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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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EDITION #36<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

<strong>275</strong> times<br />

<strong>275</strong><br />

Māngere’s<br />

times<br />

Our stories, our people, our Māngere<br />

Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou<br />

Getting<br />

to know<br />

Aupito<br />

Congratulations<br />

to Māngere MP Aupito<br />

William Sio – the new<br />

Minister for Pacific Peoples.<br />

After the new Labour-led Government<br />

was announced, <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

asked the popular MP about:<br />

Winning Māngere for a fourth term:<br />

“It’s a huge privilege,” he says. “I’m very<br />

grateful to the people of Māngere.”<br />

Aupito describes the win as a<br />

testament to the area’s loyalty to<br />

and belief in the Labour Party. But<br />

he knows that representing Māngere<br />

is also a big responsibility. “I never<br />

take the Māngere vote for granted,”<br />

he says, acknowledging that he has<br />

to “continually earn the respect and<br />

confidence of the people I represent.”<br />

Day-to-day life as an MP:<br />

Although Aupito spends much of his<br />

time in Wellington, he’s usually in<br />

Māngere on Fridays, meeting people<br />

and trying to help solve problems.<br />

In the weekends he attends<br />

community events. “An MP is<br />

constantly in demand,” he explains.<br />

“Even when spending time with<br />

family, or shopping, someone will<br />

come up and ask for information<br />

or assistance. That’s part of being a<br />

representative of our community.”<br />

What help Māngere residents<br />

can expect from him as their MP:<br />

Aupito says he and the staff<br />

in his Māngere Town Centre<br />

office will do their best to assist<br />

anyone by providing highquality,<br />

confidential advice.<br />

They will also advocate for those<br />

who have had trouble dealing with<br />

Government agencies, or recommend<br />

organisations that can help –<br />

especially when children are involved.<br />

“Where children are affected by a<br />

government department’s decision –<br />

for example, a family being evicted by<br />

Housing NZ – I will fight as hard as I<br />

can for them,” Aupito says. “I just hate<br />

it when a government department’s<br />

decision places children at risk.”<br />

Some key goals for the next 3 years:<br />

ÊÊTo have the five main Pacific Island<br />

languages recognised as official<br />

community languages, and to restore<br />

Pacific language bilingual education.<br />

ÊÊTo establish a Pacific Immigration<br />

Plan that recognises Pacific<br />

climate-change refugees (people<br />

displaced from their homes<br />

as a result of climate change)<br />

so they have real options.<br />

ÊÊAnd for our young people to feel<br />

confident and proud that they live in<br />

Māngere. “I want them to believe in<br />

their God-given talents – that they<br />

are beautiful, brainy, bilingual and<br />

gifted – irrespective of their colour,<br />

religion, size, or gender. To use<br />

those talents for good and make a<br />

Celebration time in Māngere East<br />

The annual Xmas festival will rock Walter Massey Park in Hain<br />

Ave, Māngere East from 10am to 4pm on Sat, 18 <strong>November</strong>.<br />

Let’s get together to celebrate our mighty Māngere East<br />

community with a great variety of food stalls, performances by<br />

local schools, cultural groups and live entertainment for all ages.<br />

The festival is hosted by the Māngere East Community<br />

Centre, supported by: Māngere East Business Association,<br />

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board, Auckland Council Creative<br />

Communities NZ, and <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong>. Bring the family!<br />

Aupito William Sio (left) snaps a selfie<br />

with Jacinda Ardern and Labour Party<br />

supporters during a campaign rally at<br />

Māngere Town Centre in August.<br />

>> continued on page 2<br />


Getting to know Aupito<br />

>> continued from page 1<br />

positive contribution<br />

to our community.”<br />

Aupito wants the new<br />

government to be a<br />

“government of action”:<br />

one that “values the<br />

protection of Ihumātao”<br />

and takes “a different<br />

approach” towards<br />

building “a better, fairer<br />

society for everyone.”<br />

Son of the<br />

Southside<br />

Born in Samoa, Aupito<br />

has lived in South<br />

Auckland since he<br />

was eight years old.<br />

As a young man, he<br />

managed the family fruit<br />

shop and worked as a<br />

printer and a trade union<br />

organiser. Later, he<br />

became a public servant<br />

in both NZ and Samoa.<br />

He was elected to the<br />

former Manukau City<br />

Council in 2001, and<br />

appointed Deputy<br />

Mayor in 2007.<br />

Aupito has been<br />

Labour’s MP for<br />

Māngere since 2008.<br />

He also holds several<br />

family Matai titles.<br />

Early influences<br />

Aupito says it was his<br />

maternal grandfather<br />

who first suggested that<br />

he become a politician.<br />

He was too young to<br />

take the idea seriously,<br />

but at Hillary College,<br />

his economics<br />

teacher Wayne Smith<br />

encouraged the<br />

class to critique the<br />

daily newspaper, and<br />

Aupito began writing<br />

letters to the editor<br />

on political issues.<br />

He also enjoyed<br />

participating in debates<br />

at college, but, even<br />

then, it never dawned<br />

on him that one<br />

day he would be a<br />

respected politician<br />

just as his grandfather<br />

had envisaged.<br />

CONNECT:<br />



By Toni Helleur<br />

‘Māngere Connect’ is a<br />

volunteer-led community<br />

group set up to unite<br />

the Māngere chapters<br />

of several national<br />

organisations – including<br />

Neighbourhood Support<br />

and Civil Defence.<br />

The group’s first goal is<br />

to help local people work<br />

together to tackle issues<br />

like crime prevention<br />

and illegal dumping.<br />

Māngere’s new Community Patrol car<br />

Making a stand for our heritage<br />

As <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> goes to print, SOUL<br />

(Save Our Unique Landscape) is<br />

preparing to appeal Heritage NZ’s<br />

decision to allow foreign-owned<br />

construction giant Fletcher Residential<br />

to modify and destroy archaeological<br />

and historical sites by building<br />

480 houses next to the Ōtuataua<br />

Stonefields at Ihumātao, Māngere.<br />

Spokesperson Pania Newton says the<br />

manawhenua-led SOUL campaign will also<br />

pursue “other legal and political routes to<br />

prevent this destruction” – including asking<br />

the new Labour-led government to heed<br />

UN advice to review the housing project.<br />

SOUL will also call on the new government<br />

to abandon the proposed housing<br />

project, restore the Oruarangi river, and<br />

redesignate the land as public open space.<br />

“Meanwhile, we will remain here as ahika<br />

and protectors of the land until the day<br />

it is permanently protected,” Pania says.<br />

Māngere MP Aupito William Sio,<br />

who strongly opposes Fletcher’s plans,<br />

told <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> that he expects the<br />

new government will “bring a fresh<br />

pair of eyes” to the issue and take an<br />

approach “that values the protection<br />

Māngere Connect also<br />

supports local community<br />

gardens and wasteminimisation<br />

projects,<br />

and provides resources to<br />

promote a safer, happier<br />

and healthier community.<br />

Community Patrols<br />

The recent donation of a<br />

bright yellow Barina has<br />

given the group another<br />

tool to help strengthen and<br />

empower the community<br />

while reducing demands<br />

on local police. Volunteers<br />

will use the new car<br />

to patrol local streets,<br />

giving Māngere Connect<br />

a more visible presence<br />

in the neighbourhood.<br />

The Community Patrol<br />

was officially launched<br />

in September at the Love<br />

Māngere: Yates & Ferguson<br />

Reserve Family Fun Day.<br />

It was an especially<br />

fitting event for the<br />

launch; the aim of the<br />

fun day was to empower<br />

Yates and Ferguson Rd<br />

residents to reclaim their<br />

park after a near-fatal<br />

shooting there in 2016.<br />

The event also gave<br />

Māngere Connect an<br />

opportunity to thank the<br />

donors of its first patrol<br />

car: Philip Watson and<br />

Jag Sidhu, owners of NZ<br />

Cars Ltd and Immigration<br />

Matters NZ in Papatoetoe.<br />

Get Connected<br />

It’s FREE to join Māngere<br />

Connect, just email the<br />

co-ordinator directly:<br />

ns4mangere@gmail.com<br />

You can also keep<br />

informed on Facebook:<br />

@ns4mangere, or sign up<br />

as a Patrol volunteer.<br />

Fighting for our heritage:<br />

Waimarie McFarland and son Motukiwi.<br />

of the Ihumātao lands that SOUL and<br />

the community are fighting for.”<br />

SOUL’s Waimarie McFarland is “very<br />

positive and optimistic” about the<br />

campaign, which she describes as<br />

“capturing the hearts and minds” of<br />

residents of Ihumātao and the wider<br />

community. “The power to stop<br />

this destruction is with the people<br />

– that’s where it’s at!” she says.<br />

Supporters are always welcome to visit<br />

the Kaitiaki Village at Ihumātao and to<br />

join campaign activities and gatherings.<br />

Keep updated through the SOUL<br />

Facebook page: @protectihumatao or<br />

email: saveihumatao@gmail.com<br />






Words & pictures by Shirl’e Fruean<br />

Inspired by a behind-the-scene’s<br />

video, my daughter and I enrolled<br />

in ‘Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101’.<br />

Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101 has been helping New<br />

Zealand and Australian born or raised Samoans<br />

“understand the importance and richness”<br />

of their culture for nearly three years.<br />

In that time, creators Tanoa’i Tai’i Reupena<br />

Michael Tanoai and Apulu Tu’u’u Uta’i<br />

Mary Autagavaia of Epiphany Pacific<br />

Trust have led community classes across<br />

Auckland, as well as in Wellington,<br />

Australia, the USA and even in Samoa.<br />

“‘Aga’ means behaviour or customs; ‘nu’u’<br />

means country,” Apulu explains. “So ‘aganu’u’<br />

means the ways and the culture, or the<br />

things that are common in all of Samoa.<br />

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

‘Sa’ means the clan, ‘Moa’ means the centre,<br />

and ‘101’ are lessons for beginners – which<br />

is why it’s called Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101.”<br />

On the first day of the programme, you get<br />

to choose one aspect of three customary<br />

scenarios to learn, memorise and rehearse.<br />

Then you perform it live on the last day.<br />

My favourite part was meeting all the<br />

talented and lovely people on the course<br />

– and preparing a traditional feast for<br />

our fiafia (celebration) together.<br />

It was wonderful to scrub our taro and peel our<br />

green bananas happily as a class, then prepare<br />

our umu (earth oven) using traditional methods.<br />

These activities brought back some great<br />

memories of growing up in Samoa. And seeing<br />

my daughter experience them for the first<br />

time made me a very proud Samoan mother.<br />

Throughout the course, the tutors<br />

shared their own experiences, weaving<br />

their words of wisdom into the<br />

programme and making it unique.<br />

“Just give it your best”, Tanoa’i told us. “Picture<br />

your parents who are still with us, or gone,<br />

and just thank God for giving us our parents<br />

who tried their best to do what they could do.<br />

“Even our parents who have hurt us,<br />

parents who have left us: forgive them.”<br />

To enrol in Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101, or<br />

find out more about the programme,<br />

visit www.epiphanypacifictrust.com, or<br />

follow @aganuu101 on Facebook.<br />



&MĀNGERE<br />

Kia Orana everyone, my name<br />

is Ernestina Maro. I’m of Cook<br />

Island and African descent.<br />

This year I was selected<br />

to represent my Pukapuka<br />

community at the Miss Cook<br />

Islands pageant, which was held<br />

in Rarotonga in September.<br />

It was the first time in a long<br />

time that Pukapuka has been<br />

represented at the pageant.<br />

There were seven contestants<br />

competing this year. Each<br />

represented a different beautiful<br />

Cook Island – including Atiu,<br />

Aitutaki, Tongareva and Takitumu.<br />

I represented not only my island,<br />

but my Māngere and South<br />

Auckland communities as well.<br />

The support and love I received<br />

from everyone throughout<br />

the event was amazing.<br />

I really enjoyed the experience<br />

– especially going back to my<br />

homeland in the Cook Islands<br />

to speak and perform.<br />

I was fortunate to be placed<br />

second in the competition and<br />

earn the title of “Maine Tapairu”<br />

for <strong>2017</strong>. I also won the chance<br />

to represent the Cook Islands<br />

at the Miss Pacific Islands<br />

pageant in Fiji in December,<br />

where I’ll be joining nominees<br />

from all around the Pacific.<br />

Follow my quest on Facebook<br />

@mainetapairu<strong>2017</strong><br />

Atawai Wolo, Metaki<br />

Maata (Thank You)!<br />



‘THERE ARE<br />

NO LIMITS’<br />

By Nivique Rasmussen<br />

With more than 20 live<br />

performances, as well as workshops<br />

and demonstrations, this month’s<br />

MO Arts Jam is a chance to celebrate<br />

Māngere and Ōtāhuhu through<br />

arts and culture. And it’s all FREE!<br />

Here are three local acts that<br />

you won’t want to miss:<br />




23, Samoan/Māori<br />

Full of passion, energy and light, Māngere local Ken Vaega<br />

is a creative force to be reckoned with. Mentoring South<br />

Auckland youth by day, and pursuing his dance dreams<br />

in his spare time, Ken is all about living with purpose.<br />

He was recently placed second out of more than 500<br />

contestants in the first Kinja Bang World Tournament,<br />

an online dance competition that allows dancers to pit<br />

their video entries against others from around the globe.<br />

Ken’s filmed his original choreography in locations<br />

around South Auckland, including Māngere Mountain.<br />

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

thing. When they see me dance, they see a product<br />

of who I am and everything that I’ve<br />

been through… how<br />

I grew up; my<br />

culture; what<br />

I believe<br />

in.”<br />

Photo: Nivique Rasmussen<br />


This latest success is just one of Ken’s many personal<br />

achievements, which include running dance<br />

workshops and camps, and travelling to the USA<br />

to work alongside YouTube star Brian Puspos.<br />

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

and to be in one of his videos was super crazy.”<br />

Ken is planning a dance tour in 2018, but to finish this<br />

year strong, he’s going to share more of his behindthe-scenes<br />

training videos online to encourage<br />

other dancers to keep chasing their dreams.<br />

“Seeing how it can really encourage and impact someone,<br />

I feel encouraged to just keep going,” he says.<br />

His bigger message is about “connecting people<br />

with different backgrounds and how that plays a<br />

part in our identity.”<br />

KING<br />



34, Māori/<br />

Cook Island<br />

Six-time<br />

NZ beatbox<br />

champion, and<br />

current world<br />

record holder<br />

for the longest<br />

individual beatboxing<br />

marathon, the<br />

internationally acclaimed King Homeboy has truly<br />

lived up to his name as king of the beatboxing world.<br />

Photo: Nivique Rasmussen<br />

Hailing from Wellington, King now lives in Māngere.<br />

Using his musical flair in the community, he runs<br />

beatbox workshops at the Māngere Arts Centre to<br />

help aspiring young locals explore the art form.<br />

He encourages his mentees not to be confined by<br />

what he teaches, but to express the techniques<br />

they learn in their own unique way.<br />

“You live your life,” he says. “There are stories<br />

and experiences that only you can grab from<br />

and [they] will be relevant because that’s<br />

you. Only you went through that.”<br />

His motto is to not compete against others,<br />

but to compete against yourself; to be<br />

the best possible version of yourself.<br />

Building on his own creative talents, this<br />

year the successful beatboxer has delved<br />

into the art of dance with the Auckland<br />

Popping Community (APC); competed<br />

in the Freestyle Rap Battle Olympics in<br />

Ōtara; and exhibited his graffiti art from<br />

his own stand at the Armageddon Expo.<br />

King Homeboy’s future plans include<br />

continuing to develop his musical skills<br />

to break down barriers, and fulfilling<br />

his dream of mastering the four original<br />

elements of hip-hop: b-boying, turntablism,<br />

graffiti art and mc-ing or rapping.<br />




23, Māori<br />

A super-chill, humble and determined Antonio Ellis –<br />

who also goes by the name MusiQal Genius – is gearing<br />

up to make his mark on the New Zealand music industry.<br />

The ex-Onehunga High School student is now an<br />

independent music producer, musician, and song writer.<br />

Antonio has been in the producing game for seven<br />

years. In that time, he’s worked with popular artists<br />

such as Konecs and Lomez Brown, and he currently<br />

manages New Zealand reggae artist Triller.<br />

At the Māngere Community Café’s Open Mic<br />

Nights this year, Antonio has been giving back to<br />

his community by running workshops for those<br />

interested in beat-making or producing.<br />

He reassures his students that there is no set<br />

way to make music. He also advises them<br />

not to be afraid to push the boundaries.<br />

“That’s the cool thing about music: there’s no right<br />

or wrong. There are no limits to where you can<br />

go with it,” Antonio says. “You might not know<br />

where it’s going, but then it becomes something<br />

that you never knew it was going to be.”<br />

Going into the new year, Antonio will be working<br />

on releasing some fresh, original music with his<br />

own artists. He’s also aiming to head to Hawaii<br />

to connect and network with other musicians,<br />

and to continue building his brand.<br />

Ken, King and Antonio will all be performing at MO Arts<br />

Jam on Saturday, <strong>November</strong> 11 at Māngere Arts Centre.<br />

MO Arts Jam is a FREE one-day festival funded by<br />

the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board and delivered<br />

by The Hefty Agency. For more information,<br />

visit www.heftyagency.com/moartsjam.<br />

Photo: Diederich Hettig<br />


MARAMATAKA: Whiringa-ā-rangi (<strong>November</strong>)<br />

By Ayla Hoeta<br />

Kia ora e te whānau!<br />

Wow, we’re in Whiringaā-rangi<br />

already. Did this<br />

year fly past or what?!<br />

Those veggie gardens<br />

should be blooming<br />

by now as we head<br />

into the second phase<br />

of summer – Matiti<br />

Hana. That’s when the<br />

puawānanga or puareinga<br />

(clematis) flowers turn<br />

the forest canopy white.<br />

There are seven phases<br />

of summer in all: Matiti<br />

Kura, Matiti Hana,<br />

Matiti Muramura, Matiti<br />

Kaiwai, Matiti Raurehu,<br />

Matiti Rautapata and<br />

Matiti Rauangina.<br />

Each phase is identified<br />

by patterns of flowering<br />

trees, ripening berries,<br />

weather changes and<br />

so on. I’ll tell you more<br />

about each phase as<br />

we move into it.<br />

For now, let’s look at the<br />

tohu for this month:<br />

Ngā tohu o te rangi<br />

(Signs in the sky)<br />

Whitikaupeka (Spica)<br />

will rise at 5:30am<br />

on 4 <strong>November</strong><br />

at approximately<br />

100 degrees.<br />

Ngā tohu o te whenua<br />

(Signs on the land)<br />

The pohutukawa start<br />

to blossom! Most<br />

pohutukawa trees should<br />

be in flower by mid-<br />

December to celebrate<br />

Matiti Muramura – the<br />

third phase of summer.<br />

Ngā tohu o te moana<br />

(Signs in the water)<br />

Like last month, the tohu<br />

for Whiringa-ā-rangi is<br />

‘ngā tama korowhiti o<br />

Tangaroa’ (the leaping<br />

of the mullet).<br />

Kanae (mullet) were once<br />

plentiful in the Kaipara<br />

Harbour. There are<br />

reports of people catching<br />

740,000 back in the 1800s.<br />

That’s a lot of fish!<br />

Kaumatua tell us that<br />

kanae leap into the air<br />

after they’ve laid their<br />

eggs, so watch out for<br />

leaping kanae this month.<br />

For a maramataka dial<br />

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

on Facebook or<br />

email: ayla.hoeta@<br />

aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.<br />

Have a great month!<br />



3 Nov: Rakaunui –<br />

Highest-energy day.<br />

2 & 4 Nov: Oturu<br />

and Rakau Ma Tohi –<br />

High-energy days.<br />

5 Nov: Takirau –<br />

Plant root crops.<br />

7, 8 & 9 Nov: Korekore<br />

Te Whiawhia, Korekore<br />

Te Rawea and Korekore<br />

Piri: Reflecting and<br />

low-energy days.<br />

10, 11 & 12 Nov:<br />

Tangaroa A Mua,<br />

Tangaroa A Roto<br />

and Tangaroa<br />

Kiokio – Fishing and<br />

planting days.<br />

14, 15 & 16 Nov:<br />

Orongonui, Omauri<br />

and Mutuwhenua –<br />

Kai-planting days.<br />

17 Nov: Whiro –<br />

Another low-energy<br />

day, best for reflecting<br />

and planning.<br />

6<br />

Māngere peace drive<br />

Did you know that New<br />

Zealand will spend $20<br />

billion on the military<br />

over the next 15 years?<br />

Can this kind of spending<br />

be justified when so many<br />

families in Māngere live<br />

in overcrowded houses<br />

– and even in cars?<br />

A group of Māngere<br />

residents don’t think it<br />

can. Last month they<br />

drove to the annual ‘Arms<br />

Expo’ in Wellington to<br />

voice their concerns.<br />

Roger Gummer, Alan<br />

Worman, Delwyne<br />

Roberts, Rev. Emily<br />

Worman, and Brendan<br />

Corbett joined groups and<br />

individuals from all over<br />

the country to take part<br />

in a peaceful blockade<br />

of the Expo venue.<br />

Alan wanted to raise<br />

awareness of Kiwi businesses<br />

that profit from<br />

weapons. “I don’t think<br />

this is a good look for<br />

New Zealand,” he said.<br />

“I don’t want to watch<br />

bodies of children being<br />

washed up on beaches<br />

on my TV, wondering:<br />

did New Zealand have<br />

a hand in this?”<br />

The group said that<br />

being part of local action<br />

groups had given them<br />

the confidence to join the<br />

protest. They gained new<br />

skills from the experience<br />

that will help them with<br />

ongoing local campaigns<br />

like saving the heritage<br />

land at Ihumātao.<br />

Want to get involved? Find<br />

out more @roccmangere<br />

and @protectIhumatao<br />

on Facebook.<br />

On a mission for peace: Roger<br />

Gummer, Alan Worman, Delwyne<br />

Roberts & Rev. Emily Worman

Old School<br />

<strong>275</strong> PROJECT:<br />



By Justine Skilling<br />

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services<br />

Is food waste filling<br />

up your red bin?<br />

Residents of the Naylors Drive cul-desac<br />

in Māngere are creating a solution<br />

to this problem for themselves – in<br />

collaboration with the Old School<br />

Community Gardens in Kirkbride Rd.<br />

Local resident Toni Helleur (coordinator<br />

of Māngere Neighbourhood<br />

Support) is leading the Old<br />

School <strong>275</strong> Project, which aims to<br />

establish a bokashi composting<br />

bin and a small household-waste<br />

drop-off depot at the gardens.<br />

Neighbours helping neighbours<br />

Toni came up with the idea after<br />

connecting with Talking Rubbish<br />

(ME Family Services) last year, and<br />

finding synergies with her plan to<br />

start a Neighbourhood Support<br />

group for residents in her area. She<br />

was also keen to encourage her<br />

neighbours to “visit the amazing<br />

facility of the Old School Gardens that<br />

was literally right next door to us.”<br />

“When I heard about the new red<br />

bin roll-out and what actually<br />

happens to our waste, I needed<br />

to let as many people know about<br />

this as possible,” says Toni.<br />

Community workshops<br />

With funding from Auckland<br />

Council’s Waste Minimisation and<br />

Innovation Fund, and support from<br />

Talking Rubbish and other groups,<br />

Toni organised a series of wasteminimisation<br />

workshops for the<br />

Toni Helleur: helping her neighbours deal with food waste<br />

Naylors Drive community, and helped<br />

to create the ‘Love Māngere’ event<br />

at the Cook Island Development<br />

Agency (CIDANZ) in August.<br />

The event provided a fun way for<br />

locals to learn about composting,<br />

recycling, gardening and biking<br />

– as well as an opportunity to<br />

sample locally made products.<br />

Bokashi bucket challenge<br />

Next up is a series of composting<br />

and bokashi workshops from The<br />

Compost Collective, followed by<br />

some one-on-one support for 20<br />

Naylors Drive families who want to<br />

start bokashi systems at home.<br />

“Bokashi is a great way to deal with<br />

food waste for homes that don’t<br />

have big backyard gardens,” says<br />

Toni. “By connecting residents with<br />

the Old School Gardens, the project<br />

will enable people to get rid of the<br />

contents of their bokashi bucket<br />

once it’s full and ready to go.”<br />

Positive changes are already being<br />

seen. “We’ve had lots of great<br />

feedback from people attending the<br />

workshops. Now that we have our<br />

red bins, only five out of 200 homes<br />

on our street are needing extra<br />

help, which is fantastic!” she says.<br />

“The awareness of waste disposal<br />

has increased, and the desire from<br />

the community to have their own<br />

gardens shows that a new (but<br />

old!) trend is starting in Māngere.”<br />

Finding answers<br />

in our own backyards<br />

Toni encourages people from<br />

other areas of Māngere to look for<br />

solutions to the challenges they’re<br />

facing with rubbish by “connecting<br />

with neighbours and talking more,<br />

as you’ll find everything you<br />

need is right here in Māngere.”<br />

Her hope is that more of us will<br />

“visit a local community garden,<br />

start gardening, and continue to<br />

think about where our rubbish<br />

ends up at the end of the day.”<br />

The next FREE composting<br />

workshop is on 16 Nov, 6–8pm at<br />

Old School Hall on Kirkbride Rd.<br />

To register, visit:<br />

www.compostcollective.org.nz<br />

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