Our stories, our people, our Māngere
Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou
Bringing pedal power to the people
You’ve seen him
on TV, in the
even on billboards
around our streets,
but Teau Aiterau
is more than just a
He’s the hard-working
and generous guy
behind Māngere BikeFIT
(Future In Transport),
which celebrated its first
anniversary on Labour Day.
The cycling club has
introduced hundreds of
kids and older beginners
to bike riding, road safety
and bike repair through its
school holiday programmes
and community events.
Teau says his work is about
promoting health and
fitness in Māngere and
having fun while doing it.
“Our vision is for Māngere to
become the ‘Cycling Capital
of the Pacific’,” he says. “We
hope to have more people
on bikes and push for
more bike lanes to connect
schools, shops and parks.”
All Teau’s programmes are
based out of the Māngere
Community House on
Robertson Road. He has
a large number of bikes
which young and old can
use for free to improve
their cycling skills.
Above: Teau Aiterau has introduced hundreds of kids in Māngere
to bike riding, bike repair and road safety.
“Cycling is the go for me
and I want to see our
kids healthier. I’ve been
running this programme
so we can teach kids all
about bikes, about safety,
how to fix bikes and
how to build them. And
then we go for rides.”
Teau doesn’t cycle just
for fitness but also to
stay alive. The Māngere
resident lost both parents
to weight-related illness
and his oldest brother is
bed-ridden due to obesity.
Teau started exercising
as a way to ensure he
didn’t follow the same
path as his family.
“At my heaviest I was 252
kilos,” he says. “But seeing
how obesity affected my
family motivated me to get
out there. I don’t want to
end up like that. So every
morning I jump on my bike
and do a 30km cycle – all
before 9am. I love it.”
Teau now weighs around
150kg, but weight-loss
isn’t his only goal.
“The more you exercise
the better you feel and the
more weight you lose –
and then it doesn’t matter
what you eat,” he says.
Inspired? Get on
your bike with Teau
Māngere BikeFIT has
planned a ‘Bike the Bridge’
day on 13 November,
and ‘Māngere Have a Tri’
event on 25 November.
Go to https://www.
for more info about upcoming
events run by the
Māngere BikeFIT team.
Can you help Teau?
To keep up his great work
Teau needs support. With
275 Times’ help, Māngere
BikeFIT is running a fundraising
campaign to ensure that
the club becomes a more
sustainable and permanent
part of our community.
Skills, Time & Tools
The top five things Māngere
BikeFIT needs help with are:
1. Skilled volunteers to assist
with after-school and
holiday programmes –
you’ll need a knowledge
of bikes and the ability to
form positive relationships
2. Someone with admin
skills and/or an understanding
organisations to help
with applying for grants.
3. A car with a tow ball
and trailer to take the
bicycles around schools.
4. Tools for repairing bikes.
5. Spare bike parts, or
money to buy them.
Please contact Teau on 022
360 5748 if you can help
with any of these items.
A Give-A-Little page has been
set up so you can donate
to the club’s programmes:
As Teau would say, let’s “keep
those wheels spinning!” and
get behind Māngere BikeFIT.
WHAT’S INSIDE: P2: Violence not OK P5: Gardener recognised P7: Cricket champs need help
Students say family violence is not OK
Two years after students at Māngere
College launched a campaign
against family violence, the
programme is still going strong.
This year started with a leadership
camp at Hunua Falls run by student
services staff. During the weekend,
current and new ‘It’s not OK’
champions were trained to help
provide assistance to, and refer,
students experiencing family violence.
The champions learnt about what
family violence is, where to go for
help and how to support and refer
their peers at school. They also
learnt leadership skills, participated
in team-building exercises and had
lots of fun – and not much sleep.
The school’s annual ‘It’s not OK’
day was held on October 13 and
focussed on the junior school. The
school’s health council made orange
ribbons for all staff and students,
and teachers and champions wore
their ‘It’s not OK’ t-shirts. At lunchtime
the police joined students
in a fun game of volleyball while
health council members handed
out oranges to staff and students.
After lunch the juniors attended a
special assembly where they learnt
more about the ‘It’s not OK’ antifamily-violence
The champions used spokenword
and dance as a way of
Community café Turns 15
was only 25 when she set
up Affirming Women, but
she knew she wanted to
run her own mentoring
and educational programmes
in South Auckland
schools to develop
leadership skills and to
make a difference.
Based on the Pacific model
of Tupu’anga (to grow from
your roots), mentors work
with young people across
all school levels addressing
social and educational
needs such as literacy,
numeracy and transitioning
from school to work.
What started out in a twobedroom
unit in Papatoetoe
in 2001 has now turned into
a business that has helped
thousands of young people.
communicating the anti-violence
message. They also shared with the
juniors what champions are and why
they had become champions, and
encouraged any students who were
worried about family violence to
approach them in the playground.
The company changed
names from Affirming
Works to AW and is now
run by Emeline and
her husband Alipate.
Alipate runs the Tupu’anga
Coffee business in
Tonga and is responsible
for sustainable coffee
production and the
community cafés in New
Zealand, while Emeline
looks after the mentoring
side of the business.
They are a formidable team
and base their organisation
on traditional strong
family values of love and
respect, helping others, and
working in collaboration
with the community.
Emeline, a trained social
worker, was the writer for
the Tongan Family Violence
Conceptual Framework and
Training manual for Family
Fofola e fala kae talanoa
e kainga. She was also
a member of the Pacific
Advisory Group (PAG)
for the Ministry of Social
Development for 7 years.
Emeline’s initiative, drive
and huge contribution to
the Pasifika community
has seen her win one of
Above: Police joined Māngere College’s student
champions for a game of volleyball during the
school’s ‘It’s not OK’ day in October.
Left: Student champions spread the antiviolence
message to juniors at Māngere College,
and explained where to get help.
IT IS OK TO ASK FOR HELP
If you are in immediate danger,
dial 111 and ask for the Police.
Free phone 0800 456 450 for
information about services
that can help you if you are
experiencing or witnessing
violence, or want to change
your own behaviour.
Above: Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o (second from left) at the Community Cafe
the most prestigious New
Zealand prizes for women
– the Women of Influence
Award (for community
service and social enterprise).
She was also awarded the
Sir Peter Blake Emerging
Leader Award in 2006.
The Māngere community
café is located at Nga
Tohu o Uenuku /
Māngere Arts Centre.
Saturday 19 November
Walter Massey Park
Hain Ave, Māngere ¯ East, Auckland
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Above: Human rights activist and lawyer Moana Jackson (right) calls
for the end of prisons at Māngere Central Community Hall.
MOANA JACKSON: NO PRIDE IN PRISONS
Over 100 people attended
the No Pride in Prisons
meeting at Māngere
Central Community Hall
on October 26 to hear
from prominent Māori
human rights activist and
lawyer, Moana Jackson.
Moana outlined the
history of prisons in NZ
and their use as a tool of
colonisation – including
during the land grab,
when prisons were used
to ‘contain the natives’.
He reminded us that
we are all responsible
for calling out racism in
government systems, as
well as classist attitudes
that maintain inequalities.
No Pride in Prisons
advocates the abolition of
all prisons. The initiative
is part of a bigger project,
one that seeks to challenge
the values that underpin
our social systems and
reinvent the ways we
relate to one another.
transformation we can
move towards healing
– both for the parties
who have been harmed,
and the perpetrators – a
state of tika or justice,
in pursuit of just-ness.
Moana ended with a quote
from Martin Luther King
on the Vietnam war:
History teaches that
“the arc of the moral
universe is long, but it
bends toward justice.”
By Ayla Hoeta
Kia ora tātou, as those of you who’ve
been following this column will
already know, the maramataka
(moon calendar) is based
on three connected
elements: the sky
(Te Rangi), land
(Te Whenua) and
water (Te Moana).
You can use the
(featured in previous
editions of 275
Times) to predict
This month, the
and Rākau Mātohi
(which are best for
sports and outdoor
activities), are Nov
14–16. The best days
for fishing and
planting are Tangaroa a mua and
Tangaroa a roto, which fall on Nov
21–22. The Oike day (te ra Oike) falls
on Nov 17. This is the best day for
weeding and tidying up the whenua.
The maramataka can also help us
predict the coming of seasons and
different parts of the season. The
seven periods of summer (raumati)
can be identified by patterns of
flowering trees, ripening berries
and so on. These periods are:
Matiti Kura: This first phase is
triggered by the ripening of the
small red berries in the bush. It
happens toward the end of October.
Matiti Hana: The second phase
occurs 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
pohutukawa. The canopy turns from
white (hana) to red (muramura).
Matiti Kaiwai: This is the middle of
summer, when the ground is so dry
it opens up and thirsts for water.
Matiti Raurehu: The most difficult
phase to detect, this usually occurs in
early February. It may even precede
the rise of the harvest star Whanui.
You can recognise this phase by
a white dust-like substance on
the lawn that resembles a frost.
Matiti Rautapata: The sixth
phase is easy to spot if you are
near the bush. The the seed pods
burst and the seeds fall (tapata)
onto the dry leaf bed below.
Matiti Rauangina: The last phase is
also 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.
At the start of November we are
in Matiti Hana and by the end
we are in Matiti Muramura.
Try observing the flowering
patterns if you can, and see the
beautiful pohutukawa blossom.
Contact me on Facebook
for further info or for a
maramataka dial: Ayla Hoeta
– Miss Five Crowns NZ Finalist.
Above: Metua Aerenga is a finalist in the 2016 Gardener of the Year awards.
National recognition for
dedicated Māngere gardener
Māngere was once known as the food bowl of Auckland,
and that heritage continues in the many fruit and vege
gardens flourishing around our community today.
Māngere local Metua Aerenga has a hand in several
of them, although he wasn’t always a gardener.
By Justine Skilling
Waste Minimisation Facilitator
Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services
Born in the Cook Islands, “on the
little island of Mauke”, Metua moved
to New Zealand in 1973. He started
out at the freezing works in Bluff,
but eventually moved to Auckland.
For 17 years he worked as a carpenter
on building sites, until eyesight
problems forced him to give up his
job. “That’s why I’m not working”, says
Metua. “Otherwise I’d have another 100
years to go. I’m capable of carrying
on but my eyesight let me down”.
So Metua found an activity that he
could do even with poor vision:
gardening. “I already knew how
to garden”, he says. “That’s what
we do back home. If we don’t
plant, there’s nothing to eat!”
He went down to the Māngere Town
Centre garden and met fellow Cook
Islander and gardening legend Tom
Wichman. At the time, Tom was
helping out in the Māngere College
garden. Metua followed him and
still works there on Wednesdays,
tending the fertile plots and inspiring
a new generation of gardeners.
“If we don’t plant,
there’s nothing to eat!”
When the Town Centre gardens
closed, Metua found a new home
at the Old School Reserve Teaching
Garden. Here he works a large plot,
producing enough veges to feed his
family and friends all year round.
Metua’s gardening style blends knowledge
from home with new learnings
from fellow gardeners in Māngere.
In the Islands, he grew mainly taro,
arrowroot and kumara, as there were
hardly any seeds available for greens.
Now, alongside root vegetables, his
gardens also burst with silverbeet,
lettuce and kale. He still follows the
traditional ‘arapo’ or Cook Island
moon calendar for planting kumara.
In the Islands, his garden and food
waste was burnt or given to the pigs
and chooks. In Māngere, Metua has
learnt to return nutrients to the soil
through composting and sowing
lupins and mustard over winter.
He has also created raised beds from
scrap wood, concrete and plastic
crates – a great way to keep these
items out of landfill and save money.
All this gardening knowledge is freely
shared with the Māngere College
garden club, some of whom “didn’t
know anything about lettuce or
vegetables or how to cook them”
when they started. Sometimes
they’ll use an outdoor stove at the
College gardens and cook up a
feed from the garden together.
Most days, Metua can be found in
one of the gardens that he tends.
“I love gardening”, says Metua. “It’s
something to do. I don’t like sitting”.
A humble man, Metua’s gardening
talents are now being recognised
in the wider community, with
a nomination for 2016 Gardena
Gardener of the Year. “[Metua’s]
nomination by Māngere College
recognises the hard work he’s done in
the local community to mentor and
inspire young people in setting up
their own gardens at home”, says NZ
Gardener Magazine’s Christine Rush.
Metua is one of only five finalists
for the award nationwide.
Congratulations Metua – we wish
you all the best in the final round!
Spark proud to
make a difference
to 275 Times
Spark recently ran a campaign internally
for its staff called ‘One Spark One Wish’
which gave employees of the company
the chance to nominate a community
group to receive a donation. Twenty-four
schools, sports clubs, community groups
and cultural organisations were presented
with a donation to put towards an area
or project that needed it the most.
One of the chosen recipients was Māngere’s
275 Times, which was nominated by
Spark’s Senior Analyst, Rachel Fleming.
Rachel put forward 275 Times because she
has roots in Māngere, having previously
worked in the area as well as having friends
who are active members in Māngere.
She also loves the positive impact the
newspaper has on the community.
“Māngere is a wonderful place that
isn’t celebrated enough in mainstream
media, so I wanted to nominate 275
Times as it aims to challenge stereotypes
and encourage a strong sense of
community pride,” she explains.
The $2,000 grant from Spark has allowed
275 Times to enhance the quality of
paper used and grow from a four-page
newsletter to an eight-page magazine.
The organisation has also been able to
expand the circulation to now include over
140 sites throughout the Māngere area.
“It’s proven that there’s an increased sense
of community pride when individuals
read positive news about their area,” says
Rachel. “It was great to have been given
the opportunity to assist 275 Times with
providing a platform for the people of
Māngere to communicate their stories
back to their local community.”
to Māngere music producer Anonymouz
(Matthew Faiumu Salapu), who received
the Emerging Pacific Artist Award at this
year’s Creative NZ Pacific Arts Awards.
Thank you from
Behind the Wheel
Since launching in February
this year, it’s been a really
positive journey for Behind
the Wheel Māngere.
The programme feels a like a
part of the Māngere community
and has been taken under
the wing of local leaders. It’s
awesome to hear and share
all the stories of success, and
see Behind the Wheel help
the community to make the
roads a safer place together.
Here are some awesome
achievements worth celebrating:
ÊÊ91 Pledge Teams
ÊÊOver 216 young people
who have got their Learner
Licence and over 48 who
have progressed to their
Restricted or Full Licence
ÊÊOver 250 Learner Licence
ÊÊOver 200 Licensing Support
ÊÊOver 134 Restricted and Full
Licensing workshop attendees
One person who has been
a leading force in holding
things together is Programme
Manager, Kathy Chinn. Kathy’s
efforts in collaborating on the
programme with the community
and agencies have helped
community leaders to own and
keep Behind the Wheel moving.
As we come to the end of the
year, we want to acknowledge
everyone’s efforts and
look ahead to the future
of Behind the Wheel.
Above: Kathy Chinn (right), Programme Manager for Behind the Wheel Māngere.
“It’s been truly amazing to
collaborate with Māngere
and Kathy. She has been so
integral to driving Behind the
Wheel forward and I know that
Māngere has become really
close to her heart. We’re excited
for what the future holds for
Behind the Wheel Māngere and
hope that it continues to thrive.”
– Jo from Curative (creative agency
for Behind the Wheel Māngere)
“Kathy has been inspirational
in her role as coordinator of
the BTW project. She has taken
ideas and made them a reality
while advocating for community
in a meaningful way.”
– Hone Fowler (Māngere
East Community Centre)
“It has been exciting to help
whānau support their rangatahi
through their licensing journey.
Kathy Chinn, you have been
a stunning project leader and
I know there are some big
shoes to fill. Nevertheless,
we will endeavour to keep
Behind the Wheel alive for the
benefit of our communities.”
– Val Teraitua (Papatūānuku
A massive well done and
thank you to everyone who
has been involved in making
Behind the Wheel Māngere
what it is today. Now, it’s time
to look forward to the future:
continuing to support our
young people and making the
roads of Māngere a safer place.
Manukau City AFC member named Player of the Year
Football is on the up
and up in Māngere.
After being crowned champions in
Division 2 of the Northern Regional
Football League (NRFL), Māngere
East-based club Manukau City AFC
have followed up with their top goal
scorer Ubaldo Nuñez Espinoza earning
the title of Player Of The Year for the
northern region (which covers the
upper half of the North Island).
Chairman Duncan Edwards is happy
with how the club is developing. “The
award is fantastic for Ubaldo – and
well deserved,” he says. “It’s also a
sign that we’re doing things well as
a club. With Kevin Fallon (Manukau
City coach) voted NRFL Divison 2
Coach of the Year, the men’s team
winning the 2016 Championship, and
the high-standard of ladies', youth
and juniors' football it all adds to the
positive atmosphere. I feel we are
putting a stake in the ground and are
starting to be taken seriously within
the football community in NZ.”
“With the potential and talent in
football being largely untapped in
Māngere and throughout the South
Auckland region, we see this past
year as just the first step”, Duncan
says. “We are extremely excited about
developing further opportunities
through football, especially among
the diverse and youthful population
in the Manukau region.”
Player of the Year: Ubaldo Nuñez Espinoza from
Māngere East’s Manukau City AFC has been
named the northern region’s best player across
all men’s divisions for 2016.
Viscount’s Year 7/8 girls’
cricket team has beaten
all comers this year to
take out the Auckland
Championship title. Now
they need help to get to the
By Keith Gayford
Principal, Viscount Learning Community
Diocesan School and Somerville
Intermediate School fell away
in the semi-finals, then Belmont
Intermediate School (last year’s
champs) were beaten soundly in
the final by the Viscount team.
Outstanding bowling and fielding
allowed Viscount to dismiss
seven Belmont players for ducks,
and restricted their team total
to 92 for 8 in their 20 overs.
Viscount openers Tame Taupa’u and
Adyhanna Urika-Filifilia scored 40 and
26 respectively, and chased down
the Belmont target in 12.5 overs.
The win means that Viscount
gets the chance to play for the NZ
Championship title in Christchurch
at the end of November – going up
against the best teams from every
cricketing province in the country.
Since 2000, when NZ championships
were first organised for Year 7/8
students, the Viscount girls’ cricket
team has played in every Auckland
final except one – winning the
regional champion’s title nine times.
“Finding the $6,000 needed
for the four-day trip to
Christchurch could de-rail
this year’s adventure.”
At the NZ Championships, Viscount
has finished 3rd three times, 2nd
three times, and 1st once in 2001.
Maybe this year the girls will
be able to attach the title of NZ
Champions to their school again.
The format of the national competition
means that the finalists from
each province are only selected late
in October each year. Unfortunately,
this leaves very little time for schools
like Viscount to find the money to
get their girls to the competition,
which is always held in either
Palmerston North or Christchurch.
While Viscount Learning Community
is rightly proud of their team,
finding the $6,000 needed for the
four-day trip to Christchurch could
de-rail this year’s adventure.
Regional Champs: Viscount Learning
Community’s Year 7/8 girls’ cricket team with
their trophy. The team needs to raise $6,000 to
contest the NZ Championship in Christchurch.
Viscount is a Decile 1A school in the
heart of Māngere and there’s not much
cash left in the school’s lockers at this
time of the year. We are definitely
going to need some help from
somewhere in a very short time-frame.
Success in forums such as the
NZ cricket scene doesn’t come
easily or cheaply — however, this
kind of success is like gold dust in
a community like Viscount. The
chance to compete with the best
in the country, in a sport where
the odds are not stacked in your
favour, only comes within your
grasp a few times over the years.
Lets hope that one or more of the
many community trusts around our
country can find a way to support this
hard working group of young girls.
If you can help the team get to
Christchurch, please get in touch.
or phone: 09 275 4699.
MANGERE EAST FESTIVAL – 19 NOVEMBER
An annual FREE celebration of food, fun, and family – featuring
House of Shem, Unity Pacific and upcoming local talent.
Saturday 19 November, 12pm–5pm at Walter Massey Park, Hain
Ave, Māngere East. To volunteer, call 09 275 6161, email info@
mangereeast.org, drop in to the Māngere East Community
Centre (372 Massey Rd) or find the festival on Facebook:
DARE TO EXPLORE – AUCKLAND LIBRARIES
Looking for fun, FREE ways to keep your tamariki learning and
building their reading skills over summer? Sign up for ‘Kia Māia
te Whai – Dare to Explore’ at Auckland Libraries. The summer
reading programme is for ages 5–13 and starts on Mon 12
December. Along with fun summer challenges in English and
te reo Māori to stretch your brain, the libraries have books and
graphic novels to hook in readers of all ages. There are also free
activities throughout the holidays. Visit http://aucklandlibraries.
govt.nz for more details. Then get along to your local library and
join the fun!
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Time to spare or skills to share? The Citizens Advice Bureau
(CAB) is looking for volunteers in Māngere and Ōtāhuhu. The
CAB is all about the client – making sure that individuals do not
suffer through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities, and
that communities are responsibly developed. CAB volunteers
ask questions and actively listen to the answers to find out what
information, advice and support clients need. Contact the CAB
Māngere for more info on how to get involved. Find them at
Māngere Town Centre behind the library (Orly Avenue side).
Ph. 09 275 6885 or email: Māngere@cab.org.nz
NGA TOHU O UENUKU / MANGERE ARTS CENTRE
Altered Egos: Sat 12 November – Sun 15 January 2017
Interactive exhibition of illustration and animation, featuring two
world-class Māngere illustrators. Ali Cowley and Michel Mulipola
lead a talented team that includes Nanai Tolovae Jr. Jimmy Vea
and Te Iwihoko Te Rangihirawea. Create your own comic and
contribute to the exhibition with a collaborative drawing work
and an interactive drawing app.
Tufunga Arts Trust Exhibition: Fri 18 – Sat 26 November
Works by South Auckland artists as part of the 2016 Outsider Art
Fair New Zealand. Tufunga Arts Trust provides access to the arts
and positive social engagement for people with mental health
disabilities. 9am–5pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am–4pm
on Saturday. https://www.facebook.com/Mangereartscentre/
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