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EDITION #25<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2016</strong><br />

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

<strong>275</strong><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 />

Bringing pedal power to the people<br />

You’ve seen him<br />

on TV, in the<br />

newspaper and<br />

even on billboards<br />

around our streets,<br />

but Teau Aiterau<br />

is more than just a<br />

Māngere celebrity.<br />

He’s the hard-working<br />

and generous guy<br />

behind Māngere BikeFIT<br />

(Future In Transport),<br />

which celebrated its first<br />

anniversary on Labour Day.<br />

The cycling club has<br />

introduced hundreds of<br />

kids and older beginners<br />

to bike riding, road safety<br />

and bike repair through its<br />

school holiday programmes<br />

and community events.<br />

Cycling Capital<br />

Teau says his work is about<br />

promoting health and<br />

fitness in Māngere and<br />

having fun while doing it.<br />

“Our vision is for Māngere to<br />

become the ‘Cycling Capital<br />

of the Pacific’,” he says. “We<br />

hope to have more people<br />

on bikes and push for<br />

more bike lanes to connect<br />

schools, shops and parks.”<br />

All Teau’s programmes are<br />

based out of the Māngere<br />

Community House on<br />

Robertson Road. He has<br />

a large number of bikes<br />

which young and old can<br />

use for free to improve<br />

their cycling skills.<br />

Above: Teau Aiterau has introduced hundreds of kids in Māngere<br />

to bike riding, bike repair and road safety.<br />

“Cycling is the go for me<br />

and I want to see our<br />

kids healthier. I’ve been<br />

running this programme<br />

so we can teach kids all<br />

about bikes, about safety,<br />

how to fix bikes and<br />

how to build them. And<br />

then we go for rides.”<br />

Teau doesn’t cycle just<br />

for fitness but also to<br />

stay alive. The Māngere<br />

resident lost both parents<br />

to weight-related illness<br />

and his oldest brother is<br />

bed-ridden due to obesity.<br />

Teau started exercising<br />

as a way to ensure he<br />

didn’t follow the same<br />

path as his family.<br />

“At my heaviest I was 252<br />

kilos,” he says. “But seeing<br />

how obesity affected my<br />

family motivated me to get<br />

out there. I don’t want to<br />

end up like that. So every<br />

morning I jump on my bike<br />

and do a 30km cycle – all<br />

before 9am. I love it.”<br />

Teau now weighs around<br />

150kg, but weight-loss<br />

isn’t his only goal.<br />

“The more you exercise<br />

the better you feel and the<br />

more weight you lose –<br />

and then it doesn’t matter<br />

what you eat,” he says.<br />

Inspired? Get on<br />

your bike with Teau<br />

Māngere BikeFIT has<br />

planned a ‘Bike the Bridge’<br />

day on 13 <strong>November</strong>,<br />

and ‘Māngere Have a Tri’<br />

event on 25 <strong>November</strong>.<br />

Go to https://www.<br />

facebook.com/tripleteez<br />

for more info about upcoming<br />

events run by the<br />

Māngere BikeFIT team.<br />

Can you help Teau?<br />

To keep up his great work<br />

Teau needs support. With<br />

<strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong>’ help, Māngere<br />

BikeFIT is running a fundraising<br />

and awareness<br />

campaign to ensure that<br />

the club becomes a more<br />

sustainable and permanent<br />

part of our community.<br />

Skills, Time & Tools<br />

The top five things Māngere<br />

BikeFIT needs help with are:<br />

1. Skilled volunteers to assist<br />

with after-school and<br />

holiday programmes –<br />

you’ll need a knowledge<br />

of bikes and the ability to<br />

form positive relationships<br />

with children.<br />

2. Someone with admin<br />

skills and/or an understanding<br />

of charitable<br />

organisations to help<br />

with applying for grants.<br />

3. A car with a tow ball<br />

and trailer to take the<br />

bicycles around schools.<br />

4. Tools for repairing bikes.<br />

5. Spare bike parts, or<br />

money to buy them.<br />

Please contact Teau on 022<br />

360 5748 if you can help<br />

with any of these items.<br />

Give-A-Little<br />

A Give-A-Little page has been<br />

set up so you can donate<br />

to the club’s programmes:<br />

www.givealittle.co.nz/<br />

cause/bikefit<br />

As Teau would say, let’s “keep<br />

those wheels spinning!” and<br />

get behind Māngere BikeFIT.<br />

WHAT’S INSIDE: P2: Violence not OK P5: Gardener recognised P7: Cricket champs need help

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Students say family violence is not OK<br />

Two years after students at Māngere<br />

College launched a campaign<br />

against family violence, the<br />

programme is still going strong.<br />

This year started with a leadership<br />

camp at Hunua Falls run by student<br />

services staff. During the weekend,<br />

current and new ‘It’s not OK’<br />

champions were trained to help<br />

provide assistance to, and refer,<br />

students experiencing family violence.<br />

The champions learnt about what<br />

family violence is, where to go for<br />

help and how to support and refer<br />

their peers at school. They also<br />

learnt leadership skills, participated<br />

in team-building exercises and had<br />

lots of fun – and not much sleep.<br />

The school’s annual ‘It’s not OK’<br />

day was held on October 13 and<br />

focussed on the junior school. The<br />

school’s health council made orange<br />

ribbons for all staff and students,<br />

and teachers and champions wore<br />

their ‘It’s not OK’ t-shirts. At lunchtime<br />

the police joined students<br />

in a fun game of volleyball while<br />

health council members handed<br />

out oranges to staff and students.<br />

After lunch the juniors attended a<br />

special assembly where they learnt<br />

more about the ‘It’s not OK’ antifamily-violence<br />

programme.<br />

The champions used spokenword<br />

and dance as a way of<br />

Community café Turns 15<br />

Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o<br />

was only 25 when she set<br />

up Affirming Women, but<br />

she knew she wanted to<br />

run her own mentoring<br />

and educational programmes<br />

in South Auckland<br />

schools to develop<br />

leadership skills and to<br />

make a difference.<br />

Based on the Pacific model<br />

of Tupu’anga (to grow from<br />

your roots), mentors work<br />

with young people across<br />

all school levels addressing<br />

social and educational<br />

needs such as literacy,<br />

numeracy and transitioning<br />

from school to work.<br />

What started out in a twobedroom<br />

unit in Papatoetoe<br />

in 2001 has now turned into<br />

a business that has helped<br />

thousands of young people.<br />

communicating the anti-violence<br />

message. They also shared with the<br />

juniors what champions are and why<br />

they had become champions, and<br />

encouraged any students who were<br />

worried about family violence to<br />

approach them in the playground.<br />

The company changed<br />

names from Affirming<br />

Works to AW and is now<br />

run by Emeline and<br />

her husband Alipate.<br />

Alipate runs the Tupu’anga<br />

Coffee business in<br />

Tonga and is responsible<br />

for sustainable coffee<br />

production and the<br />

community cafés in New<br />

Zealand, while Emeline<br />

looks after the mentoring<br />

side of the business.<br />

They are a formidable team<br />

and base their organisation<br />

on traditional strong<br />

family values of love and<br />

respect, helping others, and<br />

working in collaboration<br />

with the community.<br />

Emeline, a trained social<br />

worker, was the writer for<br />

the Tongan Family Violence<br />

Conceptual Framework and<br />

Training manual for Family<br />

Violence Practitioners;<br />

Fofola e fala kae talanoa<br />

e kainga. She was also<br />

a member of the Pacific<br />

Advisory Group (PAG)<br />

for the Ministry of Social<br />

Development for 7 years.<br />

Emeline’s initiative, drive<br />

and huge contribution to<br />

the Pasifika community<br />

has seen her win one of<br />

Above: Police joined Māngere College’s student<br />

champions for a game of volleyball during the<br />

school’s ‘It’s not OK’ day in October.<br />

Left: Student champions spread the antiviolence<br />

message to juniors at Māngere College,<br />

and explained where to get help.<br />


If you are in immediate danger,<br />

dial 111 and ask for the Police.<br />

Free phone 0800 456 450 for<br />

information about services<br />

that can help you if you are<br />

experiencing or witnessing<br />

violence, or want to change<br />

your own behaviour.<br />

Above: Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o (second from left) at the Community Cafe<br />

the most prestigious New<br />

Zealand prizes for women<br />

– the Women of Influence<br />

Award (for community<br />

service and social enterprise).<br />

She was also awarded the<br />

Sir Peter Blake Emerging<br />

Leader Award in 2006.<br />

The Māngere community<br />

café is located at Nga<br />

Tohu o Uenuku /<br />

Māngere Arts Centre.

māngere east<br />

Festival<br />

Saturday 19 <strong>November</strong><br />

Walter Massey Park<br />

Hain Ave, Māngere ¯ East, Auckland<br />



MANGERE ¯<br />

EAST<br />





12–5pm<br />

& HOUSE<br />

OF SHEM<br />

To find out<br />

More, Or to<br />

Volunteer<br />

Drop in | Email: info@mangereeast.org<br />

Phone 09 <strong>275</strong> 6161 | www.mangereeast.org<br />

Facebook: @MangereEastFestival

4<br />

Above: Human rights activist and lawyer Moana Jackson (right) calls<br />

for the end of prisons at Māngere Central Community Hall.<br />


Over 100 people attended<br />

the No Pride in Prisons<br />

meeting at Māngere<br />

Central Community Hall<br />

on October 26 to hear<br />

from prominent Māori<br />

human rights activist and<br />

lawyer, Moana Jackson.<br />

Moana outlined the<br />

history of prisons in NZ<br />

and their use as a tool of<br />

colonisation – including<br />

during the land grab,<br />

when prisons were used<br />

to ‘contain the natives’.<br />

He reminded us that<br />

we are all responsible<br />

for calling out racism in<br />

government systems, as<br />

well as classist attitudes<br />

that maintain inequalities.<br />

No Pride in Prisons<br />

advocates the abolition of<br />

all prisons. The initiative<br />

is part of a bigger project,<br />

one that seeks to challenge<br />

the values that underpin<br />

our social systems and<br />

reinvent the ways we<br />

relate to one another.<br />

Through constitutional<br />

transformation we can<br />

move towards healing<br />

– both for the parties<br />

who have been harmed,<br />

and the perpetrators – a<br />

state of tika or justice,<br />

in pursuit of just-ness.<br />

Moana ended with a quote<br />

from Martin Luther King<br />

on the Vietnam war:<br />

History teaches that<br />

“the arc of the moral<br />

universe is long, but it<br />

bends toward justice.”<br />


<strong>November</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

By Ayla Hoeta<br />

Kia ora tātou, as those of you who’ve<br />

been following this column will<br />

already know, the maramataka<br />

(moon calendar) is based<br />

on three connected<br />

elements: the sky<br />

(Te Rangi), land<br />

(Te Whenua) and<br />

water (Te Moana).<br />

You can use the<br />

maramataka dial<br />

(featured in previous<br />

editions of <strong>275</strong><br />

<strong>Times</strong>) to predict<br />

natural activity.<br />

This month, the<br />

high-energy days<br />

Ōturu, Rākaunui<br />

and Rākau Mātohi<br />

(which are best for<br />

sports and outdoor<br />

activities), are Nov<br />

14–16. The best days<br />

for fishing and<br />

planting are Tangaroa a mua and<br />

Tangaroa a roto, which fall on Nov<br />

21–22. The Oike day (te ra Oike) falls<br />

on Nov 17. This is the best day for<br />

weeding and tidying up the whenua.<br />

The maramataka can also help us<br />

predict the coming of seasons and<br />

different parts of the season. The<br />

seven periods of summer (raumati)<br />

can be identified by patterns of<br />

flowering trees, ripening berries<br />

and so on. These periods are:<br />

Matiti Kura: This first phase is<br />

triggered by the ripening of the<br />

small red berries in the bush. It<br />

happens toward the end of October.<br />

Matiti Hana: The second phase<br />

occurs when the puawananga or<br />

puareinga (clematis) flowers turn the<br />

canopy 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. The canopy turns from<br />

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

Matiti Kaiwai: This is the middle of<br />

summer, when the ground is so dry<br />

it opens up and thirsts for water.<br />

Matiti Raurehu: The most difficult<br />

phase to detect, this usually occurs in<br />

early February. It may even precede<br />

the rise of the harvest star Whanui.<br />

You can recognise this phase by<br />

a white dust-like substance on<br />

the lawn that resembles a frost.<br />

Matiti Rautapata: The sixth<br />

phase is easy to spot if you are<br />

near the bush. The the seed pods<br />

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

onto the dry leaf bed below.<br />

Matiti Rauangina: The last phase is<br />

also easy to identify: just keep an eye<br />

out for leaves that swing to and fro as<br />

they fall from the trees. This rhythmic<br />

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

At the start of <strong>November</strong> we are<br />

in Matiti Hana and by the end<br />

we are in Matiti Muramura.<br />

Try observing the flowering<br />

patterns if you can, and see the<br />

beautiful pohutukawa blossom.<br />

Contact me on Facebook<br />

for further info or for a<br />

maramataka dial: Ayla Hoeta<br />

– Miss Five Crowns NZ Finalist.

5<br />

Above: Metua Aerenga is a finalist in the <strong>2016</strong> Gardener of the Year awards.<br />

National recognition for<br />

dedicated Māngere gardener<br />

Māngere was once known as the food bowl of Auckland,<br />

and that heritage continues in the many fruit and vege<br />

gardens flourishing around our community today.<br />

Māngere local Metua Aerenga has a hand in several<br />

of them, although he wasn’t always a gardener.<br />

By Justine Skilling<br />

Waste Minimisation Facilitator<br />

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services<br />

Born in the Cook Islands, “on the<br />

little island of Mauke”, Metua moved<br />

to New Zealand in 1973. He started<br />

out at the freezing works in Bluff,<br />

but eventually moved to Auckland.<br />

For 17 years he worked as a carpenter<br />

on building sites, until eyesight<br />

problems forced him to give up his<br />

job. “That’s why I’m not working”, says<br />

Metua. “Otherwise I’d have another 100<br />

years to go. I’m capable of carrying<br />

on but my eyesight let me down”.<br />

So Metua found an activity that he<br />

could do even with poor vision:<br />

gardening. “I already knew how<br />

to garden”, he says. “That’s what<br />

we do back home. If we don’t<br />

plant, there’s nothing to eat!”<br />

He went down to the Māngere Town<br />

Centre garden and met fellow Cook<br />

Islander and gardening legend Tom<br />

Wichman. At the time, Tom was<br />

helping out in the Māngere College<br />

garden. Metua followed him and<br />

still works there on Wednesdays,<br />

tending the fertile plots and inspiring<br />

a new generation of gardeners.<br />

“If we don’t plant,<br />

there’s nothing to eat!”<br />

When the Town Centre gardens<br />

closed, Metua found a new home<br />

at the Old School Reserve Teaching<br />

Garden. Here he works a large plot,<br />

producing enough veges to feed his<br />

family and friends all year round.<br />

Metua’s gardening style blends knowledge<br />

from home with new learnings<br />

from fellow gardeners in Māngere.<br />

In the Islands, he grew mainly taro,<br />

arrowroot and kumara, as there were<br />

hardly any seeds available for greens.<br />

Now, alongside root vegetables, his<br />

gardens also burst with silverbeet,<br />

lettuce and kale. He still follows the<br />

traditional ‘arapo’ or Cook Island<br />

moon calendar for planting kumara.<br />

In the Islands, his garden and food<br />

waste was burnt or given to the pigs<br />

and chooks. In Māngere, Metua has<br />

learnt to return nutrients to the soil<br />

through composting and sowing<br />

lupins and mustard over winter.<br />

He has also created raised beds from<br />

scrap wood, concrete and plastic<br />

crates – a great way to keep these<br />

items out of landfill and save money.<br />

All this gardening knowledge is freely<br />

shared with the Māngere College<br />

garden club, some of whom “didn’t<br />

know anything about lettuce or<br />

vegetables or how to cook them”<br />

when they started. Sometimes<br />

they’ll use an outdoor stove at the<br />

College gardens and cook up a<br />

feed from the garden together.<br />

Most days, Metua can be found in<br />

one of the gardens that he tends.<br />

“I love gardening”, says Metua. “It’s<br />

something to do. I don’t like sitting”.<br />

A humble man, Metua’s gardening<br />

talents are now being recognised<br />

in the wider community, with<br />

a nomination for <strong>2016</strong> Gardena<br />

Gardener of the Year. “[Metua’s]<br />

nomination by Māngere College<br />

recognises the hard work he’s done in<br />

the local community to mentor and<br />

inspire young people in setting up<br />

their own gardens at home”, says NZ<br />

Gardener Magazine’s Christine Rush.<br />

Metua is one of only five finalists<br />

for the award nationwide.<br />

Congratulations Metua – we wish<br />

you all the best in the final round!

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Spark proud to<br />

make a difference<br />

to <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

Spark recently ran a campaign internally<br />

for its staff called ‘One Spark One Wish’<br />

which gave employees of the company<br />

the chance to nominate a community<br />

group to receive a donation. Twenty-four<br />

schools, sports clubs, community groups<br />

and cultural organisations were presented<br />

with a donation to put towards an area<br />

or project that needed it the most.<br />

One of the chosen recipients was Māngere’s<br />

<strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong>, which was nominated by<br />

Spark’s Senior Analyst, Rachel Fleming.<br />

Rachel put forward <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> because she<br />

has roots in Māngere, having previously<br />

worked in the area as well as having friends<br />

who are active members in Māngere.<br />

She also loves the positive impact the<br />

newspaper has on the community.<br />

“Māngere is a wonderful place that<br />

isn’t celebrated enough in mainstream<br />

media, so I wanted to nominate <strong>275</strong><br />

<strong>Times</strong> as it aims to challenge stereotypes<br />

and encourage a strong sense of<br />

community pride,” she explains.<br />

The $2,000 grant from Spark has allowed<br />

<strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> to enhance the quality of<br />

paper used and grow from a four-page<br />

newsletter to an eight-page magazine.<br />

The organisation has also been able to<br />

expand the circulation to now include over<br />

140 sites throughout the Māngere area.<br />

“It’s proven that there’s an increased sense<br />

of community pride when individuals<br />

read positive news about their area,” says<br />

Rachel. “It was great to have been given<br />

the opportunity to assist <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> with<br />

providing a platform for the people of<br />

Māngere to communicate their stories<br />

back to their local community.”<br />

Congratulations!<br />

to Māngere music producer Anonymouz<br />

(Matthew Faiumu Salapu), who received<br />

the Emerging Pacific Artist Award at this<br />

year’s Creative NZ Pacific Arts Awards.<br />

Thank you from<br />

Behind the Wheel<br />

Since launching in February<br />

this year, it’s been a really<br />

positive journey for Behind<br />

the Wheel Māngere.<br />

The programme feels a like a<br />

part of the Māngere community<br />

and has been taken under<br />

the wing of local leaders. It’s<br />

awesome to hear and share<br />

all the stories of success, and<br />

see Behind the Wheel help<br />

the community to make the<br />

roads a safer place together.<br />

Here are some awesome<br />

achievements worth celebrating:<br />

ÊÊ91 Pledge Teams<br />

ÊÊOver 216 young people<br />

who have got their Learner<br />

Licence and over 48 who<br />

have progressed to their<br />

Restricted or Full Licence<br />

ÊÊOver 250 Learner Licence<br />

workshop attendees<br />

ÊÊOver 200 Licensing Support<br />

workshop attendees<br />

ÊÊOver 134 Restricted and Full<br />

Licensing workshop attendees<br />

One person who has been<br />

a leading force in holding<br />

things together is Programme<br />

Manager, Kathy Chinn. Kathy’s<br />

efforts in collaborating on the<br />

programme with the community<br />

and agencies have helped<br />

community leaders to own and<br />

keep Behind the Wheel moving.<br />

As we come to the end of the<br />

year, we want to acknowledge<br />

everyone’s efforts and<br />

look ahead to the future<br />

of Behind the Wheel.<br />


Above: Kathy Chinn (right), Programme Manager for Behind the Wheel Māngere.<br />

“It’s been truly amazing to<br />

collaborate with Māngere<br />

and Kathy. She has been so<br />

integral to driving Behind the<br />

Wheel forward and I know that<br />

Māngere has become really<br />

close to her heart. We’re excited<br />

for what the future holds for<br />

Behind the Wheel Māngere and<br />

hope that it continues to thrive.”<br />

– Jo from Curative (creative agency<br />

for Behind the Wheel Māngere)<br />

“Kathy has been inspirational<br />

in her role as coordinator of<br />

the BTW project. She has taken<br />

ideas and made them a reality<br />

while advocating for community<br />

in a meaningful way.”<br />

– Hone Fowler (Māngere<br />

East Community Centre)<br />

“It has been exciting to help<br />

whānau support their rangatahi<br />

through their licensing journey.<br />

Kathy Chinn, you have been<br />

a stunning project leader and<br />

I know there are some big<br />

shoes to fill. Nevertheless,<br />

we will endeavour to keep<br />

Behind the Wheel alive for the<br />

benefit of our communities.”<br />

– Val Teraitua (Papatūānuku<br />

Kōkiri Marae)<br />

A massive well done and<br />

thank you to everyone who<br />

has been involved in making<br />

Behind the Wheel Māngere<br />

what it is today. Now, it’s time<br />

to look forward to the future:<br />

continuing to support our<br />

young people and making the<br />

roads of Māngere a safer place.

Manukau City AFC member named Player of the Year<br />

Football is on the up<br />

and up in Māngere.<br />

After being crowned champions in<br />

Division 2 of the Northern Regional<br />

Football League (NRFL), Māngere<br />

East-based club Manukau City AFC<br />

have followed up with their top goal<br />

scorer Ubaldo Nuñez Espinoza earning<br />

the title of Player Of The Year for the<br />

northern region (which covers the<br />

upper half of the North Island).<br />

Chairman Duncan Edwards is happy<br />

with how the club is developing. “The<br />

award is fantastic for Ubaldo – and<br />

well deserved,” he says. “It’s also a<br />

sign that we’re doing things well as<br />

a club. With Kevin Fallon (Manukau<br />

City coach) voted NRFL Divison 2<br />

Coach of the Year, the men’s team<br />

winning the <strong>2016</strong> Championship, and<br />

the high-standard of ladies', youth<br />

and juniors' football it all adds to the<br />

positive atmosphere. I feel we are<br />

putting a stake in the ground and are<br />

starting to be taken seriously within<br />

the football community in NZ.”<br />

“With the potential and talent in<br />

football being largely untapped in<br />

Māngere and throughout the South<br />

Auckland region, we see this past<br />

year as just the first step”, Duncan<br />

says. “We are extremely excited about<br />

developing further opportunities<br />

through football, especially among<br />

the diverse and youthful population<br />

in the Manukau region.”<br />

Player of the Year: Ubaldo Nuñez Espinoza from<br />

Māngere East’s Manukau City AFC has been<br />

named the northern region’s best player across<br />

all men’s divisions for <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

7<br />

Viscount’s<br />

champs<br />

need help<br />

to reach<br />

Nationals<br />

Viscount’s Year 7/8 girls’<br />

cricket team has beaten<br />

all comers this year to<br />

take out the Auckland<br />

Championship title. Now<br />

they need help to get to the<br />

National championships<br />

in Christchurch.<br />

By Keith Gayford<br />

Principal, Viscount Learning Community<br />

Diocesan School and Somerville<br />

Intermediate School fell away<br />

in the semi-finals, then Belmont<br />

Intermediate School (last year’s<br />

champs) were beaten soundly in<br />

the final by the Viscount team.<br />

Outstanding bowling and fielding<br />

allowed Viscount to dismiss<br />

seven Belmont players for ducks,<br />

and restricted their team total<br />

to 92 for 8 in their 20 overs.<br />

Viscount openers Tame Taupa’u and<br />

Adyhanna Urika-Filifilia scored 40 and<br />

26 respectively, and chased down<br />

the Belmont target in 12.5 overs.<br />

The win means that Viscount<br />

gets the chance to play for the NZ<br />

Championship title in Christchurch<br />

at the end of <strong>November</strong> – going up<br />

against the best teams from every<br />

cricketing province in the country.<br />

Since 2000, when NZ championships<br />

were first organised for Year 7/8<br />

students, the Viscount girls’ cricket<br />

team has played in every Auckland<br />

final except one – winning the<br />

regional champion’s title nine times.<br />

“Finding the $6,000 needed<br />

for the four-day trip to<br />

Christchurch could de-rail<br />

this year’s adventure.”<br />

At the NZ Championships, Viscount<br />

has finished 3rd three times, 2nd<br />

three times, and 1st once in 2001.<br />

Maybe this year the girls will<br />

be able to attach the title of NZ<br />

Champions to their school again.<br />

The format of the national competition<br />

means that the finalists from<br />

each province are only selected late<br />

in October each year. Unfortunately,<br />

this leaves very little time for schools<br />

like Viscount to find the money to<br />

get their girls to the competition,<br />

which is always held in either<br />

Palmerston North or Christchurch.<br />

While Viscount Learning Community<br />

is rightly proud of their team,<br />

finding the $6,000 needed for the<br />

four-day trip to Christchurch could<br />

de-rail this year’s adventure.<br />

Regional Champs: Viscount Learning<br />

Community’s Year 7/8 girls’ cricket team with<br />

their trophy. The team needs to raise $6,000 to<br />

contest the NZ Championship in Christchurch.<br />

(Photo: Stuff.co.nz)<br />

Viscount is a Decile 1A school in the<br />

heart of Māngere and there’s not much<br />

cash left in the school’s lockers at this<br />

time of the year. We are definitely<br />

going to need some help from<br />

somewhere in a very short time-frame.<br />

Success in forums such as the<br />

NZ cricket scene doesn’t come<br />

easily or cheaply — however, this<br />

kind of success is like gold dust in<br />

a community like Viscount. The<br />

chance to compete with the best<br />

in the country, in a sport where<br />

the odds are not stacked in your<br />

favour, only comes within your<br />

grasp a few times over the years.<br />

Lets hope that one or more of the<br />

many community trusts around our<br />

country can find a way to support this<br />

hard working group of young girls.<br />

If you can help the team get to<br />

Christchurch, please get in touch.<br />

Email: keithg@viscount.school.nz<br />

or phone: 09 <strong>275</strong> 4699.

8<br />

Community Notices<br />


An annual FREE celebration of food, fun, and family – featuring<br />

House of Shem, Unity Pacific and upcoming local talent.<br />

Saturday 19 <strong>November</strong>, 12pm–5pm at Walter Massey Park, Hain<br />

Ave, Māngere East. To volunteer, call 09 <strong>275</strong> 6161, email info@<br />

mangereeast.org, drop in to the Māngere East Community<br />

Centre (372 Massey Rd) or find the festival on Facebook:<br />

@MangereEastFestival<br />


Looking for fun, FREE ways to keep your tamariki learning and<br />

building their reading skills over summer? Sign up for ‘Kia Māia<br />

te Whai – Dare to Explore’ at Auckland Libraries. The summer<br />

reading programme is for ages 5–13 and starts on Mon 12<br />

December. Along with fun summer challenges in English and<br />

te reo Māori to stretch your brain, the libraries have books and<br />

graphic novels to hook in readers of all ages. There are also free<br />

activities throughout the holidays. Visit http://aucklandlibraries.<br />

govt.nz for more details. Then get along to your local library and<br />

join the fun!<br />


Time to spare or skills to share? The Citizens Advice Bureau<br />

(CAB) is looking for volunteers in Māngere and Ōtāhuhu. The<br />

CAB is all about the client – making sure that individuals do not<br />

suffer through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities, and<br />

that communities are responsibly developed. CAB volunteers<br />

ask questions and actively listen to the answers to find out what<br />

information, advice and support clients need. Contact the CAB<br />

Māngere for more info on how to get involved. Find them at<br />

Māngere Town Centre behind the library (Orly Avenue side).<br />

Ph. 09 <strong>275</strong> 6885 or email: Māngere@cab.org.nz<br />


Altered Egos: Sat 12 <strong>November</strong> – Sun 15 January 2017<br />

Interactive exhibition of illustration and animation, featuring two<br />

world-class Māngere illustrators. Ali Cowley and Michel Mulipola<br />

lead a talented team that includes Nanai Tolovae Jr. Jimmy Vea<br />

and Te Iwihoko Te Rangihirawea. Create your own comic and<br />

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and an interactive drawing app.<br />

Tufunga Arts Trust Exhibition: Fri 18 – Sat 26 <strong>November</strong><br />

Works by South Auckland artists as part of the <strong>2016</strong> Outsider Art<br />

Fair New Zealand. Tufunga Arts Trust provides access to the arts<br />

and positive social engagement for people with mental health<br />

disabilities. 9am–5pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am–4pm<br />

on Saturday. https://www.facebook.com/Mangereartscentre/<br />

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