275 Times. May 2015

Mangere Community News. Edition #8

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Edition #8

May 2015

275 times



celebrating Māngere through sharing its stories



A passion for Samoa’s ancient stories has led Helen Tau’au

Filisi to fulfil a long held dream to write and illustrate her

own children’s book.

O tala o Samoa mai le vavau, o se vaisu e fa'amomosi

ia Fa'alava'au Helen Tau'au Filisi. O le mafua'aga lea o

se fa'anaunauta'iga sa mo'omo'o ma moemiti i ai ina

ia tusiaina tala ma ata mo tamaiti.

But it’s been no easy task. The book, called Sina and the

Tuna, is the result of two Masters degrees, a number of

trips back to the islands and countless hours refining and

retouching the stories and illustrations for this dream to

become a reality.

E le'i faigofie lenei galuega. O le tusi ua fa'aigoaina o Sina

ma le Tuna, o se fa'amanuiaga lenei o le taunu'uga o tusi

pasi o Masters tikeri e lua. Sa tele ina femalaga'ai i Samoa

ma le tele o itula fa'aalu i le toe iloiloina ma va'ili'ili atili o

tala ma ata ina ia tino lenei fa'amoemoe.

As part of her first Masters degree, which was in

Geography, she compiled a number of ancient Samoan

stories or “tala o le vavau” whilst on a field trip to Savaii.

And it was during her second Masters in creative writing

that she began turning those stories into a book which has

now been translated by her husband Fritz into Samoan.

O le tusi pasi Master Tikeri muamua i le Geography

(si'osi'omaga), sa fa'amautuina ai le tele o nisi o tala

o le vavau a'o i ai i malaga fa'asu'esu'ega i Savai'i. O

le tusi pasi Master tikeri lona lua i le Creative Writing

(fa'ailoateleina o fatuga i mafaufauga ma manatu)

sa amata ai loa ona fa'amautuina nei tala i le tusi ua

fa'aliliuina e lona al'ii o Tofilau Fritz Filisi i le gagana


proud author: Helen Tau’au Filisi displays her book

Helen works at Te Wananga O Aotearoa in Mangere as the

Degree Learning Advisor and launched the book at the

campus on March 19.

O lo'o galue nei Helen o ia o le Degree Learning

Advisor(faufautua mo polokalame fa'atikeri) i le Te

Wananga O Aotearoa i Magele. O le nofoaga fo'i lea sa

tatala aloa'ia ai le tusi ile aso 19 o Mati.

She says that she hopes to reinforce to Samoans that they

have an unique heritage worth preserving.

Sa ia saunoa fo'i o lona fa'amoemoe ina ia toe

fa'amausaliina i tagata Samoa lona tofi ma

fa'apolopolo e matua taua tele ma ia puipuiina.

“Often New Zealand born or raised Samoans know

European fairy tales in great detail but few know their own

heritage stories and so these important ancient stories

reminds us of our point of difference.”

“O le tele o taimi e sili atu le silafia e Samoa sa

fananau i Niu Sila pe sa tutupu a'e fo'i i Niu Sila o tala

fa'afagogo mai Europa ae itiiti lava se iloa o latou lava

tala'aga fa'asolopito. O tala nei o le vavau o se pine

fa'amau e iloa ai lo tatou e'see'sega.”

Translation provided by Fritz Filisi

sina and the tuna: A story about the origins of the coconut.

To order your own copy of Sina and the Tuna email:

helentauaufilisi@gmail.com or visit her website:



Families at the heart of MEFSC's success

LIKE A FAMILY: The original staff members of the Mangere East Family Service Centre.

L-R Karen Matata, Poe Tuiasau, Kula Alapaki, Sue Stunzner, Peter Sykes, Phillina Kauri-Tumai.

Photo: Qiane Matata-Sipu

Twenty-one years.

That’s a special number for most

people growing up – but it’s even

more special if you’re the Mangere

East Family Service Centre. That's

because they've just celebrated the

21st anniversary since they began

as a little childcare centre at the

Mangere East Primary School hall. In

his address to the audience gathered

for the birthday celebrations, MEFSC

Growing gardens inspires children

By Justine Skilling - Waste Minimisation

Facilitator, MEFSC

The opening of Te Whakatupu

Kakano, the gardening aspect of

Barnardos’ Te Korowai Mokopuna

project, at their Mangere Early

Learning Centre last month was a

real family affair. Funded with a

$10,000 grant from the Auckland

Airport Trust, the project will see the

establishment of four gardens in

Centres around South Auckland, as

well as 40 home gardens for many

of the Centres’ families. Children,

parents, kaumatua, Centre staff and

invited locals gathered in the sunshine

for karakia, waiata and celebration of

the planting of the Mangere Centre’s

new raised beds. After some words of

encouragement and a blessing from

Barnardos kaumatua Bill Barlow, the

first sod in the new garden beds was

turned and then everyone got stuck

into planting the vegetables.

chairman Peter Cleland rightly pointed

out that the organisation has become

more than just a childcare centre and

now includes the Waste Minimisation

team, the Men's Shed, 275 Times

and social workers in almost every

Mangere primary school. Mr Cleland

also made special mention of chief

executive Peter Sykes.

“I want to especially acknowledge our

CEO who has selflessly given to the

Centre over the whole 21 years and

made us what we are.

“Peter has made us more than a team

- we are a family, the Mangere East

Service Centre family!”

Peter Sykes says all the programs

and services the Centre provides are

aimed at helping people reach their

potential "through participation".

"We aim to create space for people to

participate and be empowered, and

while we don't need to be the soleprovider

of that, we need to promote

that it is people's right to access that


"We aim to be one of the main drivers

of inter-connectedness in Mangere.

"So once our neighbours know who

we are and respect us, then maybe

that's when we've done our job."

Mr Sykes says the ultimate goal is for

the future generations of Mangere to

experience holistic success.

"It's about whole growth, not just in

the dollar, and the measure of that

is that our great-great grandchildren

reap the benefit. The question that

drives me is - what is the legacy that

we will leave for our great-great


For more information go to:


READY TO PLANT: Children learning about gardening at the opening of Te Whakatupu Kakano

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From fishing to frocks


CATCH OF THE DAY: Noelene Ramsey has swapped selling fish for

frocks and furniture at the Mangere Baptist’s Re-New Op Shop.

Much like the Apostle Peter,

Noelene Ramsey has given

up working on fishing boats

to become the rock for her

church’s op shop.

Noelene worked in Tonga

for 11 years fishing around

the coast and selling her

catch to the villages and local


But when family asked her to

return to New Zealand she

didn’t hesitate. And a place

that she started to regularly

visit was the Mangere Baptist

Op Shop.

“I started coming here as a

customer,” she says. As time

went on, Noelene went from

customer to shop assistant.

Firstly as a volunteer and

now currently as the day-today


Noelene says the best part

of working there is knowing

she’s part of something

bigger than just selling


“My favourite part of

working at the shop is the

prayer time at the start

of the week and I also

enjoy meeting lots of new


“The op shop offers really

cheap clothes, furniture

and other goods and

because we have a budget

service next door it’s

somewhere people can

come straight after they’ve

seen the budgeters.”

Noelene hopes the shop

will expand over time.

”It’d be nice to get a bit

bigger and maybe have

a lunchbar where people

can buy a pie or drink


The op shop recently

changed it’s name to

Re-New and extended

it’s opening hours from

11am – 4pm, Tue, Wed

and Thur. Corner of

Bader & Ashgrove Rd.

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Community Notices

New Mangere East website

Check out the amazing new Mangere East Community Centre

website. It’s full of great photos, events, activities as well as an

awesome blog. Go to: http://www.mangereeast.org/

Free Theatre

Village Collective in association with Tala Pasifika present the 2015

season of SPARK. A theatre piece about superheroes, a new super

product, and a movement to SPARK change.

Venue: Mangere Arts Centre. Admission is FREE and showings are

on May 14 & 15; 7-8pm and 12.30-1.30pm.

Mangere’s libraries get musical

To celebreate New Zealand Music Month the Mangere Libraries

are all holding a variety of music related events to promote local

talent. There will be a musical storytime with Puna o le Atamai on

May 14 and 21, 10.30am - 11.15am at the Town Centre Library and

Ukulele workshops on May 13 and 14, 4pm - 5pm at the Mangere

East Library. Go to aucklandlibraries.govt.nz for more info.

Employment workshops

ARMS is holding free employment workshops for Pacific migrants.

Attendees will learn language skills, job searching techniques,

business culture insights, how to make a CV and interview tips.

Workshops are May 19, Friendship House and June 19, Mangere

Town Centre Library from 9.30am – 3pm. Call 625 2440 or email

reception@arms-mrc.org.nz to register.

Law In A Nutshell

The Mangere Community Law Centre's Law In A Nutshell starts up

again on May 6. Think about enrolling for the next 8 week course.

Call 2754310 for more information.


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

Email: lana.roberts@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz


Nominations close 5pm, 29 May 2015.

Find out more: phone 09 256 5133 or visit



Words: Justin Latif

Design: Jo Latif

Publisher: Mangere East Family Service Centre

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