275 Times February 2018

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Mangere community news. This month: we welcome our new editor, look at transport priorities for Mangere and Otahuhu, report on developments at Ihumatao, farewell loved community member Bowen Wi, find out about volunteering for Talking Rubbish and more!

EDITION #38

FEBRUARY 2018

275

Māngere’s

times

275 times

Our stories, our people, our Māngere

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

The campaign to

protect the sacred land

at Ihumātao goes from

strength to strength.

However, the foreign-owned

multinational Fletcher Building

is sticking with its plans to

destroy this unique and historic

landscape and to build 480

housing units.

Recently, SOUL (Save Our Unique

Landscape) took the campaign

to Karangahape Road with a

spirited hīkoi, led by Ngāti Whātua

veterans of the epic battle to regain

land at Bastion Point. The huge

hīkoi linked Hape, the ancestor

of Ihumātao, with K-Road.

GREEN LIGHT

After twice knocking back

Fletcher's application to destroy

the historic landscape, Heritage

New Zealand finally gave the

green light to the developers.

SOUL is appealing this decision.

Māngere/Ōtāhuhu Local Board

chairperson, Lemauga Lydia Sosene

told 275 Times, “I received notice, that

Fletcher were given the all-clear to

begin development." The local board

were kept out of the decision making

for this development, but Sosene

added, “MOLB supports the move

for a resolution, where all voices are

heard and the historical values of

the area are strongly considered.”

SOUL spokeswoman Waimārie

McFarland said, “This whenua

contains the ancient living and burial

sites of our ancestors, and the stone

walls go back to the time when Māori

at Ihumātao grew wheat to feed the

new colonial settlement of Auckland.

Fletcher has tried to downplay

SOUL spokeswoman Waimārie McFarland speaks to supporters at the Karangahape

Rd hikoi. (Photo: Raymond Sagapolutele (Rimoni Photography))

the importance of this precious

whenua, ignoring its Māori history.

In their publicity, they refuse to even

acknowledge that the land was

confiscated unjustly in the 1860s."

WE THE PEOPLE

Archaeologists Ian Lawlor and

Dave Veart shared their expertise

with the Environment Court. Veart

told 275 Times, "The Wallace Block

is as much a part of this precious

landscape as the Stonefields

Historic Reserve. To destroy it

would be as bad as bulldozing

the field next to Stonehenge.”

Māngere MP, Aupito William Sio said,

“If Fletcher decides to force its will,

then the community will have no

choice but to protest in however way

they can - to protect their land.”

“The local community are

not opposed to housing and

development...but the challenge

Free!

CRUNCH

TIME

LOOMS

FOR IHUMĀTAO

for us (is that) this is land valuable

enough to be saying - let us get all

the groups together and we find

a solution so that the land that is

earmarked for development - is not

...and the historical significance to the

people is understood,” said Aupito.

“I have engaged the Minister of

Conservation, Eugenie Sage and

the Minister for Housing, Phil

Twyford both agree in principle

with a SOUL petition and are

keen to meet with SOUL."

It is not known when this meeting

will happen. SOUL spokesman

Brendan Corbett said, "We can't

just leave it to the government.

'People power will save the land'."

Endorsing a statement made

earlier by MP Aupito William Sio.

A stalwart of the SOUL campaign,

Bev Knowles, added, "I love

this land. I love its history. It

is magic. We must save it."

Readers who want to support the SOUL campaign can visit:

www.soulstopsha.org or email saveihumatao@gmail.com or facebook: @protectihumatao


Safer

you,

safer

me

our

local community

LOOK OUT

FOR US

2

Nine community

groups in Māngere

are working together

to encourage

residents to be safe

on the roads.

From Māngere Bikefit to Papatūānuku

Kōkiri Marae, the Tongan Brass Band,

and the Tiare Taina Cook Island

Mamas’ group, locals are getting

together to talk about safer driving,

slowing down in residential areas

and looking out for tamariki.

Te Whare Koa Māngere Community

House programme coordinator

Fatima Vaaga says locals are

wanting their family members

and friends to travel safely

around their neighbourhoods.

Safety for all

“We want this community to

be safe for children, people

on bikes, and pedestrians to

walk around,” says Fatima.

“More and more residents are

thinking about how they drive around

our neighbourhoods, and how a bit

of speed reduction and safe driving

can make a big difference,” she says.

The Community House is one

of the organisations

partnering with

Auckland

Transport

to raise

awareness of

safer driving in

the Māngere

community.

“MANY DRIVERS

AREN’T AWARE

THAT THEY CAN BE

TRAVELLING AT THE

SPEED LIMIT AND

STILL BE DRIVING

UNSAFELY..."

The Mamas

are adding a

weekly walk

to their current

Zumba class, and

Māngere Bikefit is getting

more and more tamariki onto bikes.

Car drivers have a big role to play by driving

at a speed that’s safe for walkers and cyclists.

Slowing down to save lives

Seven people were killed and 27

were sent to hospital because of

speed related crashes in the

wider Māngere area between

2012 and 2016 - having a

huge impact on whānau,

friends and communities.

Auckland Transport’s

Community Transport

Manager Claire Dixon

says community

organisations are

working together to

raise awareness of road

safety changes attitudes

and encourages safer driving.

“Everyone, including children

and older people need to be able

Let’s work together to slow down

and keep our community safe.

to walk around our community

safely, how we drive affects that.

“It is good news that so many

community groups want to

encourage conversations

about safe speeds for different

road conditions,” she says.

“Many drivers aren’t aware that

they can be travelling at the speed

limit and still be driving unsafely,

so it is great that people are talking

to their whānau, friends and

neighbours about these issues.”

The probability of death for a

pedestrian increases quickly from

10 per cent at an impact speed of

30km/h to 70 per cent at 50km/h.


Getting about

By Donna Wynd

New government, new transport

priorities?

The election of a Labour-led

coalition government signals

the possibility of a change

in direction for national and

regional transport planning

and spending decisions.

It’s no secret that the previous

government’s priorities were

roads and, well, more roads.

Not local roads, but expensive

motorways deemed to be

of ‘national significance’.

How expensive? The proposed

East-West link – 5 kilometres

of sort-of motorway – on

the northern shore of the

Manukau Harbour had an

estimated cost of $1.8 billion

and no solid business case.

This road was approved by

the Environmental Protection

Authority’s Board of Inquiry

within days of the new

government announcing

the East-West link would

not proceed as planned.

The new government has

announced that the land

transport funding will be

re-prioritised for greater

spending on rail infrastructure,

cycling and walking.

Associate Transport Minister

Julie-Anne Genter (Green

Party) has campaigned for

years on improving public

transport, cycling and

walking and it is likely she

will be active in pushing

changes in these areas.

In addition, New Zealand First

campaigned on a pro-rail

platform and has solid support

in the regions to advance this.

Most recently PM Jacinda

Ardern has noted that there

is better value for money in

fixing local roads, many of

which are in poor repair as

the result of maintenance

having been deferred to

build state highways.

In response, The National

Opposition – with support

from the road transport

industry – has launched

a petition seeking public

support for its roading

projects, including the

East-West Link. There

have been reports of ‘low

morale’ at the New Zealand

Transport Agency.

The road lobby is wellfinanced

and well connected,

and will have no hesitation

in pushing back hard against

this change in priorities.

We need to make sure the

current government sticks to

its announced changes for

the sake of our health, our

environment and our wallets.

New

275 TIMES EDITOR

Talofa Lava and Kia Ora

Yearly milestones and familiarity. It’s

become almost ‘a thing’ for me to

either embark on bucket-list ventures

or take on new challenges as I near my

February birthday. What an adventure

these past few weeks have been – full

of recollection and discovery.

I am no stranger to the journalism world,

having been a part of the family-run Samoana

Newspaper, which was the longest running

Samoan community weekly newspaper

up until 2006 when it was retired to the

history books. A cousin and I were given the

chance to go ‘find ourselves, develop our

passions and make our mark on the world.’

Making their mark – are the people behind

the SOUL petition and fight to stop the

development of the Wallace Block at

Ihumatao. They have identity with this

land and hope that future generations will

understand and appreciate this taonga

tuku iho (cultural property, heritage).

Summertime in Auckland never ceases

to amaze me. Hot, cold, stormy, wet,

dry, social get-togethers on top of family

barbeques - leaving a whole lot of left-overs

and waste that have filled our rubbishbins.

Our community needs our help and

Talking Rubbish is a good place to start.

Lastly, I want to thank the Māngere/Ōtāhuhu

Local Board. With their assistance, I am able

to be the editor for 275 Times. The local

board are champions in the support of the

peoples’ voice. Fa’afetai tele lava.

See you next month

Tuataga Hermann Arp Jr

No Way to new ‘Hi Sport Bar’ pokie-tavern

By Grant Hewison

No sooner had the local community

succeeded in closing ‘Grace's

Place’ in Māngere East than

the notorious gambling

lounge is trying to

obtain a new licence

under a different name

– Hi Sport Bar.

As a new alcohol

licence, Hi Sport Bar

must be treated as a new

business coming into the

shopping centre in Savill Drive.

But it is right opposite a Medical

Centre. There are two liquor stores

already in the centre as well as

numerous food outlets.

“This is not the right

place for a new tavern”,

says the group

opposing the tavern,

Communities Against

Alcohol Harm.

The shopping centre

is well used by the

community, there are

school kids there on their

way home from school and it

is a family orientated environment.

“What’s more, the owner has not

changed a thing. This business

looks to be first and foremost about

gambling – just like the old one. In

that case, they should not be given a

tavern licence for the same reasons

they got refused one.”

“We encourage everyone in the

community to make an objection”.

Simply send an email to alcohol_

licensing_south@aucklandcouncil.

govt.nz saying - I oppose the new

Hi Sport Bar in Māngere East - for

the kinds of reasons above - as

soon as you can.

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KEEPING

YOURSELF

SAFE

Penrose, Mangere,

Otahuhu

Major Hazard Facility

Operators’ Group

Mangere

Inlet

Major Hazard Facility (MHF)

operators in the Mangere/Otahuhu/

Penrose area are undertaking a

joint community consultation

project in response to new health

and safety regulations.

We want to advise how the community

might protect itself in the event of an

emergency stemming from a MHF.

First responders (Fire Service, Police, St

Johns, Civil Defence etc) work together

as to achieve a single, cohesive response.

These services will guide you in the event

of an emergency.

The four types of emergencies that could

affect a MHF site are:

1. Those which can be contained on

the site.

2. Those which could involve the

surrounding community.

3. Those which could originate in the

surrounding community such as a

fire in a neighbouring site.

4. Civil Defence Emergencies such as

earthquakes and floods.

How to respond to i

Operator

manages on

site

Evacuate

Under notification

by Police

Types of incidents

Container failure Explosion Fire

Off sit

Dial 11

Stay p

Close all do

windows &

air conditio

Flood Earthquake Lightning

MAJOR HAZARD FACILITY SITES MANGER

Chemical Care and Storage Ltd.

192 & 252 James Fletcher Drive,

Otahuhu.

Solid, liquid and gaseous

hazardous materials

Rohm and Haas NZ Ltd.

16 Beach Road Otahuhu.

Liquid hazardous materials

Lonza. 265 James Fletcher Drive,

Otahuhu.

Liquid hazardous materials.

Air Liquide NZ.

259 James Fletcher D

Otahuhu. 19 Maurice

Penrose.

Allnex NZ Ltd. 12 Ind

Penrose

Solid and liquid haza

materials

Owens.

3-5 Kahu Street, Ota

Solid and liquid hazard

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Maramataka – Matiti

Raurehu February

Major Hazard Facility Sites

Other Hazardous Facility Sites

By Ayla Hoeta

Matiti Raurehu is the

fifth phase of summer.

Tohu o te whenua

(Signs on land)

This period is marked

by the appearance

of the Raurehu, a

white substance that

covers the lawn.

It usually occurs in early

February and signals the

end of Matiti Kaiwai (the

driest part of the year).

Traditionally, this was a

time to get equipment

ready for the start of the

harvest season in March.

is fading and other

stars are becoming

more prominent.

Matariki and Puanga are

now in the sky and will

reappear in the dawn sky

for the New Year in June.

Tohu o te moana

(signs in the water)

We come to the end of

the kahawai season and

welcome the blue moki.

Blue moki run between

February and March.

Keep an eye out for

them if you go fishing!

ncidents

e

1

ut

ors &

turn off

n units

First Responders

attend

Don’t go sightseeing

Communications

to public

Radio/mobile phone

Tohu o te rangi

(Signs in the sky)

In earlier stories, our

tupuna recognised the star

known as Poutūterangi

(Altair) as this month's

tohu o te rangi. These

days, however, this star

is usually associated

with early March.

By this time of the

year, Rehua's influence

Thanks whanau. For a

maramataka dial email

me at ayla.hoeta@

aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Kakite!

KEY DATES FOR MATITI RAUREHU

Rakaunui: Highest energy day Jan 31

Liquid spills

Cryogenics (gas)

strike Storm Chemical reaction

E/OTAHUHU/PENROSE AREA:

rive,

Rd

ustry Road

rdous

huhu

ous materials

Chemstore Ltd.

7-11 Rymer Place Mangere

Solid and liquid hazardous

materials

BOC NZ.

970 - 988 Great South Rd

Penrose

Gaseous hazardous materials

Oturu & Rakau Ma Tohi:

High energy days. Plant root crops & watery

crops. (If you plant root crops on the high

energy days, we suggest you eat them as

soon as you harvest them. They won't store

well because of their high water content.)

Takirau: Plant kumara, riwai

& other root crops.

Korekore Te Whiawhia,

Korekore Te Rawea & Korekore Piri:

Low energy days – good for reflecting.

Tangaroa A Mua, Tangaroa A Roto

& Tangaroa kiokio:

Fishing & planting days. (On Tangaroa

kiokio rats come out during the day!)

Orongonui, Omauri & Mutuwhenua:

Good days for planting all types of kai.

Whiro: Lowest energy day. Best for resting &

planning. Also a good night to torch for eels.

Jan 29 & 30

Feb 1

Feb 2

Feb 4,

5 & 6

Feb 7,

8 & 9

Feb 11,

12 & 13

Feb 14

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LOVE

YOUR

MAUNGA

A community celebration of Māngere Mountain and the Tūpuna Maunga

(ancestral mountains) of Tāmaki Makaurau

LIVE on stage

Vince Harder

Nofo Lameko

RAZE

TJ Taotua & Friends

The Oneill Twins

-

Supported by

Lavina Williams

Gatoraway Group

PTG

Queen Shirlie

Kapahaka and more

By Shirl'e Fruean

Smoke and alcohol free

The 'Love Your Maunga’ event popped

www.maunga.nz

into mind and I felt this would be great

to kick off my column for 2018.

Sat 17 February

11am–3pm

Māngere Mountain

Māngere

Food stalls

Craft markets

Kids Zone

So this event is quite special as it celebrates the different

Maunga (Ancestral Mountains) across Auckland. The

aim is to 'celebrate the Treaty settlement and the

significance of the Tūpuna Maunga to Mana Whenua

-

FREE EVENT

Brought to you by

and to maintain the living

connection to local communities.

It is a great opportunity to also

celebrate the Maunga as a place

to be treasured, respected and to

acknowledge its value so that it is

maintained for future generations.

I’m very proud to hear that it's now coming to Māngere

Mountain. I attended the opening in 2016 held at

Maungawhau/Mount Eden. There, I discovered that

'part of the Treaty of Waitangi settlement, 14 Tūpuna

Maunga were returned to the 13 Mana Whenua iwi and

hapū of Auckland, marking an important milestone in

the restoration of these iconic taonga (treasures).

It's great news to know that this event will be held on the

17th Feb 2018 from 11am - 3pm at the Māngere Mountain

domain...and...it’s FREE! This year there will be special

live performances by the incomparable Lavina Williams,

Vince Harder, Razé, Pakkz the General, Gatorway Music

(winner of the FLAVA radio station Hip Hop Quest song

comp) and...me...QS...performing a few songs as well.

There will be market stalls (food, information, community)

so bring the whole whanau & come along to celebrate

our beautiful Māngere Mountain and its cultural history.

For the full programme, please visit the 'Love your

maunga' Facebook event page or tune in to Waatea Radio

- Māngere radio station - to hear more about this kaupapa.

It will be a fun, whanau friendly community event

for everyone, I hope to see you all there.

He whakamaumahara

After seeking assistance from Ohomairangi

Trust two years ago, Bowen Wi became a

mentor for Hoki ki te Rito - Mellow Dads, and

gave back tenfold.

A good man and generous colleague, whose insights

into fatherhood and family separation came from his

own life experience, Bowen is sadly missed by us all at

Ohomairangi Trust and the Māngere East Community

Centre.

"Haere ra e te rangatira. E kore koe e ngaro, he kakano

i ruia mai i Rangiatea."

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If you have a passion

for contributing to the

regeneration of your

community, and would

like to share the Talking

Rubbish message with

your friends, family,

community group, school

or workplace, we’d love

to hear from you.

Justine Skilling

Talking Rubbish,

ME Family Services

We’re planning to offer some

training sessions this year where

we’ll provide resources and ongoing

support for anyone that wants to

become a Talking Rubbish volunteer

in their own setting. Everyone’s

contribution is valued and welcomed.

In volunteering with us, you’ll

gain useful skills and experience,

become part of a network of waste

and sustainability champions, see

positive changes in your community

and have access to all the resources

and support of the wider ME Family

Services family. Long-standing

Talking Rubbish volunteer Toha

Wade says she loves the interaction

she gets with people through her

volunteer work. “I get a buzz out

of teaching kids how to separate

waste, and seeing them doing the

right thing and then showing their

friends how to do it as well”. Toha is

grateful for what she’s learnt about

reducing waste herself and feels

she’s gained more confidence.

To find out more about the work

we do, or to register your interest

in taking part in our training and

becoming a Talking Rubbish

volunteer, please check out our

facebook page (www.facebook.com/

wastechamps/) or website (www.

mefsc.org.nz/what-we-do/talkingrubbish/),

and get in touch with us at

justine@mefsc.org.nz/ 0221028195.

WHO WE ARE

Four years ago the ME Family

Services added Talking Rubbish

to its team of social workers, Early

Childhood Centre and Men’s Shed.

We’ve connected with hundreds

of local groups, organisations and

Māngere/Ōtāhuhu residents, finding

plenty of waste champions and

sharing practical ideas for reducing

waste in our homes, workplaces,

churches and community. Through

our work, we aim to reconnect

people with the cultural wisdom

and about how to live in harmony

with nature. It’s been exciting to

see people rediscovering what

it’s like to grow their own food,

make, repair and upcycle, and to

revalue the skills their parents and

WE

NEED

YOU

Above: Justine Skilling (left) and Koia Teinakore, Waste Minimisation Facilitators.

grandparents took for granted.

Māngere is a big place. At the

last census count, there were

over 70,000 people living in our

local board area. 43% were born

overseas. With the growing interest

in finding ways to reduce waste in

our community, Talking Rubbish

is looking to find ways to connect

with a diverse audience and to see

our vision of a “zero waste Māngere/

Ōtāhuhu” become a reality.

Justine Skilling

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services

TALKING

RUBBISH

BUILDING

OUR LEGACY

ENROL

NOW

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Hoki ki te Rito

O – ranga wha _ nau Mellow Mums & Dads

Mellow Bumps

Antenatal sessions

Incredible Years

For Parents

Day & evening programmes start this month (February 2018).

Ma _ ngere East Community Centre, 372 Massey Rd, Ma _ ngere East

ph. 09 263 0798 | e. admin@ohomairangi.co.nz | www.ohomairangi.co.nz

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Community Notices

ADULT BIKE SKILLS & MAINTENANCE

FREE drop-in session: Thurs 15 Feb, 6pm - 8pm at Centre Park,

Robertson Road, Māngere. Learn how to ride, improve your

cycle skills, or find out how to look after your bike. No need

to book, just turn up. Bikes will be available to borrow for the

session on a first-come, first-served basis - so be early! For

more info, visit: http://bit.ly/2ngMA4u or check the events page

of @aucklandtransportcycling on Facebook.

YTECH 2K18 - YOUTH TECHNOLOGY EVENT

Get an insight into the ever-advancing field of technology at

this FREE student-organised event. Meet professionals, attend

cool workshops, win prizes, eat free food and more! For 15- to

18-year-olds. Sat 17 Feb, 10am – 5pm at Datacom, 58 Gaunt St,

Auckland. Register at Facebook: @ytech2k18

FREE DESEXING FOR CATS: 5 - 16 MARCH

SPCA Auckland is working with local vets to offer FREE desexing

for cats. 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 in.

MA – NGERE EAST PRIMARY SCHOOL

ENROLLING YEAR 7 & 8 STUDENTS NOW

Māngere East Primary students work in a modern environment

and are encouraged to develop their independence. The

school offers high quality programmes, with specialist teaching

in design-robotics, food/cooking, fabric/sewing, art, and tutors

for choir, kapahaka and hiphop. No donations requested.

Stationery $28. Spaces limited. Contact Karen: 09 276 4689 or

karennep@meps.school.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.

FREE CLASSES IN MA – NGERE EAST

Māngere East Community Centre runs FREE and low-cost

community classes in parenting, te reo Māori, Samoan,

literacy and numeracy, korowai, drivers licence theory, tai chi,

zumba – and more! Visit www.mangereeast.org, email: fiona@

mangereeast.org, ph. 09 275 6161 or drop in to 372 Massey

Road, Māngere East to find out more.

Community Notices are FREE for community groups.

To list your group or event in the next issue, send

us a 50-word summary by 15 February 2018.

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