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Community locked out gallery

The prison is funded by the Government and run by private company Serco.

Politician "gutted" to have been excluded from decisions about prison in her local board area.

Herbicide closes Cosseys Dam

A herbicide has led to the closure of Cosseys Dam in the Hunua Ranges.

A herbicide has caused the closure of Cosseys Dam in the Hunua Ranges.

SPORT: Otara Scorpions have another shot at redemption gallery

Captain and second rower Uila Aiolupo will lead the Otara Scorpions charge against the Mt Albert Lions on August 8.

The Otara Scorpions have earned themselves another crack at staying in the Fox Memorial Trophy.

SPORT: Papatoetoe AFC keep league leaders on their toes gallery

Papatoetoe AFC's Joel Frank rises unchallenged for this header.

A Chatham Cup quarter-final against Dunedin Technical in Dunedin on August 9 already has Mangere United shivering.

SPORT: City escape Murdoch Park with two late goals gallery

Papakura City's Valerio Nawatu in action.

Papakura City coach Jason Heather rates Lynn Avon a greater threat to Papakura City than many think.

SPORT: Rangers get a shot at unbeaten Southern Cavaliers.

 Southern Cavaliers and Papatoetoe Rangers have top billing in round four of netball's Regional Premier League on August 7.

SPORT: Leopards a tricky match for Shaun Clark's Sea Eagles

Halfback Henry Dunn will be key for the Papakura Sea Eagles premier firsts against Otahuhu.

Fox Memorial Premiership: Papakura 28 Northcote 8; Glenora 6 Otara 44; Mt Albert 50 Mangere East 16; Otahuhu 20 Pt Chevalier 40; Marist 20 Howick 14.

SPORT: Steelers looking to improve performance against Canterbury

Steelers coach Tana Umaga was happy with his team's performace despite their loss to Taranaki.

The Counties Manukau Steelers will be looking for an improved performance against Canterbury on August 7

Plan ahead to avoid roadworks

Changes are being made the intersection of Kirkbride Rd and State Highway 20A to allow for the road widening.

From August 10 until next March motorists will not be able to make right turns from Kirkbride Rd in Mangere on to State Highway 20A.

Loki knows just when to speak

Loki looks on to the page as student Sariah Pukeroa reads to him.

Loki the Leonberger has been helping students read.

Hip hopping on to international stage

Lil Leaguez are preparing for an international competition in Brisbane. From left back, Paige DeBreche, Tatyana Toma and Brianna Ochi, front from left Liam Miller, Mischa Inglis and Tate Miller.

Lil Leaguez have been selected as one of the hip hop crews to represent NZ at the biggest and most prestigious international street dance competition in the Southern Hemisphere.

Look Who's Talking - Alen Prokopis

Alen Prokopis of Mangere East, enjoys meeting people from different ethnic backgrounds, learning about their cultures, language and food.

Alen Prokopis, manager, lives in Mangere East

Out & About: Auckland airport gets behind Maori Language Week

The haka echoed throughout the whole international terminal.

Aorere College's kapa haka performances attract a large audience at Auckland International Airport

SPORT: Steelers pin their hopes on forward pack gallery

Cardiff Vaega in Hurricanes colours.

 It's the Steelers backline that is keeping coach Tana Umaga awake at night.

SPORT: The Mad Butcher

Another game that got away from the Vodafone Warriors - we might have lost to the Cronulla Sharks 18-14 but at least we went down fighting.

SPORT: Tirahou and Titans stay top gallery

Kara Bronze are, from left, Layrn Tiarua, Emily Kennedy, Jessica Kennedy, Ezikiel Karika-Nuku, Mary Jane Lazarus and DeRdrey Walker-Tuiletufuga and coach Juanita Lazarus.

Tirahou A and Revelation Titans continue their winning ways in Mangere-Otahuhu Netball Centre's Ladies A grade.

SPORT: Manurewa Rugby Black too good

Alfriston Red, from left, Brooklyn Comage, Grace Welsh, Sylvia Burns and Jeneva Burns and back left, Sioannah Papalii, Samantha Rawnsley, Anoksha Pourewa and Shakita Woodge, lost to Misfits by two points on August 01.

Manurewa Rugby Black is shaping up as the team to beat in Papakura Netball Centre's senior premier grade.

SPORT: Manurewa High out of playoffs

Otahuhu College carry Counties Manukau hopes into the College Rugby League playoffs on August 5.

Man with 'faded' face scars sought

Police want to identify man in indecent assault.

Police in South Auckland need help identifying a man involved in an indecent assault.

Opinion: Willie Jackson

The Serco prison debate has landed Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga right smack into the political punching ring.

Police numbers in Counties Manukau up slightly

Police Minister Michael Woohouse.

There are just 16 more police on Counties Manukau's frontline than six years ago.

Driver's licences, not jail, for abusive partners

Senior sergeant Amber Stobie says the pilot scheme is focused on keeping families together.

Family violence offenders offered alternative treatment under a new scheme designed to steer them away from jail.

Unique opportunity for employers and job seekers

JobFest - connecting young people with real job opportunities. North Harbour Stadium, Albany 10am-2pm, August 7.

JobFest15 is a unique opportunity for employers and job seekers, aged between 16 and 24, to connect face-to-face and discuss job opportunities.

Vacation from mucking in gallery

Stuart Wilkerson has been a rider and volunteer at Totara Park Riding for the Disabled for 25 years.

The saddle and reins have been put aside by one Riding for the Disabled volunteer after 25 years of mucking in.

Cement boats relocating

Holcim Cement boats will be relocating to the Waitemata port once a new terminal is completed.

Holcim is relocating its cement boats from Onehunga to Waitemata port.

SPCA still closed to cats

An influx of cats, all picked up from one property, has meant the Auckland SPCA is still unable to accept new arrivals.

SPCA Auckland still closed to incoming cats after more than 180 cats were rescued from an alleged animal hoarder.

Building dreams one cabin at a time

Students Akanoa Tere and Kepueli Teaua in front of the portable cabin.

Building dreams is what Tangaroa College's Trades Academy is all about.

Samson's story retold

The Samson Story will be showcased at Mangere Arts Centre on August 8-9.

 A Bible story about the quest for true love hits the stage this weekend.

Women, children wrongfully held

IPCA chairman Judge Sir David Carruthers said the way police treated the two women caused them to believe they had been detained and were not free to go.

Police failed in their duty of care when they detained vulnerable people in hunt for man.

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