Papakura Courier

Fighting an invisible disease every day

Julie Foster was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 33 years old.

Julie Foster described herself as a prime candidate for the silent disease.

Old schools pals meet for milestone

Former Waiau Pa School student Graham Coles holds a booklet from the school's 1950 diamond jubilee which he attended as a teenager.

Old schoolyard tales are being brought to life in a reunion celebrating 125 years.

Family's prize trip to Rugby World Cup

Daniel Harris, 14, says he is "stoked" to be delivering a match ball at the Rugby World Cup.


Look Who's Talking: Ann Raymond-van Daalen

Ann Raymond-van Daalen

Ann Raymond-van Daalen✓, 68, Rosehill Christian Medical Centre practice manager, lives in Karaka

Seniors put pedal to the metal

Terry Donovan wants to hear from senior citizens in Papakura keen to get involved with a growing social cycling group.

An energetic bunch of cycling senior citizens is on the lookout for new recruits in Papakura.

Thanks a Bunch: Sonia and Vicky Grover

Nandish Sharma's dad Tinku, left, and neighbour Vicky Grover.

This week's Thanks a Bunch goes to Sonia and Vicky Grover of Takanini.

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?

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