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October 2013 The first of Auckland’s long awaited electric suburban trains

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Auckland Transport Kaumatua Eru Thompson leads the official party in blessing the new electric trains as Mayor Brown pauses for photographers. The group is in a carriage with Maori motifs in the upholstery.

Naomi McCleary helps deliver electric trains that are distinctively Auckland' When passengers start riding the new Auckland electric trains they will find themselves in carriages whose décor they ‘recognise’ and that speak to them of Auckland. This is the outcome of a long artistic process led by West Auckland arts consultant Naomi McCleary and designer Keith Strode-Penny of Barnacle Design. The process resulted in three different themes; one Maori, one Pasifika and one Asian; couched within an overall colour palette made up predominantly of the blues of the sea and sky with which the city is surrounded. This was augmented by other colours which had specific functions in terms of safety. The vertical pillars, for example, are in yellow, which is easily seen by passengers looking for something to hold on to. “Auckland is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, multi-cultural city that is at once part of the Pacific and part of Asia. We decided that the upholstery fabrics should have distinctly Maori, Pasifika and Asian motifs within the overall colour scheme and; we thought that all the motifs would be scattered through each carriage,” Naomi said. As it turned out, each carriage in the three car train-sets, featured one of the motifs. One carriage has the Maori design, another the Pacific design and the third, the Asian design.


“Everything is quite subtle and yet we think that Aucklanders, and New Zealanders generally, will automatically recognise the colours and designs as part of “home”. Visitors will hopefully appreciate the sense of being in place that is different from other parts of the world,” Naomi said.

Naomi McCleary Naomi brought in three designers to develop the motifs: noted Pasifika designer Fatu Feu’u chose the frangipani, which is common throughout the Pacific. Whare Thompson, also a well established designer, created a Maori design that is typically geometric and inspired by the flax mats that welcome visitors at the entrance to a meeting house or wharenui. The young Asian designer who prefers to remain out of the spotlight, created a design based on the fan or fish-scale pattern. This is auspicious throughout Asia where water has yin energy but must contain an auspicious fish to have the balancing yang. Naomi said she and Keith Strode-Penny had thoroughly enjoyed the process. “It isn’t always possible for creative people, who inevitably have their own ideas, to collaborate in bringing different ideas into a final common blend that they are both happy with, but I do pay tribute to Keith, and the three motif designers. They were a joy to work with,” she said. Naomi McCleary was the Manager of Arts at Waitakere City Council and over a 20 year period was responsible for commissioning the wide array of public art that made the West a centre of culture. This included the unique “art bridges” built throughout the old city and the growth of Trash to Fashion. She continues to work on arts projects in West Auckland, including McCahon House and Shadbolt House and with partner Murray Gray, has run the nationally significant “Going West” literary festival for 18 years.

Waitakere United looking to reclaim status as Oceania League Champs Waitakere’s Roy Krishna is narrowly denied by Hawkes Bay United Keeper Richard Gillespie, during this year’s ASB Premiership. Waitakere won anyway and went on to secure the Premiership title yet again. Photo courtesy Shane Wenzlick, Phototek.

Waitakere United Football Club has its eyes set on reclaiming the title of Oceania League champions, and thus opening more international pathways for players and coaches, and growth in the New Zealand game. As a key sponsor of Waitakere United, The Trusts is delighted to see Bill MacGowan as the new CEO of Waitakere United. Bill is a former CEO of New Zealand Football, the Warriors and New Zealand Golf. Waitakere and Auckland City have dominated the ASB Premiership, the national summer league, since its inception, with Waitakere coming out champions more often than not. As a result of their national dominance, the two clubs have also been the New Zealand sides in the Oceania (or “O”) league, alongside the top franchises from 11 Oceania nations; American Samoa, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu and New Zealand. Of the two Auckland sides, Waitakere has the upper hand at home, being ASB Premiership champions in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 but the Oceania title, that they won in 2007 and 2008, has eluded them in recent times. Reclaiming that trophy is the clear goal. Winning Oceania is all important as it is the primary path by which most New Zealand players and coaches gain access to the international game. The O League offers international experience and potentially, the opportunity for our world-class players to be offered overseas contracts. Furthermore, not only does FIFA pay $US500,000 to the winning nation, some of which goes to the club, but there are further payments for matches won. This is all critical to the game in this country. The winning club also gets to play in the FIFA Club World Cup (this year being staged in Morocco). The blow-torch of regular international football also produces an increasing pool of world-class, “home-grown”, players for the New Zealand game. A current example is Waitakere United’s Jake Butler who is a current All White.

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Waitakere United is very much another West Auckland success story. Teams in the ASB Premiership are franchises and the Waitakere franchise has eleven West Auckland clubs as stakeholders. Players play for their clubs over winter but come summer, they are jostling for places in the ASB Premiership and of course, the O League. Young talent is also nurtured in the youth squad. This means that the franchise system offers players in West Auckland clubs, opportunities to advance to the world stage. True to form in New Zealand football, though, success is the product of hard slog. The ASB Premiership remains very much amateur and cash is tight. That makes it a bit harder for the players, especially when they have played all winter already and also have a day job. Bill sees his role as creating the structures and finding the money that will enable the players and coaches to focus on delivering on the park and in so doing, access the pathways that their success will bring. One of his first initiatives is simple, he wants to make the summer game more accessible by playing matches in the later afternoon so that fans don’t have to choose between going to the beach and going to the football. They can do both, meaning more fans at games. More fans will mean more money for the club and the sport as a whole.






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West Auckland artists well represented in 2014 Harbourview Sculpture Trail Fifty one New Zealand artists, including twelve from West Auckland, have been chosen to exhibit at the next Harbourview Sculpture Trail, on Te Atatu Peninsula in March next year. The artists were selected from respondents to a nationwide Call for Entries: The West Auckland artists are: Audrey Boyle (Avondale), Expressions Art Group (Hospice West Auckland), Mark Schafer (Avondale), Dawn J Flower (Swanson), Carol Green (Te Atatu Peninsula), Jan Simmons (Titirangi), Donna Sarten (Swanson), Tim Elliot (West Harbour), Cathy Head (Te Atatu South), Rebecca Rose (Titirangi), Jenny McLeod (Western Heights), and Ross Forbes (Avondale). “We have been privileged to choose some very exciting pieces from established and emerging artists, with an exceptionally high calibre of conceptual pieces,” says curator Sally Lush. “The works will also be available for sale to the public during the trail season.” The inaugural Harbourview Sculpture Trail in 2012 drew over 3,000 visitors, many of whom had never been to West Auckland before. Apart from introducing visitors to the beauties of the

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A much bigger level of giving back to the community, especially in the form of sponsorships, gifts and donations, a better, stronger, business and even more examples of social responsibility in West Auckland. That’s what the West Auckland community can expect from The Trusts after they finished the 2012/13 year in a much stronger position than in several previous years, CEO Simon Wickham said in making his annual report for the year. He said it had been a successful year all round. Financially, The Trusts were in a stronger position and feedback from the industry was consistently that with the West Liquor and Village Wine & Spirits brands, The Trusts were setting a new national quality standard in liquor retailing. The Trusts had also won one of only four leadership awards awarded internationally by the Dale Carnegie organisation for the strength of its “people culture”. This follows on from winning the top New Zealand award, the Kenexa Workplace Survey award for the most improved large workplace in the country. Finally the organisation is maintaining the confidence of the public, with around 60% happy with the all-round performance according to regular opinion surveys. An even more impressive 80% were satisfied with our venues and a massive 92% were favourable towards the West Liquor and Village Wine & Spirits stores. Chairman Brian Corban told Trustees of the Waitakere and Portage Licensing Trusts, that the organisation had made “good progress in difficult times.” There was, he said, a long way to go yet and people shouldn’t be lulled by claims that the economy is on the move. “There’s still a lot of stress in the economy,” he said. The report shows that because of the recession, sales have flat-lined across the liquor industry, for several years. The Trusts have shared this experience with sales around the $100 million mark for five years. However, in the last financial year, The Trusts grew gross profit significantly, by making the operation more efficient, reducing labour costs by 7% and other costs by 11%. They also were able to improve their margins by obtaining better terms of trade from their suppliers. As a result, income from operations increased to $7 million and allowed the organisation to invest $2.5 million in the extensive refurbishment of its retail operations and still add $3.7 million to cash reserves. These reserves can be applied to further modernisation in the 2013/14 year. The store transformation programme, adopting the bright modern West Liquor and Village Wine & Spirits brands with their new look, colours, store layout and world class customer service, has seen a shift in buying emphasis from traditional beer to wine and to craft beers.

“It suggests a number of things. One is that women, in particular, have responded to our new stores. We designed them to feel safe and welcoming to women and that seems to be working. There is also undoubtedly a change in preferences. Traditional beers are down, which is extraordinary, but total volume has been maintained through more wine sales and more craft beers,” Mr Wickham said. Perhaps the most rewarding result, however, has been that increased profitability will enable The Trusts to roll-out a bigger campaign worth around $1 million, in sponsorships, gifts, donations and rebates to worthy causes in the West Auckland community. This compares to around $200,000 two years ago. “That’s hugely gratifying,” Simon Wickham said. “We are very conscious of the fact that we must be a good neighbour in West Auckland. The public expects us to support the community in return for their continued support of us, and we will do everything possible to live up to that expectation.” He noted that apart from being in a position to return up to a $1 million in cash to the community, The Trusts were demonstrating their ongoing commitment to social responsibility by signing up to a voluntary industry code not to sell RTDs with more than 7% alcohol. Winning one of only four Dale Carnegie Leadership Partners Awards given out internationally, had also put The Trusts alongside such global giants as Boeing, Wal-Mart and Adidas in terms of the “people culture” within the organisation. The Trusts are committed to being the best employer in New Zealand, by making sure that every member of staff felt that they have a stake in the organisation’s success, and were motivated to be part of one big team that is achieving. “That was what Dale Carnegie saw in us and rewarded us for.” Simon Wickham said. “It follows on from winning the Kenexa Award that rated us as the most improved large workplace in New Zealand in 2012. “We will continue to increase our profitability as the staff increasingly engage with our vision of being the best and adopt it as their own. The whole of West Auckland can have very great pride in the culture of excellence that our people are adopting,” Mr Wickham said.

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Kelston Boys going for FOUR! Kelston Boys’ High School champions yet again in the 2012 BNZ Condor Sevens signal that this was their ‘three-peat’.

Kelston Boys’ High School will again host the best of New Zealand’s young sporting talent at the national secondary school rugby sevens on 30 November to 1 December 2013. Sixteen schools have qualified from around the country for the 27th BNZ Condor Sevens, which is conducted in partnership with the Auckland Council, and the West Aucklanders are the threetime defending champions. Current Auckland fullback Lolagi Visinia, Southland halfback Tayler Adams and Junior Warrior Tui Lolohea all starred for the hosts during their ‘three-peat’. Sixteen girls’ teams will also compete including Feilding High School that won last year’s inaugural event versus Mahurangi

College. Several of the Feilding players were selected for the 12-member tournament team before going on to train with the senior New Zealand women’s squad and setting themselves up for a tilt at the Olympic Gold Medal at Rio 2016 alongside West Auckland’s Tyler Nathan-Wong.

The tournament kicks off on Saturday morning 30 November and Sunday's matches will be live on Sky's Rugby Channel. Kelston Boys’ High is “on a high” already, having become the national Rugby League’s Secondary Schools’ champions in September. They beat MAGs 26 – 18. It is 10 years since their last title.

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West Auckland/Waitakere has produced an extraordinary number of extraordinary New Zealanders - men, women, families and companies - who have been unique, outstanding and yes, that much overused word, 'iconic'. We will profile one of them each month.

Bruce McLaren

In an age when motor racing was truly dangerous, Bruce McLaren once wrote: “It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.” They were prophetic words for Bruce died at 32 doing what he loved, having achieved international renown and having created an enduring legacy in Team McLaren that lives on today as one of the two most successful Formula 1 teams in history. The other is Ferrari, but Ferrari did not also completely dominate the CanAm Sports Car series as well. Nor has it been the most successful F1 team since McLaren came on the scene. In total, Ferrari drivers have won 15 world titles since 1950 and McLaren 12 since 1974, but Ferrari won six titles before McLaren cars joined the F1 start grid. So, McLaren drivers have won 12 titles to Ferrari’s nine since 1974. McLaren also won the iconic Indianapolis 500 in 1972 (with Mark Donohue) and 1974 and 1976 (with Johnny Rutherford). As for the CanAm series, nobody could touch McLaren. With Bruce and Denny Hulme (the country’s only Formula 1 champion) as drivers, McLaren so dominated the North American series that it became known as the “Bruce and Denny Show”. CanAm covered races in Canada and in the USA and it was typically American for the era; in other words, the bigger the engine the better. Bruce and Denny won the series twice each. In 1967 they won five of six races, in 1968 four of six and in 1969 they were unbeatable. They won 11 of 11 races, in two of which McLaren finished 1-2-3 (McLaren, Hulme and Mark Donohue, their third driver). This came at a time when the American designed Chaparral cars had just introduced the idea of wings, modern aerodynamics and down-force. Bruce McLaren, an engineer as well as a driver, had started thinking about aerodynamics at much the same time after an incident during a race made him wonder about areas of high and low pressure around his car. He was so enthralled that he stopped mid-race, reshaped part of his car with metal-cutting shears and then rejoined the race. His “modifications” saw his lap times improve and launched aerodynamic principles incorporated into all future McLaren cars.

Bruce himself said that his cars were slightly less innovative than the Chaparrals, but more reliable. Nevertheless, he was at the forefront of the revolution in aerodynamics that changed racing car design forever, and led to the machines of today. The McLaren story began much earlier. In the early 1950’s, a 14 year old Bruce began hill climbing in an antiquated Austin 7 “souped up” by his garage owning father. This led, via a series of increasingly better cars, to a Formula 2 Cooper Climax, in which he was runner up in the 1957/58 New Zealand championship series and earned the respect of Australian legend, Jack Brabham. By the end of 1958 Jack Brabham would win the first of his three World Championships in a Cooper. On the back of his 1957/58 achievements at home, Bruce McLaren became the first New Zealand “Driver to Europe”. He joined Cooper alongside the great Australian and proceeded to stun the world with his huge talent. His first F1 race was in that year’s German Grand Prix. In 1959 he won the US Grand Prix becoming, at 22, the youngest driver ever (at that time) to take an F1 chequered flag. It was a record that stood for about 50 years. The following year he was runner up to Brabham in the world championship and in 1961 and 1969 he was third. This was the closest he got as a driver to the world title but many believe he was unlucky. Meanwhile, with fellow Kiwi Chris Amon, he proved his versatility by winning the 1966 Le Mans, and with Amon in the second car he launched Team McLaren into Formula 1. McLaren himself took the team’s first Grand Prix win, in Belgium, in 1968. It was to be the start of an astonishing run of Formula 1 successes by Team McLaren that continues to the present day. Having helped revolutionise racing car design and usher in the modern era, and having created perhaps the most successful racing team of all, Bruce McLaren died on 2 June 1970, aged 32, let down by the down-forces he helped to create. He was testing his new M8D sports car at Goodwood in England when part of the rear bodywork came adrift, down-force was lost, and the car crashed from the track.

The legacy lives on. Bruce McLaren - Icon of The west


Muriwai to be world's first beach with Osprey camera safety system Muriwai Beach Surf Life Saving Club is to be the first Surf Lifesaving Club in the World to install the high tech Osprey beach monitoring equipment. Osprey includes an eye in the sky camera system to enable lifeguards to survey up to a kilometre of sea, looking for rips, currents, holes, people in difficulty and sharks. The system proposed for Muriwai includes a controllable wi-fi camera taken aloft by helium balloon to watch the flagged area. This will be supplemented by fixed cameras focussed on Flat Rock and Maori Bay, which neither lifeguards nor the aerial camera can see, and a fourth overlooking the car park. The camera above Flat Rock will allow lifeguards to look into the wide sections of water between the sand bars and wave sets that are not always visible from the tower. The Maori Bay camera will allow lifeguards to “patrol” a high risk area to the south that is completely hidden from view.

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The images from all four will be monitored in the new Surf Club at Muriwai although lifeguards will also be able to control the cameras from tablets. The system will also be linked to other services such as the rescue helicopter and Police. While the system will cost more than $90,000, Muriwai chairman Tim Jago said recently that even if it saves one life, it will be worth every cent. He said the club hopes to have Osprey up and running by December. “It’s the most significant advance in surf lifesaving technology since the advent of the IRB in the late 1970s. And Muriwai will be the surf life saving club that takes it to the world,’’ he said. Osprey won’t remove the need for lifeguard towers. ‘‘They remain essential for sheltering guards, housing equipment, being a go-to point for the public and a first-aid base,’’ Tim said.

Murray Gray’s semi-iconic Gone West bookshop is no more. For 10 years Gone West was a literary oasis in Titirangi where the celebration of literature was every bit as important as sales. Dozens of villagers dropped in regularly to talk books, writing and ideas. At the time of writing, and to the dismay of many “Titirangians”, Murray was in the process of closing the doors on the physical Gone West shop. He will continue to run it online at:

Bill and Ross Spence co-founded Matua Winery in 1973.

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