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EDITION #26<br />

DEC <strong>2016</strong>/JAN <strong>2017</strong><br />

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

Māngere’s<br />

times<br />

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

Free!<br />

Our stories, our people, our Māngere<br />

Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou<br />

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.)<br />

Kia Manawaroa: Growing Resilience<br />

When she decides to<br />

do something, Moea<br />

Nimmo doesn’t let much<br />

stand in her way.<br />

In November, the young Māngere<br />

East resident graduated from<br />

the University of Auckland with<br />

a degree in medicine – fulfilling<br />

a goal she set herself when<br />

she was just 13 years old.<br />

Going to university was something<br />

neither of her parents got to do.<br />

“Dad was a truck driver. He didn’t<br />

finish school,” she says. “Mum was<br />

WHAT’S INSIDE:<br />

a stay-at-home mum... with seven<br />

kids... so they never qualified.”<br />

Moea remembers growing up<br />

in severe poverty – sometimes<br />

going without shoes or food.<br />

She also remembers the moment<br />

she decided to become a doctor.<br />

“Me, my mum and my older sister<br />

had been talking about history<br />

– wars, times when people had<br />

been dying and hurt – and I<br />

thought: I’d really like to be able<br />

to help other people,” she says.<br />

Continued on page 2 >><br />

Determined young doctor: Moea Nimmo<br />

(above right), with Mei Paul, the creator of<br />

‘Manawaroa’, the community korowai that<br />

Moea wore to her graduation ceremony.<br />

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


Continued from cover page >><br />

Moea has always loved science,<br />

but medical school was tough.<br />

“It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve<br />

ever done in my life,” she says. “I<br />

had moments every month where<br />

I would think: I can’t do this.”<br />

When she realised that every student<br />

felt the same way, Moea learned to<br />

quiet her anxious thoughts. “Once<br />

you manage that anxiety, then<br />

you get over the hump. And then<br />

you think: I love this! This is what I<br />

want to do for the rest of my life.”<br />

Moea believes that her faith, selfconfidence,<br />

the support of the<br />

people around her – and plain<br />

hard work – have helped her to<br />

overcome the obstacles she’s faced.<br />

Her teachers and family have been a<br />

huge source of encouragement and<br />

inspiration. “Everyone in my family<br />

is very hard working,” Moea says.<br />

She attributes this strong work ethic<br />

to her dad. “My father would wake<br />

up at five o’clock in the morning<br />

every day – sometimes do seven<br />

days in a row, come back at five<br />

o’clock in the afternoon – and he’s<br />

done that consistently,” she says.<br />

“There’s no way of avoiding it.”<br />

Moea also gained support from<br />

other students in the University’s<br />

Maori and Pacific Admission<br />

Scheme (MAPAS). She encourages<br />

all students to take full advantage of<br />

these kinds of networks – not just<br />

Manawaroa: the design of the Māngere East<br />

community korowai represents its diverse<br />

community and symbolises the journey from<br />

‘not-knowing’ to ‘knowing’.<br />

to get help with the academic side<br />

of university life, but to connect with<br />

people from similar backgrounds;<br />

people who “have the same sense of<br />

humour or can really identify with<br />

where you’re from and your culture.”<br />

Above all, Moea’s desire to help<br />

others has given her the energy to<br />

keep working towards her goal. “I’m<br />

doing this for my family and for this<br />

community”, she says. No matter<br />

what you’re trying to achieve, “people<br />

give you a reason to do what you’re<br />

doing. If you’re an artist, you’re<br />

painting for people; if you’re a<br />

chef, you’re cooking for people.”<br />

Having qualified as a doctor, Moea<br />

is now heading out of Auckland to<br />

take up her first full-time hospital<br />

job. But she’ll be back. “I’ve lived here<br />

all my life and I feel a responsibility<br />

to see this community grow,”<br />

she says. “I want to see it really,<br />

really thrive, and I believe that it<br />

has the potential to do so. If we<br />

work hard together to make that<br />

happen, I feel like it can happen.”<br />

Manawaroa – Community Korowai<br />

Moea is the first person to wear<br />

‘Manawaroa’, the Māngere<br />

East community korowai, to a<br />

university graduation ceremony.<br />

Mei Paul created the korowai at the<br />

Māngere East Community Centre<br />

korowai class earlier this year.<br />

The feathers at the bottom of the<br />

korowai are dark, and gradually<br />

become lighter towards the top –<br />

symbolising the journey from ‘not<br />

knowing’ to ‘knowing’, as we learn<br />

and increase our knowledge and<br />

skills. Its multi-coloured pattern<br />

represents the diversity of cultures,<br />

knowledge and skills within the<br />

Māngere East community.<br />

The korowai is available for<br />

community members to wear at<br />

graduations. For more information<br />

please contact Māngere East<br />

Community Centre: ph. 09 <strong>275</strong> 6161.<br />

CONSUMER<br />

CHRISTMAS?<br />

Words & pictures by<br />

Alan & Rev. Emily Worman<br />

Church in Progress MCC<br />

What’s your favourite<br />

Christmas memory?<br />

Our guess is it’s not receiving<br />

a big fancy present,<br />

right? Or when you maxed<br />

out your credit card?<br />

More likely it’s a feeling<br />

without a massive pricetag.<br />

That feeling you get<br />

when the people you<br />

love are together, sharing<br />

food and conversation.<br />

That magical anticipation<br />

in your stomach. Singing<br />

carols at church or around<br />

the neighbourhood.<br />

Perhaps it’s simply that<br />

summer feeling and having<br />

some time off work.<br />

Christmas is special, but it<br />

doesn’t always go smoothly.<br />

Especially with all the extra<br />

pressure from adverts that<br />

tell us: “If you spend enough,<br />

your day will be perfect!”.<br />

We asked people in our<br />

community how they<br />

handle the stresses of<br />

Christmas, and some<br />

had simple solutions.<br />

Í Í“We decide as a<br />

family on a spending<br />

limit for presents.”<br />

Í Í“I used to want to be a<br />

hero and do all the food.<br />

Each year I ended up totally<br />

stressed out and broke. Now<br />

everyone brings a plate. I like<br />

being the bossy one who<br />

tells them what to bring!”<br />

Í Í“These days we only<br />

get presents for the kids.”<br />

When you feel under<br />

pressure to spend, spend,<br />

spend, have a think about<br />

the original Christmas<br />

story: a story about a young<br />

refugee couple whose<br />

options were so limited that<br />

Mum had to give birth in a<br />

stable. We challenge you to<br />

slow down and look at that<br />

story fresh again this year.<br />

May you find Hope,<br />

Peace, Joy and Love this<br />

Christmas season.<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

ChurchinProgress<br />

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COMIC GENIUS<br />

They might have been<br />

around the world with<br />

their art, but it all started<br />

on Massey Road.<br />

Words & Pictures By Jo Latif<br />

World-renown artists Ali Cowley<br />

and Michel Mulipola are currently<br />

running an exhibition called ‘Altered<br />

Egos’ at the Māngere Arts Centre<br />

with three emerging artists.<br />

The two Samoan artists have both<br />

exhibited their work across the globe,<br />

but they grew up just five houses<br />

down from each other on Massey Rd.<br />

And now they’re bringing their talent<br />

back to where it all began – to show<br />

their local community and inspire<br />

young artists wanting to make it big.<br />

Ali is an illustrator and animator<br />

and was an animation director on<br />

Bro’Town. He teaches at Media<br />

Design School in Auckland and<br />

invited three of his students to exhibit<br />

alongside himself and Michel.<br />

His first art teacher and first influential<br />

mentor was Robert (Bob) Jahnke<br />

from Māngere College. The art room<br />

at school was Ali’s safe-haven. There<br />

he discovered his creative side and<br />

learned how to express himself<br />

through art and drawing comics.<br />

Michel is a comic book artist and<br />

surprisingly also a professional<br />

wrestler for Impact Pro Wrestling.<br />

This ties into the title ‘Altered Egos’,<br />

which is about the artists having<br />

Inspiring the<br />

next generation<br />

of artists: Michel<br />

Mulipola (left)<br />

and Ali Cowley<br />

(above) and with<br />

students from<br />

Māngere College.<br />

different sides and choosing which<br />

side to show through their artwork.<br />

Michel’s childhood in Māngere was<br />

a huge influence on him. “Growing<br />

up here instilled a bit of resilience,”<br />

he says. “I was lucky enough I had<br />

comics at a young age... I had<br />

somewhere to escape to, rather than<br />

playing around the streets and getting<br />

into mischief. Also, growing up in a<br />

multi-cultural community – I always<br />

try and reflect that in my work.”<br />

Altered Egos is at the Māngere Arts<br />

Centre until 14 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

www.urbanesia.org.nz/<strong>2016</strong>/altered-egos/<br />

MOMENTUM AT THE MOUNTAIN<br />

It’s all go at Māngere Mountain<br />

Education Centre as the team heads<br />

into the new year. On Jan 9 they’ll<br />

launch their first-ever school holiday<br />

programme. They’re also investing<br />

in new resources, expanding the<br />

workshops on offer, refitting the<br />

exhibition centre and continuing<br />

to develop as a tourist destination.<br />

Follow their progress on Facebook @<br />

MāngereMountainEducationCentre.<br />

Above: Visitors from Vietnam<br />

experience their first hāngi at Māngere<br />

Mountain Education Centre.<br />

Introducing Mary Cocker, a resident of<br />

Māngere & Māngere Bridge for over 25 years.<br />

Mary has studied and<br />

worked extensively in<br />

support roles in health/<br />

nursing/ and caregiving<br />

positions both here<br />

and in America.<br />

Mary now launches<br />

her Real Estate career<br />

in property sales and is<br />

excited to establish<br />

herself with Māngere<br />

Bridge Realty and<br />

concentrate on the<br />

Māngere Bridge/<br />

Māngere area, where<br />

she is a proud resident.<br />

Mary enjoys time spent<br />

with family, friends<br />

and church members<br />

as well as her Tongan<br />

community. She also<br />

works as a voluntary tutor<br />

for English and Maths.<br />

For a sincere, dependable and professional<br />

Real Estate service, contact Mary Cocker at:<br />

P: 021 0271 4060<br />

E: mary@mangerebridgerealty.co.nz<br />

A: 51 Coronation Road, PO Box 59051,<br />

Māngere Bridge, Auckland 2151<br />

ADVERTORIAL<br />

3


KAITIAKI<br />

of HARANIA STREAM<br />

Students from three Māngere East schools are helping<br />

restore a neglected neighbourhood treasure.<br />

By Justine Skilling<br />

Waste Minimisation Facilitator<br />

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services<br />

If waterways are “the life blood<br />

of Papatūānuku”, the state of the<br />

Harania Stream in recent years might<br />

give us cause for concern about the<br />

health of our local environment.<br />

Choked with household waste, shiny<br />

with oil from storm water running off<br />

the roads and occasionally flooded<br />

with sewage caused by blockages<br />

in nearby pipes, the stream – which<br />

runs through Māngere East and into<br />

the Manukau Harbour – has been a<br />

bit of an eyesore in our community.<br />

Things are slowly changing<br />

though, thanks to the efforts of<br />

several local schools and the work<br />

of Wai Care co-ordinators Kate<br />

Loman-Smith and Andrew Jenks.<br />

For the past two years, Wai Care<br />

have been working with Te Kura<br />

Māori o Ngā Tapuwae, Southern<br />

Cross Campus and Māngere East<br />

Primary School students, clearing<br />

rubbish out of the stream, weeding<br />

and replanting the banks with native<br />

trees, and monitoring the water quality.<br />

Groups of students regularly visit<br />

the stream and are starting to see<br />

some changes. “There’s less rubbish<br />

now than when we came last year”,<br />

said one student on a recent visit.<br />

Spending time at the stream provides<br />

lots of learning opportunities for<br />

these young people and the schools<br />

are linking the students’ experiences<br />

with school subjects, including<br />

science, English, social studies,<br />

maths, PE and even technology.<br />

Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae<br />

teacher Qaiser Iqbal is planning a<br />

project with technology students to<br />

design and build portable bridges<br />

that can be used by school groups<br />

to cross the stream more easily<br />

during their sessions there.<br />

Although small, the stream is<br />

home to several species of fish<br />

and eels, including longfin and<br />

shortfin eels, banded kokopu, the<br />

4<br />

Right: Students replant the banks of the<br />

Harania Stream with native sedges.


Left: Students from<br />

Te Kura Māori o Ngā<br />

Tapuwae with some<br />

of the rubbish they<br />

have removed from<br />

Harania stream.<br />

Below left: Suitcases,<br />

chairs, toys, and pots<br />

and pans were just<br />

some of the items<br />

found during the<br />

clean up.<br />

The stream is home to<br />

several species of fish<br />

and eels... adult eels swim<br />

all the way to Tonga to<br />

breed, and the baby eels<br />

float back here to live.<br />

rare giant kokopu, inanga and<br />

very young yellow-eyed mullet.<br />

Many students are surprised to<br />

learn that adult eels in the stream<br />

swim all the way to Tonga to<br />

breed, and that the baby eels float<br />

all the way back here to live.<br />

Students and teachers alike are<br />

learning first-hand about the impact<br />

we humans are having on our<br />

natural environment. “It’s a real eye<br />

opener, seeing how much plastic<br />

is in the mud. Being a dad and<br />

knowing the convenience of buying<br />

stuff…. It makes you think”, said<br />

one teacher. “Imagine how much<br />

rubbish would be in the whole of<br />

Auckland”, a student commented.<br />

“If I can inspire even a few students<br />

to stand up and take notice then<br />

that’s a step towards the future<br />

protection and care of our local<br />

waterways”, said Southern Cross<br />

Campus teacher Priya Delana.<br />

The students have an exciting vision<br />

for the stream. One day, they’d like<br />

to be able to swim there, drink the<br />

water and go eeling. They want<br />

the stream to be a “happy, healthy<br />

and safe” place in the community.<br />

“Just because we live in the city,<br />

doesn’t mean we can’t have a<br />

stream”, said one student.<br />

To achieve their vision, they need the<br />

support of the whole community. For<br />

starters, the students want people to<br />

stop throwing their household waste<br />

and inorganic rubbish into the stream.<br />

To prevent sewage overflows,<br />

they are also urging residents to<br />

stop flushing baby wipes down<br />

the toilet and pouring oil and<br />

fat down the kitchen sink.<br />

Above: The stream is home to several<br />

species of fish – and eels like this one.<br />

They’d also like people visiting the<br />

stream to take care of the native<br />

seedlings that they’ve planted along<br />

the banks. “The stream could be a<br />

really nice community spot for walks,<br />

picnics or playing”, says Qaiser.<br />

A huge thank you to Te Kura<br />

Māori o Ngā Tapuwae, Southern<br />

Cross Campus, Māngere East<br />

Primary and Wai Care for being<br />

kaitiaki of Harania Stream!<br />

Let’s all join together in supporting<br />

them to restore this waterway<br />

and improve the health of<br />

Papatūānuku in our area.<br />

For more information about how<br />

to get rid of household waste<br />

and unwanted inorganics, please<br />

contact Justine at Talking Rubbish,<br />

ME Family Services. Ph. 022 102 819<br />

or email: justine@mefsc.org.nz<br />

5


Stepping up the campaign to<br />

PROTECT<br />

IHUMĀTAO<br />

The campaign to protect Ihumātao<br />

has stepped up another level with the<br />

Kaitiaki Village info hub now situated<br />

alongside the proposed development<br />

site near the Ōtuataua Stonefields<br />

Historic Reserve in Māngere.<br />

With the need to increase kaitiakitanga<br />

(guardianship) over the<br />

whenua, the tent village was<br />

aptly established following the<br />

community commemoration<br />

of Parihaka* on 5 November.<br />

Led by mana whenua and locals, the<br />

peaceful protest is one of the latest<br />

in an almost two-year campaign<br />

to stop a 480-dwelling residential<br />

development planned by Fletcher.<br />

Since early November, over 500<br />

visitors have come to the village to<br />

show their support for the kaupapa.<br />

The registration book allows visitors<br />

to write their views on the campaign,<br />

on the Kaitiaki Village and whether<br />

they agree or disagree with what<br />

the campaign is trying to achieve.<br />

Of the hundreds visiting the site,<br />

there have been zero negative<br />

responses. Instead, many of the<br />

messages call for greater action and<br />

are uplifting.<br />

“Don’t give up, don’t stop fighting<br />

for your rights!” says one visitor.<br />

“People before profits. When protest<br />

becomes impossible, resistance<br />

becomes duty,” says another.<br />

Among the visitors was the 29th New<br />

Zealand delegation for the Ship for<br />

World Youth. The group are travelling<br />

to Japan in <strong>January</strong> to present on<br />

non-violent peaceful resistance,<br />

they will include Ihumātao as one<br />

of their topics at the conference.<br />

With more creative ideas stowed<br />

away, campaigners are in for the<br />

long haul and will continue to look<br />

for clever ways to protect Ihumātao<br />

from destructive development.<br />

VIRTUAL OCCUPATION<br />

To boost public support across<br />

Aotearoa, and internationally,<br />

and in response to the mounting<br />

controversy about Special Housing<br />

Below: Ihumātao Kaitiaki Village welcomes visitors<br />

Area (SHA) 62, the SOUL group<br />

(Save Our Unique Landscape) has<br />

set up a ‘virtual occupation’ with<br />

the support of Auckland-based<br />

creative agency Sugar and Partners.<br />

Those visiting the site www.<br />

protectihumatao.co.nz and<br />

registering with the occupation<br />

are represented by a personalised<br />

place-marker. This place-marker<br />

allows their name to appear on an<br />

early New Zealand survey map of<br />

the area. The map locates SHA 62<br />

next to the neighbouring Ōtuataua<br />

Stonefields Historic Reserve, which<br />

borders the Manukau Harbour,<br />

and the Ihumātao papakainga.<br />

ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE<br />

Recent discoveries made by two<br />

of New Zealand’s most senior<br />

archaeologists have called into<br />

question the adequacy and<br />

6<br />

My Neighbourhood – A Community Musical Story<br />

by Shirl’e Fruean<br />

Matthew Faiumu<br />

Salapu, also known as<br />

‘Anonymouz,’ is a Hip<br />

Hop producer who<br />

grew up in Māngere.<br />

He had a vision of<br />

bringing the Māngere<br />

and Ōtāhuhu community<br />

together through music<br />

and film to “help shape<br />

and conceptualise the<br />

different stories through<br />

these mediums – giving<br />

a deeper awareness.”<br />

His venture also doubles<br />

as a “great opportunity<br />

to not only entertain<br />

people, but also inform,<br />

educate and inspire them<br />

with recollections of<br />

interesting local histories<br />

and legends as articulated<br />

by our local community<br />

leaders,” he says.<br />

The dream became a<br />

reality for Anonymouz<br />

when he won support from<br />

the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu<br />

Local Board, his wife<br />

Noma, and a couple of<br />

musicians – which soon<br />

grew into 100 musicians,<br />

songwriters and lyricists<br />

within the community.<br />

Ran Events, Epiphany<br />

Pacific Trust, Māngere Arts<br />

Centre and many others<br />

contributed, and within a<br />

month, a special screening<br />

to celebrate the release of<br />

this project was held in the<br />

Māngere Town Centre.<br />

The “My Neighbourhood”<br />

community EP music<br />

video starts with this<br />

message by Peter Sykes<br />

a visionary community<br />

enterprise advocate:<br />

“One of the biggest<br />

untapped resources<br />

are the stories of our<br />

forebears, because we’ve<br />

been told that they are<br />

not relevant to the current<br />

space. But until we hear<br />

the stories, we cannot<br />

make the connections,<br />

and if we don’t let people<br />

articulate their stories,<br />

then they’re not valued.”<br />

Anonymouz produced ten<br />

powerful songs blending<br />

a fusion of boombap,<br />

trap, R&B, soul and live<br />

pasefika beats woven in<br />

between each track with<br />

passion and conviction.<br />

Beautiful Pacific samples<br />

sweetly sung by local<br />

school students, and<br />

authentic melodies<br />

harmoniously belted<br />

out by local artists and<br />

students of Māngere and<br />

Ōtāhuhu Colleges, remind<br />

us to smile and appreciate<br />

our neighbourhood, who<br />

we are, and where we<br />

come from with a sense<br />

of pride. Like the simple<br />

yet compelling story<br />

of Hape and Kaiwhare,<br />

the big stingray, and the<br />

migration of tangata<br />

whenua from Hawaiki to<br />

Aotearoa, arriving safely


Above: Campaigning to prevent the desecration of heritage landscape in Māngere.<br />

conclusions of a Fletcher report<br />

presented to Council consent<br />

hearings in February <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Newly discovered shell midden and<br />

fire remains were recently identified<br />

by archaeologist Dave Veart who<br />

describes the find as ‘culturally<br />

significant’. He says: “midden is a<br />

word archaeologists use to describe<br />

old rubbish. They can tell us about<br />

diet, environment and dates. They<br />

are time capsules that give us<br />

important glimpses of the past, so<br />

they are very important rubbish!”.<br />

In a separate study, archaeologist Ian<br />

Lawlor states that major stonewall<br />

structures on the designated SHA 62<br />

land were created by Maori prior to<br />

European settlement of the area.<br />

Lawlor suggests, on the basis of<br />

their structure and orientation, that<br />

the stonewalls: “most likely date<br />

between the period 1846 to 1863,<br />

and they represent remnants of<br />

historic Maori farming activities”.<br />

This means the walls were built<br />

well before the land was unjustly<br />

confiscated from local Māori in<br />

the 1860s. These walls may be the<br />

last remnant of the kilometres of<br />

stone walls depicted in the area<br />

on Captain Drury’s 1853 Manukau<br />

Harbour Maritime Survey map.<br />

The omission of these archaeological<br />

taonga calls into question not<br />

only the integrity of the Fletcher<br />

report, but the resource consent<br />

approval obtained by Fletcher and<br />

the viability of the proposed SHA.<br />

WHAT CAN YOU DO?<br />

• x Sign the virtual occupation<br />

at www.protectihumatao.<br />

co.nz. Then forward it to five<br />

of your friends to sign!<br />

• x Donate to the campaign<br />

https://givealittle.co.nz/<br />

cause/soulstopsha62<br />

• x Email your support<br />

saveihumatao@gmail.com<br />

Facebook/SOUL.noSHA<br />

Facebook/Kaitiaki-Village<br />

The Kaitiaki Village welcomes<br />

donations of canvas tents,<br />

tarpaulins, solar panels, portaloos,<br />

and non-perishable food items.<br />

*Parihaka pā, and the leadership<br />

of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu<br />

Kakahi, became a symbol of peaceful<br />

resistance against land confiscations<br />

in 1881 after colonial troops invaded<br />

the settlement and committed<br />

one of the worst infringements of<br />

civil rights in Aotearoa’s history.<br />

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

at Ihumātao, a special<br />

sacred area in Māngere.<br />

Track four on the EP,<br />

which is called “Push You<br />

Back”, is a special waiata<br />

by Māngere artists Lopz,<br />

Ace, Queen Shirl’e, Kylie<br />

Tawha, CeeJay, Hake<br />

and MC in support of<br />

the current campaign<br />

to protect Ihumātao.<br />

A beautiful back-story<br />

about Māngere Mountain<br />

narrated by kaitiaki<br />

mātauranga Waimarie<br />

Rakena and sung by<br />

students describes<br />

Māngere as “the lazy<br />

winds”. These great stories<br />

weaved through the EP<br />

take us on an educational<br />

journey recalling our<br />

roots and culture, but<br />

also alerting us to what’s<br />

really happening in our<br />

community, to look after<br />

and appreciate our place,<br />

our neighbourhood, our<br />

beautiful Māngere.<br />

The “My neighbourhood”<br />

EP music video is<br />

now available to view<br />

on Youtube under<br />

Anonymouz. It can also<br />

be downloaded from<br />

Itunes NZ. All proceeds will<br />

be donated to two local<br />

charities: The Māngere<br />

Mountain Education Centre<br />

(for the preservation of<br />

Māngere history) and the<br />

Ōtāhuhu Historical Society<br />

(for the preservation<br />

of Ōtāhuhu history).<br />

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ROBERTSON RD FINALISTS IN TECH CHALLENGE<br />

Robertson Road Primary travel to<br />

finals thanks to a solar-powered car.<br />

At the end of November, a team of budding engineers<br />

from Robertson Road Primary represented South Auckland<br />

at the finals of the <strong>2016</strong> Vector Technology Challenge.<br />

Earlier in the year the group of four students from Room<br />

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

car made from up-cycled materials - which saw them<br />

top the South Auckland heats of the competition.<br />

For that first round of the Challenge the group was sent a<br />

design brief and some basic materials, including a solarpanel<br />

and two small motors. The rest was up to them.<br />

“We found out three days before [the competition] and<br />

we started designing the car,” explains Christopher.<br />

It was a process of experimenting and problemsolving,<br />

with the group trialling a number of different<br />

materials before deciding that cheap, easy-to-find<br />

recycled materials such as cardboard, milk bottletops<br />

and toothpicks would work best. “We made<br />

one [car] out of a milk carton but then it didn’t<br />

work so we changed it to cardboard,” says Ofa.<br />

The judges were impressed by the group’s<br />

resourcefulness and use of everyday items to create<br />

something that fitted the brief and worked well.<br />

A few weeks later, the awesome foursome from Robertson<br />

Road were invited back to compete in the finals. This time<br />

they had to make a solar-powered boat. Again, they used<br />

only recycled materials that would otherwise be heading<br />

to the landfill, and they even managed to include a bit<br />

of Polynesian flavour, using a tapa-cloth for the sail.<br />

Although their boat design didn’t win the over-all prize,<br />

the group know “it’s not all about winning and coming<br />

first” (Ofa) and are thankful for the opportunity.<br />

They learned some valuable lessons along the way<br />

including the importance of “teamwork” (Logan)<br />

and “having fun” (Trent). Their advice to students<br />

entering the competition next year is “don’t glue<br />

the motor to the paddle!” (Christopher).<br />

Below: Robertson Rd School students Ofa, Christopher,<br />

Logan and Trent with their solar-powered boat and car, and<br />

their trophy from the Vector Technology Challenge.<br />

Getting<br />

a licence<br />

pays off<br />

Bianca used to rely on her mum to<br />

get her to and from work. But now<br />

she has her restricted licence she can<br />

drive herself there legally – and it’s<br />

even led to an unexpected bonus.<br />

“My work is supporting me to become<br />

a manager, but when I was on my<br />

learner’s I couldn’t fulfil all aspects<br />

of the role because some of the jobs<br />

required me to drive,” Bianca says.<br />

“Having got my restricted now I can do<br />

more and take on more responsibilities”.<br />

Now that she can take on more<br />

responsibilities Bianca will get a<br />

pay rise, and she can also work<br />

hours that suit her better.<br />

“It’s made such a big difference in<br />

my life, and my mum is happy too,”<br />

Bianca says. “I feel a sense of freedom<br />

and confidence knowing that<br />

I’m driving legally and don’t have<br />

to worry about getting fines”.<br />

Left: Having her restricted licence<br />

has really helped Bianca at work.<br />

Having your restricted and full licence<br />

can really pay off. It can open up new<br />

employment opportunities - while<br />

not being licensed can be a real dealbreaker<br />

when looking for a job or<br />

getting that promotion you want.<br />

Get Legal: Nothing quite compares to<br />

the freedom of driving the streets 100%<br />

legal and without the worry of getting<br />

caught. With the holiday’s coming<br />

up, it’s going to be a busy time on the<br />

roads, with more Police on patrol too.<br />

Make sure you don’t get caught out.<br />

Get your restricted or full driver’s<br />

licence and help make the roads<br />

safer for your friends and whānau.<br />

Find out more about getting your<br />

licence at www.behindthewheel.nz<br />

or come along to one of the awesome<br />

licensing workshops!<br />

Follow Behind the Wheel on<br />

Facebook for the latest workshop<br />

dates: @behindthewheelmangere.<br />

8<br />

ADVERTORIAL


ADVERTORIAL<br />

MARAMATAKA:<br />

<strong>December</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

by Ayla Hoeta<br />

popUP SOUTH<br />

South Auckland social<br />

enterprise collective<br />

takes Polynesia to<br />

Auckland waterfront.<br />

This month, visitors to Wynyard<br />

Quarter on Auckland‘s waterfront will<br />

be able to experience “popUP South”,<br />

which showcases a rich diversity<br />

of Polynesian handicrafts, food and<br />

entertainment from South Auckland.<br />

The newly developed popUP<br />

South Collective is on a mission to<br />

promote the talents of local people<br />

and provide opportunities to sell<br />

their work to a broader audience.<br />

popUP South Collective spokesperson<br />

Ina Michael says there is a<br />

growing interest from visitors and<br />

locals about where they can access<br />

authentic Polynesian arts, crafts,<br />

food and other cultural experiences.<br />

“At the same time so many<br />

talented individuals in South<br />

Auckland are creating incredible<br />

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craft items, performing arts and<br />

budding hospitality businesses<br />

that are looking for somewhere to<br />

expose and sell their goods, so we<br />

thought – let’s trial a new initiative<br />

to bring the groups together.”<br />

The Wynyard Christmas project will<br />

be the first in a broader summer<br />

pop-up festival programme to be<br />

held in various locations across<br />

Auckland, as part of a longer term<br />

collective vision to encourage<br />

people to experience the rich multicultural<br />

diversity of South Auckland.<br />

“With Auckland being home to the<br />

largest Polynesian population in<br />

the world, we see huge untapped<br />

potential to build and drive cultural<br />

tourism from the south,” Ina says.<br />

“This is just a starting point for this<br />

exciting new direction in local social<br />

enterprise development via a cooperative<br />

model, where our families<br />

and communities can benefit directly<br />

from interaction with the market.”<br />

popUP South Collective brings<br />

together South Auckland<br />

community organisations and<br />

has the support of the Māngere<br />

Ōtāhuhu Local Board, the Auckland<br />

Council’s development team at<br />

Pānuku Development Auckland,<br />

Community Empowerment<br />

Unit, Māngere Ōtāhuhu Arts<br />

and The Southern Initiative.<br />

Visit popUP South at Te Wero<br />

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From midday – 8pm, every day<br />

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Dec 21.<br />

Contact:<br />

info@pop<br />

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“Hurihia te aroaro ki te ra, tukuna<br />

to atarangi kia taka ki muri ia koe.”<br />

“Turn your face to the sun and the<br />

shadows will fall behind you.”<br />

Kia ora tātou, it’s exciting to see<br />

brighter days as we head into the<br />

third phase of raumati (summer).<br />

Have you noticed the flowering of<br />

the northern rātā or old pohutukawa,<br />

and seen the canopy turning from<br />

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

The time that the pohutukawa<br />

blossoms has been known to our<br />

tupuna for thousands of years. In<br />

Hawai’i they call these trees ‘Lehua‘<br />

after the giant star Lehua or<br />

Rehua (Antares). The people of<br />

Hawai’i say that when the star<br />

Lehua rises in the east, it triggers<br />

the flowering of the Lehua trees.<br />

This ancient knowledge was<br />

brought to Aotearoa on our waka<br />

over a thousand years ago. Today<br />

we use that knowledge to understand<br />

the third period of summer:<br />

matiti muramura.<br />

I’m sure most of us will be equipping<br />

ourselves for the summer<br />

break and whānau time. To align<br />

with the maramataka, set your<br />

dial* so that ‘rākaunui’ on the big<br />

orange circle aligns with the number<br />

12 on the small blue circle.<br />

You should now see that the high<br />

energy days for this month (Oturu,<br />

Rākaunui and Rākau ma tohi)<br />

fall on <strong>December</strong> 11 – 13. Good<br />

days for reflecting are korekore te<br />

whiawhia and korekore te rawea,<br />

which are on <strong>December</strong> 16 and 17.<br />

The best days for fishing and<br />

planting (Tangaroa a mua, Tangaroa<br />

a roto and Tangaroa<br />

kiokio) are <strong>December</strong> 19 – 21.<br />

This year, Christmas Day will fall<br />

on te ra mutuwhenua, which is a<br />

day to unwind and relax – a great<br />

day for whānau time. Hope everyone<br />

has a fantastic Christmas and<br />

summer break with loved ones.<br />

See you back in the New Year.<br />

#maramataka #merikirihimete<br />

*You can download a maramataka<br />

dial from www.<strong>275</strong><strong>Times</strong>.com<br />

9


Māngere East Festival<br />

Thank you to the fantastic performers, volunteers,<br />

stallholders and audience members who<br />

helped us celebrate at this year’s festival.<br />

Special thanks to the festival sponsors: Countdown<br />

Māngere East, Hirepool, Mainfreight, Māngere<br />

East Village Business Association, Māngere-<br />

Ōtāhuhu Local Board, Creative Communities, Rep<br />

FM and Māngere East Community Centre.<br />

10


Blind band with a vision<br />

The Four Fathers band members<br />

are excited to finally release<br />

their first single “Holly”.<br />

by Epi Maselino<br />

The Four Fathers specialise in R&B,<br />

rock, reggae and pop, but they dabble<br />

in all genres of music. Having grown<br />

up in South Auckland, with three out<br />

of the four band members growing<br />

up in Māngere and the other currently<br />

residing here, their life experiences are<br />

what motivates them to write music.<br />

Ese Aumalesulu, the winner of the <strong>2016</strong><br />

NZ Spirit of Attitude Award, and younger<br />

brother Limoni Aumalesulu, along with<br />

friends Daniel Te’o and Waipounamu<br />

Silbery make up the Four Fathers band.<br />

All four members are visually impaired<br />

with varying degrees of eyesight. They<br />

make sure that this doesn’t stop them<br />

from trying to achieve their goals. “It’s<br />

a privilege to play to people, especially<br />

as there are not many bands out there<br />

that are blind,” says Limoni Aumalesulu.<br />

They spend time performing at a range<br />

of events while working on original<br />

Gold for Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Athletes<br />

The Māngere Ōtāhuhu<br />

Athletics Club celebrated<br />

its first gold medals of the<br />

season on November 27,<br />

with the 14-year-old boys’<br />

relay team winning both<br />

the 4x100m relay and the<br />

field relay (long jump,<br />

discus and shot put) at the<br />

Counties Manukau Club<br />

Relay Championships.<br />

This is the club’s first ever<br />

full season. It now has 200<br />

members, with capacity for<br />

more 11- to 18-year-olds in<br />

its sprint and throw teams.<br />

music. This year, they changed the<br />

band’s name from ‘Ease’ to ‘The Four<br />

Fathers’ to represent their music and a<br />

new chapter in their musical journey.<br />

The name reflects the fact that all<br />

four of them are fathers, but also that<br />

they are ‘forefathers’ – leading the<br />

way for their own young families.<br />

This coincides with their vision to<br />

inspire by example and show that<br />

no matter your circumstances or<br />

the barriers you face, you really<br />

can achieve whatever you want.<br />

“We might have to work a little<br />

bit harder because the boys are<br />

blind, but it makes it that much<br />

more satisfying when we achieve<br />

our goals,” says Daniel Te’o.<br />

The Four Fathers have been avid<br />

supporters of the Māngere East Festival<br />

for several years and performed their<br />

single ‘Holly’ live for the first time at this<br />

year’s event. Waipounamu Silbery says<br />

“We are hoping to spread our music<br />

to the world, but even more than that,<br />

we want to spread the idea that hard<br />

work and passion smashes any barrier.”<br />

The club’s coaches for this<br />

age group are all current<br />

competitors in athletics.<br />

New Zealand reps and<br />

sisters Siosetina and Ofa<br />

Hakeai coach shot put<br />

and discus, while the<br />

sprint team is coached by<br />

sprinters and brothers Ben<br />

and Enoka Marsters.<br />

During the school holidays<br />

the club will be running a<br />

free summer training camp<br />

to prepare for the Counties<br />

and Auckland Junior<br />

Championships in February.<br />

Last year the club won 22<br />

medals at these events.<br />

If your child is aged 11–18<br />

and would benefit from<br />

high-quality coaching in<br />

shot put, discus and/or<br />

sprinting contact the club<br />

on Facebook: Māngere<br />

Ōtāhuhu Athletics Club, or<br />

moathletics@gmail.com.<br />

Left: Sila Esekielu, Kalvin Letoa,<br />

Quincy Penisio and Ajay Faleafaga<br />

receive their gold medals and<br />

Counties Manukau Club Relay<br />

Champions title for the 14-yearold<br />

boys’ 4x 100m Relay.<br />

11


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start early Feb <strong>2017</strong>. Day and evening options available. For<br />

more info, ph. 09 263 0798 or email admin@ohomairangi.co.nz.<br />

FREE COMMUNITY JOURNALISM WORKSHOP<br />

We want more local writers and contributors! <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> is<br />

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Saturday, 10 <strong>December</strong>: 10:30am–2:30pm. Come and celebrate<br />

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prizes and Entertainment. For more details and information call<br />

Larry on 021 509 993.<br />

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