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EDITION #23<br />

SEPTEMBER 2016<br />

<strong>275</strong> times<br />

<strong>275</strong><br />

Māngere’s<br />

times<br />

Our stories, our people, our Māngere<br />

Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou<br />

Free!<br />

Your candidates for Auckland Council (Left to right): Efeso Collins (Labour), Brendan Corbett (ROCC - Respect Our Community Campaign),<br />

Alf Filipaina (Labour), So’oalo Setu Mua (Auckland Future) & Ika Tameifuna (Auckland Future)<br />

SPECIAL ELECTION ISSUE<br />

Māngere deserves two strong voices on Auckland Council.<br />

Who will YOU choose?<br />

There are five candidates<br />

standing in the current<br />

elections to represent<br />

the Manukau Ward on<br />

the Auckland Council.<br />

The Manukau Ward<br />

includes Māngere,<br />

Papatoetoe and Ōtara.<br />

In alphabetical order, the candidates<br />

are: Efeso Collins for Labour, Brendan<br />

Corbett from ROCC (Respect Our<br />

Community Campaign), Alf Filipaina<br />

(Labour), plus So’oalo Setu Mua<br />

and Ika Tameifuna from National<br />

Party-aligned Auckland Future.<br />

The two candidates who gain<br />

the most votes will become our<br />

Manukau Ward councillors.<br />

So, which are the two candidates<br />

most likely to take a strong stand for<br />

our community here in Māngere?<br />

The team at <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> asked the<br />

candidates if they intend to actively<br />

promote seven important issues<br />

facing Māngere people today. Their<br />

responses are published below.<br />

We encourage you to consider<br />

which two candidates will best<br />

stand up for our community<br />

as you cast your votes.<br />

Remember: Postal voting opens<br />

on 16 <strong>September</strong> and closes at<br />

midday on Saturday, 8 October.<br />

OUR QUESTIONS<br />

We asked the candidates whether<br />

they will advocate to:<br />

1. Protect Ihumatao from the<br />

proposed SHA62 development?<br />

COLLINS: Yes. I am committed<br />

to the protection of Ihumatao for<br />

its historic and cultural value to<br />

the community. I am also keen to<br />

ensure that local iwi and residents<br />

are consulted closely in relation to<br />

any developments in the future. I<br />

propose to write to the Minister to<br />

review the decision on SHA62.<br />

CORBETT: Yes. ROCC is absolutely<br />

committed to ensuring that the<br />

unique historic and geological<br />

area of Ihumatao is protected in<br />

perpetuity. Ihumatao is where Pacific<br />

Islanders became Māori over a<br />

period of 1000 years. This area is a<br />

priceless taonga for mana whenua<br />

and what we now see as green,<br />

open space is a mere fragment of<br />

the complex rural landscape that<br />

nurtured Māori for many centuries<br />

and Pākehā in more recent times.<br />

Our Manukau community has<br />

shown massive support for the<br />

retention of this land as green<br />

space in our ever-intensifying urban<br />

areas. The owners of this land<br />

turned down a Council offer of $6.5<br />

million to buy the land and retain<br />

it as part of the historic reserve.<br />

I will drive the campaign at Council<br />

level to protect Ihumatao.<br />

Continued on page 6 >><br />

WHAT’S INSIDE: P4: Manukau NetHui P5: Korean Language Week P10: Use your Lunar Calendar


2<br />

Filling<br />

the soup pot<br />

from the<br />

soil up<br />

Members of the Tiare Taina<br />

Kuki Airani Group (Tivaevae<br />

sewing group) have been<br />

taking time out from their<br />

stitching to focus on reducing<br />

waste and producing food<br />

at the soup kitchen they run<br />

on Mondays at Whare Koa,<br />

the Māngere Community<br />

House in Robertson Rd.<br />

The new community garden project<br />

has been supported by Therese<br />

Mangos, a Community Facilitator<br />

with the Compost Collective, an<br />

Auckland Council initiative which<br />

aims to get people into composting.<br />

Therese has been teaching the value<br />

of composting through workshops<br />

using bokashi (fermentation buckets),<br />

worm farms, and the building of<br />

Below (Left to right): Enthusiastic no-dig gardeners Papa Mii, Alofa Sepu, Fuatino Sepu,<br />

and Eric Sepu, with Compost Collective Community Facilitator Therese Mangos<br />

WITH COMPLIMENTS<br />

an outdoor compost bin using<br />

recovered heat-treated pallets.<br />

Last month, Therese set up<br />

some garden beds, using ‘Kiwi<br />

collars’ (metre square garden<br />

frames) which were donated<br />

by the Compost Collective.<br />

Therese says: “The Whare Koa<br />

whānau have been enthusiastically<br />

learning how to create a no-dig<br />

garden by just building up materials<br />

on top of the ground – like dead<br />

leaves, grass clippings, chicken<br />

manure, seaweed and food scraps.<br />

“The Whare Koa<br />

whanau have<br />

been learning<br />

how to create a<br />

no-dig garden.”<br />

Topped off with a couple of bags<br />

of compost from a local food<br />

collection trial, this all combines<br />

to provide nutrient-rich soil into<br />

which they have planted some<br />

vegetable seedlings (silverbeet,<br />

spinach, bok choy and celery). All<br />

good healthy ingredients for the<br />

soup pot in the months to come”.<br />

Therese is keen to share her love<br />

of composting and gardening<br />

to Pacific Communities through<br />

Compost Collective.<br />

Contact her on 021 905 961 or<br />

therese@compostcollective.org.nz<br />

Find out more about<br />

Compost Collective at<br />

www.compostcollective.org.nz<br />

- Auckland Council -<br />

WITH COMPLIMENTS<br />

Authorised by L Fuli, 7 Fulton Cres, Otara 09) 274-8263


3<br />

Members of Māngere PIPC Samoan Autalavou,<br />

including President Leituala Setefano (in grey sweatshirt)<br />

with their donations for Te Puea Marae.<br />

Putting words<br />

INTO ACTION<br />

‘How can we help those in need?’<br />

was the theme of the Māngere PIPC<br />

Samoan Autalavou (Youth Group)<br />

service last month - with a focus<br />

on putting words into action!<br />

Following the service, members of the<br />

group organised a collection of food and<br />

clothing and delivered the donated items<br />

to Te Puea Marae, Māngere Bridge.<br />

“We had seen on TV what was happening<br />

within our community of Māngere, so it was<br />

important to portray this message to our<br />

Autalavou and church, and get them on<br />

board to support this very good cause,”<br />

said group secretary Jane Vaueli.<br />

“This was such a humbling and eye opening<br />

experience for us, and we were able to see<br />

first hand the tremendous work that Te Puea<br />

Marae do in helping homeless families.”<br />

* * *<br />

The team at <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> salutes Te Puea<br />

Marae for their great efforts in helping<br />

homeless families this winter.<br />

Te Puea Marae is no longer receiving donations<br />

of goods and clothing, however the Manurewa<br />

Marae has now taken on this important work.<br />

#ROCCYOURVOTE<br />

CORBETT<br />

FOR COUNCIL<br />

Respect Our Community Campaign www.rocc.org.nz<br />

Authorised by E. Worman, 18 Linnet Place, Mangere, Authorised Auckland by E. Worman, 18 Linnet Place, Mangere, Auckland


4<br />

NetHui comes to Manukau<br />

In October, South Auckland<br />

will host the regional NetHui<br />

event at MIT in Manukau.<br />

NetHui bring people together to<br />

discuss anything and everything to do<br />

with the Internet, and they prioritise<br />

participation and interaction from<br />

attendees rather than traditional<br />

conference-style presenting.<br />

Topics can range from new<br />

technologies and apps; to using<br />

the internet in education, within<br />

specific cultural or geographic<br />

settings, or to tackle issues; to<br />

discussing new online movements<br />

– really anything of interest to the<br />

community attending the event.<br />

The NetHui organisers encourage<br />

anyone with an interest in the Internet<br />

to attend. The event isn’t just for<br />

people working in IT, it’s suitable<br />

for anyone that wants to talk about<br />

the Internet - whether you know<br />

how to write code or can barely<br />

use Facebook on your phone.<br />

All that matters is you are interested<br />

in tech and the way the Internet is<br />

changing New Zealanders’ lives.<br />

In the past, NetHui have been<br />

three-day events in the CBDs of<br />

the major cities, but the group<br />

that organises the hui, InternetNZ,<br />

wanted to recognise the interest<br />

and innovation happening in the<br />

digital space all across the country.<br />

“NetHui is for anyone<br />

that wants to talk<br />

about the Internet...”<br />

South Auckland was chosen to be one<br />

of three regional hosts because of<br />

the amount of digital innovation and<br />

activity happening across the region.<br />

Both Manukau Institute of Technology<br />

(MIT) and The Southern Initiative<br />

(TSI) are working to support South<br />

Aucklanders in the digital space<br />

and encouraged InternetNZ to hold<br />

the regional NetHui in Manukau.<br />

“Harnessing the power of the<br />

internet is a fantastic way for South<br />

Aucklanders to connect, innovate<br />

and create opportunities, TSI is also<br />

looking at using digital technologies to<br />

create and enable long-term, positive<br />

change here,” says Gael Surgenor,<br />

director of Social Innovation at TSI.<br />

NetHui South Auckland will be held at<br />

the Manukau Institute of Technology<br />

on 15 October, and all South<br />

Aucklanders are invited to attend.<br />

For more information visit the<br />

NetHui website at <strong>2016.</strong>nethui.nz<br />

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5<br />

Korean language week<br />

at Mangere Central School<br />

It was all about the kimchi,<br />

the taekwondo and<br />

the “Annyoung haseyo”<br />

in August, as Māngere<br />

Central School held its first<br />

Korean Language Week.<br />

The ‘Korean Whānau’, a language and<br />

cultural class attended by a range<br />

of students, wanted to share their<br />

learning and celebrate this unique<br />

culture with the rest of the school.<br />

They were led by their teacher, Karina<br />

Powys-Calder-Watson, who fell in love<br />

with Korean culture while teaching at<br />

an elementary school in South Korea.<br />

The main event, a Korean Cultural<br />

Day, was made possible through<br />

funding from ASIA NZ, supported by<br />

the Korean Education Centre, and<br />

parts of the day were filmed and will<br />

screen on a local Korean channel.<br />

Activities included playing traditional<br />

Korean games, trying on traditional<br />

clothing, and a Taekwondo lesson.<br />

There was a noticeable connection<br />

between the tutors and the students<br />

and many commented that it<br />

was a very special experience.<br />

The volunteers and 480-odd students<br />

thoroughly enjoyed the event, with the<br />

learning immeasurable for both parties.<br />

The activities were run by the Korean<br />

Education Centre who provided all of<br />

the resources and organised volunteers<br />

from the Korean community in Auckland.<br />

Māngere Central School wishes<br />

to thank ASIA NZ for funding our<br />

‘unofficial’ Korean language week<br />

and the Korean Education Centre:<br />

Yoomi Won and Daniel Hyun.<br />

The event was a first for both the<br />

school and the Korean Education<br />

Centre and it marks the beginning<br />

of a beautiful friendship.


6<br />

MĀNGERE’S VOICES ON COUNCIL: WHO WILL YOU CHOOSE?<br />

>> Continued from Cover page.<br />

FILIPAINA: As people would know,<br />

the only person who can revoke<br />

SHA62 is Minister Nick Smith and<br />

I will support any correspondence<br />

asking for the Minister to reconsider<br />

his decision not to revoke.<br />

I have already advocated that the<br />

voice of mana whenua has to be<br />

heard and will continue to do so.<br />

MUA & TAMEIFUNA: The Council<br />

has already made its decisions on<br />

this. There is no process for a single<br />

councillor to overturn a decision<br />

made by Council, but we can happily<br />

meet with SOUL (Save Our Unique<br />

Landscape) to discuss their concerns<br />

and ensure that their voice is heard.<br />

2. Consider a trial period<br />

of fare-free public transport<br />

in South Auckland to help<br />

cut traffic congestion?<br />

COLLINS: Yes, I would definitely<br />

consider a free public transport trial<br />

period. This is motivated by freeing up<br />

our roads but also for the economic<br />

benefit of Manukau residents who<br />

are more often than not, of lower<br />

socio-economic backgrounds.<br />

CORBETT: Yes. To achieve the best<br />

return on our huge investment<br />

in commuter rail we need it to<br />

be so attractive to commuters<br />

that they will leave their cars and<br />

choose rail and bus as the default<br />

way to get around Auckland.<br />

If rail and bus use is not maximised<br />

we will be faced with extraordinarily<br />

expensive pressure to build more<br />

roads. The East-West Link between<br />

State Highway 1 at Ōtāhuhu and State<br />

Highway 20 at Onehunga/Māngere<br />

Bridge is estimated to cost $1.5 billion.<br />

This will speed the journey between<br />

congestion at Ōtāhuhu to congestion<br />

on Māngere Bridge at Onehunga<br />

and do nothing to reduce the<br />

number of cars on the road - and<br />

may even encourage more cars.<br />

We have been experimenting with<br />

free travel for seniors with the Gold<br />

Card and it has been a wonderful,<br />

positive, life changing policy.<br />

Many young school-leavers face<br />

economic obstacles travelling to<br />

work or training opportunities. Free<br />

travel could have a major impact<br />

for these young workers gaining<br />

employment across the city.<br />

Auckland commuters are aware<br />

of the congestion load when<br />

schools and universities are open.<br />

Free train and bus travel for all<br />

students could arguably reduce<br />

congestion by 20 to 25 %. To build<br />

25% new roading capacity would<br />

be an astronomical amount.<br />

Let’s be creative with our community<br />

assets. I see public transport as how<br />

we move around modern cities.<br />

This is why I will advocate for a trial<br />

of free travel on trains and buses.<br />

FILIPAINA: This has already been<br />

discussed around the Council<br />

table and for public transport to<br />

be free in South Auckland, we<br />

need at least another $28 million<br />

to come from ratepayers or taxes.<br />

I am unsure if our ratepayers<br />

would want to pay the extra.<br />

If the residents of the Manukau Ward<br />

wish me to advocate for this, I will.<br />

MUA & TAMEIFUNA: Auckland<br />

Transport has just conducted a<br />

review of public transport fares.<br />

We will be monitoring closely the<br />

effects that fare reductions such as<br />

these have on getting more people<br />

out of cars and into buses and trains.<br />

We need a lot more investment<br />

in a range of transport initiatives<br />

over the next three years, and<br />

getting Auckland moving again<br />

will be a major priority of ours.<br />

3. Increase affordable housing?<br />

COLLINS: Absolutely. This is pivotal<br />

to a civil, caring and decent society.<br />

CORBETT: Yes. Possibly the most<br />

pressing issue in Manukau and<br />

Auckland in general is the availability<br />

and cost of renting or buying a home.<br />

It is outrageous that homelessness,<br />

and sleeping rough or in cars, has<br />

been tolerated by WINZ and Council<br />

agencies. Private construction<br />

companies will not build low-cost<br />

housing. Council and government<br />

agencies must fund and project<br />

manage the urgent construction<br />

of emergency housing.<br />

Leaving volunteer groups and Marae<br />

to do the work of government is<br />

criminal neglect. Affordable housing<br />

is possible and examples such as<br />

the Waimahia Estate at Manurewa<br />

demonstrate how this can be done.<br />

Thousands of tradespeople are<br />

being trained across Auckland by<br />

schools, polytechs and private<br />

training providers and with some<br />

coordination they could be the<br />

workforce that will help deliver the<br />

thousands of houses needed.<br />

I will advocate in council to support<br />

groups working to solve this issue.<br />

FILIPAINA: I have advocated for<br />

affordable housing across the region<br />

but like everything else when you are<br />

dealing with regional issues, you are<br />

just one vote amongst 21 people.<br />

MUA & TAMEIFUNA: Auckland has<br />

not built enough houses for the last<br />

30 years. This has meant that housing<br />

has become unaffordable for far too<br />

many Aucklanders. The Unitary Plan<br />

provides for 420,000 more houses to<br />

be built. Auckland Future has been<br />

supportive of the Unitary Plan since<br />

the Independent Hearings Panels<br />

reported back. The only way to make<br />

housing more affordable for more<br />

Aucklanders is to increase the supply<br />

of housing. Auckland Future has a<br />

range of initiatives to make sure that<br />

the Council delivers on its plan.<br />

4. Extend rail services<br />

to the airport?<br />

COLLINS: Yes. I still can’t understand<br />

why this hasn’t been done to this<br />

point in our history. I also support<br />

a heavy rail option to the airport.<br />

CORBETT: Yes. This is a critically<br />

important piece of infrastructure.<br />

Auckland Airport has accepted the<br />

reality of how a modern airport<br />

of this scale should operate and is<br />

building a railway station into the<br />

new terminal as we speak. They<br />

are yet to decide if it will be light<br />

or heavy rail but it will be rail.<br />

I will advocate to get a commitment<br />

from Council to build the airport<br />

branch line heavy rail from either<br />

Wiri or Onehunga. This must be<br />

decided and implemented now.<br />

FILIPAINA: I am on public<br />

record for supporting the heavy<br />

rail option to the airport.


7<br />

Which candidates will support the community campaign to save Ihumatao from the SHA housing project?<br />

MUA & TAMEIFUNA: There are<br />

many projects that Auckland needs<br />

to get underway to get Auckland<br />

moving again. Many of these come<br />

from the Unitary Plan, which is an<br />

integrated housing, transport, and<br />

infrastructure plan for Auckland.<br />

If a rail service to the airport<br />

stacks up economically, then we<br />

will support it, but it has to be<br />

judged alongside all the other big<br />

infrastructure needs that Auckland<br />

has over the next twenty years.<br />

5. Uphold local democracy?<br />

COLLINS: Yes. As a chair of a local<br />

board I am keenly aware of the views<br />

of local residents and am committed<br />

to ensuring that their views are heard<br />

and that they are provided with full<br />

and unprejudiced information.<br />

CORBETT: Yes. Our modern<br />

society is built on a foundation of<br />

democracy. We must ensure that<br />

tradition continues and flourishes.<br />

With recent government legislation,<br />

for example, the Special Housing<br />

Area Act 2013 removed the<br />

right of communities to be<br />

notified or to be able to object<br />

to zone changes for housing.<br />

The Local Government Act 2002<br />

Amendment Bill (No 2). will give the<br />

government the ability to appoint<br />

directors of Council Controlled<br />

Organisations (e.g. Watercare) instead<br />

of elected local representatives having<br />

that role. That’s hardly council control.<br />

The Government’s preoccupation<br />

with privatising public infrastructure<br />

will remove local accountability<br />

and decision making. The ability<br />

of Local Boards to advocate for<br />

their communities is also under<br />

huge pressure. The courageous<br />

Māngere/Ōtāhuhu Board was<br />

recently prevented by the Auckland<br />

Governing Body from objecting to<br />

the issuing of Liquor Licences in<br />

Māngere. The Chair, Lydia Sosene,<br />

was forced to pursue the case in<br />

a private capacity. In no way does<br />

this situation represent a model<br />

of effective local democracy.<br />

These attacks on basic democratic<br />

functions of our local bodies<br />

must be resisted strongly. I will<br />

advocate for strengthening the<br />

role of Local Boards and hold the<br />

Democracy Services division of<br />

Auckland Council to account.<br />

FILIPAINA: Yes. The Māngere-<br />

Ōtāhuhu Local Board is your<br />

local voice and they will<br />

continue to be that.<br />

MUA & TAMEIFUNA: We are<br />

deeply committed to ensuring that<br />

local democracy is maintained<br />

and strengthened, and that<br />

our communities are able to<br />

express their views and that<br />

Council hears our voice.<br />

6. Restrict liquor<br />

& gaming outlets?<br />

COLLINS: Totally. Liquor stores and<br />

pokie machines are an indictment<br />

on our Manukau area and South<br />

Auckland has more of these than<br />

other parts of Auckland. This is<br />

unacceptable and the poor are being<br />

preyed on by ruthless business<br />

owners and poor laws that allow for<br />

this. I have this term advanced the<br />

need to review District Licensing<br />

Committee (DLC) hearings so that<br />

community voices are heard and not<br />

made to feel belittled and intimidated.<br />

CORBETT: Yes. These businesses<br />

offering liquor and pokie machines<br />

are destroying people’s lives and have<br />

a huge negative impact on family<br />

and community welfare. We do not<br />

need a liquor store and a pokie outlet<br />

in every community shopping area.<br />

Our communities must decide where<br />

and how many of these outlets<br />

should be allowed, not the Liquor and<br />

Gaming industry as is happening now.<br />

Only 10% of the money generated in<br />

the pokies in Manukau is distributed<br />

to organisations in Manukau. Once<br />

again our community is being<br />

exploited and impoverished.<br />

I will advocate for community board<br />

control of licensing these outlets.<br />

FILIPAINA: Yes. I supported the<br />

Local Boards in their advocacy for<br />

a stronger voice in regards to the<br />

District Licensing Committee.<br />

MUA & TAMEIFUNA: This is<br />

an issue that frequently comes<br />

up when we are speaking to<br />

church-based communities and<br />

door knocking in Manukau.<br />

We strongly support the right of local<br />

communities to play an active part<br />

in the decisions about the number<br />

and density of liquor and gaming<br />

outlets in our communities.<br />

7. Upgrade community facilities?<br />

COLLINS: All our community facilities<br />

need to be well maintained and I<br />

have experienced a few in Ōtara that<br />

are desperately due for upgrading.<br />

Our locals deserve the best facilities<br />

which extend libraries, sports fields,<br />

community halls and the like.<br />

CORBETT: Yes. We must be creative<br />

and holistic in addressing how we<br />

keep our communities healthy,<br />

positive and safe. Well-funded and<br />

well maintained facilities are essential<br />

to achieving a good quality of life and<br />

a liveable city of vibrant communities.<br />

FILIPAINA: [No response]<br />

MUA & TAMEIFUNA: We will always<br />

support the development of the<br />

community facilities in Manukau. We<br />

believe we can do a lot better, through<br />

better representation at the Council<br />

table and better representation on<br />

our Local Boards to ensure that<br />

Manukau is getting a fair share<br />

of community facility funding.


8<br />

Reach new heights in trades<br />

It’s a common fact that many of our Māori and Pasifika young people are<br />

practical, hands-on learners who learn by doing; this is a great way to gain<br />

skills and learn a trade.<br />

By Dale Williams<br />

The Southern Initiative,<br />

through the Māori & Pasifika<br />

Trades Training programme,<br />

offers completely fees-free<br />

trades training that assists<br />

Māori and Pasifika aged<br />

16-40 years to become<br />

qualified in a trade.<br />

Opportunities are<br />

available to enter into an<br />

apprenticeship and become<br />

sustainably employed in the<br />

infrastructure, construction,<br />

horticulture, automotive<br />

and electrical industries.<br />

The Māori & Pasifika Trades<br />

Training programmes<br />

include work readiness, free<br />

driver-licence training, and<br />

a $1000 tools grant upon<br />

completion of training and<br />

once into employment.<br />

Trainees also benefit<br />

from employer links and<br />

exposure to the various<br />

trade-related industries.<br />

Currently, we have 33<br />

young women enrolled<br />

in The Southern Initiative<br />

Māori & Pasifika Trades<br />

Training programmes,<br />

and these trainees will<br />

be given opportunities to<br />

engage with our employers<br />

throughout their training.<br />

Employers have explained<br />

that there is a shortage of<br />

female trainees within the<br />

trades industries, and we<br />

collectively support raising<br />

the participation of female<br />

Māori and Pasifika aged<br />

16-40 into trades as an<br />

alternative career option.<br />

Discover your<br />

potential by learning<br />

a trade – what have<br />

you got to lose?<br />

When I visited Skills<br />

Update last month, I spoke<br />

to Sapphire Rauwhero-<br />

Ashworth, a female<br />

trainee enrolled in the<br />

automotive programme<br />

at the Māngere Branch.<br />

When I asked what<br />

she enjoyed most<br />

about the programme,<br />

her response was:<br />

“My automotive tutor<br />

inspires me to learn the<br />

skills needed for the trade.<br />

He is supportive and makes<br />

me want to learn and come<br />

to the course every day”.<br />

She continued to explain<br />

that “Being able to work<br />

with engines and going to<br />

an automotive workshop<br />

in the weekends helps<br />

me put into practice<br />

what is learnt in class”.<br />

The automotive<br />

programmes are currently<br />

being delivered at the<br />

Skills Update Training<br />

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Ph: 09 <strong>275</strong> 4332 Fax: 09 <strong>275</strong> 5420<br />

Email: officeadmin@bader.school.nz<br />

www.bader.school.nz<br />

Above: The team from Manukau City AFC<br />

CONGRATULATIONS<br />

Manukau City AFC!<br />

Manukau City AFC, which is based at Walter<br />

Massey Park in Māngere, is celebrating the final<br />

stages of a successful 2016 campaign, having<br />

won promotion to Division 1 of the Northern<br />

Regional Football League for next season.<br />

The team is also likely to take home the Championship<br />

title this year - at the time of writing they have just<br />

one game left. Congratulations to all involved!!


Cultural brothers<br />

& sisters at Bader<br />

Intermediate<br />

Community is everything,<br />

and we are blessed that<br />

Māngere has both a<br />

strong, unique identity<br />

and a cultural richness<br />

not seen anywhere<br />

else in New Zealand.<br />

In the spirit of building great<br />

communities, Sir Douglas Bader<br />

Intermediate and Māngere College<br />

have been working together more<br />

than ever to develop stronger<br />

links between the schools.<br />

One of the great initiatives to emerge<br />

is the tuakana-teina relationship, or<br />

big brother/sister supporting and<br />

guiding our younger students.<br />

Every week, a dedicated group<br />

of Māngere College students<br />

(Winners of the Samoan stage at<br />

Polyfest) tutor the Diversity Team<br />

at Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate<br />

in Pasfika dance and song.<br />

Danita Samuelu, Mema Futi,<br />

Fiapai Leota, Mike Sanerivi Pio<br />

and Clarance Soti dedicate their<br />

time and skill to supporting the<br />

talents of the students at Bader<br />

Intermediate, who hope to follow<br />

in their footsteps and represent<br />

Māngere College on the main stage<br />

at Polyfest in years to come.<br />

This is a great example of not only<br />

how the two schools have come<br />

together to support each other, but<br />

also the selfless commitment of older<br />

students supporting young people to<br />

explore and be proud of their culture<br />

and identity; while providing them<br />

with great community role models.<br />

Sia Halatanu and Pesi Tevaga,<br />

students at Bader Intermediate agree<br />

that the students from Māngere<br />

College make the learning fun. “They<br />

teach us things that we haven’t learnt<br />

before, so its new and exciting.”<br />

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Cameron (27), has recently gained his learner licence after<br />

four attempts. So, what made the difference this time?<br />

“The way Koia, the Behind The<br />

Wheel tutor, explained things helped<br />

– and the after-work classroom<br />

environment,” he explains.<br />

Cameron admits that in the past<br />

he’s driven without a licence due<br />

to pressure from friends and family.<br />

He’s had three cars impounded and<br />

received hefty fines: “Four hundred<br />

bucks every time!” Then he’s had<br />

to pay to get the cars released<br />

after 28 days. “If you don’t have<br />

the cash up front, the price [for<br />

the storage fees] keeps going up”,<br />

he says. “It’s just a massive hassle<br />

and very costly, especially when<br />

you have a family to support”.<br />

Cameron recommends other<br />

young people ignore the pressure<br />

-“it’s not worth the risk”- and join a<br />

driving course to get their licence:<br />

“Get it over and done with!”<br />

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Above: Behind The Wheel tutor Koia<br />

(right) congratulates Cameron (left)<br />

on receiving his learner licence.<br />

have the right licence. But it’s<br />

also important to keep them safe.<br />

Remember, you’re not only asking<br />

them to do something illegal but<br />

also putting them in an unsafe<br />

position. Let’s come together to<br />

look after our young people and<br />

find a safer option that doesn’t<br />

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without one, remind those who are<br />

pressuring you that you could face<br />

a fine of $100 and 35 demerit points.<br />

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conditions puts our young people<br />

and others on the road in danger.<br />

That’s why it’s important we help<br />

them to cope with any pressure to<br />

break these conditions – we can<br />

do this by role-playing or talking<br />

through what they might do to<br />

be prepared for these situations.<br />

Find out more about local driving courses at www.behindthewheel.<br />

nz or on Facebook@behindthewheelmangere<br />

9


10<br />

Eating healthy,<br />

staying healthy<br />

By Justine Skilling<br />

Waste Minimisation Facilitator<br />

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services<br />

Hari Narayan is a Māngere local with<br />

a wealth of gardening wisdom, which<br />

he freely shares with his community.<br />

Originally from Fiji, Hari came<br />

to New Zealand with 23 years’<br />

experience in the forestry industry.<br />

His family loved life in New Zealand,<br />

and Hari decided to retrain in<br />

horticulture as his ticket to stay.<br />

After working in logging and having to<br />

wait 10 years for trees to grow, he loved<br />

being able to see vegetables harvested<br />

and eaten only six weeks after planting!<br />

Hari completed his studies at MIT<br />

and by the time he graduated, was<br />

already teaching on the course.<br />

His first job took him to an organic<br />

farm, where it became clear to him<br />

that if you wanted to grow healthy<br />

vegetables, you needed healthy soil.<br />

“Healthy soil, healthy vegetables,<br />

healthy people”, says Hari.<br />

This learning has all come together<br />

in his current roles: working as an<br />

educator with both Gardens for<br />

Health and the Compost Collective.<br />

Above: Hari Narayan offers free gardening<br />

and composting workshops in Māngere.<br />

“Health is wealth...<br />

We spend a lot of money on<br />

our health, but prevention<br />

is always better than cure.”<br />

In Māngere, Hari works closely<br />

with seven community gardens,<br />

where he runs gardening and<br />

composting workshops and teaches<br />

people how to feed their families<br />

from their own backyards.<br />

“If you grow your own, you know<br />

what’s going into the soil and<br />

what’s in your food”, says Hari.<br />

“You can avoid the chemicals that<br />

are going into growing the food<br />

that’s sold in supermarkets."<br />

People don’t need to spend lots<br />

of money on gardening, Hari<br />

believes. Growing in containers that<br />

you recycle from your home and<br />

making your own compost and<br />

fertiliser from your household food<br />

scraps works well and helps the<br />

environment at the same time.<br />

“We should be proud Kiwis trying to<br />

stop waste going into landfill”, he says.<br />

Hari believes that it’s important for<br />

us to look ahead at the future for<br />

our children. “If we start educating<br />

our kids now, the future will be very<br />

bright for everyone”, he says. “We<br />

need to rethink our health and go<br />

back to the way things were in our<br />

grandparents time. They had their<br />

own ‘supermarkets’ in their backyards<br />

and grew food without chemicals”.<br />

Hari’s workshops, through<br />

the Compost Collective and<br />

Gardens for Health, are free.<br />

Check out the websites below to<br />

find out about upcoming workshops,<br />

or contact Hari directly at Kiwi<br />

Garden & Composting Ltd (ph.<br />

021 029 17519), if you’d like him<br />

to come and run a workshop in<br />

your neighbourhood or group.<br />

“Health is wealth”, says Hari.<br />

“We spend a lot of money on<br />

our health, but prevention is<br />

always better than cure”.<br />

www.compostcollective.org.nz<br />

www.dpt.org.nz/ourprogrammes/garden-4-health<br />

RISING<br />

STARS<br />

By Ernestina Maro<br />

Ex-Māngere College students Gloria Aiono and Tolu Lesa are representing New Zealand<br />

in volleyball and gridiron respectively.<br />

Gloria has recently returned from Australia, where she has been playing for the New<br />

Zealand Women’s Volleyball team in preparation for the Asian Volleyball Championship.<br />

Tolu Lesa is an up-and-coming star from the gridiron fields of South Auckland,<br />

who has managed to claim a spot in the NZ Gridiron team.<br />

Both these athletes have worked extremely hard to get to where they are. Your<br />

community congratulates you and your families on your successes and wish you<br />

both all the very best in your endeavours.<br />

NZ Volleyball & Gridiron Reps: Gloria Aiono (bottom row, second from right) and Tolu Lesa (below).


11<br />

MARAMATAKA<br />

SEPTEMBER 2016<br />

B y Ayla Hoeta<br />

Our tupuna created<br />

the maramataka (moon<br />

calendar) based on three<br />

connected elements:<br />

the sky (Te Rangi), the<br />

land (Te Whenua) and<br />

the water (Te Moana).<br />

By observing the sky, the<br />

land and water, we can<br />

predict activities in our<br />

natural environment.<br />

In last month’s <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> we<br />

introduced the dial which<br />

helps set the activities for<br />

each day of the month.<br />

To set your dial:<br />

1. Cut out the two circles.<br />

2. Place the small circle inside<br />

the large one and put a pin<br />

through the middle of both.<br />

3. Now you need to set the month,<br />

which starts on Rākaunui.<br />

Rākaunui falls one day before<br />

the full moon (West Coast) and<br />

on the full moon (East Coast).<br />

4. This <strong>September</strong>, the full moon<br />

is on the 17th, so rotate the<br />

small dial to make the number<br />

‘16’ line up with Rākaunui on<br />

the big dial. You should see<br />

that <strong>September</strong> 1 falls on Tirea.<br />

The 9th is Huna and the good<br />

fishing Tangaroa days are on<br />

<strong>September</strong> 22, 23 and 24.<br />

Now you’ve set your dial, you<br />

can start looking at key days of<br />

the month such as high energy<br />

days: Ōturu, Rākaunui and Rākau<br />

Mātohi (<strong>September</strong> 15 - 17). High<br />

energy days are best for planning<br />

events that require a lot of energy<br />

or working outside, e.g. planting<br />

crops like hue, kamokamo,<br />

watermelon and pumpkins.<br />

Another recent event was the<br />

coming of spring (Koanga).<br />

In the maramataka this is<br />

predicted by the sighting of two<br />

stars that rise before day break<br />

in the eastern sky. These stars<br />

are Whakaahu Kerekere (Pollux)<br />

and Whakaahu Rangi (Castor).<br />

This year, both stars were visible<br />

from about August 24, therefore<br />

contrary to popular belief, spring<br />

actually began on August 24<br />

not the 1st of <strong>September</strong>.<br />

There are many tohu/signs<br />

in our natural environment -<br />

like the kohurangi. When the<br />

kohurangi starts to flower it’s a<br />

sign that we can start planting<br />

crops. This year it flowered<br />

in mid-July. Really early!<br />

These tohu continue to help us<br />

understand and predict what is<br />

happening around us. By keeping<br />

up with the maramataka we<br />

too should be able to do this.<br />

In next month’s column will have<br />

more explanations of each Māori<br />

name in the dial as we head into<br />

the seven periods of summer.<br />

#watchthisspace<br />

* * *<br />

If you’re enjoying learning about<br />

the maramataka, why not head<br />

along to the Wananga Tirotiro<br />

Whetu/Free Science & Stargazing<br />

Expo on Sept 7. See the Community<br />

Notices on page 12 for details.<br />

More than just books<br />

Beside the village green<br />

is Māngere East’s best<br />

kept secret – our local<br />

library. The library is one<br />

of three in the Māngere<br />

area and one of 55 in the<br />

wider Auckland region.<br />

Joining is easy and<br />

gives you access to<br />

the whole network.<br />

The friendly staff are<br />

always on hand to<br />

show you around the<br />

collection, which includes<br />

an extensive range of<br />

electronic resources.<br />

They also offer computer<br />

services including printing,<br />

copying and scanning - and<br />

you can now print directly<br />

from your personal devices.<br />

The library is an active<br />

part of our local<br />

community, celebrating<br />

the diversity of our local<br />

people through culturally<br />

specific collections and<br />

annual language weeks.<br />

The next focus is on<br />

the Tongan language,<br />

beginning 4 <strong>September</strong>.<br />

Drop in for the weekly<br />

activities, a warm place to<br />

study or cosy up with a<br />

book, or even just to have a<br />

chat – everyone is welcome<br />

at Māngere East Library.<br />

Run, stroll, cycle or<br />

drive on down – there’s<br />

so much more to the<br />

library than books!<br />

Check out these<br />

regular activities:<br />

Knitting & Craft Club:<br />

Thursday 10.30am<br />

Any level welcome;<br />

learn something new<br />

or bring along a current<br />

project to work on.<br />

Above: You always get a warm welcome from the<br />

librarians at the Māngere East Library<br />

Wriggle & Rhyme:<br />

Tuesdays 11am<br />

Brain development through<br />

active movement to music<br />

for mums and babies.<br />

After School Club:<br />

Mondays & Thursdays 4pm<br />

Games, crafts and<br />

activities for primary to<br />

intermediate age kids.


12<br />

Community Notices<br />

ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT (A2E)<br />

All the tools you need to get a job. The A2E programme is a<br />

relaxed, informal session held in the Māngere Town Centre<br />

Library at 10:30am on Friday mornings. Meet other locals and<br />

hear from employers and training agencies about opportunities<br />

and advice that can assist you in your job search. All ages and<br />

backgrounds welcome.<br />

COMIC BOOK MONTH: MANGERE BRIDGE LIBRARY<br />

Delve into the world of comics with Comic Book Craft on Friday<br />

9 Sept at 3:30pm, Superhero Sing-a-long Storytime on Friday 16<br />

Sept at 10:30am and Superhero Sunday on 25 Sept. For more<br />

info, check out the library’s website or Facebook page, pop in, or<br />

contact the library on 09 636 6797 or email:<br />

Mangerebridge.library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.<br />

WANANGA TIROTIRO WHETU<br />

FREE SCIENCE & STARGAZING EXPO<br />

An introduction to science combined with mātauranga Māori<br />

and mātauranga Pasifika. Join Rereata Makiha and colleagues<br />

from the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions<br />

for a public workshop on 7 Sept from 6:30pm - 9pm at MIT,<br />

above the Manukau Train Station. Contact David Rameka:<br />

david.rameka@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.<br />

STRIVE SPRING CLEAN GARAGE SALE 2016<br />

A family and community event that attracts bargain-hunters<br />

from all over Auckland, and gives families, sports team, and<br />

community groups the opportunity to raise funds by selling<br />

things they no longer want. This year’s event will be held at Ngā<br />

Tapuwae Hall, 253 Buckland Rd, Māngere, on Saturday, 24 Sept,<br />

from 7am - midday. If you’d like to be a stallholder, call 09 255<br />

0144 or 021 0877 4234 or email matariki.strive@gmail.com.<br />

YOUNG WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP - MANGERE<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 />

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

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

MANGERE FRIENDSHIP GROUP<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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