275 Times - March 2016


Mangere Community News

Edition #17

march 2016


275 times



Our stories, our people, our Māngere

Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou

first female hawk INTO KIWI ferns

275 Times contributor

Ernestina Maro

recently sat down for

a chat with Mangere's

newest league star.

Here's her story:

The humble and talented Annetta

Nuuausala has been in the headlines

lately with her inclusion in New

Zealand Womens’ Rugby League

team, the Kiwi Ferns – making her

the first from the Mangere East

Hawks to achieve this. The Samoan

21-year-old is the youngest of

six and she says church is a big

reason she’s been able to make

this journey. Annetta is a shining

example for many other female

athletes and has particularly pushed

boundaries for many Pacific females

to get into Rugby League. Annetta

was inspired by her sports-mad

family to give league a go and

because netball wasn’t providing

enough excitement. She says being

brought up in a household where

LEAGUE STAR: Annetta breaks new ground for

Mangere East Hawks.

sport has been played at an elite

level by her older brother Frank-

Paul Nuuausala – who currently

plays in the NRL for the Canberra

Raiders and has won a premiership

with the Sydney Roosters – has also

driven her to aim for a higher level

with the goal of becoming a rugby

league star in her own right. In her

short career one major highlight

has been representing New Zealand

at the recent NRL Nines event at

Eden Park and playing in front of a

packed house of screaming fans.

She says none of this would have

been possible without her family

and friends, but particularly her

brother John, Rusty Matua from

the Auckland Vulcans and Askhan.

And her message for any Pacific

women considering giving league a

crack: “Put yourself out there and

go hard!”

If you're interested in league

contact the Mangere East Hawks

on 276 3420 or merlfc@xtra.co.nz

USO Bike ride promotes paSifiKa health

USO Bike Ride crew stopped in Mangere as part of nationwide bike tour. The team of 18 Polynesian riders have ridden the

lenght of NZ to raise cancer awareness amongst Polynesian communities, encouraging regular health checks, and pass on the health

and wellbeing benefits of cycling. The Mangere BikeFIT crew joined the USO riders during their stop-over. Visit www.usobikeride.co.nz

for more info.


AAAP set to make big impact

READY TO IMPACT: Alastair Russell ( left) and two fellow AAAP members.

Think you’re getting ripped off?

If so, make sure you’re outside the

Pukapuka Hall on April 5,6, and 7 as

Auckland Action Against Poverty is

coming to Mangere. The direct action,

advocacy and education group will be

running its fourth Impact event aimed

at ensuring people on low incomes

are getting their full entitlements

from Work and Income. AAAP

spokesperson Alastair Russell says

the last event was a huge success,

with over 500 people helped and

more than $100,000 in grants and

entitlements received by attendees of

the event.

“The purpose of the event is to firstly

to help as many people as possible

in Mangere. These events have

steadily grown. We have helped stop

deductions, get a range of advances

for people sleeping on the floor and

ensuring many, many people get

housing or retain housing.”

AAAP started in 2010 and have

been involved in running similar

events across Auckland as well as

participating in protests and nonviolent

direct action. Alastair says

AAAP’s Impact events are part of a

wider campaign aimed at curbing the

Government’s welform reforms.

“Our work involves opposing and

exposing the Government’s welfare

reforms and the agenda to have an

undeclared war on the poor and

show the proof of the ever-widening

gap between the rich and poor. What

these events do is provide concrete

proof of the realities of poverty.”

If you’d like to attend the event

be at the Pukapuka Hall, Canning

Crescent, Mangere from 9am –

5pm, April 5,6,7. Alternatively,

if you’d like to volunteer at this

event go to www.aaap.org.nz

Local beatmakers do battle in the 275

Local beatmakers from across the city headed to the Mangere Arts Centre on February 27 to showcase their talents and

dope beats. Artists went head to head in a battle for cash, audio equipment, streetwear and the new 'Rep Your Beats'

trophy. Peter Pedro took out the event and special thanks goes to the judges Anonymouz, Dlove, and HazBeats who

made sure that the winner earned their spot. The inaugural event was hosted by NZ's No.1 Hip Hop station - based in

Mangere - Rep FM and the Hip Hop website Ayebro and it's set to be an annual feature so look out for it next year.


Editor: Justin Latif Design: Jo Latif

Publisher: ME Family Services

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Contact: Tuhin Choudhury

Little church makes big sacrifice for Lent


Mangere Baptist Church may be

small but that hasn’t stopped it

from taking on the big challenge

of waste minimisation during the

Christian season of Lent.

Traditionally Lent is a time when

Christians around the world go

without something significant to help

them remember Jesus – and so this

year the church's Pastor John Catmur

has decided to focus their efforts on

giving up some of the rubbish they

produce over this time. Ps John says

this is great way to put their faith into


“I see taking care of God’s creation as

a way to worship God.”

The church kicked off the Lent period

with a waste reduction workshop,

facilitated by ME Family Service’s

Talking Rubbish team. The members

learned of some of the issues our

planet is facing. Many in the group

were already doing things at home

and in the community to reduce

their waste and the workshop was

an opportunity to share ideas and

Māngere goes viral

BIG CLEAN UP: Ps John (far right) with his church members picking and sorting rubbish.

learn from each other. Thanks to

some resources supplied by Talking

Rubbish, and some creative input by

Ps John, the church has now got it's

own waste station. Separated bins

and labelling are making it much

easier for church users to put their

waste in the right bin. Ps John says

his little church has the potential to

speak loudly to the wider Auckland

community through this initiative.

If other pastors in the Mangere/

Otahuhu area would like info on

reducing waste please contact

the Talking Rubbish team on


Have you seen the 24hrs South campaign

video yet? (see link above)

If not, you're in a minority as over 340,000 have watched

what a fun place Mangere in particular can be. The video

shows a couple doing a range of activities in Mangere,

around Auckland airport, and at Rainbow’s End in

Manukau. The Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board funded

the production as part of its local economic development

programme. Local Board member Christine O’Brien says

the video has gone viral: "Between 11th December and

18th January it reached 346,508 people on Facebook with

568 shares and over two thousand likes."

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the

obstacles which he has overcome." - Booker T Washington

Community Notices


The famous Mangere East Cultural Festival is on again. Head to

372 Massey Road on March 26 to experience our unique and

talented community through performance, arts & craft, traditional

games, creative workshops, and an awesome variety of ethinc

foods. Stall-holders and performers are still needed so contact

fiona@mangereeast.org if you’re keen to be apart of this cultural



Mangere College and Kristin School are coming together for a music

exchange. There will be a combined performance at Mangere Art

Center on March 22 at 11am.


The Mayor’s Fund for the Pacific has been activated in response to

the damage inflicted on Fiji and Tonga by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Contact Mangere/Otahuhu Local board member Christine O’Brien

on Christine.O'Brien@parliament.govt.nz for info about where to

donate money and goods to help those in Fiji and Tonga affected by

the cyclone.


Seaweek - Out and About Ranger Walk Otuataua Stonefields

Otuataua Stonefields, 56 Ihumatao Quarry Rd, Ihumatao, Auckland.

March 15, 9:30am – 12pm.


The Mangere East Community Centre runs a free legal clinic every

Friday morning in conjunction with the Mangere Community Law

Centre. The Mangere Community Law Centre also offers low costs

legal workshops every Wednesday during the school terms. Call

275-4310 for more info.


Join single Mums at Ambury Park with a BBQ March 13. Come along

and join in a meet-up where we all have something in common!

Hang out with other single mums and kids. Contact Rochelle on 376

3227 ext 2 or 027-460-5632 or email skip@womenz.org.nz


The Raise Up crew based at the Moana-A-Kiwa Pools in Mangere

will be running casual sports every Tuesday, 4pm -6pm during the

school term for 13 to 18-yr-olds. And there's a free BBQ on the last

Tuesday of each month.

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SHA62 OPPOSERS: SOULdiers protesting at the Fletcher consent

hearing in early Feburary.

It is time to Make a Stand for the Land, show your opposition

to the housing development at Otuataua Stonefields. The

Save Our Unique Landscape campaign would like to invite you

and your friends and family to join them in forming a human

chain on the boundary of the Wallace Block, to send a very

clear message that there is widespread community opposition

to this development and that we are prepared to join together

to protect and celebrate this very special land.

For info go to: https://www.facebook.com/SOUL.noSHA/


(09) 257-5732


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