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Keeping it Local

From Huia to Whenuapai and everywhere in between, The Trusts are all about keeping things local in our communities. That’s why our surplus profits go right back into local schools, community groups, businesses and people who are dedicated to helping our place thrive. Owned by the community. Run by the community. For the community.

So far has gone back into our communities in this financial year

Here's where it went

Our Stores & Venues

Your support keeps our communities thriving.
The money we distribute comes from surplus profits made by our retail and hospitality businesses.

Funding our communities

The West is full of diverse people, cultures, landscapes and ways of life. That’s why we have a few different ways to make sure our surplus profits benefit a range of groups and organisations, big and small.

Latest Announcements

We’re really proud to help all the different communities in The West to thrive. Here’s where you’ll find updates on our stores & venues, monthly meetings, annual reports, financial statements & our Statement of Social Responsibility.

What's happening

We’re really proud to help where it’s needed, and when it’s needed.


Here are a few local projects and initiatives that were brought to life thanks to the surplus profits made by our retail stores and award winning venues.


Without your support, this wouldn’t be possible.
So a big thanks to you all.


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We'd love to hear from you

If we’ve helped you out in a big way or a small way, don’t be a stranger – let us know how you’re getting on. We’re always keen to hear how you’re doing.

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For your Household

Around every 2–3 years we give every single household, from Huia to Whenuapai and everywhere in between, free safety gear, or useful everyday items. In 2019 we donated First Aid Kits. In 2016 every household received a toolkit. And in 2014 we donated 75,000 smoke alarms.


If you have an idea for a useful item that keeps out community safe, we’d love to hear from you.

FAQ

  • Up until the 1940s, alcohol was prohibited or restricted in many parts of New Zealand. As prohibition faded out, many communities were still concerned about having a community-minded approach to the sale of alcohol. Licensing trusts were established in response to this and the first, the Invercargill Licensing Trust, was established in 1944 and is still going strong today.


    It wasn’t until the early 1970s that West Aucklanders voted to establish the Waitakere Licensing Trust and Portage Licensing Trust. The law allows for the Trusts’ mandate to manage alcohol sales in West Auckland to be challenged and every so often it is. The last time was in 2003 when a referendum was held and residents voted to retain the model.

  • No. The Trusts do not control liquor licensing, that is Auckland Council’s responsibility. Like anyone who wants to open a licensed venue in West Auckland, we must apply to the Auckland Council for a licence to operate our stores and venues.

  • We don’t. We have not opposed any licence applications in West Auckland for several years. The only venues that we have a community granted mandate to operate exclusively are those that trade late into the night (bars) where the primary focus is the sale of alcohol. These venues operate under a Tavern licence as required by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (2012).

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