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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.

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    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 such a wonderful place is the sense of community.

    Amanda Cassidy

    General Manager - Hospitality and 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 are 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.

    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.

    Oonagh Hall

    General Manager- Human Resources

    As an experienced leader within Human Resources, I am passionate about enabling everyone to do their best work and recognising people's talents and strengths. I enjoy partnering with business to create innovative and effective solutions with a focus on fostering a positive culture and engagement to drive success for all.


    My passions outside working hours include mountain biking and walking. My happy place is definitely the beach.


    To me, The West is a wonderland full of nature and breathtaking beaches. It is the perfect place to unwind and escape city life.

    Richard Simmonds

    General Manager of Finance and Business Systems

    I am an experienced CFO with 30 years of accounting experience covering manufacturing, freight forwarding, retail, and hospitality sectors in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. I am passionate about developing teams, coaching and mentoring, and using technology to make businesses more effective and efficient.


    To me, West Auckland is memories of long summer days body surfing at Piha in my 20s.

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
    6 pm. 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:


    2024


    Tuesday 30 January - moved due to Auckland Anniversary Day public holiday - Download meeting documents


    Monday 12 February at 6 pm via Zoom. Special Meeting to be held in Public Excluded to appoint a WATS Director.


    Monday 26 February - Download meeting documents


    Wednesday 13 March at 6 pm - Portage Governance Review Sub-Committee meeting via Zoom - Download meeting documents


    Monday 25 March - Download meeting documents


    Monday 29 April - Download meeting documents


    Monday 27 May - No monthly meeting - replaced by a public excluded workshop.


    Monday 24 June


    Monday 29 July - No monthly meeting - replaced by a public excluded workshop.


    Monday 26 August


    Monday 23 September (including Annual Meeting of Electors)


    Tuesday 29 October - moved due to Labour Day public holiday


    Monday 25 November


    No meetings in December


    2023


    Tuesday 31 January - moved due to the Auckland Anniversary Day public holiday - Watch a recording of this meeting


    Monday 27 February - Download meeting documents


    Monday 27 March - Download meeting documents (Updated 24/3/2023)


    Monday 1 May - moved due to the Anzac Day public holiday - Download meeting documents


    Monday 8 May - A special Portage Licensing Trust will be held online via Zoom at 6 pm. This will be held to discuss a nomination for Junior Vice President of the New Zealand Licensing Trusts Association. While this meeting is not open to the public, a recording will be made available on the website on 9 May. -Watch a recording of this meeting.


    Monday 29 May - Download meeting documents


    Monday 26 June - Download meeting documents


    Monday 24 July - Download meeting documents


    Monday 28 August - Download meeting documents


    Monday 25 September - Download meeting documents


    Monday 30 October (including Annual Meeting of Electors) - October public meeting - Download meeting documents


    Monday 30 October- Download meeting documents


    Monday 27 November - Download meeting documents


    No meetings in December

  • 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 will be held in 2025.

    The Trusts Portage Leanna Tayler
    The Trusts Portage Margi Watson
    The Trusts Portage Ben goodale
    Marcus Amosa website image
    Jacqui Harema website pic2
    Mark Beavis website image
    Rob Hulse black and white website image
    Ross Clow website image
    Darren Leckey website image
    Joe Bergin website image

    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 Waitākere ranges and wild west coast beaches.

    Margi Watson

    WATS Elected Member Director

    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

    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.

    Marcus Amosa

    WATS Elected Member Director

    I am a proud father of one daughter and live with my wife in Avondale. As a business owner, I am passionate about revitalising our town centres.


    To me, The West is: Beaches, barbeques and chilling out with family and friends.

    Jacqui Harema

    I have lived and worked out west most of my life and lived in Glen Eden for the past 20 years.


    I put my hand up for the Portage Licensing Trust because I wanted to understand more about how the trust model operated from inside the operations. I want to see how, and if the trust model can be improved to increase the level of support provided to our communities, and community groups for the betterment of the community.


    To me, the West is: Where I was born and bred, where my children have grown up and where my grandchildren will thrive.

    Mark Beavis

    I am a proud dad of two children. I live in Waterview and work as a software engineer. During my leisure time, I love cycling and craft beer.


    Joining the trust is a great opportunity to contribute to a community-owned business that helps so many West Aucklanders. I would like to see The Trusts continue to sell alcohol responsibly, to support the community and have venues that locals can be proud of.


    To me, the West is: The best little place to live in the world!

    Rob Hulse

    I grew up in the west and have spent my career working with and supporting the hospitality industry. I'm a big fan of our New Zealand coffee industry and love our food scene. I’m a parent of three young children so we are always busy on the weekends with sports, ballet or out in the Waitakere Ranges.


    I joined the licensing trust to help develop hospitality in the west. With eighteen years in hospitality, this is my area of expertise, and this is where I want to make a difference. Our community out west is proud of our towns and will judge the trust by how vibrant their local hospitality scene becomes.


    I hope to see new energy in the way we do hospitality. Coming out of the disruption that the last few years have seen, the west is ready for more variety and excitement in what we can enjoy in our neighbourhoods. By its nature, hospitality moves fast so we have a real opportunity to deliver this in our term.

    Ross Clow

    I have been an independent and experienced community advocate in the West for many years.


    I joined the trust not only to continue to support our unique community asset but also to seek to enhance our restricted offer in the hospitality sector. I would like to see an enhancement of our hospitality bars and restaurants.


    To me, the West is: Best!

    Darren Leckey

    I've lived out west in Kelston most of my life and attended the local schools. I have a business in Henderson importing automotive parts that I had originally started at home in Kelston. I also tend to buy project cars off Trade Me which I shouldn't do.


    My father sat on the board about 20 years ago and I saw what the trusts gave back to the community. I felt this was something I could get involved with and hope to help continue the good work they do.


    I want to help create new bars and restaurants out west for all to enjoy. Not a whole lot has changed over the past 20 years, so I want to start the movement in this area. Watch this space.


    To me, the West is: A unique part of New Zealand with a lot to offer, so let’s make it awesome.

    Joe Bergin

    I'm an Aucklander born and bred, currently living in Glen Eden along with my husband and our dog, Scotch.


    I would like to see more high-quality hospitality offerings in West Auckland and support moves toward greater competition and choice for our community. I want to see The Trusts facilitate a revival in the West Auckland hospitality sector and maximise its returns to the community.


    To me, the West is: Auckland's greatest potential new and thriving hospitality hub.

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 Level 1, 703 Rosebank Road, Avondale (a lift is available). These meetings have two sessions. The first session is a public meeting which members of the public are welcome to attend either in person or by audio-visual link. If you would like to join, please register your attendance via email to info@thetrusts.co.nz at least 2 clear working days prior to the meeting and you will be sent the link. Please indicate if you would like to speak in the public forum and, if so, what the subject is. Please note the speaking time is 5 minutes per speaker/topic.


    The public meeting is followed by a public-excluded session, which is not open to members of the public.


    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:


    2024


    Wednesday 31 January - moved due to Auckland Anniversary Day public holiday - Download meeting documents


    Thursday 8 February at 4 pm via Zoom. Special Meeting to be held in Public Excluded to appoint a WATS Director.


    Tuesday 27 February. This meeting is being held at The Trusts Support Office, Level 1, 703 Rosebank Road, Avondale at 5 pm. A lift is available if required. - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 26 March - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 30 April. This meeting is being held at The Trusts Support Office, Level 1, 703 Rosebank Road, Avondale at 5 pm. A lift is available. If you would like to join the Public meeting via audio-visual link, please email info@thetrusts.co.nz at least 2 clear working days prior to the meeting and you will be sent the link. Please indicate if you would like to speak in the public forum and, if so, what the subject is. Please note the speaking time is 5 minutes per speaker/topic. -Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 28 May - No monthly meeting - replaced by a public excluded workshop.


    Tuesday 25 June


    Tuesday 30 July - No monthly meeting - replaced by a public excluded workshop.


    Tuesday 27 August


    Tuesday 24 September (including Annual Meeting of Electors)


    Wednesday 30 October - moved due to Labour Day public holiday


    Tuesday 26 November


    No meetings in December


    2023


    Wednesday 1 February public meeting- moved due to the Auckland Anniversary Day public holiday - Watch a recording of this meeting.


    Tuesday 28 February - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 28 March - Download meeting documents (Updated 24/3/23)


    Tuesday 2 May - moved due to Anzac Day public holiday - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 30 May - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 27 June - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 25 July - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 29 August - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 26 September - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 31 October (including the Annual Meeting of Electors) - October public meeting - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 31 October - Download meeting documents


    Tuesday 28 November - Download meeting documents


    No meetings in December

  • 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 will be held in 2025.

    The Trusts Waitakere Linda Cooper
    The Trusts Waitakere Warren Flaunty
    The Trusts Waitakere Mark Allen
    The Trusts Waitakere Brooke Loader
    Jared Patterson website image
    Amanda Roberts website image
    Sunil Kaushal website image

    Linda Cooper

    WATS Elected Member Director

    Long time West Auckland volunteer and resident, committed to good community governance which benefits local people.
    To me, 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 QSM

    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.

    Mark Allen

    WATS Elected Member Director

    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.

    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

    Jared Patterson

    I am a proud Westie and successful IT engineer working in the global internet industry. I have lived and participated in communities across all corners of the world.


    I joined the trust to help drive competition and choice as well as to ensure The Trusts evolve to address the change in demographics, providing better local hospitality, entertainment options, and employment opportunities.


    As West Auckland sees one of its biggest growth periods through a time of climate change, I want to help drive the board in addressing these issues, by providing better local options that prevent westies from having to travel to neighbouring communities for these experiences.


    To me, the West is: A very diverse area with lots of potential to become a thriving part of Auckland.

    Amanda Roberts

    A marketing and advertising professional by trade, I am passionate about sharing my skills and knowledge to help small businesses grow. I love being outdoors and experiencing everything New Zealand has to offer with my son, Jackson, my partner, Simon, and our new pup, Ranger.


    I decided to run for a position as an elected member of the Waitākere Licensing Trust to bring a voice to the board, advocate for more and better hospitality options, achieve a higher level of giving back to the community and a greater level of dialogue and communication between the community and the boards that serve them.


    I would like to achieve a greater level of giving back to the community, improving and growing the hospitality options for the west and ensuring there is a greater degree of two-way communication between the WATs board, elected members and the community.


    To me, the West is: Black sand beaches, cool green forests and rugged coastlines. It is diverse, down to earth, and growing!

    Sunil Kaushal

    Deputy President

    A financial professional by trade, I am a father of four kids, husband, and slave to four rescue cats and a dog who thinks no one loves him. I have more than 20 years of experience in governance and the financial industry.


    With a love for serving and supporting my community, I am involved in and lead local community groups. During my leisure time, I enjoy sports, visiting beaches and walks in our paradise.


    I am here to serve our community by being an advocate for them through increased giving back to the community, growing our hospitality options so we don’t have to travel out of the region, and help our local economy, hiring locals as we grow and look at the changing needs of our demographics.


    I want to look at ways we can meet the growing needs of our changing demographics, ensure the locals are put first when decisions are made, and help support The Trusts’ customers through outlets and venues.


    To me, the West is: A place to call home.

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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 human 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.


Pictured (left): West Auckland Trust Services Board members. Absent: Mark Allen.

  • The Trusts WATS John Journee
    The Trusts WATS Bruce Scott
    Steve Bayliss website image
    Kirsten Andrews website image
    The Trusts Portage Margi Watson
    The Trusts Waitakere Mark Allen
    The Trusts Waitakere Linda Cooper
    Marcus Amosa website image
    Matt Harker lc

    John Journee

    Deputy Chair

    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

    WATS Independent Director

    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.

    Steve Bayliss

    WATS Independent Director

    Steve Bayliss is a writer, professional director and consultant. He is one of the country’s most experienced and awarded marketing professionals.


    "The Trusts is an iconic West Auckland brand," says Steve. "I am excited to help shape solutions that meet customers’ needs while also giving back to the wider community."

    Kirsten Andrews

    WATS Independent Director

    Kirsten Andrews has more than 25 years of experience in the property industry, from property development and strategy to asset and transaction management.


    "I’m excited to be joining the WATS board at a critical time," says Kirsten. "I look forward to contributing to an organisation that does such great work supporting the local community."

    Margi Watson

    WATS Elected Member Director

    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

    Mark Allen

    WATS Elected Member Director

    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.

    Linda Cooper

    WATS Elected Member Director

    Long time West Auckland volunteer and resident, committed to good community governance which benefits local people.
    To me, The West is: Home, heart and good people, always wanting what's best for family, our beautiful environment and the future of our tamariki.

    Marcus Amosa

    WATS Elected Member Director

    I am a proud father of one daughter and live with my wife in Avondale. As a business owner, I am passionate about revitalising our town centres.


    To me, The West is: Beaches, barbeques and chilling out with family and friends.

    Matt Harker

    Chair

    A proud Aucklander with Director and Chair experience in numerous community-facing organisations across care, health, housing, development, regeneration and kids' support.


    To me, The West is: An amazing collection of people and communities sharing amazing local spaces, parks, markets, forest and beaches with a bright and growing future.