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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

newspaper and

even on billboards

around our streets,

but Teau Aiterau

is more than just a

Māngere celebrity.

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.

Cycling Capital

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

and awareness

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

with children.

2. Someone with admin

skills and/or an understanding

of charitable

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

Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o

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

Violence Practitioners;

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.


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.

māngere east


Saturday 19 November

Walter Massey Park

Hain Ave, Māngere ¯ East, Auckland












To find out

More, Or to


Drop in | Email: info@mangereeast.org

Phone 09 275 6161 | www.mangereeast.org

Facebook: @MangereEastFestival


Above: Human rights activist and lawyer Moana Jackson (right) calls

for the end of prisons at Māngere Central Community Hall.


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.

Through constitutional

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.”


November 2016

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

maramataka dial

(featured in previous

editions of 275

Times) to predict

natural activity.

This month, the

high-energy days

Ōturu, Rākaunui

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

workshop attendees

ÊÊOver 200 Licensing Support

workshop attendees

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

Kōkiri Marae)

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.




need help

to reach


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

National championships

in Christchurch.

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.

(Photo: Stuff.co.nz)

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.

Email: keithg@viscount.school.nz

or phone: 09 275 4699.


Community Notices


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:



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!


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


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/

Community notices are FREE for non-profit organisations.

Send us details of your group or event for the next issue!

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