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About Your Trusts

The Trusts is made up of the Portage Licensing Trust (PLT) and Waitākere Licensing Trust (WLT). Everything we do is about keeping things local in our communities. That’s why surplus profits from our stores and hospitality venues 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.

Our People

All of our people share one common goal: to help communities in the west to thrive. This goal is shared by both staff working in our retail and hospitality venues as well as elected members.

  • The Trusts SLT Allan Pollard
    The Trusts SLT Amanda Cassidy
    The Trusts SLT Lee Clark
    The Trusts SLT Nicole Silk
    The Trusts SLT Richard Czarniecki
    The Trusts SLT Aaron Walding
    The Trusts SLT Reon Krishna

    Allan Pollard

    Chief Executive Officer

    I started in the hospitality industry as a dishwasher and have worked as a waiter, duty manager and venue manager right through to being CEO. For me what makes the west a such a wonderful place is the sense of community.

    Amanda Cassidy

    General Manager - Marketing

    I have 20 years marketing experience across FMCG and retail in NZ and am proud to utilise my expertise at The Trusts to make great things happen in West Auckland.


    West Auckland is my home and my community since I moved here with my husband and four kids from Christchurch in 2019. There is so many things to do and enjoy and we love getting out and experiencing them.

    Lee Clark

    Executive Assistant

    A proud daughter of the west since 1970. Married with 2 beautiful daughters and 4 gorgeous grandkids. For the past 17 ½ years I have been Executive Assistant at The Trusts, supporting the management and Boards of this valuable community asset.


    To me the west means: totally unique, fabulously quirky people, beautiful ranges to explore, a windswept walk on the rugged west coast or a summertime dance across the hot black sand to find your perfect spot. Our place. Home.

    Nicole Silk

    General Manager - Procurement & Category

    A 20 year career in FMGC with a passion for category and ensuring that we have the right products and offers for our customers.


    I love the beautiful beaches and fantastic community spirit found throughout West Auckland. Having grown up in West Auckland, I keep returning here as it truly is my home.

    Richard Czarniecki

    General Manager - Hospitality

    I have a passion for hospitality from working at some great bars and large organisations such as the Nourish Group. The West is a melting pot of real people who work hard and are fiercely proud of its rugged beauty.

    Aaron Walding

    General Manager - Retail

    A sports nut and customer experience fanatic!


    What the West means to me is diversity! From the cultural diversity, to the Ranges to the black sand beaches. These are the things that make West Auckland such an incredible place.

    Reon Krishna

    General Manager - Finance & Business Systems

    I have 16 years of experience in finance roles across the Retail, Hospitality and Construction Sectors.


    I love the incredible walking and mountain biking tracks we have on our doorstep out west, as well as our black sand beaches

Portage Licensing Trust

The Portage Licensing Trust operate industry leading retail and hospitality venues in the “Portage” area of The West.


We are 100% community owned, which means profits go straight back into Glendene, Kelston, Glen Eden, Kaurilands, Titirangi, Laingholm, Parau, Cornwallis, Huia, Little Huia, Whatipu, Green Bay, New Lynn, Avondale, Waterview, Blockhouse Bay, New Windsor & Owairaka, (west of Richardson & Boundary Rds).

  • Every month our elected members meet to talk about the Trust’s activities at Bricklane, 5 Clark St New Lynn. These meetings have two sessions. The first is an open forum where members of the community are welcome to attend and ask questions or give feedback to their elected members and The Trust’s senior leadership team. This session starts at 6pm. The second session is a closed meeting for the elected members only.

    Minutes from each meeting are available after the following month’s meeting and can be found below. And you can find minutes from previous meetings here.

    Our meetings:


    Tuesday 1 February - Watch a recording of this meeting


    Monday 28 February - Watch a recordng of this meeting


    Monday 28 March - Watch a recording of this meeting


    Tuesday 26 April - Download meeting documents


    Monday 30 May


    Monday 27 June


    Monday 25 July


    Monday 29 August


    Monday 26 September (including the Annual Meeting of Electors)


    Tuesday 25 October


    Monday 28 November



  • Every three years, as part of the local body elections, people in The West vote for members of the community to represent their views on the licensing trust of the area they live in.


    The members elected to each Trust are the community’s voice and an essential link between the community ownership of The Trusts and the management of the commercial businesses of The Trusts.


    The next local body election is being held on Saturday the 8th of October 2022. You can find a timetable for the election here and a fact sheet about standing as a candidate here.

    The Trusts Portage Neil Henderson
    The Trusts Portage Leanna Tayler
    The Trusts Portage Margi Watson
    The Trusts Portage Janet Clews
    The Trusts Portage Ben goodale
    The Trusts Portage Ami Chand
    The Trusts Portage Catherine Farmer
    The Trusts Portage Mark Roberts

    Neil Henderson

    Neil has been an elected member of the Portage Trust since 2010.He has lived in West Auckland for 18 years, undertaking environmental restoration work in Waitakere and more recently in the Upper Waitemata Harbour and Auckland’s North Shore. Neil was also an elected member of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board for three terms. He resides in Glen Eden with his partner Melanie.


    To me the West is: I was born in New Plymouth and in later life I found myself following the same path as two of my Taranaki uncles, settling in the lee of the Waitakere Ranges. The west to me is a feeling on a breeze that comes in from wild seas, strong gales and black sand beaches. That breezy feeling percolates through the wilderness at our backs and imbues the lives of us folk who live out this way with a particular flavour; I dare any one to try to box it in by giving it a name.

    Leanne Taylor

    Passionate and community-focused, Leanne is a proud third-generation westie who lives in New Lynn with her partner, Phil.


    To me the West is: The West is my spiritual and physical home. I love the diversity and down to earth nature of the people who live here as well as our magnificent Waitakere ranges and wild west coast beaches.

    Margi Watson

    Originally trained as a nurse and now involved with schools and in governance, I am passionate about empowering and supporting our people, organisations and communities. They are what make our area the best it can be.


    To me the West is: I love my local spaces and parks, from Te Auaunga Oakley Creek to Avondale Markets and to the beach at the Bay, but mostly I enjoy being around the people who make our community unique and home

    Janet Clews

    Long serving elected member and former President who led Portage back to profitability when no one else would accept the challenge, then served as a director of West Auckland Trust Services for some years to ensure governance was strengthened and progress maintained.


    To me the West is: The West in general portrays the very best of the Kiwi spirit. The majority of its people are “the salt of the earth,” unpretentious and hard working. They are supportive of their communities and appreciate the positive effect investment in those communities has had in easier times but particularly the practical assistance to those struggling during this COVID crisis. It may not be perfect, but West is Best!

    Ben Goodale

    A globally awarded advertising and marketing professional, Ben has lived in Titirangi for over 20 years.


    To me the West is: An oasis of beaches, forest and nature on the edge of the best city in the world.

    Ami Chand

    Justice of Peace, Marriage Celebrant, Community Developer, Company Director. Always ready to help.


    To me the West is: To me the West is community, driven by local organizations, events and projects.

    Catherine Farmer

    My background is in libraries and I continue working to support our local communities by ensuring that the Trusts pay the Living Wage and distribute surplus funds to our communities.


    To me the West is: The West means to me inclusive, diverse and resilient communities cradled in the unique natural landscape of the Waitakere Ranges and the West Coast beaches.

    Mark Roberts

    Former Chartered Accountant, Commercial Pilot and Business Owner, has lived in Titirangi since 1983.


    To me the West is: Titirangi Cafes and Bush Walks

Waitākere Licensing Trust

Waitākere Licensing Trust operates industry leading retail and hospitality venues in the “Waitākere” area of The West.


We are 100% community owned, which means profits go straight back into Whenuapai, Hobsonville, West Harbour, Waitākere Township, Massey, Red Hills, Henderson, Rānui, Swanson, Taupaki, Te Atatū Peninsula, Te Atatū Sth, Sunnyvale, Oratia, Waiatarua, Karekare, Piha, Bethells Beach.

  • Every month our elected members meet to talk about the Trust’s activities at Quality Hotel Lincoln Green, 159 Lincoln Road, Henderson. These meetings have two sessions. The first is an open forum where members of the community are welcome to attend and ask questions or give feedback to their elected members and The Trust’s senior leadership team. This session starts at 5pm. The second session is a closed meeting for the elected members only.

    Minutes from each meeting are available after the following month’s meeting and can be found below. And you can find minutes from previous meetings here.

    Our meetings:
    Wednesday 2 February - Watch a recording of this meeting


    Tuesday 1 March - Watch a recording of this meeting


    Tuesday 29 March - Watch a recording of this meeting


    Wednesday 27 April - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 31 May


    Tuesday 28 June


    Tuesday 26 July


    Tuesday 30 August


    Tuesday 27 September (including the Annual Meeting of Electors)


    Wednesday 26 October


    Tuesday 29 November

  • Every three years, as part of the local body elections, people in The West vote for members of the community to represent their views on the licensing trust of the area they live in.


    The members elected to each Trust are the community’s voice and an essential link between the community ownership of The Trusts and the management of the commercial businesses of The Trusts.


    The next local body election is being held on Saturday the 8th of October 2022. You can find a timetable for the election here and a fact sheet about standing as a candidate here.

    The Trusts Waitakere Linda Cooper
    The Trusts Waitakere Warren Flaunty
    The Trusts Waitakere Lynette Adams
    The Trusts Waitakere Mark Allen
    The Trusts WATS Penny Hulse
    The Trusts Waitakere Brooke Loader
    John Loau

    Linda Cooper

    President

    Long time West Auckland resident, local Waitakere Councillor representative and community worker committed to backing the West.

    To me the West is: The West is home, heart and good people always wanting what's best for family, our beautiful environment and the future of our tamariki.

    Warren Flaunty

    Deputy President

    Having lived and worked in West Auckland for over 55 years, I am a very proud Westie, supporting the community not only through pharmacy but also as a Trustee of WLT for over 35 continuous years, providing so many people and organisations in our community with much needed support.


    To me the West is: A community which comes together to support each other when times are good and when times are not so good.

    Lynette Adams

    Lynette has worked in West Auckland as CEO of Sport Waitākere since 2004. As a born and bred Westie she believes that community participation nurtures the social fabric which connects us as citizens of Auckland and Aotearoa.


    To me the West is: I am proud to be from the West with our strong sense of community and our diversity, we have character and spirit.

    Mark Allen

    Mark lives at Te Henga with his partner, having raised three sons and worked in local government for 30 years, he has been the Executive Officer at Community Waitākere and a Waitakere Ranges Local Board member since 2019.


    To me the West is: A collection of communities that does things its way, that doesn’t wait for permission and works together for all, an environment that is outstandingly beautiful, globally unique and loved by the people of the west, an economy of innovative and caring small businesses who work in and with their communities. In the west we continue wrestling with the big issues and we are finding our own solutions... I couldn’t live anywhere else.

    Penny Hulse

    Until 2019 I represented the west as a City Councillor both on Waitakere Council and then Auckland Council. I now sit on a number of boards and belong to a variety of community organisations out west. I live in Te Atatu Peninsula.


    To me the West is: I have lived out west for most of my life. I love belonging to a diverse, spirited, and creative community that celebrates our wild environment and our awesome people.

    Brooke Loader


    Brooke Loader BA/LLB (Ngapuhi) - as a local lawyer, small business owner and elected member to the Henderson-Massey Local Board, Brooke is dedicated to building thriving town centres and neighbourhoods, and ensuring that the Waitakere Licensing Trust is run responsibly with the community at the heart of everything that they do.


    To me the West is: Brooke thinks that the West is the best place to bring up her family, do business, and to connect with like-minded locals that care about their community


    John Loau

    John lives in Hobsonville Point and is is the People Leader at Whakarongorau Aotearoa, which provides national telehealth services, including Healthline. The organisation has been at the forefront of the COVID response and also delivers the COVID Healthline and Vaccination Healthline.


    To me the West is: the home where hope, aspiration, creativity and community come together.

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West Auckland Trust Services Board

Both the Portage and Waitakere Licensing Trusts run their management functions through West Auckland Trust Services Ltd (WATS).


WATS houses functions such as resources, accounting, marketing and logistics, to streamline operations, reduce costs, and be more effective.


The WATS Board of nine Directors govern the business and oversee the Senior Management team. Five of the Directors are independent with commercial experience and complement the four Directors who are appointed from the licensing trusts. Their role is to manage the financial performance of the business and governance.

  • The Trusts WATS Tim Livingstone
    The Trusts WATS Campbell Barbour
    The Trusts WATS Dianne Williams
    The Trusts WATS John Journee
    The Trusts WATS Bruce Scott
    The Trusts Portage Neil Henderson
    The Trusts Portage Mark Roberts
    The Trusts WATS Penny Hulse
    The Trusts Waitakere Lynette Adams

    Tim Livingstone

    President

    Tim is a Chartered Accountant, a community leader and an experienced director / trustee on various companies and not-for-profit organisations.


    To me the West is: The West has provided Tim with a rewarding 40 year career as a chartered accountant and he has been fortunate to have worked with incredible West Auckland business and community people during that time.

    Campbell Barbour

    I am a third generation West Aucklander who is proud to have lived and been in business in the area all my life.


    To me the West is: The west is my home patch, it’s got personality, it’s a place of family, mates and pride.

    Dianne Williams

    Appointed member of the WATS board since 2015, with executive and governance experience in retail, wholesale, FMCG, tourism, and health services, along with sport, listed company and government entities.


    To me the West is: The West is the most colourful, eclectic and beautiful part of our diverse region, with bush and ocean, art and culture, relative youth alongside founders’ history.

    John Journee

    Senior executive and governance roles in the retail, distribution and technology sectors that have delivered business growth, transformational change and market leadership enable me to bring a broad set of skills to my directorship with WATS.


    To me the West is: I am proud to be involved with a business that returns 100% of its surplus profits to the community it serves

    Bruce Scott

    Experienced professional Director and chartered Accountant with a career background that included CEO roles of FMCG and agri-business organisations in NZ and internationally.


    To me the West is: Community control of business wealth creation for the exclusive benefit of the community.

    Neil Henderson

    Neil has been an elected member of the Portage Trust since 2010.He has lived in West Auckland for 18 years, undertaking environmental restoration work in Waitakere and more recently in the Upper Waitemata Harbour and Auckland’s North Shore. Neil was also an elected member of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board for three terms. He resides in Glen Eden with his partner Melanie.


    To me the West is: I was born in New Plymouth and in later life I found myself following the same path as two of my Taranaki uncles, settling in the lee of the Waitakere Ranges. The west to me is a feeling on a breeze that comes in from wild seas, strong gales and black sand beaches. That breezy feeling percolates through the wilderness at our backs and imbues the lives of us folk who live out this way with a particular flavour; I dare any one to try to box it in by giving it a name.

    Mark Roberts

    Former Chartered Accountant, Commercial Pilot and Business Owner, has lived in Titirangi since 1983.


    To me the West is: Titirangi Cafes and Bush Walks

    Penny Hulse

    Until 2019 I represented the west as a City Councillor both on Waitakere Council and then Auckland Council. I now sit on a number of boards and belong to a variety of community organisations out west. I live in Te Atatu Peninsula.


    To me the West is: I have lived out west for most of my life. I love belonging to a diverse, spirited, and creative community that celebrates our wild environment and our awesome people.

    Lynette Adams

    Lynette has worked in West Auckland as CEO of Sport Waitākere since 2004. As a born and bred Westie she believes that community participation nurtures the social fabric which connects us as citizens of Auckland and Aotearoa.


    To me the West is: I am proud to be from the West with our strong sense of community and our diversity, we have character and spirit.