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EDITION #35<br />

OCTOBER <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 />

FIGHT TO SAVE LOCAL RIVER<br />

Betty King grew up<br />

in the little Māngere<br />

village of Ihumātao.<br />

Her ancestors<br />

have lived here for<br />

hundreds of years.<br />

Betty’s family home backs on<br />

to the area where Fletcher<br />

Residential Limited plans to<br />

construct a huge pipe to drain<br />

stormwater into the Oruarangi<br />

awa (river) at the village.<br />

The stormwater will flow<br />

directly from Fletcher’s<br />

proposed 480-house<br />

development next to the<br />

adjacent Ōtuataua Stonefields.<br />

<strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> met Betty at the<br />

Ihumātao Village Puketapapa<br />

urupa (cemetery) nestled<br />

beside the ancestral Oruarangi<br />

awa - Māngere’s only river.<br />

She showed us where the<br />

river has been eroding<br />

the river banks next to the<br />

tiny graveyard. After heavy<br />

rainfalls, the tidal river level<br />

often rises and washes the soil<br />

away. “When the gravediggers<br />

dig down, the hole fills up<br />

with water, because the<br />

land has slumped down<br />

towards the river – so they<br />

can no longer bury people<br />

there,” Betty explained.<br />

“The huge amount of water<br />

flowing from the surrounding<br />

factories and housing development<br />

will overwhelm the<br />

>> continued on page 2<br />

Local kuia Betty King is campaigning to save<br />

Māngere’s only river - the Oruarangi awa.


Restoring Oruarangi awa an ‘urgent priority’<br />

Environmental science advisor Dr<br />

Michelle Mills studied the state<br />

of the Oruarangi awa (river) in<br />

Māngere for her PhD, and has<br />

been dedicated to the ongoing<br />

restoration and protection of<br />

the awa for some 15 years.<br />

Dr Mills supports Betty King’s<br />

opposition to the Fletcher’s<br />

stormwater drain. (See story on<br />

page 1.) She says the drain “would<br />

be detrimental to the life of the awa,<br />

which is already struggling to cope<br />

with a changing system due to ongoing<br />

catchment pressures; and<br />

it will contribute adversely to the<br />

stability of the riverbanks, particularly<br />

around the urupa (cemetery).”<br />

She told <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> that her major<br />

concerns were: the current threat to<br />

the system’s water quality – based on<br />

increasing pressures of stormwater<br />

runoff being directed into the awa,<br />

due to the unprecedented industrial<br />

development in the catchment;<br />

the exacerbation of this threat if<br />

Fletcher’s housing development goes<br />

ahead; and the potential impact of<br />

directly discharging into the awa.<br />

‘Total disbelief’<br />

“My main discussion point is my total<br />

disbelief that Auckland Council still<br />

allows direct discharge of stormwater<br />

into an awa – under the theory that<br />

because this system is tidally influenced<br />

that any contaminants will be diluted,”<br />

Dr Mills said. “This is archaic in a time<br />

of environmental conscientiousness<br />

and is in direct contradiction to their<br />

own statement that ‘The council’s<br />

preferred approach is to minimise<br />

any impact upon the receiving<br />

environment’.” (Auckland Council Storm<br />

Water System Design Approach).<br />

Huge 2m-diameter stormwater pipes<br />

that Fletcher Residential Ltd plans<br />

to install at the Oruarangi awa.<br />

Right: The Oruarangi estuary in the 1890s<br />

(Photo: Māngere Historical Society Collection)<br />

Dr Mills expressed concern<br />

about “the extent of erosion<br />

around the banks of the urupa<br />

at the confluence of Oruarangi<br />

Creek and Waitomokia Creek,<br />

especially in terms of the extent<br />

of ongoing erosion since the awa’s<br />

re-opening to tidal influence.”<br />

After a visit to the Oruarangi awa in<br />

July, Principal Coastal Specialist<br />

Dr Jarrod Walker submitted his<br />

assessment to Auckland Council<br />

and Watercare. In his view “the<br />

erosion will continue, as the river<br />

will find its natural path.” Dr Mills<br />

has expressed concern that given<br />

Dr Walker’s assessment, there<br />

could be significant impacts on<br />

koiwi (human remains) within the<br />

urupa, and how halting the extent<br />

of erosion was an urgent priority.<br />

Dr Mills has recommended that a<br />

coastal study “be undertaken – similar<br />

to Dr Walker’s, but more robust in<br />

terms of erosion<br />

modelling – that would allow for<br />

the design of an appropriate coastal<br />

revetment wall that would provide<br />

ongoing protection to the urupa.”<br />

Dr Mills also highlighted “the Makaurau<br />

Marae Deed and MOU with Watercare<br />

dated early 2000s, and how the<br />

issue of erosion around the urupa<br />

banks was included in both of these<br />

documents some 15 years ago and<br />

how it is a matter of urgency that<br />

the promises made within those<br />

documents are met in the form of<br />

the revetment wall being installed<br />

as a matter of urgent priority.”<br />

Council requirements for SHA62, which<br />

stipulate that stormwater management<br />

FIGHT TO SAVE LOCAL RIVER<br />

>> continued from page 1<br />

riverbanks,” she said. “The impact<br />

on the river and the urupa will be<br />

devastating” - with a greatly increased<br />

deluge escalating the erosion and<br />

clogging up the river with extra silt.<br />

After a recent hui on the problem,<br />

Betty has started a campaign to<br />

halt the planned stormwater drain<br />

that poses a serious threat to the<br />

river, the urupa and the village.<br />

She has circulated information<br />

to her neighbours in the village,<br />

and hopes to spark a discussion<br />

to challenge the threat at the next<br />

marae meeting in <strong>October</strong>.<br />

2<br />

Local iwi, who have been sustained by<br />

the river for centuries, have a saying:<br />

“Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au” – I<br />

am the river and the river is me”.<br />

But the awa is still recovering from the<br />

terrible effect of a spill of 1,000 litres<br />

of toxic methyl violet dye from the<br />

nearby Jenners Freight warehouse,<br />

that killed all life in the river in 2013.<br />

The awa had previously supported<br />

a healthy and abundant fish and eel<br />

population, which had returned after<br />

the Māngere sewage ponds were<br />

removed from the area in 2005.<br />

Betty also fears that Fletcher’s stormwater<br />

drain will add an increased mix<br />

of deadly pollutants to the already<br />

degraded river. Concentrations of key<br />

stormwater contaminants (copper,<br />

lead and zinc) are already very high.<br />

Recently a big wastewater pumping<br />

station has been installed by Pump<br />

& Valve Specialists Ltd (“our biggest<br />

yet” they boast) to pump wastewater<br />

from the adjacent commercial<br />

buildings and Fletcher’s proposed<br />

development at Ihumātao.<br />

This facility will pump huge volumes<br />

of wastewater and sewage in pipes<br />

across the awa to the Māngere<br />

Wastewater treatment plant. In the<br />

event of a breakdown there is only<br />

eight hours’ storage capacity before<br />

sewage will overflow into the awa.


should be designed “to reduce<br />

existing flood effects on the<br />

Papakainga area”, and “prevent<br />

adverse erosion and sedimentation<br />

effects” on the awa, also seem<br />

destined to be overlooked if the<br />

stormwater pipe goes ahead.<br />

Swimmable rivers<br />

During the recent elections, all<br />

major parties stressed the need for<br />

‘swimmable rivers.’ Environment<br />

Minister Nick Smith declared that<br />

freshwater management would<br />

be “one of the most challenging<br />

issues of the next decade”.<br />

Well, here’s a chance for government<br />

to do something about this<br />

‘challenging issue’ here in Māngere<br />

– stop the pending devastation of<br />

the Oruarangi River, as well as the<br />

desecration of nearby heritage land,<br />

by ordering an immediate halt to<br />

Fletcher’s proposed construction<br />

of 480 houses at Ihumātao.<br />

STOP PRESS!<br />

Time to make a stand<br />

to protect Ihumātao<br />

Press statement from SOUL<br />

(Save Our Unique Landscape)<br />

“As expected, Heritage NZ<br />

announced on 27 Sept that is has<br />

given Fletcher Residential Ltd<br />

an Archaeological Authority to<br />

‘modify and destroy archaeological<br />

and historical sites’ on the SHA62<br />

development at Ihumātao, Māngere.<br />

“SOUL will appeal this decision<br />

in the Environment Court.<br />

“Heritage NZ has now removed<br />

the last legal obstacle to this<br />

huge housing development on<br />

heritage land. While this is grossly<br />

irresponsible and negligent on<br />

the part of Heritage NZ, it is clear<br />

from their track record that they<br />

have never refused an application<br />

from a developer since they<br />

commenced operation in 2014.<br />

“Though Fletcher cannot start<br />

work on the site during the 3-week<br />

appeal period, we know we must<br />

now prepare to make a stand on<br />

the land to resist their plans.<br />

“Please watch for updates and<br />

calls to action as we move to<br />

this next stage of our campaign<br />

to #ProtectIhumatao!<br />

“To support the SOUL campaign<br />

visit www.soulstopsha.org or<br />

Facebook: @protectihumatao, or<br />

email: saveihumatao@gmail.com”<br />

Above: First XIII rugby league coach Rod Ratu with team members Sam Nati (Captain),<br />

William Fakatoumafi and Nitoa Kairau, who were named in the NZ Secondary Schools’ team.<br />

Southern Cross Winners<br />

By Julie Wharton<br />

Southern Cross<br />

Campus – College<br />

Sport Co-ordinator<br />

Southern Cross’<br />

first XIII rugby league<br />

team has won the<br />

NZ Secondary School<br />

Nationals’ title for the<br />

second year in a row.<br />

After beating St<br />

Pauls 22–16 in the<br />

semi final, they<br />

played Kelston in<br />

the final, winning<br />

44–0. The team were<br />

unrelenting in their<br />

defence and attacked<br />

with vigour and<br />

purpose until the very<br />

end of the game.<br />

The first XIII is<br />

coached by Rod Ratu,<br />

assisted by Mamoe<br />

Lemafa, and managed<br />

by Malo Mulipola.<br />

Three students<br />

were named in the<br />

tournament team:<br />

Nitoa Kairau, William<br />

Fakatoumafi and<br />

Samuel Nati (captain).<br />

Girls claim rugby title<br />

The girls’ rugby team<br />

has also done very<br />

well, winning the<br />

Auckland Secondary<br />

Schools’ title again.<br />

This team is also<br />

coached by Rod Ratu<br />

and Parusi Lemalu.<br />

The girls represented<br />

the Blues region at<br />

the Top 4 Nationals<br />

in Palmerston North.<br />

Twelve girls from<br />

the Southern Cross<br />

team have been<br />

included in the<br />

Auckland South/East<br />

representative team.<br />

Below: Southern Cross Girls’<br />

first XV rugby team - winners<br />

of the Auckland Secondary<br />

Schools’ competition.<br />

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Business Award Finalist: Māngere<br />

Mountain Education Centre’s CEO Simon<br />

Kozak is delighted with the Centre’s<br />

nomination for Excellence in Marketing.<br />

Nomination<br />

a ‘welcome<br />

pat on the back’<br />

Māngere Mountain<br />

Education Centre in<br />

Māngere Bridge has<br />

reached the finals of this<br />

year’s Westpac Auckland<br />

Business Awards.<br />

The Education Centre, which<br />

was recently voted one of the<br />

top 10 museums in Auckland,<br />

is one of three South Auckland<br />

businesses nominated in the<br />

‘Excellence in Marketing’ category.<br />

The hotly contested awards drew<br />

entries from over 130 companies<br />

across Auckland this year, and<br />

as a finalist, the Education<br />

Centre stands alongside many<br />

prestigious and well-known brands<br />

including Air NZ and MOTAT.<br />

CEO Simon Kozak says the<br />

nomination marks “a coming<br />

of age” for the Centre.<br />

“Our team has worked hard<br />

and our growth has been<br />

exceptional,” he says.<br />

“With participation up 32%, the<br />

Education Centre now delivers<br />

out-of-classroom education<br />

experiences to 10,000 students<br />

a year, and shares Auckland’s<br />

mana whenua narrative<br />

(through walks over the maunga<br />

and its archaeological and<br />

cultural landmarks) with more<br />

domestic and international<br />

visitors than ever before.<br />

“Our quest is to be the bestknown,<br />

most-used education<br />

and visitors’ centre that offers a<br />

Māori world view for Auckland,”<br />

says Simon. “This nomination<br />

is a welcome pat on the back<br />

as we continue our journey.”<br />

Students from Zayed College for Girls collect food<br />

to distribute to needy families in South Auckland.<br />

Zayed College Students Act on Faith<br />

By Jasmine Faiza<br />

Anglican Trust for Women & Children<br />

– Social Worker in Schools<br />

Māngere’s Zayed College for Girls<br />

recently participated in a ‘Faith<br />

in Action’ project, which gave<br />

students a chance to put their<br />

values and beliefs into practice.<br />

Groups of students visited the elderly,<br />

read to kindergarten children, and<br />

cooked and packed meals for the<br />

homeless and needy families in<br />

Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Manurewa.<br />

Others cleaned the Auckland Airport<br />

masjid (mosque) and a local beach.<br />

New principal<br />

for Māngere<br />

East Primary<br />

Stephanie Anich (left, in<br />

red korowai) is the new<br />

principal of Māngere<br />

East Primary School.<br />

School Board chair Aisina<br />

McDonald (right), who<br />

introduced Whaea Steph<br />

to the school community<br />

at a special assembly<br />

in September, says:<br />

“We’ve found<br />

someone who<br />

believes in equity,<br />

biculturalism and<br />

ethnic diversity.”<br />

As well as offering the students a<br />

practical way to demonstrate the<br />

values of the school, the experience<br />

gave them an invaluable opportunity<br />

for deep learning and reflection.<br />

It has left many of the students – and<br />

those they met – with memories<br />

that have touched their hearts.<br />

The Faith in Action initiative was<br />

supported by the NZ Police and by<br />

local Muslim businesses and social<br />

service agencies, which donated<br />

food and clothing for the project.<br />

4


Loving<br />

our<br />

maunga<br />

The creative juices are<br />

bubbling down at the<br />

Kaitiaki Village<br />

in Ihumātao.<br />

By Justine Skilling<br />

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services<br />

Artist at work: Jade Ramritu prepares to<br />

celebrate International Mountain Day.<br />

In preparation for a hīkoi<br />

celebrating United Nations’<br />

International Mountain Day<br />

in December, SOUL (Save Our<br />

Unique Landscape) is planning<br />

a full timetable of whānaufriendly<br />

art workshops for the<br />

<strong>October</strong> school holidays – and on<br />

Sunday afternoons during term<br />

time – to create a celebratory<br />

atmosphere at the parade.<br />

The December hīkoi will coincide<br />

with celebrations around the<br />

globe highlighting the vital role<br />

mountains play in the ecosystem,<br />

and the deep connection between<br />

mountains and the cultures that<br />

have developed around them.<br />

Enduring connection<br />

For the tangata whenua of Ihumātao,<br />

connections with the three maunga in<br />

the area (Maungataketake, Ōtuataua<br />

and Puketaapapa) are still strong<br />

today, despite their devastation by<br />

quarrying over the past 200 years.<br />

“They’re still part of people’s pepeha,<br />

and their specialness hasn’t been<br />

reduced by what’s happened to them”,<br />

says artist Rebecca Hobbs, who got<br />

involved with SOUL after seeking<br />

permission from local whānau to work<br />

with the maunga in her art practice.<br />

The most sacred of the three maunga<br />

– Te Puketaapapatanga a Hape –<br />

connects this area with other parts of<br />

Tāmaki Makaurau through the ancestor<br />

Hape, whose name can be found on<br />

landmarks all around the isthmus.<br />

According to local stories, Hape<br />

was the first human to arrive in<br />

Aotearoa. Carried to these shores on<br />

the back of the stingray Kaiwhare,<br />

Hape arrived ahead of his older<br />

brothers, who had left him behind<br />

because of his clubbed feet.<br />

Celebrating & protecting our heritage<br />

“The hīkoi will be a chance to celebrate<br />

and share the stories of our<br />

local mountains, and to advocate<br />

for their protection”, says Rebecca.<br />

“We hope the hīkoi will bring<br />

attention to the SOUL kaupapa,<br />

which is about protecting the<br />

land at Ihumātao, of which the<br />

mountains are an integral part.”<br />

Rebecca has tapped into her extensive<br />

networks in the art community, with<br />

artists from around Tāmaki Makaurau<br />

embracing the initiative and offering to<br />

run community workshops to create<br />

costumes, banners, flags and musical<br />

instruments for the hīkoi. Recyclable<br />

materials are being used to create<br />

the artworks, reflecting the SOUL<br />

kaupapa of caring for the land.<br />

Sunday afternoon drop-in sessions<br />

have already begun, and design ideas<br />

have centred around the whenua<br />

of Ihumātao and the Stonefields.<br />

Volcanoes, noses (Ihumātao is named<br />

after the nose of Mataoho, god of<br />

volcanic activity), native cucumbers<br />

and stingrays will all feature as<br />

costumes or symbols in the hīkoi.<br />

“The emphasis of the workshops is<br />

on whānau and children advocating<br />

for the whenua”, says Rebecca.<br />

Get involved<br />

Everyone is welcome to take part, so<br />

keep an eye on the SOUL Facebook<br />

page @protectIhumatao and website:<br />

www.soulstopsha.org for details of<br />

the holiday workshops. Or drop in on<br />

Sundays between 1pm and 4pm.<br />

More recyclables are also needed,<br />

so please drop clean recycling from<br />

your place off to the Kaitiaki Village<br />

(end of Ihumātao Quarry Rd).<br />

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‘Destined<br />

for Greatness’<br />

By Shirl’e Fruean<br />

This month I want to introduce<br />

you to a humble, yet incredibly<br />

gifted young singer from Favona.<br />

I think he’s a star destined for<br />

greatness, so it‘s only right that<br />

we shed some light on Tyrone,<br />

from local band Souljah Soulz.<br />

Tyrone, tell us about your musical<br />

journey, how did it all start?<br />

I began singing in church. As I<br />

grew up, I wanted to find a way<br />

to promote myself due to the<br />

amount of feedback I was receiving<br />

from friends and family, and the<br />

support from my mother.<br />

Where did you start learning guitar?<br />

At Manurewa Intermediate. I<br />

learned a few chords from friends,<br />

teachers at school, my little brother’s<br />

father – and I picked up a few tips<br />

from buskers on the streets, too.<br />

Who’s your favourite singer?<br />

I first started singing when I was<br />

four years old. I was a great fan of<br />

Justin Bieber. I noticed from his<br />

biography that he also used to busk<br />

just as I did when I got older.<br />

What are your goals as an artist?<br />

To work my way up to be big in<br />

New Zealand, and make a mark<br />

that will last forever. I have big<br />

dreams, and I know in good faith<br />

I will get there eventually.<br />

Where can people find<br />

you on social media?<br />

I have a band page called ‘Souljah<br />

Souls’ and a new fan page on<br />

Facebook called ‘Taii’, but the<br />

best way to get hold of me is<br />

through my mother: ‘Candyreign<br />

Souljahsoulz’ on Facebook.<br />

Tyrone’s mother, who is also his<br />

manager, says: “When I recognised<br />

my son’s talents, I wanted to help<br />

him. But to do that I had to learn<br />

the ropes in the music industry.<br />

So in 2012 I joined Queen Shirl’e’s<br />

performing arts class at Te Wānanga<br />

o Aotearoa. She taught me things I<br />

needed to learn, and I passed that<br />

knowledge down to my son. Now<br />

he has a band with four members:<br />

Adonis the guitarist and singer, Afa<br />

the drummer, keyboardist and singer,<br />

and Tyrese, another singer and a<br />

featured emcee from Māngere. All of<br />

them will be performing with Tyrone<br />

live at this year’s NZ Hip Hop Summit!<br />

Catch them around midday!”<br />

www.nzhiphopsummit.com<br />

MANA MA – NGERE VOICES<br />

The Mana Māngere Writers<br />

collective celebrated the<br />

publication of their first<br />

book at the Māngere Town<br />

Centre Library last month.<br />

‘Mana Māngere Voices’ is a<br />

collection of short stories,<br />

poems and novel extracts<br />

by writers who live, work or<br />

have studied in Māngere.<br />

Coordinated and edited<br />

by Helen Tau’au Filisi, the<br />

book features the writing of<br />

Afamasaga Togitogiuluau<br />

Agnes Rasmussen,<br />

Fred Zombos, Mahuika<br />

Anderson, Pania Newton,<br />

Penny Barhill, Saulaina<br />

Sale and To lau T.F. Filisi.<br />

Each work in the collection<br />

aims to encourage and<br />

inspire readers in local and<br />

global communities – and<br />

particularly readers from<br />

the next generation.<br />

The book was produced<br />

with the support of the<br />

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local<br />

Board, Sonia Munro<br />

(manager of the Town<br />

Centre Library, where the<br />

group meets each month),<br />

and Sally Barnett, arts<br />

broker for Māngere-<br />

Ōtāhuhu, who managed<br />

the project.<br />

To find out more, or to get<br />

your own copy of Mana<br />

Māngere Voices, contact<br />

Mana Mangere Writers<br />

Group on Facebook.<br />

Above (left to right): To lau<br />

T.F. Filisi, Fred Zombos, Saulaina<br />

Sale, Afamasaga Togitogiuluau<br />

Agnes Rasmussen, Mahuika<br />

Anderson and Helen Tau’au Filisi.<br />

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Maramataka:<br />

Matitikura (<strong>October</strong>)<br />

Woohoo – Matitikura is here!<br />

By Ayla Hoeta<br />

In te ao Māori, Matitikura<br />

is the first phase of<br />

summer – so you can<br />

swap those woolly socks<br />

for sandals soon!<br />

Another name traditionally<br />

used for this time<br />

of year is Tumatareia,<br />

which is a warning to<br />

take extreme care and<br />

prevent bush fires. Fire<br />

was a way to describe the<br />

start of the fire season<br />

- summer. (Our tupuna<br />

liked to use metaphoric<br />

terms from their natural<br />

surroundings.)<br />

This month’s tohu are<br />

indicators of two phases<br />

of summer. Here’s<br />

what to look out for:<br />

Ngā tohu o te rangi<br />

(Signs in the sky)<br />

Every month is marked<br />

by the rising of a certain<br />

star. This month it’s Whiti<br />

Kaupeka (Spica). (We’ll<br />

talk more about Whiti<br />

Kaupeka in November.)<br />

Ngā tohu o te whenua<br />

(Signs on the land)<br />

If you are near the bush<br />

this month, you’ll see<br />

many different types<br />

of yummy berries<br />

ripening – including<br />

tōtara berries, koroi (the<br />

fruit of the kahikatea)<br />

and the red berries of<br />

the rimu and pukatea.<br />

Also by the end of<br />

this month, most of<br />

our gardens should<br />

be prepared and<br />

flourishing. The kumara,<br />

riwai and kamo kamo<br />

should all be in.<br />

Ngā tohu o te moana<br />

(Signs in the water)<br />

Whitebait comes to<br />

an end this month,<br />

but the rise of kanae<br />

(mullet) will begin. Yes!<br />

A saying used for<br />

this tohu is ‘ngā tama<br />

korowhiti o Tangaroa’.<br />

This means ‘the leaping<br />

of the mullet’, according<br />

to Matauri Bay kaumatua.<br />

At the start of <strong>October</strong><br />

the mullet move, and<br />

by November they<br />

will be leaping.<br />

KEY DATES FOR<br />

MATITIKURA<br />

4 Oct: Rakaunui –<br />

Highest-energy day<br />

3 & 5 Oct: Oturu<br />

and Rakau Ma Tohi –<br />

High-energy days<br />

6 Oct: Takirau –<br />

Plant root crops<br />

8, 9 & 10 Oct: Korekore<br />

Te Whiawhia, Korekore<br />

Te Rawea and Korekore<br />

Piri – Reflecting and<br />

low-energy days. A good<br />

time to slow down and<br />

reflect on past days<br />

and future plans.<br />

11, 12 & 13 Oct:<br />

Tangaroa A Mua,<br />

Tangaroa A Roto and<br />

Tangaroa kiokio – Fishing<br />

and planting days.<br />

15, 16 & 17 Oct:<br />

Orongonui, Omauri<br />

and Mutuwhenua –<br />

Kai-planting days.<br />

If you need a maramataka<br />

dial, contact @<strong>275</strong><strong>Times</strong><br />

on Facebook or email<br />

me: ayla.hoeta@<br />

aucklandcouncil.govt.nz<br />

Next month we’ll see<br />

more changes as we head<br />

into the second phase<br />

of summer: Matitihana.<br />

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FREE DESEXING FOR CATS: 9–20 OCTOBER<br />

SPCA Auckland is working with local vets to offer FREE desexing<br />

for cats this month. Spaces are limited and bookings are<br />

essential. Cats and kittens weighing 1kg or more can be<br />

desexed. Please call the SPCA today on 09 256 7310 to book.<br />

OHOMAIRANGI TRUST – PARENTING SUPPORT<br />

Last programmes for <strong>2017</strong>. Enrol today! Mellow Bumps: FREE<br />

6-week ante-natal programme for mums- and dads-to-be.<br />

Hoki ki te Rito-Ōranga Whānau: FREE 14-week parenting<br />

programme focussing on attachment and relationshipbuilding.<br />

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

parenting programme – building peaceful communities.<br />

For more info or to enrol, ph. 09 263 0798 or email admin@<br />

ohomairangi.co.nz. All programmes are held at the Māngere<br />

East Community Centre, 372 Massey Road, Māngere East.<br />

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN<br />

Stay safe on the roads this summer. Visit the Mobile Police<br />

Station outside the Māngere Town Centre Library on Sat, 21<br />

Oct 9am – 1pm. Find out what you can do to help keep your<br />

family safe on the roads – and see what can happen when<br />

things go wrong.<br />

NIUE LANGUAGE WEEK<br />

Celebrate Niue Language Week at Massey Homestead with<br />

the Niue Community Trust. 16 – 19 <strong>October</strong>. FREE art & craft<br />

workshops, children’s song & dance sessions, flag-raising<br />

ceremony and craft night market. Find out more on Facebook<br />

@niuecommunitytrust, or www.cidanz.co.nz/ourevents.<br />

Massey Homestead, 351 Massey Road, Māngere East.<br />

WORK WITH <strong>275</strong> TIMES<br />

<strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> is growing! We’re looking for a new Co-Editor/<br />

Organiser. Ideally this person would be local to Māngere-<br />

Ōtāhuhu, have experience in journalism, networking, copyediting<br />

and mentoring, and be available to work approximately<br />

one day a week until the end of January 2018. For more<br />

information, or to apply, contact Roger – ph. 09 <strong>275</strong> 6161 or<br />

email: <strong>275</strong>times@gmail.com<br />

WATER SAFETY SUPERSTARS WANTED!<br />

Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pools in Māngere is looking for new pool<br />

lifeguards for the summer. If you are a confident swimmer<br />

with effective communication skills and an interest in community<br />

well-being, they want to hear from you. If you can speak<br />

more than one language, that’s even better! They’re taking<br />

applications throughout <strong>October</strong>. Contact Waitangi Mika (ph.<br />

09 261 8044 / Waitangi.Mika@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz) or ph.<br />

Chubs – Aquatics Team Leader on 09 261 8048.<br />

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU NEEDS VOLUNTEERS<br />

Time to spare or skills to share? Become a volunteer for Citizens<br />

Advice Bureau (CAB) in Ōtāhuhu or Papatoetoe! The CAB<br />

is all about the client – making sure individuals do not suffer<br />

through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities, and that<br />

communities are developed responsibly. You can visit, phone,<br />

or email the CAB for more info, or apply online at www.cab.<br />

org.nz. CAB Ōtāhuhu is in the Tōia Precinct, 30–34 Mason Ave<br />

(ph. 09 216 9813). CAB Papatoetoe is at the back of the Town<br />

Hall, 35A St George St, Old Papatoetoe (ph. 09 278 5191).<br />

FREE CLASSES IN MA – NGERE EAST<br />

Māngere East Community Centre runs FREE and low-cost<br />

community education classes in parenting, te reo Māori,<br />

Samoan, English, literacy and numeracy, korowai and tukutuku,<br />

drivers licence theory, tai chi, zumba – and more! Visit www.<br />

mangereeast.org, email: fiona@mangereeast.org, ph. 09 <strong>275</strong><br />

6161 or drop in to the Centre at 372 Massey Road, Māngere East<br />

to find out more.<br />

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WHA – NAU-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS<br />

Join SOUL’s FREE artist-led workshops. Create masks, banners<br />

and costumes out of your recyclables. Mon, Wed, Thurs & Sun,<br />

1pm – 3pm at 56 Ihumātao Quarry Road, Ōtuataua Stonefields.<br />

Visit www.facebook.com/protectihumatao for updates.<br />

BIKETOBER<br />

Biketober is about getting on ya bike in<br />

<strong>October</strong>! There are programmes & events<br />

for kids, adults, families – anyone who<br />

wants to ride a bike. School Holidays:<br />

Daily rides from Māngere Centre Park<br />

– 2pm. Bike Ballet: Sat, 7 Oct 12pm<br />

– 1pm, Aotea Square, Auckland City.<br />

Bike to the Farm: Sun, 8 Oct – 10am<br />

to 3pm (To coincide with Ambury Farm Day). Adult<br />

cycle training & bike maintenance: Thu, 12 Oct 6pm – 8pm,<br />

Māngere Centre Park. Family cycle training: Starts Wed, 18<br />

Oct 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Māngere Centre Park (suitable for<br />

children aged 8+). Bike to the Future Awards Night: Thu, 19<br />

Oct at 7pm. Māngere BikeFIT 2nd Birthday: Labour Weekend<br />

Sat, 21 Oct. Free Fun Day: Labour Day Mon, 23 Oct 10am –<br />

2pm, Māngere Town Centre. Halloween Night Ride – Trick or<br />

Treat on a Bike: Tue, 31 Oct 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Future Streets,<br />

Māngere. Please call Mr Tee if you’d like to ride a bike: 022 360<br />

5748. #KeepTheWheelsSpinning<br />

WALK THE WATERCARE COASTAL WALKWAY<br />

Tuesday, 12 December <strong>2017</strong>, 9.30am–12pm. Meet at Oruarangi<br />

Rd Reserve, near 470 Oruarangi Rd. Easy walking tracks, flat<br />

ground. The walk is FREE, but there is only space for 25 people,<br />

so bookings are essential. Sorry, no dogs allowed. For more<br />

info or to book, email: kara.goddard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz<br />

MA – NGERE BRIDGE LIBRARY – WHAT’S ON<br />

Here’s a taste of what’s happening these school holidays:<br />

Diwali Sing-along Story Time: Dress up and celebrate Diwali<br />

with music and fun – 6 Oct, 10:30am. Fort Building: Help turn<br />

the library into a fort! 11 Oct, 2:30pm. For more info visit the<br />

library, call 09 636 6797, or email mangerebridge.library@<br />

aucklandcouncil.govt.nz<br />

MA – NGERE EAST LIBRARY – WHAT’S ON<br />

FREE Knitting & Craft Club: 10:30am every Thurs. Bring your<br />

knitting or craft projects, or simply drop by for a cup of tea<br />

and a chat. Make new friends; learn a new hobby. All welcome.<br />

FREE Wriggle & Rhyme – Active Movement to Music: 11am<br />

every Tues. Fun and interactive sessions to help develop baby’s<br />

brain and body. For babies and toddlers up to two years old.<br />

Older siblings also welcome. For more info, ph. 09 <strong>275</strong> 5420 or<br />

drop in to the Māngere East Library at 370 Massey Rd.<br />

Community Notices are FREE for community groups. To list<br />

your group or event in the next issue, just send us a 50-word<br />

summary by 15 November.<br />

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