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Onehunga Community Centre Te Pito ö te Iwi Whaanui NEWSLETTER

March 2012

Community Centre 83 Church Stree t, Onehunga ONE Pearce 1 Pearce Stree t, O nehunga Pearce Stree t Hall 3 Pearce Stree t, Onehunga


Marvellous March


Marvellous March

Weaving activities


Mana Onehunga is back

2 Onehunga Bay Festival


Kids Club

3 A range of school holiday workshops


Onehunga SCENE

3 The art of making jewellery

4 Turning a new leaf 4 Raising the benchmark

4 Social Services available at the Centre

Gosh we are heading into the third month of the year already. Michelle, Lisa and I continue to be inspired by the commitment of locals here in Onehunga. We have enjoyed another action-packed month here at the centre including the refurbishment of this wonderful facility. We are all absolutely delighted with the positive feedback that has been received for our ‘new vibrant look’ within the centre. The walls and floors have had a new ‘hairdo’ with new paint and carpet, floors have been re-coated and a bright new sailcloth adorns the inner courtyard. A big thank you to all for your tolerance and patience through this process, which I acknowledge, has been quite disruptive at times. Unfortunately, we were unable to celebrate International Children’s Day on Sunday 4 March due to adverse weather conditions predicted from the Herald and the Met Service. We are now planning a ‘Whanau Day’ which will take place during ‘Matariki’. Keep checking our website for info Other exciting activities to watch out for are the ‘Common Ground’ Youth Event 2012 (21 to 25 May) and our third ‘Matariki@Onehunga’ (21 June to 21 July). Check our website for information Social media is alive and well at the centre so visit us on facebook’ … like us or become our friend to get regular updates… follow link from our website, or!/pages/Onehunga-Community-Centre/178086065612269 Remember, we love to see and share ideas with you for our community centre. Come and meet us in the office when you are out and about. Jenny McKay, Centre Manager

‘Mana Onehunga’ is back Yes, the artists are back to facilitate the third in a series of 5 pieces of art work. ‘Mana Onehunga’ is a community engagement project based around the community centre’s five values. ‘Kotahitanga’ (unity, oneness, harmony), ‘Manakitanga’ (sharing, generosity, respect), ‘whanaungatanga’ (building relationships), ‘Wairuatanga’ (spiritual awareness) and ‘Mana Tangata’ (personal awareness). Our resident artists Helen Satele and Desiree Alexandre are facilitating this project and have already begun putting ideas together. Community will be invited to participate in the painting of ‘’Whanaungatanga’’, which will take place during Matariki (21 June to 21 July), with the unveiling being during ‘Through our eyes’ art exhibition (16 to 20 July). Check our website for details ‘For info, contact centre office on 634 9253

Watch this space Leave your mark on Onehunga

An intergenerational, community art project

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Onehunga Bay Festival 2012– Sat 24 March 11am to 4pm Onehunga’s fantastic community day out is on Saturday, March 24 from 11am - 4pm at the Onehunga Bay Reserve. This promises to be a great family day out with free activities and rides for children, and a big range of food stalls. This year's BIG draw is ‘MIDNIGHT YOUTH' in concert. The chart-topping Auckland rock 'n roll band plays from 3-4pm after a great line-up of performances throughout the day. Elsewhere in the Reserve, there will be loads of family entertainment with activities including a large inflatable water slide, rock climbing wall, pirate's ship, Bungy, Rugby, Old McDonald's Farm, craft and food stalls, on water activities, displays from local fire brigade and fun things to have a go at! Remember there is no Eftpos on site so if you want to purchase anything you will need to bring cash. If not bring your picnic settle in and enjoy. All activities are FREE all day! For more information contact Amanda at the Onehunga Business Association ph 636 8535 or

Kids Club More than just a playgroup Kids club is a great playgroup for under fives. It is based in the Onehunga Community Centre on Friday mornings between 9.30am and 11.30am. This playgroup is a new group that started late last year, it has grown steadily since then and has become a great place to be on a Friday morning. We have a great time, including activities such as dough, crafts, music, great toys…and best of all a wonderful, supportive group of people and children!” Kids club is everyone. It is free to join. We have grandparents, dads, nannies and of course mums! A healthy morning tea is provided with tea and coffee for the big people. A gold coin donation is appreciated to cover costs and resources. Thank you very much to Jenny, Michelle and Lisa who have been very excited and a great support in getting this great playgroup up and running while providing a great location in the Mountjoy Room at the Onehunga Community centre. I will look forward to seeing you there sometime, it is a great way to connect with other people in the community. Tori Horgan, facilitator, Kids Club and Active Music and Movement

A range of School Holiday workshops now available Affordable, holiday fun

Week One: RIP

IT – junior youth hip hop dance – 10 to 13 April; 9.30 to 12pm daily $5 per

week A commitment required for workshops. Open to girls and boys 8 to 12 yrs old. A healthy morning tea will be provided. Families welcome to a performance on Friday 13 April. Details on website. Week Two: GROWING SHOOTs – art photography workshop. 16-20 April, 10am to 12pm daily. $10 per day…week commitment required. Open to boys and girls 8-12 years. Participants will need to bring along a basic digital camera with SD (memory card). Register quick as spaces are filling up fast. Week Two: CASTAWAYS – learning to knit. 16 to 20 April, 10am to 11.30am. $5 per session. Open to children 6 to 10 years old. We encourage you to come along for full week to complete knitting projects.

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ONEHUNGA SCENE Senior Citizens Events & Expeditions 2012 Activities Club – weekly on

Fridays, 1.00pm to 2.30pm (gold coin donation appreciated) indoor bowls, scrabble, cards, books and magazines

Monthly Meeting-1st Tuesday of every month, 1.00pm to 2.30pm informative speakers, entertainment, exercise as well as a tasty afternoon tea 

3 April: Patricia Troop – comedian “trip to India”: cost $3

o 50’s forward are welcome to our programmes 3 Pearce Street, Onehunga, Auckland Onehunga Community Centre Ph 6349253 or Shirley Rutley Email

Crafting the art of affordable jewellery Soft technology & soft textile

…Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life…

Susan is an experienced teacher and fabulous artist who is skilled in the creation of affordable jewellery. We are so fortunate to have her at the Centre running a soft tech jewellery class which is now into its fifth week. These jewellery classes take place every Tuesday, 12.30pm in the foyer beside the Community Centre. These two hour classes cost only $5 per class… WOW! The ‘get going’ pack is $8 which includes needles, threads and materials. Soft Tech jewellery has no expensive equipment, just what you can find at home and a few basics. Experiment with non-traditional techniques, various materials, found objects and recyclables. Call the centre for further enquiry or come along on Tuesdays and craft your heart out! Check out our website for info


Sew Styley and CreATE Renewing the art of sewing If you are looking to learn or refresh yourself in the art of sewing, then ‘Sew Styley’ may be just the thing for you. The Centre is so lucky to have Milly the facilitator of ‘Sew Styley’ who brings to the centre a wealth of skills and experience when it comes to sewing and craft. ‘Sew Styley’ workshops run every Monday in ONE Pearce: 9.30am-11.30am – Sewing workshops 12.30pm-2.30pm – Intermediate and pattern construction Cost $5 per class (8-week course)

CrEATe in Term 2 with Milly. New programme in main kitchen Thursdays 10am to 11.30am 26 April - magnet making 3 May - cupcake Creations 10 May - art clay pendants 17 May - recipe gift packs 24 May - crockery garden art and lots lots more… Only $5 per class. Some materials provided. Phone Milly 5272330

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Turning a new leaf Exciting times ahead The library had a great time celebrating Chinese New Year in partnership with the Onehunga Business Association. Thanks to all who participated and stopped by to watch. We have had a busy start to the year, with lots of events and plenty of books going in and out. March is New Zealand Book Month, and we want to know what books have inspired you! Come and grab a bookmark and fill it in with details of books that have inspired you so you can share your recommendations with others. In other news, Akozone is back in full swing, with lots of fun activities planned for the next three terms. Akozone is a fun, free homework centre for student in years 5-8. It's run here at the library from 3.00-5.00 Monday to Friday. Come and grab an enrolment form next time you're in the library or chat to Leena, who runs our programme. Last but not least, we welcome our new Shelver- Mumtaz. It's great to have you on board. Rachael Town-Treweek RLIANZA | Community Library Manager-Onehunga

Raising the benchmark for youth Raise up welcomes a new coordinator into the Jordan centre, Josh Martin. Josh is a talented dancer who has successfully toured with Prestige dance crew over in the states, many years in a row. Josh's passion is in helping youth discover their potential, and is looking forward to kicking off the year. The Raise up Crew is pumping, as this year’s intake is still being recruited over the next month. This means, for the first time ever, you still have a chance to check out the crew, with a no-strings-attached meeting on Wednesday afternoons from 4.30pm. We've also kicked off an awesome fitness class at the Jordan every afternoon from 4.30pm. Make sure to check it out, and keep fit this year. Lastly, we have initiated a new youth league for all those basketball fans out there! Cafe Tran and Hell's Pizza sponsor the Raise up team, so head down on Friday nights to catch or play a game... police and fire-service will be competing soon! Kat Thomas, coordinator, Raise up, Jordan Recreation Centre

Social Services Available at the Centre Auckland Counselling & Psychotherapy and Man Alive: Community Room 1. Operates a confidential one-to-one counselling and group work for men and women. For appointments phone Al-Freed 09 6365550; mob 0211601335. Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Onehunga: based at 81 Church Street, provides a free, impartial and confidential service to the community and is available to everyone. CAB offers guidance on many issues including, budgeting and legal and consumer issues, as well as providing a Justice of the Peace service. Call our team of interview trained volunteers on 634 1613 or check out our website Father and Child Trust: office and weekly Wednesday meetings based in Community Office 3. Ph Brendon 5251960/021 892 980. website Harmony Trust: based in ONE Pearce. Individual and group counselling, alcohol and drug support, including ‘one for the road’ programme. Phone 0211839759 or checkout website Recreate Auckland: based in Community Office 2, Church Street. Service provides age appropriate recreational opportunities that enhance the social, emotional and physical development of children and young people that have disabilities, while also providing support and respite for their parents and families. Call Brett 634 3474. Website To'utupu Tonga Trust: based in Pearce Street Hall. Provides social services to Tongan families. Call Ikilifi 0274450205.

Onehunga Community Centre 83 Church Street, Onehunga Manager: Jenny McKay Centre Coordinator: Michelle Mitchell Centre Assistant: Lisa Ryder Phone: 09-6349253 Fax: 09-6349258 E-mail: Onehunga Community Library 83 Church Street, Onehunga Manager: Rachael Town-Treweek Phone: 09- 3741319 Fax: 09 634 3459 Website:

Onehunga Community Centre News March 2012  

Monthly news from Onehunga's Community Centre. What's on and classes to take in Onehunga.