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EDITION #22<br />

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

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Revival for<br />

survival<br />

The founders of <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong>,<br />

Justin and Jo Latif, have<br />

handed over the reins<br />

of the popular Māngere<br />

magazine to the Māngere<br />

East Community Centre.<br />

Justin has taken on the job of<br />

News Editor-South Auckland for<br />

Fairfax Media and is the new editor<br />

of the Manukau Courier. We congratulate<br />

Justin and are excited yet<br />

humbled to accept their offer to<br />

pick up and continue producing <strong>275</strong><br />

<strong>Times</strong>, which he and Jo have lovingly<br />

built up for the past 21 months.<br />

We welcome your contributions,<br />

articles, photos, suggestions to<br />

broaden the appeal of this mighty<br />

little community magazine. Together<br />

we can ensure <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> revives and<br />

survives to serve our community.<br />

Phone: 09 <strong>275</strong> 6161<br />

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

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

Stone Nursery for Young Kumara<br />

Māngere Bridge gardener<br />

Brendan Corbett conducted<br />

a workshop on kumara<br />

planting at the Matariki<br />

event at the Ōtuataua<br />

Stonefields at Ihumatao,<br />

Māngere, recently.<br />

“Matariki is the time to<br />

prepare the kumara tapapa<br />

(raised stone garden) to<br />

produce the tipu (young<br />

shoots) for planting into your<br />

garden from November to<br />

January,” explained Brendan.<br />

“The stonefield tapapa are<br />

solar receptors trapping<br />

heat in the stones and<br />

warming the light sandy<br />

soil. The kumara saved from<br />

last year’s crop (or bought<br />

from the supermarket) are<br />

placed lying down next<br />

to the warm stones and<br />

covered with 50mm of soil.<br />

No need to water. When<br />

the kumara feel spring<br />

arriving the tipu will shoot<br />

up through the soil for the<br />

gardener to pick and plant<br />

out in the garden. Tu meke!”<br />

Brendan supports the SOUL<br />

community campaign to<br />

protect the area around the<br />

historic Ōtuataua Stonefields<br />

for future generations.<br />

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

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Old School Gardening for ‘Tomorrow’s Children’<br />

Meet Yvonne Thomas, gardening<br />

mentor at the Old School Reserve<br />

Teaching Gardens in Kirkbride Road.<br />

Yvonne and Graeme Hanson<br />

coordinate the flourishing community<br />

gardens with a growing army<br />

of passionate Māngere gardeners.<br />

The soil has been lovingly built up<br />

with rich compost and recycled<br />

potting soil from nurseries. “When we<br />

started here seven years ago, the top<br />

soil was just half an inch thick - now<br />

its half a metre deep”, says Yvonne.<br />

Other equipment, such as water<br />

tanks, solar panels and loads<br />

of timber, has been donated<br />

or salvaged for the project.<br />

Yvonne is keen for people to visit<br />

and learn how to garden. “You don’t<br />

need money to set up and run a vege<br />

garden”, she explains, “and you can<br />

easily grow from your own seeds.”<br />

Dozens of local families and senior<br />

citizens from many different<br />

cultures regularly tend their own<br />

plots at the gardens - sharing<br />

tips and surplus produce.<br />

Groups of offenders on community<br />

work also join eight week courses<br />

learning how about propagation,<br />

“You don’t need money<br />

to set up and run a vege<br />

garden... you can easily<br />

grow from your own seeds.”<br />

cultivation, irrigation and cooking<br />

- and they even get a certificate.<br />

The teaching garden, partially<br />

sponsored by the Local Boards, is “built<br />

with love and respect” encouraging<br />

locals to shun takeaways and “feed<br />

themselves”, says Yvonne, “This is<br />

for the children of tomorrow.”<br />

Visit the gardens at the<br />

Old School Reserve, 299R<br />

Kirkbride Road, Māngere.<br />



Ko Hineamaru Ropati toku<br />

ingoa, I hail from the Far North<br />

tribe called Ngati Hine.<br />

My husband Aubrey and I have 6<br />

children ranging from 15 through to<br />

25 years. We have lived in Māngere<br />

for over 30 years, where our children<br />

were all brought up under the korowai<br />

of Kohanga Reo<br />

and Kura Kaupapa<br />

and involved in<br />

all sporting codes<br />

and local marae.<br />

Driver Licensing<br />

is a common<br />

topic around our<br />

kitchen table as<br />

I have worked in<br />

road safety and<br />

licensing and my<br />

husband is also a<br />

manager for VTNZ.<br />

We have<br />

supported all our children to get<br />

through their driver licensing<br />

regime safely and confidently.<br />

With 2 grandchildren in the back<br />

seat, that is precious cargo!!<br />

Through my years of experience<br />

I’ve realised how important it is to<br />


know your licensing conditions. Each<br />

licence has it’s own set of special<br />

conditions - the closer to your full,<br />

the more freedom you have and it<br />

means we are all safe on the roads!<br />

If you’re on your learners, you need<br />

a fully-licensed supervisor with you<br />

at all times. This is where whanau<br />

and friends come in! If you’re a<br />

supervisor or coach it’s important to<br />

guide, providing supportive words<br />

and keeping an eye out for hazards.<br />

On your Restricted? Don’t forget:<br />

no passengers unless they’re your<br />

supervisor, zero alcohol limit and you<br />

must not drive between 10pm and<br />

5am (night time is usually riskier).<br />

All these rules exist to make you,<br />

your friends and whanau safe.<br />

There’s lots to learn, but it’s easy to<br />

find a Behind the Wheel workshop<br />

that you can go to with your<br />

whanau and friends. Let’s help<br />

keep our rangitahi safe and support<br />

them through their licensing!<br />

Find out more at www.<br />

behindthewheel.nz or on Facebook<br />



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Above: Charles creating the Māngere Bridge School mural.<br />

WALL ART<br />

TAKES<br />

FLIGHT<br />

Charles and Janine<br />

Williams are the talented<br />

couple behind beautiful<br />

paintings springing up<br />

all over Māngere. We<br />

asked Charles to tell<br />

us about their work.<br />

Right: Charles working on another mural<br />

at the Māngere East Community Centre.<br />

How long have you and Janine<br />

been painting murals?<br />

On and off for a very long time, but<br />

seriously for the last six years.<br />

How did you get into it?<br />

I got into spray paint art by tagging.<br />

When I was young I really desired<br />

connection - for people to accept<br />

me - and because I didn’t get this as<br />

much as I desired from my mum and<br />

stepdads I went to the street to ask<br />

for love, attention and recognition.<br />

What are your main influences?<br />

Today the main inspiration is<br />

actually stories. When we hear<br />

about the story of something or<br />

someone, we get super inspired.<br />

What do you hope to achieve<br />

through your work?<br />

Firstly, inspiring people to achieve<br />

what we did, and more. To dream<br />

and go beyond. Secondly, education.<br />

For example, letting the kids from<br />

say, Robertson Road School - know<br />

about the history of the area through<br />

a mural, and the correct names of<br />

traditional sites around Māngere.<br />

Thirdly, awareness around culture<br />

and wildlife. And ownership.<br />

Do you have other goals?<br />

Janine and I have a project entitled<br />

‘Project Paint the Pacific’. We<br />

want to paint 27+ islands in 12<br />

years and we need as much help<br />

as possible. If you want to help,<br />

email: charles.janine@xtra.co.nz.<br />

Charles and Janine have beautified<br />

a number of walls in Māngere,<br />

including Māngere Bridge School,<br />

Robertson Road School and<br />

Māngere East Community Centre.<br />

To see more of Charles and<br />

Janine’s work, find them on<br />

Facebook or check out:<br />


‘Conviction’<br />

–<br />

Mangere Photo exhibition<br />

5<br />

On Tuesday, 16 <strong>August</strong>, Qiane Matata-Sipu<br />

will preview her brand new photo-series,<br />

one that’s still in development. The working<br />

title for her project is “Conviction”.<br />

This preview evening in Māngere is a chance for you to<br />

hear her insights about making new work.<br />

Her finished project will première at Māngere Arts Centre<br />

Ngā Tohu o Uenuku early next year. This preview is the<br />

first in a series of open late events, which will take place<br />

on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.<br />

Qiane is a local artist of Te Wai ō Hua, Waikato-Tainui,<br />

Ngā Puhi and Cook Islands descent. Her research is part<br />

of a new photography project supported by the Māngere<br />

Ōtahuhu Local Board, which explores faith through<br />

diverse cultural values, ideologies, beliefs, religions and<br />

ways of worship.<br />

Qiane has been working with individuals, groups and<br />

churches in Māngere, to capture how they express faith,<br />

the uniqueness and complexities of an individual’s faith,<br />

and how our community worships and performs rituals.<br />

What: Interactive presentation of Qiane Matata-Sipu’s<br />

‘Conviction’, a photo-series exploring the diversity of faith<br />

in our community.<br />

When: Tuesday 16 <strong>August</strong>, 6pm<br />

Where: Māngere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku<br />

All welcome. Light refreshments will be available<br />

Above: Te Karakia o te Atua - Church in Progress. June, <strong>2016</strong><br />

Qiane Matata-Sipu<br />

Reaching<br />

for the<br />

MOON<br />

by Ayla Hoeta<br />

The maramataka<br />

is a Luna<br />

or moon<br />

calendar,<br />

developed<br />

by our<br />

Māori and<br />

Pacific<br />

ancestors to<br />

guide them in<br />

their fishing and<br />

planting activities.<br />

There are only 30 days in the<br />

month. The calendar aligns with<br />

our natural environment and<br />

connects the movement of stars<br />

and planets to the activity of plants,<br />

animals and fish behaviour.<br />

By being in tune with our natural<br />

environment our ancestors could<br />

predict<br />

the<br />

best days<br />

to fish, plant crops,<br />

organise high energy<br />

events, when to take time<br />

out to reflect and much more.<br />

Aligning these Luna calendars<br />

with the Gregorian Calendar is<br />

challenging as they are based<br />

on different concepts. The Luna<br />

calendar is based on observation and<br />

doesn’t align with the mathematical<br />

calculations of the Gregorian<br />

calendar. So knowing how to align<br />

these Luna calendars for each<br />

coastline<br />

is very<br />

important.<br />

For the west<br />

coast we align Rakaunui<br />

to the day before the Full Moon.<br />

For the East Coast we align<br />

Rakaunui on the Full Moon.<br />

These Luna calendars are believed<br />

to be more than five thousand<br />

years old and have been adapted<br />

by our ancestors to our known<br />

environment here in Aotearoa.<br />

Next month we will provide<br />

predicted natural activity for every<br />

day of September. #watchthisspace

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Māngere<br />

Maker’s Day<br />

a Success<br />

On 23 July, the Auckland<br />

Regional Migrant Services<br />

(ARMS), the Roots Creative<br />

Entrepreneurs and the<br />

Makerhood team ran<br />

the first ever repair and<br />

upcycling workshop for<br />

the Māngere community.<br />

The event aims to bring<br />

the community and local<br />

volunteers together to fix<br />

broken household items<br />

and learn new skills.<br />

The Māngere Maker’s Day<br />

demonstrates how migrant<br />

and refugee communities<br />

in South Auckland can<br />

minimise their waste<br />

through upcycling and<br />

learning repair skills.<br />

“We wanted to nurture<br />

creativity and a ‘fix-it’<br />

attitude within the Māngere<br />

community but to also<br />

create a platform to engage<br />

migrants and refugees<br />

in waste minimisation,”<br />

says Bex Rillstone,<br />

organiser of the event.<br />

The Metro Hall was<br />

transformed into a repair<br />

and recycling haven for<br />

the day. Volunteers fixed<br />

laptops, mended clothes,<br />

upcycled old coffee tables<br />

and repaired household<br />

appliances. It showcased<br />

the work of local social<br />

enterprises like ‘Hope ‘n’<br />

Help’ who turn waste into<br />

fashion and help migrants<br />

and refugees by offering<br />

work experience and<br />

teaching valuable skills.<br />

The Māngere East Family<br />

Services also set-up a<br />

recycling learning station<br />

to educate kids on the<br />

value of recycling waste.<br />

The rain didn’t hamper the<br />

spirit of the community.<br />

Outside the hall, a sausage<br />

sizzle kept everyone<br />

energised, while the Roots<br />

Creative Entrepreneurs<br />

created furniture from used<br />

wooden pallets and Mr. T<br />

of Triple Teez repaired<br />

broken bikes collected<br />

from the Community<br />

Recycling Network, which<br />

were then donated back<br />

to the community.<br />

“We realise that ‘only the<br />

hood can change the<br />

hood’ and by collaborating<br />

on events like this, we<br />

unleash the creativity of<br />

south Aucklanders,” says<br />

John Belford of the Roots<br />

Creative Entrepreneurs.<br />

#Makerhood is supported<br />

by The Southern Initiative<br />

of the Auckland Council<br />

to help South Aucklanders<br />

grow a maker mindset –<br />

to tinker, to fix, to create.<br />

The next Makerhood will<br />

be in Otara in <strong>August</strong>.<br />

For more info, visit<br />

the Makerhood on<br />

Facebook or at www.<br />


7<br />

He korowai Manawaroa<br />

The Māngere East Community Centre celebrated Matariki with<br />

a community event reflecting on the year past and welcoming<br />

in the new year on July 9 at the Māngere East Hall.<br />

At the recent Matariki celebration organised<br />

by the Ohomairangi Trust and Māngere East<br />

Community Centre, Mei Paul, a member of the<br />

centre’s korowai class presented ‘He Korowai<br />

Manawaroa’ the ‘cloak of resilience’ – that<br />

she and others in the class have woven.<br />

The story represented in the patterns and colours<br />

of the feathers and taniko tells of the role that the<br />

Māngere East Community Centre has in supporting<br />

people in their lifelong education – from very<br />

young children to elder learners, as they move<br />

from ‘te taipo’ into ‘te taiao’ – from ‘not knowing’<br />

to ‘knowing’ - all the while building resilience.<br />

The basic taniko at the hem of the taniko becomes<br />

more sophisticated at the top where the poutama<br />

represent the various pathways of seeking<br />

different knowledges available at the Centre. It<br />

also speaks of the spaces where the learning takes<br />

place and the respectful relationships between<br />

teachers and learners; of ako and reciprocity.<br />

The triangles of feathers symbolise the three stages<br />

of human development - they are darker at the<br />

bottom/hem and become lighter towards the top<br />

– and the vibrant colours mirror the diversity of<br />

peoples in our community – how we are unique<br />

and celebrate difference as well as unite in our<br />

common pursuit of knowledge and wellbeing.<br />

The korowai is available for community<br />

members to wear at their graduation as well<br />

as serving as a reminder of our collective<br />

resilience that comes from being community.<br />

Above: He Korowai Manawaroa the ‘cloak of resilience’.<br />

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

Doherty (right), from the Ohomairangi Trust & Māngere East<br />

Community Centre, with the finished korowai.

8<br />

Community Notices<br />


Voting in the <strong>2016</strong> local election opens on 16 September and<br />

closes on 8 October. Nominations close 12 <strong>August</strong>.<br />

Are you 18 years or older? Getting on the roll is easy!<br />

Get your enrolment form from any PostShop, or go online at<br />

elections.org.nz, or free text your name and address to 3676, or<br />

Freephone 0800-367656. Then get out and vote! It’s easy!<br />

You can find out where and when to vote from elections.org.nz,<br />

or by calling 0800-367656, or by checking your EasyVote Pack.<br />


Grab your girls and come to this FREE support group - all<br />

welcome! Get to know other young women - share what’s up in<br />

your hood - learn new things - increase your self-confidence.<br />

Each Tuesday 4pm - 6pm at the Māngere East Community<br />

Centre. Contact Bonnie: 021-022-76486<br />

–<br />


The Māngere Bridge Art Group holds its 12th Spring Exhibition<br />

at St James Church Hall, Church Rd, Māngere Bridge on Sat 20<br />

& Sun 21 <strong>August</strong> from 10am to 4pm. Members of the group will<br />

show over 200 works in oil, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, and pen<br />

and ink. All works are for sale and entry is FREE.<br />

–<br />


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

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

Close opposite the Town Centre. Guests enjoy morning tea, light<br />

exercise, craft activities then some bingo and a cooked lunch<br />

from 9.30-12.30 for $6. Call 09 631-5968 for further information.<br />

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