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The latest news on our Giving Back, retail & hospitality announcements and West Auckland community news.

Mr Illingsworth

Mr Illingsworth has opened!

Mr Illingsworth has opened! While many Aucklanders were at the beach over the summer break, our Te Atatu team were hard at work opening Mr Illingsworth, the newest addition to West Auckland’s bar and restaurant scene. Two years in the planning, Mr Illingsworth is part of a revamped range of food, beverage and retail stores…

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Fair Food

Fair Food: Feeding People, Not Landfill

Fair Food: Feeding People, Not Landfill The West Auckland-based food rescue charity, Fair Food, is making a massive difference to local communities. As well as reducing waste and the amount going to landfill, Fair Food is also helping disadvantaged local families to put food on the table. A recipient of $33,335 of Million Dollar Mission…

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Titirangi Badminton Enjoys New Lighting

Titirangi Badminton Enjoys New Lighting Million Dollar Mission funded court lighting has made a dramatic difference at Titirangi Badminton Club. The club successfully applied to the Million Dollar Mission for $11,010 to replace the existing outdated and high maintenance court lighting with new, brighter and energy efficient LED lighting. “The entire hall is so much…

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Sports Equipment Boost to Local Schools

Sports Equipment Boost to Local Schools Sport Waitakere is part of a national network of regional sports trusts and its aim is to get Kiwis more active, more often. They saw a need for support to the West’s low decile schools which often struggle with sports equipment that frankly has seen better days.   Sport Waitakere’s Community Sport Manager, David George explains,…

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Making a Difference with Big Buddy

Making a Difference with Big Buddy Bringing up a family can be a challenge for the best of us, but for mothers coping with fatherless boys support and positive role models can sometimes be hard to come by. Big Buddy Mentoring Trust is helping to fill the gap by providing positive mentors for fatherless boys aged 7-14. There’s…

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Million Dollar Mission Update: Finalist selection is underway!

Million Dollar Mission Update: Finalist selection is underway! From 1 October to 15 November 2018, community organisations with West Auckland projects were invited to submit applications for their share of one million dollars of funding from The Trusts. This funding is given back from the profits we make through our retail liquor stores and hospitality…

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A New Club Room for Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club

A New Clubroom For Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club Westies are justifiably proud of the west coast’s wild and beautiful beaches. Who doesn’t enjoy a dip in the sea or a fishing trip on a glorious summer’s day? Stunning though the likes of Piha and Karekare undoubtedly are, they are also some of the most dangerous…

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Raukatauri

Helping West Aucklanders Through Music Therapy

Raukatauri Music Therapy – Changing Lives Through Music Every Wednesday, Xavier Faughey goes to one of his favourite places in the world, Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in West Auckland. Here, Xavier is able to have fun, to sing, to connect with people and to express all the emotions he can’t communicate. It’s an incredible achievement,…

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter

Two New Rescue Helicopters Taking To The Air

Two New Rescue Helicopters Taking To The Air Operating as one of the region’s crucial emergency services, the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) performs an outstanding job all-year round. With over 1000 missions typically completed every year, the ARHT is often the difference between life and death. With such high stakes, it’s essential that the…

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Ranui Primary School Playground

New Playground at Ranui Primary School

A New Playground For Ranui Primary School  Million Dollar Mission funding of $78,450 has been used to provide a vibrant and colourful state-of-the art playground for the 360 tamariki at Ranui Primary School. The school playground had seen better days. It was old, rundown and only really suitable for the younger children. Overcrowding as well as…

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