275 Times July 2017


Mangere community news. In this month's issue, read more about: matariki, Mangere's history, La Coco, young leaders at Bader Intermediate, Ihumatao, Tigi's guitar and the Love Zero Waste Awards.


JULY 2017




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Our stories, our people, our Māngere

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


The SOUL (Save Our

Unique Landscape)

campaign has initiated

a breakthrough move to

secure the disputed land

at Ihumātao, Māngere

as public open space.

This important heritage area

is under threat from Fletcher

Residential, a foreign-owned

company that plans to erect 480

private homes on the site.

In a submission to the Māngere-

Ōtāhuhu Long Term Plan last month,

SOUL asked the Local Board to revive

the former Manukau City Council’s

‘Māngere Gateway Heritage Plan’

and establish a multi-source fund to

purchase the 32 hectares of farmland

known as the Wallace Block/SHA62.

A similar combined-funding deal has

recently been proposed for the rebuild

of the Christchurch Cathedral, and

looks likely to end the 6-year deadlock

over the fate of the historic church.

Referring to the Cathedral deal,

Māngere MP Aupito William Sio told

275 Times: “That’s really the ideal

situation isn’t it. The Government,

the Council and the locals agreeing

Above: SOUL’s weekly pickets outside

Fletcher’s HQ raise awareness about the

company’s plans to destroy the unique

open space beside Ōtuataua Stonefields.

Right: Māngere MP Aupito William Sio

addresses a SOUL rally at Ihumātao.

to raise funds to purchase land that

will be made available to the general

public and remain protected, and

then agreeing on what proportion

each will raise.

“That’s why [SOUL’s] submissions to

the Auckland Council are important.

Council must first recognise the cultural,

historic, archaeological value of

the SHA62 land and be prepared

to work towards buying

it, as the former Manukau

City Council attempted to.

“If Council can be convinced to

acknowledge this and put some

money aside, even if a small

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Tigi’s guitar: good news!

A big thank you to the community for your support.

With your help – raising awareness, contributing to fundraising events, and

donating your art work, musical talents, time and food – together we’ve

raised a total of $2,000 towards a replacement guitar for matua Tigilau Ness,

so he can continue to create special songs for whānau in Māngere, across

the Pacific and around the world.

Left: Mangere East Community Centre presents Tigi with a donation towards a new guitar.

P2: Māngere History P3: Bader’s Leaders P6: La Coco P7: Maramataka


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amount, we then have our starting

point for serious negotiations

with the Government.”

SOUL’s submission called on

the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local

Board to hold urgent discussions

with the Government, Auckland

Council, Auckland Airport, and

mana whenua, to put together

a combined offer of purchase

(estimated at up to $30 million)

to Fletcher Residential, to acquire

and safeguard the land.

The Local Board was also asked

to include an appropriate amount

as a budget item in the Long

Term Plan 2017 for this purpose.

The proposed multi-source

purchase offer would be considered

a revival of the former Manukau

City Council’s uncompleted

project to establish and protect

the landscape as the Māngere

Gateway Heritage Area.

The proposal noted that the

Gateway Heritage project was

“developed in full consultation with

local communities including mana

whenua.” And as the inheritor of

the project, the Local Board takes

on the duties of its “protector

and champion.” Chair Lemauga

Lydia Sosene stresses the need to

“protect and preserve” the land.

The submission also noted that the

Manukau City Council shareholding

in Auckland Airport was retained

when many other Local Bodies sold.

These shares, which are now

controlled by Auckland Council,

generate approximately $10 million

per year. SOUL proposes that –

combined with other funds – “this

revenue source be allocated for the

purchase of the Wallace Block and

the ongoing development of the

Māngere Heritage Gateway Area.”

The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local

Board received SOUL’s submission

and reiterated its long-standing

opposition to the SHA62

housing plan at Ihumātao.

Lawyer Louis Te Kani and SOUL’s

Pania Newton, defend SOUL’s injunction

move in the Māori Land Court.


While awaiting a Waitangi Tribunal

hearing on the Ihumātao dispute, SOUL

has applied for an interim injunction

to halt Fletcher’s development plans.

The injunction centres on the legality

of Fletcher buying confiscated land.

On 26 June, Fletcher and the

Auckland Council asked the Māori

Land Court in Whangarei to “strike

down” SOUL’s injunction before it

even had a chance to be heard.

A strong SOUL contingent supported

lawyer Louis Te Kani who argued for

the right for the injunction to proceed.

The judge reserved his decision.


under our feet



By Farrell Cleary

Historian Vincent O’Malley

brought our little-known

history to life when he

spoke to an audience of

150 at Māngere Bridge

Primary School recently.

In conversation with

archaeologist Dave

Veart, Vincent provided

a fresh and enlightening

perspective on the invasion

of the Waikato by British

troops in July, 1863.

To an attentive audience

– many of whom are

involved in the campaign

to save confiscated

land at Ihumātao from

development by Fletcher

Residential – Vincent

explained the background

to the confiscations that

followed the invasion.

Setting out one thesis of his

new book “The Great War for

New Zealand 1863–2000”,

Vincent explained that the

Waikato War was started

by Governor George

Grey and a settler

government led

by speculators

hungry for

Māori land.







about a socalled

Māori plan

to attack Auckland

and used that lie as

false justification for the

invasion and subsequent

confiscation of huge

swathes of land from

Māngere to Maungatautari.

Vincent showed that the

Proclamation justifying the

invasion was not issued

until after the troops had

moved onto Māori land

in South Auckland.

The invasion destroyed a

dynamic Māori economy

which supplied the growing

colony of Auckland.

Māori grew wheat at

places like Ihumātao and

Rangiaowhia. St James’

Church in Māngere Bridge

was built by Pōtatau, the

first Māori King, whose

protection of the infant

colony was rewarded

by conquest and ruin.

It has only been in the last

30 years that research by

Vincent and other historians

has laid the foundations

for Waitangi Tribunal and

government acceptance

that the war was a war

of invasion and that the

confiscations were theft.

Vincent reports that the

response to his book

has been powerful

and positive.

One Waikato farmer,

a descendant

of a recipient of

land confiscated

from Māori, asked

him, “Why haven’t

we learned about

this before?”

Stephanie Tawha, principal

of Māngere Bridge School,

gave a warm mihi to

Vincent and Dave, and

led a spirited waiata to

close the evening.

Vincent’s important

book is available from

book shops and at

Auckland Libraries.

Above: Historian and author

Vincent O’Malley (left) and

archaeologist Dave Veart reveal

the history of Māngere.





Grace’s Place in Māngere East and

the Opal Lounge in Papatoetoe

have lost their tavern licences.

Unless they appeal, both businesses

will have to close within the next

few months, and under Auckland

Council’s Gambling Policy, if

they close, their pokie machines

can’t be relocated elsewhere.

These victories are the result of

“years of hard work by the community

to challenge the number

and location of bottle stores

and bars in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu”,

says Grant Hewison, who has

supported the community’s work.

“[The wins] didn’t come easily,” he

says. “At times the process has been

brutal on the objectors. But the

community’s concerns have been

vindicated by these two decisions.”

Grant also acknowledged the

efforts of the Auckland Council

Alcohol Inspector, support from the

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board and

“excellent decisions of the Auckland

District Licensing Committee (DLC)”.

The DLC turned down the licence

applications because it found the

premises were not used mainly

for providing alcohol and other

refreshments – as required under

the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.

In both cases, the DLC found that

the main activity was gambling.

Glenn McCutcheon and Selwyn

Lilly represented the community

objectors at the hearing. Expressing

her concern about the harm caused

by alcohol and gambling, Glenn

said: “If I could help one family in

Māngere, I would be happy.”

Following the decision, Glenn has

asked Auckland Council to take a

hard look at all similar businesses in

South Auckland. She believes that

many other so-called taverns are

also used mainly for gambling.

Fighting for the community:

Grant Hewison & Glenn McCutcheon.

Wellington Trip INSPIRES Young leaders

Six young leaders from Sir

Douglas Bader Intermediate

flew to Wellington earlier

this year to visit Parliament

Buildings and Te Papa.

The trip was part of growing the

students’ understanding of leadership

and how they can use their position

as school leaders to support other

students and contribute positively

to the wider community.

“Recognising and nurturing

leadership abilities in our

children is vital to ensuring they

reach their full potential in life”,

says principal Scott Symes.

At Parliament, the group discussed

democracy and how parliament

works. In the debating chamber

they saw where laws are made.

The girls were shocked to learn

that only a small percentage of

New Zealand’s MPs are women.

They students then visited Te Papa

to explore the Gallipoli: Scale of War

exhibition, where they read about

acts of bravery and the cost of war.

They learned that some leaders

are elected, while others are born

from adversity – such as Captain

Peter Buck, who led his soldiers

to many victories even when the

odds were stacked against them.

With the changing curriculum,

Mr Symes believes students need

authentic life experiences to truly

grasp important concepts.

“Classrooms are great places to

learn, but getting out into the

community, talking to people,

and seeing and feeling the things

going on around them is truly

engaging for our students”, he says.

Back home, the students met

with Māngere MP Aupito William

Sio, who provided further insights

into leadership and service to the

community. They identified some of

the key issues facing young people

in Māngere, and sought advice

from Mr Sio on finding solutions.

These issues include the need to

develop respect for the environment,

and to ensure that Māngere

nurtures its great young talent by

providing initiatives that young

people can get actively involved in.

The young leaders have presented to

a number of schools and community

groups as they continue to share the

learnings from this great experience.

Above: Bader Intermediate’s young leaders

explore Parliament Buildings in Wellington

(Back row, left to right): Sam Sau, Taliata

Baice, Lexus Ah Wong & Martha Peo.

(Front): Crystal Fineaso & Zac Ieremia.



Helen Tau’au Filisi


Helen is a prolific local author

and artist who has selfpublished

11 books since 2015.

She’s also a committed educator.

For Samoan Language Week,

Helen exhibited her work at the

Māngere Arts Centre, and held

workshops for local schools –

gifting each school with a book.

275 Times spoke to her

after the launch of her latest

project: ‘Fale Samoa’.

When did you decide to become

an author, artist and educator?

I went to Robertson Road

School, Māngere Intermediate

and Ngā Tapuwae College (now

Southern Cross Campus).

At primary school I loved painting

and drawing. In high school I

discovered that I enjoyed creative

writing too. Plus, I loved to

learn. It was something that my

parents instilled in me: doing

the best that I could to succeed

in my education. No excuses.

After I left university, I went into

teaching. But I knew that there

had to be more, and in 2015 I was

inspired by another teacher to

become a writer and illustrator.

What motivated you to selfpublish

books with Samoan/

Pasifika themes?

In the 1990s, while I was teaching

English at a high school in Ōtara,

I realised that there were very

few stories about our experiences

as Pacific peoples living in New

Zealand. So I started writing,

producing and directing plays for

South Auckland high schools.

My plays were informed by

the ancient stories of Samoa.

I’d learned about these stories

in 1989, while researching for

my first Masters degree.

I also started incorporating what

I’d learned into bilingual (English/

Samoan) picture books. (My

husband, Tofilau Fritz Filisi, is the

fluent Samoan speaker in our family,

so he does the translations.)

This was particularly important

for passing on the stories to our

children and the next generations.

What would you say to anyone

wanting to follow a similar path?

I’d encourage anyone interested

in pursuing a dream in any field

to learn the skills of the craft.

Getting lots of experience in your

chosen field will also help you

learn what needs to be done to

succeed. For example, teaching

creative writing helped me

understand themes, settings, and

characterisation. It also encouraged

me to write about things that were

important to me and my culture.

I’d especially encourage our youth to

keep trying if you know that you have

a talent and have been encouraged

to pursue it. Success stories are

about never giving up and pursuing

those goals till you reach them.

What have you done since

achieving your goal?

One of the values my parents

taught me was about giving

back to the community, so I

often gift books to individuals

or to schools where I speak.

I also recently ran some free

workshops for schools – not

only to share my stories, but

also to inspire students to go for

their dreams – especially in the

arts, storytelling and writing.

It’s important that children see

a variety of role models in our

community to encourage them

to strive for whatever they want

to do when they become adults.

And they need to know that

the time to prepare is now!

Helen’s books are sold at SAAB

Sei Oriana, next to the ‘Fale o

Samoa’ – corner Bader Drive

and Mascot Ave, Māngere.

Find out more about her work at


or get in touch by email:



4 whānau

Whānau4whānau, a

parent-designed support

programme is up and

running at the Māngere

East Community Centre.

The group is for parents who

have completed a parenting

programme, and who now

want to reach out and support

each other to practice and

build on their new skills.

Parents already attending are

enthusiastic about the programme:

“I really like that it’s parents

leading. And parents are planning

how and who we get to come

and tell us or show us about

things we want to know – as

well as working out what we

can do ourselves”, says one.

“Everyone supports one

another in their progress and

development – based on learning

and life skills for them and their

children”, explains another.

Together, the group will explore

opportunities in the community to:

• y undertake further education

– e.g. in te reo Māori,

gagana Samoa, health

and safety, korowai and

tāniko, bee keeping, etc.

• y develop skills to get into

paid work – e.g. bridging

courses, writing a CV, and

practising job interviews.

• y improve health and wellbeing

for themselves and their whānau

– e.g. cooking healthy meals,

zumba, mindfulness, mirimiri

and romiromi, mentoring other

parents, or starting a garden.

• y strengthen their relationships

with their children and

whānau whānui.

Parents interested in joining

Whānau4Whānau can contact

Maia on 09 275 6161.

Mangere shines at Zero Waste Awards

“There’s so much happening in Māngere!” That was the feeling expressed by many at Auckland’s

first Love Zero Waste Awards, which were held in June at the Metro Theatre, Māngere East.

By Justine Skilling

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services

Funded by Auckland Council and organised

and hosted by The Auckland Guardianship

Group, the Love Zero Waste Awards

recognise the work of organisations,

businesses and individuals who

are reducing waste and diverting

it away from landfills in our

city, or showing leadership

and innovation in the

zero-waste sector.

A whopping nine

nominations from Māngere

were received, including:

• yMāngere Old School

Teaching Gardens

(picture 5) – for

using community

waste as a resource

in the gardens, and

teaching others to do

the same at home.

• yPapatūānuku Kōkiri

Marae (picture 6) –

for collecting waste

fish heads and frames

from boat clubs and

redistributing them to locals.

• yDenise Balmain of ‘Divert’

(picture 3) – for upcycling waste

fabrics into beautiful products

that she sells at local markets.

• yTeau Aiturau, Māngere Bikefit (picture 2) – for

teaching people to fix bikes and rescuing hundreds

of bikes from landfill to give back to the community.

• yMāngere East Community Centre (picture

8) – for showing leadership in reducing

waste at their community events.

• yNgā Iwi School (picture 1) for creating and using

gardens and recycling/composting systems, and

for showing leadership in working with other

schools in the area to share their learning.

• yTalking Rubbish (picture 10) for leading waste

education and support in Māngere/Ōtāhuhu.



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• yFriends of the Farm (picture 9) for leading waste education

and waste reduction initiatives in Māngere Bridge.

Local winners

Reverend Ifalame Teisi (picture 4) from Taulanga

U Trust, Pacific Vision Aotearoa was the overall winner of

the Te Uru O Te Rangi – Lone Ranger Award, for sharing

the waste reduction kaupapa everywhere he goes!





A special recognition award went to

the family of Māngere waste and

gardening champion Angela

McLean (picture 7), who sadly

passed away last month.


Angela had a long

association with both

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae

and Talking Rubbish, ME

Family Services, and her

passion for reducing

waste and getting

people into growing

their own healthy food

has inspired many

in our community.

Congratulations to all

of the Māngere award

nominees and winners

from our community!

With Auckland moving

towards being a zero-waste

city by 2040, there are some

great opportunities out there

for our community to draw on

our resourcefulness and

find ways to turn our

waste into treasure.

Talking Rubbish would

love to hear from

you if you have an

idea and need support

to make it happen.

Get in touch with me on 022

102 8195 or justine@mefsc.org.nz

Who knows, we might see you at

next year’s Love Zero Waste Awards!





Incredible Years

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Watching La Coco’s

performance at the

Vodafone Pacific

Music Awards last

month, I was in tears.

I couldn’t stop telling

her parents how good

she was. We were all so proud.


An opportunity for you to come meet our staff, explore our facilities,

and talk to staff about why we believe Bader Intermediate is the right

school for your child. Enrolment packs will be available on the night.

There will be a free BBQ, so don’t worry about dinner,

just come on down and say Hi, check us out and make an

informed decision about the next steps for your child.

By Shirl’e Fruean

Her given name is Latoia Virginia Sasa-Tepania, but

her granddad nicknamed her ‘Coco’ when she was just

a week old – “because she looked more Samoan than

Māori”, her mum says with a chuckle. That’s how she

came up with the stage name ‘La Coco’.

Her love of music was evident from a very young age.

At three years old, she was already singing in church

services, and since then there’s been no turning back

from pursuing her dreams.

Luckily, the Māngere singer is also passionate about

learning. To make the most of her natural talents, she

studied both music and performing arts after leaving

school – as well as earning a Bachelor of Education.

I remember meeting La Coco at a hip-hop gig on Ponsonby

Road in 2010. Her bubbly personality was the first thing I

noticed, but after hearing her sing, I fell in love with her

beautiful, soulful voice.

Listening to her sing, it’s hard to believe that she has

achalasia, a rare disorder of the aesophagus that affects

her ability to do simple things like eat and drink. The

condition is tough to deal with, but

she gets through with the support

of close family and friends, her

faith, and her focus on her music.

The results speak for themselves:

at this year’s Pacific Music Awards,

La Coco was nominated for Best

Pacific Artist, Best Gospel Artist

and Best Produced Album.

It was a massive achievement.

“To have even performed

on the stage in my first

year – with all my music

family – was an answered

prayer”, she says. “There’s

nothing I wanted to do

more than to perform

my testimony piece,

with the man upstairs

at the centre of it all.”

If you want to hear

this talented artist for

yourself, you’ll find her

first EP (Love and Other

Things), on iTunes

and Google Play.

She is currently working

on a video for ‘Enough’,

her next single from the

forthcoming EP Love and

Other Things Part 2.

La Coco performs at the 2017 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards

in Manukau. (Photo: James Ensing-Trussell / Topic)


Te Rua Hongongoi (July)

By Ayla Hoeta

The moon is shining high

and bright in Māngere

as we celebrate Matariki.

This is traditionally a

time for planning out the

year ahead and preparing

for Aponga (August).

Our tohu from the sky show

the beautiful Matariki and its

seven sister stars. We also

see Whakaahu Rangi and

Whakaahu Kerekere (Castor

& Pollux). These two stars are

signs of spring (more on that

in next month’s column).

The matariki stars are:

• y Puanga – Rigel in Orion

• y Tautoru – Orion’s Belt

• y Takurua – Sirius

• y Putara – Betelgeuse

• y Taumata kuku – Aldebaran

• y Matariki – The Pleiades

This month’s key dates are:

High Energy days

8 July Te Rakaunui

(Highest energy day)

9 July Rakau


Fishing days

15 July Tangaroa a Mua

16 July Tangaroa a Roto

17 July Tangaroa Kiokio

Planting days

4 July Mawharu

18 July Otane

planting day and give

back to the forest

29 July Tamatea a Io

30 July Tamatea Kai Ariki

Reciprocity/give back

and reflecting days

5 July Atua

11 July Oike

12 & 13 July Korekore te

Whiahia and Korekore te Rawea

PICTURES: Celebrating Matariki

at Māngere East Hall on June 24

Top Right: Haumia with his

manu aute (kite). Above: Applying

temporary ta moko. Right: Fiveyear-old

Makayla Mihaere-Marshall

performing with Te Kura Māori o

Ngā Tapuwae’s kapahaka group.

How to use your


1. Cut out the two circles.

2. Place the small circle inside the

large one and put a pin through

the middle of both.

3. Set the month. (Each month

starts on Rakaunui, which

falls a day before the full

moon (West Coast) or on

the full moon (East Coast).

4. In July, the full moon

is on the 9th, so rotate

the small dial until

the number ‘8’ lines

up with ‘Rakaunui’

on the big dial.


Community Notices


Get a bag of fruit plus a bag of vegetables for just $10. Each bag

has three-to-four types of seasonal produce. Order by 4pm each

Monday for pick up on Tuesday afternoon. For more info, text

Val: 027 6688 111 or call the Māngere East Community Centre:

09 275 6161. (Pick up is from the Community Centre or Māngere

East Hawks Rugby League Club. Text to arrange a pick up time).


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

course on Mondays 9:30am to 2:30pm. Starts in August.

Incredible Years: 14-week parenting course start in August.

Morning and evening sessions. Mellow Bumps: Next free

course starts in August. For more information, email: admin@

ohomairangi.co.nz or ph. 09 263 0798. All courses are run by

Ohomairangi Trust at the Māngere East Community Centre.


Every Mon & Wed, 6.30am & 11am. Ngā Whare Waatea Marae,

31 Calthorp Close. Open to all ages & fitness levels. For more

info contact: Donna Jean Tairi, Pou Hakinakina / Healthy

Lifestyles Coordinator, Manukau Urban Māori Authority, ph. 021

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


These school holidays, explore ‘What lies beneath…’! The

programme includes: Within the earth – Monday 10 July, 10:30

– 11:30am. Have fun with science and grow your own geodes.

Beneath the sea – Wednesday 12 July, 2:30 – 4pm. Help make

a giant mural of the ocean world to display in the library. (Could

be messy!) Beneath our soils – Friday 14 July, 3:30 – 4:30pm.

Join Hari to find out more about worms, compost and how to

grow your own greens. Children under the age of eight must

be accompanied by a parent. To find out more, ask at the

Library, ph. 09 636 6797 or email: mangerebridge.library@



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.


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