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The 'balancing act' of demands

20092016 news photo: JARRED WILLIAMSON/FAIRFAX NZ. Out-going Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board member Peter Skelton reflects ...

Need an example of a local board's power? How about a suburb "neglected" under a former council getting much-needed facilities?

Sport: Kakurangi Peters named tournament MVP gallery

Akarana Falcons Tasha Davie is monstered by the Counties Manukau Stingrays defence during the women's national rugby ...


Sport: Under-15s and under-17s unbeaten

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31:  A Rugby League ball is seen on a kicking tee before the round four NRL match between ...

 Counties Manukau are into the semi finals of the national rugby league youth tournament in Rotorua.

Otara street store to help homeless

The Street Store team with some of the items that have been donated.

 The Street Store is a global initiative that started in South Africa in a suburb that had many homeless people.

Sport: Auckland Storm stand in the way

Counties Manukau Heat prop Aotearoa Matau✓ was a handful for the Wellington Pride defence during their Farah Palmer Cup ...


Petition to save innocent lives

040515. News. Photo: Anna Loren/Fairfax Media. New SPCA Auckland chief executive Andrea Midgen with Trouble the ...

Dogs tend to be judged, not on their character or temperament but on how they look.

Vietnam veteran dies

Soldiers of the 16th Field Regiment lead Bob Kerslake's casket on a gun carriage.

A Papakura RSA service was held for veteran Bob Kerslake​.

Could plastic solve housing crisis?

A group of South Auckland students plan to build a temporary structure out of plastic bottles.

School students may have come up with a solution to Auckland's housing woes.

Part of Auckland's history

Seasame the seven-year-old Kunekune pig gets some of the milk that is milked from the cows each morning at 10am.

What began as a dairy farm in the early 1800s has flourished into an Auckland favourite - Ambury Regional Park.

Classics displayed at open day

Canine Attendant Abbie with Ember, who is still available for adoption.

Cruise around more than 160 hot rods and classic cars at the SPCA Auckland village on October 25.

Down tools for mental health

Mental Health Foundation is holding a national Lockout on World Mental Health Day October 10 from 12pm - 1pm.

The Mental Health Foundation is asking Kiwis to connect with nature for good mental health and wellbeing.

Sport: Heat face Wellington in semi final gallery

Counties Manukau Heat and Black Fern flyer Renee Wickliffe will add firepower to the Counties Manukau Heat in their ...

 Renee Wickliffe and Portia Woodman will bolster the Counties Manukau Heat in their Farah Palmer Cup semi final this Saturday.

House burnt to the ground

Fire crews say there is uncertainty over what type of building has burnt down.

Firefighters search charred rural property to see if there are any people inside.

'Don't vote for fools'

Sir Barry Curtis says the best candidates are those willing to serve "without fear or favour".

Voting packs are arriving in mailboxes. A mayor of 24 years, Sir Barry Curtis, tells us why it's important to vote.

An appeal to jam with Tori Kelly

Candy Tusini-Rex is pursuing her dreams by hopefully one day soon jamming with Tori Kelly.

Youth worker Candy Tusini-Rex wants to inspire teens to follow their dreams, so she's practicing what she preaches.

Indian design wins

Model Kizzie Amoore wears a two piece costume, inspired by a traditional Indian lehenga choli, designed by Rabab Ghuman.

Rabab Ghuman​ is celebrating fashion success with a two piece costume inspired by traditional Indian design.

What does an Auckland councillor do?

Retiring Manukau Ward councillor Arthur Anae says the job is a "24-7" role.

"The council is your servant and politicians are the servants of the people."

Sport: Heat aim to be top seeds

Counties Manukau Heat's first five Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali gets her backline moving against Wellington during their ...

Counties Manukau Heat find out if they're a chance of winning the women's provincial rugby championship on Saturday.

Tradie on fast track to success

Graduate Mitchell Teinaki​ with Apprenticeship Training Trust chairman Peter Fitzimmons​.

Julius Bloem's apprenticeship has served him well - he owns a home in Auckland and he's only 23.

Girl's beloved puppy poisoned

Khaos and Raukokore Stirling were fast friends from the first time they met.

A south Auckland family is warning other dog owners about poisonous pellets.

Live Chat: John Palino on the mayoralty video

John Palino, left, talks during the live chat.

Over coffee and tea, John Palino talks south Auckland, his satellite city and making Auckland "rich".

Tania Dawson wins crown

Miss Universe NZ Tania Dawson with Southern Cross Campus students Mathew Fidoq​, head girl Chunte Su'a​ and Alma Fidow​.

 Tania Dawson was once a reluctant contender but now she's Miss Universe New Zealand.

Polynesian twist for Macbeth on stage

Macbeth will be at the Mangere Arts Centre from September 15-24.

This Macbeth production will have a Polynesian twist on the theatre favourite.

Dash for ducklings down drain

Constable Sophie Gannon rescued 13 ducklings from a drain in Pukekohe.

A whopping 27 ducklings have been rescued from perils around Auckland in the last two days.

Enjoying all things rural, Brookby style

Ollie and Emily Frewin feeding their cute pet lambs.

 Brookby School is inviting the community to join in the fun on Ag Day, September 18.

Goff plans light rail in south Auckland video

Phil Goff, left, talks south Auckland during the live chat.

The Manukau Courier is running a series of live video chats through Facebook with mayoralty candidates before the election.

Sport: Fox Memorial Trophy jinx is broken gallery

Kat Wira-Kohu dots down for her Papakura Sisters.

I was so proud of the girls to come back from an 18-nill deficit to take a 22-18 lead .

Live Chat: Mark Thomas video

Mark Thomas, left, during the live chat.

Mark Thomas talks transport, 'local councils' and housing in south Auckland.

Students' world adventure

ACG Strathallan students travelled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for the World Challenge expedition.

Helping a remote South American community was all part the adventure for a group of local students.

New development for Selwyn Oaks

Selwyn Oaks development care lead Jennie Pizer and village manager Roland Phillips.

 A multi-million dollar rest home and hospital care facility is being developed in the south.

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