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Our stories, our people, our Māngere

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


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

redundancy compensation.

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.”



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

Island foods.

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

fight depression,

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

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local

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.”


• 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

licence now.

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




Find out more at


Growing gardeners: Four-year-old Tristan Helleur-Tafoulua (right)

and friends enjoy the garden at Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae.


Māngere’s hidden garden

gems had a chance to

shine during last month’s

Garden & Foraging Tour.

by Justine Skilling

Talking Rubbish

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!

Useful contacts:

• yPapatūānuku Kōkiri Marae:

141R Robertson Rd, Māngere

• yTe Whare Wānanga o

Awanuiārangi: www.wananga.

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

in themselves.



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.








Inspiring soul sister: Lisa Cave



When: 20th May 2017

Where: Mangere East library (outside)

370 Massey Rd, Mangere East

Time: 10am - 2pm






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.







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

me goosebumps.

Over the years Lisa has

helped many students

who didn’t believe in

themselves, and some

of them have since

gone on to become

independent artists.

Her advice for any upand-coming

artists is:

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.


May 2017

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

Puanga (Rigel

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

days before

and after te


are always

quite highenergy

as well.

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.

Enjoy whānau.

Kohurangi blossom: a sign

that it’s time to put your plans

into action.


Community Notices


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.


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.


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:



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, Māngere

East to find out more.


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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