I started playing for Waitemata FC (Henderson FC back then) in 1970 at the age of 5. It was a great place to make friends which I am still in regular contact with. I played until 1982 marking one season in the reserve team. I moved clubs to play 1st team Football.
Due to a number of Football injuries I retired from playing at the age of 30.
In 2004 I returned to Waitemata FC as a junior coach, for my son’s 7th Grade Team. I coached his team up to 19th Grade. In 2005 I became involved with the club Committee. I held a number of positions – Junior Club Captain 7 years, Club Secretary 2 years and President 5 years.
At the time I joined the committee, the Men’s 1st team were struggling in NRFL Div 2. We finally dropped down to the NFF Conference League – (a league which is very hard to get out of). This is where we stayed for 8 long seasons – even after winning the league 3 times and runner-up 3 times, but losing play-offs to be promoted back to the NRFL. It was a joy to finally be rewarded, winning the league in 2015 and moving back up to NRFL.
I resigned from the President role and the committee in 2019.
Both my sons played for the club. My eldest gave it a go but decided this was not for him. My youngest, Joshua – I coached from 7th grade to 19th grade.
My wife Kirsten was the manager of Joshua’s team all the way through that time. She had always supported me in my different roles at the football club and when I resigned from the committee, she took up the reins of Administration Officer and also became a committee member too.
Our family has Yellow and Red running through our veins like so many families at the club.
I would encourage all members to donate some time to the club. Whether that be helping on game day with field set up or Tuck Shop, Kitchen, Bar or joining the committee. It is very rewarding.
My time at Waitemata goes back to watching my brother play here in the late 70’s and 80’s but more recently supporting my son who played at Waitemata from 2004-2019.
I managed my son’s team, alongside my husband who coached the team, from 7th grade thru to 19th Grade.
When my husband Graeme became President, I supported him, helping in the background with administration. In 2017 I became Administration officer and have continued in this role up until November 2022.
I have enjoyed the time here working in the background. It has been so lovely to meet so many families enjoying their football. It is so good seeing them re-enrolling for the following years.
Waitemata is a wonderful club with so much rich history. I look forward to continuing to support the club, watching it grow and develop further, in the many years to come.
Paul "Dutchie" Heynen
Started playing for Western United then Henderson United then Waitemata F.C. (all the same club) at the age of 4 in 1961 consecutively to 2012 (Never played for any other club)
Was a keen runner and ran countless hours to and from work, to training as well as running to AUT in Carrington rd. and home again for my apprenticeship in Building, to home.
Played first team Waitemata for 12 years 1975-1990
143 first team appearances. We won one championship.
Played and coached for the over 35’s
Played indoor Waitemata and 7 aside
Played for the NZ team for World Master in Melbourne in 2002
Coached Midgets and juniors from 1987 onwards
Coached Auckland Junior Girls under 14 team 1999
Spent countless hours helping to build The Club rooms that we now have, as I am a Builder by trade and built the stage a few years later
Worked behind the bar
Did the Telephone book run as fundraiser for years
Fundraising Bottle drives for the juniors
Got Coaches badge and refereed for years
My Dad Kees Heynen played in Keeling Rd before I did right in the beginning
Ex-wife Shirley played and Captained Ladies team
3 Children Jason Daniel and Laura all played for Waitemata and Waitakere United as we lived next door to Fred Taylor Park
Laura Heynen still playing for Waitemata (Has been captain for the Ladies 1st Team for years. She has won numerous golden boot awards
Granddaughter Sophia Good and Grandson Lucas Bieshaar now playing for Waitemata
Other Grandson Kuba playing for Auckland United and granddaughter Maja just started little kickers and have 3 other grandchildren too young to play we will see where they go!
A very proud Opa and Dad who loves to support them all.
I am privileged to have been a part of this fantastic football family club since 1961!
Joined Waitemata in 1993 and made 150 First Team Apperances. Still playing O35s Started coaching in 1994 at Waitemata and have continued to coach. Have coached First Team, Reserves, Womans, Social, Youth and Junior
Senior Committee member for WFC since 2018 President for WFC since 2020
Daughter Aneka joined in 2011 playing Midgets, Juniors, Youth and Womans Team. Son Kieran joined in 2014 playing Midgets and Juniors for WFC.
On field contribution was limited initially to that of Midget and Junior parent and supporter before taking on the role of Team manager (in conjunction with my wife Karenne) for a number of years for both my sons Junior and Youth teams.
Manager from 2001 to 2006 (6 seasons) for my oldest sons coach Alan Taylor (Life Member).
Manager from 2009 to 2011 (3 seasons) for my youngest sons coach Andrew Smith (Life member).
I started to produce the Waitemata FC first team match day programme from the beginning of the 2013 season. Have produced a match day programme for every home League, Chatham Cup and other Cup fixtures over the past decade. Produced my 100th programme for the club at the beginning of the 2022 season. Programmes have been acknowledged by New Zealand Football, awarded the:
2014 New Zealand Football Media Association – Match day Programme of the Year.
2015 New Zealand Football Media Association – Match day Programme of the Year
2016 New Zealand Football Media Association – Match day Programme of the Year
2017 New Zealand Football Media Association – Match day Programme of the Year
With the enormous assistance of the New Zealand Football Historian Barry Smith I have also endeavored to compile and document as much of the history, stories and statistical data of the club’s first team and those players (male and female), as well as notable personalities that have contributed to the rich history of the club, before much of that history is lost forever to the passing of time.
Both my sons played through Midget, Junior and Youth grades for Waitemata FC continuously from 1998 through until 2012.