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Māngere's location within the Auckland urban area
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Māngere (frequently written Mangere; Māori pronunciation: [ˈmaːŋɛɾɛ], locally //[dubious ]) is one of the largest suburbs in Auckland, in northern New Zealand. It is located on mainly flat land on the northeastern shore of the Manukau Harbour, to the northwest of Manukau City Centre and 15 kilometres south of the Auckland city centre. It is the location of Auckland Airport, which lies close to the harbour's edge to the south of the suburb.
The suburb is named after Māngere Mountain, one of Auckland's largest volcanic cones. The title comes from the Māori words 'hau māngere' meaning lazy winds, after the shelter the mountain provides from the prevailing westerly wind.
Māngere is often described as a very multicultural area, with Europeans, Māori, Pacific Islanders and Asians living in the area, often with large families. Houses are a mixture of villas and bungalows, often located on former farms or market gardens developed by the state in the 1940s to 1960s.
Māngere's most famous son is David Lange, who was the Member of Parliament for Mangere from 1977 until 1996 and Prime Minister of New Zealand. Another local personality is former heavyweight boxing champion David Tua.
The original Mangere Bridge was built to link Māngere with Onehunga to its north while the isthmus of Auckland reaches its narrowest point, further to the east at the former Auckland City suburb Otahuhu. Later, it provided a more direct route for traffic to and from Auckland Airport. Construction of a new bridge was the subject of one of New Zealand's longest-running industrial disputes, from 1978 until 1980. The bridge was finally completed in 1983. The Southwestern Motorway (State Highway 20), one of the two motorways running south from the isthmus, runs across the bridge and through Māngere.
Passenger train Southern and Eastern Line services run along the eastern edge of Māngere, stopping at Middlemore Railway Station. Further north at Massey Road is Mangere Railway Station, closed in 2011.
Sport and recreation
- Valerie Adams - Olympic shot put champion
- Frank Bunce - rugby union
- Mark Hunt - mixed martial artist
- David Lange - former Prime Minister
- Jonah Lomu - rugby union
- Colin Moyle - politician
- Joseph Parker - boxer
- Jason Taumalolo - rugby league
- David Tua - heavyweight boxer
- Roger Tuivasa-Sheck - rugby league
- "Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board". Auckland Council. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- "Mangere - Property". The New Zealand Herald. 7 May 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- "Hon Aupito Su'a William Sio". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
- "Southern Guide" (PDF). Auckland Transport. October 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
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