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celebrating Māngere through sharing its stories


YOUTH DRIVEN: From left; Gloria Finau, Wilz Puiri and Naomi Kaleta.

A dream to see Mangere celebrating

Christmas all together is about to

become a reality thanks to a group of

inspiring young people.

A day of fun and Christmas fare for

all ages will be taking place at Centre

Park from midday and into the

evening on Monday, December 22.

It kicks off at 12.30pm with face

painting, free train rides and kid’s

games, then from 4pm there will

be karaoke, line dancing and tai

chi for the nannas, grandpas, kuia

and kaumatua. Things go up a gear

from 6pm to 9.30pm with a concert

of music, culture and dance for the

teens and young adults.

The masterminds behind this

festive extravaganza are Ashlee

Niuia, Andrew Balbe, Khatema

Bakhshi, Priscilla Molesi, Simone

Tomlinson, Wilz Puiri and Gloria


Wilz is a rangitahi leader at the

Papatuanuku marae and has got

involved to give something back to

the community.

“It’s an event for the youth, run by the

youth of Mangere,” he says.

“I’m passionate about this because

it’s about giving youth an opportunity

to try something different.”

Gloria was doing a placement with

the Mangere Community House as

part of her AUT University studies

and stayed on after her placement

finished. She says pulling such a

big event together has been hard,

but it could not have been possible

without generous sponsorship from

the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board,

Mercury Energy and Life church on

Montgomery Drive.

“There’s a lot of pressure to make this

happen, but if this is good we hope

to make it an annual thing."

Providing oversight for the youth

organising this event is the Auckland

Council’s Naomi Kaleta.

“This is really about the journey of

seeing our young people step up

and the event is just the icing on the

cake,“ she says.




Giving like a king also needs to be wise


“We three kings” is a popular

carol that you’ll probably hear

sung around churches and carol

services over this festive season.

It retells that familiar part of the

Nativity story of the three wise men

giving gifts of gold, frankincense and

myrrh to the baby Jesus. Gift giving

is probably the most popular of the

Christmas' practices and whether

you see Jesus’ birth as the Coming

Saviour or not, there’s a good chance

you’ll give or receive some sort of

gift between now and the end of


The act of giving is a beautiful thing,

and on a certain level it requires us

to make a sacrifice of some kind and

show a bit of selflessness to consider

another’s needs. And the best kinds

of gifts are those which are given with

no secret agenda or expectation of


Tradition has it that the wise men in

the biblical story were in fact kings

from a variety of eastern kingdoms

in places like Arabia, Persia and

India. The gifts they brought held

the significance in that they were

what was normally given to a newly

appointed king rather than a newborn

child – obviously showing the

significance of Jesus’ birth. But given



"Do Not Knock"' stickers which will be

delivered to every letterbox in Mangere.

these guys were also ‘wise’ men they

probably didn’t give something that

was beyond their means.

It is really wonderful so many today

have carried on this practice of

showering loved ones with amazing

gifts. However, the not-so-nice side

to gift-giving is the pressure it puts on

our wallets. Whilst the wise men used

their gifts to welcome a new king,

we shouldn't match their generosity

this Christmas if it’s going to mean

there’s no money for food on the

26th or things like school uniforms

come January. Probably the worst

part of this tradition is the way pushy

salesmen take advantage of our

generous spirits by promising the

latest products with the costs differed

to a later date via a loan.

Whilst these sales people have the

right to enter your property, that

right can be immediately rejected if

you ask them to leave. Their pushy

tactics and the oppressive interest

theycharge on every purchase means

we need the same wisdom as the

'wise' to warn our friends and families

to beware. What is even better is if

we place a “Do Not Knock” sticker on

our letterbox or front door. If salesmen

ignore these stickers then we can

bring a charge against them under

common law.

So where do you get such a sticker?

Su’a William Sio is launching a

campaign to raise awareness about

your right to say “NO” to harassing

salesmen at the Mangere Town

Centre, 130pm, December 18 to

inform the public and give out


Contact Su’a office on

mangeremp@parliament.govt.nz or

(09) 275 5345 for more info.

Genesis brings touch of fun to Māngere youth




























Team supreme: The annual Tags Out Touch Tournament saw schools

from across Mangere and beyond come together for the theme of

"WALK the TALK" against bullying. Congrats to Kedgley Intermediate for

winning and thanks to the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board for making the

day possible and the team at Genesis Youth Trust (pictured above).

Touch: The event took place at House Park.

Dance off: Students battled it out

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Messages of Hope from Sutton Park Primary


By Justine Skilling

Messages of hope from Sutton Park

Primary students will form part of

an unique art installation bound for

Silo Park to be shown throughout

of December in Auckland's Wynard

Quarter. The installation is the brain

child of Roots, a collective of creative

entrepreneurs from Otara with a

passion for creativity, sustainability

and community. Building on this

foundation, the installation will

culminate in the creation of a “wave

of hope” woven from 4000 plastic

bottles containing the children’s


Schools across Auckland were invited

to participate, with twelve taking up

the opportunity. Sutton Park Deputy

Principal Basanti Sathu said the

project fitted well with the school’s

focus on innovation and invention,

with students learning about the

creative uses waste can be put to.

Roots came out to the school for

an initial visit, where they inspired

teachers and students alike with

Art in a bottle: Sutton Park students with one of their recycable creations.

their vision for the project. A total of

526 students from Sutton Park took

part in the project, ranging from new

entrants to year 8s. Each message

was photographed and these will be

projected onto one of the silos as part

of a continual slideshow.

The installation will also include

a timed obstacle course made

from upcycled materials and free

workshops held every Friday,

Saturday and Sunday, from

December 5 -21, between 10am and

2pm at Wynard Quarter in the CBD.

Sowing seeds for our future generation

Centre Co-ordinator: Moana Waa.

By Justine Skilling

Nestled at the base of Mangere

Mountain, the Education Centre is

one of Mangere’s real treasures. It is

not only providing a place for people

to learn food-growing skills and

natural health wisdom, but is also

keeping the stories of the land alive

as an outworking of a vision held by

local iwi, including the late kaumatua

Maurice Wilson.

His granddaughter Moana Waa

has been the co-ordinator at the

Centre for the lastseven years and

is just about to pass the mantle on

to someone new. Moana says her

grandfather wanted stories of local

iwi to be shared with everyone who

visited the area, “to keep the culture

and history alive”.

The Centre offers guided walks

around Mangere Mountain, which

paint a picture of the natural history

of the volcano and how local iwi lived

and survived on and around it for

centuries. A mara kai heritage garden

demonstrates gardening techniques

of old, including the planting, growing,

harvesting and storing of kumara,

potatoes and gourds. A medicinal

garden and associated workshops

give visitors an understanding of how

local iwi traditionally treated illness

and injury. Workshop participants

learn that “people couldn’t just go

to hospital. They had to work with

what they had and rely on nature to

survive”. Traditional herbal medicines

are brewed at the Centre and

available for sale.

The Centre also houses a small

community garden, established with

funding from Counties Manukau

District Health Board. The 10 plots

are leased out, for a small fee, for

22-week periods. The garden bears

the name Toitu Te Whenua, calling

to mind the Maori proverb which

translates as “People come and go

but the land will always remain”. And

the vision of the gardens is for people

to “learn gardening techniques of old,

as an extension of the mara kai”.

The gardens are fully equipped and

ready to go, but more plot holders are


People who already have some

gardening skills but need space to

grow are encouraged to get in touch

with the Centre and lease a plot for

the season. Community groups and

organisations are also welcome.

Please contact the Centre on

6347305 or mangeremountain@xtra.

co.nz if you’d like to find out more

about the community garden or to

lease a plot this growing season.

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Upcoming Events

Christmas in Centre Park

22 December 2014. Mini Xmas (0-12 Years) 12pm - 3pm,

Forever young for Nanny's & Papa's 4pm-5.30pm, Youth

Xmas 6pm-9.30pm. 141 Robertson Rd Mangere. Contact

(09) 275 4920

Mangere Arts Centre

‘Dead Pigs Don’t Grow on Trees’ finishes on 19 December

with a closing performance starting at 6.30 pm, FREE.

*Both galleries will be closed on the 20 December. They

will reopen on Saturday 17 January with an exhibition

titled, ‘Sign Here’ by photographer Mark Adams.

Social Netball

Every Thursday night @ 7pm Mangere East Hawks Netball

Club, Walter Massey Park. Cost $1 per player per game.

Teams welcome! Enquiries to Tash 0211663636

Free Community Fitness

Family friendly, children welcome, building community

relationships through healthy active lifestyle.

Every Saturday morning 7am @ Walter Massey Park

Ring: Tash - 0211663636 or Josh - 0211040382

Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pool

The outdoor pool will be opening up for the summer season

from December 13 until the end of March 2015. The pools

are still free entry for all.

Free sports every Wed

Strive are offering a free sports/tag programme @ Moyle

Park, Bader Drive every Wednesday 3.30pm-6pm. Contact

255-0144 or larry.c@strive.org.nz

Community Campaign launch

The Do Not Knock campaign against door-to-door

salesmen will be launched at the Mangere Town

Centre, 1.30pm, December 18. Contact Su’a office on

mangeremp@parliament.govt.nz or (09) 275 5345

NZRL Moyle Park Playroup gather before the Mangere

Bridge parade begins.


Editor: Justin Latif

Designer: Jo Latif

Publisher: Mangere East Family Service Centre

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