275 Times May 2018


Mangere community news. This month: have your say on Auckland's Fuel Tax, stand up for Ihumatao, pathways for performing arts, rethink waste - and more!


MAY 2018




275 times

Our stories, our people, our Māngere

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

Mangere driving tutor Koia Teinakore is concerned

about the impact of the new fuel tax on local families.



Auckland Council is asking for feedback on the

Regional Fuel Tax and Regional Land Transport Plan.

By Donna Wynd

Two points need to be made

about this: The first is that we

all support taxes we think others

will pay but that we can avoid.

The second is that it is not

fair for the Council to be

asking the public to address

complex policy problems

without first helping people

understand the issues, and

what the options are.

Several years ago, I was part

of a transport funding group

set up to consider Auckland’s

transport funding in detail.

It took a well-informed group

of interested people about 18

months of intense negotiation –

not a couple of hours at a town

hall meeting – to agree on the

best way to fund improvements

to Auckland’s transport system.

Because the Independent

Advisory Board’s (IAB) brief

was quite specific, in some

ways this was an easier

>> continued on page 2

Stand on

the Land:

26 May

It’s time again for

our community

to take a stand

and demand that

the beautiful

landscape at

Ihumātao, Māngere,

be saved from

destruction and

protected for future

generations under

the mana of its

tāngata whenua.

SOUL (Save Our

Unique Landscape)

invites the people of

Auckland to show

our support for the

protection of this

beautiful place – to

join together at

a special ‘Hands

Around the Land’ rally

at Ihumātao, 2pm on

Saturday 26 May.

We want to make

it clear to Auckland

Council, the NZ



Māngere MP Aupito

William Sio at an

earlier public protest

on the land, speaks in

strong support for the

community campaign

to save the disputed

block at Ihumātao.

(Photo: Roger Fowler)

Government and

Fletcher Residential

that the people of

Auckland say NO

to destruction and

YES to protection of

this special heritage

land as an essential

part of the Ōtuataua


For updates, see


on Facebook.

Toitū te whenua!

Hundreds joined hands at Ihumātao two years ago as

a powerful message of support. (Photo: Jacqui Geux)


P3: Pasifika Fono P5: Upcycle or dump? P7: Maramataka




I’ve been

getting a lot of

good tips from

our community

about weight

loss, after my April

editorial on “Bucket List Wants”.

Thank you all for your concern and

willingness to help. I can’t wait to

try some of your ideas. (Although

for the sake of the world, I will

forego the pole dancing workouts

for the foreseeable future).

I will however, stand... on the land.

We’ve been talking about the

Wallace Block land in Ihumātao

forever now. It is atrocious that

we are still having to talk about it

in such a negative light today.

Once this land, which is of cultural,

historical and archaeological

significance, is developed into a

housing area, there’s no going back.

It doesn’t always need to be about

money. In some instances, what

something means to a community

– to a people – is far more

important than what goes into your

wallets or bank accounts. This fight

to Save Our Unique Landscape

is one of those instances.

We’re heading into winter and

if the recent bout of unpredictable

weather is anything to go

by, then we will need to get ourselves

prepared for emergencies.

I’m not talking Doomsday bunkers,

but making sure you have

emergency supplies including

water – and food that’s easy to

store and carry – to last you and

your family at least 72 hours.

(Don’t forget your pets!)

If you still have fallen trees and

branches from the last storm

blocking footpaths around

your property, please contact

Auckland Council: 09 301 0101.

Lastly, we celebrate mothers

this month. So on behalf of

the staff of 275 Times – HAPPY

MOTHERS’ DAY to all mothers.


Tuataga Hermann Arp Jr




>> continued from page 1

decision than what ratepayers

and motorists are facing.

After months of reading and

pondering the options, the IAB

decided against a regional

fuel tax because it was unfair,

provided no alternative, and did

not deliver sufficient revenue.

In its favour, it did not require a

change to any legislation, and would

be relatively easy to implement.

A better solution

Our preferred option was

something called a variable

motorway charge. This was

similar to a congestion charge

but applied only to motorways.

It served the dual purpose of not

only raising the revenue required

but also providing an incentive for

people to travel off-peak where

possible. A regional fuel tax offers

no incentive to travel off-peak.

Lastly, a motorway charge still

gave people the option of not

using the motorway. The tradeoff

was that they would take more

time to get to their destination.

A motorway charge isn’t perfect,

but it is more equitable than a

fuel tax, and directly addresses

reducing congestion.

Taking from the poor...?

There is a further problem for

South Auckland: given Auckland

Working together

for the community

Transport’s priorities, it seems

likely that a fuel tax will mean

Auckland’s poorest residents (that

is, those who travel the furthest

to get to their low-paid jobs) will

effectively subsidise light rail for

the benefit of the wealthiest.

So, do we need a regional fuel tax?

No. There are smarter options.

Find out more:

If you’re going to make a submission

on the regional fuel tax, you can

read the IAB’s full report at www.




Submissions close 14 May at 8pm.

Visit akhaveyoursay.nz to read

the consultation documents,

and give your feedback online.

You can also have your say:

• in person at a Council Service

Centre, your local library, or

on Tues 8 May, 6pm–8pm at

Manurewa Intermediate School,

76 Russell Road, Manurewa

• by FREE post: AK Have Your

Say, Auckland Council, Freepost

Authority 182382, Private

Bag 92 300, Auckland 1142

• by email: akhaveyoursay@


• on Twitter or Facebook:

@aklcouncil #akhaveyoursay

The Working Together Group has generously donated seven new sewing

machines for the sewing classes at the Māngere East Community Centre.

Centre Manager Hone Fowler (centre in white t-shirt) received the sewing

machines at a recent community gathering at the Māngere East Hall,

which was also attended by Local Board member Christine O’Brien (left).

The spirit of Pasifika Fono 2018

Over 200 educators,

teachers and inspirational

community leaders gathered

at the Waipuna Conference

Centre in Mt Wellington in

April, for the bi-annual New

Zealand Education Institute’s

(NZEI) Pasifika Fono.

This year’s theme was Wayfinders:

Discovering New Horizons.

Keynote speakers included

historian and Rhodes Scholar

Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa,

Pasifika health and wellbeing expert

Dr Jemaima Sipaea Tiatia-Seath,

Pasifika navigator Lilomaiava Ema

Siope and sports psychologist to

the All Blacks Gilbert Enoka.

Each spoke about the opportunities in

their lives and professions that have

helped them find new horizons and

push boundaries for Pasifika peoples.

The two-day fono featured 30

workshops, with presenters including

passionate educators FlrorrinKeni

and Moana Uriaro from Māngere’s

Southern Cross Campus Preschool.

Their interactive workshop explored

strategies to ensure preschool

children experience a seamless

transition into Primary school.

Other workshops covered cultural

responsiveness, the realities

of being a first time principal,

Pasifika principals working

collaboratively, reconnecting

to culture through music and

dance, growing polycultural

leaders and suicide prevention.

275 Times editor Tuataga Hermann

Arp Jr facilitated a workshop on

Literacy through music: Finding

your place in your identity.

He was joined by Māngere College

Cook Island students Nga Tere,

Tonorio Tokotini and Tearataua

Tavioni, with teacher Piri Tamihana.

The group impressed attendees

with their renditions of traditional

Penrhyn and Manihiki cultural

songs as well as the beats of the

Kuki Airani (Cook Island) drums.

“Sometimes the best path to new

horizons, is to remember our past,”

says Tuataga. “The quickest way to

the past and back again – and then

into the future – is through music.”

NZEI’s Mereana Epi Mana believes

the Fono is great way for educators

to gain new ideas to help teach

our Pasifika students today. And

“to have our Māngere College

musicians here, brought a true

spirit to the fono,” she says.

Above:Māngere College students Nga Tere

(left and Tearataua Tavioni (right), with NZEI’s

Mereana Epi Mana (centre). (Photo: John McCrae)

Below:Educators from across the country gained

new ideas about teaching Pasifika students at

this year’s NZEI Fono. (Photo: John McCrae)

Local Board

chair Lemauga

Lydia Sosene.

So much to be thankful for

Kia ora, tafola lava and warm greetings from all of us at the Local Board.

I hope you had a chance to

see the amazing Wizard of

Ōtāhuhu theatre production

at our Māngere Arts Centre.

The board is really proud to

have supported this awardwinning

theatre company for

the last five years, and it’s great

to see it providing a launching

pad for our talented young

people to get into acting,

directing and producing.

Another great initiative our

board funded, was the Pop

art installations which were

around Ōtāhuhu and Māngere

during March and April. We

got a lot of feedback about

how great this project was

for activating the public

spaces around businesses and

community facilities, so I hope

you had a chance to play some

ping pong or marbles at one

of these fantastic installations.

Ten Auckland parks have been

awarded the prestigious Green

Flag, including our very own

Ambury Farm Regional Park.

The awards assess how well

parks meet the needs of the

local community. Judging

criteria includes quality of

services, safety, maintenance,

community involvement and

sustainability. So well done

to all the Ambury Farm staff

who do such a great job

keeping that park looking so

good and making it such an

integral part of our area.

Speaking of hard-working

staff, if you weren’t aware,

the Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa’s

indoor pool facilities will

be closed till 13 May so

staff can do their annual

maintenance work on the

facility. The Ōtāhuhu Tōia

Pool & Leisure Centre already

had its annual maintenance

shutdown last month.

To stay up with all that’s

happening in our area,

make sure you follow our

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

Facebook page: facebook.com/

mangereotahuhu. Or email


aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to

subscribe to our e-newsletter.


Lemauga Lydia Sosene

Chair of the Māngere-

Ōtāhuhu Local Board









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On 12 May 2018, the Landing Drive roundabout will be replaced by an

intersection controlled by traffic lights. All vehicles will need to follow

the light signals and stop on red.

The new 8 lane intersection will increase capacity and improve safety and journey reliability to, from

and within the Airport area.

Work will continue to build traffic islands, median strips and lay the final road surface. This work is

planned to be finished by August 2018.

12 May is weather dependent and may roll to 19 May 2018.

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Upcycle ME!

ME Family Services Resource Recovery Room Therapist

Georgina Kelly-Ngatoko had an “eye-opening experience” on

her recent trip with waste reduction organisation Waste Minz.

By Justine Skilling

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services

During the two-day trip, Georgina

followed our trail of rubbish,

checking out the Visy recycle

plant in Onehunga, the Hampton

Downs Landfill and Green Gorilla

construction-waste recycling,

as well as two community

resource recovery centres.

“I went on the trip to see what

they do with our waste and how

other communities deal with it”,

says Georgina, whose work with ME

Family Services involves connecting

local families and organisations

with resources recovered from

Auckland Airport’s left luggage

and lost property departments.

Inspiration from ‘Upcycle Town’

A highlight of the trip was the visit

to Raglan, a small town of 2,000

households a couple of hours’ drive

south of Auckland. “It’s a real upcycle

town”, says Georgina, describing

the way the community reuses its

rubbish in creative ways – from the

upcycled wooden tables and chairs

in local restaurants, to the broken

plates used to create mosaics in

the pavements around the town.

“Even the waiting staff in a

local café wear aprons made

out of old jeans”, she says.

In Raglan, the group visited

the catalyst for all this upcycle

mania – Xtreme Zero Waste,

the community-owned and run

resource recovery centre.

The centre collects the town’s

recycling, and food and inorganic

waste, selling what it can back

to the community through

its onsite shop, and finding

outside markets for the rest.

“There’s a mixture of community

employed there – young and

old,” says Georgina. “They’re

passionate about what they do.

Everything is in its place”.

What a load of rubbish!

Contrast this with the final stop

of the trip – Hampton Downs

Landfill – a 386-hectare site in

the Waikato that receives rubbish

from most of the upper North

Island, including Auckland.

Hampton Downs has been operating

for 12 years, with another 13 to

go until it reaches capacity, at

30million cubic metres of waste.

Much of the rubbish inside the landfill

will stay there forever. “It was really,

really huge!” exclaims Georgina.

“I couldn’t believe the rubbish that

actually goes in there – 200 trucks a

day! It was an eye opener”, she says.

Throwing away tomorrow?

Georgina came away with lots

of questions and some pretty big

concerns for how our children will

deal with these landfills in the future.

“What will happen when that’s all full?

What if people need to build houses

there in the future? It could actually be

poisonous, damaging. It was horrible”.

Returning from her trip, Georgina

has mixed feelings. “At home we

collect our food waste and put it

Above:Georgina Kelly-Ngatoko

took a two-day trip to see what

happens to our rubbish.

Below:Hampton Downs Landfill receives

200 truckloads of rubbish a day.

in our bokashi bin. Having seen

that landfill, I wonder if it really

makes a difference. It’s out of

control”, she says. “I tell my family

about what actually happens down

there and that in time our children

will be affected by this. It’s sad”.

Taking another look at ‘junk’

But she’s also come back inspired.

“What’s happening in Raglan is

something I could imagine happening

here in our community”, she says.

“I’m starting to look at the rubbish

around my yard and thinking twice

before putting it in the bin. I know

we have people in our community

who are passionate about doing

things with unwanted junk.

“Every community in Auckland needs

a place to bring their unwanted and

broken things and to get inspired

about what they could make out of

them instead of just dumping them”,

Georgina says. “I think everybody

should open their eyes a bit wider

and see what’s happening with our

rubbish and what it looks like for

the future of our young ones”.


Students from the Pathways to Performing Arts

Programme celebrated their graduation in April

with a BBQ outside Māngere Town Centre.


Good Seed Trust

hosts a


all proceeds to Breast

Cancer Foundation



Saturday 12th May , 7am to 8.30am

Shiloh Hall 201 Buckland Rd, Mangere

Pre-Paid tickets of $20pp will be sold at Good Seeds Children Centre

EFTPOS available

All tickets must be Paid by Wednesday 9th May at 4pm.

RSVP to Natasha Salei 0274772995 or 09 275 1069

12y.o.+ please

Pathways to performing arts

By Shirl’e Fruean

This month Word on

the Street is all about

‘Pathways to Performing

Arts’ (PTPA) – a free

community programme I

set up in 2006 for young

people from Māngere

who were having trouble

staying in school.

Some were talented

dancers, singers and

emcees. They just needed

guidance and someone

who understood them

to give them a chance.

There were no free performing

arts classes in our

community back then, so

I linked up with Puritia,

the kaitiaki of the Māngere

Community House, who

signed me up as a tutor.

Each week, young people

would come to learn

music, dance and acting.

They were excited that

there was somewhere to

go after school – a safe

space where they felt

respected and empowered

to express themselves

through their art.

One of the students

in that first class was

14-year-old Amanda

Ashton, who went on

to become a presenter

on Māori TV and is now

a successful business

woman in Rotorua.

The PTPA programme

expanded when I became

a performing arts tutor at

Te Wānanga O Aotearoa

a few years later.

Over 100 students

graduated from that

course, many with

memories of performing

on the same stage as

Pieter T, Scribe, David

Dallas, Smashproof and

Sweet & Irie – all of whom

were making big names

for themselves at the time.

This year, I started

running a PTPA

programme at Māngere

Town Centre Library.

The first students from the

six-week course (Hanna

So’oalo, Donnell Fa’auma,

Lucy Ru, Taimana Tahana-

Pou, Asena & Abigail

Panuve, Younis A Abdallah,

Johvani & Mikeymalik

Sagala, Yarran Kelemete

and Cece Apineru) all

graduated in April.

On graduation day, they

performed “Thank you”

an original song which

they wrote as a tribute to

their loved ones. Some

of the parents shed tears

of joy as they watched

their children performing

for the first time.

New PTPA classes will be

starting at the Māngere

Town Centre Library,

Māngere East Library

and Te Oro Community

Centre this month.

For more info, email




With just

a little ‘Patience’

A remix of Rihanna’s debut single

catapulted local musician See Naylors

into the international spotlight last

year, with the help of a home garage

and a backyard music video.

Giving the Māngere artist a nod of appreciation,

pop megastar Rihanna tagged See Naylors’ version

of ‘If It’s Lovin’ That You Want’ to her Instagram

account – and the social media network went mad.

Thousands of people all over the world viewed the

video, and many immediately began calling for more.

See Naylors (real name Sione Filihia) teased fans

with snippets of his next single – featuring fellow

Māngere artist Swiss – but it wasn’t until March this

year that‘Patience’ finally went live on YouTube.

From there, the single shot onto the playlist at

NiuFM and into the New Zealand club scene.

Sione has recently parted ways with his record

label and decided to go fully independent.

He isn’t opposed to working with a label in

the future, but right now he’s comfortable

doing his own thing. When 275 Times caught

up with him, he’d just left work for the day

– as a product packer for Cotton On.

‘’I have to eat and pay the bills,’’ he says, laughing.

‘’As an independent artist, you’re juggling all

the roles: producer, manager, agent, vocalist,

instrumentalist and promoter – and on top of

all that your role in your family and home.”

Big dreams for See Naylors (AKA Sione Filihia)

Sione thinks the biggest difficulty independent

artists face is sound quality, but with the help

of friends in the industry, and testing his sound

with audiences, he’s found what resonates well.

His dream is to break into the international scene.

‘’It’s possible,” he says. “Savage has done it. And

the thing I like about Savage is his work ethic and

his ability to remain grounded and humble.”

Sione has been battling a kidney illness recently.

While he has his high and low days, he says

he’s now managing this challenge better.

‘’It isn’t going away, but it hasn’t stopped

me from working on realising my dreams.

It is what my life is,’’ he says.

A former student of Māngere College, Sione finds

opportunities to inspire others.‘’To this next

generation I say: always chase your dreams.’’

Sione’s singles are available for sharing and

downloading free on SoundCloud and YouTube.

You can find him on social media @seenaylors.


By Ayla Hoeta

Kia ora koutou, welcome to

the last month of the year!

Known as Hakiharatua, Haratua and

Te Wehewehe, this is the time we

prepare for the rising of the star

Puanga (Rigel in Orion) and the Māori

New Year (in West Coast communities).

It’s a great time to organise your

calendar. Take advantage of lowenergy

days like Whiro (13 May) to

make your plans. Then, when Oturu,

Rakaunui and Rakau Ma Tohi (high

energy days) come back ‘round

in June – you’ll be ready to start

putting those plans into action!


29, 30 April & 1 May – Oturu,

Rakaunui & Rakau Ma Tohi: High

energy days. Great for events,

sports, planting and most things

that require lots of energy.

3, 4 & 5 May – Korekore Te Whiawhia,

Korekore Te Rawea & Korekore Piri

nga Tangaroa: Low energy days.

Good for quieter activities, planning,

reflecting and letting go of worries.

When energy starts to return, you can

rebuild your strength and start afresh.

6, 7 & 8 May – Tangaroa A Mua,

Tangaroa A Roto & Tangaroa kiokio:

Fishing and planting days. There’s

lots of ika to catch, and kai flourishes

when planted on these days. Also

a good time to sort any issues you

might have, because there’s a greater

chance of a positive outcome!

10, 11 & 12 May – Orongonui,

Omauri & Mutuwhenua: Good

for planting all types of kai.

13 May – Whiro: Lowest

energy day. Best for reflecting,

resting and planning. A good

night to torch for eels.

Thanks whānau! For an updated copy

of the maramataka dial, or if you

need help to set it, email me: ayla.



Community Notices


South Auckland Leaders & Communicators invite you to

a FREE workshop on Saturday 12 May from 10am–1.30pm,

at Allan Brewster Leisure Centre, Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe.

Learn how to be the confident speaker and leader that you’ve

always wanted to be. Adults and youth (11–17 year olds)

welcome. Contact Hitesh for more info. Ph. 020 0561501

or area_h6@toastmasters.org.nz.


Make your support visible! Join hands with SOUL (Save Our

Unique Landscape) and help create a massive human chain

around Ihumātao. It’s time to show Fletcher Residential,

Auckland Council, and the Government that this whenua must

be protected. Sat, 26 May, 2–3pm. Meet at the Kaitiaki Village,

Ihumātao Quarry Rd, Māngere at 2pm. This is a free, childfriendly

event. More info on Facebook @protectIhumatao


Learn to play the ukulele: Celebrate NZ Music Month with an

afternoon ukulele lesson. Fri 25 May, 3:30pm–4:30pm. A small

number of ukulele will be available for participants to use

during the class, but do BYO uke if you have one! All welcome.


Māngere East’s Village Café and MAU Studio in collaboration

with Satya Chai Lounge and Plant Magic are putting on a

FREE pop-up breakfast serving a selection of South Indian

favourites. Sat, 9 June, 9am–12pm. Māngere East Hall (Metro

Theatre), 362 Massey Rd, Māngere East. Check out

@TheVillageCafeMangereEast on Facebook for more info.


Time to spare, or skills to share? Volunteer for Citizens Advice

Bureau (CAB) in Māngere, Ōtāhuhu or Papatoetoe. The CAB

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

through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities. Apply

online at www.cab.org.nz, or call or drop in. CAB Māngere is on

the Orly Ave side of Māngere Town Centre (ph. 09 275 6885),

CAB Ōtāhuhu is in the Tōia Precinct, 30–34 Mason Ave (ph. 09

216 9813) and CAB Papatoetoe is at the back of the Town Hall,

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


Māngere East Community Centre runs FREE & low-cost classes

in parenting, te reo Māori, Samoan, korowai, drivers licence

theory, tai chi, zumba – and more! Visit www.mangereeast.org,

email: fiona@mangereeast.org, ph. 275 6161 or drop in to 372

Massey Rd (behind the library) 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 May 2018.

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