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MĀNGERE LAND CAMPAIGN GOES TO UN
SOUL representatives Pania
Newton and Delwyn Roberts
arrived back from New York
last Friday to a rousing
welcome from supporters.
The said they received a warm
response when they presented
the case for protecting Ihumātao
to the UN Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues last week.
They also met Victoria Tauli-
Corpuz, the United Nations
Special Rapporteur on the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples, who was
“very sympathetic towards our
struggle and agreed to lodge
individual communications with
the NZ Government regarding the
injustices suffered at Ihumātao.
"During the meeting we extended an
invitation to the Special Rapporteur
to visit Ihumātao and investigate
Fletcher Residential and the
Government's breaches of various
international standards of human
rights. We await a response from
the Special Rapporteur regarding
our invitation to visit Ihumātao
in a few weeks time. I am very
hopeful,” Pania told 275Times.
Where to from here for the campaign?
“We were invited to take our kaupapa
to CERD in Geneva (Switzerland)
in July this year, this means our
issue will go up another level. We
look forward to sending some
representatives there on our behalf.
“We will also continue to do what
we have set ourselves to do, which
is exercise our kaitiakitanga over
this whenua and lobby for the
protection of Ihumātao. We will focus
our efforts on the proceedings that
we have lodged in various Courts
including the Maori Land Court
and The Waitangi Tribunal. We are
also looking to pursue other legal
avenues in both the Environment
Court and the High Court.”
How can people best
support the campaign?
“There are so many ways
people can support our
campaign from near and far:
hhIn campaigns like this,
public awareness is key. Share
our story with your networks
and community to shed light
on the violations that Fletcher
Residential and the Government
have committed at Ihumātao.
Above: Representatives from Ihumātao
are welcomed home from New York.
Inset: Pania Newton presenting at the UN
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
hhGet involved with the campaign
intimately by attending the
weekly meetings at Ambury
Farm every Tuesday at 6pm.
hhAttend the fun SOUL activities
that we hold on a regular basis.
hhSend letters or call Members
of Parliament, Auckland City
Council, Heritage New Zealand, and
Fletchers Residential to voice your
concerns regarding this issue.
hhMake a donation via Givealittle to
help the SOUL campaign continue
its operations. https://givealittle.
hhKeep in touch through our
Facebook page: Save Our Unique
Landscape campaign - SOUL
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Māngere KFC Workers Strike
Workers from south Auckland
were well-represented during the
Restaurant Brands strike last month.
Unite Union members from KFC
Manukau, Airport drive-through,
Māngere Central, Māngere East,
and Ōtāhuhu filled a bus to
capacity to travel to KFC Balmoral
to take part in the big one-day
combined Auckland picket.
These strikes united the diverse
workforce at KFC. Strikes were largely
led by the women in the stores,
and there was a strong showing of
Pasifika and Indian workers. Assistant
Managers, Shift Supervisors and
Team Members were all involved.
Fast food workers from around
Aotearoa are taking industrial action
against their employer Restaurant
Brands, (which owns KFC, Carls
Jr, Starbucks and Pizza Hut) in an
effort to improve their Collective
Agreement. Union members are
asking for a small pay increase
each year, better staffing levels
in each store, a living wage and
Astevez, a Shift Supervisor at
KFC Māngere explains:
“I felt I needed to go on strike
because this was my chance to
legally show the company, in a way
that affected them, that I am serious
about wanting to change my work
conditions, which I was sick of.
“When I walked out I felt
empowered and I realised just
how vital each person is to
running a store – I realised the
Above: Shift Supervisor Astevez
(inset), joined workers from KFC stores
in Māngere, Māngere East, Ōtāhuhu and
Auckland Airport at the one-day strike.
company doesn’t value me enough
and treat me like a decent human.
“While I was doing the strike action
I was amazed at all the other people
who felt just like me and were sick
of their working conditions and
treatment by Restaurant Brands.
“When I saw the manager of a KFC
branch close her store and join in
the union strike action at Balmoral, it
made me see everyone outside of the
top management has had enough.”
NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE A STEP CLOSER
by Alan Worman
The need for a purpose-built community centre in Walter
Massey Park has been spoken about for many years.
Māngere East Community Centre Manager Hone
Fowler and I are part of a community working group
that is planning to make this idea a reality. The working
group is made up of local residents, existing park users,
and organisations that provide services in the area.
In April we proudly presented the group’s feasibility
study to the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board.
The study, funded by Māngere East ACCESS Trust,
Ohomairangi Trust and a Lotto grant, clearly showed
the need for a new centre and highlighted how it could
expand the number of services already provided.
There are many possibilities. Just think how great
it would be to have a gymnasium, more meeting
spaces or even a community café in Māngere East!
We thank the Local Board for passing a motion to refer
the Māngere East Feasibility Study Report to the Auckland
Council’s Service Strategy and Integration Unit.
Campaigning for a new community centre: Alan Worman (left) and
Hone Fowler present to the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board in April.
We eagerly await the report that the Council Officers
will prepare outlining different options, costs for the
development and the inclusion of funding for the
project in the Auckland Council’s 10-year budget.
Māngere dad Joseph Finau is
running workshops to help local
people improve their health
while eating familiar Māori and
by Patricia Teariki-Veiao
While most children were enjoying the
school holidays last month, students
from Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae were
preparing for the National Secondary
Schools Kī-o-rahi tournament.
More than 20 schools from around
the country took part in the twoday
event, which was held at Sir
Barry Curtis Park on April 19–20.
Coached by head PE teacher, Danny
Maera, the team from Nga Tapuwae were
hoping for a top four placing as they have
never made it to the final round before.
But they did better than that – first
reaching the final, then fighting off fierce
competition from Huntly’s Te Wharekura
o Rākaumangamanga to post a
score of 10–8 and come away
with the National title.
Captain Debra-Wai Henare says her team
had trained hard for the past five months
and were humbled by the support of
their school and the students who
turned out in force to cheer them on.
Kī-o-rahi is a fast-paced traditional
Māori sport incorporating skills similar
to netball and touch rugby. While
its origins are indigenous to New
Zealand, it is very popular overseas.
Below: A member of Te Kura Māori o Ngā
Tapuwae's winning Kī-o-rahi team in action
Taking control to
obesity & diabetes
by Joseph Finau
Three years ago, I lost my
wife to cancer not long after
she gave birth to our sixth
child. This was hard for all of
the children, including two
with autism and ADHD.
I stopped work to take care
of the children who missed
their mother deeply. I went
through depression, anxiety
and was suicidal, so I sought
help. At this time I was also
diagnosed with diabetes and
weighed in at over 200kgs.
I tried many programmes
referred by my doctor, but I
wasn’t losing enough weight.
Even though I was exercising
every day and eating low fat
products, I ended up gaining
more weight than I lost. I
became depressed again.
I thought of my kids and
decided to use this ‘fail’ as
‘fuel’. I wanted to keep trying.
I asked my doctor for an
alternative, and she gave me
a copy of “LCHF – Low Carb
Healthy Fats” by Professor
Grant Schofield from the
Human Potential Centre at
AUT. It was to be my bible for
two years, helping me reduce
sugar and starchy foods such
as pasta, rice, bread and taro.
The thing about eating low
carb is that you never starve
yourself – you eat till you’re
full. I was on a budget, and I
didn’t have to separate my food
from the kids meals. I cooked
lamb flaps, bacon bones, pork
bones, corned beef, povi, brisket,
salmon frames, and pig heads
with coconut cream and taro
leaves; staple Island ingredients.
The more I ate this way,
the more my body was
healing, using familiar
Island and Māori foods.
I’m currently living a full life
and I’m in control! I’ve been
given a second chance in life.
Come along to my free
workshops on Soulfood to
help our community combat
obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Where: ME Family Services,
7 Hain Ave, Māngere East.
When: Every Tuesday,
10:30am – noon.
To find out more, you can check
out my Facebook group:
Low Carbz 4 Starters
& Big Families
or this one, run by Dr Lily Frazer:
Low Carb Healthy Fanau
– community support
Help shape an exciting future for Māngere
Board needs you to help
shape Māngere’s future by
providing feedback on its
draft Local Board Plan.
Local Board Plans are developed
every three years. Boards use
the plans to guide decisions on
local activities and projects.
“This plans builds on the foundations
we have put in place over the
past two terms and reflects what
our community has told us is
important to them,” says local board
chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene.
Among the priorities for the
Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board
are improvements to Walter
Massey and Boggust parks, Kiwi
Esplanade and Blake Road Reserve,
completion of Māngere Town
Centre bus station upgrade and
Bader Drive improvements.
The Board also wants Māngere Centre
Park to become a destination park
and to continue delivery of Te Ara
Mua – Future Streets to increase
opportunities for walking and cycling.
The local board supports the
community’s desire to create a vibrant
community hub in and around the
Māngere East shops but says planning
and investment must be coordinated
to ensure the best outcome.
“The local board doesn’t have the
money to make it happen and so
our focus is to advocate to the
council’s governing body and
council controlled organisations
such as Pānuku Development
Auckland, for joined-up thinking
and investment that take existing
facilities in to consideration.”
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
• yGo to shapeauckland.co.nz
from 22 May to read the
plan and give feedback.
• yMake a submission between
22 May and 30 June 2017.
• yMeet with local board
members at pop up events:
Thursday 1 June, 4:30pm–
7:30pm, Māngere East
Community Centre, 372
Massey Rd Māngere East
Saturday 3 June, 12pm–
2pm. Tōia, Ōtāhuhu
Recreation Precinct, 30
Mason Ave, Ōtāhuhu
Sunday 18 June, 8:30am
–11:30am, Māngere Boutique
Market, Māngere Bridge Village,
Coronation Rd, Māngere Bridge
Or at the ‘Have your Say’
event: Thursday 25 May,
6–8pm at the Māngere Arts
Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.
Planning for success
Reaching your final year of
school can have you thinking
ahead to what’s next.
For 18-year-old Tamati, hitting this
milestone made him realize that in
order to do a carpentry course with
BCITO, he’d need to think about
getting his drivers licence. He shared
with us his licensing journey so far:
“For the past two years I had no
intention to get my licence. But
this year, when I thought about
work next year, I thought it’s a
must for me to get licensed.
“I have to give credit to Koia [Behind
the Wheel Māngere instructor].
He hit me up to do four classes at
Māngere East Community Centre.
“He taught me a lot. It was only
four practices and then I went to
the test in VTNZ and I passed! I was
shocked and amazed – sort of not
expecting to pass. I was a bit scared,
but when I did it I was stoked.
“I have five more months till I
do my Restricted test. I’m still
learning at the moment – there
are still things I need to improve.
“I’ve been practising with family. My
brother has his Full licence and has
been a big support so far. We’re using
his car and driving around with him in
the passenger seat. It’s cool, he knows
to be cautious when driving and he
said safety is a must when driving.
“I’m definitely planning on going
to the Restricted workshop to make
it easier to pass my Restricted
licence exam. I’m excited to do
the course and see how it goes.
“When I get licensed I’m excited
about going everywhere – and I
won’t have to rely on my parents to
drop me off. I also want to help my
grandparents. They’re getting old
and they need us to be with them
to take them to appointments.
“I’d tell others like me to get a
licence early ’cos it’s a good feeling
to have it and it means you’re safe
when you get in a car to drive.”
Let’s get licensed together!
Thinking ahead: Year-13 student Tamati is
planning for life after school by getting his
Check out Behind the Wheel for awesome licensing
workshops and community instructors, to help you and
your whānau learn every stage of the licensing process!
For more information about
Behind the Wheel and the licensing
workshops coming up, visit:
or find us on Facebook
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Growing gardeners: Four-year-old Tristan Helleur-Tafoulua (right)
and friends enjoy the garden at Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae.
LOCAL GARDENS ON SHOW
Māngere’s hidden garden
gems had a chance to
shine during last month’s
Garden & Foraging Tour.
by Justine Skilling
ME Family Services
Hosted by Talking Rubbish (ME
Family Services), the tour group came
from near and far to see what the
Māngere community has to offer
for people interested in growing
their own food and eating local.
First stop was Papatūānuku Kōkiri
Marae, where students from Te Whare
Wānanga o Awanuiārangi’s Kai Oranga
gardening course showed us the
fruits of their mahi so far this year.
Tutor Helen Davis took us through
the new seed house and garden
plots, where course participants
put their learning (about organic
gardening from a Māori perspective)
into practice. Places are now
open for the next free course,
which starts in September.
Next up was the Māngere College
garden. The tour group was
welcomed by volunteer garden coordinator
(and NZ Gardener of the
Year finalist) Metua Aerenga, along
with staff, and student members of the
school gardening club. The plots were
bursting with produce and included
an orchard area, compost bins and
large greenhouse. Students from a
variety of subjects spend time here
and are able to take produce home to
family, as well as selling to school staff.
Last stop before lunch was the Old
School Reserve Teaching Garden,
where co-ordinators Yvonne Thomas
and Graeme Hanson sent us out
to forage for lunch amongst the
lush vegetation. Having gathered
a large basket of produce from
the first three gardens, the group
enjoyed fresh, local fried rice and
smoothies in the sun at CIDANZ
(Cook Island Development Agency),
along with delicious homemade
pies from the CIDANZ café.
Before heading home, we stopped in
at Ngā Iwi School to see how their
recently opened garden was growing.
Teacher Kathrina McGuire and her
group of green-fingered students
gave us a guided tour, taking in the
vege plots, rainwater tanks, compost
bin, worm farm, orchard areas and
harakeke spiral. It was fantastic to
see a new generation of Māngere
gardeners getting inspired to grow.
Thanks to all the gardens that
participated in the tour. “Awesome
people. I’m inspired to muck in
more and learnt heaps too”, said
one participant. The tour reminded
us all of how amazing the soil is in
this area, and how easy it can be
to grow our own delicious, cheap,
fresh food – better for our bodies
and for better for Papatūānuku!
• yPapatūānuku Kōkiri Marae:
141R Robertson Rd, Māngere
• yTe Whare Wānanga o
ac.nz (ph. 0508 926 264)
• yOld School Reserve Teaching
Garden: 299R Kirkbride Rd, Māngere
• yCIDANZ: 283–289
Kirkbride Rd, Māngere
• yMāngere Mountain Education
Centre: 100 Coronation
Rd, Māngere Bridge
• yCompost Collective:
• yGardens for Health:
Above: Paul Lesoa encourages fellow
students to aim high, study hard and believe
HARD WORK MAKES A
DIFFERENCE AT SCHOOL
My name is Paul Lesoa. I’m 16
years old and currently a Year-12
student at Māngere College.
Some of us young Pasefika students
might feel as if school is just too
hard for us, that we’re not capable
of achieving an endorsement.
I believe that we’re more
than capable of achieving an
endorsement or even earning a
scholarship, but it all comes down
to one thing, and that is hard work.
Some of us can relate to the
struggles that some of our families
go through to make sure we have
a better education than what
they had. They do their best to
give us resources that weren’t
available to them, just so we can
get a good education. That’s a
beautiful act of selflessness.
The power of knowledge comes
from many things, but the most
important is hard work. Many of us
are taught to work with what we’ve
got, and that’s just how life is at
times. Every obstacle you overcome
you gain a bit of knowledge. You
will go places if you just take the
time to study and work hard.
Strive to do your best, aim for
merits and excellences because
you are more than capable,
you have the knowledge to get
those endorsements. Put your
mind to it and you’ll achieve it.
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by Shirl’e Fruean
This month, I wanted to
feature a beautiful, strong
soul sister with the voice
of an angel: Lisa Cave.
Born and raised in
Murupara, a small town
45 minutes out of
Rotorua, Lisa discovered
her talent for singing
early – joining the local
children’s church band
at just six years old.
Now living in Māngere,
Lisa has been happily
married to her best friend
Kaleb for nine years. The
couple are leaders at
their church, where Lisa
works with women who
have been in abusive
relationships. They also
have two adorable babies
– Armani (3) and Vilah-
Prayer (12 months).
Being a mother can
be pretty full-on, but
somehow Lisa manages
to balance everything she
does with style and grace.
Even though the church
has been her main
vehicle to express her
talents, Lisa also teaches
singing, song writing,
recording and live sound
as part of the Certificate
of Māori Performing
Arts at Te Wānanga o
Aotearoa in Māngere.
I first met Lisa, and
witnessed the blessings
of her labour, when I
was also tutoring at
the wānanga a couple
of years ago. I admired
her work ethic and
remember that we both
wanted the best for our
students. That’s what
I loved about her.
BE OPEN TO
YOUR CRAFT. ”
On Easter Sunday this
year, Lisa invited me to
attend a production at her
church. I was extremely
moved by the message
behind the show and I
couldn’t hold back my
tears of joy, especially
seeing her still on stage
singing and still giving
Over the years Lisa has
helped many students
who didn’t believe in
themselves, and some
of them have since
gone on to become
Her advice for any upand-coming
Don’t just rely on ‘natural
talent’, always be open
to learning new things
and upskilling in your
craft. You can always
go beyond your best!
Lisa will be releasing her
own music real soon so
keep an eye out for it.
Māngere Arts Centre’s Mirror
Mirror is South Auckland
at its finest. The classic
tale of Snow White retold
through a Pasifika lens,
the show combines heart,
soul and more laughter
than I could handle.
by Gabriel Faatau’uu
Set in Auckland, the story follows
Snowy (played by high school
student Irene Folau), as she
attempts to fulfil her father’s will
after his death by searching for
the legendary seven dwarves.
Snowy and her best friend Pati
(Luse Sua-Tuipulotu), travel around
Auckland seeking the dwarves while
facing difficulties created by Queen
B (Brady Peeti) and the trolls.
By the end of the journey, Snowy
learns that her mother was the
seventh dwarf. After her mother’s
death, the gift was passed on to her
first born – which we learn is Pati, the
best friend who was always her sister.
The show is beautifully written
and ticked all the boxes for
me. I thoroughly enjoyed the
South Auckland’s Snow White: Snowy (Irene Folau) and Queen B (Brady Peeti)
rock the stage at Māngere Arts Centre. (Photo: Tanya Muagututi’a)
storyline and the spin-off created
by the cast and directors Alison
Quigan and Troy Tu’ua.
Although at times I struggled to
hear certain solos, the music,
led by musical director Siosaia
Folau, and accompanied by
Elvis Lopeti’s contemporary
choreography, was astonishing.
I watched the show with my fouryear-old
nephew AJ, who has seen
many shows at the Centre. The
experience took me down memory
lane. I wondered how AJ would
understand the references to Arthur,
Captain Planet and Pokemon –
but he laughed just the same and
more. He now sings and dances to
all the songs at home every day.
Unlike AJ, I was not born nor
raised in Auckland, so I particularly
enjoyed Snowy’s journey as she
travels across the harbour bridge,
visits the night markets and finally
ends up in Māngere – it reminded
me a little of my own my life.
Although I was not part of this show,
I have been in of a couple of shows at
the Māngere Arts Centre where AJ has
seen me perform. I hope that one day;
he too will perform at Māngere Arts
Centre, and I can watch him
and be proud – like I am
of Mirror Mirror.
In the meantime, we’re both
looking forward to the Centre’s
next round of kids shows.
by Ayla Hoeta
May is the last month
of the year according
to our maramataka
or lunar calendar.
If you follow the
maramataka you’ll notice
that we’ve just come out of
a late harvest season that
started on 3 March, when
Whānui (Vega) the harvest
star rose in the morning
sky at 35° north east.
This star is an ancient
time-marker telling us to
preserve and store our
food so we have plenty of
kai when the cold winter
months come around.
The end of the year
is also a time
to prepare for
the rising of
in Orion), the
star that marks
the New Year
for West Coast
This year Puanga will
be visible just before
sunrise on 10 June at 5°
above the horizon (siting
is at 100° south east).
The best place to view
Puanga will be the
Maraetai Wharf (close to
Umupuia Marae). Plan to
arrive about 6am, and
take a compass with you.
Mark a spot on the horizon
along the 100° line. The
bright star you’ll see is
rising to signal the
start of the new year.
Start preparing your
fishing, planting, exercise
and social calendar for
the year. Then wait for the
kohurangi to flower. This
is the time to get going
and put all your welllaid
plans into action.
Te rākaunui, the
highest energy day,
is 9 May. The
and after te
Tangaroa a mua,
Tangaroa a roto,
and Tangaroa kiokio
(16 – 18 May) are good
planting and fishing days.
Check out the 275 Times
Facebook page if you
need a maramataka dial.
Kohurangi blossom: a sign
that it’s time to put your plans
MUSIC MONTH AT MANGERE BRIDGE LIBRARY
Learn to play the ukulele as part of the Funtastic Fridays After
School Programme! Join in the strumming good fun on Friday,
26 May at 3.30pm. Parental supervision requested. Ph. 09 636
6797 for more info.
FREE Pacific aerobic exercise classes every Monday 5:30pm
– 6:30 pm and Saturday 8am – 9am at the Māngere Baptist
Church hall, corner Bader Drive and Ashgrove Road, Māngere.
All welcome. For more info contact Tom on 027 275 9532.
WALKING EXERCISE GROUP
FREE Walking group every Wednesday (if the weather is fine).
10 – 11am at the Baptist Church Māngere East, 162 Portage
Road, Māngere East. All welcome. For more info phone Dr
Upstall on 09 278 2356 or Tom on 027 275 9532.
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Time to spare or skills to share? Why not volunteer for Citizens
Advice Bureau (CAB) in Māngere, Ōtāhuhu or Papatoetoe? The
CAB is all about the client – making sure that individuals do not
suffer through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities, and
that communities are responsibly developed. Visit, phone, or
email CAB Māngere for more info, or apply online at cab.org.nz.
Find CAB Māngere at Māngere Town Centre behind the Library
(Orly Avenue side). Ph. 09 275 6885 for an appointment or email:
FREE CLASSES IN MANGERE EAST
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: email@example.com, ph. 09 275
6161 or drop in to the Centre at 372 Massey Road, Māngere
East to find out more.
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
We’d love to hear from local writers, photographers and anyone
else interested in contributing to the 275 Times. Get in touch at
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