Our stories, our people, our Māngere
Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou
Mangere East girl
in Billy Elliot show
When the Auckland Theatre Company’s
production of Billy Elliot opens at the new ASB
Waterfront Theatre on October 7, Tia Ormsby
from Māngere East will be centre stage.
The musical is based on a popular film about a boy
who skips boxing class and sneaks off to ballet lessons
instead – discovering his talent and passion for dance.
Nine-year-old Tia, who goes to Papatoetoe North
Primary School, plays Debbie, the daughter of Billy’s
Tia is looking forward to performing in the show. “I’m
nervous because there’ll be a lot of people coming to
watch, and really excited at the same time, because I’m
performing on stage as much as possible,” she says.
Tia likes the musical’s message about having the
confidence to express yourself and follow your dreams.
She has been dancing with The Renaissance School
of Dance in Papatoetoe for seven years, and has
previously appeared in shows at the Spotlight Theatre
in Papatoetoe and the Papakura Theatre Company.
Billy Elliot runs from Friday, 7 Oct to Sunday, 27 Nov.
Left: Nine-year-old Tia Ormsby from Māngere East, performing at
the Faces of Movement Performing Arts Competition earlier this
year. (Photo: Nicole Randell - RawPhotography.Mx)
Success for speech-makers from Te Kura Kaupapa a Rohe o Māngere
Ngā Pū Kōrero o Āpōpō
is a speech competition
for rangatahi between
the ages of 8 and 17, who
live anywhere from Te
Waipounamu (the South
Island) through to Te
Taitokerau (the Far North).
This year the competition
was hosted by Te Wānanga
o Aotearoa in Māngere,
alongside the annual
conference of the Māori
Women's Welfare League.
The competition celebrated
the fluency of the reo and
the waiata sung throughout
the day, as the audience
witnessed the strength
of the next generation.
Everywhere the proud
faces of grandparents and
whānau showed their joy
and their pride that the
reo and tikanga practices
of our tūpuna are strong
among our rangatahi
across the country.
The competition was
judged in six categories,
and we are proud to
announce that two of
the six winners came
from Te Kura Kaupapa a
Rohe o Māngere: Junior
boys - Potaua Hotene (12)
and Intermediate boys -
Tamakaimoana Hune (15).
As a huge Māngere
whānau we are so proud
of all the participants who
took part in this event.
Above: Speech winner Potaua Hotene
with Prue Kapua, president of the Māori
Women's Welfare League
WHAT’S INSIDE: P2: Boxing at Viscount P4: Neighbourhood Support Naylors Dr P5: Black Friars
change through boxing
Kia ora, my name is Robert MacFarlane. I’m a social worker for ME
Family Services and I’m currently working in Viscount Learning
Community, Māngere. My role at the school is to influence
the learning and wellbeing of the children in our care.
Earlier this year, with the support of
principal Keith Gayford, and expert
assistance from two coaches at
SuperCity boxing gym in Manukau,
we set up the ’Tranzformers’ Boxing
Programme to help students who face
extra challenges to their learning.
During the programme, Coach
Rob and Coach Cain focussed on
teaching the values of “attitude,
application and attendance”
to help the students transform
their learning and behaviour.
On September 22, we held a boxing
exhibition in the Viscount School Hall,
which gave boys from Years 7 and 8
an opportunity to spar in the ring.
The purpose of this event was not
only for the students to demonstrate
their discipline, self-control
and boxing skills, it was also an
opportunity to recognise their
achievements in the classroom,
with certificates acknowledging
how much progress they’d made.
Parents, staff and selected classes
attended the event to show their
support for the students taking part.
One of the fathers who came to
the exhibition said that his son was
now showing a lot of restraint with
his anger at home. Feedback from
teachers also indicated subtle but
significant changes in the students
who took part in the programme.
As for the students themselves,
most rated the experience as life
changing in some respect.
Above: Year 7 & 8 boys from Viscount Learning
Community take part in a boxing exhibition at
the end of the Tranzformers boxing programme.
It was a privilege to have Viscount
Learning Community adopt the
Tranzformers boxing programme
as another way to support the
wellbeing of its children and to help
them grow into effective learners.
Getting licensed together
Alexandria (21), from Māngere, recently
attended the Behind the Wheel
Learners Licence course held at the
Māngere East Community Centre.
She was a bit nervous to begin with. “I wasn’t sure
what to expect really, but I was determined to get my
licence," she says. “The class was really helpful and
there were lots of other people learning just like me."
After completing the two-week programme Alexandria
was prepared for the test. She acknowledges the
important role her whānau played in supporting her
through to getting her licence. “The encouragement
and support I got from my family really helped me," she
says. “My dad drove me to the course and even sat in
on the lessons too - it all added to my confidence”.
The Behind the Wheel workshops and Pledge recognise
the influence and importance of whānau support for those
who are on their licensing journey, and how that support
can help them get all the way through to their full licence.
It can also be a motivator for others in the family who
might be thinking of getting their licence too. “From seeing
me do this [Behind the Wheel] course, my dad, brother,
niece and sister-in-law are now all keen to get their next
licences too.” Alexandria says, “It’s now a bit of fun - we
can all test each other and keep each other motivated.”
If you know a young person thinking about getting
their licence, offering your support and encouragement
to get there can make all the difference! You can
start by joining a Pledge team with them to get FREE
resources and access to awesome workshops.
Above: Alexandria says support and encouragement
from her family helped her get her learner licence.
Visit www.behindthewheel.nz and register today.
To find out more about workshops
happening in Māngere, follow us on
Jason helps Sela get her groove back
"Sela seems to lead an
ordinary dull life – at least
that’s what she thinks when
comparing it to other kids at
her school. She hasn’t even
been to Rainbow’s End!" says
Jason Manumua, director of
How Sela Got Her Groove
Back, a new play produced
by Good Seeds Trust.
"To be able to get to
Rainbows End would
mean that she’d finally
be like the other kids –
and maybe life wouldn’t
suck as much," he says.
"This is how Sela's journey
to Rainbows End begins,
but she will come to
know it’s the journey
not the destination
that really matters.”
Jason is a graduate of
the On-Screen Acting
course at South Seas Film
& Television school, as
well as a graduate of the
The Actors' Programme.
A writer/director, Jason
currently works with his
local South Auckland OSCAR
organisation, devising and
holiday kids shows.
After forming the Tongan
Creatives Collective in 2012,
he co-wrote, acted and
directed in two seasons
of The Tongan Morris
Men, the group's most
In 2015, the Tongan
committed to supporting
the Mahina Arts Festival in
Tonga; presenting work,
creative workshops and
Jason has worked for Good
Seed Trust for nearly two
years and is a talented
director and producer,
as well as an actor.
He performed in the recent
production of Macbeth at
the Māngere Arts Centre,
Above: Jason Manumua, director of How Sela Got Her Groove Back,
a new play for Good Seed Trust.
and he’s often found at the
arts centre either directing
or in character. He is
described as a dedicated
and local staff member with
a heart of gold - for the
community and the children.
Good Seed Trust run OSCAR
services and two holiday
programmes in Māngere.
How Sela Got Her Groove
Back is the second production
that Good Seed Trust
have staged, involving
children and staff from
their holiday programme.
The children have no
previous training in theatre
or dance and singing, and
all rehearsals are done at the
Māngere Arts Centre during
holiday programme hours.
The children still enjoy
their normal programme
and excursions as well.
Last year’s production,
Isitolo and the Magic Paint
Brush, was a big hit, with 90
children and 10 staff in the
cast. Both shows sold out,
so this year's production
will have four sessions to
cater for the high demand.
Community and other
after school and holiday
programmes are welcome
to attend the show at the
Māngere Arts Centre on 5
and 6 October. The cost
is $5 for adults and $2 for
and children under 12yrs.
Ph: 2751065 or 2751069
Below: Cast members rehearse for How Sela Got Her Groove Back
Mon - 12pm Matinee & 7pm
Tues - 12pm Matinee & 7pm
nga tohu o uenuku
Neighbourhood Support in Naylors Drive
Support group is
set to kick off in
event at the Old
By Justine Skilling
Waste Minimisation Facilitator
Talking Rubbish, ME
Driven by local resident
Toni Helleur with help from
several local community
groups, the event was
an opportunity for
Naylors Drive cul-de-sac
residents to meet each
other and to hear about
(NS) and other resources
in their local community.
They also got to meet
members of the Māngere
Policing Team, including
Constable Merihera Tipene,
who played a big role in
co-ordinating the day.
NS District Representative
Ho Yoong Hoh introduced
the concept of NS. He
explained that the aim of
NS is not only to reduce
crime and look after one
another’s safety, but also to
get to know our neighbours
so we can support one
another and share resources.
The group then learned
about a little-known
the Old School Reserve
Teaching Gardens. Garden
Thomas and Graeme
Hanson invited everyone
to visit and make use of
this fantastic resource. The
gardens have plots available
for local residents to grow
their own vegetables, with
mentoring from Yvonne
and Graeme if needed.
The focus then turned to
food waste, as the Teaching
Above & Below: Naylors Drive residents and organisers at the Neighbourhood Support event.
Gardens are also opening up
to neighbours who’d like to
keep food waste out of their
rubbish, but don’t have room
for a compost bin or garden.
Koia Teinakore from Talking
Rubbish (ME Family Services)
introduced Bokashi bins,
which can be used to
separate food waste from
general rubbish in small
houses or apartments.
All food waste, including
cooked food, meat and
dairy products can be put
into a Bokashi bin, which
pickles the food waste
rather than composting it.
Neighbours will be able to
attend a Bokashi workshop,
receive assistance with
setting up their own
Bokashi bin, and then drop
the pickled waste at the
Auckland Teaching Garden
once their bin is full.
"The aim of Neighbourhood Support is not only to
reduce crime and look after one another’s safety,
but also to get to know our neighbours so we
can support one another and share resources."
The group then visited
the Nukutukulea Aoga
Niue ECE open day. A
delicious zero-waste meal
awaited, courtesy of the
NS group, ReleaseWorks,
Toni Helleur’s family and
former resident Ferin Khan.
The umu and biryani on
offer reflected the diverse
cultures on Naylors Drive,
and the red cabbage
bowls and garden salad
signalled a commitment
to waste minimisation
and healthy kai.
The group mixed and
mingled, received free blood
pressure checks from a
Turuki Healthcare nurse,
heard about a free Māngere
support group for a low-carb
healthy-fat lifestyle, received
information from On Point
Financial Advisors’ director
Letisha Tan, and sampled
locally made natural
products from Totally Toha.
The event was a wonderful
opportunity for Naylors
Drive neighbours to
meet each other, find out
what’s happening in their
community, and to start
planning some new NS
groups in their area.
Well done to everyone
Saluting the Black Friars
By Gabriel Faatau’uu
Photos: Penina Momoisea
Back in 2014, the Black
Friars put on ‘The
Merchant of Venice’
at the Māngere Arts
Centre. At the time, I had
recently started a new
job as an usher at the
Centre, while still working
I remember turning up to my shift
and laughing when I was told what
the show was. ‘The Merchant’
was a play I’d learned about at
university in Wellington. I rolled my
eyes thinking that a Pacific-based
South Auckland group would have
no idea what they were doing.
Boy was I wrong. After watching
their performance, I was completely
blown away - everything from the
costuming to the acting and dancing
had inspired me, and I knew there
was hope for Pacific theatre.
In May 2015, I left my fulltime job
to pursue a career in the arts. The
Māngere Arts Centre has been
amazing and through them I have
come across talents from all walks of
life - talents who I knew by face and
name, but not on a personal level.
Being part of the show Macbeth,
directed by Michelle Johansson,
gave me the opportunity to not only
perform at my workplace, but to
work alongside and share the same
stage with fellow actors whom I
have watched perform for the past
two years. We have formed a great
friendship and sense of family, too.
I feel truly proud and privileged to
have worked on this project. And
I’m somewhat embarrassed that I
doubted the Black Friars. The group
formed 10 years ago to prove to
doubters like my previous-self, that
Shakespeare is possible in South
Auckland and for the next generation.
I am immensely honoured to know
that we sold out several Shakespeare
shows in South Auckland.
Above & Below: Scenes from the Black Friars’
performance of ‘Macbeth’ at Māngere Arts
Centre in September.
I’m excited about the next
Black Friars project, and I can’t
wait to do it all over again.
Kia ora tātou, we’re
into our third edition
of the maramataka
By Ayla Hoeta
Just to recap, the maramataka
is based on three connected
elements: the sky (Te
Rangi), land (Te Whenua)
and water (Te Moana). By
observing these elements,
we can predict activities in
our natural environment.
Cut out & keep your lunar calendar
You can use the dials printed
here to align each day of the
year to predicted activities.
These are steps to set your dial:
1. Cut out the two circles.
2. Place the small circle inside
the large one and put a pin
through the middle of both.
3. Now set the month, which
starts on Rakaunui. Rakaunui
falls one day before the full
moon (West Coast) and on
the full moon (East Coast).
4. In October, the full moon is on
the 16th, so rotate the small dial
until the number ‘15’ lines up with
‘Rakaunui’ on the big dial. You
should see that October 1st falls
on Ohoata. The 19th is Korekore
te whiwhia, which is a day to
rest. The good fishing Tangaroa
days are on October 22 - 24.
Now that you’ve set your dial you can
look at key days of the month - high
energy days, planting and fishing.
High energy days are Ōturu, Rākaunui
15 - 17). These days are
best for activities that require
more energy such outdoor
events, or planting crops.
The maramataka not only allows
us to predict days of the month
but also the coming of seasons
and different parts of the season.
According to our oral traditions
handed down through a series of
whare wānanga, we have seven
periods of summer (raumati).Each
period is indicated by identifiable
patterns of flowering trees, ripening
berries and so on. These act as
visual cues to let us know where
we are in the summer months.
The seven periods are:
Matiti Kura: This is the first phase. It is
triggered by the ripening of the small
red berries in the bush. The time
frame is toward the end of October.
Matiti Hana: The second
phase is recognisable when
the puawananga or puareinga
(clematis) flowers turn the canopy
of the forest a brilliant white.
Matiti Muramura: The third
phase is noted for the flowering
of the northern rātā and the old
turns from white
(hana) to red (muramura).
Matiti Kaiwai: Is known as the
middle of summer. This is when
the ground is so dry it opens
up and thirsts for water.
Matiti Raurehu: The fifth phase is
the most difficult to detect. It usually
occurs in early February. It may even
precede the rise of the harvest star
Whanui, but we have yet to confirm
that. You can recognise this phase
by a white dust-like substance on
the lawn that resembles a frost.
Matiti Rautapata: The sixth phase
is easily identifiable if you are near
the bush. This is when the seed
pods burst and the seeds fall (tapata)
onto the dry leaf bed below.
Matiti Rauangina: This is the last
phase of summer and is very easy
to identify. Just keep an eye out for
leaves that swing to and fro as they
fall from the trees. This rhythmic
dance is called ‘te angina’ or free fall.
I myself am super excited about the
coming of summer and will be more
observant of the flowering patterns
closer to the end of this month.
You can contact me on Facebook
for further information: Ayla Hoeta
– Miss Five Crowns NZ Finalist.
Upskilling & fixing faults
By Robyn Yousef
Photo: Alan Stevens
gained her New Zealand
Certificate in Infrastructure
Works - Level 2 by studying
full time at The Solomon
Group, based in Panmure.
Upon completion of
her training through the
Southern Initiative’s Māori
and Pasifika Trades Training,
she successfully secured
Leonora (known as Leo)
works as a drainage
serviceperson, a role that
Watercare’s network of
wastewater pipes and pump
stations. She is now engaged
in further study towards the
New Zealand Certificate
in Water Reticulation –
Wastewater – Level 3.
She says, “I had been
employed in seasonal
work or a combination of
casual jobs, and I really
AGES 16 40
wanted a steady job for a
40-hour week. I read the
advertisement about the
Infrastructure programme on
offer at Solomon Group and
immediately knew that this
could be a possibility for me.”
Leo, a mother of three,
was raised by her paternal
grandparents in Pukekohe.
She attended Puni Primary
School and then Pukekohe
Intermediate and Pukekohe
High School. She really
struggled with literacy
during her schooling, but
was determined to get help.
“I got great help from my
tutor, Singa Falanitule, at
the Solomon Group, where
I completed my trades
training in Infrastructure
Works, and I continue to
get on-going support from
her when needed. Now my
reading and writing is not
an issue and I have heaps
of confidence – I am not
shy and will give it a go.”
DRIVERS LICENSING SUPPORT
For more information visit www.mptt.co.nz or Free phone (0800) 874678
The Solomon Group is
a Maori Private Training
Establishment (PTE) that
offers fee-free trades training
the Southern Initiative for
those aged 16–40 years
and who are of Maori or
Pasifika descent. They
empower people through
in trade skills, leading
to apprenticeships and
The programme Leo
completed is 12 weeks
long and focuses on the
helping to address the skills
shortage in Auckland.
Watercare is among a
number of Auckland
organisations that have
committed their support
to graduates from Maori
and Pasifika Trades
Leo is one of six Southern
Initiative graduates that
have been employed by
Watercare since April.
Dale Williams from
the Southern Initiative,
responsible for recruitment
co-ordination and quality
control, is delighted with
the progress Leo has
made during her time with
the Solomon Group and
also in her six months (to
date) at Watercare, where
she has been employed
fulltime since completing
her 12-week course.
Leo initially started in
services reinstatement team
where she quickly learned
how to clean up wastewater
faults throughout Watercare’s
network. Since completing
her immunisations and
special drainage training, Leo
has moved into the drainage
team where she identifies,
locates and repairs faults
in the wastewater network
pipes and pump stations.
Delivery General Manager,
LEONORA MARSH-NGATAI | SERVICE TECHNICIAN, WATERCARE, P
Above: Leo Marsh-Ngatai works
as a drainage serviceperson for
Watercare, where she identifies,
locates and repairs faults.
Steve Webster, says,
“We are proud to have
Leonora as a Watercare
team member. She has
enthusiastically learned the
requirements of the role
and continues to expand
her knowledge in her role
and through further study.”
Dale says, “She really is
an inspiration to other
mothers who stem from
similar backgrounds. She
has completely turned
her life around through
trades and we hope to
share her testimonial to
inspire and encourage
the participation of more
females in the trades.”
Leo says her next goal is
to complete her current
studies, enabling her
to continue her career
advancement at Watercare.
“The team at Watercare is
so supportive and I enjoy
working in wastewater
reticulation, it’s awesome
knowing that I play a role in
helping Watercare deliver
Auckland’s wastewater safely
to the treatment plants.”
For more information on
Maori and Pacific Trades
MANGERE OTAHUHU ATHLETICS CLUB
The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Athletics Club invites registrations
for its first ever full summer season. The club caters for
children and youth aged from two to 18. Fully trained coaches
ensure a quality learning experience, and the club provides
an opportunity for children to participate in social and/or
competitive athletics. See the club’s Facebook page ‘Mangere
Otahuhu Athletics Club’ for more details.
CREATIVE PROJECTS WANTED
Are you a local performer, musician, creative, artist or
community organisation? Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Arts Brokers are
looking for ideas for creative projects that happen in and with
local communities. If your project is selected, the Arts Brokers
can support you to fulfil your vision, assist with funding, and
also help to find the right location or people for you to work
with. Come to a community meeting to meet the Brokers and
find out more: Wednesday, October 12 at 6.30pm, Māngere
Community House, Robertson Rd. Full info is available at:
HAVING A BABY?
Mellow Bumps antenatal group starts Wednesday 12th October,
10am - 12.30pm at Māngere East Community Centre. To enrol,
call 09 263-0798 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT (A2E)
All the tools you need to get a job. The A2E programme is a
relaxed, informal session held in the Māngere Town Centre
Library at 10:30am on Friday mornings. Meet other locals and
hear from employers and training agencies about opportunities
and advice that can assist you in your job search. All ages and
MANGERE EAST COMMUNITY SURVEY
The Māngere East ACCESS Trust and partners have contracted
Visitor Solutions to conduct an independent evaluation of the
potential need for and feasibility of a new community facility
at Walter Massey Park in Māngere East. This work builds on
findings from earlier research undertaken in the Māngere East
area in 2015.
You can fill in the survey online via http://www.surveygizmo.
Your response is confidential and will not be connected to
you in any way. If you have any questions about the survey,
please contact Richard Griffiths at Visitor Solutions: rgriffiths@
visitorsolutions.net or Hone Fowler at the Māngere East
Community Centre: email@example.com.
Community notices are FREE for non-profit organisations.
Send us details of your group or event for the next issue!
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Publisher: Māngere East Community Centre
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