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Edition #5<br />

february 2015<br />

times<br />

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

celebrating Māngere through sharing its stories<br />

Sandy reaches new heights on PMYP<br />

It started with a simple<br />

decision to make a change.<br />

Months later Sandy Wakari is<br />

reaping the rewards of her decision<br />

as she got to take part in a week<br />

of adventure and fun on the Prime<br />

Minister’s Youth programme.<br />

The programme was organised,<br />

in part by <strong>Mangere</strong> East Family<br />

Service Centre, for young people<br />

who have overcome some kind of<br />

adversity on the way to achieving<br />

their goals. More than half of the 26<br />

young people selected for this year’s<br />

programme were from <strong>Mangere</strong><br />

and Sandy herself is a <strong>Mangere</strong><br />

East resident and student at Aorere<br />

College. She says that she used to<br />

be a real handful for her teachers<br />

and mum but thanks to her mentor<br />

and dean Ms Peterson she’s now on<br />

track to gain university entrance at<br />

the end of this year.<br />

“I was quite naughty - always getting<br />

High achiever: Sandy Wakari<br />

in trouble, getting stood down and<br />

didn't pass Level 1.”<br />

Thanks to the Taimana programme<br />

at Aorere College and Ms Peterson’s<br />

mentoring, Sandy has gone from<br />

being another likely “drop-out” to<br />

getting NCEA Level 1 and Level 2.<br />

“Ms Peterson pushed and motivated<br />

me to improve at school. Also seeing<br />

how much my mum wanted me to<br />

change inspired me to make that<br />

decision. I’m now planning to be an<br />

early childhood teacher.”<br />

Sandy, of Nga Puhi and Tainui<br />

descent, spent the week on the<br />

Prime Minister’s Youth Programme<br />

meeting famous high-achievers<br />

like VC winner Willie Apiata, Para-<br />

Olympic gold medalist Sophie<br />

Pascoe and rugby sevens star Tyla<br />

Nathan-Wong. She also got to ride in<br />

a Hummer for the first time in her life<br />

and overcome her fear or heights.<br />

“My highlight was the Tree<br />

Adventures – I was scared of heights<br />

– but I made it Level 5 on the course<br />

[which was about 5-7 m in the air].”<br />

For more info go to: http://www.<br />

myd.govt.nz/young-people/primeministers-youth-programme.html<br />

Mängere East Family Service Team<br />

The team from MEFSC attended the programme<br />

throughout the week providing mentoring, inspiration<br />

and support for the youth involved and they are all highachievers<br />

in their own right. Front row: MEFSC CEO<br />

Peter Sykes, social worker Kim Dennis, fashion designer<br />

Tasha Lee, Waste Minimisation facilitator Justine Skilling,<br />

PMYP project coordinator Shardae Khusal, PMYP<br />

2014 graduate Sone Tu’umatavai. Back row: Waste<br />

Minimisation facilitator Koia Teinakore, LGBT youth<br />

worker Torranice Campel, world beat boxing champ<br />

King Homeboy, Strive youth worker Willie Peace, Aussie<br />

youth mentor Josh Lum, and architect Waikare Komene.

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Māngere playcentre gives eco-nappies a go<br />

By Justine Skilling<br />

The <strong>Mangere</strong> East Family Service<br />

Centre’s early childhood centre has<br />

come a long way in 21 years.<br />

Centre Manager Karen Matata says<br />

the centre used to be run out of the<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> East School hall - which<br />

was also used for assemblies and<br />

gym classes – and it has always<br />

been about providing children and<br />

their families a place to learn, play<br />

and connect with each other over<br />

conversations about simple things<br />

like nappy rash or swap tips on<br />

getting local bargains.<br />

Karen remembers how many of<br />

those first parents and grandparents<br />

enjoyed participating in the activities<br />

themselves, “reliving a childhood they<br />

never had”.<br />

Nurturing those family connections<br />

is an important part of what the early<br />

Pictured: An example of a cloth nappy<br />

Looking for<br />

Childcare<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> Early Learning Centre<br />

Come in and see what makes us so different from<br />

other centres.<br />

At Barnardos KidStart Childcare we understand that your child<br />

needs a safe and nurturing environment to learn, play and grow.<br />

Our centres provide a warm and positive environment for<br />

children under five years.<br />

20 ECE Hours and WINZ subsidies available.<br />

Drop in for a visit or call us now as limited spaces are available.<br />

7:30am – 5pm 33 Cape Road 09 <strong>275</strong> 5978<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong><br />

www.kidstart.co.nz<br />

BarnardosKidStartChildcare<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> East Family Service Centre early childhood centre manager Karen Matata<br />

childhood centre does as Karen<br />

says, “it’s all about whanau and<br />

relationships - as that’s the most<br />

important thing”.<br />

Nurturing the environment is part of<br />

this too. Over the years the children<br />

have learned to separate their food<br />

waste and recyclables from landfill<br />

waste and make a weekly trip to<br />

Makaurau Marae to feed the scraps<br />

to the worms and create compost.<br />

And recently, the centre took the<br />

opportunity to trial cloth nappies,<br />

ditching disposables entirely for three<br />

months.<br />

Although initially not convinced that<br />

cloth nappies would work at the<br />

Centre, Karen decided to “give it a<br />

go” after hearing about the terrible<br />

environmental impact of disposable<br />

nappies. She was shocked to<br />

discover that these nappies remain in<br />

our landfills for over 500 years without<br />

breaking down. With a mixed-age<br />

roll of 44 children requiring around<br />

45 nappy changes per session, using<br />

cloth nappies would significantly<br />

reduce the Centre’s environmental<br />

impact and save parents a huge<br />

amount of money at the same time.<br />

Karen says that Centre staff found<br />

the modern cloth nappies reasonably<br />

easy to use, once they got the hang it.<br />

The Centre has it’s own laundry, and<br />

staff were responsible for soaking<br />

and laundering the nappies each<br />

day. Nappies were dried on an<br />

outside line when the weather was<br />

fine. Importantly, parents were very<br />

pleased to be saving money on the<br />

disposables they would normally<br />

supply for their children to use during<br />

sessions.<br />

The Centre plans to use cloth nappies<br />

permanently once their new building<br />

is completed in early 2015. Karen<br />

also wants to encourage other early<br />

childhood centres to give cloth<br />

nappies a go, saying it’s “for the<br />

benefit of the environment”.<br />

If you’re involved with an early<br />

childhood centre and are interested<br />

in trialling cloth nappies, Karen is<br />

more than happy for you to contact<br />

her on 280-3499 to discuss her<br />

experience further.<br />

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Ex-Apia Way bouncer busy making a difference<br />

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<strong>Mangere</strong>’s infamous Apia Way Bar in<br />

the town centre has seen its fair share<br />

of colourful characters, but few would<br />

have predicted one of its young<br />

bouncers would one day be a lawyer<br />

doing his bit to keep South Auckland<br />

healthy and happy.<br />

But that’s exactly what Jospeh Liava’a<br />

does as the Company Lawyer and<br />

Community Manager for East Tamaki<br />

HealthCare. The former Massey<br />

road resident worked the door at the<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> bar, now know as Club R8,<br />

after dropping out of Auckland Boys<br />

Grammar. His stint as a bouncer also<br />

led to him developing an addiction<br />

to alcohol. He says he didn't realise<br />

he had a problem until a doctor told<br />

him his liver was close to shutting<br />

down. After kicking the bottle, he<br />

went on to do a variety of professions,<br />

both here and overseas including<br />

factory worker, fruit picker, bank teller,<br />

labourer, pipefitter and wharfie.<br />

But he says it was his wife Lorraine<br />

who gave him the motivation to go<br />

back go to law school and realise<br />

a long-held dream. His current role<br />

Joseph Liava'a, East Tamaki HealthCare<br />

Company Lawyer and Community Manager.<br />

with East Tamaki Healthcare (ETHC)<br />

gives him the opportunity to promote<br />

not only the work of one of the city’s<br />

largest healthcare providers, but he<br />

also provides a valuable service to<br />

<strong>community</strong> workers and healthcare<br />

professionals with his weekly<br />

“Communitycations” emails which<br />

inform those working out south of<br />

great events or opportunities coming<br />

up around the region.<br />

Joseph says his motivation for<br />

working for ETHC is to make an<br />

impact in the <strong>community</strong>.<br />

“I used to think about the massive<br />

gap in health outcomes and life<br />

expectancy between Pacific/Maori<br />

people and the rest of NZ and get<br />

really sad. Then I started to get really<br />

angry at the glaring injustices and<br />

unfairness in the situation. Now,<br />

I just get busy and together with<br />

like minded souls we make those<br />

changes that need making."<br />

And if he won Lotto what would he<br />

do to improve his old hometown of<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong><br />

"If I could, I’d buy everyone a house<br />

so they could feel secure."<br />

To get Joseph's weekly event<br />

updates email: joseph@ethc.co.nz<br />

Roy shares secret to Māngere Markets' success<br />

The <strong>Mangere</strong> Markets have become<br />

one of the city’s most popular<br />

weekend attractions bringing<br />

thousands every Saturday morning<br />

to sample the huge range of fruit,<br />

vegetables, delicious food and an<br />

assortment of household goods and<br />

fashion products.<br />

But few know the man who keeps the<br />

whole thing ticking along smoothly<br />

like a well-oiled machine.<br />

That man is Roy Bagshaw and he's<br />

been the <strong>Mangere</strong> Markets manager<br />

for the last six years.<br />

The retired sales and marketing guru<br />

says the key to the markets' on-going<br />

success is ensuring the stallholders<br />

sell quality products.<br />

“I love our stall holders – they are<br />

really hardy people who are also<br />

really lovely.<br />

“And if we get good stall holders,<br />

selling good products then we get<br />

good customers, coming back again<br />

and again.”<br />

Roy says another special thing about<br />

the markets is the range of cultures<br />

and ethnicities represented.<br />

“It’s a totally different world [to what<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> Markets Manager: Roy Bagshaw<br />

many kiwis know]. We get every<br />

race and colour here. French, Dutch,<br />

Hungarian, Afghani, Chinese plus<br />

every Pacific culture is represented.”<br />

He says one recent development is<br />

the use of Facebook to offer prizes<br />

and promote good deals.<br />

"Marketing has just been by word<br />

of mouth, but with Facebook now,<br />

we’re starting to promote it more that<br />

way." He expects the markets to keep<br />

growing and continue to pour money<br />

back into the region through the<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> Markets Trust.<br />

“We aim to create a family friendly<br />

environment. It’s been going for over<br />

20 years and in that time thousands<br />

of dollars has been put back into the<br />

<strong>community</strong>.”<br />

For more information about the<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> Markets: https://www.<br />

facebook.com/<strong>Mangere</strong>Markets<br />

Verse of the month: You who bring good <strong>news</strong> to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who<br />

bring good <strong>news</strong> to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid.

Community Notices<br />

Free Community Fitness<br />

Family friendly, children welcome, building <strong>community</strong><br />

relationships through healthy active lifestyle.<br />

Every Saturday morning 7am @ Walter Massey Park<br />

Ring: Tash - 0211663636 or Josh - 0211040382<br />

Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pool<br />

The annual Family Fun Day is on February 14th (11-4pm).<br />

Also free Aquacise classes Mon and Wed 11am-12pm.<br />

Wriggle and Rhyme<br />

Mondays 10.30am at the <strong>Mangere</strong> Town Centre Library.<br />

Wriggle and Rhyme is a fun, free programme that provides<br />

positive movement experiences to stimulate development<br />

of both the brain and body for babies 0 - 2 years.<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> Community Law Centre -<br />

Law In A Nutshell<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> Community Law Centre is currently offering an<br />

eight-week programme covering a wide-range of legal<br />

topics relevant to our everyday lives. This programme runs<br />

every Wednesday 9:30am – 12:30pm for 8 sessions: Cost:<br />

$40 for the whole course. Dates: February 11 – April 1.<br />

Anamua at the <strong>Mangere</strong> Arts Centre - Nga<br />

Tohu o Uenuku<br />

Sat 28 Feb 6:00pm / Choir, Vocal Music<br />

Workshop of ANAMUÃ - a personal work by Composer<br />

Poulima Salima inspired by his homeland villages of Safotu<br />

and Faletagaloa-Safune in Savai'i, Samoa. Cost: Free.<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> East Rugby League Club - Muster Day<br />

New Registrations Only. Friday 13 February 2015.<br />

4.00pm-6.30pm. Walter Massey Park, Hain Avenue Entrance<br />

Fundview Funding Workshop<br />

<strong>Mangere</strong> Town Centre Library. Thursday 5 February @ 1 pm<br />

(Funding Relationship Adviser, Funding Information<br />

Services). FREE. Phone <strong>275</strong>-9294 for further details.<br />

OneFit Fitness with Jerry and Mary<br />

Their training sessions are intense, fun and everyone is<br />

welcome from different fitness level and age groups.<br />

WHERE: <strong>Mangere</strong> War Memorial Hall, <strong>Mangere</strong> Bridge<br />

WHEN: Tuesday & Thursday 5.30-6.30pm and Saturday<br />

7.00-8.00am **Gold Coin per Session**<br />

Sustainability Hui<br />

Anyone who lives, works or plays in the <strong>Mangere</strong>/Otahuhu<br />

area and who has an interest in sustainability, reducing<br />

waste, gardening, and caring for the environment should<br />

get along to an upcoming Sustainability Hui on February 24,<br />

from 9.30am - 12.30pm at Papatuanuku Marae. For more<br />

info contact Justine on justine@mefsc.org.nz or 0221028195.<br />

NZRL Playgroups<br />

Free for all children aged 0-5yrs.<br />

Hawks Playgroup: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-1pm and<br />

4pm-6pm. <strong>Mangere</strong> East RLFC. Contact Casey 021 247 6975<br />

Magpies Playgroup: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays<br />

10am-2pm. Contact: Johanna 021 0332727.<br />

Budgeting and Family Support Services<br />

There are now food parcels available. Contact either:<br />

appointments@mangerebudgeting.org.nz / ph: 09 <strong>275</strong> 2266<br />


Editor: Justin Latif<br />

Design: Jo Latif<br />

Publisher: <strong>Mangere</strong> East Family Service Centre<br />

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