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New Westgate will be massive! "Where else around Auckland do you see three tower cranes at work?" That was the answer Retail Property Group General Manager, Campbell Barbour, gave when asked how things are going out at Westgate. There was a note of real satisfaction and not a little pride in the voice of the man charged with building the biggest new town in New Zealand. The new Westgate will be massive, rivalling the Manukau and Albany developments of the 1980’s and 1990’s repsectively. Like them, it is not a shopping centre. Westgate is a complete new town and will be the major economic hub for West Auckland as the geographical centre continues to move northwest. This includes expansion in Hobsonville and sufficient land for 20,000 new homes being opened between Westgate and Kumeu. The new town will cover a site two kilometres long and is attracting over $1 billion in investment. When complete, it will have a CBD, great facilities and about 5,000 homes and more than 8,000 new jobs. “It’s an explosion on a scale not seen in West Auckland since the late 1950’s baby boom,” says Campbell Barbour. The difference this time is that all the facilities of a town will be completed at the same time as the housing. Of the $1 billion in investment, more than $200 million will be invested by Auckland Council in creating public amenities. $20 million will be spent on a 3,500m2 library, a further $8 million will go towards a town square and community buildings and $5 million will be spent creating an underground bus station. There will be 6ha of public open space and parks, a playground and skateboard park, cycleways, footpaths, retail centres and more than 8,000 jobs within walking distance. Westgate was first mooted in 2002 in a joint initiative between RPG’s Chairman Mark Gunton and Waitakere City Council. From the outset, the new Westgate embraced


environmental sustainability, partly because it is the right way to approach city building for the future and partly because of the extremely rigorous conditions applied by the former Auckland Regional Council. This means that among other features today, parking areas will use permeable paving and storm-water runoff is captured by swales rather than concrete storm-water pipes. Both permeable paving and swales enable the water to soak into the ground, allowing the earth to filter it of impurities before it finds its way into the water table or streams. This kind of water treatment mimics the way nature deals with stormwater and results in healthy streams and a healthier upperharbour. Sustainability is assisted by having work opportunities, retail and residential quarters in close proximity, enabling people who live here to shop and seek work and take their recreation not just locally, but within walking distance. The bus interchange will make it easier for people to use public transport, especially when the upgrades on the North Western motorway are completed. There are 11 separate zones, some permitting residential development, some commercial, some retail and so on. The first internal mall will be developed during next year in zone 5. In total RPG has resource consent to develop 213,000m2 of floorspace with a 30m height limit. This area will include up to 78,000m2 of offices in a scheme that is similar to North Shore’s Smales Farm.

The DNZ property group is on-site building the 26,000m2 DNZ Mall and a new Mitre 10 Mega store is taking shape as is a Pak'n'Save supermarket. All are scheduled to open before Christmas. Work on the library and other community facilities and the office developments is scheduled to get underway next year and on the residential sector, in 2016.

Nominations are now open for The Trusts Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards. 2014 is Sport Waitakere's 18th year celebrating sporting excellence in West Auckland. The Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, 28 November, 2014 at The Trusts Arena. The Awards provide the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the efforts and achievements of Waitakere’s athletes, coaches, administrators, volunteers and officials in their particular sporting code over the past year. The Sporting Acknowledgment Awards are given to those who have made a significant contribution to their respective sporting codes. There are 16 categories available for nominations in 2014, including two new categories, the Secondary School Athlete Award and the Secondary School Team Award. They are open to any students who are enrolled in a West Auckland Secondary School who have achieved high athletic success, either as a team, or individually. Last year’s Italian Stone Pacific Island Achievement Award winner, Gabrielle Fa’amausili, has continued her string of impressive performances in 2014. She picked up the Emerging Talent Award at The Halberg Awards in February and in June was named in the New Zealand team to compete at the Youth

Olympic Games in Nanjing, China later this year. She won the women’s 50m backstroke at the 2014 Oceania Championships, where she was also named as a member of the 2014 Oceania Championship team. Waitakere has an impressive history of sporting stars, with previous supreme award winners including Beatrice Faumuina, Mils Muliaina, Ray Sefo, DJ Forbes, Martin Guptill and Mahe Drysdale. Sport Waitakere’s CEO, Lynette Adams, says the support of The Trusts is invaluable. “The Trusts are the naming rights sponsor for the awards. Both organisations have a proud history of 'giving back' to the community and The Trusts' commitment to West Auckland is without doubt. Sport Waitakere is reliant on the support of our partners to enable us to deliver into our community and to make a difference to West Aucklanders through sport and recreation.” Nominations open 1 July 2014 and close Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 5pm.

For more information about the available categories, or to make a nomination, visit, phone 09 966 3120 or email

The Trusts Sport Waitakere Excellence Award winners for 2013 Absent: Sportswoman of the Year, Krystal Forgesson

Selaks New Zealand Roast Day The winter culinary calendar wouldn't be the same without Selaks New Zealand Roast Day. Selaks is proud to be bringing Kiwis the fifth annual celebration of the humble roast on Sunday 3 August 2014. Now in its 80th year, Selaks Wines - founded in 1934 by Croatian immigrant Marino Selak - continues to live up to its rich history of bringing family and friends together over good food and wine. For the second year, celebrity chef Nici Wickes is the cornerstone ambassador of Selaks New Zealand Roast Day. She’s developed a fantastic new range of roast recipes for the everyday cook. “I’m so thrilled to be involved again in Selaks NZ Roast Day; it’s no secret I’m a huge fan of the roast. As is the norm, we’re keen to ensure everyone can make the most of this fabulous celebration of a meal that Kiwis really feel they own,” Nici says. Nici is renowned as a foodie who is continually seeking out new ways of cooking and eating and that experience shows through on her

recipes now available in the free downloadable eCookbook on This year Nici is joined by three new high profile celebrities to add some intense competitive heat to the campaign. Leigh Hart – aka That Guy, actor Shane Cortese and radio personality Leah Panapa are all lending their culinary nous to the programme contributing their favourite roast recipe.

To add spice to their contributions, members of the public are being asked to vote for their favourite celebrity recipe online at The creator of the winning recipe gets to donate $5,000 to his or her chosen charity.

WITH THE GRAIN OR AGAINST THE GRAIN? MAY THE BEST ROAST WIN. No matter how you decide to carve your roast, the one thing everyone will agree on is that the Selaks New Zealand 2014 Roast Day eCookbook is the perfect place to find inspiring new recipes and tips. Download your free copy at Selaks, bringing family and friends together for over 80 years.


Love Soup Waitakere Love Soup, the highly successful response to poverty and hunger that started a year ago in Tokoroa, has now come to West Auckland with the hope that all West Aucklanders will help the cause and be part of giving a hand to those who need it most. The Ranui 'branch' will open in the middle of this month, under the management of West Auckland woman, Amanda Lipsham. Given Ranui’s own successful self-help programmes that harness the power of community, it seems appropriate for Love Soup to come to this particular suburb. “Our first venue is at the Ranui Community Centre. We plan to hold weekly Monday night meals there, free of charge for those in need,” Amanda says. “We plan to remove the stigma attached to people having to ask for free food, by encouraging the local community to come to Love Soup Waitakere, have a hot meal and meet their local neighbours. “We also want to eventually integrate other services such as budget advice and help with creating CV’s. We’ll provide these while people enjoy their soup,” Amanda says.

Amanda says that to make the Ranui organisation a success, Love Soup Waitakere needs help with: • Food donations or monetary donations to purchase food • Sponsorship and marketing materials such as flyer printing, t-shirt printing, business cards etc • Volunteers - “While we have a large volunteer base, we are always on the lookout for more, especially as we open up other venues” she says. This initiative has been created by the community, for the community to help develop a stronger, healthier society for families and those in need.

Feel free to contact Amanda Lipsham on 021 102 7308 or Or visit Love Soup on Facebook at

"So far we have two fundraisers lined up to help with the costs. We also have another two venues ready to open once the Ranui venue is running smoothly. We currently have 10-15 committee members who have a passion to help and support those in their local community. We meet every Friday to discuss developments and make plans. At the moment we are also creating a website."

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Icon Restaurant's Award Winning Chef Shannon Hale, Head Chef at Icon Restaurant won silver at the 100% New Zealand Pork Chef Competition at Fine Foods, Auckland, 24 June 2014. This intense competition was by invitation only for top ranked Auckland chefs. His award wining 'Pork Breakfast for Champions' was spice rubbed, smoked tenderloin of pork, polenta crumbed fennel and pistachio pork kofta with dry cured streaky bacon lardons, Italian fried egg, portobello mushroom duxelle, duck fat potatoes and slow roasted vine tomatoes. Dine at Icon Restaurant and check out our top quality menu, carefully constructed by Shannon.

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Andrew Adamson Waitakere Mayor Bob (now Sir Bob) Harvey had a bold vision in 2002; to develop a world class film studio complex out of the old Enza Coolstores alongside Henderson Valley Road. The buildings had already been successfully used for the production of the international TV series Hercules the Legendary Journeys and Xena Warrior Princess. So it was in 2002, Sir Bob announced to the world that Waitakere City Council had committed to buying the site and turning it into Henderson Valley Studios. Now, what it needed was a world class production to rival Xena or Hercules. Enter our Icon of the west, Andrew Adamson MNZN. This son of Blockhouse Bay was already a Hollywood name to be reckoned with, thanks to making a fairytale debut as a film director on the colossally successful animated feature, Shrek. It was a fairytale debut in both senses; the movie was a fairytale and a fairytale debut in that Andrew Adamson’s first attempt at directing, not just a full length movie, but a full length animated movie, was a runaway success. This phenomenon featuring A-listers Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, went instantly from box office success and popular acclaim, to movieland legend. It was followed by Shrek 2 which broke multiple box office records. Shrek 2 earned Adamson an Oscar nomination and having earned nearly $US1billion it was the highest earning film of 2004, and is still in the top 10 of the world’s top box office successes. In total there have been four Shrek movies. Shrek was no overnight success for the lad who was born in 1966 and lived his first 11 years in Blockhouse Bay before leaving with his parents, to live for seven years in Papua New Guinea. Back in Auckland, Andrew Adamson had intended to be an architect but breaking his leg in a car accident, he missed the opportunity to enrol to study architecture at Auckland University and turned to film animation instead. He is a natural-born story teller whose talents were first revealed through the cartoons he drew while at school. As a qualified animator he turned his career path towards that shortest of all story telling forms, the television commercial. He was still doing this when his exceptional ability was noticed by the American company, Pacific Data Images. Recruited for their Los Angeles operation, his animation talents saw him become involved in visual effects on a number of films, including Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, both of which got him shortlisted for Oscar nominations. Back in New Zealand he was helping out Peter Jackson with The Frighteners where he met John Garbutt, a producer for the stillto-be-made Shrek. Garbutt was determined to have Adamson as

director; Adamson was equally determined to try his hand at writing and turned the offer down three times before agreeing to a six month trial. The rest is history. Having been elevated to hero status in the film making community, the Los Angeles-based Adamson proved that you can take the kid out of West Auckland but you can’t take West Auckland out of the kid. Excited by the possibilities opened up by the Henderson Valley Studios he brought Hollywood to Henderson, to film the first in the Chronicles of Narnia series, C S Lewis’ fantasy stories that had enchanted several generations of children. The first of the films became the internationally acclaimed The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, perhaps not a rival for the Lord Of The Rings in epic scale, it was a more than a worthy successor in terms of story-telling, animation and special effects gaining critical and public acclaim. Receiving three Oscar nominations, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was the third highest grossing film of 2005. The film was a personal triumph in the sense that he was scriptwriter, director and producer. He also had a big influence in the special effects, needless to say it also opened the film making world’s eyes to the possibilities of film making in West Auckland. By now the studios had embarked on building what is now called Sound Stage 5. It was to be the largest film studio in New Zealand, being a little larger than Peter Jackson’s complex in Wellington and a truly world class facility. Andrew Adamson promptly gave it the Hollywood seal of approval by coming back to film Prince Caspian, the second in the Narnia series to be shot there (and at other locations around the country). As with the earlier movie, Andrew Adamson had total involvement as scriptwriter, director and producer. Prince Caspian made nearly half a billion US dollars at the box office. Andrew Adamson went on to enrich his body of work with the exquisitely told animated feature, Puss in Boots, followed by Cirque du Soleil: World’s Away, before turning Lloyd Jones’ MannBooker nominated Mr Pip into the astonishingly good film of the same name. Mr Pip sets a new high-water mark in New Zealand story telling; it is a truly excellent New Zealand film made from a truly excellent New Zealand novel. Andrew Adamson has had a blazing career by anybody’s standards. Success, acclaim and awards have decorated his career and he was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand in 2006.

Andrew Adamson, Icon of the West, the West salutes you.

Entries Open for The Trusts Art and Sculpture Awards 2014 The Trusts Art and Sculpture Awards, the oldest and most prestigious arts and sculpture event in New Zealand, is back for its 28th year, at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson, between 3 and 12 October 2014. With The Trusts as principal sponsor supporting a $4,000 top prize for The Trusts Art Award and $2,000 for the top sculpture, the event is the richest of its kind in the country and attracts both outstanding artists and judges. Entry forms can be downloaded from or they can be requested via email to wccacexhibit@gmail. com. Alternatively, artists can ring the organiser Diane Costello at 09 838 5733 or 021 232 4438. Entry forms must be received no later than 15 September. Couriered art works for exhibition will be received at Shed 2 at the Corbans Estate Art Centre on 25 September, works personally brought by the artist will be received on 28 September 2014. Last year there were more than 400 entries from across the country and more than 2,000 viewed the exhibition.

10th Birthday Celebration In September 2014 The Trusts Arena will be 10 years old! To mark this celebration we are seeking photographs of the special moments and events our visitors have experienced at The Trusts Arena over the years. Please dig out those great sports day, big event and special function photographs and email them in. A short description of the photo would be fantastic. If you do not have a scanner at home, please bring your photographs into reception and we will scan and return your originals straight away. We would also appreciate photographs of the area prior to development of The Trusts Arena. Did you know the Waitemata Athletics Club was founded in 1953 on our site? Images of those early days would be awesome. We will use the images for promotion of the celebration, in printed materials and on digital screens around the Arena and post them on our web and facebook sites, with your permission.

Please email photos and short descriptions to reception@ or drop in to reception so we can quickly scan your photographs. Lets make your great memories part of our history!

, 2013 Winner The Pianist by Janette Cervin

Call for Entries Closes 15th September 2014 Forms are available from:

For more information call Diane Costello on 09 838 5733 or 021 232 4438

Former Trusts CEO becomes a member of The New Zealand Order of Merit The Trusts are proud and delighted to congratulate their former chief executive, Murray Spearman, who was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. Murray is another of those “Westies” who flies under the radar while giving a great deal to their community over many years. In his case, he has been a lifelong servant of the Order of St John, of cricket, racing and swimming as well as serving the cause of Licensing Trusts in New Zealand and helping to create the mechanisms through which, today, The Trusts Community Foundation is able to donate millions of dollars back to the West Auckland community every year. Licensing Trusts were established in New Zealand as a means by which communities could own and control the sale of liquor in their area, in such a way that liquor was conveniently available while at the same time being sold responsibly. The Waitakere and Portage Licensing Trusts, collectively known as “The Trusts”, are a couple of the outstanding examples of how that system can work to the great benefit of the communities that own them, both in terms of the responsible sale of liquor and in terms of what they are able 'give back' to the communities. Murray Spearman MNZM who became Waitakere Licensing Trust CEO in 1991, was a driving force in building the foundations of the highly successful 'The Trusts' operation that we see in West Auckland today. He took over managing commercial operations at a time when The Trusts were struggling and within two years, had put them on the road to future success. In 1996 he created West Auckland Trust Services Ltd (WATS), a commercial organisation that manages all the bars, restaurants, liquor outlets and the Quality Hotel Lincoln Green, that the two licensing trusts own. While accountable to the two licensing trusts, WATS is a fully commercial company with its own board and runs the businesses as one operation which has strength in numbers and economies of scale. During most of his time as Chief Executive, The Trusts were able to operate gaming machines and distribute the profits in the form of millions of dollars in grants each year to West Auckland organisations. These ranged from schools to sports clubs, theatres and theatre companies, arts and cultural organisations, social service organisations, the emergency services and everything in between. It was at this time that The Trusts began giving life saving gifts such as smoke alarms and first extinguishers to every home in West Auckland. With a change in the gambling laws, the operation of gaming machines had to be handed over to Class 4 Gaming Societies, such as The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF). Although a separate organisation, independent of The Trusts, TTCF operates its machines in The Trusts premises


and continues the tradition of distributing millions back to the West Auckland communities every year. It makes the grants having consulted The Trusts elected members for their recommendations in respect of the applications for funding it receives.

As we reported last month, last year TTCF distributed more than $8 million raised in The Trusts premises in West Auckland, back to West Auckland community activities. A lifelong servant of the order of St John, Murray is now a Commander of the Order. He was elected chairman of the West Auckland Area Committee in 1999 and is an active member of the St John Northern Regional Trust Board. During his time with St John, Murray has been a prolific fundraiser whose efforts supported the creation of a New Lynn Training Centre, an upgrade for the Te Atatu Ambulance Station, an ambulance station in Fred Taylor Drive, Whenuapai, and Health Shuttle transport to hospitals. A life member of the Waitakere Cricket Club, he was the club chairman in the early 1990s and was also a member of the Auckland Cricket Association and member of its finance sub-committee. While he was a cricket administrator, he had the pleasure of seeing his son, Craig Spearman, become an opening batsman for the New Zealand Black Caps and represent his country in 19 test matches and 51 one day internationals. Murray Spearman has also served the Waitakere Swimming Club and Avondale Racing Club for which he was a steward and committee member. In 2008 he received a Waitakere Business Award and in 2011 he was made a life member of the New Zealand Licensing Trusts Association.

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