275 Times. April 2015

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Edition #7<br />

april <strong>2015</strong><br />

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

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

times<br />

celebrating Māngere through sharing its stories<br />

mĀngere SHINES AT 40th Polyfest<br />

Southern Cross: The Tongan group give a spirited display.<br />

Southern Cross Campus Stage Results:<br />

Cook Island Stage<br />

2 nd - Overall Competitive Section<br />

(Competitive Categories)<br />

1 st - URA PA'U<br />


2 nd - UTE<br />

2 nd - KAPA RIMA<br />

Tongan Stage<br />

1 st - Lakalaka<br />

3 rd - Faha'iula<br />

Niue Stage (large groups)<br />

3 rd - LOLOGO/KOLI<br />


Southern Cross: The Cook Island group perform with passion<br />

TWO OF Māngere's high schools celebrated<br />

the 40th anniversary of the ASB Polyfest in<br />

style - taking home a number of awards at the<br />

festival. MĀngere College and Southern Cross<br />

Campus had large contingents of students<br />

entered across the four-day event and as<br />

their results attest, DID their community<br />

proud. MĀngere College was one of the first<br />




Māngere College: The kapa haka group's fierce performance.<br />

Māngere College Stage Results:<br />

Samoan Stage<br />

1 st - AGGREGATE - Tu'ufatasiga o Togi<br />


1 st - ULUFALE - TAMA MA TEINE<br />


1 st - SASA - TAMA MA TEINE<br />

1 st - PESE o le ASO - TAMA MA TEINE<br />


2 nd - togiga - tama ma teine<br />

Tongan Stage<br />

1 st - Ma'ulu'ulu<br />

1 st - Soke<br />

Cook Island Stage<br />

(competitive categories)<br />

2 nd - URA PA'U<br />


Niue Stage (small groups)<br />

1 st - LOLOGO<br />

1 st - MEKE<br />

MĀngere College: The Tongan group's Ma'ulu'ulu dance impressed the judges.<br />

For more Polyfest results go to: www.asbpolyfest.com

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Markets provide tasty career change for Kira<br />

Passion for pastry: Kira Gribble with some of her yummy creations at the Mangere Markets.<br />

Kira Gribble has swapped the high<br />

flying world of finance and sales for a<br />

spatula and hot plate at the Mangere<br />

Markets.<br />

But Kira has no regrets and is loving<br />

her new vocation.<br />

"After leaving my job in the finance<br />

sector I decided I needed a change in<br />

direction – and I thought it was time I<br />

did something for myself – and this is<br />

the first step."<br />

The Mangere resident has just<br />

completed a diploma in baking and<br />

patisserie from Manukau Institute<br />

of Technology and has been selling<br />

American Indian tacos at the markets<br />

since November.<br />

She says working at the market has<br />

been a breath of fresh air.<br />

“I love the people here – they are so<br />

lovely – but also really honest - if they<br />

don’t like something they’ll tell you.“<br />

She settled on tacos after finidng a<br />

recipe on the internet but was blown<br />


away when an American Indian<br />

sampled her fare.<br />

“I met a lady from the Blackfoot clan<br />

at the market who tried my tacos,” she<br />

says.<br />

“She told me that they were so good<br />

that she told her children this was the<br />

food of their ancestors.<br />

“Tears just starting streaming down<br />

my face when I heard that because<br />

it meant a lot to hear that from<br />

someone who’s from that culture. “<br />

Kira also makes cakes and cupcakes<br />

and is hoping to one day start a<br />

speciality store for all her tasty<br />

creations.<br />

She says working at the Mangere<br />

Markets can be a challenge if you like<br />

a sleep in on a Saturday but it’s not<br />

something she minds missing out on.<br />

“I grew up in markets because my<br />

parents have run stalls for years – so<br />

I'm used to the early mornings and<br />

I've learnt a lot from just watching<br />

them."<br />

Kira's stall can be found in the<br />

north-western corner of the<br />

Mangere markets every Saturday<br />

morning.<br />

Know your rights<br />

By Louise Darroch<br />

Lawyer at Mangere Community Law Centre<br />

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board<br />

Community Volunteer Awards<br />

We couldn’t do without you<br />

The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board is seeking your nominations, for volunteer people<br />

or groups whose outstanding work is making a positive difference to our community.<br />

These special people and groups will be officially thanked at the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu<br />

Local Board Community Awards function.<br />

For more information please contact Lana Roberts.<br />

Address: Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board Office,<br />

Shop 17, 93 Bader Drive, Māngere, Auckland 2022<br />

Email: lana.roberts@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz<br />

facebook.com/mangereotahuhu<br />

Nominations close 5pm, 29 May <strong>2015</strong>.<br />

Find out more: phone 09 256 5133 or visit<br />

aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/mangereotahuhu<br />

Significant changes have been made to the laws<br />

governing our employment relations.<br />

Of most interest is that from <strong>April</strong> 1st the adult<br />

minimum wage will be $14.75 hour. Even if your<br />

employment agreement says you are on less than<br />

this, you must be paid at least $14.75 hour. There<br />

are some exceptions to this law for young people<br />

in the first six months of work or in training. Other<br />

changes to employment law came into effect on<br />

6 March <strong>2015</strong>. These include changes to collective<br />

bargaining and rules for strikes and lockouts.<br />

Rest and meal breaks: These are no longer<br />

guaranteed. However if your employment<br />

agreement says you have specified rest and meal<br />

breaks, these continue to apply. But the employer<br />

may wish to renegotiate these breaks, and new<br />

employees are not guaranteed specified rest and<br />

meal breaks at certain times. The employer must<br />

compensate employees who do not get a break.<br />

If you are unsure of your rights, call Ministry<br />

of Business, Innovation and Employment on<br />

0800209020.<br />

The Law Centre holds weekly employment<br />

clinics on Wednesday afternoons.<br />

Call <strong>275</strong>4310 for more information.<br />

If you want to see your ad appear in our next issue or if you have a suggestion for a story email<br />

us at: <strong>275</strong>times@gmail.com

Getting fit inspires couple to dream big<br />

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GOOD FIT: Jerry, Mary, and daughter Nathanie.<br />

ROPED IN: Onefit Fitness runs sessions at Mangere War Memorial Hall on Tue, Wed and Sat.<br />

Jerry Mamea was tipping the scales<br />

at over 120kgs in 2008 - so before he<br />

could fulfil his dream of becoming a<br />

personal trainer he had to lose the<br />

pounds.<br />

“I was telling my family what not<br />

to eat but I wasn’t living what I was<br />

preaching – so I got myself fit and<br />

now I’m passing that experience on to<br />

others. “<br />

Jerry and wife Mary have now<br />

launched their own group training<br />

business called Onefit Fitness.<br />

It started with just four people<br />

working out in his backyard and now<br />

over 100 people gather on Tuesday,<br />

Thursdays and Saturdays at the<br />

Mangere War Memorial Hall.<br />

The inspiring couple live by the motto<br />

of “dream big and live it” and hope<br />

to establish a purpose-built training<br />

facility in Mangere with its own indoor<br />

obstacle course to provide a fun<br />

fitness alternative to what most gyms<br />

provide.<br />

“Our church has been so supportive”<br />

says the Life South church member.<br />

“Our calling is to motivate people to<br />

reach their fitness goals and we love<br />

it.”<br />

The first session is free so check it out.<br />

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

com/Onefit Extreme<br />

Determined students aim high<br />

Community Briefings<br />

Auckland airport is continuing to grow as it plays<br />

a vital role in the economic growth of South<br />

Auckland, the region and New Zealand.<br />

please come along to one of our community<br />

briefings to find out more about what is happening<br />

at Auckland airport.<br />

tuesday 14 april, <strong>2015</strong> 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.<br />

Māngere Community Law Centre<br />

Unit 9, Shop 27, Bader Drive, Māngere Town Centre,<br />

Māngere.<br />

Wednesday, 15 april <strong>2015</strong> 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.<br />

mIT manukau Campus: Level 2, Theatre Pre-Function,<br />

Corner Manukau Station Rd and Davies Ave, Manukau.<br />

CAMP FUN: Students rockclimbing<br />

By Deanna Johnson - Principal of Nga Iwi School<br />

Glenda Shipman our assistant principal and the senior<br />

team led another successful Education Outside The<br />

Classroom (EOTC) programme both on and off site. It<br />

was great to see our children shine in a different learning<br />

setting, showing that they can achieve "excellence" (one<br />

of our school values) as they displayed determination to<br />

achieve goals in a safe and challenging environment.<br />

tuesday, 21 april <strong>2015</strong> 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.<br />

MIT Ōtara Campus: Manuhiri Room, Gate 14, NT Block,<br />

Alexander Crescent, Ōtara.<br />

Verse of the month: Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.<br />

Matthew 5:9

Community Notices<br />

Get digital<br />

The Mangere Park Jam is taking place at the Mangere Town<br />

Centre and the Mangere Central Library from 10am – 4pm on<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11. This event will feature a number of digital workshops<br />

focused on 3D printing, graphic animations, game making, web<br />

development and social media.<br />

For more info visit: http://www.acceleratingaotearoa.co.nz<br />

Healing Meeting<br />

Christian Healing Meeting every first Thursday of the month at<br />

the Mangere Baptist Church 7.30pm run by Forerunners Ministry.<br />

Open to everyone.<br />

Anzac Day parade<br />

There will be an Anzac parade in Mangere Bridge on <strong>April</strong> 25. It<br />

starts at 9.30am, outside the Mangere Bridge cafés and will go to<br />

the Mangere War Memorial hall which has a service starting at<br />

10am. Email here for more info: radio@xtra.co.nz.<br />

Sustainable Garden Hui<br />

Tues 28 <strong>April</strong>, 9.30am - 12.30pm at the Old School Reserve<br />

Community Gardens. 299R Kirkbride Rd. Garden tour, workshops<br />

with local champions on dealing with food and garden waste and<br />

delicious umu. Please RSVP to Justine Skilling by Mon 13 <strong>April</strong>:<br />

justine@mefsc.org.nz, 0221028195<br />

Free swimming lessons<br />

Free Water Safety and Aquatic Competence Lessons at Moana-<br />

Nui-a-Kiwa in Mangere. Enrol in Whanau Nui today and have lots<br />

of fun while you learn. Lessons are from <strong>April</strong> 13 - 17.<br />

Time: 12 - 2pm (30 minute lessons). Enrol now, spaces are limited.<br />

Mangere Town Centre Library<br />

The library has host of interesting activities, almost every day<br />

through the school holidays so visit their Facebook page for more<br />

info: https://www.facebook.com/MangereTownCentreLib<br />

Plus there are the following programs for adults:<br />

English course for beginners Tues and Thurs for 11.20 – 1.20pm.<br />

Every Wed 9.30am and 11am there is free computer lessons.<br />

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