Elise was born and raised in Papakura and gained a lot of her "musical fire" while attending school in the area.
OPINION: We have a violent crime wave in our community and it is time we were honest about it.
The Papakura Local Board has voted against spending $1.75 million on a new park development.
Bart Hoggard is Counties Manukau Rugby Union's new chief executive.
OPINION: My beloved Vodafone Warriors were ordinary against the St George Dragons on Friday night, losing 30-16, and it was bitterly cold in Hamilton.
Ken Poihipi lost his life after trying to break up a south Auckland street brawl - but it was a medical condition that killed him.
Some petrol stations are spending up large to stop the threat of robberies. Now Z Energy is preparing to lock away its tobacco.
Ken Poihipi was trying to break up a fight in South Auckland. Instead, he was injured and later died.
Look Who's Talking: Waimarie Onekawa is a 37-year-old midwife, she lives in Flat Bush.
Commemorative planting is marking the birth of new family members.
Middlemore Hospital's new mental health building includes bedrooms which look out onto courtyards and will accommodate 24 more patients than its current facility.
A south Auckland Citizens Advice Bureau is taking calls from the public as well as inmates from a local prison.
Mysterious large bangs puzzle residents and firefighters in south Auckland.
OPINION: What happened this week with Mike King quitting the suicide-prevention panel goes beyond politics
Vivian Gubb is supporting Breast Cancer Foundation NZ to raise awareness.
Cam Holm says being a Pillars mentor is a rewarding experience.
High scores were a feature of Papakura Netball Centre's senior premier grade last Saturday.
OPINION: I'm not a fan of "Māori" prisons and here's the reason why.
OPINION: Most people know the Mangere East Hawks have played a major part in my life.
Police believe the rider suffered a medical event.
New motorway lanes are open as part of Auckland's Southern Corridor Improvements project.
It's got a bigger stage and 144 more seats in its auditorium than their clubrooms, but a theatre company simply can't continue hiring a purpose-built theatre.
Human waste is becoming a problem for residents.
OPINION: For some die-hard sports fans, it's almost a religious experience.
OPINION: Young people smashing up shops for next to nothing. We can't let NZ life come to this.
It doesn't any easier for Jill Fromont and her Papakura City football team.
The netball season in Papakura is underway.
OPINION: What kind of world are we leaving for our children - and how are we preparing them to care for it?
An interpretive panel at the Papakura Cemetery has been reinstalled.
Adam Sparks enjoys the parks and semi-rural lifestyle of Papakura