Our stories, our people, our Māngere
Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou
People power can protect Ihumātao
campaign to protect
Ihumātao, near the
airport, from a destructive
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,
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.
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
“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
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!
FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT:
Māngere East Community Centre
372 Massey Road, Māngere East
Phone 09 275 6161
YOUTH SPACE TAKES SHAPE
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.
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
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
clearly show the
can have on the
Year 9: Wednesday 1 February at
Year 10: Thursday 2 February at 8:30am
Seniors: Wednesday 1 February at
• Mandarin at Year 9
• Vocational Pathways at
• 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
Physical Education &
Physical Education & Health Teacher at
Deb Ward Deputy Principal Learning Area Director: Languages
(Acting) at Epsom Girls Grammar
Kerehi Warwick Te Reo Maori Teacher TeachFirst participant, starting
Keir Whipp Deputy Principal Head of English at Aorere College
Ph: 09 2754029 | email@example.com | www.mangere.school.nz
facebook.com/MangereCollege | 23 Bader Drive Mangere, Auckland 2022
BOOK YOUR FREE
Don’t want to pay extra for a big bin? Justine (left) and Koia have tips for reducing your rubbish.
Wheelie bins to replace black
rubbish bags throughout
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
rubbish collections are
scheduled for March
and April this year.
Council no longer
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
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
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,
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
The confident and
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
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Passionate professional: Toko (Prestige) Manuel supports Māngere's rising hip-hop artists.
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@
Church story told: Rev. Peter Sykes at the Selwyn Anglican Church
CHURCH ON THE CORNER - BOOK LAUNCH
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.
ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT (A2E)
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.
NEED HELP WITH HOMEWORK?
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.
MANUKAU CITY FOOTBALL CLUB – MUSTER DAY
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.
HAVING A BABY?
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 email@example.com
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