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Our stories, our people, our Māngere

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

People power can protect Ihumātao

The community

campaign to protect

Ihumātao, near the

airport, from a destructive

housing development

is coming into its third

year of opposition.

While the fight is long and the

odds are stacked in favour of

the developer, the people are

winning many of the battles.

Fletcher Residential had expected

to have houses built by the end of

2016. Thanks to the huge efforts from

thousands of whānau, locals and

other supporters from all corners of

the globe, this beautiful historic land is

still, currently, beautiful historic land.


Although they confirmed purchase

in December 2016, Fletcher is now

facing court action in the Māori

Land Court and is yet to re-apply

to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere

Taonga for permission to destroy or

modify the historic site, after their

first application was rejected.

The accuracy of the archaeological

report submitted by Fletcher to

support their application has also been

challenged by senior archaeologists.

This intense focus on the history

of Ihumātao is revealing many

more of the missing pieces in the

story of this precious taonga.

There is still much to be done.

To lend your support:

hhVisit the Tohu Whenua and

Kaitiaki Village at Ihumātao

Quarry Rd, Ihumātao, Māngere.

hhAdd your name to the list

of Protectors of Ihumātao at


hhLike and follow www.facebook.

com/SOUL.no.SHA to keep up to date

with news, events, and action. You

can even see Tia’s story which has

had more than 40,000 views so far.

hhJoin the “Lunch with Fletcher”

pop-up protest every Friday from

11:30am to 12:30pm outside Fletcher’s

head office at 810 Great South Rd

(opposite the Penrose train station).

hhIf you work for a Fletcher

company or contractor, talk to

your fellow workers about not

working on the Ihumātao project.

hhSpread the word. People

power can #protectIHUMĀTAO

P4: Youth space opens P5: Changes to rubbish collections P7: Maramataka

Back to school: Easy as ABC

by Tepara Koti

Across Aotearoa right now,

parents will be checking

uniform tags and shoe

sizes, ticking off stationery

lists, and trolley-shopping

for lunch box ingredients.

Next to Christmas shopping,

this can be one of the

most stressful experiences

of the year. So, how do

you survive the first few

weeks of school?

Māngere mum of six,

Cassandra Burgoyne,

shares some tips on how

she gets her whānau to

transition from happyholiday

mode to the “grind”

of the daily school routine.

Cassandra has lived locally

for nearly four decades, and

understands the pressures

families can face with

rising costs all around us.


Car gets


on the road

Young people in Māngere are stoked

about receiving a “community car”

from Auckland Transport to practice

their driving skills as they prepare

for their practical driving tests.

Last September, as a way

to help South Auckland

mums and dads, she

started ABC Lunches,

which delivers lunch

packs directly to schools.

ABC initially serviced

schools in Māngere and

Papatoetoe, but has

now stretched out to

Ōtāhuhu, Ōtara, Mānukau

and Manurewa.

“As a mother of six children

myself, I understand all

too well how hard it is

financially to provide

nutritious lunches for your

children”, Cassandra says.

The lunches she supplies are

a combination of locallysourced

fresh fruit or vege,

a sandwich or roll, yoghurt

and a home-baked treat.

“ABC Lunches are ordered

online and parents have

told me that they find the

convenience and quality

a great relief”, she says.

Having to make up to

600 lunches a week,

Cassandra has become

an organised master of

sorts. When it comes to

school preparation, here

are her top three tips:

Knowing exactly what your

children need is a must.

Shopping smart and staying

alert for specials can help

immensely. Most of all,

keeping a calm, cool head

can get your household

humming along in no time.

A) Alert Know where to

shop, find the deals. Secondhand

or used clothing

can help you save a lot.

B) Be sure Know what your

child really needs. Contact

your school if you’re unsure.

C) Calm Plan ahead

and keep your cool!

Learn more about

ABC Lunches at www.

abclunches.co.nz or on

Facebook: www.facebook.




Kayla was one of the first to take the

car for a spin. “It’s awesome,” she

says. “I have my Learner Licence but

I don’t have a car to practice in for

my restricted [licence test]. Now I

do, and it even comes with a tutor!”

Behind The Wheel, a communityled

initiative which aims to make

Māngere roads safer by supporting

people to become more competent

drivers, has led a major shift in

people’s thinking about getting

licensed and “driving legit”.

“The past year or so has been

an exciting journey”, says Hone

Fowler from the Māngere East

Community Centre. “Working with

ACC, Auckland Transport, the NZTA

and a wide range of community

In the driver’s seat: Kayla (left) tries out the Community Car with instructor Koia Teinakore.

groups, the community-based driving

programmes are really taking off.”

Through this process, a

growing network of schools

and community groups now

deliver a more accessible and

coordinated range of opportunities

for driving licence support.

“The Community Car will add to

what’s already on offer and provide

a safe vehicle to practice in for

people who need it,” Hone says.

To get involved or to find out

more about the Behind The

Wheel programmes check out





SAT 11 MAR, 10 - 2PM

Village Green (beside the Library)

Massey Rd, Māngere East

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

Thanks to:



On Wednesday, 22

February, the Ōtāhuhu

Māngere Youth centre

will open its doors

for the first time.

We asked OMYG what

having the space in the

old Ōtāhuhu Library (12 –

16 High St) will mean for

young people in the area.

For those that don’t

know, what is OMYG?

OMYG (Ōtāhuhu Māngere

Youth Group) is a bunch of

trail-blazing young people

who are determined to

ensure that the voices of

young people are heard on

issues that affect them.

We implement

programmes, initiatives

and incentives in Māngere

and Ōtāhuhu to assist

young people to unleash

their full potential and

their authentic identities.

What does the new space

mean to OMYG and what

are your plans for it?

It means opportunity!

Having a youth space

enables us to further serve

our communities. By

inviting young people into

a safe environment we can

help them connect with

a variety of leaders and

engage in programmes

related to creativity,

talent, education, health,

confidence and more.

Why is being youth-led/

driven important? The

idea of a group of young

people being granted a

space to serve other young

people is a foreign concept,

but OMYG aims to be

our own representatives

Make over: Members of Ōtāhuhu Māngere Youth Group prepare

the old Ōtāhuhu Library for its new life as a youth space.

and to continuously

initiate positive change

in other young people’s

lives – and in our own.

Young people know

young people best and

being youth-led is really

important as it creates

social cohesion.

What are your plans for

day one? We open at

12pm on Wed, 22 February,

with programmes running

from 3:30pm onwards.

Come along and check

us out. It’s free for all!

Mangere College News

How can people find out

more or get involved?

We're on Facebook: OMYG

– Ōtāhuhu Māngere

Youth Group, or email us:



‘The results being

achieved by

Mangere College

clearly show the

positive impact

that great

teachers and

great schools

can have on the

achievement of

their students.’

Hon Hekia


Start dates

for 2017:

Year 9: Wednesday 1 February at


Year 10: Thursday 2 February at 8:30am

Seniors: Wednesday 1 February at


New courses

for 2017:

• Mandarin at Year 9

• Vocational Pathways at

Year 13

• Digital Technologies

We welcome the following new

staff members in 2017:

Position at Mangere Previously:


Kyla Matatahi English Teacher English Teacher at Macleans College

Emma McCosh Mathematics Teacher Mathematics and PE teacher at

Hume Central Secondary College in


Taryn Slee

Physical Education &

Health Teacher

Physical Education & Health Teacher at

Glenfield College

Deb Ward Deputy Principal Learning Area Director: Languages

(Acting) at Epsom Girls Grammar


Kerehi Warwick Te Reo Maori Teacher TeachFirst participant, starting

teaching career

Keir Whipp Deputy Principal Head of English at Aorere College

Ph: 09 2754029 | enrol@mangere.school.nz | www.mangere.school.nz

facebook.com/MangereCollege | 23 Bader Drive Mangere, Auckland 2022






Don’t want to pay extra for a big bin? Justine (left) and Koia have tips for reducing your rubbish.

Big changes

to rubbish


Wheelie bins to replace black

rubbish bags throughout

South Auckland.

By Justine Skilling

Waste Minimisation Facilitator

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services

There’s a big change coming in the way

Auckland Council collects household

rubbish in Māngere. Our days of being

able to put out unlimited black rubbish

bags are coming to an end, with

120-litre red-lidded wheelie bins (like the

ones used in other parts of Auckland)

heading our way later this year.

For some of us, fitting our weekly

household waste into one of these bins

it’s going to be a bit of a challenge. If your

household puts out more than 2½ bags

of rubbish a week, this could mean you.

Reducing your rubbish

There are ways of cutting down how

much rubbish your household creates

though. Using your recycle bin for paper,

cardboard, glass, metal and plastic

containers will save a lot of space in

the new bin. These materials are taken

to recycling facilities and turned into

new products – a much better end

then sitting in a landfill for hundreds

of years, or sometimes forever!

If you’re not sure what you can

recycle, have a look at www.


You can also keep all your soft plastics

out of the rubbish by collecting them

up and taking them to one of the soft

plastics collection bins at Pak ‘n Save, The

Warehouse, Countdown or New World.

Soft plastic includes anything that can be

scrunched into a ball, such as supermarket

bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, food

packaging and cling film. These are turned

into hard plastic used in playgrounds and

parks. (See recycling.kiwi.nz/soft-plastics)

If you’re a gardener, or have some outdoor

space at your place, food waste can also

come out of your bin and be returned

to the Earth. There are lots of different

ways of doing this. If you’re not sure

where to start, The Compost Collective

runs workshops around our community

where you can learn how to start a

compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bin.

(See compostcollective.org.nz) You can

also ask for advice on this at one of our

fabulous local community gardens.

Talking Rubbish is here to help, so please

get in touch with us if you’d like some

support with making less rubbish at your

place. Waste Minimisation Facilitator

Koia Teinakore has first-hand experience

of reducing rubbish. His family of nine

has gone from putting out five bags

to just one bag each week! We have

lots of ideas and resources that could

help your family achieve this too, and

we’re happy to come out and run

workshops for groups or organisations

in the Māngere/Ōtāhuhu area.

Let’s all work together and support each

other to be good kaitiaki of Māngere!

Contact Talking Rubbish for

more info: ph. 022 102 8195 or

email justine@mefsc.org.nz

Māngere’s inorganic

rubbish collections are

scheduled for March

and April this year.

Remember, Auckland

Council no longer

collects inorganic

rubbish left on the

roadside or footpath.

If you want your

inorganics collected, you

must contact Council

to book a pick-up.

Book a FREE pick-up

• yCall Auckland Council

on 09 301 0101,

• yvisit a council

service centre, or

• yuse the online

booking tool:





Don’t miss out!

Rubbish from different

parts of Māngere

will be collected at

different times during

March and April.

Bookings for your street

will close 12 days before

the first pick up date.

You should get a flyer in

your letterbox to remind

you to book about three

weeks prior to collection,

but early bookings

are recommended.

Don’t miss out. Contact

Council and book your

free pick-up today.

Need more info?

To find out more about

what kinds of rubbish

Council will collect,

how much rubbish you

can put out, and where

to put it, call Auckland

Council or visit: www.







by Susan & Vaaiga


The production Lalelei

(meaning ‘beautiful’ in

its most simple Samoan

interpretation) by Sau

E Siva Company was a

delicate, powerful and

youthful expression of an

ancient Polynesian story,

a tale of a more universal

love than Shakespeare’s

Romeo and Juliet – the

Samoan legend of The

Turtle and The Shark.

Creative director, Troy

Tu’ua, with the Sau E Siva

creatives (Epine Savea,

Idalene Ati, Italia Hunt, Jill

Karapani and Leki Bourke)

brought together more

than 40 Māngere and

South Auckland performers,

designers, musicians

and technicians who

performed at the Māngere

Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu

o Uenuku for six nights in

early December 2016.

In this rendition of the

legend, Fonuea (Maxine

Tautalafua) and her true

love (Junior Finau) leave

their homes in Savai'i

because of the high chief

Malietoa Faiga’s (Lance

Leo Leone) jealous

pursuit of, and desire

for, Fonuea’s affection.

The pair’s refuge in the

village of Vaitogi in Tutuila

(American Samoa) is short

lived and in an ultimate

sign of their everlasting

commitment they are

immortalised as the

revered Turtle and Shark,

ever after dwelling in

the waters of Vaitogi.

Taking the choral songs

and group choreography

familiar to the eyes and

ears of the elders of the

community, and pairing

them with ballroom dance

and popular ballads of the

Members of Sau E Siva perform Lalelei at Māngere Arts Centre in December last year.

modern generations, Lalelei

re-imagined this story and

these artistic expressions

anew in a one-hour show.

The traditional subtle

smile of the Samoan

tamaita’i (young women)

and the graceful bounds

of the Samoan taule’ale’a

(young men) were gently

woven together with the

energy and exhilaration

of today’s maturing

Polyfest generation.

The confident and

genuinely endearing

performances of the lead

characters paralleled the

exceptional and effortless

home-grown talent of

the greater ensemble.

Even more stirring was

the constant binding

strand of Disney-level

splendour and excellence

in their orchestration of

movement and sound.

The authenticity of their

efforts reaffirmed the

outstanding quality they

aspired to and undoubtedly

attained. This authenticity

helped them to uplift

and uphold the honour

of the story’s unifying

Polynesian theme –

passionate, humble and

faithful love enduring

against the violent rage

of envious desire.

Lalelei by Sau E Siva

Company stands at that

moment that subtly marks

the changing tide where

the powerful waves that

have carried one way

pause in the delicate

brevity of time before

the sea is turned and

renewed in both energy

and direction. This is a

moment for all the people

and the land that make up

Māngere’s past, present

and future to collectively

arise, to linger in that most

slight time between the

slow and confident inhale

and exhale – the breathing

of life – knowing that the

stories of our common

inheritance are alive

today and will live on into

tomorrow. Kia Ora! Ia Ola!




By Shirl’e Fruean

Word on the Street is a new column

that focusses on the musicians

and artists of Māngere.

This month, Word on the Street

looks at an inspiring, uplifting

and growing movement from the

eastside of Māngere, piloted by

hip-hop entrepreneur Toko Manuel.

Toko, who is also known as

Prestige, was doing voluntary

work at Māngere East Community

Centre in 2006 when he discovered

his passion for helping

the youth of South Auckland.

He started a free audio-engineering

programme to help up-andcoming

local artists who were

passionate about beat-making

and recording rap music, but had

no access to recording studios.

From humble beginnings, Toko

has been consistently grinding

behind the scenes: running his

own radio station (RepFM), as

well as setting up local events

and teaching. He is now in the

process of restarting his youth

development programme

“Passion To Profession” in

Māngere East and Ōtara.

“I only want those who are

serious and passionate”, says

Toko. As a dedicated father,

CEO of RepFM and member

of the infamous rap group

Recommended Dosage,

Toko’s time is precious, so he

will only recruit students with the

drive to become competent and

successful with the knowledge

and tools he provides.

The Passion to Profession

programme has evolved over the

years. As well as beat-making

and recording, the programme

now gives students a platform

to perform their music live at

local community events and

festivals, and even the chance to

work alongside award-winning

local artists such as Savage.

“The [programme's] focus this

year will be on the art forms

of deejaying, emceeing, sound

engineering, audio engineering

and setting up sound equipment

at local events”, says Toko.

In a recent interview with Tagata

Pasifika, Toko talked about how

tough it has been to build a career

in music – especially in a low socioeconomic

area of South Auckland.

But staying positive and having a

great team behind him has made it

all possible for the Māngere emcee.

For info about enrolling in Passion

to Profession, visit www.repfm.

co.nz or email toko@repfm.co.nz

Passionate professional: Toko (Prestige) Manuel supports Māngere's rising hip-hop artists.


February 2017

by Ayla Hoeta

Ngā mihi nui o te tau hau – a

big happy New Year whānau.

Hope you had a relaxing

summer break and are enjoying

being back on the grind!

We’ve kicked off this New Year

excited and ready to go from

1 January, 2017. However in

te ao Māori (the Māori world)

we celebrate new year when

Puanga rises in the eastern

sky at the start of the winter

months – around early June.

Many different indigenous groups

celebrate their new year at different

times according to their culture

and history. Chinese New Year 2017

kicks off on January 28, for example.

In te ao Māori, this time of year

(February) is Matiti Raurehu, the

fifth phase of summer and the

driest part of the year. The ground

cracks and reminds you that the

earth is thirsting for water.

Matiti Kaiwai came earlier than

it usually does this year. This

means Matiti Raurehu is early too.

It can be difficult to detect this

phase of summer, but activities

at this time include preserving

kai for the months ahead.

Key planting and fishing days

are Tangaroa a mua, Tangaroa

a roto and Tangaroa kiokio

(17 – 19 February). The Oike

day, which is best for weeding

and tidying the garden, is on 13

February. Rākaunui, the highest

energy day, is 10 February.

If you would like to set your

maramataka dial, check the date

of the full moon (11 February),

and align 'Rākaunui' on the big

orange circle with the number '10'

on the small blue circle. Rākaunui

sets the calendar every month

as long as it aligns with the day

before the full moon. If you would

like a maramataka dial visit the

275 Times Facebook page.

Next month we'll talk about the last

phases of summer: Matiti Rautapata

and Matiti Rauangina, and moving

into the autumn months.

Ngā mihi nui, whānau. Hope

you enjoy your maramataka

read. If you have more patai,

please email me: ayla.hoeta@



Community Notices

Church story told: Rev. Peter Sykes at the Selwyn Anglican Church


Selwyn Anglican Church in Massey Rd, Māngere East will launch

“The Church On The Corner” on 5 March at 9.30am. Compiled by

Christopher Paxton, the book traces the life of the congregation

and local community from the church's construction in Ōtāhuhu

in 1851 to recent times.


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. Starts Friday, 10 Feb.


The Homework Club at Māngere Town Centre Library offers

a FREE structured, fun and exciting programme for students

aged 5 to 18. The club starts again on Monday, 13 Feb and runs

3.30pm – 4.45pm, Monday to Thursday. All welcome.


Saturday, 18 Feb 10am – 3pm at Walter Massey Park, Māngere

East. Register and join in the football fun. New members

welcome. For more info, visit www.manukaucityafc.com, email

ManukauCityFootballClub@gmail.com or ph. 021 299 0210.


Mellow Bumps FREE antenatal group starts Wednesday, 15 Feb

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

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


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