What is the Wiri Licensing Trust?
The Wiri Licensing Trust is a community owned business based in South Auckland with business interests in commercial property and bars. The Trust looks to distribute a significant portion of its profits back to the local community through grants, donations and sponsorships.
The Trust is governed by six Trustees elected during the local body elections. The Trust is constituted under Part 3 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Its principal purpose is the sale of alcohol food and refreshments within its district. The Trust's district is defined by law and more or less covers the area bounded by the Southern Motorway, the Manukau Harbour and Puhinui Road.
The Trust operates two bars in its district - Our Local at 254 Roscommon Rd Wiri and Woodside at 4 Ronwood Ave in Manukau. In addition the Trust leases out to a private operatoranother bar which is located in Station Rd Manurewa. The Trust also has a number of commercial property investments in Manukau Central with its flagship property covering 2.7ha of land and buildings in Central Manukau on the corner of Ronwood Ave and Great South Road. Key tenants include, Bank of New Zealand, Carls Jr, TAB and Krispy Kreme.
The Trust distributes some of its profits to local community organizations operating within its district through small grants, donations and sponsorships. Generally these grants, donations and sponsorship are for less than $1000. The application form for these is available on the Trust’s website.
As part of its bar operations the Trust provides Class 4 gaming machines which are operated under the Gambling Act 2003. These machines are operated by The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF) and Trillion Trust. The Trustees work collaboratively with these two gaming trusts to ensure that all proceeds from the gaming sites controlled by the Trust are directed back into the local community. With this in mind the Trust encourages community organizations, especially those within the Manurewa community, to apply to TTCF and Trillion for funding assistance for worthwhile community projects.
These gaming trusts have a legal responsibility to return at least 37% of total proceeds from Class 4 gaming machines back into community grants. With input from Wiri Licensing Trust both of our two gaming trust partners return in excess of 50% of total proceeds back in grants. This results in an additional $300,000annually being returned to the local community.
The Trustees are: