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EDITION #31<br />

JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

<strong>275</strong><br />

Māngere’s<br />

times<br />

<strong>275</strong> times<br />

Free!<br />

Our stories, our people, our Māngere<br />

Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou<br />


Father-to-be Glenn Tahana (left)<br />

supports his partner Rosie by<br />

putting the finishing touches<br />

to their ipu whenua.<br />

This is just one of the activities<br />

offered during the ‘Mellow Bumps’<br />

parenting course at Māngere<br />

East Community Centre.<br />

Run by Ohomairangi Trust,<br />

the six-week antenatal course<br />

aims to build resilience (kia<br />

manawaroa) and attachment<br />

between parents and their<br />

unborn children. It covers<br />

topics including the myths<br />

of parenthood, nutrition<br />

during pregnancy,<br />

exercise, relaxation,<br />

when baby is ready<br />

to communicate,<br />

being assertive, and<br />

‘who do I trust?’<br />

Rosie and Glenn are looking forward<br />

to the arrival of their baby, and have<br />

come away from Mellow Bumps with<br />

some new ideas and skills, as well as<br />

confirming traditions and ideas they<br />

shared within the group. They are<br />

proud of attending and of graduating.<br />

“This course really helps,” says Rosie. “The<br />

ipu whenua was new learning for me.”<br />

“Learning how to say no – and mean it –<br />

in different ways has helped me to be firm<br />

with others,” says another mum-to-be. A<br />

young dad agrees: “There were cool, fun<br />

activities. It was a good experience – great<br />

to prepare us for our daughter’s birth.”<br />

Once all the babies from the group<br />

arrive, the parents, babies and course<br />

facilitators will get together for a<br />

special ‘meet the babies lunch’.<br />

See the Community Notices on page 8<br />

for more information on Ohomairangi<br />

Trust’s parenting programmes.<br />


Faced with strong, sustained<br />

opposition from the Māngere<br />

Bridge community, Watercare<br />

has finally dropped its plans to<br />

erect a ventilation shaft on the<br />

scenic Kiwi Esplanade domain.<br />

The shaft would have allowed the<br />

release of odours and wastewater<br />

into the harbour. It was previously<br />

promoted as essential for the<br />

Central Interceptor project, however<br />

Watercare has now declared that,<br />

“after taking residents’ concerns on<br />

board”, the vent is “not needed”.<br />

Local resident Frances Hancock<br />

reflects on the successful<br />

community campaign:<br />


Watercare’s announcement that it<br />

will not build the combined tunnel<br />

access and ventilation shaft on Kiwi<br />

Esplanade is a timely reminder of the<br />

importance of community-led action.<br />

In 2012−2013 the Māngere<br />

Bridge community, through<br />

its Residents and Ratepayers<br />

Association, raised concerns about<br />

the project, alongside others.<br />

The construction of the proposed<br />

shaft threatened to disrupt birdroosting<br />

areas and detract from the<br />

beauty of the Esplanade. Residents<br />

were also concerned that it would<br />

release smells during wet weather.<br />

>> continued on page 2<br />

Frances Hancock at the site<br />

of the proposed Watercare vent on<br />

Kiwi Esplanade, Māngere Bridge.<br />

P2: Maramataka & Community Matariki Event P7: Waste-free Parenting


Te Tahi o Pipiri (<strong>June</strong>) <strong>2017</strong><br />

By Ayla Hoeta<br />

This month we celebrate the<br />

start of the Māori New Year.<br />

Matariki is a time to get your<br />

plans for the new year sorted<br />

so you’re ready to roll when<br />

the Kohurangi (Brachyglottis<br />

Kirkii) flowers. That’s a sign to<br />

kick into gear and start all your<br />

new and wonderful projects.<br />

High Energy days<br />

ÍÍ8 <strong>June</strong> – Te Rakaunui<br />

(Highest energy day)<br />

ÍÍ9 <strong>June</strong> – Rakau matohi<br />

Fishing days<br />

ÍÍ15 <strong>June</strong> – Tangaroa a Mua<br />

ÍÍ16 <strong>June</strong> – Tangaroa a Roto<br />

ÍÍ17 <strong>June</strong> – Tangaroa Kiokio<br />

Planting days<br />

ÍÍ4 <strong>June</strong> – Mawharu<br />

ÍÍ18 <strong>June</strong> – Otane (planting<br />

day and give back to the forest)<br />

ÍÍ29 <strong>June</strong> – Tamatea a Io<br />

ÍÍ30 <strong>June</strong> – Tamatea Kai Ariki<br />

Reciprocity/give back<br />

& reflecting days<br />

ÍÍ5 <strong>June</strong> – Atua<br />

ÍÍ11 <strong>June</strong> – Oike<br />

ÍÍ12 <strong>June</strong> – Korekore te Whiahia<br />

ÍÍ13 <strong>June</strong> – Korekore te Rawea<br />

As you become familiar with<br />

the maramataka you will feel<br />

more in tune with your natural<br />

surrounding and enjoy the<br />

rhythm of the maramataka and<br />

nature. Have a great month!<br />

If you would like a<br />

maramataka dial visit <strong>275</strong><br />

<strong>Times</strong> on Facebook, or<br />

email me at ayla.hoeta@<br />

aucklandcouncil.govt.nz<br />


Matariki<br />

Event<br />

By Olivia Chapman<br />

Lead Hub Teacher, Te Kura<br />

Māori o Ngā Tapuwae<br />

Students from Te Kura Māori o<br />

Ngā Tapuwae have teamed up<br />

with Māngere East Community<br />

Centre to host this year’s<br />

Community Matariki Event.<br />

The students from Ururangi<br />

learning hub are excited to share<br />

their knowledge of Matariki.<br />

Many people have a lot of<br />

misconceptions about Matariki.<br />

For instance, some people don’t<br />

know that it is more than just<br />

a cluster of stars in the sky,<br />

so the students are working<br />

on projects based on Matariki<br />

to display at the event.<br />

The displays will be interactive<br />

and fun, with games and samples<br />

of traditional Māori kai on<br />

offer. The students will also be<br />

involved in preparing a hāngi,<br />

and will kick of the event with a<br />

traditional<br />

pōwhiri.<br />

Year 10 student Hamiora Tito from<br />

Māngere East is looking forward<br />

to meeting lots of new people. “I<br />

know our community is culturally<br />

diverse and I want to share my<br />

knowledge with them so they can<br />

go home and tell their families<br />

about how important Matariki is,”<br />

he says.<br />






“It’s an event for all, regardless<br />

of race and culture, and we<br />

hope that people will embrace<br />

this special event. We want<br />

everyone to feel included.”<br />

The Community Matariki Event<br />

will be held on<br />

24 <strong>June</strong> in the<br />

Māngere East<br />

Hall (Metro<br />

Theatre) 362<br />

Massey Rd,<br />

4pm – 8pm.<br />

Planning for Matariki: Māngere East Community Centre Manager Hone Fowler (left) with<br />

students from Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae. (Photo of Matariki constellation: NASA)<br />

2<br />

COMMUNITY ACTION GETS RESULTS >> cont. from page 1<br />

Our main worry was the ecological<br />

effects of transferring stormwater<br />

from one catchment area (Western<br />

Springs) to another (Māngere).<br />

In particular, massive amounts<br />

of stormwater flowing into the<br />

treatment plant and increased<br />

volumes of treated water pouring<br />

into the Manukau Harbour. Experts<br />

argue against combined sewage and<br />

stormwater systems, we said. The<br />

13-kilometre underground Central<br />

Interceptor tunnel may offer a “quick<br />

fix” but these concerns remain.<br />

Five years on, I remember residents<br />

collecting hundreds of signatures for<br />

our carefully worded submissions,<br />

community meetings, consultations<br />

with Watercare and Auckland<br />

Council, discussions with professional<br />

advisers, collaborations with Manukau<br />

Harbour Restoration Society and The<br />

Onehunga Enhancement Society,<br />

presentations at consent hearings<br />

and interviews with reporters.<br />

I especially remember longtime<br />

Māngere Bridge residents, Roger<br />

Baldwin, who died last year, and<br />

Ken Duff and Brian Pilkington.<br />

“Are we wasting our time?,” I asked<br />

Roger once when our efforts<br />

seemed hopeless. “No!” he said.<br />

“We’re speaking out because we love<br />

the harbour and the community,<br />

and we care about what future<br />

generations will inherit.”<br />

Those were the commitments<br />

we all shared. Our different<br />

contributions were our strength.<br />

Watercare’s announcement<br />

reminds me that residents were<br />

right to ask critical questions.<br />

Doing everything we could to<br />

influence decisions affecting our<br />

environment made hope possible.<br />

Looking back, we were constantly<br />

creating hope through collective<br />

community action. Our<br />

efforts made a difference.



OF 22Q<br />

By Ellen Fu’u fa’o uonuku<br />

My family has a rare<br />

genetic condition<br />

called DiGeorge Syndrome.<br />

I would like<br />

to raise awareness of<br />

the condition because<br />

it is not well known<br />

here in New Zealand.<br />

DiGeorge is also<br />

known as ‘22q’, which<br />

is short for 22q11.2<br />

Deletion Syndrome.<br />

You might know that<br />

people usually have 23<br />

pairs of chromosomes<br />

in their cells. In people<br />

with DiGeorge, a tiny<br />

piece of chromosome<br />

22 is missing. This<br />

affects us in different<br />

ways. For example,<br />

I need more time to<br />

process information<br />

than some people,<br />

and I’ve had open<br />

heart surgery from<br />

six months old.<br />

I am 21 this year. My<br />

mum and I are now<br />

the only people in<br />

my family with the<br />

syndrome. My aunty,<br />

nana and cousin also<br />

had the condition.<br />

Sadly, they passed<br />

away from poor health<br />

and from DiGeorge.<br />

Living with DiGeorge<br />

syndrome has its<br />

challenges and<br />

moments – I do<br />

daydream 24/7 – but<br />

I love how it has<br />

shaped us into the<br />

people we are today.<br />

I would like to thank<br />

everyone who has<br />

stood by my side<br />

through thick and thin.<br />

Volunteers re-vamp Village<br />

Seventy-four hardy volunteers<br />

gave up their Saturday morning<br />

on May 6 to clean up and beautify<br />

Māngere Bridge Village.<br />

They washed windows, swept<br />

leaves, painted walls, replanted<br />

gardens, and picked up rubbish<br />

– collectively donating over 240<br />

hours to the clean-up effort.<br />

The volunteers included Māngere<br />

Bridge Village Manager Kate<br />

Adams, members of the Fijian<br />

community and Latter-Day<br />

Saints, Project K participants<br />

and local residents.<br />

The event was organised by<br />

the Manukau Beautification<br />

Charitable Trust, which aims<br />

to inspire civic pride.<br />

Community Manager Barbara<br />

Carney says “We are extremely<br />

thankful for the volunteers who<br />

gave up their Saturday morning.<br />

Many hands make light work.”<br />

The Māngere Bridge Village<br />

clean-up was supported by<br />

Auckland Council, Auckland<br />

Transport, the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu<br />

Local Board and the Māngere<br />

Bridge Business Association.<br />

Help shape<br />

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu’s<br />

future<br />

PRO2005_<strong>275</strong>T<br />

We’re developing our Local Board Plan <strong>2017</strong> and want<br />

to know what you think of the projects and outcomes<br />

we propose to focus on over the next three years.<br />

These include finalising upgrades of local parks, protecting<br />

our natural environment and heritage, partnering with<br />

others to boost the local economy as well as pushing for<br />

coordinated planning and investment for a business and<br />

community hub in Māngere East.<br />

It’s easy to get involved and have your say. Just go online<br />

to shapeauckland.co.nz to read our draft local board plan<br />

and provide your feedback by 30 <strong>June</strong> <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

Come along to our pop up event below to find out more,<br />

talk to Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board members<br />

and give us feedback:<br />

• Sunday 18 <strong>June</strong>, 8.30am-11.30am, Mangere Boutique<br />

Market, Coronation Rd, Mangere Bridge Village.<br />

Have your say by 4pm on Friday 30 <strong>June</strong><br />

For more information and to provide feedback visit shapeauckland.co.nz or your<br />

local public library, service centre or phone Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board on 09 256 5133.<br />


Come on,<br />

Slow Down<br />

for us<br />

Community group members and Auckland Transport are working together to raise<br />

awareness about the dangers to our community created by speeding on local roads<br />

in the wider Māngere area. Local community members are fronting the campaign,<br />

encouraging drivers to slow down and to look out for pedestrians and cyclists.<br />

Everyone is encouraged to have a household conversation<br />

about what speed is safe in different parts of our town.<br />

“Come on, slow down bro”, says Georgina Tahana of the<br />

Māngere Town Centre Maori Wardens, “think about others.”<br />

We all know how to slow down, and it is about being aware<br />

of everyone using the road space.<br />

It’s great for adults as well as children to be out and about<br />

on bikes or walking; getting exercise, seeing new things and<br />

enjoying our community at a slower pace. So when we’re<br />

driving, we need to think about who is around, needing to<br />

cross the road or moving about on it. It is really important<br />

that a car can stop quickly and not injure walkers or cyclists<br />

if something goes wrong.<br />

In the last five years in the Māngere area, 34 people had<br />

to have emergency medical care because of crashes where<br />

people were driving too fast for the conditions. It is not<br />

only traumatising for them, but upsets their contribution to<br />

family, work and community – sometimes for a long time.<br />

Making the road safe is not just about the legal speed limit,<br />

it is about slowing down to a speed where we can look out<br />

for other people and stop in time. When a space is shared<br />

between cars and pedestrians, then 60 km/hr is not safe.<br />

The difference between 40 km/hr and 60 km/hr is huge if a<br />

car hits a pedestrian or cyclist. At 60 km/hr the person hit<br />

will probably die (for nine of 10 crashes), but at 40 km/hr it<br />

is much less likely.<br />

Slowing down is a great way for a driver to show they care<br />

about the people around them in the community, such as<br />

the Nga Iwi and Māngere Bridge school pupils that are<br />

shown with their bikes in the campaign. It’s their community<br />

too, and they need to get to school and friend’s place safely<br />

every time. They love being on their bikes or scooters and<br />

its good for them too!<br />

Help make our roads safer. Being part of a community is<br />

looking after each other. All crashes need to be reported<br />

to the NZ Police, and road problems can be reported to<br />

Auckland Transport AT.govt.nz/contactus<br />

* New Zealand Transport Agency<br />




After winning the NZ Toastmasters International<br />

Speech Contest last month, Māngere resident<br />

Joseph Fa’afiu will be heading to the world<br />

champs in Vancouver, Canada in August.<br />

Make your<br />

practice count<br />

Did you know that one<br />

hour of driving practice<br />

with a qualified driving<br />

instructor can be as<br />

valuable as 10 hours of<br />

practice with a supervisor?<br />

Behind the Wheel Māngere’s<br />

qualified driving instructors<br />

have seen first-hand<br />

how practising with an<br />

instructor can be key to<br />

people passing their driving<br />

tests and getting on the<br />

roads as safer drivers.<br />

Koia Teinakore, one of the<br />

community instructors,<br />

says “It’s the best thing they<br />

can do. Their confidence<br />

skyrockets when you<br />

take them out to practise<br />

driving. I think it’s about<br />

teaching young people<br />

the right habits from go.<br />

I enjoy seeing people<br />

achieve their goals, and it<br />

means more than just the<br />

driving part – it can be lifechanging<br />

to get licensed.”<br />

The Behind the Wheel’s<br />

community instructors<br />

can help you feel<br />

more confident by:<br />

ÊÊDrawing up a plan<br />

to get you test-ready<br />

ÊÊPractising driving with<br />

you if you don’t have<br />

anyone to practise with<br />

ÊÊMeeting with you and<br />

your supervisor to help<br />

guide you with what<br />

you need to practise<br />

ÊÊHelping you master<br />

the hard stuff (like<br />

parallel parking and<br />

talking about hazards)<br />

ÊÊGetting rid of any<br />

bad driving habits you<br />

may have picked up<br />

You can check the<br />

instructors out on the<br />

Behind the Wheel website<br />

(behindthewheel.nz).<br />

They offer low-cost<br />

lessons, and payment<br />

options are available.<br />

Give them a call for a chat<br />

about how they might be<br />

able to help you get on<br />

your way to being licensed!<br />

Find out more at<br />

www.behindthewheel.nz<br />

or follow us on Facebook<br />

@behindthewheelmangere<br />

Joseph is a Pastor and<br />

Director of HopeWalk<br />

Suicide Prevention Trust.<br />

He has been living in<br />

Māngere with his wife and<br />

five sons for five years.<br />

Joseph told <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

about his journey so far:<br />

How did you get involved<br />

in public speaking? A<br />

friend invited me along<br />

to Pacific Toastmasters in<br />

2015 at the Māngere East<br />

Community Centre. I found<br />

it to be a great environment<br />

to develop and to upskill in<br />

the areas of public speaking<br />

and leadership. I’m still a<br />

member of the club, which<br />

has since moved to Ōtara.<br />

What’s the main thing<br />

you’ve learned? We all<br />

have stories, but what I<br />

have learnt is that we must<br />

make a point and leave<br />

our listeners motivated to<br />

change after hearing our<br />

message. Speak not just to<br />

inform, but to transform.<br />

What was it like to win the<br />

club, area, division and<br />

district contests? What<br />

was your motivation?<br />

Overwhelming! I can’t<br />

believe I’m flying to Canada<br />

to represent New<br />

Zealand. Each contest<br />

had its little challenges,<br />

but my motivation, as far<br />

back as I can remember,<br />

was to represent New<br />

Zealand at something.<br />

I was okay at rugby,<br />

but knew I wasn’t good<br />

enough to be an All Black.<br />

But what I didn’t know is<br />

that one day I would be<br />

in a position to represent<br />

New Zealand through<br />

public speaking. It’s pretty<br />

crazy, but I’m so humbled<br />

and blessed to do so.<br />

Was there a particular<br />

challenge you overcame?<br />

When I got to the contest<br />

in Wellington – my nerves<br />

didn’t control me, I had<br />

control of them. Just a<br />

few days earlier I was so<br />

nervous heading into the<br />

division competition, but<br />

my wife Lydia said “You’ve<br />

done this before; you<br />

got this far.” I’m slowly<br />

getting there in terms<br />

of taming my nerves.<br />

What do you hope to<br />

achieve in Canada?<br />

I’m looking forward<br />

to being among over<br />

140 countries and 116<br />

competitors in the semifinal<br />

round. If successful<br />

in my semi, I’ll face<br />

off against nine of the<br />

best public speakers in<br />

the world for <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

My hope is to make the<br />

top 10, and if possible to<br />

win and become the first<br />

Polynesian to be crowned<br />

World Champion of public<br />

speaking. But if I don’t, I<br />

will know I gave it my all.<br />

How can people<br />

support your world<br />

championship quest?<br />

We have a fundraising<br />

page: www.indiegogo.<br />

com/projects/worldchampionship-of-publicspeaking-<strong>2017</strong>#/<br />

Let’s get licensed together!<br />

Check out Behind the Wheel for awesome licensing<br />

workshops and community instructors, to help you and<br />

your whānau learn every stage of the licensing process!<br />

@behindthewheelmangere<br />

Find out more at<br />

behindthewheel.nz<br />

Māngere’s Joseph Fa’afiu is heading<br />

to the World Championship of<br />

Public Speaking in Vancouver,<br />

Canada. (Photo: Frank Talo)<br />


Above: Māngere East librarian<br />

Melissa Manapori (left) receives<br />

a copy of Maui the Sun Catcher<br />

donated by legendary performer<br />

Tigilau Ness.<br />

For more information:<br />

visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/dogs<br />

FREE* desexing for<br />

registered menacing dogs<br />

Text “YES” to 3169<br />

or phone 0800 462 685<br />

to apply<br />

By Shirl’e Fruean<br />

Txt 2 Desex is made possible through a grant from central<br />

government as part of the national strategy to reduce the risk and<br />

harm of dog attacks.<br />

*Conditions apply<br />

When I heard that Matua Tigilau Ness’ precious<br />

Ovation guitar had been stolen, I was gutted.<br />

A month later, when it still hadn’t been handed in, I<br />

thought: “Now what? We can’t let this behaviour slide.<br />

Is this how we want people to remember Māngere?”<br />

We couldn’t keep waiting for the thief to do the right<br />

thing, so I decided to organise a community jam at<br />

Māngere East Library to raise money for a new guitar.<br />

Despite having only two and a half weeks to prepare,<br />

the fundraiser on 20 May was a great success. We salute<br />

everyone who performed, volunteered and donated on<br />

the day or on the Givealittle page.<br />

*<br />

Tigi says: “I was very happy at the<br />

fundraiser for my replacement<br />

guitar. Despite the wet weather,<br />

the turnout was amazing.<br />

“Many thanks to all the artists,<br />

and to the host of friends and<br />

family that came and supported<br />

the cause. I was chuffed to<br />

have my son Che Fu uber it<br />

out from central to join his<br />

sister and my three moko –<br />

now that’s family support!<br />

“And for my extended Māngere<br />

East family, now I have nothing<br />

but more love and respect.<br />

You have banded together<br />

to turn something negative<br />

into something positive.<br />

“How bizarre a stolen guitar<br />

has shown this humble<br />

grandfather who the real people<br />

of the Māngere East southside<br />

community are. I would like to<br />

build on this wondrous act of<br />

one love from the community.”<br />

Tigilau and his band Unity<br />

Pacific are currently working<br />

on a new album. “You can<br />

guarantee that our Māngere East<br />

experience will be an inspiration<br />

for a song or two,” says Tigi.<br />


Waste-free Parenting<br />

Babies bring lots of<br />

joy and love into our<br />

families, but these days<br />

they also seem to create<br />

a mountain of rubbish!<br />

By Justine Skilling, Talking<br />

Rubbish, ME Family Services<br />

A week’s worth of stinky nappies<br />

can fill up a black rubbish sack in no<br />

time, and many families might be<br />

wondering how they’re going to fit all<br />

this into the red-lidded wheelie bins<br />

that are coming to South Auckland<br />

in <strong>June</strong> and July. Although our<br />

rubbish magically disappears from the<br />

kerbside every week, many people are<br />

also disturbed to hear that the nappies<br />

themselves stay in our landfills forever.<br />

But it hasn’t always been that way.<br />

Disposable nappies have actually<br />

only been around for the past 30<br />

years or so. Some of us might be old<br />

enough to remember the old cloth<br />

nappy squares, and all the soaking,<br />

scrubbing and safety-pin injuries<br />

that went with them. These days,<br />

the cloth nappy is making a comeback,<br />

but it’s better in every way.<br />

Ranjani Prasad and Amy Taunga,<br />

teachers at ME Family Services’<br />

Early Childhood Education centre<br />

have lots of experience with cloth<br />

nappies. They’ve used them with their<br />

own children at home and with the<br />

many children they work with at the<br />

centre. Both have taken advantage<br />

of the nappy library available to<br />

parents of children at the centre,<br />

where a supply of cloth nappies<br />

can be borrowed, to be returned<br />

once they’re no longer needed.<br />

Ranjani’s 2-year-old daughter<br />

Jaanashi has been in cloth nappies<br />

for over a year now. Ranjani opted<br />

to use cloth nappies for the health<br />

and wellbeing of her children. “They<br />

feel more comfortable and have<br />

no rashes using the cloth nappies.<br />

This is because air can get in and<br />

circulate,” she says. Ranjani finds the<br />

modern cloth nappies “so convenient<br />

and neatly presented”, compared<br />

with the old white nappy squares<br />

she used for her older child in Fiji.<br />

Above: Modern cloth nappies drying in<br />

the sun at Māngere East Family Services’<br />

Early Childhood Education Centre.<br />

She has 20 nappies in circulation, and<br />

washes twice a week to make sure she<br />

always has a fresh supply. Between<br />

washes, the nappies are soaked in a<br />

bucket with nappy sanitiser. While<br />

this all takes a little extra time, she<br />

says it’s part of the household routine<br />

now, and she and her husband share<br />

the load. “We think about our child’s<br />

health, not the time it’s consuming”.<br />

Cloth nappy converts: Ranjani Prasad<br />

(left) with her daughter Jaanashi, and<br />

Amy Taunga with son Simote (above)<br />

use modern cloth nappies to save<br />

money, do their bit for the planet and<br />

help their children avoid nappy rash.<br />

Amy started her cloth nappy journey<br />

several years ago, when her first child<br />

was born. Back then, finances were<br />

tight, so cloth nappies, in the form<br />

of the old white squares, were an<br />

affordable option. More recently, Amy<br />

attended a cloth nappy workshop<br />

as part of her job and received a<br />

pack of modern cloth nappies as<br />

a gift when her son Simote was<br />

born, to supplement the ones she<br />

borrowed from the nappy library.<br />

She reckons she’s saved roughly $20<br />

a month using cloth nappies rather<br />

than disposables and also found<br />

her baby didn’t have trouble with<br />

rashes, which she’s often seen with<br />

disposables. “It’s better for bubba,”<br />

says Amy. “Seeing the benefits of<br />

using cloth nappies, in terms of saving<br />

money, and also for the environment<br />

made it really worthwhile for us”.<br />

If you’re wanting to see whether<br />

cloth nappies would work for you,<br />

help is at hand. The Nappy Lady<br />

(sponsored by Auckland Council) is<br />

holding a workshop on Tuesday 13<br />

<strong>June</strong>, 7–9.30pm at the Māngere East<br />

Hall (Metro Theatre), 362 Massey<br />

Rd, Māngere East to show people<br />

how cloth nappies work and to give<br />

families lots of tips on cutting down<br />

waste (and saving money) at home.<br />

There is a $10 registration fee, but<br />

participants will receive $90 worth<br />

of products to get them started on<br />

their waste-free parenting journey.<br />

To register, go to www.<br />

thenappylady.co.nz, or contact<br />

Kate on 027 221 1242.<br />


Community Notices<br />


Whānau4whānau: 8–10 week parent-designed skillsdevelopment<br />

programme. Starts in <strong>June</strong>.<br />

Whakatōkia te Rongomau: 8-week non-violent parentingprogramme<br />

building peaceful communities. Starts in <strong>June</strong>.<br />

Hoki ki te Rito – Oranga Whānau/Mellow Parenting: 14-week<br />

course on Mondays 9:30am to 2:30pm. Starts in August.<br />

Incredible Years: 14-week parenting course start in August.<br />

Morning and evening sessions.<br />

Mellow Bumps: Next course starts in August.<br />

Ohomairangi Trust offers these parenting courses at the<br />

Māngere East Community Centre. For more information, email:<br />

admin@ohomairangi.co.nz or ph. 09 263 0798.<br />


SPCA Auckland is working with local vets to offer FREE de-sexing<br />

for cats. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Cats and<br />

kittens weighing 1kg or more can be de-sexed. Please call the<br />

SPCA today on 09 256 7310 to book.<br />


Every Mon & Wed, 6.30am & 11am. Nga Whare Waatea Marae,<br />

31 Calthorp Close. Open to all ages & fitness levels. For more<br />

info contact: Donna Jean Tairi, Pou Hakinakina / Healthy<br />

Lifestyles Coordinator, Manukau Urban Maori Authority, ph. 021<br />

583 555 or 09 277 7866 or email: donna-jean@muma.co.nz<br />


Rongoā Māori Medicine: Amber O’Neill presents a FREE Māori<br />

medicine lore workshop, including native plant species and how<br />

they’re used by Māori Rongoā practitioners today. Wednesday,<br />

14 <strong>June</strong>, 10:30 – 12 noon. Refreshments will be served.<br />

Matariki Storytime: FREE Matariki-themed pre-school Singa-long<br />

Storytime with special performances from local preschools.<br />

Friday, 16 <strong>June</strong>, 10:30 – 11:30am.<br />


A fun, inspirational workshop about reducing waste. Learn<br />

about modern cloth nappies and other waste-free parenting<br />

ideas and tips. Tuesday, 13 <strong>June</strong>, 7pm – 9:30pm at the Māngere<br />

East Hall (Metro Theatre), 362 Massey Rd, Māngere East. Cost:<br />

$10 (+ booking fee) individual or couple. Attendees get a wastefree<br />

parenting pack that includes cloth nappies valued at $90.<br />

Bookings essential. Ph or text Kate on 027 2211 242 or visit<br />

thenappylady.co.nz<br />


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