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I AM Māngere to create a community-focused pop-up

12 May 2022
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The team at community connection organisation, I AM Māngere, were delighted to find their bid for a year’s free rent on a vacant Mangere Development site had been successful. They have big plans for how they are going to support multiple groups to make this space a vibrant addition to the community.

"We saw the offer from Kāinga Ora some time ago and decided to apply as we are connected to so many groups that we knew could use the space collaboratively,” says Toni Helleur, Community Connector, Co-ordinator and Administration Management for I AM Māngere. “We’re thrilled to have won and we can’t wait to help them execute their plans.”

“The space is on the corner of Elmdon Street and Watchfield Close and is ideal for groups with a strong environmental focus and connections to Papatūānuku (Earth Mother) such as gardening, cultural arts, landscape design, dance and cooking groups," says Community Connector, Coordinator and Marketing Management Mia King. And that’s exactly who will be ‘setting up shop’ there, in one way or another – Te Ara-Rata Stream Team, Whenua Warrior, Mau Studios and Māpura Studios are just some of the organisations currently confirmed.

While plans are yet to be finalised, it’s certain there will be at least two pop-up containers in residence for the whole year. These will be used to hold wānanga (workshops or classes), or showcase work, art or information from various groups.

“We’re so excited,” says Toni. “There’s so much incredible expertise within these organisations. There will be cooking classes, dance groups, waste minimisation workshops, business mentoring, a food truck where people can sell what they cook, and so so much more.”

Kāinga Ora Regional Director Angela Pearce says having I AM Māngere operate in the space made vacant while Kāinga Ora works in the area, reflects the commitment by the organisation to contribute to thriving, inclusive communities. “Kāinga Ora is deeply committed to making sure that we work with community organisations to bring positive social, economic and cultural benefits to the communities that we work in. We are delighted we are able to support I Am Māngere to continue its good work in the community and look forward to seeing this space active in the very near future.”

You can learn more about I AM Māngere by visiting their Facebook page here or their website here.  

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