Kapi-Mana News : July 26th 2011
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 26, 2011 NEWS Everyday Banking Insurance Loans Investments From the time he began with PSIS Paraparaumu at the start of 2010, Craig Phillips has enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the Kapiti Coast, and been impressed by the community's sense of pride. Now that he's become branch manager, he aims to keep contributing to that community wellbeing. "PSIS is all about being active in our local communities," he says. "We're a co-operative that's 100% owned by its customers -- including local people who live right here. So getting behind local community projects is a key priority for us. PSIS Paraparaumu is proud to support the Wellington Free Ambulance, because they provide such a vital service to ever yone on the Coast." Craig feels that being 100% customer- owned is what sets PSIS apar t. "We offer everyday banking, home loans, investments and insurance, but it's our co-operative values that really make the difference. It means we aim to put our customers' best interests first." Having been at the Paraparaumu branch for over eighteen months, Craig has got to know many of his customers. He's keen to show more Coast people what PSIS can of fer them. "I invite anyone who hasn't been into our branch yet to come in and talk to us," he says. "In a suppor tive community like this, a customer-owned co-operative is a great choice for your banking." New PSIS branch manager enjoys "relaxed and friendly" coast Pop in and see us at Coastlands Shopping Centre, Rimu Road, Paraparaumu or call us on (04) 296 1760 www.psis.co.nz PSIS is not a registered bank, but a ver y co-oper ative co-operative. RR_22945_KMN INGOT METALS BUYERS OF ALL SCRAP METALS & MACHINERY Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 37 Raiha Street, Porirua (04) 237 5322 •0274 454 725 3596010 • Steel • Copper • Aluminium • Brass • Old Cars • Electric Motors • Batteries • Whiteware Social drinking: Former Porirua John Burke has been elected president of the New Zealand Licensing Trusts Association, whose member organisations distribute $50 million annually to community groups. All about the drink By ANDREA O'NEIL He might not drink alcohol, but John Burke is keeping a close eye on liquor reform in New Zea- land. Mana resident and former Porirua mayor Mr Burke was recently elected president of the New Zealand Licensing Trusts Association, an advice and lobbying body representing charitable licens- ing trusts nationwide. His main role will be to advise local trusts -- many of whom operate liquor licences -- about changes to the Sale of Liquor Act, currently being reviewed by the Government. The last time the act was reviewed, in 1989, huge changes were made to liquor licensing trusts, which distribute money gained from the sale of alcohol to community groups. The 1989 changes allowed the public to vote for competition to be opened up in areas in New Zealand where liquor licensing trusts operate. Mr Burke will lobby against any reforms which could stop trusts raising funds to distribute in the community. Last year licensing trusts nationwide gave out $50 million. In the 1990s Porirua voted to allow competition for the sale of liquor, and the local trust suffered as a result. The people of Porirua voted by a margin of almost two to one that they would prefer the licensing trust to have competition here, Mr Burke says. Anybody who wants to open a bar in Porirua, who can prove to the local authority they re fit, don t have to go through many difficult processes to open their own bar. Mr Burke sat on Porirua s licensing trust board for most of the 1990s, but did not seek re-election in 1998 following disagreements about how the trust managed its business. I found myself all too often at odds with my fellow trustees. He stood again in 2001 and became president, and has helped to turn its finances around. In the past 12 months the trust has distributed $2.5m, all to the Porirua community except for a $50,000 donation to the Christchurch earthquake fund. In the process of revamping its finances, the trust got rid of its liquor licensing function altogether, rebranding as the Porirua Com- munity Trust in 2005. The trust still owns five local bars, but leases these to local operators. The model of the licensing trust owning and operating its own bars didn t seem to be working well in Porirua, Mr Burke says. These days our business profits come from rent and investments. An arm of the trust is the Mana Community Grants Foundation, which gets its funds from 90 gambling machines around Porirua. The trust s assets now exceed $6m, a big turn- around from the time of its substantial business losses 10 years ago. We re now making a quarter of a million in business profits. I sleep better nowadays. Ease of purchase was a big factor in Porirua s vote -- before competition was introduced locals could not buy alcohol from supermarkets, only licensed bottle shops. There s a big, big convenience thing. Of 19 liquor licensing trusts in New Zealand, only four remain closed , or without competition in their area. One is Invercargill, where proceeds from the local trust fund the city s no fees poly- technic among other community projects. New Zealand s first licensing trust was created in 1944 in Invercargill, which had previously been dry under prohibition. Trusts were created to keep alcohol prices low in the face of an effective monopoly which existed at the time between the country s two major breweries. Mr Burke now fears the price of alcohol could rise if recommendations from the Law Com- mission are adopted. He worries measures intended to curb youth binge drinking will penalise pensioners and make life more difficult for bar owners.
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