Manukau Courier : March 10th 2011
7 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 10, 2011 NEWS We recommend: Lease cars welcome High St ark Ave kinso nA ve Great South Rd Queen St Find us here Firestone Otahuhu CnrGreatSouthRd&HighSt. Phone 276 7635 Great deals, right now! 205/70R15 Firestone 4x4highwaytyresfrom 185/60R15 Supercat Car tyres from 175/60R14 Supercat Car tyres from $14 9 .00 $115 .00 $99.00 Offer available on cash, EFTPOS and credit card sales only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offers end March 18, 2011 and are only available strictly while stocks last. Terms and conditions apply. See in store for details. Please visit our store for more great offers. Maori fine art goes on show Indigenous art is coming to Mangere for a new exhibition. Work from Massey University's Te Putahi a Toi -- School of Maori Studies in Palmerston North will be shown at the Mangere Art Centre -- Nga Tohu o Uenuku for a show starting this weekend. Toioho ki Mangere fea- tures installation, action painting and other types of fine artwork from students Jacob Davey, Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti and Kristy Theobald, staff Robert Jahnke, Rachael Rakena, Ngatai- haruru Taepa, Israel Tangaroa Birch and 2011 Artist in Residence Shane Cotton. The artists express their individual re- sponses to issues includ- ing tino rangatiratanga, identity politics, hybrid- ity and ethnicity. The Toioho ki Apiti -- bachelor of Maori visual arts -- programme at Te Putahi a Toi was first offered in 1995 and was the first indigenous fine arts degree in the world. Visit www.manukaucourier.co.nz IN BRIEF Conference Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board will be sending two members to the first biannual conference in Rotorua this year. Togiatolu Walter Togiamua and Tafafuna'i Tasi Lauese will head the Communities on Board: The Changing Face of Community Governance which takes place on May5to7. They will join around 300 other delegates from community boards around the country to discuss the issues affecting how they run their boards. Also on the agenda will be the effects of the establishment of Auckland as a supercity on communities nationwide. Cultural festival The Auckland International Cultural Festival on March 27 will feature food, dance, sport, art and craft at Mt Roskill War Memorial Park. The free event runs from 10am to 5pm. ''This festival is a fantastic celebration of Auckland's ever-growing cultural diversity and is one of the many great council-sponsored events in and around Auckland,'' mayor Len Brown says. The Ethnic Soccer Cup final is part of the day. Visit www.auckland council.govt.nz/events. Recycled cycles project needs help Help needed: Diana Swarbrick, left, and Priscilla Dawson, right, from Refugees as Survivors, with San Htike Aung and his bike. Photo: TROELS SOMMERVILLE By TROELS SOMMERVILLE A kind gesture has turned into a plea for help. Diana Swarbrick from Refugees as Survivors New Zealand has been flooded with offers of bicycles for her bike recycling service. The problem is she has nowhere to store them nor any means of picking them up. It all started when inner- city bike shop owner Tom White contacted Ms Swarbrick to donate six bikes to refugees. The story was picked up by the Manukau Courier's sister paper the Central Leader and other papers in the Suburban Newspapers group and the story went viral , Ms Swarbrick says. Everyone just picked it up and ran with it.'' Her co-worker Priscilla Dawson was storing the bikes at her house for a time but that's not an option any more. If I take another bike home my husband will divorce me,'' Ms Dawson says. The idea behind the project is that members of the public donate their old bikes to be given to refugees. They come here with one suitcase ... they're lucky if they have jandals,'' Ms Swarbrick says. The first bike off the pro- duction line went to 15-year- old San Htike Aung. Born in the jungles of Burma, San has not had the chance to ride a bike since he was a small child. He and his family fled gov- ernment oppression in their homeland and now live in Otahuhu. Now he rides his bike almost everyday. When you come to a new country and you don't speak the language it can be very dif- ficult even catching the bus,'' Ms Swarbrick says. A bike gives them great freedom.'' She'd like to continue to grow the project but is looking for someone to help transport, store and fix the bikes. And it would be great if people within the refugee com- munity could do something to help out each other. If everybody does a little something it can make a huge difference to people's lives,'' she says. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to donate a bike or offer your help the project.
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