Where did it all start?
Although not one of the countries to engage in total prohibition, New Zealand
experienced extremely tight restrictions in liquor licensing terms due to the Temperance
Movement at the beginning of the 20th century When these restrictions were lifted
after WWI, we saw a huge amount of liquor licenses being granted. This resulted in
massive profits for the licence holders, and some seriously negative feedback from local
communities, who believed the proliferation of liquor outlets to be detrimental. Some
control was sought and that’s where Licensing Trusts came in. Here, the ultimate owners
are the local community: profits are fed back into the communities in which they trade.
A time line:
1952 : The Mt Wellington Licensing Trust was formed together with the assistance of the Mt Wellington Borough Council
1957 : The first licensed premises opens on the Mt Wellington Panmure Highway
1962 : A wholesale outlet is established
1965 : Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre site is purchased Mt Wellington Charitable Trust is formed
1969 : Waipuna Lodge opens
1985 : The Licensing Trust purchases the Panmure Historic Hotel
1990 : Waipuna is extended and reopened in time for the Commonweath Games, renamed Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre
2007 : The Panmure is transformed into the Landmark and Corner Bars
2012 : The Mt Wellington/Panmure RSA moves into the Landmark to share premises with us
2014 : New premises are leased at Highbrook
What does The Mt Wellington Licensing Trust do now?
Today, the Mt Wellington Licensing Trust employs some 200 people with an annual
turnover of $20million, gifting more than $1.5million to the community each year.
Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre
The mainstay of the Trust, with 150 rooms and a magnificent view over the Panmure
Basin, it caters to both domestic and international visitors, corporate and private. The
land it occupies is extremely valuable and provides the opportunity for more extensive
development in the future.
Panmure Historic Hotel Complex
With its two separate licensed premises and additional leased office space a strong food
and beverage business together with gaming and a TAB, this complex also lives on a
piece of valuable land, providing future development potential.
Waipuna Conference Suites at Highbrook
Located at Highbrook Business Park, the Waipuna Conference Suites provide meeting and
catering services to businesses within the park and beyond. The space is leased and the
business operates to complement the Waipuna Hotel.
How does the Trust help our community?
The Mt Wellington Licensing Trust oversees:
1. The Mount Wellington Foundation, whose funds are derived from the operation of Class IV gaming offered in the Panmure premises; and
2. The Mount Wellington Charitable Trust, whose funds are derived from the operation of the business units.
The Foundation has provided over $1m annually to our community for many years
now. The Charitable Trust, which is dependent on the profitability of the operational
companies, has provided the Community with over $1m during the last three years.
From providing life-saving AEDs and training to schools and clubs, working with local
students to pursue their dreams, providing assistance to sporting and cultural groups,
the Licensing Trust has been working with the local community for many years – and
there’s no sign of slowing down.
For inspiring stories about how the Trust has helped our community,
visit www.givingisgood.co.nz/ourstories For information on grant applications, visit
Building on its excellent track record, including a strong balance sheet, well maintained
assets and a strong business stream, not to mention a wealth of happy community based
recipients, The Trust is looking to the future with excitement, pledging to.
• Protect its existing community-owned assets and businesses;
• Sustainably expand and grow its community-owned assets and businesses; and
• Maximise profits whilst ensuring quality working conditions and moving towards at least a living wage for its employees.
This will be achieved by:
• Employing local people
• Supporting local people, businesses and organisations
• Providing quality service and facilities to its guests and customers.