Our stories, our people, our Māngere
Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou
YOUTH TO RISE UP AT NEXT FACTOR
Rising above life’s
challenges starts with
stepping up and being
heard, according to Candy
Tusini - and she is living
proof of that message.
The Strive youth worker says
she responded to a talk at high
school from well-known Otara
legend Alan Va’a to use her life to
make a difference and she’s now
paying forward what he taught
She says Alan’s message was
simply that we’re all “chosen and
selected – that our life is not a
mistake – so we need to live life
abundantly with a purpose and
never give up.” And that’s the
motto of Candy’s life now and
as part of that purpose Candy
is hoping to inspire the young
people of Mangere to step up and be
heard at the up-coming Next Factor
Performing Arts event on June 18.
Next Factor has been running since
2011 and has been a breeding ground
for future music stars such as TV3’s
X-Factor winner Beau Monga and
X-Factor contestants Nyssa Collins,
Irene Folu and the Mondulation Sistas.
Candy will be the MC for the event
and she encourages Mangere youth
RISE UP: Candy Tusini and her colleague Shaina Dunshea (left) are organising this great event.
with a passion for the arts and music
"we need to live
with a purpose and
never give up. "
“No one will hear you unless you speak
up,” she says. “You might feel shy, but
we all have to face giants in our life –
and so we have to become giant killers
if we want to succeed.
“If you don’t stand for something – you
will fall for anything – and so that’s
why you need to rise above.”
Heat 1: 4th June
Heat 2: 11th June
Finale: 18 June 9.30am-12pm
Mangere Town Centre.
1st prize $1000, 2nd $500, 3rd $250.
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Korowai of aroha
for the tamariki
Staff and Nanas are spending
countless hours hand-crocheting
blankets for the babies and toddlers
at ME Early Childhood Centre.
Early childhood teacher Elaine
Derbyshire who has been teaching ECE
for 30 years has added an extra level of
care for the children when they are
sleeping. She says that one blanket
may take one or two weeks to crochet
and each child has their blanket
individually designed to suit
their personality. Elaine says
that when children are
asleep they are at their
most vulnerable and the
blankets are a way of
nurturing and caring for
those children when
they are asleep.
Fellow early childhood
teacher Amy Taunga
referred to the blankets
as a 'korowai of aroha'
(cloak of love).
Children get to keep
the blankets when
Whiti Halatanu (right) and grand-daughter
Nevaeh Siulangapo with one of the blankets
she has made for the children.
Design: Jo Latif Words: Justin Latif
Publisher: ME Family Services
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over 100 pick up sites around Māngere, Māngere
East, Māngere Bridge and the Airport District. If
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what we're about
There are so many great things going on in Māngere
but unfortunately we don’t hear about them or these
positive events get overlooked.
Therefore, with the help of ME Family Services, we
have set up this local media initiative to provide a
platform for sharing the positive stories of Māngere,
celebrating successes and also bringing to light things
that matter in the community.
This is a social enterprise aimed at enriching this
community through informing and entertaining
anyone who works, lives or plays in Māngere.
If you're unsure why the '275' - it refers to the 275
telephone prefix that many used to have and it
also has become the unofficial nickname of this
Please don't hesitate to send us any feedback or
ideas for stories.
Contact: Tuhin Choudhury
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Matariki holds meaning for Maia
Mangere East is once again the place to
celebrate Matariki. And for the event organiser,
Maia Fowler, it holds special meaning as the
origins of her name are tied up with this special
time of year.
“My whole first name is Maia Te Ra,” she says. “It’s a name
that was given to me and it's about a time of the year and
the warmth of the sun shining during a particular time of the
day during Matariki. It’s actually the name of an aunty from
where I’m from on the east coast and it was around the time
of Matariki that I was born.”
This will be second year that the Mangere East Community
Centre and Ohomairangi Trust have run this and it’s all set to
go down on July 9 at the Metro Theatre on Massey Road.
Maia says last year’s event was a huge success with over
150 people coming but this year she’s expecting even more
“It’s all about bringing the community together and growing
their knowledge on Matariki and have some food together."
Maia says this event will be a good way for non-Maori to
learn about the traditions of New Zealand’s indigenous
“It’s the start of the Maori new year. It’s acknowledging our
ancestors and how they lived.”
Maia says her Maori New Year resolution is to “concentrate on
What’s your #MatarikiResolution?
If you’d like to share your Maori new year’s
resolutions let us know at facebook or twitter
and add the #matarikiresolutions hashtag
MATARIKI EVENTS COMING UP:
Celebrate Matariki with Te Pane O Mataoho
When: From July 2 – July 8 at 10am – 2pm.
Where: Mangere Mountain Education Centre, 100 Coronation
Guided tours of the Mountain, hands-on activities including;
weaving, kite making, poi dancing, story telling and stick
games. Call 6347305 for more info and bookings.
Matariki in Māngere East
When: July 9, 4pm-8pm
Where: Mangere East Hall (Metro Theatre). It will be an
evening acknowledging another year gone by and looking
forward to new beginnings. This community event will
involve kai (including hangi), an educational presentation on
matariki, music and entertainment, arts and crafts (including
korowai), and spoken word.
Contact Fiona on 275 6161 or email@example.com for
WHAT IS MATARIKI:
Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars
also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter –
late May or early June.
For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year.
Matariki literally means the 'eyes of god' (mata
ariki) or 'little eyes' (mata riki).
The formation of stars on page 1 are an example
of the Matariki cluster.
Maia Fowler: Mangere East OSCAR Coordinator and event
organiser of Matariki in Mangere East.
Local Board update - Māngere
The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board has been elected to
advocate for your needs and make decisions on local
transport, parks, halls, libraries, as well as community
funding, safety and events.
Māngere sees big transport wins
Māngere Town Centre will finally have a new bigger
and safer bus station following many years of
advocacy by residents and the local board. It will
include seven bus stops, new shelters to extend the
covered passenger area, a covered connection to the
town centre, a toilet, cycle racks, an additional
westbound lane for traffic, and paving and landscaping.
A new bus services provider contract means more bus
services for South Auckland. There will be a 21 per
cent increase in hours of operation and a 15 per cent
increase in kilometres covered by the services. There
will also be a new state-of-the-art, low-emission fleet.
The new Ōtāhuhu Bus and Train Interchange are set
to open soon. All of these projects will feed into the bus
network changes in October. The new public transport
network will include new bus numbers and some route
changes but more frequent and timely buses. Look out
for more information coming soon.
Council is looking at options for a rail service through
Māngere to the Airport. It’s great news for residents in
need of faster and timelier public transport. The local
board however continues to push for the heavy rail
option rather than light rail to make sure it can keep up
with our future population and freight growth.
Thanks! We couldn’t do it without you
Board would like to
thank all the local
who have worked in
many ways to make Mangere a great place to live.
A special thanks this time to the Mangere Community
House and Papatuanuku Marae who helped us with a
fantastic community BBQ in April. Look out for the details
of the next BBQ coming up!
Libraries and pools
The local board continues to deliver its policy allowing
free entry to swimming pools in Māngere and
Ōtāhuhu, through a targeted rate. This has proven
our pools proving
far more popular
With that we
have the benefit
of healthier, more engaged and happier communities.
Parents are also taking the opportunity to enrol their
kids in water safety programmes which is fantastic!
The board is also funding extra opening hours in local
It’s important locals
can make the most
learning places for
Better neighbourhood connections
Local events and community grants
Work on the Māngere Future Streets project around
the Town Centre and Mascot to Massey road area
continues to improve connections for local communities.
This includes better connections, safer walkways,
shared paths, cycleways, a fitness trail and way finding
Looking after our environment
Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board has the second largest
investment for local environmental initiates in the
Auckland region, second only to Waitakere. The current
budget year includes $ 146,000 in total on
its surrounds leading up to the airport, it’s not surprising.
It matches aspirations for tourism and the ongoing
management of the area’s built character, heritage,
culture and natural environment into the future. The
board also undertook a large-scale mangrove removal
programme in response to community demand. Its
support of education and awareness of waste reduction
Book community halls and sportsfields
The local board fund and upgrade a fantastic mix of
community halls and sports fields you can book in
Māngere and Ōtāhuhu. Over the last few years, many of
the sportsfields have been upgraded to improve the turf
quality for our local sports enthusiasts. Make sure you
book local sportsfields to avoid any inconvenience by
phoning 301 0101.
Community halls can now be booked online for a range of
events and provide good value for money. Check out the
halls available and their prices on the Auckland Council
website or phone 301 0101.
The first Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Arts Jam at Ōtāhuhu’s Toia
recreation centre this year was a hit. The board funded
the event promoting arts and culture with activities for the
whole family. Next year the festival will be held in
Mangere. Do you have an initiative or event that will
benefit the community? The Local Board provides
grants towards projects that contribute to its local board
priorities. Visit the Auckland Council website or phone
Reducing alcohol harm
The local board would like to
thank the community and police
for their help in ensuring 38
alcohol ban areas in Māngere
and Ōtāhuhu. Thanks to the
evidence provided, greater
spaces around town centres
are now covered by alcohol
bans, including adjoining car
parks. Other ban areas have
also been extended to cover
Local Board Contacts
whole parks rather than just a playground or car park.
The board can still create new ban areas so it’s important
people report alcohol-related issues in public places.
Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board Office
Shop 17, 93 Bader Drive, Māngere Town Centre
Next to the Library. Phone 09 256 5133.
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Tom's new venture
Whoever said you
can’t teach an old
dog new tricks,
met Tom Wichman.
The sprightly Māngere
resident is a ball of
energy, living proof of
the benefits of keeping fit
and healthy eating.
But it wasn’t that long
ago that the former
United Nations worker
for the Cook Islands
was facing an uncertain
future due to ill health.
“After too many years of
eating too much and not
doing enough exercise
I was overweight, I had
diabetes and then I got
“It was then that I decided that I could either just continue
to be sick or do something about it and so I started eating
a lot more fruits, vegetables, herbs and seeds and lucky for
me I am still here.”
But for Papa Tom, as he is affectionately called, it was more
than just eating healthier, he also became interested how
foods reacted in the body, how they were grown and what
foods to eat or avoid to for certain conditions.
In fact he could talk for hours about the Glycaemic Index
(GI) levels of food, the benefits of fenugreek turmeric and
taro leaf and why you shouldn’t drink water with a meal!
He’s also a passionate advocate for gardening and growing
your own food, a skill he is passing on to others.
“So many of our Pacific people have gone away from
the traditional diets their ancestors ate in favour of
convenience foods, high fat, high sugar – and our people
are getting sick,” he laments.
Previously at the Māngere Community Gardens, Papa
Tom has recently been working alongside the Cook Island
Development Agency of NZ (CIDANZ) in Māngere to
develop a tyre garden on the side of its building in Kirkbride
Hardly revolutionary some may say, but Papa Tom says
many families don’t have the space, time or the knowledge
to create a garden of their own.
“We are educating families from the little kids through to
mum and dad about the different kinds of things they can
grow, how to grow from seedlings and changing crops and
we are even showing them how to cook them.”
Now in his late 70s, he is loving passing on his knowledge
to a new generation and has plenty of praise for the work
CIDANZ is doing to advance the future of its people.
“They’re doing a great job, bringing the community
Tom Wichman: A health scare changed his life.
Photo credit: Jacqui Geux
On Saturday June 11 from 8.30am-3pm a guided field
trip will be exploring the shifting boundaries between
geology, archaeology, and cultural landscapes on the
Ihumātao Peninsula, Mangere.
Hosted by Bruce Hayward (geologist, author), and Dave
Veart (archaeologist, author, and historian).
Assemble and park at end of Renton Road, Ihumatao at
8.30am June 11. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Shopping trucks and door-to-door sales people
are among the real scourges of this community.
And there are still many people out there looking
to make a quick buck at the expense of Mangere’s
more trusting consumers.
So here’s some tips to stop yourself getting ripped off:
1. Under new laws, the salesperson has to check
your family have the ability to make payments and
understand all the terms and conditions. So often this
process can be rushed so make sure you ask them to
slow down or come back so you’ve got more time to
make a decision.
2. Make sure whatever you sign matches what the
salesman promises. If there are discounts or extra
products in his sales pitch make sure it’s confirmed
in writing. The contract should clearly spell out
fees, charges and the full cost of your purchase plus
conditions of how you can complain or terminate the
3. The last thing you can do which might seem obvious
but is really hard - is just say no. Even if you feel
impolite, don’t feel bad telling the smiling chap on your
porch to leave and not come back. You can usually get
better deals from Trade Me or go one stage on the bus
to a shopping centre like Dressmart in Onehunga.
For more information visit us or check out
www.justice.govt.nz. The Māngere Community
Law Centre has been serving the unmet legal
needs of the community since 1986. If you’d
like to make an appointment to see a lawyer
Letters from the community
Last month Paul Lesoa's letter to 275 Times went viral on Facebook with almost 100,000
people viewing it. Here are two readers responses to Paul's letter...
Standing from the left to right: Catherine Whitelaw, April, Mary Whitelaw, Maureen
Green, David Whitelaw and Michael Sadler. Kneeling left to right: James, Rhiannon and
Mike. (Photo supplied)
Letter and pic from Maureen Green
We grew up on Calthorp Close off Robertson Rd in the early
1970's. It was the coolest and sometimes the craziest place
on earth. We were given a master key to the houses in the street. Our future
was chosen by Mum, she loved green. To this day our one and only Norfolk Pine
is still there standing proud. My dad got to know the Ministry of Works guys and
they let him have the pine tree.
In our backyard before Koru Primary School was built, we had an old farm
and orchard. Fruit trees galore. Three of us went to Arahanga Intermediate
(now gone) and then onto Mangere College. Our younger sisters went to Nga
Tapuwae. Definitely caused a few issues but we got over it. We would walk up
Robertson Road and across a field where the motorway is now. Good times had
by all. Loved it but you would because it was so cool. I had European friends
who lived in Otara and loved their time there. It's what you make of it, it's not the
stereotypical view of other people who haven't lived or even been in the area. I
loved the people we knew and it was heaven on earth for us kids.
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My name is Angel Faalogo,
I am 14 years old and
Auckland Girls' Grammar
I was inspired by Paul Lesoa's letter
and have been living in Mangere for 8
years, long enough to recognise the
negative labels people put on us.
A lot of opportunities come from
Mangere and it is home to many
amazing people from different
countries. Outsiders need to view the
positive side of Mangere as they tend
to only look at the negative side of
We are almost always looked down
on because of our skin colour. Wasn't
Martin Luther King's speech or Nelson
Mandela's protests enough to change
your perspective on us brown people?
Yes, a lot of our youth these days
cause disastrous events on our streets
but the actions of one do not define
"You are beautiful,
you are handsome
and you are smart.
Don't let anyone
tell you otherwise."
Encourage our youth to do good in
school and help them throughout their
education. Like Paul Lesoa said, we
can be the next SBW, Beyoncé or even
the next John Key. We could even be
a whole lot better than they are. We
all need to respect one another and
give each other that positive mindset,
not only to change but to be the
change, not only in our community
and schools but also in the whole
of Mangere. I don't mean to offend
anyone or gain publicity with this
letter, but to bring about the changes
we need in our community.
Remember God loves you. You are
beautiful, you are handsome and you
are smart. Don't let anyone tell you
otherwise. I am a brown kid added to
the brown statistic and I am a proud
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, The One who
leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name. (sponsored by Bill and Bridie Keenan)
MANGERE BIKE FIT
A Cycle Safe Awareness event will be taking place on Monday, June
6 Queens Birthday weekend at the Māngere Town Centre. 10am -
2pm. FREE Bike Check, Bike Maintenance, and sausage sizzle and
prizes and giveaways.
MANGERE FRIENDSHIP GROUP
Communicare Māngere run a Friendship Centre in Māngere.
Weekly group meeting in the Netball Centre in Court Town
Close opposite the Town Centre. Guests enjoy morning tea, light
exercise, craft activities then some bingo and a cooked lunch from
9.30-12.30 for $6. Call 631-5968 for further information.
MANGERE ARTS CENTRE UPCOMING EVENTS
- The Island at the Mangere Arts Centre, June 28 – July 1, 7pm.
Massive Nui Ensemble brings you the Island. Six young performers
explore the idea of isolation and growing up in New Zealand.
- The Pacific Dance Festival 2016 runs at Arts centre from June 13-
18, 7pm - 8pm, every night. Featured artists include Justin Haiu.
MANGERE REPAIR CAFE
Do you enjoy using your skills to help others? We are looking
for volunteer electrical workers to offer repair work of small
household electrical appliances at a free community repair café!
The Repair Café is a collaboration between Auckland Regional
Migrant Services and MakerHood: we aim to foster creativity and a
“fix-it” attitude within South Auckland's diverse communities. The
event will be held on July 23. For more information please email
NGA MANGA O MANGERE NETWORK MEETING
A community network meeting for anyone working or living in
Māngere, 10am, July 28 at Māngere Community Law Centre.
COMMUNITY GRANTS AVAILABLE NOW
Grace Removals have set up a grant funding scheme. There are
a number of community grants available from Grace Gives New
Zealand. For more info go to: https://www.graceremovals.co.nz/
Property Insight Evenings
You are invited to attend our Property Insight Evenings to gain
more knowledge around property. All welcome.
Thursday’s 6-7pm St James, Church Street.
See our Facebook page for details on speakers.
June 2: Information around the Proposed Unitary Plan Changes.
June 9: Fred Ofa from Rental One discussing Issues around
managing a rental. Signs of P use, how much does it cost to have
someone manage your rental? etc.
June 16: Ian Wallace talking about Building
Inspections and consents and non-compliant
Mangere Bridge Realty Ltd REAA 2008 is a time
proven, local real estate company who will look after
you and guide you through the sale of your home.
Ring Karen anytime to talk about your property
021 540 560.
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