Papakura Courier

Feeling younger in just one week

Victor and Norma Schwenke say they're feeling more energetic thanks to exercising in the great outdoors and Norma says she feels younger already.

Victor and Norma Schwenke have survived their first week of training for Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

Offenders get stuck into community work

Offenders completed more than 2.1 million hours of labour in 2015.

Dogs get dates this Valentines

Ellie is dressed up to the nines ready for the Auckland Council's Valentine's Day doggy speed dating service.

Auckland's dating scene has gone to the dogs.

Power outage delays day surgeries

Operations were postponed on Tuesday after a power outage at Manukau SuperClinic in South Auckland.

A surgery centre in south Auckland lost power for most of the day following a fault inside a transformer.

Auckland ready for disaster

Auckland is realistic about the impact on the city should any of its volcanic cones erupt.

Auckland is being hailed as a world leader in planning for major emergencies.

New life for dead hub

Former Pikorua Trust chairwoman Connie Raiwhara wants to see the Pikorua Community House on Smiths Ave up and running again after being out of use for more than a year.

A once thriving community hub is now abandoned and the target of vandalism, says its past chairwoman.

Crash chaos for Auckland

Traffic (left) heading onto the Southern Motorway was at a standstill on Wednesday.

A spate of crashes have sparked a major motorway snarl-up across Auckland.

Keep safe around lines this summer

People are being urged to take precautions around overhead lines while working on DIY projects.

Be careful around power lines while working on your property.

Sport: Black Cap Ish Shodi takes 5-4 for Manukau gallery

Black Cap Ish Sodhi had a memorable return to club cricket with 5-4 for Manukau against Waiuku.

 El Nino might have a bad reputation but it's doing no harm to the Counties Manukau club cricket premiership.

Out & About: Drury Rotary Club

The team unloads at the Salvation Army depot in Manukau.

The vegetable growers of Pukekohe, Drury Rotary Club and the Salvation Army make a good team at Christmas.

Thanks a Bunch: Derek Peart

Derek Peart has been awarded Thanks a Bunch for the doll houses he made and donated to Papakura police family violence team.

This week's Thanks a Bunch goes to Papakura man Derek Peart.

New principal sets vision

Newly appointed Papakura High School principal John Rohs says he will work hard to build a bright future for the school.

Giving students the confidence to achieve is newly appointed principal John Rohs' key focus.

Sport: Dragons on their way gallery

Phil Hays tries on his Dragons' shirt ahead of their visit to the Papakura Rugby League Club.

Phil Hays will feel connected when the St George Illawarra Dragons visit his Papakura Rugby League Club on Feburary 5. 

All go for Kauri Flats School

From left: Bruce Pulman Park chief executive Brian Blake, foundation principal Matt Williams, board of trustees chairman Daniel Newman and foundation deputy principal Robbie Perreau are working hard to establish Kauri Flats School which is set to open in February, 2017. Bruce Pulman Park is also working closely with the establishment board on the development of the new school.

The site of an old kauri forest is being transformed into a new school.

SPORT: Veteran Sarina Fiso retains captaincy gallery

Sarino Fiso will again captain the Kiwi Ferns against the Jillaroos.

Counties Manukau players dominate the Kiwi Ferns team to face Australia's Jillaroos during the Auckland Nines on February 6 and 7.

SPORT: Seven players and a coach in the running gallery

Raymond Talimalie, the Mangere East and Counties Manukau Stingrays' play-maker is up for the domestic player of the year award.

Counties Manukau will be well represented at the New Zealand Rugby League awards in Auckland on February 3.

SPORT: Ale ready for debut against Jillaroos gallery

Mary-Jane Ale might live in Wellington but admits to be a diehard Papakura girl.

Papakura will be Mary-Jane Ale's first port of call as the Kiwi Ferns gather in Auckland. 

Seniors on the search for homes

Millie is described as a "lovely, calm girl who is still really youthful at heart".

 SPCA Auckland has an "unusual" number of mature dogs available for adoption at its animal village in Mangere.

200 NZ Bus jobs may go

NZ Bus, which operates Waka Pacific services, has lost its bid to service South Auckland.

Hundreds of people may lose their jobs after NZ Bus tender for South Auckland services fails.

Lines make way for motorway

A power pole makes way for the Southern Corridor Improvements Project in Takanini.

The upgrade of the Southern Motorway is one step closer to completion.

Caring for whales and dolphins gallery

Project Jonah holds volunteer medic training courses twice a year across the country.

You might recognise the bright orange vests of Project Jonah volunteers helping rescue a stranded whale or dolphin at your local beach.

'She'll be right' not OK at the beach

Dislocated shoulders or elbows, neck and back pain or cracked vertebrae are some injuries swimmers sustain from dumping waves.

Beach-goers warned that 'laid-back' Kiwi attitude is unsafe following spate of injuries.

Prisoners put food on tables for needy

Prisoners at Auckland Women's Corrections Facility work in their new gardening area, Te Huarahi Oranga.

Greens grown behind bars are helping vulnerable families to flourish.

Struggling to pay the rent

Salvation Army Manukau budgeting advisor Yvonne Challis, left, and operations manager Murray Peat are helping South Aucklanders get a grip on their finances.

The rising cost of rental housing is driving more people to seek help from financial experts.

Running from tarmac to turf

Victor and Norma Schwenke feel the heat of their first training session but says there's no chance they'll be giving up.

Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is six weeks away and locals are getting stuck into training.

Seeing blue over mobility car parks

Papakura Local Board member Brent Catchpole wants mobility parks around the town centre to be painted blue.

Blue paint could be just the trick to tackle the abuse of mobility parking says Brent Catchpole.

Walkway set from station to town

The new covered walkway will incorporate existing bus stops and shelters to provide better access between the train station and key facilities in town.

A new covered walkway is set to improve one of Auckland's busiest transport hubs.

Erosion repairs progressing

Efforts are well underway to stop coastal erosion at the Karaka Harbourside residential development.

Heavy machinery is being put to work to help combat erosion at Karaka Harbourside.

Look Who's Talking: Anne Kendall

Anne Kendall says more attention needs to go into the Papakura township to help it "thrive".

Anne Kendall reckons more effort needs to be put into the Papakura town centre.

SPORT: Young shot putter breaks record

Sylvia Brunt is pursuing all track and field events with an equal level of focus.

Sylvia Brunt is only 11 and has broken a shot put record set by an international athlete.

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