275 Times November 2017

Mangere community news. This month: Get to know your MP Aupito William Sio, celebrate with Mangere East, explore Samoan culture, connect for a safer Mangere, check out local artists at MO Arts Jam, and more!

Mangere community news. This month: Get to know your MP Aupito William Sio, celebrate with Mangere East, explore Samoan culture, connect for a safer Mangere, check out local artists at MO Arts Jam, and more!


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Our stories, our people, our Māngere

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


to know



to Māngere MP Aupito

William Sio – the new

Minister for Pacific Peoples.

After the new Labour-led Government

was announced, 275 Times

asked the popular MP about:

Winning Māngere for a fourth term:

“It’s a huge privilege,” he says. “I’m very

grateful to the people of Māngere.”

Aupito describes the win as a

testament to the area’s loyalty to

and belief in the Labour Party. But

he knows that representing Māngere

is also a big responsibility. “I never

take the Māngere vote for granted,”

he says, acknowledging that he has

to “continually earn the respect and

confidence of the people I represent.”

Day-to-day life as an MP:

Although Aupito spends much of his

time in Wellington, he’s usually in

Māngere on Fridays, meeting people

and trying to help solve problems.

In the weekends he attends

community events. “An MP is

constantly in demand,” he explains.

“Even when spending time with

family, or shopping, someone will

come up and ask for information

or assistance. That’s part of being a

representative of our community.”

What help Māngere residents

can expect from him as their MP:

Aupito says he and the staff

in his Māngere Town Centre

office will do their best to assist

anyone by providing highquality,

confidential advice.

They will also advocate for those

who have had trouble dealing with

Government agencies, or recommend

organisations that can help –

especially when children are involved.

“Where children are affected by a

government department’s decision –

for example, a family being evicted by

Housing NZ – I will fight as hard as I

can for them,” Aupito says. “I just hate

it when a government department’s

decision places children at risk.”

Some key goals for the next 3 years:

ÊÊTo have the five main Pacific Island

languages recognised as official

community languages, and to restore

Pacific language bilingual education.

ÊÊTo establish a Pacific Immigration

Plan that recognises Pacific

climate-change refugees (people

displaced from their homes

as a result of climate change)

so they have real options.

ÊÊAnd for our young people to feel

confident and proud that they live in

Māngere. “I want them to believe in

their God-given talents – that they

are beautiful, brainy, bilingual and

gifted – irrespective of their colour,

religion, size, or gender. To use

those talents for good and make a

Celebration time in Māngere East

The annual Xmas festival will rock Walter Massey Park in Hain

Ave, Māngere East from 10am to 4pm on Sat, 18 November.

Let’s get together to celebrate our mighty Māngere East

community with a great variety of food stalls, performances by

local schools, cultural groups and live entertainment for all ages.

The festival is hosted by the Māngere East Community

Centre, supported by: Māngere East Business Association,

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board, Auckland Council Creative

Communities NZ, and 275 Times. Bring the family!

Aupito William Sio (left) snaps a selfie

with Jacinda Ardern and Labour Party

supporters during a campaign rally at

Māngere Town Centre in August.

>> continued on page 2


Getting to know Aupito

>> continued from page 1

positive contribution

to our community.”

Aupito wants the new

government to be a

“government of action”:

one that “values the

protection of Ihumātao”

and takes “a different

approach” towards

building “a better, fairer

society for everyone.”

Son of the


Born in Samoa, Aupito

has lived in South

Auckland since he

was eight years old.

As a young man, he

managed the family fruit

shop and worked as a

printer and a trade union

organiser. Later, he

became a public servant

in both NZ and Samoa.

He was elected to the

former Manukau City

Council in 2001, and

appointed Deputy

Mayor in 2007.

Aupito has been

Labour’s MP for

Māngere since 2008.

He also holds several

family Matai titles.

Early influences

Aupito says it was his

maternal grandfather

who first suggested that

he become a politician.

He was too young to

take the idea seriously,

but at Hillary College,

his economics

teacher Wayne Smith

encouraged the

class to critique the

daily newspaper, and

Aupito began writing

letters to the editor

on political issues.

He also enjoyed

participating in debates

at college, but, even

then, it never dawned

on him that one

day he would be a

respected politician

just as his grandfather

had envisaged.




By Toni Helleur

‘Māngere Connect’ is a

volunteer-led community

group set up to unite

the Māngere chapters

of several national

organisations – including

Neighbourhood Support

and Civil Defence.

The group’s first goal is

to help local people work

together to tackle issues

like crime prevention

and illegal dumping.

Māngere’s new Community Patrol car

Making a stand for our heritage

As 275 Times goes to print, SOUL

(Save Our Unique Landscape) is

preparing to appeal Heritage NZ’s

decision to allow foreign-owned

construction giant Fletcher Residential

to modify and destroy archaeological

and historical sites by building

480 houses next to the Ōtuataua

Stonefields at Ihumātao, Māngere.

Spokesperson Pania Newton says the

manawhenua-led SOUL campaign will also

pursue “other legal and political routes to

prevent this destruction” – including asking

the new Labour-led government to heed

UN advice to review the housing project.

SOUL will also call on the new government

to abandon the proposed housing

project, restore the Oruarangi river, and

redesignate the land as public open space.

“Meanwhile, we will remain here as ahika

and protectors of the land until the day

it is permanently protected,” Pania says.

Māngere MP Aupito William Sio,

who strongly opposes Fletcher’s plans,

told 275 Times that he expects the

new government will “bring a fresh

pair of eyes” to the issue and take an

approach “that values the protection

Māngere Connect also

supports local community

gardens and wasteminimisation


and provides resources to

promote a safer, happier

and healthier community.

Community Patrols

The recent donation of a

bright yellow Barina has

given the group another

tool to help strengthen and

empower the community

while reducing demands

on local police. Volunteers

will use the new car

to patrol local streets,

giving Māngere Connect

a more visible presence

in the neighbourhood.

The Community Patrol

was officially launched

in September at the Love

Māngere: Yates & Ferguson

Reserve Family Fun Day.

It was an especially

fitting event for the

launch; the aim of the

fun day was to empower

Yates and Ferguson Rd

residents to reclaim their

park after a near-fatal

shooting there in 2016.

The event also gave

Māngere Connect an

opportunity to thank the

donors of its first patrol

car: Philip Watson and

Jag Sidhu, owners of NZ

Cars Ltd and Immigration

Matters NZ in Papatoetoe.

Get Connected

It’s FREE to join Māngere

Connect, just email the

co-ordinator directly:


You can also keep

informed on Facebook:

@ns4mangere, or sign up

as a Patrol volunteer.

Fighting for our heritage:

Waimarie McFarland and son Motukiwi.

of the Ihumātao lands that SOUL and

the community are fighting for.”

SOUL’s Waimarie McFarland is “very

positive and optimistic” about the

campaign, which she describes as

“capturing the hearts and minds” of

residents of Ihumātao and the wider

community. “The power to stop

this destruction is with the people

– that’s where it’s at!” she says.

Supporters are always welcome to visit

the Kaitiaki Village at Ihumātao and to

join campaign activities and gatherings.

Keep updated through the SOUL

Facebook page: @protectihumatao or

email: saveihumatao@gmail.com






Words & pictures by Shirl’e Fruean

Inspired by a behind-the-scene’s

video, my daughter and I enrolled

in ‘Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101’.

Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101 has been helping New

Zealand and Australian born or raised Samoans

“understand the importance and richness”

of their culture for nearly three years.

In that time, creators Tanoa’i Tai’i Reupena

Michael Tanoai and Apulu Tu’u’u Uta’i

Mary Autagavaia of Epiphany Pacific

Trust have led community classes across

Auckland, as well as in Wellington,

Australia, the USA and even in Samoa.

“‘Aga’ means behaviour or customs; ‘nu’u’

means country,” Apulu explains. “So ‘aganu’u’

means the ways and the culture, or the

things that are common in all of Samoa.

“‘Fa’a’ is to be ‘like’ or ‘of’ something,” she says.

‘Sa’ means the clan, ‘Moa’ means the centre,

and ‘101’ are lessons for beginners – which

is why it’s called Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101.”

On the first day of the programme, you get

to choose one aspect of three customary

scenarios to learn, memorise and rehearse.

Then you perform it live on the last day.

My favourite part was meeting all the

talented and lovely people on the course

– and preparing a traditional feast for

our fiafia (celebration) together.

It was wonderful to scrub our taro and peel our

green bananas happily as a class, then prepare

our umu (earth oven) using traditional methods.

These activities brought back some great

memories of growing up in Samoa. And seeing

my daughter experience them for the first

time made me a very proud Samoan mother.

Throughout the course, the tutors

shared their own experiences, weaving

their words of wisdom into the

programme and making it unique.

“Just give it your best”, Tanoa’i told us. “Picture

your parents who are still with us, or gone,

and just thank God for giving us our parents

who tried their best to do what they could do.

“Even our parents who have hurt us,

parents who have left us: forgive them.”

To enrol in Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101, or

find out more about the programme,

visit www.epiphanypacifictrust.com, or

follow @aganuu101 on Facebook.




Kia Orana everyone, my name

is Ernestina Maro. I’m of Cook

Island and African descent.

This year I was selected

to represent my Pukapuka

community at the Miss Cook

Islands pageant, which was held

in Rarotonga in September.

It was the first time in a long

time that Pukapuka has been

represented at the pageant.

There were seven contestants

competing this year. Each

represented a different beautiful

Cook Island – including Atiu,

Aitutaki, Tongareva and Takitumu.

I represented not only my island,

but my Māngere and South

Auckland communities as well.

The support and love I received

from everyone throughout

the event was amazing.

I really enjoyed the experience

– especially going back to my

homeland in the Cook Islands

to speak and perform.

I was fortunate to be placed

second in the competition and

earn the title of “Maine Tapairu”

for 2017. I also won the chance

to represent the Cook Islands

at the Miss Pacific Islands

pageant in Fiji in December,

where I’ll be joining nominees

from all around the Pacific.

Follow my quest on Facebook


Atawai Wolo, Metaki

Maata (Thank You)!





By Nivique Rasmussen

With more than 20 live

performances, as well as workshops

and demonstrations, this month’s

MO Arts Jam is a chance to celebrate

Māngere and Ōtāhuhu through

arts and culture. And it’s all FREE!

Here are three local acts that

you won’t want to miss:




23, Samoan/Māori

Full of passion, energy and light, Māngere local Ken Vaega

is a creative force to be reckoned with. Mentoring South

Auckland youth by day, and pursuing his dance dreams

in his spare time, Ken is all about living with purpose.

He was recently placed second out of more than 500

contestants in the first Kinja Bang World Tournament,

an online dance competition that allows dancers to pit

their video entries against others from around the globe.

Ken’s filmed his original choreography in locations

around South Auckland, including Māngere Mountain.

“I rep nothing but the South,” he says. “It’s a natural

thing. When they see me dance, they see a product

of who I am and everything that I’ve

been through… how

I grew up; my

culture; what

I believe


Photo: Nivique Rasmussen


This latest success is just one of Ken’s many personal

achievements, which include running dance

workshops and camps, and travelling to the USA

to work alongside YouTube star Brian Puspos.

“That was sick,” Ken says.“I used to watch him growing up,

and to be in one of his videos was super crazy.”

Ken is planning a dance tour in 2018, but to finish this

year strong, he’s going to share more of his behindthe-scenes

training videos online to encourage

other dancers to keep chasing their dreams.

“Seeing how it can really encourage and impact someone,

I feel encouraged to just keep going,” he says.

His bigger message is about “connecting people

with different backgrounds and how that plays a

part in our identity.”




34, Māori/

Cook Island


NZ beatbox

champion, and

current world

record holder

for the longest

individual beatboxing

marathon, the

internationally acclaimed King Homeboy has truly

lived up to his name as king of the beatboxing world.

Photo: Nivique Rasmussen

Hailing from Wellington, King now lives in Māngere.

Using his musical flair in the community, he runs

beatbox workshops at the Māngere Arts Centre to

help aspiring young locals explore the art form.

He encourages his mentees not to be confined by

what he teaches, but to express the techniques

they learn in their own unique way.

“You live your life,” he says. “There are stories

and experiences that only you can grab from

and [they] will be relevant because that’s

you. Only you went through that.”

His motto is to not compete against others,

but to compete against yourself; to be

the best possible version of yourself.

Building on his own creative talents, this

year the successful beatboxer has delved

into the art of dance with the Auckland

Popping Community (APC); competed

in the Freestyle Rap Battle Olympics in

Ōtara; and exhibited his graffiti art from

his own stand at the Armageddon Expo.

King Homeboy’s future plans include

continuing to develop his musical skills

to break down barriers, and fulfilling

his dream of mastering the four original

elements of hip-hop: b-boying, turntablism,

graffiti art and mc-ing or rapping.




23, Māori

A super-chill, humble and determined Antonio Ellis –

who also goes by the name MusiQal Genius – is gearing

up to make his mark on the New Zealand music industry.

The ex-Onehunga High School student is now an

independent music producer, musician, and song writer.

Antonio has been in the producing game for seven

years. In that time, he’s worked with popular artists

such as Konecs and Lomez Brown, and he currently

manages New Zealand reggae artist Triller.

At the Māngere Community Café’s Open Mic

Nights this year, Antonio has been giving back to

his community by running workshops for those

interested in beat-making or producing.

He reassures his students that there is no set

way to make music. He also advises them

not to be afraid to push the boundaries.

“That’s the cool thing about music: there’s no right

or wrong. There are no limits to where you can

go with it,” Antonio says. “You might not know

where it’s going, but then it becomes something

that you never knew it was going to be.”

Going into the new year, Antonio will be working

on releasing some fresh, original music with his

own artists. He’s also aiming to head to Hawaii

to connect and network with other musicians,

and to continue building his brand.

Ken, King and Antonio will all be performing at MO Arts

Jam on Saturday, November 11 at Māngere Arts Centre.

MO Arts Jam is a FREE one-day festival funded by

the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board and delivered

by The Hefty Agency. For more information,

visit www.heftyagency.com/moartsjam.

Photo: Diederich Hettig


MARAMATAKA: Whiringa-ā-rangi (November)

By Ayla Hoeta

Kia ora e te whānau!

Wow, we’re in Whiringaā-rangi

already. Did this

year fly past or what?!

Those veggie gardens

should be blooming

by now as we head

into the second phase

of summer – Matiti

Hana. That’s when the

puawānanga or puareinga

(clematis) flowers turn

the forest canopy white.

There are seven phases

of summer in all: Matiti

Kura, Matiti Hana,

Matiti Muramura, Matiti

Kaiwai, Matiti Raurehu,

Matiti Rautapata and

Matiti Rauangina.

Each phase is identified

by patterns of flowering

trees, ripening berries,

weather changes and

so on. I’ll tell you more

about each phase as

we move into it.

For now, let’s look at the

tohu for this month:

Ngā tohu o te rangi

(Signs in the sky)

Whitikaupeka (Spica)

will rise at 5:30am

on 4 November

at approximately

100 degrees.

Ngā tohu o te whenua

(Signs on the land)

The pohutukawa start

to blossom! Most

pohutukawa trees should

be in flower by mid-

December to celebrate

Matiti Muramura – the

third phase of summer.

Ngā tohu o te moana

(Signs in the water)

Like last month, the tohu

for Whiringa-ā-rangi is

‘ngā tama korowhiti o

Tangaroa’ (the leaping

of the mullet).

Kanae (mullet) were once

plentiful in the Kaipara

Harbour. There are

reports of people catching

740,000 back in the 1800s.

That’s a lot of fish!

Kaumatua tell us that

kanae leap into the air

after they’ve laid their

eggs, so watch out for

leaping kanae this month.

For a maramataka dial

contact @275Times

on Facebook or

email: ayla.hoeta@


Have a great month!



3 Nov: Rakaunui –

Highest-energy day.

2 & 4 Nov: Oturu

and Rakau Ma Tohi –

High-energy days.

5 Nov: Takirau –

Plant root crops.

7, 8 & 9 Nov: Korekore

Te Whiawhia, Korekore

Te Rawea and Korekore

Piri: Reflecting and

low-energy days.

10, 11 & 12 Nov:

Tangaroa A Mua,

Tangaroa A Roto

and Tangaroa

Kiokio – Fishing and

planting days.

14, 15 & 16 Nov:

Orongonui, Omauri

and Mutuwhenua –

Kai-planting days.

17 Nov: Whiro –

Another low-energy

day, best for reflecting

and planning.


Māngere peace drive

Did you know that New

Zealand will spend $20

billion on the military

over the next 15 years?

Can this kind of spending

be justified when so many

families in Māngere live

in overcrowded houses

– and even in cars?

A group of Māngere

residents don’t think it

can. Last month they

drove to the annual ‘Arms

Expo’ in Wellington to

voice their concerns.

Roger Gummer, Alan

Worman, Delwyne

Roberts, Rev. Emily

Worman, and Brendan

Corbett joined groups and

individuals from all over

the country to take part

in a peaceful blockade

of the Expo venue.

Alan wanted to raise

awareness of Kiwi businesses

that profit from

weapons. “I don’t think

this is a good look for

New Zealand,” he said.

“I don’t want to watch

bodies of children being

washed up on beaches

on my TV, wondering:

did New Zealand have

a hand in this?”

The group said that

being part of local action

groups had given them

the confidence to join the

protest. They gained new

skills from the experience

that will help them with

ongoing local campaigns

like saving the heritage

land at Ihumātao.

Want to get involved? Find

out more @roccmangere

and @protectIhumatao

on Facebook.

On a mission for peace: Roger

Gummer, Alan Worman, Delwyne

Roberts & Rev. Emily Worman

Old School




By Justine Skilling

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services

Is food waste filling

up your red bin?

Residents of the Naylors Drive cul-desac

in Māngere are creating a solution

to this problem for themselves – in

collaboration with the Old School

Community Gardens in Kirkbride Rd.

Local resident Toni Helleur (coordinator

of Māngere Neighbourhood

Support) is leading the Old

School 275 Project, which aims to

establish a bokashi composting

bin and a small household-waste

drop-off depot at the gardens.

Neighbours helping neighbours

Toni came up with the idea after

connecting with Talking Rubbish

(ME Family Services) last year, and

finding synergies with her plan to

start a Neighbourhood Support

group for residents in her area. She

was also keen to encourage her

neighbours to “visit the amazing

facility of the Old School Gardens that

was literally right next door to us.”

“When I heard about the new red

bin roll-out and what actually

happens to our waste, I needed

to let as many people know about

this as possible,” says Toni.

Community workshops

With funding from Auckland

Council’s Waste Minimisation and

Innovation Fund, and support from

Talking Rubbish and other groups,

Toni organised a series of wasteminimisation

workshops for the

Toni Helleur: helping her neighbours deal with food waste

Naylors Drive community, and helped

to create the ‘Love Māngere’ event

at the Cook Island Development

Agency (CIDANZ) in August.

The event provided a fun way for

locals to learn about composting,

recycling, gardening and biking

– as well as an opportunity to

sample locally made products.

Bokashi bucket challenge

Next up is a series of composting

and bokashi workshops from The

Compost Collective, followed by

some one-on-one support for 20

Naylors Drive families who want to

start bokashi systems at home.

“Bokashi is a great way to deal with

food waste for homes that don’t

have big backyard gardens,” says

Toni. “By connecting residents with

the Old School Gardens, the project

will enable people to get rid of the

contents of their bokashi bucket

once it’s full and ready to go.”

Positive changes are already being

seen. “We’ve had lots of great

feedback from people attending the

workshops. Now that we have our

red bins, only five out of 200 homes

on our street are needing extra

help, which is fantastic!” she says.

“The awareness of waste disposal

has increased, and the desire from

the community to have their own

gardens shows that a new (but

old!) trend is starting in Māngere.”

Finding answers

in our own backyards

Toni encourages people from

other areas of Māngere to look for

solutions to the challenges they’re

facing with rubbish by “connecting

with neighbours and talking more,

as you’ll find everything you

need is right here in Māngere.”

Her hope is that more of us will

“visit a local community garden,

start gardening, and continue to

think about where our rubbish

ends up at the end of the day.”

The next FREE composting

workshop is on 16 Nov, 6–8pm at

Old School Hall on Kirkbride Rd.

To register, visit:




for 2018


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Community Notices


Food, arts & crafts, fresh local produce, entertainment. Every

Thurs in November, 5–9pm. Māngere East Village Green (next

to the library, 370 Massey Rd). Ph. 09 275 6161, email: hone@

mangereeast.org or follow @MangereEastVillage on Facebook.


Life Vision Society is offering free Indian vegetarian dinners to

those in need. Mondays, 6:30–7:30pm at 39 East Tamaki Rd,

Papatoetoe. Ph. 027 777 4477 or visit Lifevision.nz for more info.


Volunteers are needed to help weed around the 2,000 plants

that were planted in August. Sat, 25 Nov: 1–4pm. Wear covered

shoes and bring a drink bottle. Gloves, sunscreen & a snack will

be provided. Access from Elmdon Rd bridge, Māngere. Find out

more at: www.facebook.com/groups/1947178058889289/


For 9- to 12-year-olds who can swim, run & ride a bike, and who

want to give triathlon a go! 17 Nov, 9am–1pm, at Moana-nui-a-

Kiwa Pools, Māngere. 150m swim, 4km ride, 2km run. BYO bike,

helmet, togs & running shoes. Registrations close 10 Nov. Email

brendanb@cmsport.co.nz or ph. 029 437 0873 for more info.


Friendship, support & encouragement for writers who want to

improve their skills. New members welcome. The group meets

on the third Sat of every month. Join them at Māngere Bridge

Library, 18 Nov at 10am. Ph. 09 636 6797 for more info.

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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