It was a privilege and honour to attend the ” Mana Mangere Voices” book launch at the Mangere Town Centre Library last Saturday, 26th August. This was a great opportunity to support our Robertson Road School whanau, Helen Tau’au-Filisi and the community. With Chaplain Janet Tuitama officiating/blessing the launch and Renu Sikka supporting as RRS teacher, this was fantastic as this showed active participation of our colleagues from RRS within our community and engagement with issues important to the wellbeing of our society.
The Writer’s collection includes short stories, poetry and also novel extracts from writers who have either lived, worked or studied in Mangere with the brief of producing challenging, encouraging and inspiring selections for our local communities to read/listen to.
There were 7 writers who represented various communities of Mangere: Pania Newton – Maori and Mana whenua, Penny Penelope Barnhill originally from South Africa, Fritz Filisi was originally from Samoa, Saulaina Sale originally from Niue, Agnes Rasmussen originally from Samoa, Fred Zombas originally a Greek Australian and Helen Tau’au-Filisi (editor) was raised in Mangere as a Samoa NZ.
We felt very blessed as we represented Robertson Road School at this celebration, a wonderful milestone for all these amazing Pasifika writers.