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Mangere community news. This month: the fight to save our only river, local musician Tyrone, a new book for Mangere's writer's group, a community initiative from Zayed College for Girls, getting ready for International Mountain Day - and more!

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FIGHT TO SAVE LOCAL RIVER

Betty King grew up

in the little Māngere

village of Ihumātao.

Her ancestors

have lived here for

hundreds of years.

Betty’s family home backs on

to the area where Fletcher

Residential Limited plans to

construct a huge pipe to drain

stormwater into the Oruarangi

awa (river) at the village.

The stormwater will flow

directly from Fletcher’s

proposed 480-house

development next to the

adjacent Ōtuataua Stonefields.

275 Times met Betty at the

Ihumātao Village Puketapapa

urupa (cemetery) nestled

beside the ancestral Oruarangi

awa - Māngere’s only river.

She showed us where the

river has been eroding

the river banks next to the

tiny graveyard. After heavy

rainfalls, the tidal river level

often rises and washes the soil

away. “When the gravediggers

dig down, the hole fills up

with water, because the

land has slumped down

towards the river – so they

can no longer bury people

there,” Betty explained.

“The huge amount of water

flowing from the surrounding

factories and housing development

will overwhelm the

>> continued on page 2

Local kuia Betty King is campaigning to save

Māngere’s only river - the Oruarangi awa.


Restoring Oruarangi awa an ‘urgent priority’

Environmental science advisor Dr

Michelle Mills studied the state

of the Oruarangi awa (river) in

Māngere for her PhD, and has

been dedicated to the ongoing

restoration and protection of

the awa for some 15 years.

Dr Mills supports Betty King’s

opposition to the Fletcher’s

stormwater drain. (See story on

page 1.) She says the drain “would

be detrimental to the life of the awa,

which is already struggling to cope

with a changing system due to ongoing

catchment pressures; and

it will contribute adversely to the

stability of the riverbanks, particularly

around the urupa (cemetery).”

She told 275 Times that her major

concerns were: the current threat to

the system’s water quality – based on

increasing pressures of stormwater

runoff being directed into the awa,

due to the unprecedented industrial

development in the catchment;

the exacerbation of this threat if

Fletcher’s housing development goes

ahead; and the potential impact of

directly discharging into the awa.

‘Total disbelief’

“My main discussion point is my total

disbelief that Auckland Council still

allows direct discharge of stormwater

into an awa – under the theory that

because this system is tidally influenced

that any contaminants will be diluted,”

Dr Mills said. “This is archaic in a time

of environmental conscientiousness

and is in direct contradiction to their

own statement that ‘The council’s

preferred approach is to minimise

any impact upon the receiving

environment’.” (Auckland Council Storm

Water System Design Approach).

Huge 2m-diameter stormwater pipes

that Fletcher Residential Ltd plans

to install at the Oruarangi awa.

Right: The Oruarangi estuary in the 1890s

(Photo: Māngere Historical Society Collection)

Dr Mills expressed concern

about “the extent of erosion

around the banks of the urupa

at the confluence of Oruarangi

Creek and Waitomokia Creek,

especially in terms of the extent

of ongoing erosion since the awa’s

re-opening to tidal influence.”

After a visit to the Oruarangi awa in

July, Principal Coastal Specialist

Dr Jarrod Walker submitted his

assessment to Auckland Council

and Watercare. In his view “the

erosion will continue, as the river

will find its natural path.” Dr Mills

has expressed concern that given

Dr Walker’s assessment, there

could be significant impacts on

koiwi (human remains) within the

urupa, and how halting the extent

of erosion was an urgent priority.

Dr Mills has recommended that a

coastal study “be undertaken – similar

to Dr Walker’s, but more robust in

terms of erosion

modelling – that would allow for

the design of an appropriate coastal

revetment wall that would provide

ongoing protection to the urupa.”

Dr Mills also highlighted “the Makaurau

Marae Deed and MOU with Watercare

dated early 2000s, and how the

issue of erosion around the urupa

banks was included in both of these

documents some 15 years ago and

how it is a matter of urgency that

the promises made within those

documents are met in the form of

the revetment wall being installed

as a matter of urgent priority.”

Council requirements for SHA62, which

stipulate that stormwater management

FIGHT TO SAVE LOCAL RIVER

>> continued from page 1

riverbanks,” she said. “The impact

on the river and the urupa will be

devastating” - with a greatly increased

deluge escalating the erosion and

clogging up the river with extra silt.

After a recent hui on the problem,

Betty has started a campaign to

halt the planned stormwater drain

that poses a serious threat to the

river, the urupa and the village.

She has circulated information

to her neighbours in the village,

and hopes to spark a discussion

to challenge the threat at the next

marae meeting in October.

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Local iwi, who have been sustained by

the river for centuries, have a saying:

“Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au” – I

am the river and the river is me”.

But the awa is still recovering from the

terrible effect of a spill of 1,000 litres

of toxic methyl violet dye from the

nearby Jenners Freight warehouse,

that killed all life in the river in 2013.

The awa had previously supported

a healthy and abundant fish and eel

population, which had returned after

the Māngere sewage ponds were

removed from the area in 2005.

Betty also fears that Fletcher’s stormwater

drain will add an increased mix

of deadly pollutants to the already

degraded river. Concentrations of key

stormwater contaminants (copper,

lead and zinc) are already very high.

Recently a big wastewater pumping

station has been installed by Pump

& Valve Specialists Ltd (“our biggest

yet” they boast) to pump wastewater

from the adjacent commercial

buildings and Fletcher’s proposed

development at Ihumātao.

This facility will pump huge volumes

of wastewater and sewage in pipes

across the awa to the Māngere

Wastewater treatment plant. In the

event of a breakdown there is only

eight hours’ storage capacity before

sewage will overflow into the awa.


should be designed “to reduce

existing flood effects on the

Papakainga area”, and “prevent

adverse erosion and sedimentation

effects” on the awa, also seem

destined to be overlooked if the

stormwater pipe goes ahead.

Swimmable rivers

During the recent elections, all

major parties stressed the need for

‘swimmable rivers.’ Environment

Minister Nick Smith declared that

freshwater management would

be “one of the most challenging

issues of the next decade”.

Well, here’s a chance for government

to do something about this

‘challenging issue’ here in Māngere

– stop the pending devastation of

the Oruarangi River, as well as the

desecration of nearby heritage land,

by ordering an immediate halt to

Fletcher’s proposed construction

of 480 houses at Ihumātao.

STOP PRESS!

Time to make a stand

to protect Ihumātao

Press statement from SOUL

(Save Our Unique Landscape)

“As expected, Heritage NZ

announced on 27 Sept that is has

given Fletcher Residential Ltd

an Archaeological Authority to

‘modify and destroy archaeological

and historical sites’ on the SHA62

development at Ihumātao, Māngere.

“SOUL will appeal this decision

in the Environment Court.

“Heritage NZ has now removed

the last legal obstacle to this

huge housing development on

heritage land. While this is grossly

irresponsible and negligent on

the part of Heritage NZ, it is clear

from their track record that they

have never refused an application

from a developer since they

commenced operation in 2014.

“Though Fletcher cannot start

work on the site during the 3-week

appeal period, we know we must

now prepare to make a stand on

the land to resist their plans.

“Please watch for updates and

calls to action as we move to

this next stage of our campaign

to #ProtectIhumatao!

“To support the SOUL campaign

visit www.soulstopsha.org or

Facebook: @protectihumatao, or

email: saveihumatao@gmail.com”

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

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

Southern Cross Winners

By Julie Wharton

Southern Cross

Campus – College

Sport Co-ordinator

Southern Cross’

first XIII rugby league

team has won the

NZ Secondary School

Nationals’ title for the

second year in a row.

After beating St

Pauls 22–16 in the

semi final, they

played Kelston in

the final, winning

44–0. The team were

unrelenting in their

defence and attacked

with vigour and

purpose until the very

end of the game.

The first XIII is

coached by Rod Ratu,

assisted by Mamoe

Lemafa, and managed

by Malo Mulipola.

Three students

were named in the

tournament team:

Nitoa Kairau, William

Fakatoumafi and

Samuel Nati (captain).

Girls claim rugby title

The girls’ rugby team

has also done very

well, winning the

Auckland Secondary

Schools’ title again.

This team is also

coached by Rod Ratu

and Parusi Lemalu.

The girls represented

the Blues region at

the Top 4 Nationals

in Palmerston North.

Twelve girls from

the Southern Cross

team have been

included in the

Auckland South/East

representative team.

Below: Southern Cross Girls’

first XV rugby team - winners

of the Auckland Secondary

Schools’ competition.

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Business Award Finalist: Māngere

Mountain Education Centre’s CEO Simon

Kozak is delighted with the Centre’s

nomination for Excellence in Marketing.

Nomination

a ‘welcome

pat on the back’

Māngere Mountain

Education Centre in

Māngere Bridge has

reached the finals of this

year’s Westpac Auckland

Business Awards.

The Education Centre, which

was recently voted one of the

top 10 museums in Auckland,

is one of three South Auckland

businesses nominated in the

‘Excellence in Marketing’ category.

The hotly contested awards drew

entries from over 130 companies

across Auckland this year, and

as a finalist, the Education

Centre stands alongside many

prestigious and well-known brands

including Air NZ and MOTAT.

CEO Simon Kozak says the

nomination marks “a coming

of age” for the Centre.

“Our team has worked hard

and our growth has been

exceptional,” he says.

“With participation up 32%, the

Education Centre now delivers

out-of-classroom education

experiences to 10,000 students

a year, and shares Auckland’s

mana whenua narrative

(through walks over the maunga

and its archaeological and

cultural landmarks) with more

domestic and international

visitors than ever before.

“Our quest is to be the bestknown,

most-used education

and visitors’ centre that offers a

Māori world view for Auckland,”

says Simon. “This nomination

is a welcome pat on the back

as we continue our journey.”

Students from Zayed College for Girls collect food

to distribute to needy families in South Auckland.

Zayed College Students Act on Faith

By Jasmine Faiza

Anglican Trust for Women & Children

– Social Worker in Schools

Māngere’s Zayed College for Girls

recently participated in a ‘Faith

in Action’ project, which gave

students a chance to put their

values and beliefs into practice.

Groups of students visited the elderly,

read to kindergarten children, and

cooked and packed meals for the

homeless and needy families in

Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Manurewa.

Others cleaned the Auckland Airport

masjid (mosque) and a local beach.

New principal

for Māngere

East Primary

Stephanie Anich (left, in

red korowai) is the new

principal of Māngere

East Primary School.

School Board chair Aisina

McDonald (right), who

introduced Whaea Steph

to the school community

at a special assembly

in September, says:

“We’ve found

someone who

believes in equity,

biculturalism and

ethnic diversity.”

As well as offering the students a

practical way to demonstrate the

values of the school, the experience

gave them an invaluable opportunity

for deep learning and reflection.

It has left many of the students – and

those they met – with memories

that have touched their hearts.

The Faith in Action initiative was

supported by the NZ Police and by

local Muslim businesses and social

service agencies, which donated

food and clothing for the project.

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Loving

our

maunga

The creative juices are

bubbling down at the

Kaitiaki Village

in Ihumātao.

By Justine Skilling

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services

Artist at work: Jade Ramritu prepares to

celebrate International Mountain Day.

In preparation for a hīkoi

celebrating United Nations’

International Mountain Day

in December, SOUL (Save Our

Unique Landscape) is planning

a full timetable of whānaufriendly

art workshops for the

October school holidays – and on

Sunday afternoons during term

time – to create a celebratory

atmosphere at the parade.

The December hīkoi will coincide

with celebrations around the

globe highlighting the vital role

mountains play in the ecosystem,

and the deep connection between

mountains and the cultures that

have developed around them.

Enduring connection

For the tangata whenua of Ihumātao,

connections with the three maunga in

the area (Maungataketake, Ōtuataua

and Puketaapapa) are still strong

today, despite their devastation by

quarrying over the past 200 years.

“They’re still part of people’s pepeha,

and their specialness hasn’t been

reduced by what’s happened to them”,

says artist Rebecca Hobbs, who got

involved with SOUL after seeking

permission from local whānau to work

with the maunga in her art practice.

The most sacred of the three maunga

– Te Puketaapapatanga a Hape –

connects this area with other parts of

Tāmaki Makaurau through the ancestor

Hape, whose name can be found on

landmarks all around the isthmus.

According to local stories, Hape

was the first human to arrive in

Aotearoa. Carried to these shores on

the back of the stingray Kaiwhare,

Hape arrived ahead of his older

brothers, who had left him behind

because of his clubbed feet.

Celebrating & protecting our heritage

“The hīkoi will be a chance to celebrate

and share the stories of our

local mountains, and to advocate

for their protection”, says Rebecca.

“We hope the hīkoi will bring

attention to the SOUL kaupapa,

which is about protecting the

land at Ihumātao, of which the

mountains are an integral part.”

Rebecca has tapped into her extensive

networks in the art community, with

artists from around Tāmaki Makaurau

embracing the initiative and offering to

run community workshops to create

costumes, banners, flags and musical

instruments for the hīkoi. Recyclable

materials are being used to create

the artworks, reflecting the SOUL

kaupapa of caring for the land.

Sunday afternoon drop-in sessions

have already begun, and design ideas

have centred around the whenua

of Ihumātao and the Stonefields.

Volcanoes, noses (Ihumātao is named

after the nose of Mataoho, god of

volcanic activity), native cucumbers

and stingrays will all feature as

costumes or symbols in the hīkoi.

“The emphasis of the workshops is

on whānau and children advocating

for the whenua”, says Rebecca.

Get involved

Everyone is welcome to take part, so

keep an eye on the SOUL Facebook

page @protectIhumatao and website:

www.soulstopsha.org for details of

the holiday workshops. Or drop in on

Sundays between 1pm and 4pm.

More recyclables are also needed,

so please drop clean recycling from

your place off to the Kaitiaki Village

(end of Ihumātao Quarry Rd).

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‘Destined

for Greatness’

By Shirl’e Fruean

This month I want to introduce

you to a humble, yet incredibly

gifted young singer from Favona.

I think he’s a star destined for

greatness, so it‘s only right that

we shed some light on Tyrone,

from local band Souljah Soulz.

Tyrone, tell us about your musical

journey, how did it all start?

I began singing in church. As I

grew up, I wanted to find a way

to promote myself due to the

amount of feedback I was receiving

from friends and family, and the

support from my mother.

Where did you start learning guitar?

At Manurewa Intermediate. I

learned a few chords from friends,

teachers at school, my little brother’s

father – and I picked up a few tips

from buskers on the streets, too.

Who’s your favourite singer?

I first started singing when I was

four years old. I was a great fan of

Justin Bieber. I noticed from his

biography that he also used to busk

just as I did when I got older.

What are your goals as an artist?

To work my way up to be big in

New Zealand, and make a mark

that will last forever. I have big

dreams, and I know in good faith

I will get there eventually.

Where can people find

you on social media?

I have a band page called ‘Souljah

Souls’ and a new fan page on

Facebook called ‘Taii’, but the

best way to get hold of me is

through my mother: ‘Candyreign

Souljahsoulz’ on Facebook.

Tyrone’s mother, who is also his

manager, says: “When I recognised

my son’s talents, I wanted to help

him. But to do that I had to learn

the ropes in the music industry.

So in 2012 I joined Queen Shirl’e’s

performing arts class at Te Wānanga

o Aotearoa. She taught me things I

needed to learn, and I passed that

knowledge down to my son. Now

he has a band with four members:

Adonis the guitarist and singer, Afa

the drummer, keyboardist and singer,

and Tyrese, another singer and a

featured emcee from Māngere. All of

them will be performing with Tyrone

live at this year’s NZ Hip Hop Summit!

Catch them around midday!”

www.nzhiphopsummit.com

MANA MA – NGERE VOICES

The Mana Māngere Writers

collective celebrated the

publication of their first

book at the Māngere Town

Centre Library last month.

‘Mana Māngere Voices’ is a

collection of short stories,

poems and novel extracts

by writers who live, work or

have studied in Māngere.

Coordinated and edited

by Helen Tau’au Filisi, the

book features the writing of

Afamasaga Togitogiuluau

Agnes Rasmussen,

Fred Zombos, Mahuika

Anderson, Pania Newton,

Penny Barhill, Saulaina

Sale and To lau T.F. Filisi.

Each work in the collection

aims to encourage and

inspire readers in local and

global communities – and

particularly readers from

the next generation.

The book was produced

with the support of the

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local

Board, Sonia Munro

(manager of the Town

Centre Library, where the

group meets each month),

and Sally Barnett, arts

broker for Māngere-

Ōtāhuhu, who managed

the project.

To find out more, or to get

your own copy of Mana

Māngere Voices, contact

Mana Mangere Writers

Group on Facebook.

Above (left to right): To lau

T.F. Filisi, Fred Zombos, Saulaina

Sale, Afamasaga Togitogiuluau

Agnes Rasmussen, Mahuika

Anderson and Helen Tau’au Filisi.

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Maramataka:

Matitikura (October)

Woohoo – Matitikura is here!

By Ayla Hoeta

In te ao Māori, Matitikura

is the first phase of

summer – so you can

swap those woolly socks

for sandals soon!

Another name traditionally

used for this time

of year is Tumatareia,

which is a warning to

take extreme care and

prevent bush fires. Fire

was a way to describe the

start of the fire season

- summer. (Our tupuna

liked to use metaphoric

terms from their natural

surroundings.)

This month’s tohu are

indicators of two phases

of summer. Here’s

what to look out for:

Ngā tohu o te rangi

(Signs in the sky)

Every month is marked

by the rising of a certain

star. This month it’s Whiti

Kaupeka (Spica). (We’ll

talk more about Whiti

Kaupeka in November.)

Ngā tohu o te whenua

(Signs on the land)

If you are near the bush

this month, you’ll see

many different types

of yummy berries

ripening – including

tōtara berries, koroi (the

fruit of the kahikatea)

and the red berries of

the rimu and pukatea.

Also by the end of

this month, most of

our gardens should

be prepared and

flourishing. The kumara,

riwai and kamo kamo

should all be in.

Ngā tohu o te moana

(Signs in the water)

Whitebait comes to

an end this month,

but the rise of kanae

(mullet) will begin. Yes!

A saying used for

this tohu is ‘ngā tama

korowhiti o Tangaroa’.

This means ‘the leaping

of the mullet’, according

to Matauri Bay kaumatua.

At the start of October

the mullet move, and

by November they

will be leaping.

KEY DATES FOR

MATITIKURA

4 Oct: Rakaunui –

Highest-energy day

3 & 5 Oct: Oturu

and Rakau Ma Tohi –

High-energy days

6 Oct: Takirau –

Plant root crops

8, 9 & 10 Oct: Korekore

Te Whiawhia, Korekore

Te Rawea and Korekore

Piri – Reflecting and

low-energy days. A good

time to slow down and

reflect on past days

and future plans.

11, 12 & 13 Oct:

Tangaroa A Mua,

Tangaroa A Roto and

Tangaroa kiokio – Fishing

and planting days.

15, 16 & 17 Oct:

Orongonui, Omauri

and Mutuwhenua –

Kai-planting days.

If you need a maramataka

dial, contact @275Times

on Facebook or email

me: ayla.hoeta@

aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Next month we’ll see

more changes as we head

into the second phase

of summer: Matitihana.

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Community Notices

FREE DESEXING FOR CATS: 9–20 OCTOBER

SPCA Auckland is working with local vets to offer FREE desexing

for cats this month. Spaces are limited and bookings are

essential. Cats and kittens weighing 1kg or more can be

desexed. Please call the SPCA today on 09 256 7310 to book.

OHOMAIRANGI TRUST – PARENTING SUPPORT

Last programmes for 2017. Enrol today! Mellow Bumps: FREE

6-week ante-natal programme for mums- and dads-to-be.

Hoki ki te Rito-Ōranga Whānau: FREE 14-week parenting

programme focussing on attachment and relationshipbuilding.

Whakatōkia te Rongomau: FREE 8-week non-violent

parenting programme – building peaceful communities.

For more info or to enrol, ph. 09 263 0798 or email admin@

ohomairangi.co.nz. All programmes are held at the Māngere

East Community Centre, 372 Massey Road, Māngere East.

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Stay safe on the roads this summer. Visit the Mobile Police

Station outside the Māngere Town Centre Library on Sat, 21

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

family safe on the roads – and see what can happen when

things go wrong.

NIUE LANGUAGE WEEK

Celebrate Niue Language Week at Massey Homestead with

the Niue Community Trust. 16 – 19 October. FREE art & craft

workshops, children’s song & dance sessions, flag-raising

ceremony and craft night market. Find out more on Facebook

@niuecommunitytrust, or www.cidanz.co.nz/ourevents.

Massey Homestead, 351 Massey Road, Māngere East.

WORK WITH 275 TIMES

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

Organiser. Ideally this person would be local to Māngere-

Ōtāhuhu, have experience in journalism, networking, copyediting

and mentoring, and be available to work approximately

one day a week until the end of January 2018. For more

information, or to apply, contact Roger – ph. 09 275 6161 or

email: 275times@gmail.com

WATER SAFETY SUPERSTARS WANTED!

Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pools in Māngere is looking for new pool

lifeguards for the summer. If you are a confident swimmer

with effective communication skills and an interest in community

well-being, they want to hear from you. If you can speak

more than one language, that’s even better! They’re taking

applications throughout October. Contact Waitangi Mika (ph.

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

Chubs – Aquatics Team Leader on 09 261 8048.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

Time to spare or skills to share? Become a volunteer for Citizens

Advice Bureau (CAB) in Ōtāhuhu or Papatoetoe! The CAB

is all about the client – making sure individuals do not suffer

through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities, and that

communities are developed responsibly. You can visit, phone,

or email the CAB for more info, or apply online at www.cab.

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

(ph. 09 216 9813). CAB Papatoetoe is at the back of the Town

Hall, 35A St George St, Old Papatoetoe (ph. 09 278 5191).

FREE CLASSES IN MA – NGERE EAST

Māngere East Community Centre runs FREE and low-cost

community education classes in parenting, te reo Māori,

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WHA – NAU-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

Join SOUL’s FREE artist-led workshops. Create masks, banners

and costumes out of your recyclables. Mon, Wed, Thurs & Sun,

1pm – 3pm at 56 Ihumātao Quarry Road, Ōtuataua Stonefields.

Visit www.facebook.com/protectihumatao for updates.

BIKETOBER

Biketober is about getting on ya bike in

October! There are programmes & events

for kids, adults, families – anyone who

wants to ride a bike. School Holidays:

Daily rides from Māngere Centre Park

– 2pm. Bike Ballet: Sat, 7 Oct 12pm

– 1pm, Aotea Square, Auckland City.

Bike to the Farm: Sun, 8 Oct – 10am

to 3pm (To coincide with Ambury Farm Day). Adult

cycle training & bike maintenance: Thu, 12 Oct 6pm – 8pm,

Māngere Centre Park. Family cycle training: Starts Wed, 18

Oct 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Māngere Centre Park (suitable for

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

Oct at 7pm. Māngere BikeFIT 2nd Birthday: Labour Weekend

Sat, 21 Oct. Free Fun Day: Labour Day Mon, 23 Oct 10am –

2pm, Māngere Town Centre. Halloween Night Ride – Trick or

Treat on a Bike: Tue, 31 Oct 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Future Streets,

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

5748. #KeepTheWheelsSpinning

WALK THE WATERCARE COASTAL WALKWAY

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 9.30am–12pm. Meet at Oruarangi

Rd Reserve, near 470 Oruarangi Rd. Easy walking tracks, flat

ground. The walk is FREE, but there is only space for 25 people,

so bookings are essential. Sorry, no dogs allowed. For more

info or to book, email: kara.goddard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

MA – NGERE BRIDGE LIBRARY – WHAT’S ON

Here’s a taste of what’s happening these school holidays:

Diwali Sing-along Story Time: Dress up and celebrate Diwali

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

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

library, call 09 636 6797, or email mangerebridge.library@

aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

MA – NGERE EAST LIBRARY – WHAT’S ON

FREE Knitting & Craft Club: 10:30am every Thurs. Bring your

knitting or craft projects, or simply drop by for a cup of tea

and a chat. Make new friends; learn a new hobby. All welcome.

FREE Wriggle & Rhyme – Active Movement to Music: 11am

every Tues. Fun and interactive sessions to help develop baby’s

brain and body. For babies and toddlers up to two years old.

Older siblings also welcome. For more info, ph. 09 275 5420 or

drop in to the Māngere East Library at 370 Massey Rd.

Community Notices are FREE for community groups. To list

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

summary by 15 November.

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