Our stories, our people, our Māngere
Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou
Have you got the next Valerie
Adams or Usain Bolt in your family?
If so, get them down to Centre Park
and enrolled in the new Māngere-
Ōtāhuhu Athletics Club six-week
programme. The programme runs till
December 15 and is for boys and girls
between 4 and 10-years-of-age.
The initiative is about harnessing
the awesome athletic talents of our
Māngere youth and hopefully creating
a better pathway into professional
sport, following in the footsteps of
the likes of Olympic gold medallist
Valerie Adams, and age-group
sprint champion and ex-NRL league
ON YOUR MARKS: EX-NRL STAR LESLEY VAINIKOLO (FAR RIGHT) HOPES Māngere
YOUTH CAN DISCOVER THE FUN OF ATHLETICS LIKE HE DID.
player Lesley Vainikolo (pictured
above) - both who grew up in
Māngere. Counties Manukau Sports
club development manager Jason
McIntosh-Kerr says the plan for a
Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Athletics Club is an
ambitious one but also much needed
given the huge pool of talent residing
"We need corporate and community
leaders to put their hands up and help
create and mould an athletics club
that balances fun for young ones with
high performance pathways for the
"[it] is about harnessing the awesome
athletic talents of our Māngere youth"
The programme runs every
Tuesday, 5pm-6pm till December 15
and is for children between 4 and
10. Registrations close soon. For
more info call: 282 3411
time to start talking rubbish
There has been growing piles of illegally dumped inorganic
rubbish around Māngere over the past months and a huge
mound of trash on Robertson Rd in particular has attracted
much media interest. But instead of just complaining about
it, let's consider ways to tackle the issue of inorganic waste and
create jobs in Māngere at the same time. ME Family Services
CEO Peter Sykes has come up with the idea of the Māngere
Regenerative Village as a space where all 'waste' could be
taken and then gleaners can sort it into zero waste options,
regenerating hope and resources for our people and place. But
for this to occur - we need the Local Board to take action. If you
think this is an important issue - please contact the Māngere-
Ōtāhuhu Local board on 092565133 or talk to the ME Family
Service staff Koia 021 2389717 or Justine 0221028195.
Aspiring MPS show future's bright
FUTURE LEADERS: THE APPLICANTS IN THE YOUTH MP COMPETITION. CHRIS OLEVA-TA-
NUVASA (SECOND FROM RIGHT) WON THE PRIZE OF Māngere'S YOUTH MP FOR 2016.
The future is looking bright for
Māngere if the calibre of applicants
at the recent Youth Parliament
competition is anything to go by.
Eight Year 12 and Year 13 students
from a range of schools presented
speeches and answered a number
of tricky questions from a panel of
Christopher Oleva-Tanuvasa was
selected as the winner, but the judges
made it clear it was no easy decision,
Garden club to spread green thumb bug
Like gardening? Then join the club.
If you love gardening and want to
share tips and learn from fellow
green-thumbed aficionados then the
Māngere Garden Club is for you.
The club will run every Thursday at
the Māngere East Community Centre
The idea to start a group such as this
was birthed following a Garden Tour
organised by the awesome Waste
Minimisation team from ME Family
Services, Justine Skilling and Koia
Teinakore. The pair took a group of 18
passionate gardeners to Dale Harvey’s
Quarter Acre Paradise in Vine St,
the Lilo Whanau garden in Māngere
East, the Māngere Teaching Garden
in Kirkbride Rd, Māngere Central
School’s Garden to Table growing
spaces and the Māngere Mountain
Education Centre’s mara kai.
Lots of connections were forged
between participants and there is
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as all the other candidates presented
themselves well before a crowd of
friends, family and community leaders
including Auckland Councillor Alf
Filipaina and Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local
Board chair Lydia Sosene.
The high-powered audience were
treated to a range of speeches
from candidates on issues such as
education, youth unemployment and
the proliferation of alcohol.
Christopher made particular mention
interest in ongoing opportunities
for gardeners in the area to connect
with each other and share knowledge
and resources. The Māngere East
Community Centre will host the
Māngere Garden Club every Thursday
of the need for more affordable
housing in Māngere and this is one
thing he promises to raise at Youth
Parliament when he attends on July 19
and 20, 2016.
“For me, issues that are important are
education and housing,” he says. “Not
many people have the ability to own
their own home. Housing needs to be
affordable and the state houses need
to be good quality.”
Māngere electorate MP Su’a William
Sio says the Youth Parliament is a
great opportunity for young leaders
to network and upskill and he hopes
to also take the two runner-ups,
Haris Murtaza, head boy at Al-Madina
School in Māngere and Chunte Sua
from Southern Cross.
Youth Parliament replicates the
real Parliament as closely as
possible. Youth MPs have the
opportunity to debate legislation
and ask oral parliamentary
questions. 121 Youth MPs hold their
positions from 25 January, 2016 to
25 July, 2016.
GREEN THUMBS: A group of garden enthusiasts on the recent Garden Tour.
from 1.30- 3pm.
If you’re a keen to join drop in to
372 Massey Rd and check it out, or
contact Jeannine-Madeleine Fischer
net, 02108851575) to find out more.
Contact: Tuhin Choudhury
Hone's big goal
on target: hone fowler IS ON A MISSION TO GROW FOOTBALL
Hone Fowler has played on
some of the world's most
prestigious football fields
and rubbed shoulders with
the game’s elite.
But now he’s aiming to
help others have a crack at
making it in the world’s most
Fowler, who trialled with
famous English clubs’
Swansea City and Millwall
FC as well as playing in the
World Club Cup, is hoping
to set up a football academy
based in Māngere to foster
the talents of South Auckland
and South Pacific footballers.
"My hope is for an academy
to become a vehicle to
develop football, not just in
South Auckland but in the
The academy would be
run with close links out
of the newly established
Auckland United FC which
is a franchise club set up
to represent all the clubs
within the southern part of
Auckland. The organisation
has an under-20s team
currently playing in the
national ASB Youth League
and they are riding high after
beating perennial champs
And the plan is to field a
mens’ and womens’ teams in
the adult Premiership league
in the coming years.
Fowler says trying to make it
in football was tough going
for a South Aucklander like
himself as he had to take his
talents to Mt Albert Grammar
and then on to the semi-pro
team Waitakere United.
"It wasn’t the most popular
sport when I was growing up
in Māngere. One of my best
mates dragged me along to
one his games when I was
at primary and after playing,
I loved it and never looked
"I really got into football at
MAGS and I started making
NZ teams when I was 16.
"One highlight was getting
to tour Europe with the NZ
Secondary Schools team and
scoring a match-winner in
the game against England.”
He says there’s no reason
why others can’t follow in
his footsteps and go even
“There’s a huge potential for
football to grow and develop
here in South Auckland and
creating opportunities is key,
that’s what this academy and
Auckland United will offer,
as well as opening doors to
playing football overseas.”
Auckland United's home
matches this month are at
Centre Park; 4pm, Nov 8 &
3pm, Nov 29.
Or try out football yourself
at one of the three local
clubs in our area: Manukau
City AFC, Māngere United
AFC or Onehunga-Māngere
United AFC (www.omuafc.
just dream it.
ZERO FEES &
20+ YEAR OLDS
VERSE OF THE MONTH: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of
God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 (Sponsored by Bill & Bridie Keenan)
Park Jam 275
Saturday, November 7, Māngere Town Centre, FREE.
A wide range of digital workshops throughout the day at the Library
and around the Town Centre including Augmented Reality, 3D
Printing, Game Making, Coding, Animation, and Robotics.
THE FAMOUS MANGERE BRIDGE TROLLEY DERBY
Māngere Bridge Trolley Derby 2015 - coming back to your
neighbourhood - race day Sunday, November 22, start building your
FREE ACTING CLASSES
Māngere East Community Centre, 372 Massey Rd, Māngere.
November 5, 12, 19, 26. 4pm to 5.30pm.
Black Grace - 20 for 20
Black Grace Celebrates 20 Years In 20 NZ Centres This Summer.
Māngere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku, Thursday, November 19,
HOT STOP - FREE HOT DRINKS AT BUS STOP
A community initiative aimed at supporting our bus users and those
who hang out around the Māngere Town Centre in the evenings.
Currently it runs every Thursday from 7.30pm-9pm.
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Social Soccer/ 7-a-side at Walter Massey Park. From Nov 6 - Dec 11,
5.30-8pm. Enter as a team or player. Entry fee is $300per team.
Ice Skate Tour
November 10 – 15 . Come enjoy ice skating at Robertson Road
School. The Ice Skate Tour travels around with a mobile ice rink in
the Auckland Region. Entry fee is $7 for kids (under 16) and $13 for
adults (ice skates included).
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