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Mangere community news. This month: new arts scholarship recipients, Hi Sport Bar closes, maramataka, and more. This is our final print issue. Thanks for your support over the years, Mangere! :)

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EDITION #44<br />

AUGUST <strong>2018</strong><br />

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

Māngere’s<br />

times<br />

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

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

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

Shining a light on sustainability - Talking Rubbish team members (Left to right):<br />

Georgina Kelly-Ngatoko, Tina Bonsu-Maro, Koia Teinakore & Justine Skilling<br />

Continuing<br />

the journey<br />

By Justine Skilling<br />

Regeneration Facilitator<br />

Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services<br />

Talking Rubbish has been privileged<br />

to be part of the <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> journey<br />

since it began four years ago.<br />

With our column, we hope<br />

we’ve been able to shine a light<br />

on some of the wonderful work<br />

that’s being done to care for the<br />

whenua and wai in our area.<br />

Hi Sport Bar closed for good<br />

Hi Sport Bar (formerly<br />

‘Grace’s Place’) in Māngere<br />

East will not be<br />

able to open because<br />

it has been refused<br />

an alcohol licence.<br />

Last month the<br />

Auckland District<br />

Licensing Committee<br />

declined the operator’s<br />

application for a new<br />

licence, following<br />

local opposition.<br />

Local resident and<br />

Chair of the group<br />

‘Communities Against<br />

Alcohol Harm’ Glenn<br />

McCutcheon said<br />

she was pleased<br />

with the decision.<br />

She thanked the<br />

Local Board, Council<br />

Inspectors, Police and<br />

the Medical Officer of<br />

Health for helping to<br />

stop the bar opening.<br />

We’ve been blessed to have met<br />

many passionate, energetic, hardworking,<br />

visionary people who are<br />

showing kaitiakitanga for Māngere,<br />

whether it’s through growing food,<br />

cleaning up rubbish, recycling,<br />

upcycling or educating others.<br />

There’s still so much for us to share<br />

on this topic, so we’ll continue to<br />

post our stories on the <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

Facebook page, as well as on our ME<br />

Family Services blog (www.mefsc.<br />

org.nz/stories) and Talking Rubbish<br />

Facebook page (www.facebook.<br />

com/wastechamps). We hope you’ll<br />

continue to journey with us as we<br />

work towards a zero-waste Māngere!<br />

“Our group was certain<br />

that Hi Sport Bar would<br />

be a ‘pokie-den’ and not<br />

a genuine tavern if it had<br />

re-opened,” said Glenn.<br />

“Pokie gambling is<br />

such a scourge on our<br />

communities,” she said.<br />

“I’m pleased to see the<br />

back of this pokie-den<br />

and will continue to<br />

oppose others in future.”<br />

Moving with<br />

the <strong>Times</strong><br />

Unfortunately, this issue<br />

of the <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> will be<br />

our final print edition.<br />

The times are changing, and – like<br />

many print publications – we’ve<br />

found it tough to sustain a quality<br />

monthly community magazine.<br />

We’re not disappearing completely,<br />

though. Our Facebook<br />

page and website will continue<br />

to be outlets for Māngere/<br />

Ōtāhuhu news and networking.<br />

We hope you’ll keep engaging<br />

with us, and that we’ll be<br />

able to keep sharing your<br />

great stories through these<br />

new media channels.<br />

One day we’d love to be able<br />

to revive the <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> as<br />

a free print magazine.<br />

For now, we’d like to extend<br />

our heartfelt appreciation<br />

and thanks to our many<br />

advertisers, supporters, writers,<br />

photographers, contributors<br />

and distributors – as well as<br />

to the dozens of retailers and<br />

community services throughout<br />

Māngere that have helped make<br />

the <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> available to our<br />

thousands of readers each<br />

month over the past four years.<br />

Mā te wā,<br />

Roger Fowler<br />

Editor<br />

Free!<br />

Join <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> online:<br />

www.facebook.com/<strong>275</strong>times<br />

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email: <strong>275</strong><strong>Times</strong>@gmail.com


Awards boost young artists<br />

Eight talented young locals<br />

are a few steps closer to<br />

achieving their dreams thanks<br />

to a new art scholarship<br />

from the Local Board.<br />

The aspiring musicians, dancers and<br />

visual artists are the first recipients<br />

of the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Youth<br />

Arts Scholarship Awards. They have<br />

each won up to $2,000 towards<br />

resources, equipment, mentoring<br />

or training in their chosen field.<br />

At the awards ceremony in July,<br />

Local Board Chair Lemauga Lydia<br />

Sosene said the new awards are<br />

about recognising the diverse abilities<br />

of young people in the Māngere<br />

Ōtāhuhu area, where 45% of the<br />

population is under 25 years old.<br />

“Sometimes, for young people, it’s<br />

not just about academics, and it’s<br />

not just about going to work,” said<br />

Lydia. Many young people “really<br />

thrive in things like the arts”.<br />

The scholarships are a way for the<br />

Local Board to both celebrate these<br />

creative rangitahi and help them<br />

access the resources and training<br />

they need to develop their skills.<br />

While not every artist who applied<br />

this year could win a scholarship,<br />

Board member Christine O’Brien<br />

commended all of the applicants<br />

Supporting local talent (Left to right): Local<br />

Board members Christine O’Brien and Tafafuna’i<br />

Tasi Lauese with scholarship-winners Anzac<br />

Riki, Timothy Sanvictores, Dean Purcell,<br />

Henley Kesha, Mele Tapueluelu, and Board<br />

Chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene at Māngere Arts<br />

Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku in July. (Photo:<br />

Melissa Lelo). (Winners Kalem Thompson,<br />

Mafi Tausala, and Natalia Ngamihi Avei Ioane<br />

were unable to attend the ceremony.)<br />

for putting themselves forward,<br />

and joined Lydia in thanking<br />

the young peoples’ families for<br />

supporting their creative goals.<br />

The Board hopes many more upand-coming<br />

local artists will apply<br />

for the scholarships in 2019.<br />

Check your kids play safe<br />

and stay away from drains<br />

and manholes.<br />

Molly! Remember to play safe<br />

and stay away from drains &<br />

manholes. If you drop things down<br />

there, ask an adult to call council.<br />

If things drop down there,<br />

then call the council on<br />

09 301 0101.<br />

Find out more: visit<br />

aucklandcouncil.govt.nz<br />

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MARAMATAKA:<br />

APONGA (AUGUST)<br />

By Ayla Hoeta<br />

Ngā mihi e te whānau,<br />

welcome to Aponga,<br />

the month of mara<br />

kai and planting.<br />

This is a great time to plant vege<br />

seedlings like kale, lettuce, silverbeet,<br />

broccoli and spinach.<br />

Last year, we tested the maramataka<br />

by planting kale, lettuce and spinach<br />

on the high-energy days around te<br />

rakaunui. Our garden was incredibly<br />

successful and provided an unlimited<br />

supply of kale for six whole months!<br />

Kale is highly nutritious, but<br />

expensive to buy, so if you want to<br />

test your garden, try planting kale<br />

seedlings on the dates below.<br />

Nga tohu o te rangi<br />

(Signs in the sky): Facing east this<br />

month, you can still see Matariki<br />

and the seven sister stars.<br />

The rising stars are Whakaahu<br />

Kerekere (Castor), and<br />

Whakaahu Rangi (Pollux).<br />

In the west, Rehua (Antares) has<br />

set, but you can see Puanga (Rigel<br />

in Orion). Rehua and Puanga<br />

are the stars that Tainui and iwi<br />

on the west coast commonly<br />

use to mark the New Year.<br />

Nga tohu o te whenua<br />

(Signs on land): We now await<br />

the arrival of the pipiwharauroa<br />

(shining cuckoo). When you hear<br />

it sing, you know spring is here<br />

and the kohurangi will blossom.<br />

Nga tohu o te moana<br />

(Signs in the water): It’s whitebait<br />

season! The whitebait will start<br />

to run up the river mouths and<br />

waterways: how exciting!<br />

KEY DATES IN APONGA<br />

26, 27 & 28 July– Oturu, Rakaunui<br />

and Rakau ma tohi: Great for<br />

planting watery crops. Try some kale!<br />

31 July 1 & 2 <strong>August</strong> – Korekore<br />

te whiawhia, Korekore te rawea<br />

& Korekore piri nga tangaroa:<br />

Low-energy days, great to Netflix<br />

and chill :) Also a really good<br />

time to organise your calendar.<br />

You may notice you’re less hungry,<br />

or don’t need as much kai. Our<br />

tupuna use to fast on these days.<br />

3, 4 & 5 <strong>August</strong> – Tangaroa a<br />

mua, Tangaroa a roto & Tangaroa<br />

kiokio: Fishing and planting days. If<br />

you didn’t get a chance to plant on<br />

Kale from<br />

this year's<br />

bumper crop! <br />

Rakaunui,<br />

do it now!<br />

7, 8 & 9 <strong>August</strong><br />

Orongonui, Omauri & Mutuwhenua:<br />

Plant all types of kai.<br />

10 <strong>August</strong> – Whiro: Lowest-energy<br />

day and darkest night. This day is<br />

definitely one for quieter activities.<br />

Take some time out and relax!<br />

15, 16 & 17 <strong>August</strong> – Tamatea a<br />

ngana, Tamatea a hotu & Tamatea<br />

a io: These are fishing days, but<br />

kaumātua say the tides/winds change<br />

quickly, so take extra care. Not low<br />

or high, but moderate energy, these<br />

are quite good all-round days.<br />

Big development to bring changes for Māngere<br />

Tēnā koutou, tafola lava and greetings from our Local Board.<br />

Local Board<br />

chair Lemauga<br />

Lydia Sosene.<br />

As you are now aware, this<br />

is to be the last <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

print edition, so I’ll start by<br />

just paying a short tribute<br />

to the team who have been<br />

producing this fantastic<br />

magazine for our community.<br />

Roger, Hone, Belinda and<br />

Hermann all make amazing<br />

contributions to our community<br />

and their work on <strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> has<br />

been particularly appreciated.<br />

They have created an awesome<br />

resource which has enabled<br />

us to connect to each other,<br />

to learn more about the issues<br />

and activities going on in our<br />

area and also inspired us with<br />

great pieces of journalism.<br />

The mainstream media so often<br />

focuses on just the negative<br />

things going on in our area, but<br />

<strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong> has been a breath of<br />

fresh air, telling the good news<br />

and bringing light to injustices<br />

that so often get overlooked.<br />

On behalf of everyone at<br />

the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local<br />

Board, we want to convey our<br />

sincerest thanks and wish that<br />

whatever the future holds for<br />

<strong>275</strong> <strong>Times</strong>, that it’s not gone<br />

forever from our suburb.<br />

Before I finish, can I just<br />

highlight a one very important<br />

piece of news. The Government<br />

has announced that over 10,000<br />

houses will be built in Māngere<br />

over the next 10 – 15 years.<br />

The local board has strongly<br />

advocated for more affordable<br />

housing as well as more warm,<br />

dry and healthy homes for those<br />

renting, so this is fantastic news.<br />

But it also isn’t time to rest on<br />

our laurels. We will continue<br />

to advocate that these<br />

houses are truly affordable,<br />

that people aren’t forced out<br />

of the area as a result of the<br />

development and that there<br />

is appropriate infrastructure<br />

with public amenities built<br />

to complement the large<br />

increase in population.<br />

This development can be really<br />

good for Māngere, but for that<br />

to happen, we must all play<br />

our part in speaking up for<br />

what our community needs.<br />

I’d encourage you to visit<br />

this website and sign up for<br />

regular updates on the project:<br />

mangeredevelopment.co.nz<br />

Manuia,<br />

Lemauga Lydia Sosene<br />

Chair of the Māngere-<br />

Ōtāhuhu Local Board<br />

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