Manukau Courier

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.

Family violence inspector's focus

Inspector Dave Glossop is the Counties Manukau police district's new prevention manager.

There's a new cop on the job in one of the police district's highest posts.

Learning to make ends meet

Salvation Army budgeting advisor Maureen Martin, left, is helping her client Lily improve her financial situation.

Lily knows exactly what it's like to do it tough.

Out & About: Legends of League gallery

Mangere's Whare Ngaruhe with New South Wales greats Steve Roach, left, and Josh Perry.

Sports fans turned out in force when league's legends came to Mangere.

Thanks a Bunch: NZ Career College

Early childhood education lecturer Luhama 'Ofeina-'Ehe-Langi Fale holds the flowers awarded to the New Zealand Career College Manukau Campus.

This week's Thanks a Bunch award goes to the staff at New Zealand Career College in Manukau. 

Artists talk the talk

G.G Talk that Talk opens at Fresh Gallery Otara on February 11.

Fresh Gallery Otara is showcasing an exhibition as part of the Auckland Pride Festival.

Search on for dairy robbers

Counties Manukau police want to speak to this man in relation to an aggravated robbery in Otara.

Police are looking for four men who allegedly threatened a shop owner over a pack of cigarettes.

'It's been a nightmare'

Sally French wants to move into and do up this vacant Papakura state house until she can find somewhere to live long-term.

The past 12 months has been the "year from hell" for Sally French.

Sport: Weather plays havoc with cricket

Karaka's Nav Sran snared three Pukekohe-Metro wickets, including the last to fall.

This weekend was the most weather-hit of the year.

Teen murderer paroled

Natalie Fenton has been given parole 17 years after murdering Raymond Mullins

Natalie Fenton was just 15 when she, her sister and a friend committed a sustained and brutal attack on a man.

Mowers rev back into life

Waiuku Zero Waste operations manager Chris Bowers and general manager Sue Wallis with the restored equipment.

Waiuku Zero Waste has partnered with Wiri Prison to help restore lawn mowers.

Splore festival coming soon

There's something for everyone at Splore including a dedicated performance area.

Its regulars describe it as their favourite summer festival.

Helping out with horticulture

Takanini's Hamlin Road Farm and the Manakau Institute of Technology have teamed up to train people in horticulture skills who have suffered mental illness.

Gardening skills and fresh veggies are part of a programme helping people recover from mental illness.

Legal experts help jailed mums

Prominent lawyer Stacey Shortall is helping incarcerated mums improve their relationships with their children.

Women behind bars are receiving valuable support from some of the country's top legal minds.

Fruit freedom: No further flies found

A single male Tau fly was found in a trap on January 22.

It's now safe to move fruits and vegetables in and out of Manurewa.

Arrest after manhunt

30-year-old Patrick Dixon has been arrested following a shooting incident in Manurewa early on Wednesday morning.

Patrick Dixon, sought after a police car was shot at in Auckland, has been arrested in Cambridge.

South Auckland death investigated

Neighbours say there was yelling and screaming before the man, in his mid-30s, died.

A man is dead in Mangere after neighbours heard someone shout out "I killed him".

Huge snakeskin in Kiwi's luggage

Auckland Airport biosecurity staff intercepted this giant anaconda skin.

Biosecurity staff in Auckland have seized a snakeskin more than two metres long.

Putting airport plan on tracks

Mangere-Otahuhu board is backing the option of heavy rail from Onehunga to the airport.

Auckland Transport is investigating if light or heavy rail to Auckland Airport is the best option to ease traffic congestion.

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