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Su'a says big thank you to Mängere
Su’a William Sio has high hopes for the Labour Party despite the heavy defeat in the general election.
275 Times editor Justin Latif
caught up with victorious
Mangere electorate MP Su’a
Williams Sio to see what the
next three years will look like
for Su’a and the Labour Party.
You had another big win in the
Mangere electorate - what do you put
that down to?
To the overwhelming support of the people
of Mangere and to a fantastic campaign
team. And particularly to the involvement
of the young people in that campaign team.
They reinvigorated the campaign, added a lot
more energy, innovation and created some
songs and dances - and that was particularly
important as we do have a large youth
population in Mangere.
What are your goals for this term?
I am pleased with our result in Mangere, but
while we’ve won the battle here, we lost the
war. So my task is to get the Government to
recognise that they have to address certain
issues. Whether people like it or not there is
a housing crises and we have issues around
homelessness. In order to build a thriving
community, people have to be in jobs with good
incomes, children have got to be consistently
attending schools and in order to have that
consistency you’ve got to have a home – it’s
just a fundamental. We won’t release our full
potential as a country if we don’t address
these fundamental issues.
Do you think the big housing
developments planned for Mangere
are good for the community?
I’ve heard that the developments will be
ensuring that people in Mangere will be able
to access a home – and that’s a wonderful
thing. But I would be very disappointed if these
housing developments don’t address the
needs of people living here and instead act as
a stepping stone for people from other areas to
What excites you about Mangere at
With so many young people wanting to get
involved in our campaign I’ve now established
a youth movement within the local Labour
electorate and I’m excited about that as that’s
the future. And one day I hope one of these
young people steps forward to take my place.
You’ve also got the Mangere-Otahuhu Youth
Advisory Panel who are challenging the recent
liquor licenses being approved. They are saying
we care about our community and it’s not right
for liquor licenses to be approved when the
community clearly says there is enough harm
already caused by the easy access of liquor. So
it’s exciting that young people are becoming
Pacific voters really supported Labour
at this election – is it time Labour had a
Pacific leader in the near future?
There’s been discussion about that and it’s
certainly an area which I’m encouraging the
Party to keep discussing. At some stage the
Party as a whole has to consider breaking that
glass ceiling. New Zealand is no longer a monoculture
country. It’s now a diverse multicultural
country and it’s important this is reflected at
the highest levels of decision making.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, Is.52:7.
Verse of the month sponsored by Bill and Bridie Keenan
Whats going on?!
Pollywood Film Festival
POLLYWOOD TWELVE2014 boasts 9 films
that will screen for first time. Premieres
November 2, Mangere Art Centre, Contact:
021 02555 211, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Free community cycling event for the
whole family. Bikes and helmets provided.
Spot prizes, giveaways, refreshments and
a bouncy castle. Saturday, November 22
10am - 2pm @ Ansett Place.
Contact: Tee - 022-3605748
Mervan St Playgroup
Free Playday event for ages 0-5. Free
sausage sizzle, face painting, cupcake
decorating and more.
Thursday October 30 @ 18a Mervan St,
Mangere East, 9am-12pm.
Contact: 275 1065
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 email@example.com
Moyle Park Play Group
NZRL Community Playgroup @ Magpies
RLC. Free for all kids under 5 years. Runs
during school term.
Contact: Johanna 0210332727
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Hawks celebrate a great year in style
The Mangere East Hawks Rugby
League club celebrated another
fantastic year with a glitzy senior
prize-giving ceremony on September
20. It was a great night of revelry and
laughter and 275 Times was honoured
to be able to attend. One particularly
emotional moment came when Moira
Chan was awarded the Hawk of the
Year award for her contribution to
the club. Moira’s husband Roy passed
away suddenly last year, but despite
her loss, Moira continued to be
involved in the club, including providing
sponsorship and supporting the teams.
MC Tony Tietie with Hawk of the Year award winner
Moira Chan and chairperson Tash Tasmania.
Alec Brown and Zion Tesese. Zion was player of the
year for 2014.
Burger King Auckland Area Manager Arun Augustine,
Tash Tasmania, Auckland Rugby League's Pat Carthy
and Jenkins Tesese.
Mad Butcher Trophy Most Improved Junior Overall 2014 – Topani Katoa
Junior Team of the Year – U 20's
Neil & Barbara Carpenter Trophy Junior Coach of the Year – Trent Silbery
Trixie Best Trophy Best Senior Trainer – Alex Siulua
Jack Neil Trophy Best First Year Senior – Samuel Lulia
Ross Robertson Trophy – Excellence in Sports – Raymond Talimalie
Glen Gallagher Trophy – Chairperson Choice – Mareta Fraser Kaitai
Sullivan Trophy – Outstanding Club Spirit –Vaaiga Autagavaia
Clark Trophy – Senior Coach of the Year – Max Laiman
Hawk of the Year Trophy – Hawk of the Year – Moira Chan
Christian Trophy – Premier Runner Up Player of the Year – Jacob Aki
Faye & Hayes Trophy – Premier Player of the Year – Zion Tesese
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