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EDITION #28<br />

MARCH <strong>2017</strong><br />

<strong>275</strong><br />

Māngere’s<br />

times<br />

<strong>275</strong> times<br />

Free!<br />

Our stories, our people, our Māngere<br />

Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou<br />

GUCCI<br />

COMES TO<br />

BADER<br />

INTERMEDIATE<br />

Among the new Year 7s<br />

at Sir Douglas Bader<br />

Intermediate, one student<br />

stands out from the rest.<br />

Gucci is jet black, very<br />

hairy, and has four legs<br />

and floppy ears. Yes, you<br />

guessed it, Gucci is a dog.<br />

Sir Douglas Bader<br />

Intermediate is piloting<br />

an innovative program<br />

that will see Gucci<br />

become an integral part<br />

of the school, working in<br />

classrooms with students.<br />

Gucci has been with the<br />

SPCA Auckland’s Outreach<br />

Therapy Pets programme<br />

for 18 months. In that time<br />

she has visited prisons,<br />

facilities for the elderly,<br />

rehab units, hospitals<br />

and other places where<br />

people need love, affection<br />

and non-judgement. She<br />

has also visited the<br />

Whakatakapokai Child,<br />

Youth & Family care and<br />

protection residence in<br />

South Auckland to assist<br />

young people understand<br />

the importance of empathy.<br />

“Gucci has made an instant<br />

impact with the students<br />

of Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate<br />

and especially<br />

Not just the teacher’s pet: Students Jojo Ouanine, Michael Uruamo and Tangiora Tait with Gucci.<br />

the students in Room 6,”<br />

says Principal Scott Symes.<br />

“The students love having<br />

her as part of the class;<br />

it's been great to see kids<br />

connect and just enjoy<br />

having Gucci close to them.”<br />

Associate Principal Mel<br />

Bland proposed the initiative<br />

early in February, believing<br />

that having an animal<br />

in the classroom would<br />

help students develop a<br />

sense of responsibility.<br />

Among other things, the<br />

kids have learned to change<br />

Gucci’s water, move quietly<br />

around her, and remind<br />

other students of the proper<br />

ways to treat an animal.<br />

They are now demonstrating<br />

these habits daily.<br />

“The calming influence Gucci<br />

has had in the room has<br />

been very noticeable. The<br />

kids have also noticed that<br />

Gucci will seek out certain<br />

students when she senses<br />

things and will go and be<br />

close to them,” says Mel.<br />

Jojo Ouanine, a Room 6<br />

student, says Gucci helps<br />

him when he gets stressed<br />

out. “I just go to her and<br />

take some time out to<br />

pat her. And then I can<br />

get on with my work.”<br />

Michael Uruamo, another<br />

student, says ”It’s a big<br />

responsibility having Gucci<br />

with us and it's taught me<br />

to be more responsible<br />

– and the class!”<br />

As well as helping students<br />

become more responsible,<br />

the initiative is helping<br />

them think outside the box.<br />

Gucci has been welcomed<br />

with open arms and is now<br />

the most popular member<br />

of Bader Intermediate.<br />

WHAT’S INSIDE:<br />

P2: Neighbours Day Aotearoa P5: Maramataka P7: Torranice Campel


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Takapuna


NEW LEADER FOR HISTORIC SCHOOL<br />

In February, Māngere<br />

Central School welcomed<br />

Jacqualene Maindonald<br />

as its new principal.<br />

By Toni Helleur<br />

A born and raised Cantabrian,<br />

and the eldest of four children,<br />

Jacqualene completed all her studies<br />

in Canterbury – including four years<br />

at the University of Canterbury and<br />

Christchurch College of Education.<br />

She is a former principal of<br />

Richmond School in Christchurch<br />

and Woodhill School in Helensville.<br />

Jaqualene’s husband is also a<br />

principal and they have a teenage<br />

son who has represented Auckland<br />

and Canterbury in football (soccer).<br />

Sport is something the Maindonald<br />

family enjoys most weekends –<br />

either softball, surfing or football.<br />

Jacqualene says she is in her new role<br />

for the long haul. “I will show you a<br />

passion and commitment to match<br />

that which is already here,” she says.<br />

“Whānau is so important to me, and<br />

Māngere Central is my new whānau.”<br />

Proud history<br />

Māngere Central School was the first<br />

public school in the Māngere area<br />

and opened on 1 September, 1859.<br />

In the early 1880s a new schoolhouse<br />

and a “teacher’s dwelling” were built<br />

Passion and commitment: Jacqualene Maindonald, Māngere Central School’s new principal.<br />

to accommodate the growing<br />

community. These buildings<br />

still stand on the Old School<br />

Reserve at the corner of Kirkbride<br />

Road and Naylors Drive.<br />

Back in the early days, children had<br />

to walk large distances to get to<br />

school – although some were lucky<br />

enough to travel by pony or donkey.<br />

Today children from Makaurau<br />

Marae in Ihumātao travel to school<br />

on their very own school bus.<br />

The school is proud to have<br />

produced members of parliament,<br />

principals of other early Auckland<br />

schools, and famous sportsmen and<br />

women, as well as a Crown solicitor<br />

and a NZ Director of Education.<br />

Many of these early students<br />

and their families; the Kirkbrides,<br />

Westneys, Rennies, Masseys and<br />

Robertsons are remembered today<br />

in local street and place names.<br />

Part of the community for 136 years: The<br />

old school hall at the corner of Kirkbride Rd &<br />

Naylors Dr is now a community meeting space.<br />

Get set for<br />

Neighbours Day<br />

25–26 <strong>March</strong><br />

By Toni Helleur<br />

Every connection you have<br />

with a neighbour makes<br />

your neighbourhood more<br />

friendly, fun and safe.<br />

That’s the idea behind<br />

Neighbours Day Aotearoa,<br />

a nationwide event that<br />

aims to get neighbours<br />

talking to each other.<br />

If you want to get involved,<br />

the website is a good place<br />

to start. You can join for free<br />

updates, and while you’re at<br />

it, enter your great idea for<br />

a Neighbours Day activity.<br />

The town and city with the<br />

most registered activities<br />

will be crowned City and<br />

Town of the Year <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

There are lots of ideas<br />

on the website, but<br />

simply knocking on your<br />

neighbour’s door to say<br />

“Hi!”and introduce yourself<br />

is a great first step. Or, if you<br />

live in a street where your<br />

kids tend to get together<br />

and play until you call them<br />

in for dinner, why not try<br />

organising a street BBQ?<br />

I’m the Māngere Area<br />

Coordinator for Neighbourhood<br />

Support (NS), so this<br />

year, I’ll be using Neighbours<br />

Day to kick-start the NS<br />

movement. NS is free to join,<br />

and it’s all about connecting<br />

with your neighbours too.<br />

I’m also aiming to help<br />

my neighbours reduce<br />

their household waste<br />

by teaching them how<br />

to use bokashi (a form of<br />

composting) so they’re<br />

ready for Māngere’s<br />

new red bin roll-out.<br />

I think this will be a<br />

great start leading up to<br />

Neighbours Day Aotearoa.<br />

The question is: what<br />

will you plan to do?<br />

Share your ideas, pics<br />

and invites with us on<br />

Facebook.com/<strong>275</strong><strong>Times</strong><br />

Neighbours Day Aotearoa<br />

is supported by Lifewise,<br />

The Mental Health<br />

Foundation, Neighbourhood<br />

Support NZ, Inspiring<br />

Communities, Christchurch<br />

Methodist Mission and the<br />

Public Libraries of NZ.<br />

http://neighboursday.org.nz<br />

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REDUCING RUBBISH:<br />

IT’S A FAMILY THING<br />

With the era of black<br />

bags coming to an end,<br />

some of us have been<br />

wondering how we’ll fit<br />

all our rubbish into the<br />

new red-lidded bins.<br />

Waste-minimisation expert<br />

Justine Skilling talked<br />

to one family who have<br />

already made the switch.<br />

Ane Karika-Nuku is Kaitiaki<br />

Manuhiri at the Māngere Mountain<br />

Education Centre. Born and<br />

raised in Māngere, she moved to<br />

Ōtāhuhu eight months ago with<br />

her husband and six children,<br />

who range in age from 8 to 18.<br />

Because Ōtāhuhu was part of the<br />

old Auckland City Council, residents<br />

there have been using the 120-litre<br />

red-lidded wheelie bins for 15 years.<br />

Ane's family has adapted to the<br />

new system and now they barely<br />

manage to fill their 120-litre bin<br />

with rubbish each week.<br />

I asked her how her family<br />

organises their rubbish<br />

at home and how they<br />

manage to create such a<br />

small amount of waste.<br />

Lessons from the<br />

deep South<br />

“After I finished<br />

high school in<br />

Māngere, I moved<br />

to Invercargill.<br />

My family lived<br />

there for many<br />

years before<br />

moving back.<br />

Down there,<br />

we were used<br />

to recycling and<br />

cutting down our<br />

food waste. People<br />

used their own dinner<br />

sets when they had<br />

functions, instead of<br />

plastic plates. (That’s<br />

when having six children<br />

came in handy!)<br />

Invercargill is about the size of<br />

Māngere Bridge. As well as having<br />

a recycle centre, there were dropoff<br />

points around the town for<br />

glass, cardboard and other items.<br />

Houses have big sections, so<br />

everyone grows their own food.<br />

Our food scraps went to the dogs,<br />

the farms, or back in our garden.<br />

Staying on track<br />

When we moved up here again,<br />

our children were really “grossed<br />

out” to see the rubbish bags on<br />

Māngere streets. They wondered<br />

how such small houses could create<br />

so much rubbish. We got a bit lazy<br />

at first too, as it was cheaper to buy<br />

packaged food in the supermarket.<br />

We had eight people living in the<br />

main house and another family<br />

out the back, and each week we<br />

put out two or three black sacks.<br />

When we moved to<br />

Ōtāhuhu, we had to<br />

adjust again and<br />

remember how we<br />

used to do things in<br />

the South Island.<br />

Finding room to grow<br />

We live in a Housing NZ house, so<br />

we can’t have a garden, but we grow<br />

things in containers, and we have<br />

a plot at the Māngere Mountain<br />

Education Centre community garden.<br />

We collect our food scraps and<br />

bring them to our plot to compost.<br />

“IT’S POSSIBLE TO HAVE<br />

BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN SPACES<br />

TO PLAY AND SWIM IN,<br />

IF WE LOOK AFTER<br />

WHAT’S AROUND US.”<br />

Getting the kids involved<br />

Our kids bought pretty bins from the<br />

supermarket and labelled them for<br />

recycling, soft plastics, food scraps,<br />

etc. They squash down cardboard<br />

boxes and tie them together, and<br />

rinse and squash plastic bottles before<br />

putting them in the recycle bin.<br />

We’re not buying as much packaged<br />

food as we used to in Māngere. The<br />

kids prefer homecooked<br />

meals, so<br />

takeaways are an<br />

occasional<br />

treat.<br />

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Waste-reduction champs:<br />

Ane Karika-Nuku's family of<br />

eight barely fill their red-lidded<br />

rubbish bin each week.


I work long hours and my<br />

husband works nights, so we do<br />

big weekend cook-ups in hāngi<br />

pots and freeze them. The kids<br />

get meals out of the freezer<br />

in the morning to defrost and<br />

heat them up in the evening,<br />

so we can all eat together.<br />

Reducing & reusing<br />

Because we grow our own<br />

veges, we only need to go to<br />

the supermarket once a month.<br />

We buy in bulk, which also cuts<br />

down on packaging. We look out<br />

for notifications on Facebook or<br />

Neighbourly from local schools<br />

or kindys collecting packaging<br />

for craft, and make use of our<br />

networks in the community.<br />

Our family spends a lot of<br />

time at the Māngere Mountain<br />

Education Centre, and we have<br />

to practice reducing, reusing<br />

and recycling there as well.<br />

Healthy outcomes<br />

Our main motivation for living<br />

this way has been for personal<br />

health reasons. We have allergies,<br />

eczema, asthma, hay fever, lupus<br />

and lactose intolerance in our<br />

family, so we have to cook our own<br />

food to control what we’re eating.<br />

I’m also concerned about how<br />

we’re ruining our environment<br />

by burying our waste and<br />

dumping it. Having lived in the<br />

South Island, I’ve seen that it’s<br />

possible to have beautiful, clean<br />

spaces to play and swim in, if we<br />

look after what’s around us.<br />

My eldest daughter has really<br />

inspired our whole family to get<br />

on board with reducing waste,<br />

as a result of her experiences<br />

volunteering at the recycle<br />

centre in Invercargill. It’s a<br />

family thing. You need to<br />

start when your children<br />

are young so it’s normal for<br />

them, and make it fun!”<br />

ANE’S<br />

TOP<br />

TIPS<br />

HOW TO MAKE<br />

LESS RUBBISH<br />

AT HOME...<br />

1. Cook 2. Recycle<br />

3. Grow some of your own<br />

food 4. Use real dishes for<br />

functions 5. Have separate<br />

bins with labels 6. Get the<br />

whole family involved.<br />

FONUA: The climate<br />

can change – can we?<br />

A uniquely Polynesian call<br />

to action, Fonua is a largescale<br />

theatre production<br />

that addresses the challenge<br />

of climate change from the<br />

perspective of some of the<br />

world’s most affected nations.<br />

Using song, dance, chanting<br />

and physical performance,<br />

the one-hour<br />

show reminds us<br />

that a global<br />

crisis requires<br />

a shift from<br />

individualism<br />

to collective<br />

action.<br />

MARAMATAKA:<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

by Ayla Hoeta<br />

Can you believe it's <strong>March</strong><br />

already? We’re now in the fifth<br />

phase of summer, which is called<br />

Matiti Raurehu. This is when<br />

you get a lot more moisture in<br />

the mornings. Sometimes it’s<br />

like a white dew that covers<br />

the ground – although this<br />

phenomenon has been almost<br />

absent for the last two years.<br />

The sixth phase, Matiti Rautapata,<br />

will start around the time of the<br />

full moon. During this phase<br />

the seed pods burst open and<br />

kauri trees drop their cones.<br />

At the end of summer, you’ll<br />

see the leaves dancing as they<br />

fall to the forest floor. This is<br />

called Matiti Rauangina.<br />

In <strong>March</strong>, Te Rakaunui, the highest<br />

energy day, falls on the 12th. This<br />

is a great day to get things done!<br />

The new tide brings new energy<br />

GET YOUR FREE TICKET<br />

FONUA: 8pm*, 11 & 12 <strong>March</strong><br />

Māngere Arts Centre (corner<br />

Bader Drive and Orly Ave)<br />

Cost: FREE (Reserve your<br />

seats through Eventfinda)<br />

Fonua is co-produced by<br />

the Auckland Arts Festival,<br />

supported through the<br />

Auckland Diversity<br />

Project Fund and part<br />

of the Auckland Arts<br />

Festival Whānui<br />

programme.<br />

*Please arrive at<br />

7:30pm for an<br />

8pm start.<br />

and you’ll feel productive and<br />

ready to do it all on this day.<br />

Key planting and fishing days<br />

are 19–21 <strong>March</strong>. These days<br />

are Tangaroa a mua, Tangaroa<br />

a roto and Tangaroa kiokio.<br />

The Oike day, which is best<br />

for weeding and tidying<br />

the garden, is 15 <strong>March</strong>.<br />

To set your dial, check the<br />

date of the full moon (13<br />

<strong>March</strong>). Then turn the small<br />

blue circle until the number<br />

‘12’ lines up with ‘Rakaunui’<br />

on the big orange circle.<br />

Next month we reach the last<br />

phases of summer – Matiti<br />

Rauangina – and move into<br />

the autumn months.<br />

I hope you are enjoying your<br />

maramataka read. If you would<br />

like a maramataka dial visit<br />

<strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> on Facebook. And<br />

if you have any questions<br />

contact me ayla.hoeta@<br />

aucklandcouncil.govt.nz<br />

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Inspiring talent: Polynesian<br />

diva Lavina Williams.<br />

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Food . Crafts . Cultural Performances . Bouncy Castle . Free Family Fun!<br />

FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT:<br />

Māngere East Community Centre<br />

372 Massey Road, Māngere East<br />

Email: info@mangereeast.org<br />

Phone 09 <strong>275</strong> 6161<br />

MĀNGERE EAST<br />

CULTURAL<br />

FESTIVAL<br />

SAT 11 MAR, 10 - 2PM<br />

Village Green (beside the Library)<br />

Massey Rd, Māngere East<br />

Thanks to:<br />

Former Ma-V-Elle<br />

singer Lavina Williams<br />

is back in her zone,<br />

inspiring a new wave<br />

of talent with her<br />

Vocals with Attitude<br />

singing classes, and<br />

co-hosting a brand<br />

new show on RepFM.<br />

by Shirl’e Fruean<br />

Back in the 1990s, Lavina<br />

Williams blew our minds,<br />

won our hearts and kept<br />

us on a high with her<br />

amazing, powerful voice<br />

as part of Ma-V-Elle.<br />

I remember her from<br />

her humble early days<br />

growing up in Manurewa.<br />

We were in the same class<br />

when she won the school<br />

talent quest at Weymouth<br />

Intermediate. One of<br />

the judges, Ngaire Fuata<br />

(famous at the time for<br />

her cover of “To Sir with<br />

Love”), acknowledged<br />

Lavina’s special talent<br />

and her incredible voice<br />

and predicted she was<br />

going to go places in<br />

the music industry.<br />

During high school, Lavina<br />

formed the girl band<br />

Belle. They went on to<br />

perform at the Smokefree<br />

Rockquest and Big Day<br />

Out. Later, as Ma-V-<br />

Elle, they released two<br />

albums, Spoken To (1997)<br />

and Angel (1999), and<br />

toured around the world.<br />

They were also blessed<br />

with the opportunity to<br />

open for legends Tina<br />

Turner, Boney M, Macy<br />

Gray and many more.<br />

Lavina was also part<br />

of the Faith City praise<br />

and worship team,<br />

which released a<br />

gospel album called<br />

Everything, alongside<br />

a te reo Māori version<br />

called Ngā Mea Katoa.<br />

I remember her singing at<br />

a popular karaoke bar in<br />

Papatoetoe where I was<br />

working as a bartender.<br />

She sang with her<br />

sister Emily and every<br />

time they sang it was<br />

absolutely magical.<br />

She was then given a<br />

breakthrough opportunity<br />

to play Shenzi the<br />

hyena, in the Australian<br />

production of The Lion<br />

King musical. Lavina<br />

also made it into the top<br />

10 on Australian Idol,<br />

an experience she will<br />

always remember as<br />

one of the best times<br />

in her musical career.<br />

A couple of years later,<br />

she moved to Germany,<br />

where she worked as a<br />

writer and producer for<br />

musical theatre show<br />

Popstars. She toured<br />

France as Deena in the<br />

musical Dream Girls, then<br />

moved back to NZ and<br />

was chosen for the role<br />

of Motormouth Maybelle<br />

in the 2014 production<br />

of Hairspray. She was<br />

also the vocal coach for<br />

The X Factor in 2015.<br />

Today, it’s clear this<br />

Polynesian diva is on a<br />

whole different level, with<br />

so much wisdom, and<br />

the freedom and passion<br />

to help others. She has a<br />

heart of gold and cares so<br />

much for them and wants<br />

them to be the best.<br />

If you would like to know<br />

where Lavina is performing<br />

next, you can find her<br />

on all social media sites.<br />

You can also catch her<br />

most Saturdays on RepFM,<br />

teaming up with me from<br />

7:30pm on our brand new<br />

show “Ladies’ night”. Ladies<br />

tune in! www.repfm.co.nz


COMMUNITY GAME-CHANGER:<br />

Torranice Campel<br />

World Social Work Day (21 <strong>March</strong>) celebrates<br />

social workers who are working toward social<br />

justice, environmental sustainability and human<br />

rights, globally. Here in Māngere, Torranice<br />

Campel is one social worker doing exactly that.<br />

Sharlene Looker spoke<br />

to the youth advocate<br />

about her latest projects<br />

and what drives her<br />

desire to affirm and<br />

empower today’s youth.<br />

Torranice is known for<br />

tirelessly encouraging<br />

youth to be proud of who<br />

they are, to be centred in<br />

their roots and to aspire to<br />

be the best. But her own<br />

experience growing up in<br />

Māngere was not easy.<br />

From family members<br />

coming to terms with her<br />

transgender identity, to<br />

issues of being looked down<br />

upon as a Polynesian and<br />

dealing with peers who<br />

made her feel ashamed to<br />

be her authentic self, it has<br />

taken years of confrontation<br />

and acceptance to become<br />

the woman she is today.<br />

“Looking back at myself<br />

as a young person I saw<br />

someone whose voice was<br />

silenced because of one,<br />

my identity as a transgender<br />

woman; and two, as a<br />

pacific person…” she says.<br />

For Torranice, it was a lifechanging<br />

move to Australia<br />

in 2011 which gave her the<br />

chance to re-assess her life.<br />

Moving back in 2013 and<br />

surrounding herself with<br />

mentors who uplifted her<br />

gave Torranice the courage<br />

that she needed to step out<br />

and give back by enabling<br />

youth to do the same.<br />

The result of this is a lesson<br />

that has become a mantra<br />

for all those who have<br />

been in her care: “If you<br />

are honest with me, then<br />

I will be honest with you,<br />

and together we can work<br />

on rebuilding your life”.<br />

“IF YOU ARE<br />

HONEST WITH ME,<br />

THEN I WILL BE<br />

HONEST WITH YOU,<br />

AND TOGETHER<br />

WE CAN WORK<br />

ON REBUILDING<br />

YOUR LIFE”.<br />

In all the projects Torranice<br />

has been involved in, her<br />

message has never waned:<br />

work hard, be honest<br />

and believe in yourself.<br />

Passionate about youth of all ages:<br />

Torranice Campel with her 4-year-old<br />

god-son Damon David Tanuvasa.<br />

As well<br />

as working at ME Family<br />

Services as a youth<br />

advocate, and undertaking<br />

a Bachelor of Applied Social<br />

Work, she's been an active<br />

volunteer with the Ōtāhuhu-<br />

Māngere Youth Group<br />

(OMYG) and is a member<br />

of the Otahuhu Rotaract<br />

Club of Ota-Ract 276.<br />

In 2016, Torranice was one<br />

of Auckland’s Regional<br />

winners for the Kiwibank<br />

New Zealander of the Year<br />

Local Hero Award – being<br />

nominated by one of the<br />

families she has worked<br />

alongside. The honour<br />

was appreciated, but<br />

accolades are not high<br />

on her list of priorities.<br />

“It brings comfort to me<br />

knowing that they’re being<br />

provided with appropriate<br />

and effective support,” she<br />

says. “And I feel so blessed<br />

to work in a role that<br />

enables young people to<br />

fulfil their full potential in<br />

life…walking alongside<br />

them to independence.”<br />

At the tender age of 27,<br />

Torranice is determined<br />

to keep this walk up. She<br />

is currently working with<br />

OMYG on a project titled:<br />

“A Call for Caregivers”. It<br />

aims to encourage the<br />

public to be involved in<br />

caregiving for those in<br />

situations such as foster<br />

care. Something Torranice<br />

knows well – she is<br />

fostering a teenager herself.<br />

“A Call for Caregivers”<br />

will involve high levels of<br />

commitment but as a youth<br />

worker with a passion<br />

for our young, Torranice<br />

has the stamina (and the<br />

heels) to carry it off.<br />

For more info on “A Call for<br />

Caregivers” visit facebook.<br />

com/OMYG-Otahuhu-<br />

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COUNTDOWN<br />

It’s that time again! Schools across<br />

Auckland are counting the days<br />

to the start of the ASB Polyfest.<br />

Southern Cross Campus is no different.<br />

Dezante Tanevesi, who comes from<br />

Makefu on Niue, shares what it means<br />

to be part of the school’s Niuean team:<br />

“I’ve been in the group for three years<br />

now. Every year, we give it our all<br />

at Polyfest to try and win. Polyfest<br />

is important to us because it’s fun,<br />

and we like to show off our culture,<br />

because we aren’t out there like the<br />

other cultures. It also helps spread<br />

TO POLYFEST Left: Southern Cross’ Niuean group at Polyfest 2016. (Photo: Coconut Wireless)<br />

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Vagahau Niue (the Niuean language),<br />

and our language is really important<br />

for ensuring our culture survives.”<br />

To raise money for their Polyfest<br />

campaign, the group is holding a<br />

Fiafia night at 6:30pm on Tuesday,<br />

14 <strong>March</strong> at Southern Cross Campus.<br />

The team at <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> wishes<br />

all the teams competing the best<br />

of luck for Polyfest <strong>2017</strong>!<br />

ASB Polyfest: 15–18 <strong>March</strong><br />

Manukau Sports Bowl<br />

www.asbpolyfest.co.nz


Community Notices<br />

FREE DE-SEXING FOR CATS: 13–24 MARCH<br />

SPCA Auckland is working with local vets to offer FREE de-sexing<br />

for cats. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Cats and<br />

kittens weighing 1kg or more can be de-sexed. Book your cat in<br />

today: call SPCA Auckland on 09 256 7310.<br />

VOLUNTEER MENTORS NEEDED<br />

Are you passionate, motivated, empathetic and fun loving?<br />

Pillars needs you to spend one-on-one time with the children<br />

of prisoners. Empower children to live positive, hope-filled<br />

lives. Help break the cycle of crime. Training is provided, and no<br />

qualifications are required, but you will need a full licence and<br />

a car. To attend the next info session email: admin-auckland@<br />

pillars.org.nz or visit www.pillars.org.nz<br />

POPPY-MAI FOUNDATION’S AMAZING RACE<br />

Complete challenges as you race around Māngere Bridge to<br />

raise money for the Poppy-Mai Foundation. All-ages race starts<br />

10am, 8 July. You can race alone or in a team. Entry is $30 per<br />

person or $50 per team and includes a t-shirt, water, team<br />

lanyard, team photo and certificate. There will be spot prizes,<br />

and medals for the race winners. Registrations close 30 June.<br />

Call Shelley: 021 235 4007 or email: shelleygreco@gmail.com<br />

FREE CLASSES IN MANGERE EAST<br />

The Māngere East Community Centre runs FREE and lowcost<br />

community education classes in te reo Māori, Samoan,<br />

English, sewing, literacy and numeracy, korowai and tukutuku,<br />

drivers licence theory, tai chi, zumba – and more! Visit www.<br />

mangereeast.org, email: fiona@mangereeast.org, ph. 09 <strong>275</strong><br />

6161 or drop in to the Centre at 372 Massey Road, Mangere East<br />

to find out more.<br />

HAVING A BABY?<br />

Mellow Bumps FREE antenatal group starts Wednesday, 29 Mar<br />

10am–12:30pm at Māngere East Community Centre. To enrol,<br />

call 09 263 0798 or email: tawera.ormsby@ohomairangi.co.nz<br />

ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT (A2E)<br />

Get assistance with your CV and connect with people who<br />

can help you in your search for a job. The A2E programme is<br />

a relaxed, informal, FREE session held in the Māngere Town<br />

Centre Library at 10:30am on Fridays. Meet other locals and<br />

hear from employers and training agencies. All ages and<br />

backgrounds welcome.<br />

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