Our stories, our people, our Māngere
Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou
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
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,
“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.
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.
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,
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
by Ayla Hoeta
is a Luna
guide them in
their fishing and
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
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
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
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
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
#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.
ARE YOU READY TO READY TO ENROL & VOTE?
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.
YOUNG WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP - MANGERE
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
MANGERE BRIDGE ART GROUP SPRING SHOW
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.
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 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!
Design: Belinda Fowler Editor: Roger Fowler
Publisher: Māngere East Community Centre
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