dismiss the claim that he had a role in New Zealanders morphing from the “Passionless People” of 40 years ago, to people who proudly wear their Kiwi on their sleeves. It was indirect influence to be sure, but it came with his leadership of the revolution that swept through the New Zealand broadcasting industry in the late 1980’s. The revolution swept away staid old public service TV in particular, and opened the way to a new era when broadcasting has embraced a new vibrant and proud presentation of all things Kiwi. Private radio had got there a bit sooner but even “Auntie Radio New Zealand” became a different creature. And Brian Corban, still in his young 40’s, a private sector lawyer, was trusted by Government to shape that revolution. He also helped shape the de-regulated energy industry as chairman of Genesis Energy, deputy chairman of KiwiRail which almost died in private hands and had to be resurrected; and part owner and chairman of Ngatarawa Wines Limited which was a spin off from the famous Corban Wine dynasty started by his grandfather. His standing with Maori has seen him appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal. Oh, and he is an honorary Captain of the Royal New Zealand Navy in acknowledgement of his service as chairman of the Navy Museum Trust. Continuing the trend of shaping fundamental change in the Kiwi way of life, he was appointed a director of Auckland Council Investments Limited in 2010, with the creation of the super city. He is chairman of West Auckland Trust Services, the commercial board that manages the businesses owned by the Portage and Waitakere Licensing Trusts. In this capacity he has overseen the revolution in the way alcohol and hospitality is sold and marketed in West Auckland, leading ultimately to the The Trusts first Million Dollar Mission.

KEY STATS: Date of Birth: 1946 In 1995, he was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, and he also received a 1990 Commemorative Medal for his service as chairman of TVNZ

He has served as chairman and director of a number of other companies, including Corban Viticulture, Languages International Ltd, Fishers Funds Management, Trust Investments Management and Baldwin Son and Carey. On the charitable side he is chairman of the Melanesian Mission Trust and of the Waitakere Arts and Cultural Development Trust, a member of the Board of the Auckland Museum and the former Chair of the Graeme Dingle Endowment Foundation. He has also served the West Auckland Hospice Foundation Trust, been patron of the Falls Hotel Preservation Trust and the Henderson Heritage Trust and chairman of the Corban Estate Arts Centre. Along the way he has collected some of New Zealand’s highest honours allowing him to use the initials CNZM, QSO, FIOD, FNZIM alongside his

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ABOVE: Brian and Alwyn Corban launch the Ngatarawa Proprietors Reserve range celebrating classic Hawkes Bay varietals in 2015.

MA (Hons), LLB qualifications. He was awarded the Waitakere City Millennium Medal in 2000 and is a Waitakere Business Hall of Famer.

new, commercially focussed, business that led revolution and led to the unashamedly patriotic TV scene that we have today.

Brian was made a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for his services to the community in the New Year’s Honours in 2009. He had previously been awarded the Queens Service Order (QSO) for his public service to New Zealand Broadcasting. He was appointed a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management (FNZIM) in 2011 and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand (FIOD) in 2014.

Julian Mounter was himself considered brilliant and able but he paid Brian the huge compliment of saying that “he had a very good way of making me look at things again. He was an enormous help”.

Brian first emerged in the public eye when, in 1977, he and Philip Revell founded the law firm, Corban Revell. Still based in Central Park Drive, Corban Revell is now one of the largest law firms outside the Auckland Central Business District. It was also a pioneer in investing in information technology in the early 1990s. Abrahim Assid Corban, a Lebanese immigrant who founded the Corban wine dynasty, drilled into his family that they were honoured to be living in a safe country of opportunity and it was a duty to be both humble and to give back at every opportunity. This shows up in every aspect of Brian Corban’s character, from the foundation values at Corban Revell to the massive community “giving back” of The Trusts.

This style of “adding value” to the CEO is a pattern that has seen Brian form similarly effective teams at companies as diverse as Genesis Energy and The Trusts as they went through periods of immense change. In 1998 he brought the Corban name back to the forefront of the New Zealand Wine Industry when he and cousin Alwyn Corban created the Ngatarawa vineyard and brand in Hawkes Bay. In less than 20 years it has become a respected name and has recently been sold to the historic Mission Estate operation. Over the last 40 years, Brian Corban has been a true nation builder.

Within a decade Brian of founding Corban Revell, he had made such an impression that he was not only appointed to the BCNZ, but was its deputy chair and acting chairman for a critical period in the history of broadcasting. Critically also, he was appointed chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee that advised the Government to split the Broadcasting Corporation into TVNZ and Radio New Zealand. In the mid-’80’s, despite the private radio revolution in the early 70’s, state owned radio and monopoly TV were still basically government bureaucracies with outdated values. Brian was soon frustrated with the BCNZ structure and it was obvious that unless there was radical change, the public TV system was going to get badly beaten up when private television (TV3) burst on the scene. Brian backed radical change which earned him the chairmanship of the new TVNZ. He then backed new TVNZ, CEO, Julian Mounter to drive the urgent and massive change that was needed if the state system was to come out on top in the coming war. And war was literally how both the private and public sector saw the coming battle. Mounter reckoned they only had a 10% chance of success, but between them they seized that chance and TVNZ emerged as the dominant player. Brian Corban’s teaming up with Mounter may have had its doubters in Government but it saw them fashion a formidable

ABOVE: Brian Corban, of Mt Albert, received the Insignia of a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at an investiture ceremony on 1 April 2009 for services to the community

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Two new bridges feature on Waterview Path Waitakere’s original art bridge, the Rewarewa Bridge in New Lynn will soon have a companion in Avondale. The Rewarewa Bridge was designed to represent the Rewarewa tree and there are echoes of this in the dramatic red and white railing on the soon to be finished Harbutt Bridge on the Waterview Shared Path. The railings have been designed and painted to represent the last remnants of the mahoe rock forest that was once extensive across the Auckland isthmus. Like the serpentine Rewarewa opened two decades ago, both the Harbutt and Soljak Bridges are curved. As with the Te Piringa (Alford Street) Bridge opened recently, both the Harbutt and Soljak Bridges on this path will also have large pou whenua carved by manwhenua.

LEFT: Harbutt Bridge ABOVE: Soljak Bridge Construction

The Soljak Bridge crosses the western rail corridor at Avondale and KiwiRail lowered the overhead electricity wires for the trains to accommodate the new structure. Balustrades, lighting poles, and CCTV cameras have been installed and planting is underway. In addition two of the four bridge piers that hold up the deck, feature soon-to-be-unveiled artwork that accentuates the 25kv of the rail corridor and Maori interpretative lightning design. The 3.4 kilometre path and its bridges linking Alan Wood Reserve and Soljak place near Blockhouse Bay Road are scheduled to be fully opened in 6 October, completing yet another link in the network of walking and cycling paths spreading out across the city. It was built for Auckland Transport by the Well Connected Alliance that built the Waterview road tunnels.

Get moving. en p o s n io t a c li p Ap soon.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

We have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel The Trusts Spooks and Sparks Fireworks Extravaganza for November 2017. Whilst this event has run successfully and been well supported by both The Trusts and the public, the financial risks around running an event of this size without additional funding have become too great this year. So whilst the event is cancelled for 2017, we will continue to look for funding and sponsors with the intention to bring back Spooks and Sparks in 2018.

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Two major exhibitions open at Te Uru Two major exhibitions have opened at the Te Uru Gallery, one a ground breaking film and the other art works inspired by Colin McCahon Memoir for falling light is a five video screen installation by increasingly celebrated film maker Robert George. George says the film uses five different channels to present multiple perspectives of the same events unfolding at the same time. “It’s about trying new methods of film making that could incorporate understandings of death that come from my Cook Island heritage, where things are not always as they seem and multiple times and worlds can co-exist in any given moment. Our perspective is important, and as a film maker, it’s important for me to try to learn how to tell that story by pushing and testing the language of film.” George is of Te Arawa and Ngati Kuki Airani (Rarotonga and Atiu) descent. Last year he won the Emerging Maori Director Award at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, for Smiths Ave. The film also played at last year’s International Film Festival.

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TOP LEFT: Memoir for falling light by Robert George TOP RIGHT: Te Uru ABOVE : Light Language by Sarah Smuts-Kennedy

Light Language by Sarah Smuts-Kennedy takes its cue from Colin McCahon’s description of November light, as ‘a miracle’ he experienced during his first year living in Titirangi. Smuts-Kennedy came to understand what McCahon was talking about during her time as artist-in-residence at McCahon House from September-November last year. Light Language is made up of drawings made both during and after her residency, as well as sculptural works that between them endeavour to convey what she sees as the healing potential of light and her belief that all materials or actions have energy or vibrational qualities that behave differently in different situations and arrangements. These works also seek to unfold how things function and are interconnected. Sarah Smuts-Kennedy has extensively exhibited in Australia, India, Korea and New Zealand since 2003. She graduated with a MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts 2012.


ABOVE: The Maori Sidesteps make their debut 21-23 September

The show must go on, so Going West did It’s an old show business adage that no matter what, flood, pestilence, avalanche, lightning strike or fire, “the show must go on”. And lightning and fire did strike, three weeks out from the opening of the 21st annual Going West Books and writers festival; a lightning strike set fire to the roof-space of the Titirangi Community Hall. This was potentially devastating. The show organisers know their venue; they know how to put a show together there, what’s possible and what’s not, how long it takes to do this and that. And the new team, just in the second season in charge was suddenly faced with the need to find a new venue. Our West happened to visit recently retired Going West founders, Naomi McCleary and Murray “Muzza” Gray, as the drama was unfolding. Naomi retains an advisory role for the new trustees and is perennially calm and outwardly un-fazable. She is discussing alternative venues even before the fire was out. “We love Titirangi but if we can’t be there, the only other place we should go is to the Council Chamber at Waitakere Central,” Naomi said. The following day she put action to the words. The council welcomed the approach. And the show did go on.

Maori Sidesteps make their Auckland debut

The Sidesteps are the newest and naughtiest M¯aori Showband in town and they’re playing Te Pou in New Lynn from 21-23 September. According to Radio New Zealand The M¯aori Sidesteps are a musical comedy group that riffs off past bands like The Howard Morrison Quartet, but takes the genre in a new direction. They’ve got their own web series and now they’ve turned into a live touring act that delivers a funny and satirical musical comedy show. Well that maybe how you say it if you want to come off like a radio host but according to member Ron Mokoraka, “this is a journey of four average Maori fullas who have worked most of their lives at a $2 hokohoko shop, Pete’s Emporium, in Porirua. “Despite their lack of intelligence, they have immense heart which harbours a secret, so ambitious, so out of their league, yet they still stumble towards their goal of attempting to become, the greatest horiest, M¯aori Show Band…ever…full of hearty, quirky and distinctly M¯aori humour with M¯aori, Samoan, Pakeha and Chinese characters who will win your heart, steal your land and charge you way more than $2. “If you want to catch us live in Auckland at Te Pou - Auckland’s M¯aori Home of Theatre as part of Going West Books and Writers Festival follow this link to get you fullas some tickets. First time in Tamaki Makaurau. Cheeeee.” The group includes McGaskill himself, Mokaraka, former Naked Samoan Jerome Leota and new young actor Erroll Anderson “the hot one on the show”, McGaskill says. The show was written by Rob Mokaraka and Jamie McCaskill, directed by Tamati Kawha with costumes designed by Suzanne Tamaki.

The M¯aori Sidesteps are making their debut in Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) at the Going West Festival.

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