275 Times March 2017


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MARCH 2017




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Our stories, our people, our Māngere

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





Among the new Year 7s

at Sir Douglas Bader

Intermediate, one student

stands out from the rest.

Gucci is jet black, very

hairy, and has four legs

and floppy ears. Yes, you

guessed it, Gucci is a dog.

Sir Douglas Bader

Intermediate is piloting

an innovative program

that will see Gucci

become an integral part

of the school, working in

classrooms with students.

Gucci has been with the

SPCA Auckland’s Outreach

Therapy Pets programme

for 18 months. In that time

she has visited prisons,

facilities for the elderly,

rehab units, hospitals

and other places where

people need love, affection

and non-judgement. She

has also visited the

Whakatakapokai Child,

Youth & Family care and

protection residence in

South Auckland to assist

young people understand

the importance of empathy.

“Gucci has made an instant

impact with the students

of Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate

and especially

Not just the teacher’s pet: Students Jojo Ouanine, Michael Uruamo and Tangiora Tait with Gucci.

the students in Room 6,”

says Principal Scott Symes.

“The students love having

her as part of the class;

it's been great to see kids

connect and just enjoy

having Gucci close to them.”

Associate Principal Mel

Bland proposed the initiative

early in February, believing

that having an animal

in the classroom would

help students develop a

sense of responsibility.

Among other things, the

kids have learned to change

Gucci’s water, move quietly

around her, and remind

other students of the proper

ways to treat an animal.

They are now demonstrating

these habits daily.

“The calming influence Gucci

has had in the room has

been very noticeable. The

kids have also noticed that

Gucci will seek out certain

students when she senses

things and will go and be

close to them,” says Mel.

Jojo Ouanine, a Room 6

student, says Gucci helps

him when he gets stressed

out. “I just go to her and

take some time out to

pat her. And then I can

get on with my work.”

Michael Uruamo, another

student, says ”It’s a big

responsibility having Gucci

with us and it's taught me

to be more responsible

– and the class!”

As well as helping students

become more responsible,

the initiative is helping

them think outside the box.

Gucci has been welcomed

with open arms and is now

the most popular member

of Bader Intermediate.


P2: Neighbours Day Aotearoa P5: Maramataka P7: Torranice Campel




In February, Māngere

Central School welcomed

Jacqualene Maindonald

as its new principal.

By Toni Helleur

A born and raised Cantabrian,

and the eldest of four children,

Jacqualene completed all her studies

in Canterbury – including four years

at the University of Canterbury and

Christchurch College of Education.

She is a former principal of

Richmond School in Christchurch

and Woodhill School in Helensville.

Jaqualene’s husband is also a

principal and they have a teenage

son who has represented Auckland

and Canterbury in football (soccer).

Sport is something the Maindonald

family enjoys most weekends –

either softball, surfing or football.

Jacqualene says she is in her new role

for the long haul. “I will show you a

passion and commitment to match

that which is already here,” she says.

“Whānau is so important to me, and

Māngere Central is my new whānau.”

Proud history

Māngere Central School was the first

public school in the Māngere area

and opened on 1 September, 1859.

In the early 1880s a new schoolhouse

and a “teacher’s dwelling” were built

Passion and commitment: Jacqualene Maindonald, Māngere Central School’s new principal.

to accommodate the growing

community. These buildings

still stand on the Old School

Reserve at the corner of Kirkbride

Road and Naylors Drive.

Back in the early days, children had

to walk large distances to get to

school – although some were lucky

enough to travel by pony or donkey.

Today children from Makaurau

Marae in Ihumātao travel to school

on their very own school bus.

The school is proud to have

produced members of parliament,

principals of other early Auckland

schools, and famous sportsmen and

women, as well as a Crown solicitor

and a NZ Director of Education.

Many of these early students

and their families; the Kirkbrides,

Westneys, Rennies, Masseys and

Robertsons are remembered today

in local street and place names.

Part of the community for 136 years: The

old school hall at the corner of Kirkbride Rd &

Naylors Dr is now a community meeting space.

Get set for

Neighbours Day

25–26 March

By Toni Helleur

Every connection you have

with a neighbour makes

your neighbourhood more

friendly, fun and safe.

That’s the idea behind

Neighbours Day Aotearoa,

a nationwide event that

aims to get neighbours

talking to each other.

If you want to get involved,

the website is a good place

to start. You can join for free

updates, and while you’re at

it, enter your great idea for

a Neighbours Day activity.

The town and city with the

most registered activities

will be crowned City and

Town of the Year 2017.

There are lots of ideas

on the website, but

simply knocking on your

neighbour’s door to say

“Hi!”and introduce yourself

is a great first step. Or, if you

live in a street where your

kids tend to get together

and play until you call them

in for dinner, why not try

organising a street BBQ?

I’m the Māngere Area

Coordinator for Neighbourhood

Support (NS), so this

year, I’ll be using Neighbours

Day to kick-start the NS

movement. NS is free to join,

and it’s all about connecting

with your neighbours too.

I’m also aiming to help

my neighbours reduce

their household waste

by teaching them how

to use bokashi (a form of

composting) so they’re

ready for Māngere’s

new red bin roll-out.

I think this will be a

great start leading up to

Neighbours Day Aotearoa.

The question is: what

will you plan to do?

Share your ideas, pics

and invites with us on


Neighbours Day Aotearoa

is supported by Lifewise,

The Mental Health

Foundation, Neighbourhood

Support NZ, Inspiring

Communities, Christchurch

Methodist Mission and the

Public Libraries of NZ.





With the era of black

bags coming to an end,

some of us have been

wondering how we’ll fit

all our rubbish into the

new red-lidded bins.

Waste-minimisation expert

Justine Skilling talked

to one family who have

already made the switch.

Ane Karika-Nuku is Kaitiaki

Manuhiri at the Māngere Mountain

Education Centre. Born and

raised in Māngere, she moved to

Ōtāhuhu eight months ago with

her husband and six children,

who range in age from 8 to 18.

Because Ōtāhuhu was part of the

old Auckland City Council, residents

there have been using the 120-litre

red-lidded wheelie bins for 15 years.

Ane's family has adapted to the

new system and now they barely

manage to fill their 120-litre bin

with rubbish each week.

I asked her how her family

organises their rubbish

at home and how they

manage to create such a

small amount of waste.

Lessons from the

deep South

“After I finished

high school in

Māngere, I moved

to Invercargill.

My family lived

there for many

years before

moving back.

Down there,

we were used

to recycling and

cutting down our

food waste. People

used their own dinner

sets when they had

functions, instead of

plastic plates. (That’s

when having six children

came in handy!)

Invercargill is about the size of

Māngere Bridge. As well as having

a recycle centre, there were dropoff

points around the town for

glass, cardboard and other items.

Houses have big sections, so

everyone grows their own food.

Our food scraps went to the dogs,

the farms, or back in our garden.

Staying on track

When we moved up here again,

our children were really “grossed

out” to see the rubbish bags on

Māngere streets. They wondered

how such small houses could create

so much rubbish. We got a bit lazy

at first too, as it was cheaper to buy

packaged food in the supermarket.

We had eight people living in the

main house and another family

out the back, and each week we

put out two or three black sacks.

When we moved to

Ōtāhuhu, we had to

adjust again and

remember how we

used to do things in

the South Island.

Finding room to grow

We live in a Housing NZ house, so

we can’t have a garden, but we grow

things in containers, and we have

a plot at the Māngere Mountain

Education Centre community garden.

We collect our food scraps and

bring them to our plot to compost.






Getting the kids involved

Our kids bought pretty bins from the

supermarket and labelled them for

recycling, soft plastics, food scraps,

etc. They squash down cardboard

boxes and tie them together, and

rinse and squash plastic bottles before

putting them in the recycle bin.

We’re not buying as much packaged

food as we used to in Māngere. The

kids prefer homecooked

meals, so

takeaways are an




Waste-reduction champs:

Ane Karika-Nuku's family of

eight barely fill their red-lidded

rubbish bin each week.

I work long hours and my

husband works nights, so we do

big weekend cook-ups in hāngi

pots and freeze them. The kids

get meals out of the freezer

in the morning to defrost and

heat them up in the evening,

so we can all eat together.

Reducing & reusing

Because we grow our own

veges, we only need to go to

the supermarket once a month.

We buy in bulk, which also cuts

down on packaging. We look out

for notifications on Facebook or

Neighbourly from local schools

or kindys collecting packaging

for craft, and make use of our

networks in the community.

Our family spends a lot of

time at the Māngere Mountain

Education Centre, and we have

to practice reducing, reusing

and recycling there as well.

Healthy outcomes

Our main motivation for living

this way has been for personal

health reasons. We have allergies,

eczema, asthma, hay fever, lupus

and lactose intolerance in our

family, so we have to cook our own

food to control what we’re eating.

I’m also concerned about how

we’re ruining our environment

by burying our waste and

dumping it. Having lived in the

South Island, I’ve seen that it’s

possible to have beautiful, clean

spaces to play and swim in, if we

look after what’s around us.

My eldest daughter has really

inspired our whole family to get

on board with reducing waste,

as a result of her experiences

volunteering at the recycle

centre in Invercargill. It’s a

family thing. You need to

start when your children

are young so it’s normal for

them, and make it fun!”







1. Cook 2. Recycle

3. Grow some of your own

food 4. Use real dishes for

functions 5. Have separate

bins with labels 6. Get the

whole family involved.

FONUA: The climate

can change – can we?

A uniquely Polynesian call

to action, Fonua is a largescale

theatre production

that addresses the challenge

of climate change from the

perspective of some of the

world’s most affected nations.

Using song, dance, chanting

and physical performance,

the one-hour

show reminds us

that a global

crisis requires

a shift from


to collective



March 2017

by Ayla Hoeta

Can you believe it's March

already? We’re now in the fifth

phase of summer, which is called

Matiti Raurehu. This is when

you get a lot more moisture in

the mornings. Sometimes it’s

like a white dew that covers

the ground – although this

phenomenon has been almost

absent for the last two years.

The sixth phase, Matiti Rautapata,

will start around the time of the

full moon. During this phase

the seed pods burst open and

kauri trees drop their cones.

At the end of summer, you’ll

see the leaves dancing as they

fall to the forest floor. This is

called Matiti Rauangina.

In March, Te Rakaunui, the highest

energy day, falls on the 12th. This

is a great day to get things done!

The new tide brings new energy


FONUA: 8pm*, 11 & 12 March

Māngere Arts Centre (corner

Bader Drive and Orly Ave)

Cost: FREE (Reserve your

seats through Eventfinda)

Fonua is co-produced by

the Auckland Arts Festival,

supported through the

Auckland Diversity

Project Fund and part

of the Auckland Arts

Festival Whānui


*Please arrive at

7:30pm for an

8pm start.

and you’ll feel productive and

ready to do it all on this day.

Key planting and fishing days

are 19–21 March. These days

are Tangaroa a mua, Tangaroa

a roto and Tangaroa kiokio.

The Oike day, which is best

for weeding and tidying

the garden, is 15 March.

To set your dial, check the

date of the full moon (13

March). Then turn the small

blue circle until the number

‘12’ lines up with ‘Rakaunui’

on the big orange circle.

Next month we reach the last

phases of summer – Matiti

Rauangina – and move into

the autumn months.

I hope you are enjoying your

maramataka read. If you would

like a maramataka dial visit

275 Times on Facebook. And

if you have any questions

contact me ayla.hoeta@



Inspiring talent: Polynesian

diva Lavina Williams.


Food . Crafts . Cultural Performances . Bouncy Castle . Free Family Fun!


Māngere East Community Centre

372 Massey Road, Māngere East

Email: info@mangereeast.org

Phone 09 275 6161




SAT 11 MAR, 10 - 2PM

Village Green (beside the Library)

Massey Rd, Māngere East

Thanks to:

Former Ma-V-Elle

singer Lavina Williams

is back in her zone,

inspiring a new wave

of talent with her

Vocals with Attitude

singing classes, and

co-hosting a brand

new show on RepFM.

by Shirl’e Fruean

Back in the 1990s, Lavina

Williams blew our minds,

won our hearts and kept

us on a high with her

amazing, powerful voice

as part of Ma-V-Elle.

I remember her from

her humble early days

growing up in Manurewa.

We were in the same class

when she won the school

talent quest at Weymouth

Intermediate. One of

the judges, Ngaire Fuata

(famous at the time for

her cover of “To Sir with

Love”), acknowledged

Lavina’s special talent

and her incredible voice

and predicted she was

going to go places in

the music industry.

During high school, Lavina

formed the girl band

Belle. They went on to

perform at the Smokefree

Rockquest and Big Day

Out. Later, as Ma-V-

Elle, they released two

albums, Spoken To (1997)

and Angel (1999), and

toured around the world.

They were also blessed

with the opportunity to

open for legends Tina

Turner, Boney M, Macy

Gray and many more.

Lavina was also part

of the Faith City praise

and worship team,

which released a

gospel album called

Everything, alongside

a te reo Māori version

called Ngā Mea Katoa.

I remember her singing at

a popular karaoke bar in

Papatoetoe where I was

working as a bartender.

She sang with her

sister Emily and every

time they sang it was

absolutely magical.

She was then given a

breakthrough opportunity

to play Shenzi the

hyena, in the Australian

production of The Lion

King musical. Lavina

also made it into the top

10 on Australian Idol,

an experience she will

always remember as

one of the best times

in her musical career.

A couple of years later,

she moved to Germany,

where she worked as a

writer and producer for

musical theatre show

Popstars. She toured

France as Deena in the

musical Dream Girls, then

moved back to NZ and

was chosen for the role

of Motormouth Maybelle

in the 2014 production

of Hairspray. She was

also the vocal coach for

The X Factor in 2015.

Today, it’s clear this

Polynesian diva is on a

whole different level, with

so much wisdom, and

the freedom and passion

to help others. She has a

heart of gold and cares so

much for them and wants

them to be the best.

If you would like to know

where Lavina is performing

next, you can find her

on all social media sites.

You can also catch her

most Saturdays on RepFM,

teaming up with me from

7:30pm on our brand new

show “Ladies’ night”. Ladies

tune in! www.repfm.co.nz


Torranice Campel

World Social Work Day (21 March) celebrates

social workers who are working toward social

justice, environmental sustainability and human

rights, globally. Here in Māngere, Torranice

Campel is one social worker doing exactly that.

Sharlene Looker spoke

to the youth advocate

about her latest projects

and what drives her

desire to affirm and

empower today’s youth.

Torranice is known for

tirelessly encouraging

youth to be proud of who

they are, to be centred in

their roots and to aspire to

be the best. But her own

experience growing up in

Māngere was not easy.

From family members

coming to terms with her

transgender identity, to

issues of being looked down

upon as a Polynesian and

dealing with peers who

made her feel ashamed to

be her authentic self, it has

taken years of confrontation

and acceptance to become

the woman she is today.

“Looking back at myself

as a young person I saw

someone whose voice was

silenced because of one,

my identity as a transgender

woman; and two, as a

pacific person…” she says.

For Torranice, it was a lifechanging

move to Australia

in 2011 which gave her the

chance to re-assess her life.

Moving back in 2013 and

surrounding herself with

mentors who uplifted her

gave Torranice the courage

that she needed to step out

and give back by enabling

youth to do the same.

The result of this is a lesson

that has become a mantra

for all those who have

been in her care: “If you

are honest with me, then

I will be honest with you,

and together we can work

on rebuilding your life”.









In all the projects Torranice

has been involved in, her

message has never waned:

work hard, be honest

and believe in yourself.

Passionate about youth of all ages:

Torranice Campel with her 4-year-old

god-son Damon David Tanuvasa.

As well

as working at ME Family

Services as a youth

advocate, and undertaking

a Bachelor of Applied Social

Work, she's been an active

volunteer with the Ōtāhuhu-

Māngere Youth Group

(OMYG) and is a member

of the Otahuhu Rotaract

Club of Ota-Ract 276.

In 2016, Torranice was one

of Auckland’s Regional

winners for the Kiwibank

New Zealander of the Year

Local Hero Award – being

nominated by one of the

families she has worked

alongside. The honour

was appreciated, but

accolades are not high

on her list of priorities.

“It brings comfort to me

knowing that they’re being

provided with appropriate

and effective support,” she

says. “And I feel so blessed

to work in a role that

enables young people to

fulfil their full potential in

life…walking alongside

them to independence.”

At the tender age of 27,

Torranice is determined

to keep this walk up. She

is currently working with

OMYG on a project titled:

“A Call for Caregivers”. It

aims to encourage the

public to be involved in

caregiving for those in

situations such as foster

care. Something Torranice

knows well – she is

fostering a teenager herself.

“A Call for Caregivers”

will involve high levels of

commitment but as a youth

worker with a passion

for our young, Torranice

has the stamina (and the

heels) to carry it off.

For more info on “A Call for

Caregivers” visit facebook.




It’s that time again! Schools across

Auckland are counting the days

to the start of the ASB Polyfest.

Southern Cross Campus is no different.

Dezante Tanevesi, who comes from

Makefu on Niue, shares what it means

to be part of the school’s Niuean team:

“I’ve been in the group for three years

now. Every year, we give it our all

at Polyfest to try and win. Polyfest

is important to us because it’s fun,

and we like to show off our culture,

because we aren’t out there like the

other cultures. It also helps spread

TO POLYFEST Left: Southern Cross’ Niuean group at Polyfest 2016. (Photo: Coconut Wireless)


Vagahau Niue (the Niuean language),

and our language is really important

for ensuring our culture survives.”

To raise money for their Polyfest

campaign, the group is holding a

Fiafia night at 6:30pm on Tuesday,

14 March at Southern Cross Campus.

The team at 275 Times wishes

all the teams competing the best

of luck for Polyfest 2017!

ASB Polyfest: 15–18 March

Manukau Sports Bowl


Community Notices


SPCA Auckland is working with local vets to offer FREE de-sexing

for cats. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Cats and

kittens weighing 1kg or more can be de-sexed. Book your cat in

today: call SPCA Auckland on 09 256 7310.


Are you passionate, motivated, empathetic and fun loving?

Pillars needs you to spend one-on-one time with the children

of prisoners. Empower children to live positive, hope-filled

lives. Help break the cycle of crime. Training is provided, and no

qualifications are required, but you will need a full licence and

a car. To attend the next info session email: admin-auckland@

pillars.org.nz or visit www.pillars.org.nz


Complete challenges as you race around Māngere Bridge to

raise money for the Poppy-Mai Foundation. All-ages race starts

10am, 8 July. You can race alone or in a team. Entry is $30 per

person or $50 per team and includes a t-shirt, water, team

lanyard, team photo and certificate. There will be spot prizes,

and medals for the race winners. Registrations close 30 June.

Call Shelley: 021 235 4007 or email: shelleygreco@gmail.com


The Māngere East Community Centre runs FREE and lowcost

community education classes in te reo Māori, Samoan,

English, sewing, literacy and numeracy, korowai and tukutuku,

drivers licence theory, tai chi, zumba – and more! Visit www.

mangereeast.org, email: fiona@mangereeast.org, ph. 09 275

6161 or drop in to the Centre at 372 Massey Road, Mangere East

to find out more.


Mellow Bumps FREE antenatal group starts Wednesday, 29 Mar

10am–12:30pm at Māngere East Community Centre. To enrol,

call 09 263 0798 or email: tawera.ormsby@ohomairangi.co.nz


Get assistance with your CV and connect with people who

can help you in your search for a job. The A2E programme is

a relaxed, informal, FREE session held in the Māngere Town

Centre Library at 10:30am on Fridays. Meet other locals and

hear from employers and training agencies. All ages and

backgrounds welcome.


We’d love to hear from local writers, photographers and anyone

else interested in contributing to the 275 Times. Get in touch at

www.facebook.com/275times or email 275Times@gmail.com







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