Manukau Courier

Large house fire in Auckland

Firefighters battles a blaze at a derelict property in Auckland.

Huge blaze at derelict house in Flat Bush sparks high number of 111 calls.

Portage Crossing a success video

The Portage crossing celebrates an ancient Waka passage between the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours.

High spirits, rather than high seas, dominated Saturday's demanding Portage Crossing in Auckland.

Papakura car death not suspicious

Police on Alma Crescent, Papakura, where a woman's body was found inside a car.

An autopsy has confirmed the death of a woman found in a car on Thursday was not suspicious.

New bus station for Manukau

Among those on hand for the first sod turning at the site of the new Manukau bus station in Putney Way were, from left, Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board deputy chair Ross Robertson, board chairman Efeso Collins, Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Manukau ward councillor Alf Filipaina, Auckland mayor Len Brown, Hunua MP Andrew Bayly, Corrections and Police Minister Judith Collins, and Manurewa MP Louisa Wall.

Construction of the new $26 million Manukau bus station should be finished by the second half of 2017.

Village bids farewell

Locals placed flowers at the park sign as an impromptu memorial.

Naomi Kirk has taken one final journey through the suburb she helped to shape.

Manukau City pull off a coup gallery

Kevin Fallon says he's pleased to be back in the game after a short hiatus.

Master coach Kevin Fallon will guide Manukau City this football season.

Search on for golf's next big star

Golfer Ryan Fox is a Holden ambassador.

Holden is on a drive to find New Zealand's next Ryan Fox or Lydia Ko.

What's On: Sol3 Mio

Sol3 Mio will be performing at Villa Maria Estate Winery to raise funds for Variety - The Children's Charity.

Musical trio Sol3 Mio will give a special performance to raise funds for Variety - The Children's Charity.

Singing stars wanted for charity choir

Variety - The Children's Charity is calling for singing stars aged 7-18  to step up and audition for Variety Voices,  the charity's performance choir group.

Wanted: Singing stars aged 7-18.

Making the tough calls

Cricket umpire Grant Howlett has been making the tough calls for 10 years.

Grant Howlett is a man who makes sport run like clockwork but says high pressure situations put people off the important job of umpiring.

Shaping tomorrow’s leaders

Working hard for other young residents are Manurewa Youth Council members, from left, Haven Henare-Heke, chairwoman Sarah Colcord, and Junior Laulala.

They have big ideas and are full of ambition for the future of their community.

Free shuttle service between hospital sites

The new shuttle service will take patients from Manukau SuperClinic to Middlemore Hospital and back.

A new shuttle bus is being be trialled between South Auckland hospital sites.

What's On: Scottish sounds in South Auckland

Angus J MacColl is to perform in South Auckland.

Prominent Scottish bagpiper Angus J.MacColl is getting ready to perform in South Auckland.

Essay contest examines World War I

Manurewa World War I Commemoration committee members, from left, Stella Cattle, Daniel Newman, and Angela Dalton, are calling for entries to a school essay competition.

Teenage history buffs are encouraged to enter an essay competition on the subject of war.

Creative kids sought for nature event

Johlida van Schalkwyk models the kingfisher outfit she made with classmates Poppy Fulton and Sara Faleatua which won last year's wearable art competition.

Young designers and chefs are invited to enter this year's Eye on Nature competitions.

Tracking measures after baby abduction

Newborn feet.

New tracking bracelets are being trialled at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital after a newborn was abducted in 2014.

Have a heart this February

Having a heart condition doesn't stop Sela Alo playing with his three children, Kyan, Josh and Kaitlyn.

Flava FM breakfast host gets behind this month's Heart Foundation appeal, knowing all too well the effects of heart disease.

Car wash? Nope, laundromat

A car smashed through the front of a south Auckland laundromat over night

Out-of-control car smashes into building and ends lodged in a south Auckland laundromat.

Cow poo causes airport stink

MPI staff said the passenger did the right thing by declaring the cow pat.

"Commercially packaged dung" intercepted at Auckland Airport, but traveller praised for declaring item.

Good Bloke Award: Eddie Kennedy

Eddie Kennedy volunteers for events like the Hospice Long Lunch which raised more than $36,000.

This week's Good Bloke Award goes to Eddie Kennedy of Mangere, who volunteers for Totara Hospice.

Lovers get life

Amandeep Kaur (L) and Gurjinder Singh (R) were sentenced at the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday.

After their affair was exposed, two lovers nearly decapitated the woman's husband.

Gruelling Portage Crossing returns

Waka ama crews will be pushing their craft along Portage Rd on Saturday.

One of the longest running - and toughest - events on the Manukau calendar is back.

Look Who's Talking: Ane Chan-Paeu

Ane Chan-Paeu says there's "never a dull day" in Otahuhu.

There can "always be a win-win outcome" to every problem, Ane Chan-Paeu reckons.

Sport: The Mad Butcher

What a fantastic week. It was unbelievable.

Booting up for exercise

Norma Schwenke says she isn't afraid of boot camp.

The Schwenkes are feeling challenged in their third week of training for Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

Sharing message of tolerance

Ahmadiyya Muslims Mustenser Qamar, left, and Iqbal Mohammed are tending to members of their faith community.

The pious life of a spiritual missionary may not be to everyone's taste but for a new member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, it's his calling.

Out & About: Summer safety

KiNZ centre manager Lisa Frank, centre, and assistant centre manager Jane Booker, far right, join kids and parents as they hold up key rings with a message on road safety.

Safekids is promoting safety around cars in driveways this summer.

Sport: Papatoetoe take on competition leaders

Papatoetoe's Navdeep Aujla took 7 for 90 against competition leaders Takapuna, his best figures of the season.

Papatoetoe proved they can foot it with the best when they played Auckland club cricket's two-day championship leaders Takapuna last Saturday

Opinion:Willie Jackson

I first went to Waitangi in 1984 on what was known as the "Hikoi ki Waitangi".

Community hub looted

Friendship House chief executive Neil Denney was disappointed to find the centre had been vandalised over the summer break.

Vandals "stole from their own community" by vandalising a much-loved neighbourhood hub.

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