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Edition #13<br />

october <strong>2015</strong><br />

Free!<br />

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

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

times<br />

Our stories, our people, our Māngere<br />

Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou<br />

brothers stay loCal - go global<br />

Loyalty and hard work are Ofa and his brothers have remained “I love my old school and Mangere. It<br />

two of the main ingredients loyal to Mangere College despite the provided me friendships and much<br />

that Ofa and Isi Tu’ungafasi offers of lucrative scholarships to go support.”<br />

credit for their success as<br />

elsewhere.<br />

“It was a big temptation and back<br />

rugby players.<br />

then it was hard for us just to get "If you do the<br />

The former Mangere College students<br />

boots.<br />

have both represented New Zealand<br />

“But my dad has always said, if<br />

hard yards<br />

at the Junior World Cup and are<br />

you’re playing well, you’ll get<br />

currently playing together in<br />

the success<br />

noticed and I think looking<br />

the ITM Cup for Auckland.<br />

back it taught me a lot about<br />

Ofa, the older of the<br />

will come"<br />

loyalty.”<br />

two and a current Blues<br />

Ofa says another value he<br />

player says there’s been<br />

Ofa says it’s awesome having Isi<br />

learnt growing up in Mangere<br />

no luck involved in their<br />

in the Auckland squad with<br />

and attending the local<br />

achievements.<br />

him and he’d love it if<br />

schools was how to<br />

“I don’t believe in miracles<br />

younger brothers<br />

stay grounded.<br />

or luck, if you do the<br />

Victor and Seleti<br />

hard yards the<br />

could also join<br />

success will<br />

them in the ITM<br />

come.”<br />

Cup team as<br />

And Ofa knows<br />

they both play<br />

plenty about<br />

in Auckland agegroup<br />

hard work.<br />

teams.<br />

While most of<br />

“It’s definitely<br />

his team mates<br />

a dream of ours<br />

in the Auckland<br />

to all play together<br />

squad came from<br />

one-day. So hopefully I<br />

rich prestigious<br />

can play for Auckland<br />

schools where things<br />

long enough for the<br />

like boots and gear<br />

younger ones to join<br />

were provided for,<br />

BRUISE BROTHERS: Both Isi, left and Ofa have made New Zealand age-group sides.<br />

us.”<br />

Kewl<br />

club<br />

KEWL CLUB MANGERE hot STOP PROJECT: Māngere Town Centre Library KEWL Club kids were inspired by the<br />

Wellington Media Collective's exhibition We Will Work With You to design a logo for a community initiative called Hot<br />

Stop. This Kewl Club project is a collaboration with the Mangere Arts Centre and the Mangere Town Centre Library.

2<br />

Empowering families still at heart of ME<br />

of age and have gone from a centre<br />

based on providing services to more<br />

of a social enterprise organisation.”<br />

However, he reiterates the underlying<br />

focus of ME hasn’t changed as it will<br />

still be about making families better.<br />

“Our vision is to see strong family<br />

units being created and empowered<br />

and each year we have grown that a<br />

little bit more.”<br />

CELEBRATION: Christine Porio and her team ended the festivities with a special dance.<br />

Over 100 people gathered<br />

at the Mangere East Hawks<br />

Rugby League clubrooms<br />

to celebrate the launch of<br />

ME Family Services' new<br />

branding and to say goodbye<br />

to the old name of Mangere<br />

East Family Service Centre.<br />

ME Family Services chairman Peter<br />

Cleland says despite the service<br />

supporting families and individuals<br />

Garden to table inspires culture change<br />

“Green Food Zone: No Junk<br />

Food” declares the sign in<br />

the entrance to Mangere<br />

Central School on Kirkbride<br />

Rd.<br />

The school has recently become part<br />

of Garden to Table, a comprehensive<br />

programme that allows children to<br />

experience the whole process of<br />

growing, harvesting, cooking and,<br />

most importantly, eating food right in<br />

their school grounds.<br />

“In his work with families around<br />

budgeting, our social worker<br />

discovered that many were spending<br />

substantial amounts weekly on tuck<br />

shop lunches” says Principal Maria<br />

Heron.<br />

“The 'garden to table' movement is a<br />

way for us to move away from having<br />

a school tuck shop. "We also hope<br />

that the plants the kids take home<br />

will survive and contribute to feeding<br />


Words: Justin Latif Design: Jo Latif<br />

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right across Mangere and South<br />

Auckland, they will never forget their<br />

roots.<br />

“Even though our name has changed,<br />

our heart will always be in Mangere<br />

East.”<br />

Mr Cleland says this change isn’t just<br />

about a new logo and slogan but<br />

reflects a shift in the organisation’s<br />

whole philosophy.<br />

“There’s been a collective shift to<br />

being more empowering. We’ve come<br />

LEADERS: ME Family Services chairman<br />

Peter Cleland and CEO Peter Sykes<br />

GRUBS UP: The Garden to Table programme at Mangere Central School is making a<br />

real difference to budgets and health for families and their children.<br />

families well into the future”.<br />

theme in our strategic plan, so<br />

The school plans in a few years, to sustainable living is an important part<br />

have an abundant food forest for the of our curriculum”, says Maria.<br />

school community to enjoy.<br />

“The students are loving the<br />

The school is also aiming to be zero programme and it has very quickly<br />

waste by 2017.<br />

become an important feature in our<br />

“We have a strong 'future focus' school culture."<br />

Contact: Tuhin Choudhury

Fresh take on old story<br />

set to challenge youth<br />

Beauty<br />

Services<br />


AND<br />


Recreation<br />

& Sport<br />

Forces<br />

Pre-Entry<br />

Welding +<br />

Panel beating<br />

Don’t<br />

just dream it.<br />

Warehousing<br />

& Forklift<br />

Operations<br />

BECOME IT!<br />

3<br />

Playwright and<br />

accomplished actor<br />

Jason Manumu'a<br />

and the Good Seed<br />

Trust are teaming<br />

these school holidays<br />

to bring a fun,<br />

fresh take on the<br />

Cinderella story<br />

called Isitolo and the<br />

Magic Brush.<br />

Jason, who's worked<br />

on a number of plays,<br />

both an actor and on the<br />

production side, says<br />

working with children is<br />

an exciting challenge.<br />

"There's a big difference<br />

between working with<br />

children and adults.<br />

"Children obviously find<br />

things like learning lines<br />

hard, but they aren't as<br />

shy as adults."<br />

The Mangere Bridge<br />

resident has written<br />

and directed this play<br />

and expects up to 70<br />

children to take part<br />

over the two shows. He<br />

says the story will be a<br />

familiar one for many<br />

locals.<br />

"It's based on the<br />

structure of Cinderella,<br />

about a young boy who<br />

comes from the Islands<br />

to New Zealand and tries<br />

to find himself.<br />

"He learns to become<br />

more courageous and<br />

holds his own in the face<br />

of bullying."<br />

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH: "You don't think your way into a new kind of living. You live your<br />

way into a new kind of thinking.”

Community Notices<br />

T3 Sport & Team Ltd presents the inaugural:<br />


The T3 COMMUNITY BUSINESS EXPO is set for <strong>October</strong> 31st.<br />

From 10am - 2pm at the Mangere East Hawks netball courts<br />

carpark side. This expo is a great opportunity for businesses of<br />

all sizes in and around Mangere East to showcase their products or<br />

services, create new networks and engage with the local community.<br />

There’ll be a mixture of businesses including health and sports<br />

providers, hospitality and craft makers and social support services.<br />

Stalls are still available, to register your interest phone Tony on 027<br />

4497900 or email tony@t3sportandteam.co.nz and check us out at<br />

www.t3sportandteam.co.nz ,<br />



Just dance!<br />

Monday 28 September, 10.30am - 11.15am<br />

Get your groovy shoes on and learn some crazy dance moves.<br />

3D crafts with a buzz!<br />

Wednesday 30 September, 10.30am - 11.15am<br />

Learn about electric circuits as you create your special neon<br />

masterpiece! Check out their Facebook page for a full events<br />

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


Man-Atua at Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku, A dance<br />

performance as a tribute to mankind's response to war. The ever<br />

changing world repeats yesterday, today, tomorrow. Saturday 31<br />

<strong>October</strong> <strong>2015</strong> 7:30pm – 9:00pm.<br />

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

Mangere East C.C. holiday programme<br />

Looking for someone to care for your kids these holidays?<br />


~ DAY TRIPS (e.g. Kelly Tarltons, Amazing Race, MOTAT)<br />

~ EXTENDED HOURS (7.30am - 6pm)<br />

Leave your child in safe hands these holidays with our amazing staff<br />

of experienced and engaging child carers.<br />

Contact Maia: 029 773 0146 - <strong>275</strong> 6161 - maia@mangereeast.org<br />


Celebrate Auckland's ethnic diversity through food.<br />

It will be held on Saturday 10 <strong>October</strong> along the mainstreet of<br />

Otahuhu amongst the bargain shops. There will be more than 50<br />

ethnic food stalls, stage entertainment from DJ SirVere, Swiss, Tyree,<br />

Deach, PNC and KOne, plus heaps of other awesome activities.<br />


Give the kids a taste of life on the farm. Sunday 4 <strong>October</strong>, 10am-<br />

4pm, Ambury Regional Park. Free entry - rides cost extra.<br />


Mangere heat - Join our Basketball club on Wednesday afternoons!<br />

Under 9’s 3.45pm, Under 11’s 4.30pm, only $5 per lesson, term time<br />

only. Term 4 starts 21 <strong>October</strong> - ENROL NOW!<br />


A tour of inspiring gardens in Mangere to get ideas for starting your<br />

own garden. Lots of ideas about low cost gardening using resources<br />

that are all around us. day, <strong>October</strong> 15at 9:15am - 2:30pm. 16-18<br />

Ferguson St, Mangere East.<br />


A community initiative has been started at the Mangere Town<br />

Centre Bus Stop aimed at making our people feel safer around the<br />

town centre at night. Currently it runs every Thursday from 730pm<br />

-9pm. Volunteers are needed to give out free drinks to the public<br />

and bus drivers. For more info go to: https://www.facebook.com/<br />

Mangerehotstop<br />


The popular Mangere Community Law Centre 8-week course starts<br />

again on <strong>October</strong> 14, Law In A Nutshell. This weekly course provides<br />

attendees with a wide range of in-depth knowledge into important<br />

areas of the law that can upskill us for our work and daily lives. For<br />

more info call: <strong>275</strong>-4310<br />

these notices are<br />

sponsored by....<br />

mangere east<br />

Festival<br />

Walter Massey Park<br />

28TH NOV<br />

10AM - 5PM<br />

Be a Stallholder |<br />

performer | volunteer<br />

contact: hone@mangereeast.org 09 <strong>275</strong> 6161<br />


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