Papakura Courier

SPCA still closed to cats

An influx of cats, all picked up from one property, has meant the Auckland SPCA is still unable to accept new arrivals.

SPCA Auckland still closed to incoming cats after more than 180 cats were rescued from an alleged animal hoarder.

Property price in Papakura skyrockets

Two units on Butterworth Ave in Opaheke sold for $320,000 above valuation.

A fierce bidding war has pushed a Papakura property to sell for $320,000 above its valuation.

Time to honour volunteers

Safe Ltd volunteers received Papakura Community Volunteer awards in 2014 for their efforts helping youth build life skills in a fun adventure environment

Know a community volunteer who deserves recognition?

Reduce the risk with early care video

Talya Wilson got herself a midwife by the time she was seven weeks pregnant so son Ezekiel, now 1, could have a better start in life.

 First-time mum Talya Wilson wanted the best for her baby Ezekiel. She was just seven weeks pregnant when she signed on with a midwife.

Help prevent graffiti with art

Chorus has been getting artists to transform  telecommunications cabinets into spectacular artworks for the past five years.

Four get the chance to show their works on a larger scale and help stamp out graffiti at the same time.

Move takes game from 'heartland'

Local boards want Warriors fans from the south to be able to support their team at Mt Smart Stadium.

Local boards in South Auckland are writing to the mayor in a bid to keep the Warriors at home at Mt Smart stadium.

SPORT: Sea Eagles could be their own worst enemies

Coach Richie Blackmore is urging the Sea Eagles to focus ahead of the last three games of the season.

The biggest threat facing the Papakura Sea Eagles against the struggling Northcote Tigers will be themselves.

SPORT: Papakura City ready for Papatoetoe gallery

Papatoetoe AFC's new signing Iwa Shaker is a player Papakura City will mark closely.

 Papatoetoe AFC are rubbing their hands together in anticipation of taking on top-of-the-table Papakura City.

SPORT: Rangers in high scoring draw against Conifer Grove

netball logo

Papatoetoe Rangers and Manurewa Rugby Gold headline round three of the Regional Premier Netball League on July 31.

SPORT: Bombay win McNarama Trophy back-to-back gallery

Bombay captain Ben Masoe accepts the McNamara Trophy from Counties Power chief executive Sheridan Broadbent.

Bombay are Counties Manukau premier club rugby champions for the second year in a row.

Crack down on youth crime

Counties Manukau south police prevention manager Inspector Mark Rowbottom.

Papakura's crime "hot spots" are being patrolled in an attempt to catch wayward kids loitering or causing a nuisance.

Look Who's Talking - Jo Couper

Jo Couper

Jo Couper, 44, practice manager, lives in Karaka

Thanks a Bunch: Louise Belcher

Louise Belcher

This week's Thanks a Bunch goes to Papakura and Takanini Family Service Centre manager Louise Belcher.

Out & About - Takanini Family Service Centre

HIPPY learning programme coordinator Glenda Dudley and 10-month-old Mohkum Kaur.

The Takanini Family Service Centre is celebrating the success of its recent graduates.

Feathered fanfare gallery

One of Nikki and Janaya Randell's many budgies.

Hours of nurturing beautiful birds will result in a dazzling display of feathers this weekend.

South Auckland gets abortion programme

An abortion recovery programme will be starting in South Auckland in August. Programme organiser Pauline Louden, left, and maternal mental health worker Valda Nicklin.

An eight-week recovery programme for woman struggling with the after-effects of abortion is soon to begin in South Auckland.

Hawkins Theatre opens up for anniversary

From left: Papakura Local Board member Brent Catchpole, former Papakura mayor George Hawkins, local board member Katrina Winn and theatre manager Peter Hunt are among community leaders celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hawkins Theatre.

It's now a vibrant theatre for plays, ballet and film and it all transformed from a "rotting" piece of land.

Cook next to Simon Gault

Simon Gault holds a fun cooking class at his brand new Sous Chef Deli shop. Classes include recipes, tips and tastings.

Join Simon Gault for a fun cooking class at his brand new Sous Chef Deli shop. Classes will include recipes, tips and tastings of fantastic Sous Chef Deli products.

Nursing generations of families

Nurse Jill Choy says the hardest part of retirement is saying goodbye to her patients after 28 years.

Vaccines, bandages, and broken bones have all been part of nurse Jill Choy's life for 28 years.

Good weather needed for 1080 drop

Auckland Council is waiting for good weather to drop 1080 in the Hunua Ranges.

A major pest control operation in the Hunua Ranges is about to get underway.

More than 180 cats pulled from house

More than 180 cats have been removed from a single dwelling.

More than 180 cats are in the Auckland SPCA's care after being rescued from an alleged animal hoarder.

Rugby hardman's softer side gallery

Onosa'i Auva'a has been a marriage celebrant since 2010.

Onosa'i Auva'a is known for his exploits on the rugby field but for his teammates, his relationship guidance in the locker room could be more significant.

Sweet treats for Cupcake Day

Some amazing cupcakes are created for the SPCA's annual Cupcake Day.

Sweet treats are set to make a difference for animals in need.

Healthy mums, healthy babies

Members of the HUMBA team, from left, community health worker Eseta Nicholls, Dr Karaponi Okesene-gafa, Professor Lesley McCowan, Sarah Va'afusuaga and Cecile O'Driscoll.

Carrying extra weight can cause health problems for pregnant mums and their babies.

Boutique supports trust's work

Lee Bell of Papatoetoe, right, grabs a bargain from Counselling Services Centre staff member Sonya Young on the store's first day of operation.

Upmarket clothing is helping support victims of sexual violence.

SPORT: Bombay-Karaka final for the McNamara Cup gallery

Karaka first five Keiron Rollinson, left, wrestles Pukekohe's Tevita Fifita for the ball.

 Bombay and Karaka contest another Counties Manukau club rugby championship in Pukekohe on July 25.

Hunua dams to close during 1080 drops

Water storage dams in the Hunua Ranges will be taken out of service while 1080 is dropped.

Watercare will take its water storage dams out of service while 1080 is dropped in the Hunua Ranges.

Royally wrapped in kiwi garment

The Duchess of Cambridge and her daughter Princess Charlotte after her christening at Sandringham.

Princess Charlotte will soon receive her own personalised sleep wrap created by an Auckland entrepreneur.

'Best friend' was a lifesaver video

Belinda Simpson is raising money for a new disability assist dog after her "constant companion" Tana died from an infection.

Daily life is a struggle for Belinda Simpson after losing her disability assist dog and "best friend" Tana.

SPORT: Papakura face Oratia in top-of-the-table clash gallery

Christopher Clark returns from suspension to bolster Papakura City's midfield against Oratia United.

Papakura City's lead in division one of the Northern Region Football League faces a serious challenge on July 25.

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