275 Times. December 2016/ January 2017

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Mangere's Community News. Edition #26

EDITION #26

DEC 2016/JAN 2017

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Our stories, our people, our Māngere

Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou

Above: Māngere East Primary School’s Tongan Group entertains the crowd at the Māngere East Festival on Nov 19. (See more festival photos on p. 10.)

Kia Manawaroa: Growing Resilience

When she decides to

do something, Moea

Nimmo doesn’t let much

stand in her way.

In November, the young Māngere

East resident graduated from

the University of Auckland with

a degree in medicine – fulfilling

a goal she set herself when

she was just 13 years old.

Going to university was something

neither of her parents got to do.

“Dad was a truck driver. He didn’t

finish school,” she says. “Mum was

WHAT’S INSIDE:

a stay-at-home mum... with seven

kids... so they never qualified.”

Moea remembers growing up

in severe poverty – sometimes

going without shoes or food.

She also remembers the moment

she decided to become a doctor.

“Me, my mum and my older sister

had been talking about history

– wars, times when people had

been dying and hurt – and I

thought: I’d really like to be able

to help other people,” she says.

Continued on page 2 >>

Determined young doctor: Moea Nimmo

(above right), with Mei Paul, the creator of

‘Manawaroa’, the community korowai that

Moea wore to her graduation ceremony.

P2: Consumer Christmas? P6: Ihumātao Kaitiaki Village P9: Maramataka


Continued from cover page >>

Moea has always loved science,

but medical school was tough.

“It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve

ever done in my life,” she says. “I

had moments every month where

I would think: I can’t do this.”

When she realised that every student

felt the same way, Moea learned to

quiet her anxious thoughts. “Once

you manage that anxiety, then

you get over the hump. And then

you think: I love this! This is what I

want to do for the rest of my life.”

Moea believes that her faith, selfconfidence,

the support of the

people around her – and plain

hard work – have helped her to

overcome the obstacles she’s faced.

Her teachers and family have been a

huge source of encouragement and

inspiration. “Everyone in my family

is very hard working,” Moea says.

She attributes this strong work ethic

to her dad. “My father would wake

up at five o’clock in the morning

every day – sometimes do seven

days in a row, come back at five

o’clock in the afternoon – and he’s

done that consistently,” she says.

“There’s no way of avoiding it.”

Moea also gained support from

other students in the University’s

Maori and Pacific Admission

Scheme (MAPAS). She encourages

all students to take full advantage of

these kinds of networks – not just

Manawaroa: the design of the Māngere East

community korowai represents its diverse

community and symbolises the journey from

‘not-knowing’ to ‘knowing’.

to get help with the academic side

of university life, but to connect with

people from similar backgrounds;

people who “have the same sense of

humour or can really identify with

where you’re from and your culture.”

Above all, Moea’s desire to help

others has given her the energy to

keep working towards her goal. “I’m

doing this for my family and for this

community”, she says. No matter

what you’re trying to achieve, “people

give you a reason to do what you’re

doing. If you’re an artist, you’re

painting for people; if you’re a

chef, you’re cooking for people.”

Having qualified as a doctor, Moea

is now heading out of Auckland to

take up her first full-time hospital

job. But she’ll be back. “I’ve lived here

all my life and I feel a responsibility

to see this community grow,”

she says. “I want to see it really,

really thrive, and I believe that it

has the potential to do so. If we

work hard together to make that

happen, I feel like it can happen.”

Manawaroa – Community Korowai

Moea is the first person to wear

‘Manawaroa’, the Māngere

East community korowai, to a

university graduation ceremony.

Mei Paul created the korowai at the

Māngere East Community Centre

korowai class earlier this year.

The feathers at the bottom of the

korowai are dark, and gradually

become lighter towards the top –

symbolising the journey from ‘not

knowing’ to ‘knowing’, as we learn

and increase our knowledge and

skills. Its multi-coloured pattern

represents the diversity of cultures,

knowledge and skills within the

Māngere East community.

The korowai is available for

community members to wear at

graduations. For more information

please contact Māngere East

Community Centre: ph. 09 275 6161.

CONSUMER

CHRISTMAS?

Words & pictures by

Alan & Rev. Emily Worman

Church in Progress MCC

What’s your favourite

Christmas memory?

Our guess is it’s not receiving

a big fancy present,

right? Or when you maxed

out your credit card?

More likely it’s a feeling

without a massive pricetag.

That feeling you get

when the people you

love are together, sharing

food and conversation.

That magical anticipation

in your stomach. Singing

carols at church or around

the neighbourhood.

Perhaps it’s simply that

summer feeling and having

some time off work.

Christmas is special, but it

doesn’t always go smoothly.

Especially with all the extra

pressure from adverts that

tell us: “If you spend enough,

your day will be perfect!”.

We asked people in our

community how they

handle the stresses of

Christmas, and some

had simple solutions.

Í Í“We decide as a

family on a spending

limit for presents.”

Í Í“I used to want to be a

hero and do all the food.

Each year I ended up totally

stressed out and broke. Now

everyone brings a plate. I like

being the bossy one who

tells them what to bring!”

Í Í“These days we only

get presents for the kids.”

When you feel under

pressure to spend, spend,

spend, have a think about

the original Christmas

story: a story about a young

refugee couple whose

options were so limited that

Mum had to give birth in a

stable. We challenge you to

slow down and look at that

story fresh again this year.

May you find Hope,

Peace, Joy and Love this

Christmas season.

www.facebook.com/

ChurchinProgress

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COMIC GENIUS

They might have been

around the world with

their art, but it all started

on Massey Road.

Words & Pictures By Jo Latif

World-renown artists Ali Cowley

and Michel Mulipola are currently

running an exhibition called ‘Altered

Egos’ at the Māngere Arts Centre

with three emerging artists.

The two Samoan artists have both

exhibited their work across the globe,

but they grew up just five houses

down from each other on Massey Rd.

And now they’re bringing their talent

back to where it all began – to show

their local community and inspire

young artists wanting to make it big.

Ali is an illustrator and animator

and was an animation director on

Bro’Town. He teaches at Media

Design School in Auckland and

invited three of his students to exhibit

alongside himself and Michel.

His first art teacher and first influential

mentor was Robert (Bob) Jahnke

from Māngere College. The art room

at school was Ali’s safe-haven. There

he discovered his creative side and

learned how to express himself

through art and drawing comics.

Michel is a comic book artist and

surprisingly also a professional

wrestler for Impact Pro Wrestling.

This ties into the title ‘Altered Egos’,

which is about the artists having

Inspiring the

next generation

of artists: Michel

Mulipola (left)

and Ali Cowley

(above) and with

students from

Māngere College.

different sides and choosing which

side to show through their artwork.

Michel’s childhood in Māngere was

a huge influence on him. “Growing

up here instilled a bit of resilience,”

he says. “I was lucky enough I had

comics at a young age... I had

somewhere to escape to, rather than

playing around the streets and getting

into mischief. Also, growing up in a

multi-cultural community – I always

try and reflect that in my work.”

Altered Egos is at the Māngere Arts

Centre until 14 January 2017.

www.urbanesia.org.nz/2016/altered-egos/

MOMENTUM AT THE MOUNTAIN

It’s all go at Māngere Mountain

Education Centre as the team heads

into the new year. On Jan 9 they’ll

launch their first-ever school holiday

programme. They’re also investing

in new resources, expanding the

workshops on offer, refitting the

exhibition centre and continuing

to develop as a tourist destination.

Follow their progress on Facebook @

MāngereMountainEducationCentre.

Above: Visitors from Vietnam

experience their first hāngi at Māngere

Mountain Education Centre.

Introducing Mary Cocker, a resident of

Māngere & Māngere Bridge for over 25 years.

Mary has studied and

worked extensively in

support roles in health/

nursing/ and caregiving

positions both here

and in America.

Mary now launches

her Real Estate career

in property sales and is

excited to establish

herself with Māngere

Bridge Realty and

concentrate on the

Māngere Bridge/

Māngere area, where

she is a proud resident.

Mary enjoys time spent

with family, friends

and church members

as well as her Tongan

community. She also

works as a voluntary tutor

for English and Maths.

For a sincere, dependable and professional

Real Estate service, contact Mary Cocker at:

P: 021 0271 4060

E: mary@mangerebridgerealty.co.nz

A: 51 Coronation Road, PO Box 59051,

Māngere Bridge, Auckland 2151

ADVERTORIAL

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KAITIAKI

of HARANIA STREAM

Students from three Māngere East schools are helping

restore a neglected neighbourhood treasure.

By Justine Skilling

Waste Minimisation Facilitator

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services

If waterways are “the life blood

of Papatūānuku”, the state of the

Harania Stream in recent years might

give us cause for concern about the

health of our local environment.

Choked with household waste, shiny

with oil from storm water running off

the roads and occasionally flooded

with sewage caused by blockages

in nearby pipes, the stream – which

runs through Māngere East and into

the Manukau Harbour – has been a

bit of an eyesore in our community.

Things are slowly changing

though, thanks to the efforts of

several local schools and the work

of Wai Care co-ordinators Kate

Loman-Smith and Andrew Jenks.

For the past two years, Wai Care

have been working with Te Kura

Māori o Ngā Tapuwae, Southern

Cross Campus and Māngere East

Primary School students, clearing

rubbish out of the stream, weeding

and replanting the banks with native

trees, and monitoring the water quality.

Groups of students regularly visit

the stream and are starting to see

some changes. “There’s less rubbish

now than when we came last year”,

said one student on a recent visit.

Spending time at the stream provides

lots of learning opportunities for

these young people and the schools

are linking the students’ experiences

with school subjects, including

science, English, social studies,

maths, PE and even technology.

Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae

teacher Qaiser Iqbal is planning a

project with technology students to

design and build portable bridges

that can be used by school groups

to cross the stream more easily

during their sessions there.

Although small, the stream is

home to several species of fish

and eels, including longfin and

shortfin eels, banded kokopu, the

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Right: Students replant the banks of the

Harania Stream with native sedges.


Left: Students from

Te Kura Māori o Ngā

Tapuwae with some

of the rubbish they

have removed from

Harania stream.

Below left: Suitcases,

chairs, toys, and pots

and pans were just

some of the items

found during the

clean up.

The stream is home to

several species of fish

and eels... adult eels swim

all the way to Tonga to

breed, and the baby eels

float back here to live.

rare giant kokopu, inanga and

very young yellow-eyed mullet.

Many students are surprised to

learn that adult eels in the stream

swim all the way to Tonga to

breed, and that the baby eels float

all the way back here to live.

Students and teachers alike are

learning first-hand about the impact

we humans are having on our

natural environment. “It’s a real eye

opener, seeing how much plastic

is in the mud. Being a dad and

knowing the convenience of buying

stuff…. It makes you think”, said

one teacher. “Imagine how much

rubbish would be in the whole of

Auckland”, a student commented.

“If I can inspire even a few students

to stand up and take notice then

that’s a step towards the future

protection and care of our local

waterways”, said Southern Cross

Campus teacher Priya Delana.

The students have an exciting vision

for the stream. One day, they’d like

to be able to swim there, drink the

water and go eeling. They want

the stream to be a “happy, healthy

and safe” place in the community.

“Just because we live in the city,

doesn’t mean we can’t have a

stream”, said one student.

To achieve their vision, they need the

support of the whole community. For

starters, the students want people to

stop throwing their household waste

and inorganic rubbish into the stream.

To prevent sewage overflows,

they are also urging residents to

stop flushing baby wipes down

the toilet and pouring oil and

fat down the kitchen sink.

Above: The stream is home to several

species of fish – and eels like this one.

They’d also like people visiting the

stream to take care of the native

seedlings that they’ve planted along

the banks. “The stream could be a

really nice community spot for walks,

picnics or playing”, says Qaiser.

A huge thank you to Te Kura

Māori o Ngā Tapuwae, Southern

Cross Campus, Māngere East

Primary and Wai Care for being

kaitiaki of Harania Stream!

Let’s all join together in supporting

them to restore this waterway

and improve the health of

Papatūānuku in our area.

For more information about how

to get rid of household waste

and unwanted inorganics, please

contact Justine at Talking Rubbish,

ME Family Services. Ph. 022 102 819

or email: justine@mefsc.org.nz

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Stepping up the campaign to

PROTECT

IHUMĀTAO

The campaign to protect Ihumātao

has stepped up another level with the

Kaitiaki Village info hub now situated

alongside the proposed development

site near the Ōtuataua Stonefields

Historic Reserve in Māngere.

With the need to increase kaitiakitanga

(guardianship) over the

whenua, the tent village was

aptly established following the

community commemoration

of Parihaka* on 5 November.

Led by mana whenua and locals, the

peaceful protest is one of the latest

in an almost two-year campaign

to stop a 480-dwelling residential

development planned by Fletcher.

Since early November, over 500

visitors have come to the village to

show their support for the kaupapa.

The registration book allows visitors

to write their views on the campaign,

on the Kaitiaki Village and whether

they agree or disagree with what

the campaign is trying to achieve.

Of the hundreds visiting the site,

there have been zero negative

responses. Instead, many of the

messages call for greater action and

are uplifting.

“Don’t give up, don’t stop fighting

for your rights!” says one visitor.

“People before profits. When protest

becomes impossible, resistance

becomes duty,” says another.

Among the visitors was the 29th New

Zealand delegation for the Ship for

World Youth. The group are travelling

to Japan in January to present on

non-violent peaceful resistance,

they will include Ihumātao as one

of their topics at the conference.

With more creative ideas stowed

away, campaigners are in for the

long haul and will continue to look

for clever ways to protect Ihumātao

from destructive development.

VIRTUAL OCCUPATION

To boost public support across

Aotearoa, and internationally,

and in response to the mounting

controversy about Special Housing

Below: Ihumātao Kaitiaki Village welcomes visitors

Area (SHA) 62, the SOUL group

(Save Our Unique Landscape) has

set up a ‘virtual occupation’ with

the support of Auckland-based

creative agency Sugar and Partners.

Those visiting the site www.

protectihumatao.co.nz and

registering with the occupation

are represented by a personalised

place-marker. This place-marker

allows their name to appear on an

early New Zealand survey map of

the area. The map locates SHA 62

next to the neighbouring Ōtuataua

Stonefields Historic Reserve, which

borders the Manukau Harbour,

and the Ihumātao papakainga.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE

Recent discoveries made by two

of New Zealand’s most senior

archaeologists have called into

question the adequacy and

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My Neighbourhood – A Community Musical Story

by Shirl’e Fruean

Matthew Faiumu

Salapu, also known as

‘Anonymouz,’ is a Hip

Hop producer who

grew up in Māngere.

He had a vision of

bringing the Māngere

and Ōtāhuhu community

together through music

and film to “help shape

and conceptualise the

different stories through

these mediums – giving

a deeper awareness.”

His venture also doubles

as a “great opportunity

to not only entertain

people, but also inform,

educate and inspire them

with recollections of

interesting local histories

and legends as articulated

by our local community

leaders,” he says.

The dream became a

reality for Anonymouz

when he won support from

the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu

Local Board, his wife

Noma, and a couple of

musicians – which soon

grew into 100 musicians,

songwriters and lyricists

within the community.

Ran Events, Epiphany

Pacific Trust, Māngere Arts

Centre and many others

contributed, and within a

month, a special screening

to celebrate the release of

this project was held in the

Māngere Town Centre.

The “My Neighbourhood”

community EP music

video starts with this

message by Peter Sykes

a visionary community

enterprise advocate:

“One of the biggest

untapped resources

are the stories of our

forebears, because we’ve

been told that they are

not relevant to the current

space. But until we hear

the stories, we cannot

make the connections,

and if we don’t let people

articulate their stories,

then they’re not valued.”

Anonymouz produced ten

powerful songs blending

a fusion of boombap,

trap, R&B, soul and live

pasefika beats woven in

between each track with

passion and conviction.

Beautiful Pacific samples

sweetly sung by local

school students, and

authentic melodies

harmoniously belted

out by local artists and

students of Māngere and

Ōtāhuhu Colleges, remind

us to smile and appreciate

our neighbourhood, who

we are, and where we

come from with a sense

of pride. Like the simple

yet compelling story

of Hape and Kaiwhare,

the big stingray, and the

migration of tangata

whenua from Hawaiki to

Aotearoa, arriving safely


Above: Campaigning to prevent the desecration of heritage landscape in Māngere.

conclusions of a Fletcher report

presented to Council consent

hearings in February 2016.

Newly discovered shell midden and

fire remains were recently identified

by archaeologist Dave Veart who

describes the find as ‘culturally

significant’. He says: “midden is a

word archaeologists use to describe

old rubbish. They can tell us about

diet, environment and dates. They

are time capsules that give us

important glimpses of the past, so

they are very important rubbish!”.

In a separate study, archaeologist Ian

Lawlor states that major stonewall

structures on the designated SHA 62

land were created by Maori prior to

European settlement of the area.

Lawlor suggests, on the basis of

their structure and orientation, that

the stonewalls: “most likely date

between the period 1846 to 1863,

and they represent remnants of

historic Maori farming activities”.

This means the walls were built

well before the land was unjustly

confiscated from local Māori in

the 1860s. These walls may be the

last remnant of the kilometres of

stone walls depicted in the area

on Captain Drury’s 1853 Manukau

Harbour Maritime Survey map.

The omission of these archaeological

taonga calls into question not

only the integrity of the Fletcher

report, but the resource consent

approval obtained by Fletcher and

the viability of the proposed SHA.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

• x Sign the virtual occupation

at www.protectihumatao.

co.nz. Then forward it to five

of your friends to sign!

• x Donate to the campaign

https://givealittle.co.nz/

cause/soulstopsha62

• x Email your support

saveihumatao@gmail.com

Facebook/SOUL.noSHA

Facebook/Kaitiaki-Village

The Kaitiaki Village welcomes

donations of canvas tents,

tarpaulins, solar panels, portaloos,

and non-perishable food items.

*Parihaka pā, and the leadership

of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu

Kakahi, became a symbol of peaceful

resistance against land confiscations

in 1881 after colonial troops invaded

the settlement and committed

one of the worst infringements of

civil rights in Aotearoa’s history.

Above left: Some of the 100 artists who feature on ‘My Neighbourhood’. Above right: Anonymouz (right) and the film crew at Ihumātao.

at Ihumātao, a special

sacred area in Māngere.

Track four on the EP,

which is called “Push You

Back”, is a special waiata

by Māngere artists Lopz,

Ace, Queen Shirl’e, Kylie

Tawha, CeeJay, Hake

and MC in support of

the current campaign

to protect Ihumātao.

A beautiful back-story

about Māngere Mountain

narrated by kaitiaki

mātauranga Waimarie

Rakena and sung by

students describes

Māngere as “the lazy

winds”. These great stories

weaved through the EP

take us on an educational

journey recalling our

roots and culture, but

also alerting us to what’s

really happening in our

community, to look after

and appreciate our place,

our neighbourhood, our

beautiful Māngere.

The “My neighbourhood”

EP music video is

now available to view

on Youtube under

Anonymouz. It can also

be downloaded from

Itunes NZ. All proceeds will

be donated to two local

charities: The Māngere

Mountain Education Centre

(for the preservation of

Māngere history) and the

Ōtāhuhu Historical Society

(for the preservation

of Ōtāhuhu history).

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ROBERTSON RD FINALISTS IN TECH CHALLENGE

Robertson Road Primary travel to

finals thanks to a solar-powered car.

At the end of November, a team of budding engineers

from Robertson Road Primary represented South Auckland

at the finals of the 2016 Vector Technology Challenge.

Earlier in the year the group of four students from Room

29 (year 5/6) had wowed judges with a solar-powered

car made from up-cycled materials - which saw them

top the South Auckland heats of the competition.

For that first round of the Challenge the group was sent a

design brief and some basic materials, including a solarpanel

and two small motors. The rest was up to them.

“We found out three days before [the competition] and

we started designing the car,” explains Christopher.

It was a process of experimenting and problemsolving,

with the group trialling a number of different

materials before deciding that cheap, easy-to-find

recycled materials such as cardboard, milk bottletops

and toothpicks would work best. “We made

one [car] out of a milk carton but then it didn’t

work so we changed it to cardboard,” says Ofa.

The judges were impressed by the group’s

resourcefulness and use of everyday items to create

something that fitted the brief and worked well.

A few weeks later, the awesome foursome from Robertson

Road were invited back to compete in the finals. This time

they had to make a solar-powered boat. Again, they used

only recycled materials that would otherwise be heading

to the landfill, and they even managed to include a bit

of Polynesian flavour, using a tapa-cloth for the sail.

Although their boat design didn’t win the over-all prize,

the group know “it’s not all about winning and coming

first” (Ofa) and are thankful for the opportunity.

They learned some valuable lessons along the way

including the importance of “teamwork” (Logan)

and “having fun” (Trent). Their advice to students

entering the competition next year is “don’t glue

the motor to the paddle!” (Christopher).

Below: Robertson Rd School students Ofa, Christopher,

Logan and Trent with their solar-powered boat and car, and

their trophy from the Vector Technology Challenge.

Getting

a licence

pays off

Bianca used to rely on her mum to

get her to and from work. But now

she has her restricted licence she can

drive herself there legally – and it’s

even led to an unexpected bonus.

“My work is supporting me to become

a manager, but when I was on my

learner’s I couldn’t fulfil all aspects

of the role because some of the jobs

required me to drive,” Bianca says.

“Having got my restricted now I can do

more and take on more responsibilities”.

Now that she can take on more

responsibilities Bianca will get a

pay rise, and she can also work

hours that suit her better.

“It’s made such a big difference in

my life, and my mum is happy too,”

Bianca says. “I feel a sense of freedom

and confidence knowing that

I’m driving legally and don’t have

to worry about getting fines”.

Left: Having her restricted licence

has really helped Bianca at work.

Having your restricted and full licence

can really pay off. It can open up new

employment opportunities - while

not being licensed can be a real dealbreaker

when looking for a job or

getting that promotion you want.

Get Legal: Nothing quite compares to

the freedom of driving the streets 100%

legal and without the worry of getting

caught. With the holiday’s coming

up, it’s going to be a busy time on the

roads, with more Police on patrol too.

Make sure you don’t get caught out.

Get your restricted or full driver’s

licence and help make the roads

safer for your friends and whānau.

Find out more about getting your

licence at www.behindthewheel.nz

or come along to one of the awesome

licensing workshops!

Follow Behind the Wheel on

Facebook for the latest workshop

dates: @behindthewheelmangere.

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ADVERTORIAL


ADVERTORIAL

MARAMATAKA:

December 2016

by Ayla Hoeta

popUP SOUTH

South Auckland social

enterprise collective

takes Polynesia to

Auckland waterfront.

This month, visitors to Wynyard

Quarter on Auckland‘s waterfront will

be able to experience “popUP South”,

which showcases a rich diversity

of Polynesian handicrafts, food and

entertainment from South Auckland.

The newly developed popUP

South Collective is on a mission to

promote the talents of local people

and provide opportunities to sell

their work to a broader audience.

popUP South Collective spokesperson

Ina Michael says there is a

growing interest from visitors and

locals about where they can access

authentic Polynesian arts, crafts,

food and other cultural experiences.

“At the same time so many

talented individuals in South

Auckland are creating incredible

traditional and contemporary

craft items, performing arts and

budding hospitality businesses

that are looking for somewhere to

expose and sell their goods, so we

thought – let’s trial a new initiative

to bring the groups together.”

The Wynyard Christmas project will

be the first in a broader summer

pop-up festival programme to be

held in various locations across

Auckland, as part of a longer term

collective vision to encourage

people to experience the rich multicultural

diversity of South Auckland.

“With Auckland being home to the

largest Polynesian population in

the world, we see huge untapped

potential to build and drive cultural

tourism from the south,” Ina says.

“This is just a starting point for this

exciting new direction in local social

enterprise development via a cooperative

model, where our families

and communities can benefit directly

from interaction with the market.”

popUP South Collective brings

together South Auckland

community organisations and

has the support of the Māngere

Ōtāhuhu Local Board, the Auckland

Council’s development team at

Pānuku Development Auckland,

Community Empowerment

Unit, Māngere Ōtāhuhu Arts

and The Southern Initiative.

Visit popUP South at Te Wero

Island, Wynyard Crossing,

Auckland Waterfront.

From midday – 8pm, every day

until Wed,

Dec 21.

Contact:

info@pop

upsouth.

com

“Hurihia te aroaro ki te ra, tukuna

to atarangi kia taka ki muri ia koe.”

“Turn your face to the sun and the

shadows will fall behind you.”

Kia ora tātou, it’s exciting to see

brighter days as we head into the

third phase of raumati (summer).

Have you noticed the flowering of

the northern rātā or old pohutukawa,

and seen the canopy turning from

white (hana) to red (muramura)?

The time that the pohutukawa

blossoms has been known to our

tupuna for thousands of years. In

Hawai’i they call these trees ‘Lehua‘

after the giant star Lehua or

Rehua (Antares). The people of

Hawai’i say that when the star

Lehua rises in the east, it triggers

the flowering of the Lehua trees.

This ancient knowledge was

brought to Aotearoa on our waka

over a thousand years ago. Today

we use that knowledge to understand

the third period of summer:

matiti muramura.

I’m sure most of us will be equipping

ourselves for the summer

break and whānau time. To align

with the maramataka, set your

dial* so that ‘rākaunui’ on the big

orange circle aligns with the number

12 on the small blue circle.

You should now see that the high

energy days for this month (Oturu,

Rākaunui and Rākau ma tohi)

fall on December 11 – 13. Good

days for reflecting are korekore te

whiawhia and korekore te rawea,

which are on December 16 and 17.

The best days for fishing and

planting (Tangaroa a mua, Tangaroa

a roto and Tangaroa

kiokio) are December 19 – 21.

This year, Christmas Day will fall

on te ra mutuwhenua, which is a

day to unwind and relax – a great

day for whānau time. Hope everyone

has a fantastic Christmas and

summer break with loved ones.

See you back in the New Year.

#maramataka #merikirihimete

*You can download a maramataka

dial from www.275Times.com

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Māngere East Festival

Thank you to the fantastic performers, volunteers,

stallholders and audience members who

helped us celebrate at this year’s festival.

Special thanks to the festival sponsors: Countdown

Māngere East, Hirepool, Mainfreight, Māngere

East Village Business Association, Māngere-

Ōtāhuhu Local Board, Creative Communities, Rep

FM and Māngere East Community Centre.

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Blind band with a vision

The Four Fathers band members

are excited to finally release

their first single “Holly”.

by Epi Maselino

The Four Fathers specialise in R&B,

rock, reggae and pop, but they dabble

in all genres of music. Having grown

up in South Auckland, with three out

of the four band members growing

up in Māngere and the other currently

residing here, their life experiences are

what motivates them to write music.

Ese Aumalesulu, the winner of the 2016

NZ Spirit of Attitude Award, and younger

brother Limoni Aumalesulu, along with

friends Daniel Te’o and Waipounamu

Silbery make up the Four Fathers band.

All four members are visually impaired

with varying degrees of eyesight. They

make sure that this doesn’t stop them

from trying to achieve their goals. “It’s

a privilege to play to people, especially

as there are not many bands out there

that are blind,” says Limoni Aumalesulu.

They spend time performing at a range

of events while working on original

Gold for Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Athletes

The Māngere Ōtāhuhu

Athletics Club celebrated

its first gold medals of the

season on November 27,

with the 14-year-old boys’

relay team winning both

the 4x100m relay and the

field relay (long jump,

discus and shot put) at the

Counties Manukau Club

Relay Championships.

This is the club’s first ever

full season. It now has 200

members, with capacity for

more 11- to 18-year-olds in

its sprint and throw teams.

music. This year, they changed the

band’s name from ‘Ease’ to ‘The Four

Fathers’ to represent their music and a

new chapter in their musical journey.

The name reflects the fact that all

four of them are fathers, but also that

they are ‘forefathers’ – leading the

way for their own young families.

This coincides with their vision to

inspire by example and show that

no matter your circumstances or

the barriers you face, you really

can achieve whatever you want.

“We might have to work a little

bit harder because the boys are

blind, but it makes it that much

more satisfying when we achieve

our goals,” says Daniel Te’o.

The Four Fathers have been avid

supporters of the Māngere East Festival

for several years and performed their

single ‘Holly’ live for the first time at this

year’s event. Waipounamu Silbery says

“We are hoping to spread our music

to the world, but even more than that,

we want to spread the idea that hard

work and passion smashes any barrier.”

The club’s coaches for this

age group are all current

competitors in athletics.

New Zealand reps and

sisters Siosetina and Ofa

Hakeai coach shot put

and discus, while the

sprint team is coached by

sprinters and brothers Ben

and Enoka Marsters.

During the school holidays

the club will be running a

free summer training camp

to prepare for the Counties

and Auckland Junior

Championships in February.

Last year the club won 22

medals at these events.

If your child is aged 11–18

and would benefit from

high-quality coaching in

shot put, discus and/or

sprinting contact the club

on Facebook: Māngere

Ōtāhuhu Athletics Club, or

moathletics@gmail.com.

Left: Sila Esekielu, Kalvin Letoa,

Quincy Penisio and Ajay Faleafaga

receive their gold medals and

Counties Manukau Club Relay

Champions title for the 14-yearold

boys’ 4x 100m Relay.

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Community Notices

PARENTING PROGRAMMES 2017 – ENROL NOW

Enrol or refer now for Ohomairangi Trust’s programmes: Mellow

Bumps, Hoki ki te Rito – Oranga Whānau/Mellow Parenting for

mums and dads, Incredible Years, Whānau4whānau. All courses

start early Feb 2017. Day and evening options available. For

more info, ph. 09 263 0798 or email admin@ohomairangi.co.nz.

FREE COMMUNITY JOURNALISM WORKSHOP

We want more local writers and contributors! 275 Times is

organising a FREE Journalism Workshop for anyone interested

in the Māngere community, who might want to support the

development and depth of our community magazine. Wed,

18 January: 9.30am–12.30pm at the Māngere East Community

Centre, 372 Massey Road. Please ph. 09 275 6161 to register.

OUT AND ABOUT YATES PARK XMAS FUN DAY

Saturday, 10 December: 10:30am–2:30pm. Come and celebrate

Christmas with Strive at Yates Rd Reserve Park. A fun filled

family and community event. Enjoy FREE activities, BBQ, music,

prizes and Entertainment. For more details and information call

Larry on 021 509 993.

JOIN OTAHUHU-MANGERE YOUTH GROUP

OMYG is a group of future leaders who are committed to

giving young people a voice in community matters. The group

is driving a range of exciting local projects and youth events. If

you’re a young person who’s passionate about giving back to

your community and you’d like to know more, find OMYG on

Facebook or email: otahuhumangereyouthgroup@gmail.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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