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Edition #17<br />

march <strong>2016</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 />

first female hawk INTO KIWI ferns<br />

<strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> contributor<br />

Ernestina Maro<br />

recently sat down for<br />

a chat with Mangere's<br />

newest league star.<br />

Here's her story:<br />

The humble and talented Annetta<br />

Nuuausala has been in the headlines<br />

lately with her inclusion in New<br />

Zealand Womens’ Rugby League<br />

team, the Kiwi Ferns – making her<br />

the first from the Mangere East<br />

Hawks to achieve this. The Samoan<br />

21-year-old is the youngest of<br />

six and she says church is a big<br />

reason she’s been able to make<br />

this journey. Annetta is a shining<br />

example for many other female<br />

athletes and has particularly pushed<br />

boundaries for many Pacific females<br />

to get into Rugby League. Annetta<br />

was inspired by her sports-mad<br />

family to give league a go and<br />

because netball wasn’t providing<br />

enough excitement. She says being<br />

brought up in a household where<br />

LEAGUE STAR: Annetta breaks new ground for<br />

Mangere East Hawks.<br />

sport has been played at an elite<br />

level by her older brother Frank-<br />

Paul Nuuausala – who currently<br />

plays in the NRL for the Canberra<br />

Raiders and has won a premiership<br />

with the Sydney Roosters – has also<br />

driven her to aim for a higher level<br />

with the goal of becoming a rugby<br />

league star in her own right. In her<br />

short career one major highlight<br />

has been representing New Zealand<br />

at the recent NRL Nines event at<br />

Eden Park and playing in front of a<br />

packed house of screaming fans.<br />

She says none of this would have<br />

been possible without her family<br />

and friends, but particularly her<br />

brother John, Rusty Matua from<br />

the Auckland Vulcans and Askhan.<br />

And her message for any Pacific<br />

women considering giving league a<br />

crack: “Put yourself out there and<br />

go hard!”<br />

If you're interested in league<br />

contact the Mangere East Hawks<br />

on 276 3420 or merlfc@xtra.co.nz<br />

USO Bike ride promotes paSifiKa health<br />

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

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

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

for more info.

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AAAP set to make big impact<br />

READY TO IMPACT: Alastair Russell ( left) and two fellow AAAP members.<br />

Think you’re getting ripped off?<br />

If so, make sure you’re outside the<br />

Pukapuka Hall on April 5,6, and 7 as<br />

Auckland Action Against Poverty is<br />

coming to Mangere. The direct action,<br />

advocacy and education group will be<br />

running its fourth Impact event aimed<br />

at ensuring people on low incomes<br />

are getting their full entitlements<br />

from Work and Income. AAAP<br />

spokesperson Alastair Russell says<br />

the last event was a huge success,<br />

with over 500 people helped and<br />

more than $100,000 in grants and<br />

entitlements received by attendees of<br />

the event.<br />

“The purpose of the event is to firstly<br />

to help as many people as possible<br />

in Mangere. These events have<br />

steadily grown. We have helped stop<br />

deductions, get a range of advances<br />

for people sleeping on the floor and<br />

ensuring many, many people get<br />

housing or retain housing.”<br />

AAAP started in 2010 and have<br />

been involved in running similar<br />

events across Auckland as well as<br />

participating in protests and nonviolent<br />

direct action. Alastair says<br />

AAAP’s Impact events are part of a<br />

wider campaign aimed at curbing the<br />

Government’s welform reforms.<br />

“Our work involves opposing and<br />

exposing the Government’s welfare<br />

reforms and the agenda to have an<br />

undeclared war on the poor and<br />

show the proof of the ever-widening<br />

gap between the rich and poor. What<br />

these events do is provide concrete<br />

proof of the realities of poverty.”<br />

If you’d like to attend the event<br />

be at the Pukapuka Hall, Canning<br />

Crescent, Mangere from 9am –<br />

5pm, April 5,6,7. Alternatively,<br />

if you’d like to volunteer at this<br />

event go to www.aaap.org.nz<br />

Local beatmakers do battle in the <strong>275</strong><br />

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

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

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

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

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.<br />


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Little church makes big sacrifice for Lent<br />

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Mangere Baptist Church may be<br />

small but that hasn’t stopped it<br />

from taking on the big challenge<br />

of waste minimisation during the<br />

Christian season of Lent.<br />

Traditionally Lent is a time when<br />

Christians around the world go<br />

without something significant to help<br />

them remember Jesus – and so this<br />

year the church's Pastor John Catmur<br />

has decided to focus their efforts on<br />

giving up some of the rubbish they<br />

produce over this time. Ps John says<br />

this is great way to put their faith into<br />

action.<br />

“I see taking care of God’s creation as<br />

a way to worship God.”<br />

The church kicked off the Lent period<br />

with a waste reduction workshop,<br />

facilitated by ME Family Service’s<br />

Talking Rubbish team. The members<br />

learned of some of the issues our<br />

planet is facing. Many in the group<br />

were already doing things at home<br />

and in the community to reduce<br />

their waste and the workshop was<br />

an opportunity to share ideas and<br />

Māngere goes viral<br />

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

learn from each other. Thanks to<br />

some resources supplied by Talking<br />

Rubbish, and some creative input by<br />

Ps John, the church has now got it's<br />

own waste station. Separated bins<br />

and labelling are making it much<br />

easier for church users to put their<br />

waste in the right bin. Ps John says<br />

his little church has the potential to<br />

speak loudly to the wider Auckland<br />

community through this initiative.<br />

If other pastors in the Mangere/<br />

Otahuhu area would like info on<br />

reducing waste please contact<br />

the Talking Rubbish team on<br />

0212389717.<br />

Have you seen the 24hrs South campaign<br />

video yet? (see link above)<br />

If not, you're in a minority as over 340,000 have watched<br />

what a fun place Mangere in particular can be. The video<br />

shows a couple doing a range of activities in Mangere,<br />

around Auckland airport, and at Rainbow’s End in<br />

Manukau. The Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board funded<br />

the production as part of its local economic development<br />

programme. Local Board member Christine O’Brien says<br />

the video has gone viral: "Between 11th December and<br />

18th January it reached 346,508 people on Facebook with<br />

568 shares and over two thousand likes."<br />

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

obstacles which he has overcome." - Booker T Washington

Community Notices<br />


The famous Mangere East Cultural Festival is on again. Head to<br />

372 Massey Road on <strong>March</strong> 26 to experience our unique and<br />

talented community through performance, arts & craft, traditional<br />

games, creative workshops, and an awesome variety of ethinc<br />

foods. Stall-holders and performers are still needed so contact<br />

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

extravaganza.<br />


Mangere College and Kristin School are coming together for a music<br />

exchange. There will be a combined performance at Mangere Art<br />

Center on <strong>March</strong> 22 at 11am.<br />


The Mayor’s Fund for the Pacific has been activated in response to<br />

the damage inflicted on Fiji and Tonga by Tropical Cyclone Winston.<br />

Contact Mangere/Otahuhu Local board member Christine O’Brien<br />

on Christine.O'Brien@parliament.govt.nz for info about where to<br />

donate money and goods to help those in Fiji and Tonga affected by<br />

the cyclone.<br />


Seaweek - Out and About Ranger Walk Otuataua Stonefields<br />

Otuataua Stonefields, 56 Ihumatao Quarry Rd, Ihumatao, Auckland.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 15, 9:30am – 12pm.<br />


The Mangere East Community Centre runs a free legal clinic every<br />

Friday morning in conjunction with the Mangere Community Law<br />

Centre. The Mangere Community Law Centre also offers low costs<br />

legal workshops every Wednesday during the school terms. Call<br />

<strong>275</strong>-4310 for more info.<br />


Join single Mums at Ambury Park with a BBQ <strong>March</strong> 13. Come along<br />

and join in a meet-up where we all have something in common!<br />

Hang out with other single mums and kids. Contact Rochelle on 376<br />

3227 ext 2 or 027-460-5632 or email skip@womenz.org.nz<br />


The Raise Up crew based at the Moana-A-Kiwa Pools in Mangere<br />

will be running casual sports every Tuesday, 4pm -6pm during the<br />

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

Tuesday of each month.<br />

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SHA62 OPPOSERS: SOULdiers protesting at the Fletcher consent<br />

hearing in early Feburary.<br />

It is time to Make a Stand for the Land, show your opposition<br />

to the housing development at Otuataua Stonefields. The<br />

Save Our Unique Landscape campaign would like to invite you<br />

and your friends and family to join them in forming a human<br />

chain on the boundary of the Wallace Block, to send a very<br />

clear message that there is widespread community opposition<br />

to this development and that we are prepared to join together<br />

to protect and celebrate this very special land.<br />

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


(09) 257-5732<br />

59 TIDAL RD<br />

Conditions apply.

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