Manukau Courier

Child poverty not addressed

An economist says there is little in the new Budget to address child poverty.

Child Poverty Action Group says little focus has been put on housing and household incomes in this year's budget.

Train makers bring ingenuity to models

Model makers and train enthusiasts David Hall, left, Gary Baxter and Colin Davies in front of one of their models.

Model making may appear to hail from another generation but it is still for the young at heart.

'Huge Chinese demand' for housing

Terraced housing at the Addison subdivision in Takanini. Houses with a bit of land were even more appealing to Chinese ...

Flyer claims "new generation" Chinese investors are keen to buy property.

Migrant women connect

Community Expression founder Dheepa Nedungat is leading a series of workshops to help migrant women in Papakura feel ...

Community workshops aim to empower migrant women.

Pensioners desperate for more security

Daniel Noble says residents at Hills Court are scared in their own homes. They all want more security.

Pensioners at Hills Court are scared in their own homes after a bout of break-ins, an assault and thefts.

Melini's mastering education

Melini Fasavulu and her granddaughter Madison 'Ofanoa at the University of Auckland's Manukau Campus honouring ceremony ...

Deputy principal Melini Fasavalu has been awarded for her masters thesis.

An extra $56 million for Counties Manukau

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says delivering better health services remains this Government's number one funding ...

New funding for Counties Manukau district health board increases their total allocation to a record level. 

HOP card switch confusing seniors

The new AT Gold HOP card for SuperGold cardholders.

Auckland SeniorGold cardholders have been confused by a lack of clarity around the need to register for a public transport HOP card.

Auckland's hardest working politicians

Auckland's hardest working politicians may be people you've never heard of, such as Devonport-Takapuna's Mike Cohen.

They often take the brunt of criticism, but we give credit to local body politicians doing amazing things.

Role models wanted

Kingsland resident Matt Mouat has mentored a child of a prison inmate for three years.

More mentors are needed for children of prisoners following the opening of the new Auckland South Corrections Facility in Wiri.

Arrests after cop assaulted

The police dog handler was left on the roadside on Bairds Road, Otahuhu, shortly before 4am on Saturday.

Two men have been arrested after a cop was found lying unconscious on the side of the road.

Sport: Do or die match for Otahuhu gallery

Buried under Wesley College's Josh Rongoimuri, left, Matiu Lu'au, and Saimone Setefano is a St Paul's College player

 Everything's riding on the final round of College Rugby League for Otahuhu College.

High profile speakers coming to TEDx

Rene Naufahu, who played Sam Aleni on Shortland Street, will be one of the speakers at TEDxManukau on June 11.

Counties Manukau residents get a chance at seeing TEDxManukau at a discounted price.

'Sorry' over criminal near school

Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae principal Arihia Stirling says the offender "shouldn't be incarcerated in a community".

Corrections apologises for keeping school in the dark about its sex offender neighbour.

New Pasifika centre set to open

MIT Pasifika Development manager Seiuli Terri Leo-Mauu says the centre has been an eight-year dream.

A new Pasifika Community Centre is getting ready to open.

Scholar-turned cop changing lives gallery video

Janelle Pownceby joined the police force after dropping out of a four-year-long scholarship with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Janelle Pownceby says she's realised as a police officer that you can change the world - but it has to be in small, bite-sized ways.

Express to success education station

Left, Te Wananga o Aotearoa northern region director Matiu Payne and secondary school relationships manager Shanan Halbert.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa homework hubs aim to help youth better their education.

Sport: Partial blindness not enough to stop coach

John Cocker will aim to lead College Rifles to their first Gallaher Shield title since 1964.

Despite permanent damage in his right eye, John Cocker is still pursuing a career in rugby.

Ihumatao SHA gets the tick

Hundreds of people created a human chain around the special housing area in March to protest the development.

Locals are vowing to keep fighting a controversial special housing area after it received the go-ahead from commissioners.

Doors open for Maori artists

The first release for Waatea Music is from Howie Morrison Jnr, titled If I Could Change My Life.

The new Maori record label Waatea Music was formed to produce and support it's artists performing in both Te Reo and English.

'Buddies' help break the cycle

Pillars mentor coordinator Corrina Dixon and mentor Ben McCallum say the ideal volunteer is patient and open-minded.

Ben McCallum's volunteer work often leaves his sides aching with laughter.

Scholarships too good to pass up

Auckland University will have more scholarships available than any other New Zealand university.

Auckland University is providing hundreds of new undergraduate scholarships.

Hundreds of apartments going up

The block of land is close to Manukau Institute of Technology and the train station.

Six hundred apartments are set to rise in central Manukau after a deal is struck between Auckland Council and the Government.

Body in van not suspicious

Renton Rd in South Auckland was closed while police worked on the scene.

The discovery of a body in south Auckland has been referred to the coroner.

Fashionable artists open their doors

International goldsmith Christine Hafermalz-Wheeler is known for her double rings.

Take a tour of 35 Waiheke Island artists' studios over Queen's Birthday weekend.

Out & About: Students spend a Big Day In gallery

Booktrack facilitator Craig Wilson helps Samantha Gonzales, 14, to create music for online storytelling.

Manurewa High School students got creative during the Big Day In conference.

Thanks a Bunch - Susan Howard

Susan Howard is this week's Thanks a Bunch recipient.

This week's Thanks a Bunch goes to Susan Howard from Goodwood Heights.

Look Who's Talking: South is 'straight up'

People in South Auckland "call a spade a spade", Chris Traill reckons.

People in South Auckland "call a spade a spade", Chris Traill reckons.

More marchers wanted

The Major Effort marchers - coach Lois Peter, left, Gabrielle Moffat, leader Chris Wilson, Bev Jennings and Sandra ...

A "no stress" ladies' marching team is seeking new members.

Sport: Lions hold no fear for Hawks gallery

Mangere Easts' Johnathan Pakieto hangs on to Glenora Bears Eddie Aki for dear life.

 The Mt Albert Lions aren't as intimidating as they used to be.

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