GirlGuiding NZ needs you!

GirlGuiding NZ needs you! GirlGuiding NZ is on a mission. The not-for-profit organisation develops the confidence and life skills of girls nationwide with a fun, girl-led programme of activities. And they are desperately short of adult volunteers to run the programme in West Auckland. GirlGuiding’s Upper North Island Area Manager, Mary-Ann McAlister, explains more. ‘We…

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Destination playground opens at Westgate

Destination playground opens at Westgate West Auckland’s newest and brightest playground has opened at Westgate’s Kopupaka Reserve. And already it’s a big hit, with families travelling far and wide to join in the fun. There’s something for all ages groups, including dedicated junior and senior areas, a picnic and BBQ space, adult fitness hub and…

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Liquorland

Liquorland is coming to West Auckland

West Aucklanders to Get New Alcohol Retailer Brand for First Time in 50 Years Media Release West Aucklanders are set to have access to a wider range of liquor retailers under a new move designed to bring greater competition to the region. For the first time in half a century, consumers will be able to…

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Going West Festival

Going West Festival reaches new audiences

Going West Festival reaches new audiences The iconic Going West Writers Festival was one of the many casualties of Covid last year. Given the uncertainties, the difficult decision was made to cancel New Zealand’s longest-running literary festival. However, festival organisers responded to the challenges with an innovative project to remain connected with audiences. Going West…

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Matariki

Matariki Festival 2021: Events Out West

Matariki Festival 2021: Events Out West Matariki is a star cluster that appears in the night sky during mid-winter.  And its appearance signals the start of the Māori new year. Throughout New Zealand, there’s been a long tradition of whānau coming together to celebrate the new year with kai, kōrero, special events and entertainment. That…

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The Trusts Visionwest Winter Warmers

Help Bring Warmth to West Auckland Families

Help Bring Warmth to West Auckland Families   Visionwest Community Trust and The Trusts are on a mission to bring warmth to West Auckland’s most vulnerable families this winter. Visionwest’s Winter Warmers campaign is designed to help struggling whānau navigate the financial ‘pain points’ of winter. The initiative sees tailored packages of items like blankets,…

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Anzac Day

West Auckland Anzac Day Services 2021

Anzac Day 2021 Anzac Day is always a special day in our national calendar. However, this year’s commemorations are more anticipated than ever. Find your nearest West Auckland Anzac Day Service here. This time last year, the entire country was in Alert Level 4 lockdown. For the first time in over 104 years, Kiwis were…

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Connected Media Charitable Trust

Young Westies promote sustainability through film

Young Westies promote sustainability through film The Trusts’ Your West Support Fund was set up to provide short-term financial assistance to community groups during Covid. The fund provided vital support to not-for-profit organisations helping West Aucklanders during difficult times. One group to benefit from the initiative is the Connected Media Charitable Trust, which oversees several…

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WAYDT rolls with the punches during Covid

WAYDT rolls with the punches during Covid Covid has been challenging for communities across West Auckland. And even more so for young Westies. Multiple lockdowns have seen schooling interrupted and sports and leisure activities cancelled or postponed. No organisation appreciates the impact on young people more than the West Auckland Youth Development Trust (WAYDT). The…

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