Our stories, our people, our Māngere
Kōrero paki ō tatou, Tāngata ō tatou, Ngā Hau Māngere ō tatou
Shining a light on sustainability - Talking Rubbish team members (Left to right):
Georgina Kelly-Ngatoko, Tina Bonsu-Maro, Koia Teinakore & Justine Skilling
By Justine Skilling
Talking Rubbish, ME Family Services
Talking Rubbish has been privileged
to be part of the 275 Times journey
since it began four years ago.
With our column, we hope
we’ve been able to shine a light
on some of the wonderful work
that’s being done to care for the
whenua and wai in our area.
Hi Sport Bar closed for good
Hi Sport Bar (formerly
‘Grace’s Place’) in Māngere
East will not be
able to open because
it has been refused
an alcohol licence.
Last month the
declined the operator’s
application for a new
Local resident and
Chair of the group
Alcohol Harm’ Glenn
she was pleased
with the decision.
She thanked the
Local Board, Council
Inspectors, Police and
the Medical Officer of
Health for helping to
stop the bar opening.
We’ve been blessed to have met
many passionate, energetic, hardworking,
visionary people who are
showing kaitiakitanga for Māngere,
whether it’s through growing food,
cleaning up rubbish, recycling,
upcycling or educating others.
There’s still so much for us to share
on this topic, so we’ll continue to
post our stories on the 275 Times
Facebook page, as well as on our ME
Family Services blog (www.mefsc.
org.nz/stories) and Talking Rubbish
Facebook page (www.facebook.
com/wastechamps). We hope you’ll
continue to journey with us as we
work towards a zero-waste Māngere!
“Our group was certain
that Hi Sport Bar would
be a ‘pokie-den’ and not
a genuine tavern if it had
re-opened,” said Glenn.
“Pokie gambling is
such a scourge on our
communities,” she said.
“I’m pleased to see the
back of this pokie-den
and will continue to
oppose others in future.”
Unfortunately, this issue
of the 275 Times will be
our final print edition.
The times are changing, and – like
many print publications – we’ve
found it tough to sustain a quality
monthly community magazine.
We’re not disappearing completely,
though. Our Facebook
page and website will continue
to be outlets for Māngere/
Ōtāhuhu news and networking.
We hope you’ll keep engaging
with us, and that we’ll be
able to keep sharing your
great stories through these
new media channels.
One day we’d love to be able
to revive the 275 Times as
a free print magazine.
For now, we’d like to extend
our heartfelt appreciation
and thanks to our many
advertisers, supporters, writers,
and distributors – as well as
to the dozens of retailers and
community services throughout
Māngere that have helped make
the 275 Times available to our
thousands of readers each
month over the past four years.
Mā te wā,
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Awards boost young artists
Eight talented young locals
are a few steps closer to
achieving their dreams thanks
to a new art scholarship
from the Local Board.
The aspiring musicians, dancers and
visual artists are the first recipients
of the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Youth
Arts Scholarship Awards. They have
each won up to $2,000 towards
resources, equipment, mentoring
or training in their chosen field.
At the awards ceremony in July,
Local Board Chair Lemauga Lydia
Sosene said the new awards are
about recognising the diverse abilities
of young people in the Māngere
Ōtāhuhu area, where 45% of the
population is under 25 years old.
“Sometimes, for young people, it’s
not just about academics, and it’s
not just about going to work,” said
Lydia. Many young people “really
thrive in things like the arts”.
The scholarships are a way for the
Local Board to both celebrate these
creative rangitahi and help them
access the resources and training
they need to develop their skills.
While not every artist who applied
this year could win a scholarship,
Board member Christine O’Brien
commended all of the applicants
Supporting local talent (Left to right): Local
Board members Christine O’Brien and Tafafuna’i
Tasi Lauese with scholarship-winners Anzac
Riki, Timothy Sanvictores, Dean Purcell,
Henley Kesha, Mele Tapueluelu, and Board
Chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene at Māngere Arts
Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku in July. (Photo:
Melissa Lelo). (Winners Kalem Thompson,
Mafi Tausala, and Natalia Ngamihi Avei Ioane
were unable to attend the ceremony.)
for putting themselves forward,
and joined Lydia in thanking
the young peoples’ families for
supporting their creative goals.
The Board hopes many more upand-coming
local artists will apply
for the scholarships in 2019.
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By Ayla Hoeta
Ngā mihi e te whānau,
welcome to Aponga,
the month of mara
kai and planting.
This is a great time to plant vege
seedlings like kale, lettuce, silverbeet,
broccoli and spinach.
Last year, we tested the maramataka
by planting kale, lettuce and spinach
on the high-energy days around te
rakaunui. Our garden was incredibly
successful and provided an unlimited
supply of kale for six whole months!
Kale is highly nutritious, but
expensive to buy, so if you want to
test your garden, try planting kale
seedlings on the dates below.
Nga tohu o te rangi
(Signs in the sky): Facing east this
month, you can still see Matariki
and the seven sister stars.
The rising stars are Whakaahu
Kerekere (Castor), and
Whakaahu Rangi (Pollux).
In the west, Rehua (Antares) has
set, but you can see Puanga (Rigel
in Orion). Rehua and Puanga
are the stars that Tainui and iwi
on the west coast commonly
use to mark the New Year.
Nga tohu o te whenua
(Signs on land): We now await
the arrival of the pipiwharauroa
(shining cuckoo). When you hear
it sing, you know spring is here
and the kohurangi will blossom.
Nga tohu o te moana
(Signs in the water): It’s whitebait
season! The whitebait will start
to run up the river mouths and
waterways: how exciting!
KEY DATES IN APONGA
26, 27 & 28 July– Oturu, Rakaunui
and Rakau ma tohi: Great for
planting watery crops. Try some kale!
31 July 1 & 2 August – Korekore
te whiawhia, Korekore te rawea
& Korekore piri nga tangaroa:
Low-energy days, great to Netflix
and chill :) Also a really good
time to organise your calendar.
You may notice you’re less hungry,
or don’t need as much kai. Our
tupuna use to fast on these days.
3, 4 & 5 August – Tangaroa a
mua, Tangaroa a roto & Tangaroa
kiokio: Fishing and planting days. If
you didn’t get a chance to plant on
do it now!
7, 8 & 9 August
Orongonui, Omauri & Mutuwhenua:
Plant all types of kai.
10 August – Whiro: Lowest-energy
day and darkest night. This day is
definitely one for quieter activities.
Take some time out and relax!
15, 16 & 17 August – Tamatea a
ngana, Tamatea a hotu & Tamatea
a io: These are fishing days, but
kaumātua say the tides/winds change
quickly, so take extra care. Not low
or high, but moderate energy, these
are quite good all-round days.
Big development to bring changes for Māngere
Tēnā koutou, tafola lava and greetings from our Local Board.
As you are now aware, this
is to be the last 275 Times
print edition, so I’ll start by
just paying a short tribute
to the team who have been
producing this fantastic
magazine for our community.
Roger, Hone, Belinda and
Hermann all make amazing
contributions to our community
and their work on 275 Times has
been particularly appreciated.
They have created an awesome
resource which has enabled
us to connect to each other,
to learn more about the issues
and activities going on in our
area and also inspired us with
great pieces of journalism.
The mainstream media so often
focuses on just the negative
things going on in our area, but
275 Times has been a breath of
fresh air, telling the good news
and bringing light to injustices
that so often get overlooked.
On behalf of everyone at
the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local
Board, we want to convey our
sincerest thanks and wish that
whatever the future holds for
275 Times, that it’s not gone
forever from our suburb.
Before I finish, can I just
highlight a one very important
piece of news. The Government
has announced that over 10,000
houses will be built in Māngere
over the next 10 – 15 years.
The local board has strongly
advocated for more affordable
housing as well as more warm,
dry and healthy homes for those
renting, so this is fantastic news.
But it also isn’t time to rest on
our laurels. We will continue
to advocate that these
houses are truly affordable,
that people aren’t forced out
of the area as a result of the
development and that there
is appropriate infrastructure
with public amenities built
to complement the large
increase in population.
This development can be really
good for Māngere, but for that
to happen, we must all play
our part in speaking up for
what our community needs.
I’d encourage you to visit
this website and sign up for
regular updates on the project:
Lemauga Lydia Sosene
Chair of the Māngere-
Ōtāhuhu Local Board
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