APO Visit – Auckland Town Hall

On Thursday 19th May, 40 Year 10 Music Students had the great opportunity of going to Auckland Town Hall and attending a concert performed by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra (APO). They got to hear world class musicians at work and also experienced the beautiful Auckland Town Hall venue in all its splendour.


Mangere College students enjoying the orchestras performance.

Mangere College students enjoying the orchestras performance.


The programme included Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, works by Beethoven, Mozart and Ravel as well as a piece written by the APO Rising Star Young Composer-in-Residence, Matan Franco, entitled Symphony Fantasia for Orchestra. The concert featured a performance by Liam Wooding on Piano who is currently studying towards a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Waikato. The Mangere College Music Department would like to openly thank the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra for organising such a wonderful event.

APO Performing at the Auckland Town Hall.

APO Performing at the Auckland Town Hall.

Kristin College Exchange

Talofa lava, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Fakaalofa atu, Taloha ni, Ni sa Bula, Kam Na Mauri, Halo Olaketa, Ia Orana, Kia ora and warm greetings to all.

Our music collaboration with Kristin College has continued this year with our bi-annual Kristin College school exchange. On Tuesday 22 March Kristin College students visited Mangere College to work with our students to prepare and practice music which was then performed in front of a small audience at the Mangere Arts Centre.

We would like to thank the Arts Centre staff for their time, effort and the use of their resources.

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Kristin College and Mangere College students practicing for the performance.


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Kristin College and Mangere College students practicing for the performance.


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Kristin College students performing at the Mangere Arts Centre.

The Music department would like to extend a massive thanks to staff and students involved. We wish our exchange students all the best and we look forward to seeing them again in term three at Kristin College.


Ex-Principal John Heyes Farewell

On the 2nd of November, 2015 Mangere College held a farewell event for the long serving Principal John Heyes. Staff, students and community would like to say a heartfelt thank you for all the hard work and commitment to us all in raising our schools achievement and providing greater outcomes for all our wonderful students.


Hei konā mai

Ngā mihi mō tō manaakitanga mai

Goodbye for now

Thanks for your kindness


Mangere College


Here is the video of the event:

Sol3 Mio Visit

Mangere College would like to thank Sol3 Mio for talking to and performing for a number of students today. Sol3 Mio has spoken about their careers and how they came to be the prominent singers they are today. It was an inspirational time for our students to see how other Polynesians can reach success at the highest level.

We wish them all the best in future and hope at another time they can again impart their wisdom to our young people.


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Sol3Mio performing to a large group of Mangere College students in the Auditorium

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Sol3Mio performing to the staff in the staff room.


Sol3Mio taking a photo with a Mangere College student, Potoae.

Workshop with APO “Brass and Strike”

On the 21/09/15, four members of the APO “Brass and Strike” came to Mangere College and held a workshop with our brass and percussion students.  This was followed by an entertaining and educational concert.

We are very grateful for being a partnership school with the APO in 2015, it has been a very memorable experience for staff and students.

The video is of some of our students who improvised a performance with the APO members.

Students improvising: Tonga Palenapa, Christian Lole, Mahu Mark, Haamonga Tu’ipulotu, Sione Filihia and Anga Uasike.






Thanks to all the members of the APO who came to Mangere College for our wonderful students.


MC 2015 Bring It On Winners!

MC Dance Crew Bring It On 2015

After several years absence Hip Hop Dance is back at Mangere College. On Saturday the 5th of September at the Vodafone Centre, Mangere College took out the Bring it On competition from six other schools. Their unique  style, discipline and clean  performance  placed them ahead of their competitors.

Mangere College has a proud tradition in Hip Hop dance. Starting in 2004 the school has prevailed at Bring it On in 2006, 2008, 2009 and now in 2015.

You can see the dance performed to a fully school assembly here:

Mangere College students were also shown in a Maori TV News story here.

The school is proud of the 14 students and we would like to thank the groups leaders, Ana Taulanga, Nathaniel Tawhai Aoake and Tererua Maiva.

Kristin School Exchange

The Kristin School and Mangere College Music Exchange was a great success with selected music students from both schools participating. They worked hard together, and enjoyed the process of rehearsing, learning new music together and within two hours presented a special performance in the Auditorium.

This is the second year of the exchange which has seen new friendships continue to develop. The students found inspiration in each other’s talents and shared new approaches to performance practice which was fantastic to see.  Mr Opeloge Ah Sam (Kristin College), Ms Faavagaga (Mangere College).

The students involved were: Sam Wilson, Lydwina Afele, Tearataua Tavioni, Criss Papau, Mary A Va’afai, Mele Ahoia Palenapa and Nathan Ashin.


Taua (Drums) and Nathan (Guitar) performing with Kristin School students in their Auditorium.

IMG_8387Criss (Guitar) practising with Kristin School students in their Auditorium.

Stand Up, Stand Out 2015 Final

The Mangere College Music Department welcomes staff, students, family and friends to come to support Taua Tavinoi at the Vodafone Events Centre tonight.

Taua will perform a solo instrumental drum solo and hopes to repeat his winning performance from the 2014 competition.


Doors open at 6:30pm and the competition is scheduled to finish at 9:30pm. Entry is $5 and parking on site also has fees.


For more details see: http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/newseventsculture/events/Events/Pages/standupstandout2015.aspx

Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SUSOakl


Categories included in this year’s finals are: Solo Instrumental, Solo Vocal, Group Vocal, Dance and Bands.


Thanks for your support,

The Mangere College Music Department.

Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra

The Mangere College staff and students would like to thank the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra for their performance of Firebird composed by Igor Stravinsky. As well as the conductor Richard Gill for his excellent teachings on the piece. The musicianship shown and dedication are an inspiration to us all.

For more information click the following link:





The Mangere College Music Department.

Stand Up, Stand Out 2015 Heats

The Mangere College Music department would like to congratulate Veronica Tulafasa  for making it into the top twenty-one soloists ahead of sixty-four other entries to get a place in the 2015 Stand Up, Stand Out semi-final competition to be held on Monday the 17th of August at the Otara Music and Arts Centre.

We would also like to congratulate Tearataua Tavioni for making it into the top five solo instrumentalists ahead twenty-two entries to get a place in the finals to be held on Friday the 28th of August at the Vodafone Events Centre.

The school wishes them all the best in their next performances.

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