Papakura Courier

Win tickets: Manukau Symphony Orchestra

Young Flat Bush pianist Delvan Lin will play with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra in its latest concert,  A New World.


Ministry responds to teacher shortage claims gallery

Education Ministry acting deputy secretary for early learning and student achievement, Karl Le Quesne.

The Ministry of Education is undertaking a series of overseas recruitment drives to alleviate the teacher shortage in Auckland.

Kids solving problems with science

Air quality scientist Gustavo Olivares explains how to test the quality of air.

Eight new science projects kick off in South Auckland programme.

New lab to bring faster results

Counties Manukau Health's new clinical laboratory is within a purpose-built facility in the Harley Gray Building.

Counties Manukau Health's new clinical laboratory will be open by the end of the year.

Cossie club helps Kidz First

Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club president John Steven, left, roped in visitors from Tokoroa, Brooke, Masumi and Masaya Jansen ...

Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club members have got behind Jammies in June.

Auditioning for big show

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is a multi-cultural showcase of talent.

The country's favourite Christmas party is looking for new stars to perform.

Extent of teen poverty revealed

A new study claims about one in five secondary school students are living in poverty.

Almost half of NZ's Pacific teenagers and a third of Maori are living in poverty, a study claims.

'School dropouts' find success in alternative education

From left, Nga Rangatahi Toa graduate Neville Rakena​, 18, stands in front of his performance photo with ​Nga Rangatahi ...

A new alternative education hub has just opened at MIT.

Video calls to help Samoa's health services

Telehealth will be used for weekly meetings between clinicians in Apia and at Middlemore Hospital.

Counties Manukau Health is helping to improve medical outcomes for Pacific people by video. 

Curtains close on costume drama

From left: Papakura Theatre Company life members Merv Stowers, Maureen Quinn, Judy Wilson, Barbara Hieatt and Stephanie ...

A costume drama has been resolved after theatre members were left scrambling to save hundreds of outfits.

Vandals rip up sports fields

House Park in Mangere has been severely damaged after joy-riding vandals ripped up the fields.

South Auckland sports teams are losing game time and morale as their grounds are vandalised.

Sport: Steel Blacks want more action gallery

One of the biggest crowds, by Auckland standards, was at Mountfort Park for the match between the Steel Blacks and the ...

 The Steel Blacks are counting their blessings after their gridiron international against American Samoa.

Taking on the Culinary Olympics

Ganesh Khedekar, pictured with his gold-winning celebration cake, is in the team chosen to represent New Zealand at the ...

Ganesh Khedekar​ is aiming to win at the word's biggest culinary exhibition.

Segway commute for agent

Real estate Gerald Hemi is rolling around town on a Segway.

Gerald Hemi is riding around Karaka on a two-wheeled device.

Gorilla story benefits hospital

Loughlin Mosen is one of the winners of the Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge for his story about a gorilla who ...

Loughlin Mosen​ is writing for a good cause.

Opinion: Willie Jackson

The Te Pou Matakana conference held in Auckland was a huge success for those delivering and driving the Whanau Ora kaupapa.

Real estate team bags top prizes

Sharon Morton, right, and her winning Property Investment Management Team pictured with Harveys Papakura directors, ...

Being on the fringe of the hot Auckland property market didn't stand in the way of Harveys Papakura carrying away some big awards.

Thanks a Bunch: Anya Smith

Papakura mum Anya Smith has received this week's Thanks a Bunch for keeping "everything running smoothly".

This week's Thanks a Bunch goes to Papakura mum Anya Smith.

Out & About: Careers Coach

The Careers Coach parked up around Papakura for its free service.

Papakura students got to explore future job options with the free Careers Coach. 

Big Band hits the stage

Papakura's Off Broadway Theatre is presenting its annual Big Band Supper Dance this weekend.

The Big Band Supper Dance is featuring music from swing to pop.

Sport: Kiwi Ferns set to dominate showdown gallery

Papakura Sisters player-coach Laura Mariu is one of a stack of current and former Kiwi Ferns playing on Sunday.

 A women's rugby league clash is the game to be at this weekend.

Sport: Every goal counts for City

Harry Hillary-Jenkins scored Papakura City's equaliser against Oratia last weekend.

 Papakura City's looking to stave off relegation.

Sport: Future bright for women's rugby gallery

Ardmore Marist's Azania Watene is dragged to ground by Rifle's Lydia Crossman.

Ardmore Marist are a team on the rise in Auckland premier women's rugby.

Sport: Ardmore Marist shaped by adversity

Bombay celebrate another trip to the finals.

 Bombay are odds on favourites to win Counties Manukau club rugby's McNamara Cup for the third year running.

Sport: The Mad Butcher

Talk about a mixed bag for my Vodafone Warriors in Perth.

Out & About: Papatoetoe U3A

Members of the Papatoetoe U3A came together at Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club to celebrate the 20th anniversary.

 Papatoetoe U3A recently celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club.

Couple filling empty stomachs

The McPhees feed people in need from their food trailer every Monday night in Manurewa.

Vance and Jasmine McPhee are on a mission to feed the hungry.

'Poisonous' school buildings gone for good

From left, Clayton Park School deputy principal Jolene Marie and principal Paul Wright.

Clayton Park School in Wattle Downs will undergo a $14.5 million revamp.

Turning trolleys into chairs

Turning shopping trolleys into chairs are, clockwise from back left, Boomer Business member Bill Hardy, The Roots ...

Abandoned shopping trolleys plucked from polluted waterways are being given new purpose.

Airport helps with studies

Holy Cross Catholic school principal Bruce Young with teacher Esther Anitelea who will be going back to university at ...

 As part of their 50th anniversary they have announced that 19 South Auckland school teachers and principals have received funding towards professional development as part of their $150,000 scholarship programme.

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