How board funding has helped the community

Last Updated : 31 May 2024

The impact of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board funding has been felt by more than 50 community groups and providers, enabling them to thrive and bring about meaningful change.

The board is dedicated to connecting with their growingly diverse communities by prioritising quality engagement and have backed various initiatives, events, projects, upgrades, and educational activities within the area.

Board chair Tauanu’u Nick Bakulich comments “This is despite working with a reduced budget which our community are aware of. Also, when considering the diverse projects or initiatives and causes that this board has funded this financial year alone, it becomes evident that our efforts have had a significant and meaningful impact – and we are hearing this from our community and partners.

“Moreover, we make it a point to be present at events and initiatives and we recognise all sorts of community acknowledgments, like Anzac Day, sporting, or academic achievements to name a few, during our monthly business meetings.”

Funding encompassed a variety of categories, including arts and culture, sports and recreation, community, and environment.

Bakulich adds, “There is so much happening in the arts and culture space and even more so in the environment space – things like storm recovery, recycling, and our Pest Free South Auckland competition.

“We’re fortunate to see an increase in community groups/partners coming alongside our established partners. We have consistently emphasised that locals know locals best, who are able to deliver solutions themselves and help enhance local wellbeing for Māngere-Ōtāhuhu.”

Some of these include:

  • $5,000 to Māngere 275 Times for the Māngere youth voices project,

  • $2,500 to Road safety education limited for the road safety and youth development for young Māngere-Ōtāhuhu drivers,

  • $4,390 to Taulanga U Trust for the kumara and potato growing project,

  • $2,000 to Brain Play Limited for travelling STEM station free 3D workshops, and

  • $2.000 to Re-Creators Charitable Trust for Community DIY Upcycling Workshops.

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu is home to a diverse community, 59 per cent who identify as Pacific Peoples, 19 per cent who identify as European, 19 per cent who identify as Asian and 16 per cent who identify as Māori.

Bakulich concludes, “With a growing community we will continue to do all we can to fund projects that enhance and better support our area.” 

List of recipients and projects for 2023/2024

Bridge Breakers Limited

SandyFace Volume 2

Counties Manukau Sports Foundation

2023 Mangere Otahuhu Junior Sports Awards

Ambury Park Centre Incorporated

Hay for Our Horses

Otahuhu Softball Club

Otahuhu Softball Wayne Roper Tournament

Action Education Incorporated

Spoken Word Activation Workshops Empowering Young People using the Arts

Life Education Trust Counties Manukau

Supporting tamariki and rangatahi with health and wellbeing education

Warriors Community Foundation

Programme Delivery in Mangere Otahuhu Schools

Mangere Bridge Residents & Ratepayers Incorporated

Defibrillator for Mangere Bridge

Road Safety Education Limited

Road Safety and Youth Development for Young Mangere-Otahuhu Drivers

Māngere 275 Times

The Māngere Youth Voices Project

Next Generation Sport Limited

Global Youth Sevens

Ōtāhuhu College Board of Trustees

Ōtāhuhu College recycling initiative

Panacea Arts Charitable Trust t/a Mapura Studios

Mapura Otahuhu Singing Group for all ages and abilities

South Auckland Seniors and Youth Association Incorporated

Meeting every month

YMCA North Incorporated

Raise Up Youth Development Programme - Māngere Crew

Tread Lightly Charitable Trust

Tread Lightly mobile environmental classroom visiting schools in disadvantaged communities

Pacific Advance Secondary School

National Secondary Schools Waka Ama Sprint Championships

Paeaneer Limited


Mangere College

Rotorua 275 Rangatahi Xplorer Trip

Life Education Trust Counties Manukau

Programme Delivery With Harold

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust

Music Therapy South Auckland satellite

Maliumai Community Trust

Pacific Cadetship Career Pathways

Mangere Otahuhu Netball Centre

Centre Uplight & Security

Taulanga U Trust

Kumara and Potatoe Growing Project

Ambury Park Centre Incorporated

Feeding Our Horses

New Zealand Ethnic Women Incorporated

NZ Ethnic Women's Sewing School

Counties Manukau Badminton Association

Junior Development Program

Mangere Town Centre BID Incorporated

Cultural and Language Weeks 2024

Panacea Arts Charitable Trust t/a Mapura Studios

Mapura Mangere Studios

Community Cat Coalition Incorporated

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Community Cat De-Sexing Project

School Start First Impressions

Support for the operating costs at School Start First Impressions

Action Education Incorporated

Spoken Word Activation Workshops Empowering Young People using the Arts

Re-Creators Charitable Trust

Community DIY Upcycling Workshops

Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust

Support for a puppy purchase to enter our training programme.

Arnna Messent

MNAK Body Transformation Annual Challenge Awards Night

Samoa Atia'e I Magele Inc Society

Samoa Atia'e Pacific Wardens

The Life Centre Trust Auckland

LIFE Community Kitchen - Māngere - Christmas Celebration

Brain Play Limited

Travelling STEM Station

New Zealand Blue Light Ventures Inc

504 Street Smart handbooks support Year 13 Mangere Otahuhu students

Pakuranga Outrigger Canoe Club Te Tahawai O Pakuranga Incorporated

2023 Auckland Regional Sprint Championships entry and participation

Te Whakaora Tangata

Family Restoration Programme: Strengthening Marginalised Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Families

Mangere Otahuhu Netball Centre

Facility clean

Mangere Hawks Netball Club

Facility maintenance

Life Education Trust Counties Manukau

Life Education Trust Counties Manukau Student Take Home Packs

Māngere 275 Times

Community Response Resource

Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust

Youthline Helpline support for Mangere-Otahuhu youth

CNSST Foundation

Chinese Cultural Competency Training Programme

Disability Sport Auckland Inc

Disability Sport Auckland 2023 Wards Dinner

Upside Youth Mentoring Aotearoa

Community Youth Mentoring

John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation

Community Swim

Migrant Action Trust

Work-Ready in 2024: English Classes, Job Search & Immigration Support


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