West Auckland Licensing Trusts Action Group

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Help us remove the monopoly on alcohol sales held by The Trusts of West Auckland. We need your help to organise a petition to hold a vote!


We’re launching a petition calling for a referendum on The Trusts monopoly of alcohol sales (taverns, hotels and off-licenses) in West Auckland. (more information on the petition can be found at www.trustsaction.org.nz).

A referendum will give West Aucklanders their first chance to have a democratic vote on The Trusts monopoly since 2003.

In order for the referendum to be successful, we need to gather signatures from at least 15% of the people of West Auckland (defined by the areas of the Portage Licensing Trust and Waitakere Licensing Trust).

The funding will help us make the people of West Auckland aware of the petition, the true facts and figures behind The Trusts monopoly on alcohol sales and also to help organise and run the petition itself.

It's time for West Auckland to free itself from the shackles of an archaic and out of date monopoly held by The Trusts and the inefficiencies and restrictions that the monopoly forces on the people of West Auckland. It's time to stand up and fight for what the rest of Auckland and most of New Zealand already enjoys. It's time to let West Auckland grow with great bars, vibrant entertainment areas and excellent restaurants. It's time we had the chance to vote on the continuation of the monopoly held by The Trusts. To do this, we need your support!

Use of funds

Funds will be used to help organise and market the petition. If the petition is successful, funds will be used to then help educate and inform the people of West Auckland about their chance to vote and the problems with the existing monopoly.

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Update on the Petition to remove The Trusts' monopoly in West Auckland  22 June 2019

Hi everyone,

We made a decision not to submit the petition in time for the vote to be added to the local body elections later this year.


We are over (yes, over!) the 15,000 signatures needed for the Waitakere Licensing Trust, but we need to be sure that enough of the signatures are valid (i.e. address matches the electoral roll). To be safe, we think we need another 5,000 signatures on top of what we have now.

Where to from here?

After a few days rest and a regroup, we’ve made a plan and set a new target to submit the petition by September 30.

There’s no question there’s sufficient appetite for a vote in West Auckland. The challenge is one of resources and access to busy locations for collecting signatures. If Countdown had allowed us access, the petition would have been complete many months ago.

So, where to from here and how can you help?

--> DONATE. We’re going to need more $$$ to keep things going and to enable us to collect those signatures. Donate here 👉 http://bit.ly/2KtvTRb

--> UPDATE your details on the electoral roll. Please sign again if your have moved house to make sure your details match the electoral roll. Update the electoral roll here 👉 http://bit.ly/2KuIiVe

--> GET MORE SIGNATURES. Get everyone you know to sign and tell them to ensure their details are up to date. Sign here 👉 http://bit.ly/2Kw4jD1

Thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far. We’re so close. This is going to happen! ✊

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Latest donations

nik on 17 Sep 2019
Hayden on 27 Jul 2019
Linda Hopkins
Linda Hopkins on 29 Jun 2019
Good luck - I'm sick of driving out of the area to buy my wine.
Amy Kingston-Turner
Amy Kingston-Turner on 25 Jun 2019
H Wiley
H Wiley on 24 Jun 2019

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