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September 2014 P8 Icon of the West Roy Williams, at 79 still good enough to out-hurdle Kaia Tupu-South!

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Merchant Quarter apartment tower latest jewel in the crown of revitalised New Lynn The vision for New Lynn hatched more than a decade ago by the old Waitakere City Council, is becoming real. The plan called for the town centre to be revitalised with more apartments bringing more people to live and work locally, creating a “night time economy” with shops, bars and restaurants, and thousands more people wanting to use public transport. It was to be a Transport Oriented Development, that would be sparked by placing the railway line and station in a trench below street level where it passes through New Lynn. This would mean trains and vehicles could cross each other at different levels, allowing traffic to flow freely at ground level and trains to run every 10 minutes or so between Swanson and the CBD. This idea was based partly on an identical concept in Subiaco in Perth, where the railway was put into a trench where it passed through a languishing shopping centre. This removed a barrier to business and residential growth and Subiaco town centre began to prosper almost immediately.

What was true in Perth is now being shown to be true in New Lynn. There was to be a Merchants Quarter as part of the “grand plan” and a decade on, the Merchants Quarter is rising. The trench is dug, the trains are running regularly and next year will be electrified, the bus interchange is operating alongside the station, the fantastic new medical centre opened last year and now the most recent development, the 10 storey Merchant Quarter apartment tower has opened and is already completely sold. The top floor of the 110 apartment tower block is actually 15 storeys above ground because the 10 storey tower sits atop the five storey carpark building. Developed by Tasman Cook the tower is fully tenanted and the view from the top is magnificent.

Next out of the blocks will be the unique Merchant Quarter Mews, a 'street in the sky' concept of apartments soon to be built alongside the tower on the roof of the five storey carpark. The Mews will have 18 double storey and two single storey maisonette apartments built on either side.

The view from the top. The views from the Merchant Quarter apartments are quite stunning, even on wet days.

The Merchant Quarter apartment tower is now open and fully occupied, bringing to life a long held vision of New Lynn as a modern vibrant town centre.


A never before seen view down onto the New Lynn memorial and Lynn Mall, putting shopping bars, restaurants, cafes and public tranpsort within a few minutes walk.


Central Park Village Wine & Spirits Transformation Complete After a major transformation that was completed over two weeks, Outlet Central re-opened as Central Park Village Wine & Spirits in late August. This popular store has been re-branded as a Village Wine & Spirits store as customers tend to purchase more wine, craft beer and ciders as a proportion of the store's sales. John and his team have developed a great reputation for providing excellent advice and service, particularly in helping people explore new and interesting wine varieties and carefully selecting quality wines that are a really good value for money.

The range in store reflects this customer preference, while also delivering great prices on all the popular products you would expect from any leading liquor outlet.

John Trail, Manager at Central Park Village Wine & Spirits and resident wine expert.

Other major changes include a much larger chiller for mainstream and premium beer brands, adjustment to the floor plan to create more retail space to allow us to stock more wine varieties and a new chilled craft beer section which contains an exceptional range of products that you can buy by the bottle.

Come on in, we are sure you'll notice the change!



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The Trusts Arena

Turns 10

This week, on 11 September 2014, The Trusts Arena will have been part of your community for 10 years. We opened on 11 September 2004 with a Kelston Boys High Banquet and a Dog Show, since then The Trusts Arena has continued to evolve and develop into a regional icon. Our site hasn’t always been home to our Arena, in fact the site can trace its roots all the way back to the 1950's and the founding by George Searle of what is now the Waitakere Athletics Club. Had he and others of his generation not had the vision to gift Waitakere a community facility that everyone could use, The Trusts Arena we have all come to know and use may never have eventuated. If you’re interested in a more detailed account of the 60 year history of this site we have a special focus on it on our website this month. From those early beginnings The Trusts Arena has grown to become an icon of the West and a model for others to strive toward. Over our 10 years of existence more than 5.1 million people have come through our doors to participate in over 25,000 hours of court sports and around 5,000 events. Of course we have been host to some of the world's biggest shows, from the 2007 World Netball Champs, Muse, to Crosby Stills & Nash, One Direction and the 2010 Rugby World Cup. The Trusts Arena is a community asset like no other in Australasia, no other community facility delivers the width and depth of support for its community and we're incredibly proud to be able to deliver these events and outcomes for West Auckland. We're also proud of our record of sustainability. Each year the Waitakere City Stadium Trust returns hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of renewals back into the building to keep it looking as good as the day it opened. These funds come from a mixture of commercial operations, tenancies, fitness operations and partnerships with local and regional supporters who help us place community access and affordability at the forefront of everything we do. Our partnership with The Trusts has seen a very successful model delivered to West Auckland and with the recent re-signing of the naming rights for another 10 years it will ensure that West Auckland continues to enjoy the most modern and accessible recreational facility in New Zealand. It is impossible to celebrate this occasion without reflecting on the incredibly hard working team that keeps the

experience alive at The Trusts Arena. While we are attended by over 700,000 people per year the facility is managed by an exceptional team of less than 30 staff, of which only a handful are full-time, as has been the way since 2004. The Trusts Stadium, and then Arena has been fortunate to be supported by an extraordinary team who have all given freely of their time for the benefit of our community without fail. Whether it's converting the Arena overnight from a One Direction concert to a Northern Mystics game or from a Rugby World Cup Fanzone into a Basketball floor, the teams of guys and girls over the years that have made these events happen are truly exceptional and are often unrecognised. Thank you to all current and former staff, without your input no matter how big or small, our community could not celebrate such success. In addition to the team, it would be remiss of me to not mention the fleet of people who are often the unseen hands helping us to keep on track. From our support team in Doug & Maree at Regional Facilities Auckland Limited to Simon and his outstanding team and Trustees at The Trusts this is a facility that is truly a part of our community and we thank you all for helping us to achieve what we have. When The Trusts Arena was first proposed, a driving force behind the project was to be one of social change and creating a “community hall for the west”. To gauge our success think back across your own interactions on this site in ten years, pretty much everyone has an “Arena story” and we couldn’t be prouder. In the staff room here at The Trusts Arena is a gift given to us by a departing staff member, it simply reads;

He aha te mea nui o te ao? 
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people! We are here first, second and third for our community and look forward to serving you all better than ever for the next 10 years and beyond.

Brian Blake


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The Trusts bold transformation strategy is paying off for West Auckland Annual reports and annual meetings are usually only of gripping interest to a small group of people but I have to say that The Trusts staff and I took enormous pleasure in August, in reporting to Trustees and WATS Board members that this business is starting to really rock. And while you may not find the details as interesting as the Trustees and Directors did, it is your business and so I have great pleasure in telling you also that your business is in very good shape as we head into a period that will almost certainly offer up far more opportunities than the last five did. We are trimmed down and much more efficient. Our retail stores are now awesome. They lead the way in style, customer service, range, price and very importantly they acknowledge that our customers want a better shopping experience.

Westies are stylish and they have character, they love the look and feel of the West and they have responded incredibly well to the new stores. They also have a new profile with new and different preferences; they drink less mass-produced beer and more craft beer, they drink more wine, fewer RTDs and more cider; more women are choosing to shop with us which was, of course, one of our goals when we embarked on our new style and image. It was interesting at our annual meeting to spend a lot of time studying the annual accounts because as Brian Corban, our chairman, said, accounts can just be a mass of figures or they can tell a story about which way the market and the business is heading. In every case they can provide early warning signals of when things are going wrong, early indicators of what we are doing well, clues to things we should be doing differently. In every case they can lead you directly to the hidden causes of problems and to the potential solution. Coupled with public opinion surveys, they are powerful tools. For example, our figures tell us that we are selling more in total, but we are selling less to each person. This tells us that even though each customer is buying less per visit than they did a few years back, more people are shopping with us. And that tells us that we are winning new customers who now choose to shop with us rather than elsewhere. Which is exactly what we said several years ago, we wanted to happen.


Also, we wanted to sell more but we didn’t want to do it by irresponsibly trying to sell more alcohol to the same group of customers. Our alternative, therefore, was to transform our operation so that more people wanted to shop with us. This we have done. This is part of that delicate balancing act of running a successful and profitable business on behalf of the community that owns The Trusts, and yet growing our business responsibly. We’ve also become hugely more efficient which means that while the market remains very tough overall, more of the money that comes into our bank accounts stays there, increasing our profits. In the Portage area the return on sales (the amount that stayed in our bank accounts) is five times greater than it was before 2011; in the Waitakere area it is four times. This is a major contributor to profit. It helps us to grow and run the business better and enables us to give back more to our community. One area in which we have been very successful is in being able to do much better deals with our suppliers. As a result supplier-support of The Trusts topped $1 million over the last year. Nor is this all just about improvements in the retail stores (although those have been pretty spectacular in some stores); the hospitality sector is also performing better. This side of our business has benefited from the general improvements in efficiency throughout our operations and

also from us quitting under-performing premises that we could see no prospect of turning around. Having achieved this new bedrock of efficiency, we have developed exciting plans for the future. We have confidence that the market will improve generally over the next five or so years and the West Auckland population will continue to grow. Accordingly, there will be a continued increase in the number of people seeking out local bars and restaurants. However, that greater customer base will be demanding modern surroundings and food and beverage options and it is our challenge to give them what they’re wanting, just as we did with retail stores. Thus, hospitality, too, will see a transformation and emerge new, different and in tune with the market we serve. Transformations are not brought about by one person but by the whole team committing to a single outcome and then moving mountains to make it happen. That is what we have here at The Trusts. I want to acknowledge the truly outstanding staff we have, led by exceptional managers who I believe, are among the best in New Zealand. I wish to sincerely thank the board for re-electing Brian Corban as our chairman. Brian is an outstanding business leader. He had faith in the staff and stood firmly behind us when we adopted our turnaround strategy back in 2011, and he has been a rock for me in particular. With his support and that of the Trustees and Directors we launched a very bold strategy to ensure that The Trusts organisation emerged from a market very depressed by the global financial crisis into a business, trimmed, efficient, and oriented to the needs and wants of the West Auckland market.



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With brilliant Olympic and Commonwealth Games results recently, New Zealand seems to be entering a new golden age in sport but it's an era built on the back of an earlier golden age when there were no professionals, no money, no high performance expertise, no sports nutrition and little if any technology. This earlier age was created by some of New Zealand’s most gifted and most determined athletes and the occasional coach. Their names are the names of the giants from the 1950’s and ‘60’s: Yvette Williams, (Sir) Peter Snell, (Sir) Murray Halberg, Bill Baillie, Barry Magee, John Davies, Les Mills, Don Oliver and of course, Roy Williams. Born in Dunedin but for many years a Te Atatu resident, Roy Williams was one of New Zealand’s greatest athletes and among its unluckiest. A junior rugby player of talent and a basketball international between 1957 and 1962, he was also our greatest decathlete. For 15 years he dominated this most demanding of events as New Zealand and Commonwealth champion. But he was never an Olympian. At his peak in the 1960’s, Roy consistently sustained and improved world-class scores that put him in the top 4 or 5 decathletes in the world. Having instigated the inclusion of the decathlon in the Commonwealth Games he won its first gold medal in 1966 at Kingston, Jamaica. These were results that entitled him to be an Olympian twice over but, for reasons never explained, New Zealand officialdom refused to select him for the Tokyo and Mexico Olympics in 1964 and 1968. Medal winning scores from both games suggest that, had he been there and at his best, he was good enough to have medalled. Winning gold was not beyond his grasp. His career as an athlete ended in 1970. His parallel career as a leading sport journalist, which put him at the heart of many of New Zealand’s great sporting moments of the mid-20th century, rolled on for another 20 years. During this time also, he developed into an outstanding athletics coach. Beginning in 1970 with a group of Te Atatu school students, athletes he has

trained have won 28 New Zealand titles, broken 17 New Zealand records and represented New Zealand at World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games. Roy dominated the New Zealand decathlon for 15 years. He held the Commonwealth decathlon record for 10 years, the New Zealand title for 11 years and the New Zealand record for 27 years. In addition he has also held New Zealand titles in the long jump, discus and 120 yard (110.7m) hurdles. He also held the Australian decathlon title. 44 years after a torn hamstring at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh ended an extraordinary international sporting career, he remains our greatest decathlete and one of our greatest athletes of all time. His older sister Yvette was his initial inspiration. Also ranked among our all-time greats, Yvette was our first woman Olympic gold medallist, setting an Olympic record in winning the long jump at the 1952 Helsinki Games. She also won four Commonwealth Games gold medals, two in the long jump and one each in the shot and discus. She was twice New Zealand Sportsman of the Year (now the Supreme Halberg Award) and was honoured by her country with the CNZM and the CBE. Roy tells some of their story in “Sports Crazy - a Lifetime in Kiwi Sport”, his recently released autobiography which describes the life and times of a group of sporting superheroes that arose in New Zealand in the ‘50’s and 60’s, and with very little help or money, dominated the world. It will astonish today’s young athletes, for example, that Yvette had to make her own black shorts for the Helsinki Olympics. Roy, (now Sir) Murray Halberg and Les Mills hitch-hiked around the South Island to get to events. Roy’s basketball team hitched from Auckland to Invercargill to compete; and Roy & Ngaire Williams along with Les & Colleen Mills travelled Europe on a shoestring before settling in California for 2 years working at a patchwork of jobs to pay the bills while they trained to be world class athletes. These athletes were quite indomitable. They were going to take on the world and win. No obstacle

Roy Williams, MNZN

Roy Williams was too great, no sacrifice too painful, no injury too severe. Even after tearing his hamstring in the long jump, the second of 10 decathlon events at Edinburgh in 1970, Roy crawled out of the landing pit unable to walk, his father’s dictum “never, ever, give up” echoing in his head. He gobbled down some pain killers, had the leg tightly strapped and two hours later limped into the shotput circle. The high jump came next but he was finally defeated by the sprints and the 1,500. You can’t run with one leg. It was the end of an astonishing career in athletics It was not, however, the end of a life in sport. In 1965, just as the Williams’ and the Mills’ were about to leave California, Roy turned down an opportunity to become a super-fit “guinea pig” for NASA as part of their buildup to sending a man to the moon. He and his wife, the late Ngaire, instead returned to Auckland where Roy was recruited to be a sports reporter for the Auckland Star newspaper. His beat included athletics, rugby and league. He was there when the 1971/72 British Lions beat the All Blacks; at the 1972 Munich Olympics when Palestinian terrorists massacred Israeli team members and on the spot in 1972 when All Black Keith Murdoch was sent home. He suggested the introduction of kicking tees for rugby years before they were introduced and championed a rugby competition that, while not adopted at the time, bore a remarkable resemblance to today’s Super Rugby competition. Roy has been honoured by his country with an MNZM, he is a former Sportsman of the Year and a member of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame; the Eden Park Sports Media Hall of Fame He is a Life Member of the NZ Sports Journalists Association; he won the NZ Sports Journalists’ Association Lifetime Contribution to Sport through Journalism Award, the Waitakere City Coach of the Year and Waitakere City Lifetime Coach of the Year awards.

And now an author. "Sports Crazy" is available at good bookshops and will be an inspirational read for any young athlete today.

Above: Roy Williams in full flight, in the long jump, on his way to yet another New Zealand decathlon title.

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The Innocent ANZACs By Jackson Thomas They were not killed in a hail of bullets, by exploding bombs or poisonous gases in the trenches. But they died in their thousands; the Innocent ANZACs. Shortly before the end of World War I, in November 1918, a deadly flu virus struck New Zealand and other islands across the South Pacific.

recover, or die.

While the history of ANZAC Cove and battles such as the Somme has led to numerous books, articles and even films, the 1918 flu pandemic is largely forgotten or is at best a footnote in New Zealand’s wartime history. Yet a staggering 8,600 men, women and children died, about half as many as the number of New Zealand servicemen killed in action in the First World War.

I was fascinated with oral interviews from World War 1 shared during a communications studies tutorial held by Auckland Library representatives. In these interviews, one woman spoke of her childhood and being confined to her home with family, living for weeks under a forced quarantine; they were not able to socialise with their friends, other family, or even go to school.

From 1916-1918, military camps were particularly hardhit by the influenza, so soldiers who had yet to enter battle and some who endured and survived the horrors of war, were cruelly killed on home soil by what in modern times can be easily cured in a matter of days.

Indigenous populations were hit particularly hard. Throughout the pandemic, the mortality rate amongst Maori was seven times that of European New Zealanders, a trend which has continued right up to present day with Maori and Pacific Islanders still suffering far more illnessrelated mortality than European New Zealanders.

A stroll through the War graves section of Waikumete Cemetery reveals dozens of graves of these soldiers. Pacific island troops were first offered to assist in the war effort by Niue, Rarotonga and the Cook Islands and were referred to as ‘Native Reinforcements”, deployed directly in to the NZEF. Different surroundings and a strange new climate are thought to be the key reasons why Pacific troops were hit particularly hard by the flu whilst in New Zealand training. But more poignant is a large granite memorial (see picture) erected in the memory of more than 1,100 people who died in Auckland alone as a result of the epidemic. Here they were buried in a mass grave and it was not until the early 2000s that the area was recognised with a simple monument, again demonstrating how little is known about this tragedy. My great grandmother was a child at the time and family members recall her telling stories of people being carried from their homes and loaded onto horse-drawn carts to be taken by train to the cemetery for burial. She also recalled hundreds of tents being erected in the nearby Avondale Racecourse where people were sent to

The indigenous populations of the South Pacific islands also suffered horribly with the pandemic which was thought to have been brought by sea to Western Samoa via an islands trader, the Talune, in November 1918. Approximately 8,500 Samoan people (about 25% of the population at the time) died as a result. New Zealand had seized Samoa (the former German colony) at the beginning of the war and at the time there was strong criticism of the New Zealand Government’s handling, or mis-handling, of the situation by not quarantining the island. This anger and frustration lingered for decades until, eventually, in 2002, then Prime Minister, Helen Clark, made an official apology to the Samoan people. Amidst the horrors and heightened emotion of war, many stories and events can be simply overlooked. Following the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1, let there be some acknowledgement of those lives claimed outside the theatre of battle; the lives of the innocent ANZACs.

Jackson Thomas is a student at Unitec.


Graeme Ross Ellison, Portage Trustee The Trusts notes with great sadness the passing of former Portage Licensing Trust Trustee, Graeme Ross (Grae) Ellison. Grae Ellison was a retired businessman who had made a strong commitment to education about and management of diabetes, particularly for people recently diagnosed with the disease. He and his wife Gail ran the Avondale/ New Lynn Diabetes Support Group. He also believed in the work of The Trusts and was eventually persuaded to stand for election because he wanted to make a contribution to that work. It was a motivation that Gail says was typical of her husband. “Grae was always helping people. He was just that type of person who needed to spread his knowledge and helpfulness where it was needed. Once he had committed himself to something, he had to see it through,” Mrs Ellison says. “Helping others was his life's work, it didn't matter who they were or where they came from. Amongst others, he befriended several folk with mental health issues, whom he guided and listened to over the years. Graeme was their rock on many occasions. He was unflappable and

calm in all situations, I've never once seen him panic, he just took everything in his stride,” she says. Mrs Ellison believes that it was a mark of his standing in the community that when he did stand for election to the Portage Trust, he was unopposed. “That was a family joke! He thought he would never have achieved it if he'd had to rely on votes, but I'm sure that’s not true. He was so popular and 'straight up' that people knew that he could be relied on.” Portage Licensing Trust President Ross Clow joined Mrs Ellison in paying tribute to her late husband. “Graeme will be sadly missed and our hearts go out to Gail and Grae’s family. He was a popular and hard working member of the board, who was liked personally by me and his other fellow board members and also by the staff at The Trusts. His input was valuable and he will be missed,” Mr Clow said.

Portage Trust by-Election opens on 13 October There will be a by election in the Portage Licensing Trust No 2 (New Lynn) Ward, following the recent death of Graeme Ross Ellison. The by-election will be held on Tuesday 4 November 2014. It will be conducted by postal vote under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 and will be undertaken by Independent Election Services Ltd, under contract. People eligible to vote are all residents in the Portage Licensing Trust No 2 (New Lynn) Ward whose names appear on the electoral roll when it closes. There will be a three week voting period which begins on Monday 13 October 2014 with voting documents being posted to all eligible electors from that day. Votes must be returned by noon Tuesday 4 November 2014.

Voters may post their completed voting documents back to the electoral officer using a pre-paid envelope sent with the voting documents. A polling place for the issuing of special voting documents and for the receiving of completed voting documents will be available from Monday 13 October 2014 to noon Tuesday 4 November 2014 at the electoral office.

Preliminary results will be known as soon as practicable after the close of voting, and will be accessible on The Trusts website, Dale Ofsoske, Electoral Officer, Portage Licensing Trust Telephone: (09) 973 5212 Fax: (09) 307 7443 Email:

Don Oliver Scholars shine at Glasgow and around the world West Aucklanders brought home a gold and 'five' silver medals from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and one of each colour went to Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation past scholar, Lauren Boyle. The other four silvers went to Anna Harrison, Maria Tutaia, Catherine Latu and Laura Langman, all Mystics members of the aptly named Silver Ferns. Lauren was one of four past Don Oliver scholars who travelled to Glasgow as part of the New Zealand 2014 Commonwealth Games team, and she recently become New Zealand's all-time most successful woman swimmer at the Pan Pacific Championships held in August. Other Don Oliver Scholars were former young cyclist of the year Stephanie McKenzie, who placed 4th in the Women’s Time Trial; Matthew Madsen, the former junior Commonwealth Games and Oceania champion weightlifter, who placed 6th) in the up to 77kg class and; Alexis Pritchard who, two years ago in London, was one of the first two women boxers ever to represent New Zealand at an Olympics. Thomas Kingsmill, a current scholar, was a member of the New Zealand men’s waterpolo team that placed 5th at the Commonwealth Waterpolo Championships at Aberdeen.

rose above many obstacles in life to represent his new country at Glasgow. There can be little doubt that these Don Oliver scholars and a fair number of others still to reach their full potential, will be lining up for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Without putting too great a weight of expectation on her shoulders, a key prospect must be Gabrielle Fa’amausili the only Gold scholar this year. Gabrielle is already a junior world champion with her fastest and strongest years still ahead of her. She was flag bearer and a bronze medallist at this year’s Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. Don Oliver Scholars also in the Youth Olympics team, included swimmer Michael Mincham and wrestler/judoka Brahm Richards. Tyla Nathan Wong continues to shine in her three rugby codes and notably the Women’s Sevens. Diver Elizabeth Cui with four national titles this year has won a spot at the World Junior Championships in Russia and Danielle Sutherland continues her development in hockey.

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These Westie athletes were joined by Commonwealth Games wrestler Soukananh Thongsinh. Soukananh was born in Laos and is now naturalised New Zealander, a former Kelston Boys High student and now a teacher. Soukananh

Lauren Boyle was one of four past Don Oliver scholars who travelled to Glasgow and then competed at the Pan Pacific Championships.


A key team member and vice-captain of the Silver Ferns, Laura Langman.

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