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Edition #19<br />

may <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 />

Free!<br />

LIVING TO SERVE EARNS HONOUR<br />

The tragic loss of a childhood know how significant this will be.”<br />

friend inspired Emeline Afeaki- Ms Afeaki-Mafile’o grew up in Māngere,<br />

Mafile’o to give her life to serving attending schools such as Favona<br />

others. And it has now led to Primary and McAuley High and her<br />

childhood friends included Jonah<br />

the unexpected honour of being<br />

Lomu. But it was the death of<br />

inducted into the New Zealand<br />

her closest friend Susan Fariu that she<br />

Order of Merit.<br />

describes as one of the most defining<br />

Ms Afeaki-Mafile’o accepted her<br />

moments of her life.<br />

award in a special ceremony at the<br />

Following her friend’s death from<br />

Governor’s General House on April 28<br />

cancer she decided to go into social<br />

accompanied by close family.<br />

work and this led her to leave South<br />

She says the news came as a huge<br />

Auckland for the first time and move<br />

surprise.<br />

to Albany.<br />

“I’m both honoured and frightened<br />

“My parents were really upset about it<br />

at the same time. The expectations<br />

as they didn’t want me to leave home<br />

that come with it are what make it<br />

INSPIRED: Emeline Afiaki-Mafile'o, NZOM frightening and I probably still don’t CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO...<br />

The voice of MĀngere's future<br />

My name is Paul Lesoa, aged 15,<br />

and a proud student of Māngere<br />

College. A lot of outsiders who<br />

are not from South Auckland look<br />

down on where we come from –<br />

Māngere <strong>275</strong>.<br />

Māngere is where most of us Islanders<br />

live. Māngere is home and I know a<br />

lot of people are afraid to tell people<br />

that they come from Māngere. Looking<br />

from the outside in people label us as<br />

the Compton of Auckland. There are<br />

people who may call us ‘overstayers’.<br />

Well, if I'm that, then I'm going to<br />

overstay and change this country<br />

for the better. I'm going to change<br />

Māngere’s reputation to a good one.<br />

I'm going to try my best to inspire<br />

other kids my age, younger and older,<br />

to dream big.<br />

The schools in Māngere may not<br />

have the flashest facilities or have the<br />

Paul Lesoa<br />

luxuries that other schools have but<br />

we have a bond, we can relate to each<br />

other, we all have a common goal and<br />

that’s to make our parents proud.<br />

At Māngere College, last year’s NCEA<br />

results were the best results our school<br />

has ever had. We don't need the nicest<br />

resources if we have a big heart and<br />

a big dream. Any brown kid can make<br />

it big. We can be the next SBW, the<br />

next doctor, the next principal or even<br />

the next Prime Minister. We just need<br />

to believe. We need to realise we are<br />

more than just the brown statistic.<br />

Our school has produced school<br />

principals, police officers, barristers,<br />

nurses, doctors, sporting legends and<br />

music stars. They had to work hard<br />

to get where they are now so that<br />

inspires us to work hard and to believe.<br />

We can be the generation that gives<br />

Māngere a good reputation for the rest<br />

of Auckland. We can be the generation<br />

that breaks the stereotype.<br />

Paul Lesoa contacted us last<br />

month to share why he loves his<br />

community. Feel free to share<br />

why you love your community by<br />

emailing <strong>275</strong>times@gmail.com<br />

WHAT'S INSIDE: P3: Super-coach comes to town P4: Mr Lane retires P5: Get Legal P7: Sport


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LIVING TO SERVE EARNS HONOUR continued...<br />

but they supported me getting higher<br />

education. They drove me to Albany<br />

as I still couldn’t drive and I crossed<br />

the harbor bridge for the first time in<br />

my life.”<br />

Her studies led her to undertake<br />

a Master's degree and develop a<br />

mentoring scheme particularly<br />

aimed at helping young Pacific<br />

women. This scheme would soon<br />

evolve into what is now known<br />

as Affirming Works. Since 2001,<br />

without the support of her husband<br />

and their faith in God.<br />

“We just feel called to this piece of<br />

work and it’s just by faith that we step<br />

out. The key for us has been about<br />

doing those small things well. Doing<br />

the ordinary things right and I think by<br />

doing that, things fall into place.”<br />

Watching these young Pacific leaders<br />

come up is what excites me now.”<br />

Ms Afeaki-Mafile’o says her upbringing<br />

in Māngere has given her a unique<br />

perspective on the world to help her<br />

achieve big things.<br />

“It’s all about Māngere. I think it’s the<br />

richness and diversity of the people<br />

here that has prepared me so well<br />

and it’s basically helped me feel<br />

confident in being brown.”<br />

So what's next for Ms Afeaki-<br />

Affirming Works has supported<br />

more than 5,000 youth and<br />

children and provided training<br />

and employment to more than<br />

100 youth workers.<br />

But Ms Afeaki-Mafile’o has<br />

morphed from social worker into<br />

social entrepreneur as she and her<br />

husband have gone on to run two<br />

cafes, a consultancy business and a<br />

coffee plantation in Tonga.<br />

In 2006 she was awarded the Sir Peter<br />

Blake Emerging Leader Award, and in<br />

2013 she was awarded the Westpac<br />

Woman of influence for Community<br />

and Social Enterprise.<br />

The mother of three says she couldn’t<br />

have undertaken all these projects<br />

“It’s all about<br />

Māngere.<br />

I think it’s the richness<br />

and diversity of the<br />

people here that has<br />

prepared me so well..."<br />

She says all the proceeds from their<br />

business enterprises are reinvested<br />

into the support services for young<br />

people as that remains her greatest<br />

passion.<br />

“We’re focused on trying to grow the<br />

next generation of leaders by creating<br />

opportunities for our youth to use<br />

their giftedness.<br />

Mafile’o and her team?<br />

"We've run this conference<br />

for the last three years called<br />

"Young, Free and Pasifika" - it's<br />

for young women to explore<br />

their culture, identity and to<br />

empower their communities." She<br />

says attendees are hand-picked<br />

from around secondary schools in<br />

Auckland and this year it will be held<br />

on <strong>May</strong> 27 at the Māngere Arts Centre.<br />

To find out more check out the<br />

YouTube clip from last's year<br />

event: https://www.youtube.com/<br />

watch?v=TPmSozuYd24<br />

Or visit https://www.facebook.com/<br />

affirmingworksltd/ for more info.<br />

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

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

Māngere’s<br />

times<br />

Words: Justin Latif<br />

Design: Jo Latif<br />

Publisher: ME Family Services<br />

We are currently reaching around 15,000<br />

people via Facebook, Twitter and our hard<br />

copies magazines which are distributed to<br />

over 100 pick up sites around Māngere, Māngere<br />

East, Māngere Bridge and the Airport District. If<br />

you would like to promote your business AND<br />

support this community initiative please email<br />

us and we'll send you more info.<br />

<strong>275</strong>times@gmail.com<br />

www.facebook.com/<strong>275</strong>times<br />

www<br />

www.<strong>275</strong>times.com<br />

what we're about<br />

There are so many great things going on in Māngere<br />

but unfortunately we don’t hear about them or these<br />

positive events get overlooked.<br />

Therefore, with the help of ME Family Services, we<br />

have set up this local media initiative to provide a<br />

platform for sharing the positive stories of Māngere,<br />

celebrating successes and also bringing to light things<br />

that matter in the community.<br />

This is a social enterprise aimed at enriching this<br />

community through informing and entertaining<br />

anyone who workds, lives or plays in Māngere.<br />

If you're unsure why the '<strong>275</strong>' - it refers to the <strong>275</strong><br />

telephone prefix than many used to have and it<br />

also has become the unofficial nickname of this<br />

community.<br />

Please don't hesitate to send us any feedback or ideas for stories.<br />

future<br />

print<br />

Contact: Tuhin Choudhury<br />

Unit 7/17 Airpark Drive


Football super-coach comes to Māngere<br />

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If you know anything about<br />

football in New Zealand, then<br />

you know Kevin Fallon.<br />

His name has been synomous with<br />

footballing titles, success and awards<br />

ever since he arrived in the country<br />

from the north of England in the<br />

1970s. He was assistant coach to the<br />

All Whites on their miraculous run to<br />

the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He's also<br />

coached Gisborne United, Hamilton<br />

AFC, Central United, the U17 All Whites,<br />

the Football Kingz as well as guiding<br />

Mt Albert Grammar to seven national<br />

titles. And now the heralded football<br />

coach is coaching the top team at<br />

Māngere’s very own Manukau City<br />

Association Football Club.<br />

Fallon admits himself that the move<br />

south wasn’t one he’d have predicted.<br />

"I was basically retired and getting a bit<br />

bored and to a lot of people, coming to<br />

Māngere was a bit of a strange move.<br />

"But it’s got some things that a lot of<br />

clubs don’t have. And as soon as I got<br />

back I felt good to be back in it."<br />

Fallon says he’s been in and around<br />

professional teams since he was 15<br />

and is relishing the chance to help<br />

foster a new crop of talent to reach<br />

their potential.<br />

“I set off in football in 1964 and I’ve<br />

had football in my head ever since.”<br />

And Fallon says the club has the right<br />

ingredients for success.<br />

“The lights are excellent and training<br />

fields are good and the main field is<br />

It’s her genuine love for people<br />

and an unexpected life change<br />

that drew Karen back into real<br />

estate in 2013.<br />

Being born and bred in South Auckland<br />

it was a natural choice to make Māngere<br />

Bridge home, especially near the ever<br />

changing Manukau Harbour she has<br />

always loved so much.<br />

Karen Grant-McKenzie doesn't do things<br />

by halves and a quick chat with her<br />

about career and personal life to date<br />

is evidence of her love to live life TO<br />

the full. Business ownership, Respite<br />

Care provider, Property Stylist, Post War<br />

(Croatia) Drug Rehabilitation Manager<br />

and missionary, not to mention artist<br />

and recently, wing walking on a flying<br />

plane, Karen has a few stories she could<br />

tell.<br />

Previously working as a counsellor,<br />

To see a video of the full interview search:<br />

'Māngere's <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong>' on YouTube.com<br />

FRESH START: Kevin Fallon's arrival at MCAFC has already made a difference.<br />

good –so if you’ve got good facilities -<br />

the rest you can build on.”<br />

And he sees great potential to grow<br />

football in the area.<br />

“Like any area, it has a lot of kids who<br />

have the skills we can work with. And<br />

this is basically an area of football<br />

people. Whether they’ve come from<br />

the Phillipines, Fiji, South America or<br />

Africa. Our team is like a league of<br />

nations. This area and club will get<br />

stronger and stronger as it’s basically<br />

football people.”<br />

The club's senior team captain<br />

Hone Fowler says Fallon has had an<br />

immediate impact on the club.<br />

mostly in South Auckland high schools,<br />

Karen’s return to real estate combines<br />

her love of people, property and styling.<br />

Last year, the founder of Mangere<br />

Bridge Realty Limited, which is a<br />

boutique stand alone agency where<br />

Karen was working, was planning<br />

retirement. When she offered Karen the<br />

opportunity to buy the company she<br />

jumped at it! Since taking ownership<br />

of the business six months ago, Karen<br />

gets great satisfaction supporting the<br />

community as they buy and sell homes<br />

and ensures confidence and care during<br />

the process, with shared excitement<br />

about the results. She explains, “It<br />

is so neat being a part of this vibrant<br />

village community and because it is a<br />

small community, confidentiality is most<br />

critical along with ethical practice. I have<br />

made so many great friendships already<br />

through my work and my life here.”<br />

“He’s brought a new level of<br />

experience and knowledge from<br />

coaching at highest levels of the<br />

game."<br />

And Fowler hopes Fallon can also help<br />

establish a South Auckland Football<br />

Academy.<br />

“The dream is to change the mentality<br />

around football in our Pasifika<br />

community. Half of the All Whites<br />

team are of Polynesian descent so the<br />

outcome of this initiative could widen<br />

the pool of players for NZ and all the<br />

Island nations to choose from."<br />

Visit http://www.manukaucityafc.<br />

com/ for more information.<br />

Advertorial<br />

Helping local people buy local homes<br />

Property Insight Evenings.<br />

On Thursday evenings 6-7pm at St<br />

James - Church St, Māngere Village.<br />

Hear from guest speakers on topics<br />

such as subdividing and building<br />

minor dwellings, getting appraisals<br />

and valuations for insurance,<br />

mortgages and finance, and info<br />

about the upcoming Proposed<br />

Unitary Plan. Email karen@<br />

mangerebridgerealty.co.nz to<br />

express interest, all welcome.


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Get started on a new career in the trades<br />

With projects such as the<br />

development at Auckland<br />

Airport, new housing areas, and<br />

public transport infrastructure<br />

– the opportunities for qualified<br />

tradespeople has never been<br />

better.<br />

The Southern Initiative’s Māori and<br />

Pasifika Trades (MPTT) training<br />

programme offers free trades training<br />

for Māori and Pasifika men and<br />

women 16-40 years old.<br />

“There is massive development in<br />

construction and infrastructure across<br />

Auckland so the work is there - our<br />

job is train people to have the skills<br />

needed and to be work-ready,” says<br />

recruitment coordinator Dale Williams.<br />

“If you are a school leaver with limited<br />

qualifications, a mum or dad looking<br />

to go back in to the workforce or in a<br />

job with limited security, we want to<br />

hear from you.”<br />

Having a great attitude and desire to<br />

learn is all you need to get started.<br />

Improving employment prospects<br />

and earning capacity of local workers<br />

Mr Lane bids farewell<br />

to Māngere College<br />

is a key driver towards creating<br />

transformational social and economic<br />

change for South Auckland.<br />

Skilled tradespeople can make good<br />

money and some eventually go on to<br />

own their own business.<br />

MPTT provides a pathway to an<br />

exciting career, help with getting a<br />

drivers’ licence trainees can get help<br />

to get their drivers’ licence and<br />

mentoring during and after their<br />

course.<br />

Three of MPTT’s training providers,<br />

Skills Update Training Institute, Te<br />

Wānanga o Aotearoa and Tai Poutini<br />

Polytechnic, have bases in Māngere.<br />

If this sounds like you, call 0800<br />

0800 874 678 (TSIMPTT) or go to<br />

www.mptt.co.nz or Facebook MPTT:<br />

Māori and Pasifika Training.<br />

After 19 and half years at Māngere College, and 42 years,<br />

7 months and 13 days (not that he's counting) in teaching,<br />

Jerry Lane is hanging up his teacher's whiteboard marker.<br />

The Deputy Principal says the main highlights of his time at<br />

the college have been interacting with the students and the<br />

end of year prizegivings. His one regret is seeing students who<br />

don't reach their potential. But a great source of pride has been<br />

seeing how much the school's NCEA grades have gone up<br />

and he puts that down to the teachers working to improve the<br />

students' study habits. His parting message to the community<br />

is: "Māngere College is a good school - safe, happy and you<br />

should send your kids here."


Sutton Park School strives<br />

to help community<br />

Get<br />

Legal<br />

5<br />

Sutton Park School senior management, the school public health<br />

nurse, the Health Promoting Facilitator for schools and the Social<br />

Worker in Schools Heidi Lomiwes (pictured far right) are currently<br />

planning Sutton Park’s first ever community expo. They will be inviting<br />

doctors, youth workers, early childhood centres, police and anyone else that<br />

offers support to this community to have a stall where they can promote their<br />

services or give out information that is relevant to the issues facing our people.<br />

The expo is set for Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 11 from 3.30pm-6.30pm. For more<br />

information about being a stall holder email: heidi@mefsc.org.nz<br />

Sutton Park school students, families and the community filled a<br />

container bound for Teidamu Primary School in Fiji. The container was<br />

filled on site at the school. Students and teachers were involved in the process<br />

of collecting, sorting, cataloguing and packing the container with items like<br />

desks, chairs, clothes, food and sports equipment. The school wants to thank<br />

everybody who partnered with us, especially our generous parents and Blue<br />

Scope Pacific Steel for sponsoring the container.<br />

Here's the latest column from<br />

the Māngere Community Law<br />

Centre. This month the focus is<br />

on the Disputes Tribunal.<br />

Have you had a car crash and the guy<br />

at fault is refusing to pay for repairs?<br />

<strong>May</strong>be your plumber did a shoddy<br />

job on fixing the tap and you’ve had<br />

to pay for someone else do it? Or<br />

maybe you can't decide who should<br />

pay for the fence repairs. Disputes<br />

in life are inevitable but how do we<br />

resolve it when it costs too much to<br />

hire a lawyer. That’s where the Disputes<br />

Tribunal comes in. The Disputes<br />

Tribunal (formerly known as the Small<br />

Claims court) is the place to go for any<br />

financial disagreements under $15,000.<br />

Fees range from $45 to $180 and allow<br />

you to put your side of the story to an<br />

impartial referee who can adjudicate<br />

on your dispute and order someone<br />

to pay up if necessary. One good thing<br />

about the Disputes Tribunal is you<br />

don’t need a lawyer and it’s a relatively<br />

quick process to get your matter heard.<br />

At the Māngere Community Law<br />

Centre we advise many clients to use<br />

this avenue and people find it a really<br />

worthwhile course of action when<br />

they’re faced with a sticky situation.<br />

The key to a successful claim is to<br />

make sure you have evidence to back<br />

up your side of the story. This could<br />

include video evidence, receipts,<br />

contracts or eye witness accounts.<br />

But whatever the situation is, make<br />

sure you can back your story up. One<br />

last aspect you need to know about<br />

the Disputes Tribunal is that it's not<br />

the place to get your undisputed debts<br />

recovered, have your tenancy issues<br />

sorted or clear up a disputed will or<br />

estate.<br />

For more information visit us<br />

or check out www.justice.govt.<br />

nz. The Māngere Community<br />

Law Centre has been serving<br />

the unmet legal needs of the<br />

community since 1986. If you’d<br />

like to make an appointment to<br />

see a lawyer call <strong>275</strong>-4310.


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Te Ara Mua<br />

Future Streets<br />

Work is underway on an exciting project to make the streets around<br />

Mā ngere Central safer and easier for people to travel around, especially by<br />

walking and cycling.<br />

Project area overview<br />

Town Centre Carpark<br />

Mascot Avenue<br />

Mascot Avenue<br />

• Wayfinding installations<br />

• Improved pedestrian and<br />

cycle facilities<br />

• Dedicated cycle lanes<br />

• Planting and street tree<br />

improvements<br />

Community Trail<br />

• High amenity shared path<br />

• Wayfinding installations<br />

• Reserve improvements<br />

including planting and<br />

lighting<br />

• Fitness equipment<br />

Massey Road<br />

Massey Road<br />

Community Trail<br />

Town Centre Carpark<br />

• Wayfinding installations<br />

• Improved pedestrian<br />

linkages to Town Centre<br />

• Cultural features<br />

including pou<br />

Massey Road<br />

• Intersection<br />

improvements<br />

Construction Timeline<br />

SECTION 1<br />

Waddon Place to Mascot Avenue<br />

shared path construction<br />

SECTION 2<br />

Mascot Avenue shared path<br />

construction<br />

SECTION 3<br />

Māngere Town Centre<br />

walkway works<br />

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

Mid March – June<br />

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

March – June<br />

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

April – June<br />

How will it look?<br />

Artist impression of Mascot Avenue and Town Centre Carpark once works have been completed<br />

J001200 Future Streets Ad_V4_KH_19.04.16<br />

2m wide shared path<br />

Wayfinding<br />

dots mark<br />

community<br />

trail<br />

Dedicated<br />

cyclelanes<br />

for improved<br />

safety<br />

Planting and street<br />

tree improvements<br />

Mascot Avenue<br />

Town Centre<br />

Ten marker posts identify and<br />

locate maunga in Māngere<br />

Emphasise pedestrian connection<br />

from reserve to mall with raised<br />

tables, widened footpath and<br />

planting<br />

Wayfinding signage<br />

shows significant sites,<br />

marae and education<br />

facilities in Māngere<br />

Dedicated<br />

pedestrian and<br />

cycle priority zones<br />

through carpark<br />

For more information visit www.AT.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/te-ara-mua-future-streets


Volleyball team a national success<br />

SPIKE THE HEIGHTS: The team are Auckland champions and 3rd in NZ.<br />

Māngere College's Premier Girls<br />

Volleyball team have taken on the<br />

best in New Zealand and fallen<br />

just short of taking out the title.<br />

The girls went to Palmerston North<br />

recently for the National Volleyball<br />

tournament and finished a heartbreaking<br />

third.<br />

They qualified for the event after<br />

winning their first Auckland champs.<br />

"We cruised through the Auckland<br />

comp to be honest," says Akanesi<br />

Funaki. Māngere College qualified for<br />

the Auckland championship event by<br />

finishing in the top 8 during the regular<br />

season Premier competition that runs<br />

during the year.<br />

Big things on the horizon for Takaji<br />

Takaji Young Yen is a young<br />

man on mission - whether<br />

it's on the rugby field, in the<br />

classroom, or with his church -<br />

he's going places.<br />

The Year 13 Kings College student is<br />

currently in his school’s first XV and if<br />

he repeats his 2015 form he should be<br />

a good chance for a repeat selection to<br />

the Blues Under 18 development squad<br />

and NZ Secondary Schools squad.<br />

But what makes his rise up the rugby<br />

rankings even more remarkable is that<br />

he’s only been playing rugby seriously<br />

since he was 14.<br />

Takaji was born and raised in Māngere<br />

and after initially taking up basketball,<br />

he found his feet as a prop at Year 10<br />

for Kings College.<br />

“I just love the game - whether<br />

it’s watching or playing,” he says.<br />

“But fitness training is not really my<br />

favourite part.”<br />

He says the school has given him a<br />

great platform to develop his rugby<br />

and career aspirations.<br />

“I’m looking to get into Commerce so<br />

hopefully my study goes well. It’s hard<br />

juggling the studies and the training.<br />

GOING PLACES: Takaji Young Yen is aiming high with his rugby and schooling.<br />

"But at the end of the day all the hard<br />

work will pay off. “<br />

He’s also proud of his local community.<br />

“A lot of the boys [in the Kings first XV]<br />

are also from Māngere. I love the area.<br />

There’s a lot good places here to do<br />

training or just to relax.”<br />

Takaji says it’s not uncommon to get a<br />

couple of thousand people coming to<br />

watch the Kings College team play and<br />

The girls say going to the Nationals<br />

was a lot of fun but the build-up to it<br />

was tough.<br />

"We learnt about hard work. We had to<br />

sacrifice things like Polyfest and family<br />

stuff like birthdays but at the end of the<br />

day it was worth it," says Jane Tipoki.<br />

The team lost a five-set nail biter to<br />

Tauranga Girls High in the semi-finals<br />

and then easily beat Marlborough Girls<br />

College in the 3rd and 4th play-off<br />

despite having lost to them earlier in<br />

the tournament.<br />

Jane says their success surprised many<br />

but not them.<br />

"Coming from a school where<br />

everyone looks down on you but then<br />

to prove everyone wrong [by winning<br />

the Auckland champs and then<br />

finish third in the nationals] is pretty<br />

overwhelming."<br />

Māngere College Premier Girls<br />

Volleyball squad: Jane Tipoki, Rosita<br />

Sauni, Akanesi Funaki, Uamiata Salai<br />

Keni, Victoria Tilo, Jennice Ioramo,<br />

Madison Oa, Ana Salaikeni, Kiara<br />

Tufuga, Sela Filisione, Siata Ah Chong,<br />

Sarah Ah Chong, Mary Vaafai, Ruta<br />

Urika. Coach and manager: Nancy<br />

Palelei, Mr Stevens.<br />

they are hoping to repay their loyal<br />

supporters with a title this year.<br />

"At times it can be overwhelming<br />

[the big crowds] but once the whistle<br />

blows, you don’t really notice the<br />

cheering and you’re more focused on<br />

the game. We lost in the 1A semi-final<br />

to Grammar last year but the team this<br />

year is pretty strong so hopefully we<br />

can take it out [the title].”<br />

7


Community Notices<br />

MĀngere bike fit<br />

The Cycle Safe Awareness event will be taking place on Monday,<br />

June 6 Queens Birthday weekend at the Māngere Town Centre.<br />

Remember to also support Red Lunday de Waal, who is walking<br />

the Te Araroa Trail in aid of Teau Aiturau's Time To Thrive<br />

Charitable Trust & Māngere BikeFIT. Go to her Give-A-Little<br />

page to make a donation: https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/<br />

redwalks4time2thrive<br />

MĀNGERE FRIENDSHIP GROUP<br />

Communicare Māngere run a Friendship Centre in Māngere.<br />

They are a nonprofit multicultural organisation running a weekly<br />

group meeting in the Netball Centre in Court Town Close opposite<br />

the Town Centre. Guests enjoy morning tea, light exercise, craft<br />

activities then some bingo and a cooked lunch from 9.30-12.30<br />

for $6. Transport can also be arranged for those needing it. Their<br />

phone number is 09 631-5968 for further information.<br />

MĀNGERE ARTS CENTRE UPCOMING EVENTS<br />

Adrift, Opening <strong>May</strong> 6, 6pm. Collaborative works by Pacific People<br />

and Afghan former refugees. Exhibition will run until 4 June.<br />

The Great Adventure, <strong>May</strong> 12, 7pm, brought to you by Monica<br />

Moore Productions and Marcellin College. The <strong>May</strong> 12 event will be<br />

a Gala opening with special tickets that include drinks and nibbles<br />

from 6pm.<br />

MĀNGERE TOWN CENTRE LIBRARY<br />

Dance all around the world, <strong>May</strong> 9, 10.30am - 11.15am. Come<br />

along for a Wriggle and Rhyme session with home-grown NZ<br />

music. NZ Music Month KEWL Club performances, <strong>May</strong> 10, 4pm<br />

– 4.50pm. Enjoy some special performances from the OSCAR<br />

students from Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa.<br />

Sing-along storytime, <strong>May</strong>13, 10.30am - 11.15am. Come and join us<br />

as we learn some well-known Kiwi tales and tunes!<br />

PREPARE FOR WINTER - FREE INSULATION<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 />

NGA MANGA O MĀNGERE NETWORK MEETING<br />

A community network meeting for anyone working or living in<br />

Māngere, 10am, <strong>May</strong> 26 at Māngere Community Law Centre.<br />

Welding +<br />

Panel beating<br />

BUILDING<br />

AND<br />

CARPENTRY<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 />

8<br />

New mural brightens up<br />

Robertson Rd School<br />

FREE LEARNERS<br />

OR RESTRICTED<br />

LICENCE *<br />

ZERO FEES &<br />

TRAVEL SUBSIDY<br />

FOR 16-19YRS *<br />

FREE SELECTED<br />

PROGRAMMES FOR<br />

20+ YEAR OLDS<br />

HANDS ON<br />

TRAINING<br />

Mural by Charles & Janine Williams<br />

World famous South Auckland artists, Charles and Janine<br />

Williams faciliated a workshop at Robertson Rd School,<br />

working with students and using research of the local area<br />

to come up with the mural callled 'Hikoi' (Journey).<br />

Some key components of the mural were the Torea (Pied<br />

Oyster Catcher), a local bird which they drew parallels to<br />

community life, search for knowledge and stewardship.<br />

The artists want to give a big thanks to Principal Wayne<br />

MacGillivray for inviting them into their school and for the<br />

support of the teachers.<br />

MANGERE<br />

(09) 257-5732<br />

59 TIDAL RD<br />

Conditions apply.

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