Papakura Courier

Court’s makeover complete

Justice Minister Amy Adams officially opened the upgraded Manukau District Court facility on August 28.

The Manukau District Court's $51 million redevelopment is complete.

SPORT: Raymond Talimalie Auckland's league player of the year gallery

Raymond Talimalie with his player of the year trophy.

 Mangere East halfback Raymond Talimalie is the best premier rugby league player in Auckland.

SPORT: Papatoetoe face Kelston first up

Otahuhu College's Alfred Smalley will be a player to watch at this year's  national secondary schools rugby league championships.

Papatoetoe High School opens its national secondary school rugby league campaign against Kelston Boys' High School on August 31.

One stick for vein finder video

Haematology nurse Ella Liang uses the vein finder on Angela Knox.

Finding a suitable vein may pose a challenge on any patient. And those with difficult to find veins can be near impossible but the Haematology day ward at Middlemore Hospital have found the answer.

Ranges to reopen after 1080 drop

Auckland Council is halfway through its 1080 drop in the Hunua Ranges.

The first application of toxic 1080 bait in the Hunua Ranges area is complete and the parklands are expected to reopen later this week.

Support for Men in Education

Counties Manukau Men in Education members, from left, Luke Thompson, Nick Gage and Kreas Padayachee.

Blokes are strapping on their boots and going from the classroom to the rugby field for friendship and support.

Farewell for principal

Papakura High School principal Peter Heron is departing for a role in Saudi Arabia.

Peter Heron is described as a leader with a big heart who's calm under pressure.

Out and About: Rangatahi Festival

Papakura's Mansell Senior School was the proud host of this year's Rangatahi Festival.

OPINION: Willie Jackson

I was amazed to learn that a migration boom is upon us as more Indian and Chinese students arrive in New Zealand.

SPORT: Steelers have payback on their mind gallery

Winger Frank Halai made a telling return to rugby with two tries in Counties Manukau B's loss to

 The Steelers have payback in mind as they prepare for their ITM Cup clash with Hawke's Bay.

SPORT: Southern Cavaliers win netball's RPL gallery

Southern Cavaliers, division one winners of the Regional Premier League.

Newcomers Southern Cavaliers are the division one champions of netball's Regional Premier League.

Halfway mark for water park

Wero project manager Matt Lory says the project is 50 per cent completed.

The Wero Whitewater Park is half way to being completed, despite the challenges that come with winter weather.

Courtney goes to work on campaign

Papakura woman Courtney Brown is part of  the nationwide Got a Trade campaign.

Courtney Brown was a natural choice to be part of a nationwide Got a Trade campaign.

Open mic celebrates local talent

Hawkins Theatre Speaking Of organiser Gilly Luxton and musician Darren Katene say the open mic event is opening up the community to local story telling.

Identity, youth and restlessness are some topics being raised by creative people taking to the stage.

SPORT: Sea Eagles in must-win in Fox semi

Sea Eagles coach Richie Blackmore says his team is "pretty banged up".

Papakura hooker Terrence Phillips needs a doctor's clearance to play Pt Chevalier in the Fox Memorial Trophy semi-final.

SPORT: Papakura City chasing league title

Papakura City's Valerio Nawatu's hat-trick against AFC Fury takes his tally for the season to 21.

Lotto NRFL Women's Premier: Papatoetoe 0 Forrest Hill-Milford 6 H/t: 0-2.

Thanks a Bunch: Kay and John Seccombe

Kay and John Seccombe.

This week's Thanks a Bunch goes to Kay and John Seccombe and the team involved in the Girls and Boys Brigade at First Presbyterian Church, Papakura.

Personal discovery for classical performance

Papakura musician Sarah Spence is preparing a cello concerto performance for the Winter Soirée concert.

Uplifting sounds of classical compositions and string arrangements are set to fill the air.

Look Who's Talking - Miriam Rutherford-van Gisbergen

Miriam Rutherford-van Gisbergen

Miriam Rutherford-van Gisbergen, 63, Safe T Sleep designer and developer, lives in Conifer Grove.

Clinic keeps community healthy

From left: Steve Millward, Ann Raymond-van Daalen, Imelda Quero and Sarah Hopson are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rosehill Christian Medical Centre.

Keeping struggling families healthy is the mission for a community clinic celebrating a special milestone.

SPORT: Roscommon chasing national rippa double

The Roscommon School Rippa Rugby team with the Steelers and Counties Manukau referee education officer John Dustow.

Roscommon Primary are putting the finishing touches to preparations for the defense of their national rippa rugby title.

SPORT: Taufua and Hyatt to start against Canterbury gallery

Dan Hyatt will start at No 8 for the Steelers against Canterbury on August 23.

Loose forwards Dyan Hyatt and Jordan Taufua are in the Steelers team to face Canterbury on August 23.

SPORT: Manurewa High School claims five titles gallery

Manurewa High Schools' champion under-14 team finished the season unbeaten.

 Manurewa High School is the new powerhouse of secondary school rugby in Counties Manukau.

Calendar pets wanted

Beagles Cinnamon and Mint were the winners of last year's SPCA calendar competition.

Does your pet have the makings of a model?

Who will be this year's Kahawai King?

Graham "Hoppy" Stanley is keen to get youngsters involved in the annual Kahawai King fishing competition.

Keen fishers can snare the big one and $1000 in this year's Weymouth Cosmopolitan Club Kahawai King Competition.

Country legends reunite for benefit concert

Country music legends Gray Bartlett, Jodi Vaughan and Brendan Dugan will perform  at the Winter's End - A Celebration of Hope concert at Papakura's Hawkins Theatre on August 30.

Three legends of New Zealand country music are reuniting for charity.

Two brothers with cystic fibrosis video

The Dunlop brothers, from left, Harvey, Lucas and Ethan, enjoy playing outside together even though Harvey and Lucas have cystic fibrosis.

Having cystic fibrosis is like trying to breathe through a straw while blocking your nose.

Trip for Conchur after cancer

From left: Rosena and Caislen Higgins, Alana Lamont and Conchur Higgins. Family and friends are helping Conchur reunite with his dad for the first time since he was diagnosed with cancer.

Conchur Higgins thought his back pain and tiredness were just the result of his tough job.

SPORT: Papakura face Mt Albert in Fox semifinal

Papakura Sea Eagles' Arthur Crichton chip-kicks.

The Papakura Sea Eagles are decided underdogs for their Fox Memorial Trophy semifinal against Mt Albert Lions on August 22.

SPORT: Finalists named for sports awards

Manurewa Rugby Netball's Nadia Loveday is one of three finalists for the Sportswoman of the Year title.

The nominations are in, the judges have voted. Now it's just the awards night to come.

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