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275 times




Our stories, our people, our Māngere

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


Revival for


The founders of 275 Times,

Justin and Jo Latif, have

handed over the reins

of the popular Māngere

magazine to the Māngere

East Community Centre.

Justin has taken on the job of

News Editor-South Auckland for

Fairfax Media and is the new editor

of the Manukau Courier. We congratulate

Justin and are excited yet

humbled to accept their offer to

pick up and continue producing 275

Times, which he and Jo have lovingly

built up for the past 21 months.

We welcome your contributions,

articles, photos, suggestions to

broaden the appeal of this mighty

little community magazine. Together

we can ensure 275 Times revives and

survives to serve our community.

Phone: 09 275 6161

Email: 275times@gmail.com

New Beginnings: Hone & Ruiha-Rose Fowler, Jo, Isobel & Justin Latif, Roger Fowler & Lyn Doherty

Stone Nursery for Young Kumara

Māngere Bridge gardener

Brendan Corbett conducted

a workshop on kumara

planting at the Matariki

event at the Ōtuataua

Stonefields at Ihumatao,

Māngere, recently.

“Matariki is the time to

prepare the kumara tapapa

(raised stone garden) to

produce the tipu (young

shoots) for planting into your

garden from November to

January,” explained Brendan.

“The stonefield tapapa are

solar receptors trapping

heat in the stones and

warming the light sandy

soil. The kumara saved from

last year’s crop (or bought

from the supermarket) are

placed lying down next

to the warm stones and

covered with 50mm of soil.

No need to water. When

the kumara feel spring

arriving the tipu will shoot

up through the soil for the

gardener to pick and plant

out in the garden. Tu meke!”

Brendan supports the SOUL

community campaign to

protect the area around the

historic Ōtuataua Stonefields

for future generations.

WHAT'S INSIDE: P2: Learn to Garden P4: Luna Calendar P6: Maker's Day P7: Cloak of Resilience


Old School Gardening for ‘Tomorrow’s Children’

Meet Yvonne Thomas, gardening

mentor at the Old School Reserve

Teaching Gardens in Kirkbride Road.

Yvonne and Graeme Hanson

coordinate the flourishing community

gardens with a growing army

of passionate Māngere gardeners.

The soil has been lovingly built up

with rich compost and recycled

potting soil from nurseries. “When we

started here seven years ago, the top

soil was just half an inch thick - now

its half a metre deep”, says Yvonne.

Other equipment, such as water

tanks, solar panels and loads

of timber, has been donated

or salvaged for the project.

Yvonne is keen for people to visit

and learn how to garden. “You don’t

need money to set up and run a vege

garden”, she explains, “and you can

easily grow from your own seeds.”

Dozens of local families and senior

citizens from many different

cultures regularly tend their own

plots at the gardens - sharing

tips and surplus produce.

Groups of offenders on community

work also join eight week courses

learning how about propagation,

“You don’t need money

to set up and run a vege

garden... you can easily

grow from your own seeds.”

cultivation, irrigation and cooking

- and they even get a certificate.

The teaching garden, partially

sponsored by the Local Boards, is “built

with love and respect” encouraging

locals to shun takeaways and “feed

themselves”, says Yvonne, “This is

for the children of tomorrow.”

Visit the gardens at the

Old School Reserve, 299R

Kirkbride Road, Māngere.



Ko Hineamaru Ropati toku

ingoa, I hail from the Far North

tribe called Ngati Hine.

My husband Aubrey and I have 6

children ranging from 15 through to

25 years. We have lived in Māngere

for over 30 years, where our children

were all brought up under the korowai

of Kohanga Reo

and Kura Kaupapa

and involved in

all sporting codes

and local marae.

Driver Licensing

is a common

topic around our

kitchen table as

I have worked in

road safety and

licensing and my

husband is also a

manager for VTNZ.

We have

supported all our children to get

through their driver licensing

regime safely and confidently.

With 2 grandchildren in the back

seat, that is precious cargo!!

Through my years of experience

I’ve realised how important it is to


know your licensing conditions. Each

licence has it’s own set of special

conditions - the closer to your full,

the more freedom you have and it

means we are all safe on the roads!

If you’re on your learners, you need

a fully-licensed supervisor with you

at all times. This is where whanau

and friends come in! If you’re a

supervisor or coach it’s important to

guide, providing supportive words

and keeping an eye out for hazards.

On your Restricted? Don’t forget:

no passengers unless they’re your

supervisor, zero alcohol limit and you

must not drive between 10pm and

5am (night time is usually riskier).

All these rules exist to make you,

your friends and whanau safe.

There’s lots to learn, but it’s easy to

find a Behind the Wheel workshop

that you can go to with your

whanau and friends. Let’s help

keep our rangitahi safe and support

them through their licensing!

Find out more at www.

behindthewheel.nz or on Facebook




Above: Charles creating the Māngere Bridge School mural.




Charles and Janine

Williams are the talented

couple behind beautiful

paintings springing up

all over Māngere. We

asked Charles to tell

us about their work.

Right: Charles working on another mural

at the Māngere East Community Centre.

How long have you and Janine

been painting murals?

On and off for a very long time, but

seriously for the last six years.

How did you get into it?

I got into spray paint art by tagging.

When I was young I really desired

connection - for people to accept

me - and because I didn’t get this as

much as I desired from my mum and

stepdads I went to the street to ask

for love, attention and recognition.

What are your main influences?

Today the main inspiration is

actually stories. When we hear

about the story of something or

someone, we get super inspired.

What do you hope to achieve

through your work?

Firstly, inspiring people to achieve

what we did, and more. To dream

and go beyond. Secondly, education.

For example, letting the kids from

say, Robertson Road School - know

about the history of the area through

a mural, and the correct names of

traditional sites around Māngere.

Thirdly, awareness around culture

and wildlife. And ownership.

Do you have other goals?

Janine and I have a project entitled

‘Project Paint the Pacific’. We

want to paint 27+ islands in 12

years and we need as much help

as possible. If you want to help,

email: charles.janine@xtra.co.nz.

Charles and Janine have beautified

a number of walls in Māngere,

including Māngere Bridge School,

Robertson Road School and

Māngere East Community Centre.

To see more of Charles and

Janine’s work, find them on

Facebook or check out:



Mangere Photo exhibition


On Tuesday, 16 August, Qiane Matata-Sipu

will preview her brand new photo-series,

one that’s still in development. The working

title for her project is “Conviction”.

This preview evening in Māngere is a chance for you to

hear her insights about making new work.

Her finished project will première at Māngere Arts Centre

Ngā Tohu o Uenuku early next year. This preview is the

first in a series of open late events, which will take place

on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Qiane is a local artist of Te Wai ō Hua, Waikato-Tainui,

Ngā Puhi and Cook Islands descent. Her research is part

of a new photography project supported by the Māngere

Ōtahuhu Local Board, which explores faith through

diverse cultural values, ideologies, beliefs, religions and

ways of worship.

Qiane has been working with individuals, groups and

churches in Māngere, to capture how they express faith,

the uniqueness and complexities of an individual’s faith,

and how our community worships and performs rituals.

What: Interactive presentation of Qiane Matata-Sipu’s

‘Conviction’, a photo-series exploring the diversity of faith

in our community.

When: Tuesday 16 August, 6pm

Where: Māngere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku

All welcome. Light refreshments will be available

Above: Te Karakia o te Atua - Church in Progress. June, 2016

Qiane Matata-Sipu


for the


by Ayla Hoeta

The maramataka

is a Luna

or moon



by our

Māori and


ancestors to

guide them in

their fishing and

planting activities.

There are only 30 days in the

month. The calendar aligns with

our natural environment and

connects the movement of stars

and planets to the activity of plants,

animals and fish behaviour.

By being in tune with our natural

environment our ancestors could



best days

to fish, plant crops,

organise high energy

events, when to take time

out to reflect and much more.

Aligning these Luna calendars

with the Gregorian Calendar is

challenging as they are based

on different concepts. The Luna

calendar is based on observation and

doesn’t align with the mathematical

calculations of the Gregorian

calendar. So knowing how to align

these Luna calendars for each


is very


For the west

coast we align Rakaunui

to the day before the Full Moon.

For the East Coast we align

Rakaunui on the Full Moon.

These Luna calendars are believed

to be more than five thousand

years old and have been adapted

by our ancestors to our known

environment here in Aotearoa.

Next month we will provide

predicted natural activity for every

day of September. #watchthisspace



Maker’s Day

a Success

On 23 July, the Auckland

Regional Migrant Services

(ARMS), the Roots Creative

Entrepreneurs and the

Makerhood team ran

the first ever repair and

upcycling workshop for

the Māngere community.

The event aims to bring

the community and local

volunteers together to fix

broken household items

and learn new skills.

The Māngere Maker’s Day

demonstrates how migrant

and refugee communities

in South Auckland can

minimise their waste

through upcycling and

learning repair skills.

“We wanted to nurture

creativity and a ‘fix-it’

attitude within the Māngere

community but to also

create a platform to engage

migrants and refugees

in waste minimisation,”

says Bex Rillstone,

organiser of the event.

The Metro Hall was

transformed into a repair

and recycling haven for

the day. Volunteers fixed

laptops, mended clothes,

upcycled old coffee tables

and repaired household

appliances. It showcased

the work of local social

enterprises like ‘Hope ‘n’

Help’ who turn waste into

fashion and help migrants

and refugees by offering

work experience and

teaching valuable skills.

The Māngere East Family

Services also set-up a

recycling learning station

to educate kids on the

value of recycling waste.

The rain didn’t hamper the

spirit of the community.

Outside the hall, a sausage

sizzle kept everyone

energised, while the Roots

Creative Entrepreneurs

created furniture from used

wooden pallets and Mr. T

of Triple Teez repaired

broken bikes collected

from the Community

Recycling Network, which

were then donated back

to the community.

“We realise that ‘only the

hood can change the

hood’ and by collaborating

on events like this, we

unleash the creativity of

south Aucklanders,” says

John Belford of the Roots

Creative Entrepreneurs.

#Makerhood is supported

by The Southern Initiative

of the Auckland Council

to help South Aucklanders

grow a maker mindset –

to tinker, to fix, to create.

The next Makerhood will

be in Otara in August.

For more info, visit

the Makerhood on

Facebook or at www.



He korowai Manawaroa

The Māngere East Community Centre celebrated Matariki with

a community event reflecting on the year past and welcoming

in the new year on July 9 at the Māngere East Hall.

At the recent Matariki celebration organised

by the Ohomairangi Trust and Māngere East

Community Centre, Mei Paul, a member of the

centre’s korowai class presented ‘He Korowai

Manawaroa’ the ‘cloak of resilience’ – that

she and others in the class have woven.

The story represented in the patterns and colours

of the feathers and taniko tells of the role that the

Māngere East Community Centre has in supporting

people in their lifelong education – from very

young children to elder learners, as they move

from ‘te taipo’ into ‘te taiao’ – from ‘not knowing’

to ‘knowing’ - all the while building resilience.

The basic taniko at the hem of the taniko becomes

more sophisticated at the top where the poutama

represent the various pathways of seeking

different knowledges available at the Centre. It

also speaks of the spaces where the learning takes

place and the respectful relationships between

teachers and learners; of ako and reciprocity.

The triangles of feathers symbolise the three stages

of human development - they are darker at the

bottom/hem and become lighter towards the top

– and the vibrant colours mirror the diversity of

peoples in our community – how we are unique

and celebrate difference as well as unite in our

common pursuit of knowledge and wellbeing.

The korowai is available for community

members to wear at their graduation as well

as serving as a reminder of our collective

resilience that comes from being community.

Above: He Korowai Manawaroa the ‘cloak of resilience’.

Below: Mei Paul (left), a member of the korowai class & Lyn

Doherty (right), from the Ohomairangi Trust & Māngere East

Community Centre, with the finished korowai.


Community Notices


Voting in the 2016 local election opens on 16 September and

closes on 8 October. Nominations close 12 August.

Are you 18 years or older? Getting on the roll is easy!

Get your enrolment form from any PostShop, or go online at

elections.org.nz, or free text your name and address to 3676, or

Freephone 0800-367656. Then get out and vote! It’s easy!

You can find out where and when to vote from elections.org.nz,

or by calling 0800-367656, or by checking your EasyVote Pack.


Grab your girls and come to this FREE support group - all

welcome! Get to know other young women - share what’s up in

your hood - learn new things - increase your self-confidence.

Each Tuesday 4pm - 6pm at the Māngere East Community

Centre. Contact Bonnie: 021-022-76486


The Māngere Bridge Art Group holds its 12th Spring Exhibition

at St James Church Hall, Church Rd, Māngere Bridge on Sat 20

& Sun 21 August from 10am to 4pm. Members of the group will

show over 200 works in oil, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, and pen

and ink. All works are for sale and entry is FREE.


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 09 631-5968 for further information.

Community notices are FREE for non-profit organisations.

Send us details of your group or event for the next issue!

275 times




Design: Belinda Fowler Editor: Roger Fowler

Publisher: Māngere East Community Centre





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