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Edition #18<br />

april <strong>2016</strong><br />

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

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

Māngere’s<br />

times<br />

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

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

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LISTEN TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Pikura Purotu trained Nathaniel Tawhi Aoake (inset) to drive and is ready to help anyone in Mangere get their licence.<br />

As any young adult would know<br />

getting your licence is crucial<br />

to getting independence and<br />

freedom – and for Nathaniel<br />

Tawhi Aoake it was no different.<br />

The 19-year-old Mangere resident was<br />

about to leave high school and needed a<br />

restricted to help him get a job. Like many<br />

of his peers he was faced challenges with<br />

getting a car to learn in, finances to sit the<br />

test and learning support to make his goal<br />

a reality. But thanks to a new initiative<br />

called Behind the Wheel, Nathaniel passed<br />

his restricted test first time and is now<br />

safely and legally driving by himself.<br />

The scheme ensures participants receive<br />

a free driving lesson with a local instructor<br />

and are then put through the Assessment<br />

Tool to ensure they are safe and ready for<br />

the test.<br />

Licensing is an issue close to the heart<br />

of Pukapuka Community Trust driving<br />

instructor Pikura Purotu as she has<br />

seen so many young people get locked<br />

into dependency as they haven't been<br />

able to drive legally. For this reason<br />

she is throwing her support behind the<br />

Behind the Wheel scheme. The scheme<br />

involves a commitment made between<br />

friends, family and whanau to support<br />

each other so everybody drives with<br />

the right licence. Registering a Behind<br />

the Wheel Pledge team gains the team<br />

access to the resources such as: free tips,<br />

learning checklists, access to community<br />

workshops and month by month advice<br />

to help you get closer to your licence.<br />

Pledge teams also get to take part in the<br />

awesome community event, the Pit Stop<br />

Challenge on the 9th of <strong>April</strong> supported by<br />

Mai FM. There will be food, entertainment<br />

and the opportunity for the teams to take<br />

on fun challenges around Mangere.<br />

To find out more about the Pit Stop<br />

Challenge on <strong>April</strong> 9 and to register go<br />

to: www.behindthewheel.co.nz<br />


Māngere College Leaders<br />

Life Childcare Centre<br />

*NEW* Law column<br />

Polyfest pictures<br />

Tina's latest story<br />

Take the Behind the Wheel Pledge,<br />

get your whānau licensed and be<br />

part of a fun community event!<br />

To register & find out more go to<br />


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New leaders shine at MC<br />

MANGERE COLLEGE LEADERS: Left to right: Principal Tom Web, Head Girl - Ana Taulanga and<br />

Head Boy - Seleti Tu'ungafasi.<br />

Ana Taulanga and Seleti<br />

Tu’ungafasi love their community<br />

and hope they can use their new<br />

roles to make it even better.<br />

The pair ​have just achieved the honour of<br />

being named the new Head Girl and Head<br />

Boy at Mangere College​.​<br />

Ana says her parents were so excited that<br />

her sister could hear their excited screams<br />

from across the street.<br />

“I was sleeping when Mr Webb called and<br />

woke up to see the call. When Mr Webb<br />

told me, my parents just started yelling,”​<br />

she says.<br />

Seleti says the news of his achievement ​<br />

was a huge shock to his family.<br />

“My mum didn’t believe me at first,” says<br />

Seleti. “But when she realized it was true<br />

she started crying. I didn’t cry, but I was<br />

pretty happy too.”<br />

The pair are both born-and-raised in<br />

Mangere and will be following in the<br />

footsteps of ​older ​family members who<br />

have been ​student leaders as well.<br />

Seleti says the role will help him develop<br />

his leadership skills and confidence which<br />

will put him in good stead for a future<br />

both on the rugby field and in tertiary<br />

studies.<br />

​"​I really like the values the school has and<br />

how the staff have helped me so much."<br />

Ana hopes she can use her influence to<br />

help others gain a sense of pride in their<br />

community.<br />

“It feels good to be raised around these<br />

people, even though some bad stuff<br />

happens, it’s still a good place to be."<br />

Mr Webb says both students stood out for<br />

their leadership abilities and humility​.<br />

“They both enjoy helping people, and they<br />

talked about ensuring the school keeps<br />

improving which we’re all keen for.”<br />


What started as an overseas holiday<br />

in 2000 has turned into an exciting<br />

opportunity as the new principal of<br />

Mangere College sixteen years later.<br />

Tom Webb first came to New Zealand for<br />

an overseas experience with his soonto-be<br />

wife Elaine. The couple loved it so<br />

much they returned with the intention<br />

to make it their permanent home - and<br />

they haven’t looked back since. Mr<br />

Webb says he loves New Zealand and<br />

is particularly passionate about the<br />

opportunity he has to help students<br />

reach their potential. For the last 12<br />

years he’s been honing his educational<br />

and management skills at Onehunga<br />

High School but he now feels ready<br />

to lead a school for himself. He says<br />

Mangere College is ideal as his values<br />

and the school's are closely matched.<br />

“The main part of my philosophy is<br />

that every student has the potential to<br />

achieve and that it’s our job in school to<br />

ensure that happens. That’s something<br />

the staff feel here too.”<br />

Mr Webb says he feels very fortunate to<br />

be coming to a school that’s clearly on<br />

the up.<br />

“Last year the results the school had<br />

were the best they have ever had - right<br />

through level one, two and three,” he<br />

says.<br />

One area of expertise that Mr Webb is<br />

keen to bring to the school is that of<br />

E-Learning.<br />

“E-learning is something I led at<br />

Onehunga, and it’s something we’re<br />

looking at here about how to bring more<br />

technology into the teaching.”<br />

Despite taking over from longtime<br />

Principal John Heyes, he isn't over-awed<br />

by the shoes he has to fill.<br />

"I’m just excited about the years ahead<br />

and all the possibilities we can achieve."<br />


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Life Childcare Centre children and whanau enjoyed the annual<br />

Pasifika day in March. They are pictured here learning a cultural dance.<br />

Children and whanau enjoyed dressing in cultural dress, sharing<br />

delicious food and reading stories in different Pasifika languages.<br />

Contact: Tuhin Choudhury<br />

Unit 7/17 Airpark Drive

LAW... What is it good for?<br />

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The law and our legal system is a scary<br />

thing – or it might seem that way if you’ve<br />

never had much to do with it. But it’s<br />

actually designed to protect you.<br />

However as many would know this<br />

principle doesn’t always play out in<br />

reality. Many of us do get ripped off, and<br />

sometimes it might seem it's too hard<br />

getting our rights upheld. So what can<br />

you do? Get informed is a good start<br />

and getting proactive is the next thing.<br />

Mangere has some great free services<br />

which provide a wealth of information,<br />

assistance and support, including my place<br />

of work which is the Mangere Community<br />

Law Centre.<br />

So if you’re in a spot of bother, don’t fret<br />

until you’ve had a word to one of the<br />

friendly lawyers at the law centre and<br />

hopefully they can ensure you’ll be treated<br />

fairly no matter the situation.<br />

This is a new monthly column and next<br />

edition I’ll give some tips on using the<br />

Disputes Tribunal and if you’d like to send<br />

ASB Polyfest <strong>2016</strong><br />

Well done to all of the Mangere secondary schools who competed<br />

in the largest secondary schools Polynesian cultural festival in the<br />

world. Here are some of our local schools' top results:<br />

Mangere College:<br />

Samoan Stage: 1st AGGREGATE Tu'ufatasiga o Togi -Tama ma teine.<br />

Tongan Stage: 1st Ma'ulu'ulu, 1st Soke.<br />

Cook Island Stage: 3rd in Overall competitive Section<br />

Best overall Co-Ed school<br />

Southern Cross Campus:<br />

Cook Island Stage: 1st in Overall competitive Section<br />

Diversity Stage - Asia: 3rd Sri Lankan<br />

Mangere College's Cook Island Group<br />

in your law related questions email:<br />

justin.latif@mangerelaw.org.nz<br />

The Mangere Community Law Centre has<br />

been serving the unmet legal needs of the<br />

community since 1987.<br />

If you’d like to make an appointment<br />

to see a lawyer call 09 <strong>275</strong> 4310.<br />

Southern Cross Campus' Kapa Haka Group.<br />

Latest story from Ernestina Bonsu Maru:<br />

Check out her latest story about Mangere based Anuanua Dance<br />

Troupe - Cook Island Entertainment at Pasifika. Go to<br />

facebook.com/mangereotahuhuarts/ to read the full story<br />

or view the video interview on Tina's youtube channel:<br />

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXWMqgRWFww<br />

VERSE OF THE MONTH: Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18<br />

(Sponsored by Bill & Bridie Keenan)

Community Notices<br />


SPLASH are running their Break-Away Holiday Programme again<br />

in the <strong>April</strong> school holidays at Moana-nui-a-kiwa Pool and Leisure<br />

centre in Mangere. SPLASH is a FREE programme of essential skill<br />

learning and FUN for 11-17 year olds.<br />

Contact Barbara: wai@watersafe.org.nz for more info.<br />


The Make Moments project is a series of free facilitated art tours for<br />

people living with dementia and their carers.<br />

Free on <strong>April</strong> 7, 1pm – 2:30pm at the Mangere Arts Centre.<br />


A Game Show which sees female international athletes represent<br />

their countries in a game of wit, dance, singing, charades, acting and<br />

code breaking. Get along on <strong>April</strong> 8, 7pm–10pm at Mangere War<br />

Memorial Hall, Dominion Road.<br />

Out and About Summer Skate Series<br />

Join the Out and About team and Summer Skate Series team for this<br />

great event. Show us your skills on the park and go in the chance to<br />

make it to the final held at Barry Curtis Skate Park on May 7. Great<br />

prizes to be won for age group winners, lunch and drinks provided.<br />

It's FREE at Mangere Mountain, <strong>April</strong> 16, 10am – 2pm.<br />


Join the Out and About team at David Lange Park on <strong>April</strong> 26, 10am<br />

- 12pm. Follow the clues, overcome the challenges and see who<br />

finishes the race first. Suitable for all ages and abilities a great FREE<br />

holiday activity!<br />


The Warm Up New Zealand Programme which provides free<br />

insulation in homes with a Community Services Card or Super Gold<br />

CSC is running out in June! Ring 0800 777 111 to find out more.<br />


Free basic computer skills lessons at Mangere Town Centre Library<br />

every Wednesday, 9.30am - 12pm. The Mangere Town Centre<br />

Library is also hosting CV writing workshops every Friday.<br />


Learn Te Reo Maori, salsa dancing, sewing, gardening or how to<br />

make a Korowai and much more! Ring 09 <strong>275</strong> 6161 or go to<br />

www.mangereeast.org for more details.<br />

Do Good Feel Good<br />

Welding +<br />

Panel beating<br />


AND<br />


Employment Skills<br />

Automotive<br />

Recreation<br />

& Sport<br />

Joinery<br />

& Cabinet<br />

making<br />

Forces<br />

Pre-Entry:<br />

Army, Navy,<br />

Air force,<br />

Police<br />

Don’t<br />

just dream it.<br />

Warehousing<br />

& Forklift<br />

Operations<br />

Fitness &<br />

Exercise<br />

BECOME IT!<br />

Corey (front row, second from right) and the Do Good Feel Good squad.<br />

Do Good Feel Good is all about helping young people<br />

connect to activities in the community which are fun,<br />

and will make them feel good.<br />

Corey is a squad leader for this Alliance Health initiative and<br />

he organized a sports day at the Mangere gym earlier this<br />

month. The fulltime lifeguard says this initiative will help get<br />

young people not only having fun while exercising but also<br />

hopefully connect them to important health services they may<br />

be missing out on. “Do good feel good means trying to do<br />

good in the community so we can all feed good.”<br />

Check out their Facebook page for the next event and to do a fun<br />

survey to find out what health services you might be eligible for.<br />

https://www.facebook.com/dogoodfeelgoodnz<br />



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