Papakura Courier

South Auckland power outage

The power outage is in Papakura, Takanini and Conifer Grove.

Two thousand south Auckland households are starting the day without power.

Wig Wednesday fundraiser

Luka Wolfgram is helping promote the Child Cancer Foundation's Wig Wednesday fundraiser.

Luka Wolfgram is helping promote wild and wonderful wigs for a charity close to his heart. 

Sports: Stingrays' dominance unchallenged

The Rod Ratu coached Counties Manukau Stingrays has won the women's national rugby league championship for a seventh time.

The Counties Manukau Stingrays are champions of New Zealand women's rugby league, again.

Mahuta: Let's protect our water

Hon Nanaia Mahuta says international water bottling companies need a sharp swift nudge to go home.

OPINION: It's time the national conversation on water starts to address the top of mind issues for everyday kiwis.

Quartet are inspired by love

The Modern Maori Quartet have been together for five years.

Locked away for two weeks together was all the Modern Maori Quartet needed to write their first album.

Mad Butcher: Busy week ahead

Sir Peter Leitch, the Mad Butcher, and his wife Janice.

OPINION: This one is shaping as a big week for the old Butcher.

Inside (outside) NZ's only bush school video

Baillie Rishworth had to learn proper safety techniques before being given unsupervised access to knives.

Kids play with knives, catch and eat possums and and are free to roam.

Inspector Mark Rowbottom retires

Counties Manukau South Inspector Mark Rowbottom is retiring after 20 years on the beat.

Counties Manukau South Inspector Mark Rowbottom retires from the job he dreamed of having as a kid.

Get your cats fixed - free

More than 5000 kittens are cared for by SPCA Auckland each year.

With an influx of kittens at SPCA Auckland, the organisation is offering free desexing to cat owners.

Vehicle hits bridge, stopping trains

Auckland trains between Papakura and Pukekohe were not running on Thursday morning.

Partial line closure sees rail commuters asked to use buses.

Swamped - a street ankle-deep in leaves

From left: Conifer Grove residents Marshall Dabb, Shane Bartlett and Papakura Local Board chairman Brent Catchpole.

Piles of leaves are a real problem in one south Auckland street.

Sport: Rippa rugby tournament's important guests

Kieran Read, pictured, and Jerome Kaino will be in Papakura on June 21.

 All Blacks Kieran Read and Jerome Kaino will make a whistle stop visit to Papakura on June 21.

Finding comfort in dance

Ufitia Sagapolutele has been reconnecting with her Samoan roots for a dance piece she's presenting at Pacific Dance Festival.

Ufitia Sagapolutele had hit rock bottom after her mum died. Five years later, she's dealing with her loss through dance.

Lions fever in South Auckland

From left: Town Centre manager Tracy Shackleton, councillor Daniel Newman and local board chairman Brent Catchpole are ...

Local events are gearing up for the British and Irish Lions.

Look Who's Talking

Red Earth Eatery and Wine Bar co-owner Chris Turner

Chris Turner says "don't be afraid of hard work".

Sport: Sea Eagles get stung

Papakura's Francis Toetu is tackled by the Howick defense.

Papakura Sea Eagles suffered a 34-16 loss to the Howick Hornet on Saturday in the Fox Memorial match-up at Paparoa Park in Howick. 

Mad Butcher: Hoffman gets deserved win

Konrad Hurrell of the Titans in action during the round 14 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the New Zealand ...

The Vodafone Warriors had a members' night at Sky City on Saturday and I dragged my family along to watch the game on the giant screen in the theatre.

Chopper makes emergency landing

Two fire crews remain on scene dealing with a fuel leak from the Bell Jetranger helicopter.

Helicopter forced to land at Ardmore Airport following fuel leak.

Quitting smoking saves cash

If you live in Counties Manukau help is available to make it easier for you and your whaanau to become smokefree.

The financial consequences of smoking are becoming increasingly onerous, with a 20-a-day habit costing more than $140 a week.

CM Health: Get stroke ready

Nine thousand Kiwis suffer from strokes every year.

Stroke is New Zealand's third largest killer. Here's what you can do to stay safe.

Not too late to get ahead of flu

For advice about influenza immunisation visit

It's not too late for eligible Counties-Manukau residents to get a free influenza vaccination before the peak flu season.

Jean Allen: Reclaiming my identity

Jean M Allen is a doctoral candidate within the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. She ...

OPINION: I am the daughter of a New Zealand European mother and a Tongan father.

Jackson: SBW, Mike King deserve an honour

Willie Jackson has suggested a new honours system to replace the current one.

OPINION: Although I have never been a supporter of the honours system, I have to admit there are certainly a couple of people who deserve it.

Talking Rubbish: Waste free parenting

ME Family Services ECE uses cloth nappies, like those pictured, instead of disposables for all the children who attend ...

OPINION: Babies bring lots of joy and love into our families, but these days they also seem to create a mountain of rubbish

Auckland to get most of anti-robbery fund

Just where police efforts will focus won't be shared, Superintendent Eric Tibbott says.

But just where the funding will go won't be made public.

Could tobacco firms help stop robbers?

Once it was cash, now thieves are increasingly stealing cigarettes in robberies. (FILE PHOTO)

Dairies face the threat of robbers targeting them for their cigarettes. Is it time big business started helping them out?

Boost for state house stocks

One of the homes in Wordsworth Ave, Manurewa, that's set to be replaced.

More than 1000 new homes will be built across south Auckland in the next three years, Housing NZ says.

Mad Butcher: League stalwarts honoured

Ray Haffenden was recognised as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

OPINION: I was delighted when the Queen's Birthday Honours came out and my friend Ray Haffenden was recognised.

Balls, Bullets & Boots in Papakura

The Balls, Bullets & Boots exhibition examines rugby during WWI.

A commemorative exhibition is tackling wartime rugby.

NZ Wars site yields artifacts

Beer bottles, whisky bottles, coins, trade tokens, jars, clay tobacco pipes and ceramics are a number of unearthed items.

Archaeologists are conducting major excavations on a battle site in south Auckland.

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