Manukau Courier

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.

Gang member wanted over shooting video

30-year-old Patrick Dixon is a Rebel Motorcycle Gang member and is wanted in relation to a shooting incident in south Auckland.

Police believe motorcycle gang member was involved in South Auckland shooting.

Sport: Bring home the Ace Cuthers Trophy gallery

Te Manga Green cross for gold J19 men's W6 1000.

The Cook Island Outrigger Canoe club had plenty to celebrate after the waka ama's nationals championships.

Sport: Vaka Manu Red equal winning record gallery

The record equalling Manu Vaka Red crew have won their fourth straight national W6 500 sprint title.

Vaka Ama Red are near untouchable in waka ama's premier men W6 500 division.

Thanks a Bunch: Sue Hartwell

Sue Hartwell donates her free time to Age Concern Counties Manukau's charity store in Papatoetoe.

This week's Thanks a Bunch goes to Sue Hartwell of Papatoetoe.

What's that smell?

Watercare  operations technician Chris Garton has a very special nose.

Chris Garton has a nose for the water business.

Out & About: Inorganics workshop

ME Family Services waste minimisation facilitator Justine Skilling shows the community important steps to remember for inorganic collection.

Inorganic collections are changing and ME Family Services is spreading the word to the community.

Feeling younger in just one week

Victor and Norma Schwenke say they're feeling more energetic thanks to exercising in the great outdoors and Norma says she feels younger already.

Victor and Norma Schwenke have survived their first week of training for Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

Look Who's Talking: Tiana Samasoni

Tiana Samasoni with son Lincoln, 2.

South Aucklanders can "travel the world just by walking out of your door", Tiana Samasoni reckons.

Sport: NRL invasion about to begin gallery

Otahuhu Leopard life member and died hard Manly Warringah fan Wally Tooman.

Wally Tooman will have the last laugh when the Manly Sea Eagles visit the Otahuhu Leopards on February 4.

Sport: Papatoetoe's relegation worries ease

Papatoetoe's Navdeep Aujla took 5-59 in Cornwall's second innings.

Papatoetoe complete a sharp match against Cornwall with an outright victory. 

'Like a skeleton covered with fur'

Despite their best efforts SPCA could not heal Ben's psychological wounds and he had to be euthanised.

GRAPHIC WARNING: A dog left with irreparable psychological damage after being starved had to be put down.

Public transport fares are changing

Public transport fares are changing from February 28.

Auckland Transport is preparing for new simplified travel zones by increasing fares.

Safety day for whole family

Sergeant Hamish Chapman is inviting people of all ages to a community safety day.

There will be safety in numbers in Wiri this month.

Protesters: Sacred land must be saved

About 80 people picketed the hearings, calling for "justice" for the land.

Protesters oppose plan to build houses on "sacred" land.

Living Earth is growing

Living Earth processes 100,000 tonnes of green waste at its Puketutu Island and Christchurch facilities every year.

Living Earth waste management is expanding on Puketutu Island.

Offenders get stuck into community work

Offenders completed more than 2.1 million hours of labour in 2015.

Scholarship winner says it's a 'blessing'

MIT Maori Sports Award Scholarship winner Andre Betham plans to study a diploma of sports and recreation.

A Maori Sports Award Scholarship is a "real honour" for James Cook High student.

Patient thanks St John for saving her life

St John emergency medical technician Michael Johnson, left, Nicky Ikenasio, emergency medical technician Rebecca Brown and St John paramedic Tim Cox.

Nicky Ikenasio has a new outlook on life thanks to St John paramedics.

Dogs get dates this Valentines

Ellie is dressed up to the nines ready for the Auckland Council's Valentine's Day doggy speed dating service.

Auckland's dating scene has gone to the dogs.

Call for action on illegal rubbish

Otahuhu woman Liz Arbon asks people to stop discarding their unwanted items, such as timber, in inappropriate places.

Liz Arbon is fed up with the amount of garbage being dumped illegally in her neighbourhood.

Parris Goebel inspires Auckland youth

Parris Goebel was the keynote speaker at the Prime Minister's Youth Programme 2016.

"I had really bad acne, I was really overweight, so for me to be a dancer seemed impossible," hip hop dance queen says.

Auckland ready for disaster

Auckland is realistic about the impact on the city should any of its volcanic cones erupt.

Auckland is being hailed as a world leader in planning for major emergencies.

Strings boost confidence and learning

Sistema Aotearoa student Sajge Fa'aea, 10, performs at an Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra event.

An orchestra programme is helping kids and their families achieve positive outcomes, a new report has found.

Officer shrugged off shots video

Close up of the damage to the police car shot during a chase in Manurewa.

After his car was riddled with pellets, an Auckland cop didn't give up on a high speed chase

Power outage delays surgeries

Operations were postponed on Tuesday after a power outage at Manukau SuperClinic in South Auckland.

A surgery centre in south Auckland lost power for most of the day following a fault inside a transformer.

No injuries in plant explosion

Sixteen firefighters battled a blaze after an explosion at a South Auckland scrap metal recycling plant this morning.

Crash chaos for Auckland

Traffic (left) heading onto the Southern Motorway was at a standstill on Wednesday.

A spate of crashes have sparked a major motorway snarl-up across Auckland.

Alleged baby-bashing burglar arrested

Police have arrested a man allegedly caught burgling a South Auckland home.

Police have arrested a man who allegedly knocked a baby to the floor during a burglary.

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