Mangere's 275 Times July 2016

Mangere's Community News. Issue #21

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Edition #21

july 2016

275 times




Our stories, our people, our Māngere

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



On the eighth of July, Lois Kirkbride

family’s long association with the area, stretching

back into the 1880s. Her great-grandfather,

will walk out the Favona Primary

Matthew Middlewood Kirkbride was

gates for the last time as the

the local member of Parliament and

school’s principal, ending

Kirkbride Road was named after

25 years in the role as well

him. The family also had a farm

as her 50 year teaching

in the area and have held many

prominent roles, including her


great-uncle who was one of

She says teaching has been her

the early Anglican minister at St

passion before she even started

James Church in Mangere Bridge.


Lois says her family’s 130-year

“When I was about three I was

plus heritage in Mangere has

found halfway up the road

given her a deep love for the area.

wearing just a singlet and a

“It’s been special for me working

nappy, saying I was going to

here given our family's history in

school. I obviously knew that was

the area.”

where I wanted to go and I haven’t

Lois says the biggest motivation in all

really left.”

her years of faithful service has been the

Lois’ life of service to the youth in


Mangere is hardly a surprise given her


Departing Principal: Lois Kirkbride

Changes are coming to 275 Times

A new opportunity has arisen

which will be bringing some

big changes to 275 Times.

Thanks to your support - we will now

be able to share positive stories to the

wider South Auckland community.

Justin has been offered the role of

News Director – South Auckland for

Fairfax Media which will also mean

he’ll be the new editor of the Manukau

Courier. The new job is an exciting

challenge and hopefully mean he can

bring some of the flavour of 275 Times

and Mangere to the Manukau Courier.

But what it also means is that we will

be putting the monthly magazine

on hold - however it’s not the end of

275 Times all together. Jo (and other

contributors) will continue running

L-R: Jo, Isobel and Justin Latif

the Facebook page as a place for

Mangere people to get local news and

stay connected.

The last 21 months have been such a

privilege and it has amazed us how

things have evolved from a simple

four-page newsletter to a eight

page magazine with 275 Times on

YouTube, Twitter and Facebook as

well. The popularity of this initiative

has shown that positive Mangere

stories do matter and that Mangere

people do need a place to express

their voice. And what has stood out

for us most is that Mangere must truly

be one of the most resilient, caring

and empowered suburbs around.

So thank you Mangere for your

support, you are such a special

place and while there are some big

changes coming - it's not goodbye -

so watch this space.

Nga mihi nui, Justin, Jo and Isobel


WHAT'S INSIDE: P3: U9 Hawks P4: Law Talk P5: Learn to drive P7: #ParkUpMangere P8: Notices




“Let’s face it – the children are our treasure,” she says. “My

philosophy has been to let them be people and let that

creativity come through.

“We try to give the children a belief in themselves that they

can succeed.”

She’s proud of all the developments the school has made

over time but is particularly thankful for her staff.

“The school has doubled in size, including a computer suite,


She says a key to much

of the school’s success

has been down to the

determined parents.


a new library and we’ve got wifi all the way through the

school, with computers in every classroom.

“And we’ve got great staff and many have been here a very

long time.”

She says a key to much of the school’s success has been

down to the determined parents.

“The parents in this community really

want the best for their children.

“These families do struggle, but they

have a real determination to succeed for

their children and it’s something I see

time and time again.”

Thanks to all our supporters!

Here we would just like to mention the people that have supported us over these last two years.

∞ Peter Sykes and ME Family Services: For believing in us and helping us with the start up of 275

Times and being our No. #1 cheerleader and supporter.

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consistent and supportive sponsor.

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∞ Vicki Sykes: Mentoring support. ∞ Christine Woods: Being our cheerleader and mentor.

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∞ Our family, friends and donors: You know who you are! Thank you for supporting us, giving financially and

your encouragement.

∞ Our contributors: Thank you to everyone who's submitted an article, a column, placed an ad, let us put our

stands in your shop or cafe.

∞ Our readers: A big thanks to all our loyal readers. This is your magazine and your voice. #275forlife



Contact: Tuhin Choudhury

Unit 7/17 Airpark Drive

Kids get fit and fixing with Teau

Something special is

happening in a garage behind

the Mangere Community

House in Robertson Rd these


Local biking legend Teau Aiturau (AKA

Mr Tee or Triple Teez) has set up a

base for his Mangere Bikefit operation

here, providing a haven for children

after school and on weekends as well

as keeping hundreds of old bikes out

of landfill. Teau’s main aim is “to keep

local kids healthy” by getting them

into biking as a way of keeping fit.

He teaches them how to bike safely

around the neighbourhood, taking

a group out riding most days of the


Many of the children who come to the

club don’t have bikes, so Teau finds a

way to give each child who registers

with the club their own bike to take

home. But first they need to learn

how to fix and maintain it.

“It’s safety first," says Teau, who taught

himself the basics of bike mechanics.

And he’s not the only one passing

Under 9s


true team


By Leanne Rapana.

Our team consists of 16 boys

of Maori, Tongan and Samoan

descent. This is our third year

with Mangere East Flying Hawks

under 9s team.

Over the years the team has had new

players and a new coach. Our team

shows whanaungatanga, (attaining

and maintaining relationships) and

togetherness as a team. Managing

a team is not just about teaching

our boys how to play rugby league,

it's also about working together as

a team, valuing contribution and

building relationships, acknowledging

one's character and empowering our

boys in every way we can. We are

very proud to be part of the Mangere

East Hawks Rugby League club and

appreciate the support the club has

given us. And we are very happy

that Jay Toki accepted the coaching

position. He has been coaching rugby

Teau demonstrating how to fix a bike.

on these skills- now the children are

teaching each other and their parents

as well. The other day he caught a

group of youngsters trying to steal

bikes from the garage and invited

league for the past three years for the

Hawks. A proud and educated Maori

and also known as our local young

kamatua in the area. He does well to

work with children, he has a big family

of his own

and also


kapa haka

at Kedgley Intermediate. What stands

out the most about Jay’s mahi is his

ability to make connections with the

team. Our coach works with all players

and treats everyone fairly, giving them

equal opportunities, to develop the

them in to learn how to fix them up.

They did, and the next day brought

their mates in as well!

Teau has given out over 50 bikes

to the community so far, and he’s

managed this with very few resources.

The bikes have been donated by

members of the public or sourced

from NGOs and Council.

"Teau finds a way to give

each child who registers

with the club their own

bike to take home."

Teau now has a small group of locals

working with him, fixing up what

comes in and mixing and matching

parts of different bikes to reuse as

much as possible.

But Teau would still like to see more

Mangere children involved. And he’s

always on the lookout for more adult

supervisors as it’s important to have

a good adult-child ratio on bike rides.

If you can help out in any way,

please get in touch with Teau on


FLYING HAWKS: The team with Leanne Rapana and Jay Toki in back row.

necessary skills they need to succeed.

The boys in the team commented

that “our coach is cool, fast, funny

and strong, and we like the chants we

do.” The team has developed very

well since he

has coached

our team.

Mangere East

Flying Hawks would like to give thanks

to our coach for all he has done for

us. Whakawhetai ki a koutou kia nui!

Continue to empower us!

Leanne Rapana has managed the

team for 3 years.

“our coach is cool, fast, funny and

strong, and we like the chants we do.”



Big changes set for SH20A

Changes ahead on SH20A

at Kirkbride Road.

The Mangere community has had

a front row seat to the construction

of one of Auckland’s largest roading

projects for more than a year now.

The NZ Transport Agency’s SH20A

to Airport project will increase safety

and improve reliability for motorists

travelling to and from the airport,

as well as for the local community

by separating motorway and local

traffic. State Highway traffic will travel

through a 580m trench and local road

traffic will run over the top of Kirkbride

Road Bridge.

The project also includes a number

of local road improvements such as

new footpaths, cycle lanes and newly

signalised intersections along Kirkbride

There’s a saying that goes

something like this; “if a tree

falls in a forest and no one is

around to hear it, does it make

a sound?"

In some ways the law and

injustice work in the same

way. If you are ripped off

by a shopping truck or

cheated by your landlord

but you don’t know your

rights, what’s the point

of the laws protecting you.

If your boss mistreats you or

you feel like that dispute with your

neighbour isn’t going well but you

don’t complain – the law has no use.

If you are a victim of injustice but don’t

get someone to help does your cry of

James Mohetuki - Mangere resident and trafffic controller

for MHX Kirkbride Alliance.

Road. The project is now gearing

up for another major milestone,

the opening of the northbound on

and off-ramps which will be used

temporarily as the northbound

lanes from July 18 to mid-2017.

Southbound traffic will stay where

it is.

By splitting the north and

southbound traffic, the

construction team has enough

space to continue excavating the

trench through the middle.

James Mohetuki (pictured), who

has lived in Mangere for more

than ten years understands the ins

and outs of the project as well as

the benefits more than most.

He’s also a traffic controller with

the MHX Kirkbride Alliance and is

advising people to take care while

“injustice” get heard? Of course the

answer is no.

But then how can you know your

rights and understand the law when

you haven’t done a law degree? And

shouldn’t society be fair and

just anyway? Unfortunately

life isn’t unfair and we only

get justice when we speak

up for ourselves. That is

why undertaking the Law

In A Nutshell course at the

Mangere Community Law

Centre is such a good idea.

This eight-week course covers 16

different topics of law

covering everything you

need to know for your

everyday life, including

family law, making a

driving through the area.

“The changes will be pretty major for

motorists but they’re necessary to

keep this project moving forward, and

I hope when it’s all finished people will

understand how we balanced getting

the project built as well keeping traffic


The local community should also take

note that there will be no right turn

into Kirkbride Road towards Massey

Road if you’re heading north from the

Airport and they should follow the

sign-posted detours.

For more information on the project

or upcoming traffic changes you can

visit www.nzta.govt.nz/sh20a-toairport

Law Talk: Know your rights

will, consumer law, employment law

and much, much more.

The course is taught by lawyers and

community workers who are experts

in their fields, plus you’ll be learning

with a group of other keen locals who

are trying to upskill themselves.

The law centre runs the course every

Wednesday morning from 930am to

1230pm, and then next course starts

on August 3.

If you’d like to enrol contact

reception@mangerelaw.org.nz to

register your interest and someone

will get back to ASAP.

Putting people first leads to better careers

Siosaia Mataele needed a job and

fast, so when he applied for a role

through Agoge Recruitment he

was just hoping to get hired. Little

did he know, Agoge would set

him up on a new career path with

better money, positive working

conditions and more opportunity.

Siosaia had some reservations about

using a recruitment agency but was

pleasantly surprised to find Agoge and

looking back he says having a good

job has been awesome for him and his

family. “I was made redundant from

the job I was at and in the past I used

online job sites to find work so this

was the first time I’d been through a

recruitment agency.”

Agoge truly lives by their vision of

People Matter therefore Do Good.

Staff, like Siosaia, are not treated as

an extra number, rather their people

matter philosophy builds on going

relationships with their onsite staff with

the goal to place them in the best role

for them.

Siosaia says the whole process was

simple and focused on getting the best

outcome for all involved.

“To anyone else looking for work - give

Agoge a go, because they will look


gets you

Behind the


after you.”

Sosaia Tolutau, Agoge Recruitment’s

Solutions Manager, says Agoge is all

about living their vision 'people matter',

where it is an active focus for all that he


“We focus the way we approach our

clients, candidates, trainees and the

general public by living 'people matter'.

We do specific assessments to find out

what the candidate is good at and if

there is extra upskilling needed we can

help provide the training to get them

where they want to be.” Agoge also

have a training division offering a

range of industry courses, such as

forklift training and manual handling.

One person who knows the importance of practice, is Koia

Teinakore (pictured), who has been a mentor for the last 13

years, helping people in South Auckland get their driver’s


He has seen that practice, “gets rid of fears and nerves and prepares

people for their test.”

“Recently, I worked with a young woman, Laura. We had 12 weeks

where we would meet each week. Sometimes twice a week to help

her get up to par with her driving. It was important for her to get her

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L-R Sosaia Tolutau, Lasa Savini, Angee Vave, Siosaia Mataele

Agoge’s Key Account Manager, Angee

Vave, says Agoge also ensures people

stay in work.

“We are here to help after our

candidates get placed and we

understand the day-to-day challenges

of our people. We don’t just put people

into jobs but also follow up with them to

make sure they are staying committed

and things are working out for the


You can talk to the team at Agoge

on 0508 926 825 or visit them at Unit

D, 80 Richard Pearse Drive, Airport

Oaks, Auckland. Agoge’s current job

listings are also available online at:



licence as they had a young child. They had to

move forward, getting her restricted was her

next stage. At the beginning, there were a lot of

nerves. The more she practiced, the more she

grew out of it and relaxed.”

After hours of practice for her Restricted, Laura

took the test and passed first time.

“She has self-belief now, getting her licence was

the best thing that she ever did. Her husband

was in hospital for a couple of months so she

needed to visit and needed her licence for that.”

If you’re supervising or learning to drive, Behind

the Wheel has workshops and resources to help

you practice exactly what is needed for the

licensing test. Registered Pledge teams receive

a free workbook with a checklist to take out


Remember, supervisors must carry a valid

and current New Zealand driver’s licence

that they have had for at least two years and

must be sitting in the passenger seat. It’s

recommended that learners complete at least

120 hours of practice before taking their test.

Visit www.behindthewheel.nz


Janine Nillesen

Ambury Regional Park Ranger

Teau Aiturau a.k.a. Mr. T

Time to Thrive Mangere Bike Champion

Speed is the single biggest road safety issue in New Zealand today.

Mangere community members, Auckland Transport and the NZ Police

are working together to raise awareness of the dangers to our community

created by speeding on local roads.

The faster you drive the worse any injuries are likely

to be. A pedestrian hit at 70 km/h has a 96% chance

of dying, compared with a 40% chance at 50 km/h

and only 5% at 30 km/h*.

The faster we drive the more likely we are to crash.

Faster speed means:

• There is a bigger chance we will be going too

fast when the road conditions change.

• It is harder for other people to judge how fast

we are going.

• We need further to stop.

Driving at a safe speed for the conditions means you

are less likely to cause injury to yourself or someone

else. Let’s tackle speeding together by driving at a

safe speed for every person around us.

Being part of a community is looking after each other.

Love being a local. Slow Down!

Janine is a Park Ranger at Ambury Regional Park. Raising

awareness around speeding is close to the bone for Janine

and her family; her husband suffered a severe life changing

injury as a result of a possible speed related crash. We all

need to assess the situation and be ready for surprises

when driving.

Mr T from Time To Thrive takes children out cycling on

Mangere roads. It is a great experience for them to get to

know their town, gain confidence, make friends and keep fit.

Mr T agreed to be a face of the campaign because he wants

everyone to be responsible for keeping everyone safe,

especially when they’re on bikes.

* New Zealand Transport Agency

#Park Up For Homes: mangere

When I saw the “Park Up

For Homes” event being

advertised on Facebook,

I thought, “I can do that.

What’s one night? Easy.”


I was so wrong.

I barely slept and even though I had

three blankets to keep me warm,

the cold was unbearable. I was also

uncomfortable with the lack of privacy.

When you’re living in your car, your

Nga Iwi catch garden bug

By Justine Skilling, ME Family Services

waste minimisation facilitator.

“Through our collective

mahi, things will grow”.

Nga Iwi School is following in the

footsteps of generations of Mangere

people and learning how to care for

and grow its own food. The school

which has the values of I-Car-E


Manaakitanga), has recently opened a

large new garden area, which includes

ten raised beds and two orchard

areas. Teacher and curriculum leader,

Kathrina McGuire, has been the driving

force behind the gardens, with lots

of support from Principal Deanna

Johnston, the school staff and most

importantly, the children.

“Gardening gives children the

opportunity to learn how to grow

healthy food, to learn where it comes

from, to get some physical exercise,

and to connect with their local

community traditions,” says Kathrina.

The garden area is the footprint of a

classroom and provides lots of outdoor

educational opportunities, as children

are observing animal and plant life as

well as how the weather impacts on


The whole school has contributed to

the establishment of the gardens, with

children involved in choosing the site,

constructing the raised beds, shifting

private space is so accessible.

Strangers can knock on your window

at any time. And I’m not really sure if I

feel ok with that, especially if you have

children living in the car too.

Throughout the night, I spoke to

several people about why they were

volunteering or supporting the cause.

Many of them were supporting

because they had been in similar

situations in the past. I met a working

mother, she explained that she was

previously renting in a private property

but her landlord continued to raise the


The landlord eventually raised it to a

point where she could not afford it

and was forced to move out. She was

subsequently rejected from several

properties and became homeless until

she was accepted into emergency

housing. Since then, she has rebuilt

her life with her family and was able to

attend “Park Up For Homes” because,



mulch, turning compost and now planting. Each

class has one orchard tree to look after and the

opportunity to share a raised bed with another

class, with children and teachers deciding

together what they’d like to plant. The produce

harvested will be cooked or used at school by

the growers, or taken home to families. In the

future, the school plans to develop a children’s

kitchen to foster a complete garden-to-table and

education for sustainability curriculum approach.

Congratulations to the Nga Iwi school

community for your I-Car-E mahi and we look

forward to seeing it all come to fruition with

your first harvest!

Find out about our

childcare options now.

WINZ subsidies & 20 hours

free care available

“I know what it’s like and this is no way

to live”.

Thank you to the Park Up For Homes

Organisers and all the awesome

volunteers for making a stand and

encouraging our leaders to take

action. It was insightful, moving and

courageous. Regardless of where you

stand with your political views, a car is

not a home. And nobody should ever

have to go through this because like

my friend said, this is no way to live.

Submitted by Reina Vaai.

Work from home.

Become an educator today.


Community Notices


Sunday, July 10 at 2pm will be a kite day. There will be traditional

Maori kites flown as well as modern day ones. So bring your kite

or attend the workshops. It'll be on rain or shine and meeting will

be at the main OSHR entrance on Old Ihumatao Quarry Road.


Fafangu Koula O Pakilau Band Reunion and Tribute Show at

Mangere Bridge Tavern, Mangere Bridge. Thurs, July 14, 7:00pm.

"Fafangu Koula o Pakilau" or known as the "Golden Bells of

Pakilau" was the first reggae band in Tonga.


Maori ChoreLab Te Kanikani Whakamatau

Mangere Arts Centre. Wed, July 13, 6pm. The aim of the

Māori Choreolab/Te Kanikani Whakamatau is to expand the

choreographic expression of Māori in Tamaki Maukarau.

Pick & Mix: Momentum Productions - Out of the Box

Mangere Arts Centre, Saturday July 30, 3pm – 4:45pm. Auckland

Live returns with the winter season of Pick & Mix - a series of

weekend performances and workshops showcasing the funniest,

bendy-est and most artistically excellent performers this side of

the Tasman Sea.


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. Email bexr@arms-mrc.org.nz


A community network meeting for anyone working or living in

Māngere, 10am, July 28 at Māngere Community Law Centre.


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.

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