Papakura Courier

'Fake cop' woos women - police

South Auckland man allegedly caught out when his worried partner called the station.

Clearing the way for new bylaw

Auckland Council's new signage bylaw will make it easier for pedestrians to avoid signs.

New rules aim to make sure pedestrians and drivers are not affected by signs around Auckland.

Church serving up kindness

Filling empty stomachs at Manurewa Methodist Parish each Tuesday morning are Reverend Vaitu'ulala Ngahe, in pink hat, and his kitchen helpers.

Their goal is to nourish hungry souls.

Win tickets: Le Noir - The Dark Side of Cirque

Le Noir is a combination of old-world circus, theatre and burlesque.

Le Noir - The Dark Side of Cirque is on at The Civic from October 28 and we've got tickets to get you and a friend there for free.

Baby kidnapper pleads guilty

Faatiga Joe Manutui at an earlier appearance at the Manukau District Court on charges of kidnapping a baby from Middlemore Hospital.

A man who helped kidnap a newborn from Middlemore Hospital will be sentenced next month.

Bag snatchings worry police

People are encouraged to wear their bags across their bodies to make them harder for thieves to grab.

Two bag snatches just days and metres apart have led Counties Manukau police to issue a safety warning.

Bullying against 'European values'

Sandra Marx has complained to the Employment Relations Authority about racial discrimination and unjustifiable dismissal.

South Auckland trainee teacher claims she was sacked for her "European values system."

SPORT: The Mad Butcher

What an unbelievable experience. A try at the death to level the score and a sideline conversion to give the Cowboys their first ever NRL title – you could not script it.

OPINION: Willie Jackson

Maori women leadership support Chris Brown.

SPORT: Juniors miss out to Falcons

The under-15s Nitoa Kairau is stopped in his tracks.

The Stingrays are the bridesmaids of rugby league's national youth championships once again.

SPORT: Counties Manukau Heat qualify

Waikato's Rochelle Smiler eyes up Sharnita Woodman.

Counties Manukau Heat face Wellington in the semifinal of the women's national provincial rugby championship on Saturday. 

Kadi pays it forward

Kadi Sy was inspired to study mental health by the social workers at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.

The support a young refugee received is fuelling her to give back to her adopted country.

Ramping up to break the cycle

Pillars chief executive Verna McFelin and patron Sir Pita Sharples at the opening of Pillars' new office in Manukau.

Pillars aims to increase its mentoring service tenfold over the next five years.

Arrest after AOS call-out

A man has been arrested following an Armed Offenders Squad stand-off in south Auckland on Wednesday morning.

Turbine comes to a standstill

The Otahuhu power station closed on September 30, 2015.

After 47 years, the Otahuhu Power Station has closed its doors.

Patients to reunite with rescuers

Calling all those who have been helped by the Auckland Westpac rescue helicopter - you're invited to the first ever Rescue Reunion.

Anyone who has ever been transported by the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter is invited to attend the Rescue Reunion at Mechanics Bay on October 18.

SPORT: The Umaga effect

Tana Umaga's stint in charge of Counties Manukau has returned the province to the high standards it was accustomed to when Joeli Vidiri and Jonah Lomu graced the field.

Tana Umaga's last game in charge at Counties Manukau is on October 10.

New wing helps cadets get off the ground

Flying officer Neville Keen and trustee Murray Kidd have worked hard to finish work on No 4 Squadron's new Bill Bridget Wing.

A top-notch facility is breathing new life into Ardmore's air training corps.

SPORT: Papakura relying on old hands gallery

All-rounder Gian Botha will captain Papakura again this year.

Papakura open the defence of Counties Manukau club cricket's twenty/20 championship against Weymouth and Pukekohe-Metro on October 10.

Snip cats for spring

Kitten season has come early to SPCA Auckland.

The scalpels are being sharpened at SPCA Auckland.

World's best aloes thrive in Auckland video

Emma Bodley, botanical records and conservation specialist at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, cataloged the large aloe collection donated by a Nelson grower.

The Auckland Botanic Gardens now have an "amazing" collection thanks to the life's work of an enthusiast.

Out & About: Ambury Farm Day

The Clydesdales are a firm favourite with the crowds.

About 32,000 people flocked to Mangere Bridge for the annual Ambury Farm Day.

Climbing the Great Wall of China for breast cancer

Elaine Holmes walked the Great Wall of China to celebrate five years since her breast cancer diagnosis. She is now cancer free.

An Auckland woman walked the Great Wall of China to celebrate beating breast cancer.

Out & About: Tear Fund Poverty Cycle

Team Beca.

Cyclists have taken to the streets in an effort to confront human trafficking.

1080 kills pet dog

Lulu, the larger dog pictured with Jack Russell puppy, Poppy.

A beloved Auckland dog poisoned by 1080 "didn't die in vain".

Aucklanders cop more bus lane fines

Bus lane fines are on the rise, as Auckland Transport prepares to put in 24/7 bus lanes.

Bus lane fines are on the rise as city officials introduce 24/7 bus corridors.

Crackdown on public transport fare dodgers

A new law will give local council transport inspectors more power to deal with fare dodgers.

A new law will give local authorities more powers to deal with public transport users who don't pay.

Give two hours to breast cancer

Breast Cancer Foundation ambassador Jacqueline Nairn, who plays nurse Wendy Cooper on Shortland Street, is calling for volunteers to join the 9000-strong Pink Army.

The breast cancer challenge is still enormous.

Funding boost for Auckland's emergency housing

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.

Mayor Len Brown has welcomed a Government funding boost which will help battle Auckland's emergency housing crisis. 

Serco under fire for new Wiri prison assaults

Kelvin Davis said Wiri is well on its way to becoming like Mt Eden prison.

Another Serco-run private prison under fire after allegations serious assaults go unreported.

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