Manukau Courier

Love letter to Papatoetoe stuff nation

Little known fact - Auckland mayor Phil Goff bought his first home in Papatoetoe, in Wilmay Ave in the 1970s.

A place where simply driving down its 'best street' just makes you feel happy.

Man injured riding train

The man suffered life-threatening injuries after an incident at the Puhinui Train Station (file photo).

How did a "significantly" injured man on a train in south Auckland come to be on board?

Body found in water

The body was found in the Manukau Harbour on Wednesday afternoon.

Three boys fishing in Auckland's Manukau Harbour dragged the man's body to shore.

Tenancy Truths: Family flees state house

The hot water cylinder leaks and has caused water damage to the property as well as mould to grow on the walls.

Raewyn Seamer has had enough of the dampness, cold, cockroaches, and rats.

Tenancy Truths: 'I've had a gutsful'

Housing NZ tenant Raymond Wright-St Clair is unhappy with the length of time it appeared to take the agency to repair a ...

Bad timing has left a state housing tenant believing it's taken almost a month to carry out minor repairs in his home.

Manukau Harbour gets a clean up

Students of Mangere College clean up harbour near Auckland Airport.

A dozen south Auckland students spent their day rummaging through a pile of inorganics to clean up the coast.

Action at last for Sandbrook Reserve

Otara's Sandbrook community buildings have been vacant for nearly three years and as a result receive constant vandalism.

Council wanted it demolished but a local board and children's charity had a different idea about what to do with an empty, vandalised property.

Jackson: War has ongoing impact on Maori

The 28th Maori Battalion in Egypt during World War II. Members were from Te Tau Ihu (the top of the South Island).

OPINION: I find it difficult to not be frustrated, disappointed and a little angry every year when ANZAC Day comes along.

Mad Butcher: Proud to be a Kiwi

David Fusitua celebrates with his teammates after scoring a try during the round eight NRL match between the Melbourne ...

Anzac Day made me so proud to be a Kiwi, watching all those people turn out to honour our servicemen and women.

Play cards and learn English

Ayako Imahashi, left, credits Jane Stearns for helping her learn English through a bridge club.

Language isn't a barrier to the popular card game bridge, you just have to be able to count to 40.

Bus crash driver in court

Talakai Aholelei appears at the Manukau District Court on Wednesday.

Talakai Aholelei, charged with causing deaths of three people in Christmas Eve bus crash, has appeared in court.

Rapping about real estate video

David Dallas came home to write his latest album, Hood Country Club.

David Dallas' new album is about finance companies and real estate prices. Why?

Shot in driveway video

Police were called to a house in Flat Bush just after midnight on Monday after a gunshot was heard.

A man was shot in his Auckland driveway overnight after being confronted by a stranger.

Over 50,000 litres of dumped rubbish

Sea Cleaners and the Navy teamed up to collect more than 50,000 litres of rubbish in Otara's Tamaki Strait.

Car parts, refrigerators, ovens, "anything you can think of, it's here", Hayden Smith says. 

Teenage mum turns life around for baby

Shayde isn't sad about what happened because she is 'just moving forward in life'.

She survived a troubled childhood, got caught in the wrong company, spiralled into bad habits and had a baby at 14.

Flowing display for fallen soldiers

Names of soldiers who died in World War I that hailed from Papatoetoe and nearby districts.

A striking memorial to 72 fallen soldiers has returned to Old Papatoetoe's main street.

Rookie cop ready to serve

10042017 news photo: JARRED WILLIAMSON / FAIRFAX NZ. New police recruits: Constable Ethan Parker, of Papakura. Parker ...

He's been recognised for his training, now Constable Ethan Parker's ready for the front line.

$1 lease in Auckland

The new youth space in Otahuhu has inspired Caroline Pili Tufuga-Paepae to do more good for the community.

Suicide is an issue for many youth and a group of mentors are hoping a new space in Otahuhu will address it.

'We need to reach out to them'

LinkPeople staff Rami Alrudaini, left, and Tom Caukwell are helping south Auckland's homeless people into housing.

A south Auckland family found living in their car are among those helped as part of a $3.7m project tackling chronic homelessness.

Sport: Counties Manukau fourth best

Counties Manukau remain the fourth strongest province for 12 and 13-year-old  athletes after the Interprovincial ...

Five of New Zealand's 12 top junior athletes hail from Counties Manukau.

Health shuttle to launch for south Aucklanders

St John health shuttle team leader Lindsay Roberts says being a driver is hugely rewarding.

St John plans to have a free south Auckland shuttle service operating by the middle of the year.

Sport: Young leaders win rugby experience

Rosehill College rugby players Utumalama Atonio, left and Vulangi Olosoni beam after  Blues loose forward Steven Luatua ...

June 23 can't come soon enough for Rosehill College rugby players Utumalama Atonio and Vulangi Olosoni.

Questions over bridge closure

A third sign is located on the other side of the bridge.

South Auckland motorists are worried about the potential impact a bridge's closure will have on their daily commute.

Family grieve missing boatie video

Auckland police's Eagle helicopter will focus on a midday low-tide coastline sweep of Manukau Harbour for the missing man.

The family of a missing fisherman in Auckland have gathered as police and Coastguard scale back search efforts.

'I wouldn't be here right now'

Maasi Tongotongo, centre, reflects on the cardiac arrest that almost took his life.

The police officers were in Auckland on leave when they found a driver slumped over the wheel and saved his life.

Robbed twice in a month

Offenders smashed the night pay window at the Otahuhu Caltex on April 20.

Cigarettes and cash the target as thieves smash their way into a service station twice in a month.

A moo-ving tale video

Friday now lives in the home paddock and moos for hay whenever anyone walks past.

Now believed to have swam more than 20km to an island during a flood, cow Friday has made it home.

Mihaere: What's on your bucket list?

Have you ever been a pilgrimage? Why not share your story with Peter Mihaere at

The idea of pilgrimage is something some of us have either experienced or hope to do one day.

Donation advances environmental efforts

A donation from the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation to Sea Cleaners Trust will help it buy a second boat to be used ...

The work of people dedicated to improving the environment is receiving an important financial boost.

Local politicians support better funding campaign

Manurewa MP Louisa Wall joined teachers and support staff from NZEI campaigning for better funding at Rowandale School.

The funding freeze on schools has drawn in Green MP Marama Davidson and Manurewa MP Louisa Wall to get behind support staff who have been hit by it.

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