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EDITION #24<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2016</strong><br />

275 times<br />

275<br />

Māngere’s<br />

times<br />

Free!<br />

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

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

Mangere East girl<br />

in Billy Elliot show<br />

When the Auckland Theatre Company’s<br />

production of Billy Elliot opens at the new ASB<br />

Waterfront Theatre on <strong>October</strong> 7, Tia Ormsby<br />

from Māngere East will be centre stage.<br />

The musical is based on a popular film about a boy<br />

who skips boxing class and sneaks off to ballet lessons<br />

instead – discovering his talent and passion for dance.<br />

Nine-year-old Tia, who goes to Papatoetoe North<br />

Primary School, plays Debbie, the daughter of Billy’s<br />

ballet teacher.<br />

Tia is looking forward to performing in the show. “I’m<br />

nervous because there’ll be a lot of people coming to<br />

watch, and really excited at the same time, because I’m<br />

performing on stage as much as possible,” she says.<br />

Tia likes the musical’s message about having the<br />

confidence to express yourself and follow your dreams.<br />

She has been dancing with The Renaissance School<br />

of Dance in Papatoetoe for seven years, and has<br />

previously appeared in shows at the Spotlight Theatre<br />

in Papatoetoe and the Papakura Theatre Company.<br />

Billy Elliot runs from Friday, 7 Oct to Sunday, 27 Nov.<br />

Left: Nine-year-old Tia Ormsby from Māngere East, performing at<br />

the Faces of Movement Performing Arts Competition earlier this<br />

year. (Photo: Nicole Randell - RawPhotography.Mx)<br />

Success for speech-makers from Te Kura Kaupapa a Rohe o Māngere<br />

Ngā Pū Kōrero o Āpōpō<br />

is a speech competition<br />

for rangatahi between<br />

the ages of 8 and 17, who<br />

live anywhere from Te<br />

Waipounamu (the South<br />

Island) through to Te<br />

Taitokerau (the Far North).<br />

This year the competition<br />

was hosted by Te Wānanga<br />

o Aotearoa in Māngere,<br />

alongside the annual<br />

conference of the Māori<br />

Women's Welfare League.<br />

The competition celebrated<br />

the fluency of the reo and<br />

the waiata sung throughout<br />

the day, as the audience<br />

witnessed the strength<br />

of the next generation.<br />

Everywhere the proud<br />

faces of grandparents and<br />

whānau showed their joy<br />

and their pride that the<br />

reo and tikanga practices<br />

of our tūpuna are strong<br />

among our rangatahi<br />

across the country.<br />

The competition was<br />

judged in six categories,<br />

and we are proud to<br />

announce that two of<br />

the six winners came<br />

from Te Kura Kaupapa a<br />

Rohe o Māngere: Junior<br />

boys - Potaua Hotene (12)<br />

and Intermediate boys -<br />

Tamakaimoana Hune (15).<br />

As a huge Māngere<br />

whānau we are so proud<br />

of all the participants who<br />

took part in this event.<br />

Above: Speech winner Potaua Hotene<br />

with Prue Kapua, president of the Māori<br />

Women's Welfare League<br />

WHAT’S INSIDE: P2: Boxing at Viscount P4: Neighbourhood Support Naylors Dr P5: Black Friars


2<br />

Tranzformers brings<br />

change through boxing<br />

Kia ora, my name is Robert MacFarlane. I’m a social worker for ME<br />

Family Services and I’m currently working in Viscount Learning<br />

Community, Māngere. My role at the school is to influence<br />

the learning and wellbeing of the children in our care.<br />

Earlier this year, with the support of<br />

principal Keith Gayford, and expert<br />

assistance from two coaches at<br />

SuperCity boxing gym in Manukau,<br />

we set up the ’Tranzformers’ Boxing<br />

Programme to help students who face<br />

extra challenges to their learning.<br />

During the programme, Coach<br />

Rob and Coach Cain focussed on<br />

teaching the values of “attitude,<br />

application and attendance”<br />

to help the students transform<br />

their learning and behaviour.<br />

On September 22, we held a boxing<br />

exhibition in the Viscount School Hall,<br />

which gave boys from Years 7 and 8<br />

an opportunity to spar in the ring.<br />

The purpose of this event was not<br />

only for the students to demonstrate<br />

their discipline, self-control<br />

and boxing skills, it was also an<br />

opportunity to recognise their<br />

achievements in the classroom,<br />

with certificates acknowledging<br />

how much progress they’d made.<br />

Parents, staff and selected classes<br />

attended the event to show their<br />

support for the students taking part.<br />

One of the fathers who came to<br />

the exhibition said that his son was<br />

now showing a lot of restraint with<br />

his anger at home. Feedback from<br />

teachers also indicated subtle but<br />

significant changes in the students<br />

who took part in the programme.<br />

As for the students themselves,<br />

most rated the experience as life<br />

changing in some respect.<br />

Above: Year 7 & 8 boys from Viscount Learning<br />

Community take part in a boxing exhibition at<br />

the end of the Tranzformers boxing programme.<br />

It was a privilege to have Viscount<br />

Learning Community adopt the<br />

Tranzformers boxing programme<br />

as another way to support the<br />

wellbeing of its children and to help<br />

them grow into effective learners.<br />

Getting licensed together<br />

Alexandria (21), from Māngere, recently<br />

attended the Behind the Wheel<br />

Learners Licence course held at the<br />

Māngere East Community Centre.<br />

She was a bit nervous to begin with. “I wasn’t sure<br />

what to expect really, but I was determined to get my<br />

licence," she says. “The class was really helpful and<br />

there were lots of other people learning just like me."<br />

After completing the two-week programme Alexandria<br />

was prepared for the test. She acknowledges the<br />

important role her whānau played in supporting her<br />

through to getting her licence. “The encouragement<br />

and support I got from my family really helped me," she<br />

says. “My dad drove me to the course and even sat in<br />

on the lessons too - it all added to my confidence”.<br />

The Behind the Wheel workshops and Pledge recognise<br />

the influence and importance of whānau support for those<br />

who are on their licensing journey, and how that support<br />

can help them get all the way through to their full licence.<br />

It can also be a motivator for others in the family who<br />

might be thinking of getting their licence too. “From seeing<br />

me do this [Behind the Wheel] course, my dad, brother,<br />

niece and sister-in-law are now all keen to get their next<br />

licences too.” Alexandria says, “It’s now a bit of fun - we<br />

can all test each other and keep each other motivated.”<br />

If you know a young person thinking about getting<br />

their licence, offering your support and encouragement<br />

to get there can make all the difference! You can<br />

start by joining a Pledge team with them to get FREE<br />

resources and access to awesome workshops.<br />

Above: Alexandria says support and encouragement<br />

from her family helped her get her learner licence.<br />

Visit www.behindthewheel.nz and register today.<br />

To find out more about workshops<br />

happening in Māngere, follow us on<br />

Facebook @behindthewheelmangere.<br />

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Jason helps Sela get her groove back<br />

"Sela seems to lead an<br />

ordinary dull life – at least<br />

that’s what she thinks when<br />

comparing it to other kids at<br />

her school. She hasn’t even<br />

been to Rainbow’s End!" says<br />

Jason Manumua, director of<br />

How Sela Got Her Groove<br />

Back, a new play produced<br />

by Good Seeds Trust.<br />

"To be able to get to<br />

Rainbows End would<br />

mean that she’d finally<br />

be like the other kids –<br />

and maybe life wouldn’t<br />

suck as much," he says.<br />

"This is how Sela's journey<br />

to Rainbows End begins,<br />

but she will come to<br />

know it’s the journey<br />

not the destination<br />

that really matters.”<br />

Jason is a graduate of<br />

the On-Screen Acting<br />

course at South Seas Film<br />

& Television school, as<br />

well as a graduate of the<br />

The Actors' Programme.<br />

A writer/director, Jason<br />

currently works with his<br />

local South Auckland OSCAR<br />

organisation, devising and<br />

producing community<br />

holiday kids shows.<br />

After forming the Tongan<br />

Creatives Collective in 2012,<br />

he co-wrote, acted and<br />

directed in two seasons<br />

of The Tongan Morris<br />

Men, the group's most<br />

popular production.<br />

In 2015, the Tongan<br />

Creatives Collective<br />

committed to supporting<br />

the Mahina Arts Festival in<br />

Tonga; presenting work,<br />

creative workshops and<br />

cultural development.<br />

Jason has worked for Good<br />

Seed Trust for nearly two<br />

years and is a talented<br />

director and producer,<br />

as well as an actor.<br />

He performed in the recent<br />

production of Macbeth at<br />

the Māngere Arts Centre,<br />

Above: Jason Manumua, director of How Sela Got Her Groove Back,<br />

a new play for Good Seed Trust.<br />

and he’s often found at the<br />

arts centre either directing<br />

or in character. He is<br />

described as a dedicated<br />

and local staff member with<br />

a heart of gold - for the<br />

community and the children.<br />

Good Seed Trust run OSCAR<br />

services and two holiday<br />

programmes in Māngere.<br />

How Sela Got Her Groove<br />

Back is the second production<br />

that Good Seed Trust<br />

have staged, involving<br />

children and staff from<br />

their holiday programme.<br />

The children have no<br />

previous training in theatre<br />

or dance and singing, and<br />

all rehearsals are done at the<br />

Māngere Arts Centre during<br />

holiday programme hours.<br />

The children still enjoy<br />

their normal programme<br />

and excursions as well.<br />

Last year’s production,<br />

Isitolo and the Magic Paint<br />

Brush, was a big hit, with 90<br />

children and 10 staff in the<br />

cast. Both shows sold out,<br />

so this year's production<br />

will have four sessions to<br />

cater for the high demand.<br />

Community and other<br />

after school and holiday<br />

programmes are welcome<br />

to attend the show at the<br />

Māngere Arts Centre on 5<br />

and 6 <strong>October</strong>. The cost<br />

is $5 for adults and $2 for<br />

and children under 12yrs.<br />

Ph: 2751065 or 2751069<br />

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Below: Cast members rehearse for How Sela Got Her Groove Back<br />

5-6<br />

OCT<strong>2016</strong><br />

KIDS SCHOOL<br />

HOLIDAY SHOW<br />

Mon - 12pm Matinee & 7pm<br />

Tues - 12pm Matinee & 7pm<br />

nga tohu o uenuku<br />

INFO: 'N'N'N.E\JENTFIND/1.CO.NZ


4<br />

Neighbourhood Support in Naylors Drive<br />

A new<br />

Neighbourhood<br />

Support group is<br />

set to kick off in<br />

Māngere, following<br />

a successful<br />

community<br />

event at the Old<br />

School Reserve.<br />

By Justine Skilling<br />

Waste Minimisation Facilitator<br />

Talking Rubbish, ME<br />

Family Services<br />

Driven by local resident<br />

Toni Helleur with help from<br />

several local community<br />

groups, the event was<br />

an opportunity for<br />

Naylors Drive cul-de-sac<br />

residents to meet each<br />

other and to hear about<br />

Neighbourhood Support<br />

(NS) and other resources<br />

in their local community.<br />

They also got to meet<br />

members of the Māngere<br />

South Neighbourhood<br />

Policing Team, including<br />

Constable Merihera Tipene,<br />

who played a big role in<br />

co-ordinating the day.<br />

NS District Representative<br />

Ho Yoong Hoh introduced<br />

the concept of NS. He<br />

explained that the aim of<br />

NS is not only to reduce<br />

crime and look after one<br />

another’s safety, but also to<br />

get to know our neighbours<br />

so we can support one<br />

another and share resources.<br />

The group then learned<br />

about a little-known<br />

neighbourhood treasure:<br />

the Old School Reserve<br />

Teaching Gardens. Garden<br />

co-ordinators Yvonne<br />

Thomas and Graeme<br />

Hanson invited everyone<br />

to visit and make use of<br />

this fantastic resource. The<br />

gardens have plots available<br />

for local residents to grow<br />

their own vegetables, with<br />

mentoring from Yvonne<br />

and Graeme if needed.<br />

The focus then turned to<br />

food waste, as the Teaching<br />

Above & Below: Naylors Drive residents and organisers at the Neighbourhood Support event.<br />

Gardens are also opening up<br />

to neighbours who’d like to<br />

keep food waste out of their<br />

rubbish, but don’t have room<br />

for a compost bin or garden.<br />

Koia Teinakore from Talking<br />

Rubbish (ME Family Services)<br />

introduced Bokashi bins,<br />

which can be used to<br />

separate food waste from<br />

general rubbish in small<br />

houses or apartments.<br />

All food waste, including<br />

cooked food, meat and<br />

dairy products can be put<br />

into a Bokashi bin, which<br />

pickles the food waste<br />

rather than composting it.<br />

Neighbours will be able to<br />

attend a Bokashi workshop,<br />

receive assistance with<br />

setting up their own<br />

Bokashi bin, and then drop<br />

the pickled waste at the<br />

Auckland Teaching Garden<br />

once their bin is full.<br />

"The aim of Neighbourhood Support is not only to<br />

reduce crime and look after one another’s safety,<br />

but also to get to know our neighbours so we<br />

can support one another and share resources."<br />

The group then visited<br />

the Nukutukulea Aoga<br />

Niue ECE open day. A<br />

delicious zero-waste meal<br />

awaited, courtesy of the<br />

NS group, ReleaseWorks,<br />

Toni Helleur’s family and<br />

former resident Ferin Khan.<br />

The umu and biryani on<br />

offer reflected the diverse<br />

cultures on Naylors Drive,<br />

and the red cabbage<br />

bowls and garden salad<br />

signalled a commitment<br />

to waste minimisation<br />

and healthy kai.<br />

The group mixed and<br />

mingled, received free blood<br />

pressure checks from a<br />

Turuki Healthcare nurse,<br />

heard about a free Māngere<br />

support group for a low-carb<br />

healthy-fat lifestyle, received<br />

information from On Point<br />

Financial Advisors’ director<br />

Letisha Tan, and sampled<br />

locally made natural<br />

products from Totally Toha.<br />

The event was a wonderful<br />

opportunity for Naylors<br />

Drive neighbours to<br />

meet each other, find out<br />

what’s happening in their<br />

community, and to start<br />

planning some new NS<br />

groups in their area.<br />

Well done to everyone<br />

involved!


5<br />

Saluting the Black Friars<br />

By Gabriel Faatau’uu<br />

Photos: Penina Momoisea<br />

Back in 2014, the Black<br />

Friars put on ‘The<br />

Merchant of Venice’<br />

at the Māngere Arts<br />

Centre. At the time, I had<br />

recently started a new<br />

job as an usher at the<br />

Centre, while still working<br />

fulltime elsewhere.<br />

I remember turning up to my shift<br />

and laughing when I was told what<br />

the show was. ‘The Merchant’<br />

was a play I’d learned about at<br />

university in Wellington. I rolled my<br />

eyes thinking that a Pacific-based<br />

South Auckland group would have<br />

no idea what they were doing.<br />

Boy was I wrong. After watching<br />

their performance, I was completely<br />

blown away - everything from the<br />

costuming to the acting and dancing<br />

had inspired me, and I knew there<br />

was hope for Pacific theatre.<br />

In May 2015, I left my fulltime job<br />

to pursue a career in the arts. The<br />

Māngere Arts Centre has been<br />

amazing and through them I have<br />

come across talents from all walks of<br />

life - talents who I knew by face and<br />

name, but not on a personal level.<br />

Being part of the show Macbeth,<br />

directed by Michelle Johansson,<br />

gave me the opportunity to not only<br />

perform at my workplace, but to<br />

work alongside and share the same<br />

stage with fellow actors whom I<br />

have watched perform for the past<br />

two years. We have formed a great<br />

friendship and sense of family, too.<br />

I feel truly proud and privileged to<br />

have worked on this project. And<br />

I’m somewhat embarrassed that I<br />

doubted the Black Friars. The group<br />

formed 10 years ago to prove to<br />

doubters like my previous-self, that<br />

Shakespeare is possible in South<br />

Auckland and for the next generation.<br />

I am immensely honoured to know<br />

that we sold out several Shakespeare<br />

shows in South Auckland.<br />

Above & Below: Scenes from the Black Friars’<br />

performance of ‘Macbeth’ at Māngere Arts<br />

Centre in September.<br />

I’m excited about the next<br />

Black Friars project, and I can’t<br />

wait to do it all over again.


6<br />

MARAMATAKA<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2016</strong><br />

Kia ora tātou, we’re<br />

into our third edition<br />

of the maramataka<br />

(moon calendar)..<br />

By Ayla Hoeta<br />

Just to recap, the maramataka<br />

is based on three connected<br />

elements: the sky (Te<br />

Rangi), land (Te Whenua)<br />

and water (Te Moana). By<br />

observing these elements,<br />

we can predict activities in<br />

our natural environment.<br />

Cut out & keep your lunar calendar<br />

You can use the dials printed<br />

here to align each day of the<br />

year to predicted activities.<br />

These are steps 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 set the month, which<br />

starts on Rakaunui. Rakaunui<br />

falls one day before the full<br />

moon (West Coast) and on<br />

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

4. In <strong>October</strong>, the full moon is on<br />

the 16th, so rotate the small dial<br />

until the number ‘15’ lines up with<br />

‘Rakaunui’ on the big dial. You<br />

should see that <strong>October</strong> 1st falls<br />

on Ohoata. The 19th is Korekore<br />

te whiwhia, which is a day to<br />

rest. The good fishing Tangaroa<br />

days are on <strong>October</strong> 22 - 24.<br />

Now that you’ve set your dial you can<br />

look at key days of the month - high<br />

energy days, planting and fishing.<br />

High energy days are Ōturu, Rākaunui<br />

and<br />

Rākau<br />

Mātohi,<br />

(<strong>October</strong><br />

15 - 17). These days are<br />

best for activities that require<br />

more energy such outdoor<br />

events, or planting crops.<br />

The maramataka not only allows<br />

us to predict days of the month<br />

but also the coming of seasons<br />

and different parts of the season.<br />

According to our oral traditions<br />

handed down through a series of<br />

whare wānanga, we have seven<br />

periods of summer (raumati).Each<br />

period is indicated by identifiable<br />

patterns of flowering trees, ripening<br />

berries and so on. These act as<br />

visual cues to let us know where<br />

we are in the summer months.<br />

The seven periods are:<br />

Matiti Kura: This is the first phase. It is<br />

triggered by the ripening of the small<br />

red berries in the bush. The time<br />

frame is toward the end of <strong>October</strong>.<br />

Matiti Hana: The second<br />

phase is recognisable when<br />

the puawananga or puareinga<br />

(clematis) flowers turn the canopy<br />

of the forest a brilliant white.<br />

Matiti Muramura: The third<br />

phase is noted for the flowering<br />

of the northern rātā and the old<br />

pohutukawa.<br />

The canopy<br />

turns from white<br />

(hana) to red (muramura).<br />

Matiti Kaiwai: Is known as the<br />

middle of summer. This is when<br />

the ground is so dry it opens<br />

up and thirsts for water.<br />

Matiti Raurehu: The fifth phase is<br />

the most difficult to detect. It usually<br />

occurs in early February. It may even<br />

precede the rise of the harvest star<br />

Whanui, but we have yet to confirm<br />

that. You can recognise this phase<br />

by a white dust-like substance on<br />

the lawn that resembles a frost.<br />

Matiti Rautapata: The sixth phase<br />

is easily identifiable if you are near<br />

the bush. This is when the seed<br />

pods burst and the seeds fall (tapata)<br />

onto the dry leaf bed below.<br />

Matiti Rauangina: This is the last<br />

phase of summer and is very easy<br />

to identify. Just keep an eye out for<br />

leaves that swing to and fro as they<br />

fall from the trees. This rhythmic<br />

dance is called ‘te angina’ or free fall.<br />

I myself am super excited about the<br />

coming of summer and will be more<br />

observant of the flowering patterns<br />

closer to the end of this month.<br />

You can contact me on Facebook<br />

for further information: Ayla Hoeta<br />

– Miss Five Crowns NZ Finalist.


Upskilling & fixing faults<br />

By Robyn Yousef<br />

Photo: Alan Stevens<br />

Leonora Marsh-Ngatai<br />

gained her New Zealand<br />

Certificate in Infrastructure<br />

Works - Level 2 by studying<br />

full time at The Solomon<br />

Group, based in Panmure.<br />

Upon completion of<br />

her training through the<br />

Southern Initiative’s Māori<br />

and Pasifika Trades Training,<br />

she successfully secured<br />

fulltime employment<br />

with Watercare.<br />

Leonora (known as Leo)<br />

works as a drainage<br />

serviceperson, a role that<br />

involves maintaining<br />

Watercare’s network of<br />

wastewater pipes and pump<br />

stations. She is now engaged<br />

in further study towards the<br />

New Zealand Certificate<br />

in Water Reticulation –<br />

Wastewater – Level 3.<br />

She says, “I had been<br />

employed in seasonal<br />

work or a combination of<br />

casual jobs, and I really<br />

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TRADES TRAINING<br />

AGES 16 ­ 40<br />

EMPLOYMENT LINKS<br />

wanted a steady job for a<br />

40-hour week. I read the<br />

advertisement about the<br />

Infrastructure programme on<br />

offer at Solomon Group and<br />

immediately knew that this<br />

could be a possibility for me.”<br />

Leo, a mother of three,<br />

was raised by her paternal<br />

grandparents in Pukekohe.<br />

She attended Puni Primary<br />

School and then Pukekohe<br />

Intermediate and Pukekohe<br />

High School. She really<br />

struggled with literacy<br />

during her schooling, but<br />

was determined to get help.<br />

“I got great help from my<br />

tutor, Singa Falanitule, at<br />

the Solomon Group, where<br />

I completed my trades<br />

training in Infrastructure<br />

Works, and I continue to<br />

get on-going support from<br />

her when needed. Now my<br />

reading and writing is not<br />

an issue and I have heaps<br />

of confidence – I am not<br />

shy and will give it a go.”<br />

TOOLS GRANT<br />

DRIVERS LICENSING SUPPORT<br />

For more information visit www.mptt.co.nz or Free phone (0800) 874­678<br />

The Solomon Group is<br />

a Maori Private Training<br />

Establishment (PTE) that<br />

offers fee-free trades training<br />

opportunities through<br />

the Southern Initiative for<br />

those aged 16–40 years<br />

and who are of Maori or<br />

Pasifika descent. They<br />

empower people through<br />

training programmes<br />

in trade skills, leading<br />

to apprenticeships and<br />

sustainable employment.<br />

The programme Leo<br />

completed is 12 weeks<br />

long and focuses on the<br />

infrastructure sector,<br />

helping to address the skills<br />

shortage in Auckland.<br />

Watercare is among a<br />

number of Auckland<br />

organisations that have<br />

committed their support<br />

to graduates from Maori<br />

and Pasifika Trades<br />

Training programmes.<br />

Leo is one of six Southern<br />

Initiative graduates that<br />

have been employed by<br />

Watercare since April.<br />

Dale Williams from<br />

the Southern Initiative,<br />

responsible for recruitment<br />

co-ordination and quality<br />

control, is delighted with<br />

the progress Leo has<br />

made during her time with<br />

the Solomon Group and<br />

also in her six months (to<br />

date) at Watercare, where<br />

she has been employed<br />

fulltime since completing<br />

her 12-week course.<br />

Leo initially started in<br />

Watercare’s maintenance<br />

services reinstatement team<br />

where she quickly learned<br />

how to clean up wastewater<br />

faults throughout Watercare’s<br />

network. Since completing<br />

her immunisations and<br />

special drainage training, Leo<br />

has moved into the drainage<br />

team where she identifies,<br />

locates and repairs faults<br />

in the wastewater network<br />

pipes and pump stations.<br />

Watercare’s Infrastructure<br />

Delivery General Manager,<br />

ADVERTORIAL<br />

LEONORA MARSH-NGATAI | SERVICE TECHNICIAN, WATERCARE, P<br />

Above: Leo Marsh-Ngatai works<br />

as a drainage serviceperson for<br />

Watercare, where she identifies,<br />

locates and repairs faults.<br />

Steve Webster, says,<br />

“We are proud to have<br />

Leonora as a Watercare<br />

team member. She has<br />

enthusiastically learned the<br />

requirements of the role<br />

and continues to expand<br />

her knowledge in her role<br />

and through further study.”<br />

Dale says, “She really is<br />

an inspiration to other<br />

mothers who stem from<br />

similar backgrounds. She<br />

has completely turned<br />

her life around through<br />

trades and we hope to<br />

share her testimonial to<br />

inspire and encourage<br />

the participation of more<br />

females in the trades.”<br />

Leo says her next goal is<br />

to complete her current<br />

studies, enabling her<br />

to continue her career<br />

advancement at Watercare.<br />

“The team at Watercare is<br />

so supportive and I enjoy<br />

working in wastewater<br />

reticulation, it’s awesome<br />

knowing that I play a role in<br />

helping Watercare deliver<br />

Auckland’s wastewater safely<br />

to the treatment plants.”<br />

For more information on<br />

Maori and Pacific Trades<br />

Training Programmes,<br />

visit www.mptt.co.nz<br />

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Community Notices<br />

MANGERE OTAHUHU ATHLETICS CLUB<br />

The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Athletics Club invites registrations<br />

for its first ever full summer season. The club caters for<br />

children and youth aged from two to 18. Fully trained coaches<br />

ensure a quality learning experience, and the club provides<br />

an opportunity for children to participate in social and/or<br />

competitive athletics. See the club’s Facebook page ‘Mangere<br />

Otahuhu Athletics Club’ for more details.<br />

CREATIVE PROJECTS WANTED<br />

Are you a local performer, musician, creative, artist or<br />

community organisation? Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Arts Brokers are<br />

looking for ideas for creative projects that happen in and with<br />

local communities. If your project is selected, the Arts Brokers<br />

can support you to fulfil your vision, assist with funding, and<br />

also help to find the right location or people for you to work<br />

with. Come to a community meeting to meet the Brokers and<br />

find out more: Wednesday, <strong>October</strong> 12 at 6.30pm, Māngere<br />

Community House, Robertson Rd. Full info is available at:<br />

mangereotahuhuarts.org.nz/news<br />

HAVING A BABY?<br />

Mellow Bumps antenatal group starts Wednesday 12th <strong>October</strong>,<br />

10am - 12.30pm at Māngere East Community Centre. To enrol,<br />

call 09 263-0798 or email: tawera.ormsby@ohomairangi.co.nz<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 />

MANGERE EAST COMMUNITY SURVEY<br />

The Māngere East ACCESS Trust and partners have contracted<br />

Visitor Solutions to conduct an independent evaluation of the<br />

potential need for and feasibility of a new community facility<br />

at Walter Massey Park in Māngere East. This work builds on<br />

findings from earlier research undertaken in the Māngere East<br />

area in 2015.<br />

You can fill in the survey online via http://www.surveygizmo.<br />

com/s3/3004001/Mangere-East-Community-Survey<br />

OR www.facebook.com/MangereEastCommunityCentre.<br />

Your response is confidential and will not be connected to<br />

you in any way. If you have any questions about the survey,<br />

please contact Richard Griffiths at Visitor Solutions: rgriffiths@<br />

visitorsolutions.net or Hone Fowler at the Māngere East<br />

Community Centre: hone@mangereeast.org.<br />

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