About Your Trust


In the early history of New Zealand, living conditions were often difficult, and hard drinking and the often-consequential drunkenness can be seen as a reaction to the times. Abuses, which were common during the nineteenth century, inevitably brought increasing restrictions through legislation.

These abuses gave rise in the late 1800s to the temperance and prohibition movements which drove a move to give control of Alcohol back to the community through the process of local body elections.

In 1893, the Alcoholic Liquors Sale Control Act aligned licensing districts with parliamentary electorates. Licensing polls were to be held with each general election. There were now three options to choose from. These were “continuance of the status quo”, reduction of the number of liquor licences by 25 percent, and “local no-licence” which would prevent public sale of alcohol within that electorate. Continuance and reduction only needed a majority, but local no licence needed three-fifths majority.

What resulted was that a number of areas voted for a prohibition on alcohol sales. Clutha was the first in 1894, Ashburton and Mataura followed in 1902, Invercargill, Oamaru, and Grey Lynn in 1905, and Bruce, Wellington South, Wellington suburbs, Masterton, Ohinemuri and Eden in 1908. 1911 saw the peak of the prohibition movement when it failed by only 20,000 votes to carry national prohibition. Thereafter the strength of the prohibition movement faded. But it was 1999 before the last “dry” areas disappeared.

Source – wikipedia

how is the wiri licensing trust different?

In 1970 the Wiri Licensing Trust purchased from (what would become) the Manukau City Council the land at 254 Roscommon Rd, which is now home to Our Local, one of our three hospitality venues.  

On the 28th of April 2004 when the Manukau City Council entered into the Deed of Gift for the property at 639 Great South Rd which encompasses the site which includes Woodside Bar & Kitchen, Wendys, Wiri Trust House, Krispy Kreme, and a range of other retail outlets.  The Wiri licensing Trust also owns the F-Bar in Maich Rd Manurewa, although this is leased to an operator.  

The Wiri Licensing Trust does not control the sale & supply of alcohol in South Auckland. This function is delivered by Auckland Council in partnership with the District Licensing Authorities. 


Returns to the community are generated from the commercial property and hospitality portfolios and usually take the form of sponsorships and marketing activities with various community groups that are doing good in our community. As these sponsorships are funded from commercial operations (hospitality & property) we are able to be more flexible and develop long-term relationships that benefit our community while also supporting increased revenue or branding for the Wiri Licensing Trust and its venues. 


The Wiri Licensing Trust, in 2021 selected Trillian Trust as the operator of the gaming machines at our venues under the Class 4 Gambling Act. Trustees of the time were very mindful of ensuring that at all times the Licensing Trust operates in the most compliant manner possible and generates the least possible community risk while continuing to support the community organisations that rely so vitally on these funds.  


Brian Blake


027 220 8032

Daniel Newman

Deputy Chair

Glenn Murphy


Rangi Mclean


Joseph Allan


Andrew Lesa



Every month our elected members meet to talk about the Trust’s activities at Wiri Trust House, 639 Great South Rd, Manukau.

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 3.30 pm. The second session is a closed meeting for the elected members only.

These meetings are scheduled for the following times

  • Wednesday 19th October 22 – Held at Our Local, 254 Roscommon Rd 
  • Monday 21st November 22 
  • Monday 19th December 22 
  • Monday 16th January 23 
  • Monday 20th February 23 
  • Monday 20th March 23 
  • Monday 17th April 23
  • Monday 15th May 23
  • Monday 19th June 23
  • Monday 17th July 23
  • Monday 21st August 23
  • Monday 18th Sept 23
  • Monday 16th October 23

Record of attendance