Manukau Courier

Dog's 'red raw' pain

Bossanova the shar pei cross is in the care of animal shelter Passion4Pawz after losing almost all his hair to a severe fungal infection.

A dog so badly neglected that nearly all his hair fell out could have been spared his suffering, rescuers say.

Thieves getting 'younger and younger'

District commander Superintendent John Tims says rising numbers of car thefts are ‘‘concerning’’ for  police.

Car thieves aged as young as 11 are regularly being picked up by police struggling to deal with child offenders.

Centre manager blames police

Papatoetoe Sports Centre general manager Justin Leydesdorff is angry at continued break-ins and an assault at his centre.

South Auckland police apologise for their part in a chain of events that led to a man being assaulted.

Football loving Stan checks in on kids

Stan Walker with Fifa U20 World Cup player escorts Matilda Lako and Kazitoa Farani.

A group of Auckland school kids got an early Easter gift in the form of X Factor judge Stan Walker.

Principal angry over haphazard walkway

Fed-up Mangere Central Primary School students, from left: Kingston Pihema, Tyler Pope, Hope Leaupepe and Atarina Seve on busy Kirkbride Rd.

Shattered glass, loose concrete and narrow paths have put students' safety at risk for two "chaotic" months.

Passion play full of Pacific flavour

JESUS RESURRECTED: From left: John played by Seto Uti, Jesus played by Andrew Malele, Peter played by Pio Iosefo, James played by Pio Faalogo and director Ross Jennings.

Jesus Christ is about to be resurrected again - in the form of a large Samoan man.

Left to stray, dogs maul sheep

PRIZED PETS: Ambury Regional Park ranger Garry Hewson and volunteer Elaine Churchill feed two of the farm’s remaining pet sheep.

Rangers are begging people to keep their dogs under control, after a spate of maulings at Ambury Regional Park.

Thieves 'arrogant, bold and brazen'

FED UP: Karen Barakat says a group of youngsters are terrorising her neighbourhood.

South Auckland homeowners are beefing up security after a spate of burglaries by teens.

Luke's courageous battle

STEPPING UP: Luke Ryan has more than 800 beads of courage and is one of the Child Cancer Foundation’s Auckland ambassadors.

Luke Ryan has over 800 "beads of courage" in recognition of procedures and operations.

Nappy bank has babies covered

IN FASHION: Cloth nappies are making a comeback.

They're essential items for babies but expensive disposable nappies could be sending some parents broke.

Principal fears for kids

SLOW DOWN: Alfriston Primary School students from left, Kiera Thompson, Thea Thompson, Cam Winiata-Brown, James Winiata-Brown, Aiden Platts and Blake Platts want drivers to take more care around their school.

A South Auckland principal is pleading with drivers to slow down after a truck crashed into her school's pool fence.

Residents open their homes

MUST SEE: Orford Lodge.

The Auckland suburb of Hillpark is hosting a house and garden tour to raise money to help protect the community's heritage

Auckland Transport looks for electric cars

MICRO-CARS: Auckland Transport is looking for a company to set up a two-seater electric car scheme.

Micro-car man throws his hat in the ring, hoping to be the one chosen to bring a car-sharing scheme to Auckland.

Enterprising teens thrive at event

SPEED COACHING: Manurewa High School students discuss their business idea with International Travel College marketing executive Jess O’Connor.

The next Steve Jobs could be a budding young business student in our very own backyard.

Celebrating 40 years of Polyfest

CELEBRATIONS: Nga Puna o Waiorea from Western Springs College opened the launch of the 40th Polyfest with an explosive performance.

The largest Maori and Pacific Island festival in the world is getting ready to celebrate 40 years.

Boarding houses at 'bottom of the cliff'

CLEAR OUT: 'No hoes' sign on a boarding house in Papatoetoe.

The last refuge of "fringe dwellers" - that's how one South Auckland boarding house manager describes the service he provides.

Morman missionaries multiply

BIG CHANGES: The missionary training centre in Manukau has been expanded to accommodate up to 112 missionaries who go on to serve in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Growing missionary numbers serving in the South Pacific has led to a $3 million expansion of a training centre.

Te Mahia train station stays in action

ON TRACK: Disability advocate Ezekiel Robson is very pleased with Auckland Transport’s decision to keep Te Mahia Station after it was threatened with closure. Robson collected 1500 signatures on a petition to save the facility.

DHB looks to cope with shortfall

CONCERNED: Counties Manukau Health chairwoman Lee Mathias.

Counties Manukau Health is facing a predicted funding shortfall of about $100 million.

Ice cream shop licked by road closures

STRAWBERRY GOODNESS: Caroline Trevena with an ice cream from Strawberry Farm.

Customers are getting lost or staying away from a popular Auckland tourist spot because of detours.

Speed calming call goes unanswered

TOO FAST: Joanne Tupaea, left, and Dianne Temple are delivering flyers throughout their Manurewa neighbourhood warning drivers to slow down.

Residents say hoons are speeding down their roads, but a a week-long survey of the Manurewa neighbourhood showed all is well.

Homeowner watches as blaze claims house

DESTROYED: Firefighters work  to put out a Papatoetoe house fire.

An Auckland homeowner was watching the World Cup cricket this afternoon, when his house was suddenly engulfed in flames.

'Personal' look at life in Otara

CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES: Cousins Huia Taylor and Ani Tangitu are working on a documentary about Otara.

Cousins Huia Taylor and Ani Tangitu are fed up with people bad-mouthing their hometown.

Big ice-cream, big cost

140115 NEWS Photo: Charlotte Curd / Fairfax NZ. Brandon Austin, 12 outside Iona Dairy where he goes at least 3 times a week in the summer for a big ice cream.

Community leaders are defending a decision to give extra funding to an ice-cream sundae world record attempt.

Elderly tenants have few alternatives

RISING COSTS: Edwin Hartley faces a $15 a week rent rise in his Auckland Council owned unit at Otara Court.

The rent on most council-owned pensioner flats in South Auckland is set to go up by up to $30 a week.

Youth mob bullies shoppers

HAIR-RAISING: Siofia Hair Design owner Linda Taungahihifo says ‘‘violent’’ kids are harassing and abusing her customers.

Kids as young as 6 harass patrons, fight and try to break into stores at an Auckland shopping centre.

Gambling bill needs hardening up

FAMILIES ROBBED: Mangere Community Law Centre advocate Justin Latif is calling for tougher legislation to reduce problem gambling in South Auckland.

Millions are being "sucked" from the community through a "blight" of pokie machines, local advocates say.

Takanini school to ease pressure

DESPERATELY NEEDED: A new primary school in Takanini, located at 181-191 Walters Rd, has been approved by the Ministry of Education.

Principals are crossing their fingers a new school in Takanini will open before already swelling student numbers become too much to handle.

Bike recycling initiative takes off

BIKING DILEMMA: Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre manager Diana Swarbrick says there's not enough space to store the bikes donated by the generous community.

Diana Swarbrick has bicycles coming out of her ears – and she's not sure where to put them all.

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