Community rallies around families who lost it all in Māngere fire

By and is republished with permission

A charity says families displaced after a fire destroyed temporary homes behind a South Auckland Church will need lots of support this holiday season.

The fire at the Māngere Bridge church complex destroyed transitional homes, residents’ belongings and a car. (Source:

Two weeks ago, a fire ripped through the Akoteu Faka Kalisitiane Ko Namoa church complex at Māngere Bridge.

The blaze destroyed four cabins on the complex, where families in need of housing have been living in temporary accommodation.

Dave Letele from the charity Buttabean Motivation has been supporting the ten affected families, who are still living temporarily in the main church hall.

“We got reached out to right after it happened, for support with food and more, and we always think if you can help, you should.”

He said the community has been rallying around the affected families who had lost everything in the fire, and were doing it tough, especially in the lead up to Christmas.

“We are just one out of a number of groups that are supporting and doing the best we can. It’s tough times for a lot of people and for this to happen just leading up to Christmas, it’s heartbreaking really.

It was earlier reported by FENZ that there were no sprinklers and no evidence of smoke alarms in the church buildings housing the families.

The Tongan church said the revelation was concerning.

No one was injured in the fire but FENZ said the families are lucky to be alive.

Sometimes when a business is growing, it needs a little help.

Right now Kaniva News provides a free, politically independent, bilingual news service for readers around the world that is absolutely unique. We are the largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service, and our stories reach Tongans  wherever they are round the world. But as we grow, there are increased demands on Kaniva News for translation into Tongan on our social media accounts and for the costs associated with expansion. We believe it is important for Tongans to have their own voice and for Tongans to preserve their language, customs and heritage. That is something to which we are strongly committed. That’s why we are asking you to consider sponsoring our work and helping to preserve a uniquely Tongan point of view for our readers and listeners.

Latest news

Related news