Our stories, our people, our Māngere
Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou
NEW PLAN TO BREAK IHUMĀTAO DEADLOCK
The SOUL (Save Our
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
PLAN TO BREAK IHUMĀTAO DEADLOCK
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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.
IHUMĀTAO: WAITANGI TRIBUNAL
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
THE GREAT NZ WAR
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
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
“WHY HAVEN’T WE
about a socalled
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
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
One Waikato farmer,
of a recipient of
from Māori, asked
him, “Why haven’t
we learned about
Stephanie Tawha, principal
of Māngere Bridge School,
gave a warm mihi to
Vincent and Dave, and
led a spirited waiata to
close the evening.
book is available from
book shops and at
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
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
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/
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:
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
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
A whopping nine
nominations from Māngere
were received, including:
• yMāngere Old School
(picture 5) – for
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.
• yFriends of the Farm (picture 9) for leading waste education
and waste reduction initiatives in Māngere Bridge.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Who knows, we might see you at
next year’s Love Zero Waste Awards!
09 263 0798
021 297 0994
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Watching La Coco’s
performance at the
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
15 July Tangaroa a Mua
16 July Tangaroa a Roto
17 July Tangaroa Kiokio
4 July Mawharu
18 July Otane
planting day and give
back to the forest
29 July Tamatea a Io
30 July Tamatea Kai Ariki
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
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.
FRESH, CHEAP FRUIT & VEGES
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).
FREE PARENTING SUPPORT
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.
MUMA BBM BOOTCAMPS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
MANGERE BRIDGE LIBRARY
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@
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.
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else interested in volunteering for the 275 Times. Get in touch at
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