celebrating Māngere through sharing its stories
mĀngere SHINES AT 40th Polyfest
Southern Cross: The Tongan group give a spirited display.
Southern Cross Campus Stage Results:
Cook Island Stage
2 nd - Overall Competitive Section
1 st - URA PA'U
2 nd - RANGATIRA TANE/VAINE
2 nd - UTE
2 nd - KAPA RIMA
1 st - Lakalaka
3 rd - Faha'iula
Niue Stage (large groups)
3 rd - LOLOGO/KOLI
Southern Cross: The Cook Island group perform with passion
TWO OF Māngere's high schools celebrated
the 40th anniversary of the ASB Polyfest in
style - taking home a number of awards at the
festival. MĀngere College and Southern Cross
Campus had large contingents of students
entered across the four-day event and as
their results attest, DID their community
proud. MĀngere College was one of the first
FOUR schools TO PERFORM AT THE ORIGINAL EVENT
in 1976 AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE TO POLYFEST'S
HISTORY WAS ALSO ACKNOWLEDGED BY ORGANISERS.
Māngere College: The kapa haka group's fierce performance.
Māngere College Stage Results:
1 st - AGGREGATE - Tu'ufatasiga o Togi
(TAMA MA TEINE)
1 st - ULUFALE - TAMA MA TEINE
1 st - MAULUULU - TAMA MA TEINE
1 st - SASA - TAMA MA TEINE
1 st - PESE o le ASO - TAMA MA TEINE
2 nd - FUATAIMI - TAMA MA TEINE
2 nd - togiga - tama ma teine
1 st - Ma'ulu'ulu
1 st - Soke
Cook Island Stage
2 nd - URA PA'U
3 rd - IMENE TUKI/REO METUA
Niue Stage (small groups)
1 st - LOLOGO
1 st - MEKE
MĀngere College: The Tongan group's Ma'ulu'ulu dance impressed the judges.
For more Polyfest results go to: www.asbpolyfest.com
Markets provide tasty career change for Kira
Passion for pastry: Kira Gribble with some of her yummy creations at the Mangere Markets.
Kira Gribble has swapped the high
flying world of finance and sales for a
spatula and hot plate at the Mangere
But Kira has no regrets and is loving
her new vocation.
"After leaving my job in the finance
sector I decided I needed a change in
direction – and I thought it was time I
did something for myself – and this is
the first step."
The Mangere resident has just
completed a diploma in baking and
patisserie from Manukau Institute
of Technology and has been selling
American Indian tacos at the markets
She says working at the market has
been a breath of fresh air.
“I love the people here – they are so
lovely – but also really honest - if they
don’t like something they’ll tell you.“
She settled on tacos after finidng a
recipe on the internet but was blown
away when an American Indian
sampled her fare.
“I met a lady from the Blackfoot clan
at the market who tried my tacos,” she
“She told me that they were so good
that she told her children this was the
food of their ancestors.
“Tears just starting streaming down
my face when I heard that because
it meant a lot to hear that from
someone who’s from that culture. “
Kira also makes cakes and cupcakes
and is hoping to one day start a
speciality store for all her tasty
She says working at the Mangere
Markets can be a challenge if you like
a sleep in on a Saturday but it’s not
something she minds missing out on.
“I grew up in markets because my
parents have run stalls for years – so
I'm used to the early mornings and
I've learnt a lot from just watching
Kira's stall can be found in the
north-western corner of the
Mangere markets every Saturday
Know your rights
By Louise Darroch
Lawyer at Mangere Community Law Centre
Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board
Community Volunteer Awards
We couldn’t do without you
The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board is seeking your nominations, for volunteer people
or groups whose outstanding work is making a positive difference to our community.
These special people and groups will be officially thanked at the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu
Local Board Community Awards function.
For more information please contact Lana Roberts.
Address: Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board Office,
Shop 17, 93 Bader Drive, Māngere, Auckland 2022
Nominations close 5pm, 29 May 2015.
Find out more: phone 09 256 5133 or visit
Significant changes have been made to the laws
governing our employment relations.
Of most interest is that from April 1st the adult
minimum wage will be $14.75 hour. Even if your
employment agreement says you are on less than
this, you must be paid at least $14.75 hour. There
are some exceptions to this law for young people
in the first six months of work or in training. Other
changes to employment law came into effect on
6 March 2015. These include changes to collective
bargaining and rules for strikes and lockouts.
Rest and meal breaks: These are no longer
guaranteed. However if your employment
agreement says you have specified rest and meal
breaks, these continue to apply. But the employer
may wish to renegotiate these breaks, and new
employees are not guaranteed specified rest and
meal breaks at certain times. The employer must
compensate employees who do not get a break.
If you are unsure of your rights, call Ministry
of Business, Innovation and Employment on
The Law Centre holds weekly employment
clinics on Wednesday afternoons.
Call 2754310 for more information.
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Getting fit inspires couple to dream big
GOOD FIT: Jerry, Mary, and daughter Nathanie.
ROPED IN: Onefit Fitness runs sessions at Mangere War Memorial Hall on Tue, Wed and Sat.
Jerry Mamea was tipping the scales
at over 120kgs in 2008 - so before he
could fulfil his dream of becoming a
personal trainer he had to lose the
“I was telling my family what not
to eat but I wasn’t living what I was
preaching – so I got myself fit and
now I’m passing that experience on to
Jerry and wife Mary have now
launched their own group training
business called Onefit Fitness.
It started with just four people
working out in his backyard and now
over 100 people gather on Tuesday,
Thursdays and Saturdays at the
Mangere War Memorial Hall.
The inspiring couple live by the motto
of “dream big and live it” and hope
to establish a purpose-built training
facility in Mangere with its own indoor
obstacle course to provide a fun
fitness alternative to what most gyms
“Our church has been so supportive”
says the Life South church member.
“Our calling is to motivate people to
reach their fitness goals and we love
The first session is free so check it out.
For more info go to: www.facebook.
Determined students aim high
Auckland airport is continuing to grow as it plays
a vital role in the economic growth of South
Auckland, the region and New Zealand.
please come along to one of our community
briefings to find out more about what is happening
at Auckland airport.
tuesday 14 april, 2015 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Māngere Community Law Centre
Unit 9, Shop 27, Bader Drive, Māngere Town Centre,
Wednesday, 15 april 2015 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
mIT manukau Campus: Level 2, Theatre Pre-Function,
Corner Manukau Station Rd and Davies Ave, Manukau.
CAMP FUN: Students rockclimbing
By Deanna Johnson - Principal of Nga Iwi School
Glenda Shipman our assistant principal and the senior
team led another successful Education Outside The
Classroom (EOTC) programme both on and off site. It
was great to see our children shine in a different learning
setting, showing that they can achieve "excellence" (one
of our school values) as they displayed determination to
achieve goals in a safe and challenging environment.
tuesday, 21 april 2015 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
MIT Ōtara Campus: Manuhiri Room, Gate 14, NT Block,
Alexander Crescent, Ōtara.
Verse of the month: Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.
The Mangere Park Jam is taking place at the Mangere Town
Centre and the Mangere Central Library from 10am – 4pm on
April 11. This event will feature a number of digital workshops
focused on 3D printing, graphic animations, game making, web
development and social media.
For more info visit: http://www.acceleratingaotearoa.co.nz
Christian Healing Meeting every first Thursday of the month at
the Mangere Baptist Church 7.30pm run by Forerunners Ministry.
Open to everyone.
Anzac Day parade
There will be an Anzac parade in Mangere Bridge on April 25. It
starts at 9.30am, outside the Mangere Bridge cafés and will go to
the Mangere War Memorial hall which has a service starting at
10am. Email here for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainable Garden Hui
Tues 28 April, 9.30am - 12.30pm at the Old School Reserve
Community Gardens. 299R Kirkbride Rd. Garden tour, workshops
with local champions on dealing with food and garden waste and
delicious umu. Please RSVP to Justine Skilling by Mon 13 April:
Free swimming lessons
Free Water Safety and Aquatic Competence Lessons at Moana-
Nui-a-Kiwa in Mangere. Enrol in Whanau Nui today and have lots
of fun while you learn. Lessons are from April 13 - 17.
Time: 12 - 2pm (30 minute lessons). Enrol now, spaces are limited.
Mangere Town Centre Library
The library has host of interesting activities, almost every day
through the school holidays so visit their Facebook page for more
Plus there are the following programs for adults:
English course for beginners Tues and Thurs for 11.20 – 1.20pm.
Every Wed 9.30am and 11am there is free computer lessons.
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