Whitecliffe MFA Student Siliga David Setoga

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Whitecliffe MFA Student Siliga David Setoga

Whitecliffe MFA student Siliga David Setoga profiled in the New Zealand Herald article titled My Auckland: Mangere Bridge by Melani Cooper

Around the shops you notice that Mangere Bridge is home to a really diverse range of ethnicities, which is cool, and it’s also a really diverse range of ages. So you’ve got new families coming into the area but you’ve got also people who have lived forever and the retirement village is right there too.

One side of the shops is your standard takeaways but on the other side there’s a great line-up of cafes to choose from. It gets really busy at the weekend and there’s a great atmosphere. One of my favourites was Bridge Cafe but it’s gone so I’m making my way through the others.

The library is behind the shops and beside that there’s Swanson Park. It has a good little playground, plenty of room for our kids to run around and play and a great view of Mangere Mountain.

Just down the road from shops is the old-school bridge where people come to fish and where I taught my kids to ride their bikes. It’s a long, straight stretch that cars can’t come down so it’s safe. Heaps of cyclists use it.

I work from home so it’s great having everything so close. One of the reasons we moved here from Mt Eden two years ago was to be closer to the Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku where I’ve done a lot of different work.

It’s also great to have a live theatre nearby; it’s something everybody should have access to I think. We’re taking the older kids because live theatre is such a good experience. It’s so different to watching a screen.

The Village has everything you need close by, but Mangere Bridge is also just a few clicks away from Dominion Rd if you want to head into town - but it’s far enough away that it has its own essence.

T-shirts from Siliga David Setoga’s Popohardwear label are currently on display in Auckland Museum’s Identi-Tee exhibition, which explores how T-shirts express identity.

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