Manukau Courier

Bag snatchings worry police

People are encouraged to wear their bags across their bodies to make them harder for thieves to grab.

Two bag snatches just days and metres apart have led Counties Manukau police to issue a safety warning.

Bullying against 'European values'

Sandra Marx has complained to the Employment Relations Authority about racial discrimination and unjustifiable dismissal.

South Auckland trainee teacher claims she was sacked for her "European values system."

Good bloke Award: Robert Katipa

Father, uncle, husband, grandfather and brother and good all-round bloke Robert Katipa.

This week's Good Bloke Award goes to Robert Katipa of Manurewa.

SPORT: The Mad Butcher

What an unbelievable experience. A try at the death to level the score and a sideline conversion to give the Cowboys their first ever NRL title – you could not script it.

SPORT: Good start for Auckland United

Auckland United celebrate Auckland's Gurjeet Singh's goal.

Auckland United will look to build on a positive start to their football season when they play Southern in Dunedin on Sunday.

OPINION: Willie Jackson

Maori women leadership support Chris Brown.

SPORT: Juniors miss out to Falcons

The under-15s Nitoa Kairau is stopped in his tracks.

The Stingrays are the bridesmaids of rugby league's national youth championships once again.

SPORT: Counties Manukau Heat qualify

Waikato's Rochelle Smiler eyes up Sharnita Woodman.

Counties Manukau Heat face Wellington in the semifinal of the women's national provincial rugby championship on Saturday. 

Look Who's Talking: Faamoana Leilua gallery

Faamoana Leilua, 37, schools and youth liaison at Manukau Institute of Technology, lives in Clendon Park.

Kadi pays it forward

Kadi Sy was inspired to study mental health by the social workers at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.

The support a young refugee received is fuelling her to give back to her adopted country.

Ramping up to break the cycle

Pillars chief executive Verna McFelin and patron Sir Pita Sharples at the opening of Pillars' new office in Manukau.

Pillars aims to increase its mentoring service tenfold over the next five years.

SPORT: Papatoetoe Junior Sports Awards

Junior hockey international Kalyan Jeram is Papatoetoe's junior sportperson of the year.

Turbine comes to a standstill

The Otahuhu power station closed on September 30, 2015.

After 47 years, the Otahuhu Power Station has closed its doors.

Filipaina explains his vote

Alf Filipaina voted against the motion to revoke support for the Oruarangi Rd Special Housing Area.

Alf Filipaina explains why he voted down a motion to protect a cherished piece of land.

Alcohol bans disappear

Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board chairwoman Lydia Sosene says it has been forced to get rid of 30 alcohol bans.

Thirty alcohol bans have been removed in the Mangere-Otahuhu area.

Patients to reunite with rescuers

Calling all those who have been helped by the Auckland Westpac rescue helicopter - you're invited to the first ever Rescue Reunion.

Anyone who has ever been transported by the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter is invited to attend the Rescue Reunion at Mechanics Bay on October 18.

SPORT: The Umaga effect

Tana Umaga's stint in charge of Counties Manukau has returned the province to the high standards it was accustomed to when Joeli Vidiri and Jonah Lomu graced the field.

Tana Umaga's last game in charge at Counties Manukau is on October 10.

SPORT: Papakura relying on old hands gallery

All-rounder Gian Botha will captain Papakura again this year.

Papakura open the defence of Counties Manukau club cricket's twenty/20 championship against Weymouth and Pukekohe-Metro on October 10.

Diwali's lucky stars

From left. Amrit Jagayat, Harprit Singh and Gurneet Rehsi in their colourful bhangra outfits.

Bollywood Bhangra will perform on stage for Diwali.

Snip cats for spring

Kitten season has come early to SPCA Auckland.

The scalpels are being sharpened at SPCA Auckland.

World's best aloes thrive in Auckland video

Emma Bodley, botanical records and conservation specialist at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, cataloged the large aloe collection donated by a Nelson grower.

The Auckland Botanic Gardens now have an "amazing" collection thanks to the life's work of an enthusiast.

Out & About: Ambury Farm Day

The Clydesdales are a firm favourite with the crowds.

About 32,000 people flocked to Mangere Bridge for the annual Ambury Farm Day.

Application for new Mangere bridge lodged

Recreational boats will be able to go under the new bridge.

A new pedestrian bridge over the Manukau Harbour moves a step closer.

1080 kills pet dog

Lulu, the larger dog pictured with Jack Russell puppy, Poppy.

A beloved Auckland dog poisoned by 1080 "didn't die in vain".

Students soldier on despite 1080 drop

Year 10 student Konelio Opatt Toma emerges from one of obstacles on the Camp Adair confidence course.

1080 drop doesn't stop students from taking charge at school camp. 

Aucklanders cop more bus lane fines

Bus lane fines are on the rise, as Auckland Transport prepares to put in 24/7 bus lanes.

Bus lane fines are on the rise as city officials introduce 24/7 bus corridors.

Crackdown on public transport fare dodgers

A new law will give local council transport inspectors more power to deal with fare dodgers.

A new law will give local authorities more powers to deal with public transport users who don't pay.

Give two hours to breast cancer

Breast Cancer Foundation ambassador Jacqueline Nairn, who plays nurse Wendy Cooper on Shortland Street, is calling for volunteers to join the 9000-strong Pink Army.

The breast cancer challenge is still enormous.

We must take more refugees - Devoy

Dame Susan Devoy says it's not an easy to time be a refugee in New Zealand.

Race Relations Commissioner says it's time for Kiwis to take responsibility and welcome refugees.

Funding boost for Auckland's emergency housing

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.

Mayor Len Brown has welcomed a Government funding boost which will help battle Auckland's emergency housing crisis. 

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