DEC 2016/JAN 2017
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
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.
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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
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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.
Words & pictures by
Alan & Rev. Emily Worman
Church in Progress MCC
What’s your favourite
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
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
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
of artists: Michel
and Ali Cowley
(above) and with
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.
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 @
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 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
A: 51 Coronation Road, PO Box 59051,
Māngere Bridge, Auckland 2151
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
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
Below left: Suitcases,
chairs, toys, and pots
and pans were just
some of the items
found during the
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: email@example.com
Stepping up the campaign to
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
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
“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.
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.
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.
Recent discoveries made by two
of New Zealand’s most senior
archaeologists have called into
question the adequacy and
My Neighbourhood – A Community Musical Story
by Shirl’e Fruean
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
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
“One of the biggest
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
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
co.nz. Then forward it to five
of your friends to sign!
• x Donate to the campaign
• x Email your support
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
Rakena and sung by
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
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).
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.
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
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by Ayla Hoeta
South Auckland social
takes Polynesia to
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,
Unit, Māngere Ōtāhuhu Arts
and The Southern Initiative.
Visit popUP South at Te Wero
Island, Wynyard Crossing,
From midday – 8pm, every day
“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:
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.
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dial from www.275Times.com
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.
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
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