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Edition #14<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2015</strong><br />

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

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

Māngere<br />


CLUB TO<br />



Have you got the next Valerie<br />

Adams or Usain Bolt in your family?<br />

If so, get them down to Centre Park<br />

and enrolled in the new Māngere-<br />

Ōtāhuhu Athletics Club six-week<br />

programme. The programme runs till<br />

December 15 and is for boys and girls<br />

between 4 and 10-years-of-age.<br />

The initiative is about harnessing<br />

the awesome athletic talents of our<br />

Māngere youth and hopefully creating<br />

a better pathway into professional<br />

sport, following in the footsteps of<br />

the likes of Olympic gold medallist<br />

Valerie Adams, and age-group<br />

sprint champion and ex-NRL league<br />



player Lesley Vainikolo (pictured<br />

above) - both who grew up in<br />

Māngere. Counties Manukau Sports<br />

club development manager Jason<br />

McIntosh-Kerr says the plan for a<br />

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Athletics Club is an<br />

ambitious one but also much needed<br />

given the huge pool of talent residing<br />

in Māngere.<br />

"We need corporate and community<br />

leaders to put their hands up and help<br />

create and mould an athletics club<br />

that balances fun for young ones with<br />

high performance pathways for the<br />

teenagers."<br />

"[it] is about harnessing the awesome<br />

athletic talents of our Māngere youth"<br />

The programme runs every<br />

Tuesday, 5pm-6pm till December 15<br />

and is for children between 4 and<br />

10. Registrations close soon. For<br />

more info call: 282 3411<br />

time to start talking rubbish<br />

There has been growing piles of illegally dumped inorganic<br />

rubbish around Māngere over the past months and a huge<br />

mound of trash on Robertson Rd in particular has attracted<br />

much media interest. But instead of just complaining about<br />

it, let's consider ways to tackle the issue of inorganic waste and<br />

create jobs in Māngere at the same time. ME Family Services<br />

CEO Peter Sykes has come up with the idea of the Māngere<br />

Regenerative Village as a space where all 'waste' could be<br />

taken and then gleaners can sort it into zero waste options,<br />

regenerating hope and resources for our people and place. But<br />

for this to occur - we need the Local Board to take action. If you<br />

think this is an important issue - please contact the Māngere-<br />

Ōtāhuhu Local board on 092565133 or talk to the ME Family<br />

Service staff Koia 021 2389717 or Justine 0221028195.

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Aspiring MPS show future's bright<br />



The future is looking bright for<br />

Māngere if the calibre of applicants<br />

at the recent Youth Parliament<br />

competition is anything to go by.<br />

Eight Year 12 and Year 13 students<br />

from a range of schools presented<br />

speeches and answered a number<br />

of tricky questions from a panel of<br />

prestigious judges.<br />

Christopher Oleva-Tanuvasa was<br />

selected as the winner, but the judges<br />

made it clear it was no easy decision,<br />

Garden club to spread green thumb bug<br />

Like gardening? Then join the club.<br />

If you love gardening and want to<br />

share tips and learn from fellow<br />

green-thumbed aficionados then the<br />

Māngere Garden Club is for you.<br />

The club will run every Thursday at<br />

the Māngere East Community Centre<br />

from 1.30-3pm.<br />

The idea to start a group such as this<br />

was birthed following a Garden Tour<br />

organised by the awesome Waste<br />

Minimisation team from ME Family<br />

Services, Justine Skilling and Koia<br />

Teinakore. The pair took a group of 18<br />

passionate gardeners to Dale Harvey’s<br />

Quarter Acre Paradise in Vine St,<br />

the Lilo Whanau garden in Māngere<br />

East, the Māngere Teaching Garden<br />

in Kirkbride Rd, Māngere Central<br />

School’s Garden to Table growing<br />

spaces and the Māngere Mountain<br />

Education Centre’s mara kai.<br />

Lots of connections were forged<br />

between participants and there is<br />


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as all the other candidates presented<br />

themselves well before a crowd of<br />

friends, family and community leaders<br />

including Auckland Councillor Alf<br />

Filipaina and Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local<br />

Board chair Lydia Sosene.<br />

The high-powered audience were<br />

treated to a range of speeches<br />

from candidates on issues such as<br />

education, youth unemployment and<br />

the proliferation of alcohol.<br />

Christopher made particular mention<br />

interest in ongoing opportunities<br />

for gardeners in the area to connect<br />

with each other and share knowledge<br />

and resources. The Māngere East<br />

Community Centre will host the<br />

Māngere Garden Club every Thursday<br />

of the need for more affordable<br />

housing in Māngere and this is one<br />

thing he promises to raise at Youth<br />

Parliament when he attends on July 19<br />

and 20, 2016.<br />

“For me, issues that are important are<br />

education and housing,” he says. “Not<br />

many people have the ability to own<br />

their own home. Housing needs to be<br />

affordable and the state houses need<br />

to be good quality.”<br />

Māngere electorate MP Su’a William<br />

Sio says the Youth Parliament is a<br />

great opportunity for young leaders<br />

to network and upskill and he hopes<br />

to also take the two runner-ups,<br />

Haris Murtaza, head boy at Al-Madina<br />

School in Māngere and Chunte Sua<br />

from Southern Cross.<br />

Youth Parliament replicates the<br />

real Parliament as closely as<br />

possible. Youth MPs have the<br />

opportunity to debate legislation<br />

and ask oral parliamentary<br />

questions. 121 Youth MPs hold their<br />

positions from 25 January, 2016 to<br />

25 July, 2016.<br />

GREEN THUMBS: A group of garden enthusiasts on the recent Garden Tour.<br />

from 1.30- 3pm.<br />

If you’re a keen to join drop in to<br />

372 Massey Rd and check it out, or<br />

contact Jeannine-Madeleine Fischer<br />

(jeannine-madeleine.fischer2gmx.<br />

net, 02108851575) to find out more.<br />

Contact: Tuhin Choudhury

Hone's big goal<br />

on target: hone fowler IS ON A MISSION TO GROW FOOTBALL<br />

Hone Fowler has played on<br />

some of the world's most<br />

prestigious football fields<br />

and rubbed shoulders with<br />

the game’s elite.<br />

But now he’s aiming to<br />

help others have a crack at<br />

making it in the world’s most<br />

popular sport.<br />

Fowler, who trialled with<br />

famous English clubs’<br />

Swansea City and Millwall<br />

FC as well as playing in the<br />

World Club Cup, is hoping<br />

to set up a football academy<br />

based in Māngere to foster<br />

the talents of South Auckland<br />

and South Pacific footballers.<br />

"My hope is for an academy<br />

to become a vehicle to<br />

develop football, not just in<br />

South Auckland but in the<br />

South Pacific."<br />

The academy would be<br />

run with close links out<br />

of the newly established<br />

Auckland United FC which<br />

is a franchise club set up<br />

to represent all the clubs<br />

within the southern part of<br />

Auckland. The organisation<br />

has an under-20s team<br />

currently playing in the<br />

national ASB Youth League<br />

and they are riding high after<br />

beating perennial champs<br />

Auckland City.<br />

And the plan is to field a<br />

mens’ and womens’ teams in<br />

the adult Premiership league<br />

in the coming years.<br />

Fowler says trying to make it<br />

in football was tough going<br />

for a South Aucklander like<br />

himself as he had to take his<br />

talents to Mt Albert Grammar<br />

and then on to the semi-pro<br />

team Waitakere United.<br />

"It wasn’t the most popular<br />

sport when I was growing up<br />

in Māngere. One of my best<br />

mates dragged me along to<br />

one his games when I was<br />

at primary and after playing,<br />

I loved it and never looked<br />

back.<br />

"I really got into football at<br />

MAGS and I started making<br />

NZ teams when I was 16.<br />

"One highlight was getting<br />

to tour Europe with the NZ<br />

Secondary Schools team and<br />

scoring a match-winner in<br />

the game against England.”<br />

He says there’s no reason<br />

why others can’t follow in<br />

his footsteps and go even<br />

further.<br />

“There’s a huge potential for<br />

football to grow and develop<br />

here in South Auckland and<br />

creating opportunities is key,<br />

that’s what this academy and<br />

Auckland United will offer,<br />

as well as opening doors to<br />

playing football overseas.”<br />

Auckland United's home<br />

matches this month are at<br />

Centre Park; 4pm, Nov 8 &<br />

3pm, Nov 29.<br />

Or try out football yourself<br />

at one of the three local<br />

clubs in our area: Manukau<br />

City AFC, Māngere United<br />

AFC or Onehunga-Māngere<br />

United AFC (www.omuafc.<br />

org.nz)<br />

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Community Notices<br />

Park Jam <strong>275</strong><br />

Saturday, <strong>November</strong> 7, Māngere Town Centre, FREE.<br />

A wide range of digital workshops throughout the day at the Library<br />

and around the Town Centre including Augmented Reality, 3D<br />

Printing, Game Making, Coding, Animation, and Robotics.<br />


Māngere Bridge Trolley Derby <strong>2015</strong> - coming back to your<br />

neighbourhood - race day Sunday, <strong>November</strong> 22, start building your<br />

trolley now!<br />


Māngere East Community Centre, 372 Massey Rd, Māngere.<br />

<strong>November</strong> 5, 12, 19, 26. 4pm to 5.30pm.<br />

Black Grace - 20 for 20<br />

Black Grace Celebrates 20 Years In 20 NZ Centres This Summer.<br />

Māngere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku, Thursday, <strong>November</strong> 19,<br />

7.30pm.<br />


A community initiative aimed at supporting our bus users and those<br />

who hang out around the Māngere Town Centre in the evenings.<br />

Currently it runs every Thursday from 7.30pm-9pm.<br />


Social Soccer/ 7-a-side at Walter Massey Park. From Nov 6 - Dec 11,<br />

5.30-8pm. Enter as a team or player. Entry fee is $300per team.<br />

Ice Skate Tour<br />

<strong>November</strong> 10 – 15 . Come enjoy ice skating at Robertson Road<br />

School. The Ice Skate Tour travels around with a mobile ice rink in<br />

the Auckland Region. Entry fee is $7 for kids (under 16) and $13 for<br />

adults (ice skates included).<br />

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