Papakura Courier

Attackers target Sikh family

Police prevention manager Inspector Mark Rowbottomn says "youth-driven" crime is a big problem in South Auckland and he's calling on people in the community to report all incidents.

Jasjit Bedi is calling for action after a string of attacks has left his family afraid to go outside.

Red Shed in running for cafe honours

Rintoul Ramsay, left,  Sonia Brodrick, Monica Tapara, Kate Davis, Kristina Smith and Paul Smith from the Red Shed Palazzo.

A idyllic country cafe set just a kilometre away from grid-locked motorway traffic is up for a major award.

Park artist wins photo prize

Conor Clarke will be based at Waitawa Regional Park until December 15.

Seeing beauty in the everyday has won Conor Clarke, Auckland Council's artist in residence, a prestigious prize.

Rainbow's End wins youth employer award

From left, Auckland Mayor Len Brown, Leanne Laloli and Nosheen Sahib of Rainbow's End, and Sir Stephen Tindall at the awards.

Rainbow's End has been named Auckland youth employer of the year. 

Doggy dress-up open to all

All sorts of dogs are welcome at the fun day, held at the New Zealand Kennel Club Showgrounds in Ardmore.

 Dogs will don their glad rags for a dress-up day with a difference.

SPORT: Pioneers pumped for Rocketz encounter gallery

Manurewa Bombaz' Trina Edwards swings and misses in the game against Redhill Rockettez.

 Bringing runners home is a must for Redhill Rocketz in their softball clash against Southern Pioneers.

SPORT: Ryan Urban fourth time lucky gallery

The moment Ryan Urban became a world champion.

Redhills, Papakura has a world champion.

SPORT: Touch nationals back next month

Alfriston's Ashleigh Harris-Dixon in action at last year's secondary school touch nationals.

Bruce Pulman Park will host the secondary schools' touch nationals for another year at least.

SPORT: Papakura and Manukau face off gallery

The back of Papakura all rounder Ryan Phizackerley has been a rare sight this season.

Papakura are confident they have the fire-power to tame Manukau in their one-day cricket match on November 28.

Performers gear up for Christmas

The Kawakawa Bay Ukulele Group will hit the stage at this year's Christmas event.

Music and dance is taking to the stage for a festive celebration.

Out & About: Ardmore Treatment Plant

Plant operator Grahame Head explains how the clarifiers work.

Curious Aucklanders now have a better understanding where their tap water comes from.

Great mix of city and country

Anne Martin enjoys the activities Papakura has to offer.

Anne, a retired teacher, enjoys the activities Papakura has to offer.

Hunua 4 hooks up to Mangere

Watercare project manager David Moore perches next to the Hunua 4 water pipe.

The security of Auckland's water supply reaches a milestone with the Hunua 4 pipeline.

Standing up against violence

Manurewa family Hardeep Kaur, left, Harnoor Kaur, 3, and Karam Singh.

People packed Manukau Square on November 25 for the Counties Manukau White Ribbon Day.

Kidz Kingdom on top of the world

Kids ride the Choco Express at Rainbow's End's Kidz Kingdom.

idz Kingdom at Rainbow's End took out the prestigious 2015 IAAPA Top FEC of the World Award at a ceremony in Florida earlier today.  

Code-breaking and music-making at the library

Dare to Unlock the Secret is this year's free summer reading programme at Auckland Libraries for children aged 5-13.

Dare to Unlock the Secret is this year's free Dare to Explore summer reading programme at Auckland Libraries for children aged 5-13.

Memorial gardens mystery

Irene Neal is devastated after decorations vanished from her husband Stephen's grave.

A grieving widow has been dealt another blow after keepsakes vanished from her husband's grave.

Family Day for Jonah Lomu video

A public memorial service at Auckland's Eden Park has been confirmed for All Blacks great Jonah Lomu.

Pasifka people will get to pay their own tributes to Mangere's favourite son at a special event on Saturday.

Labour MP standing for mayor video

Veteran Labour MP Phil Goff is running for mayor of Auckland

Labour MP Phil Goff has confirmed he will stand for Auckland mayor in next year's election.

New housing areas announced

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

Three of nine new Special Housing Areas planned for the super-city are in South Auckland.

Caring for ‘God’s treasures’

Manurewa couple David and Angela Hydes have been recognised for their outstanding work as foster parents.

David and Angela Hydes have devoted the past decade to raising other people's children.

Take care with compost and potting mix

Composts and potting mixes are great for boosting plant growth, but they can also be fertile ground for one of the bugs that cause Legionnaire's disease.

The sun is out, which means people are preparing the garden.

Asbestos to be removed from homestead

Work to remove asbestos from Manurewa's Nathan Homestead will soon get under way.

Up to $40,000 will be spent to remove asbestos from a well-used South Auckland building.

Candles for Jonah video

The order of service.

Forty candles glowed in a South Auckland church to remember the all too short life of rugby great Jonah Lomu.

Flower festival in full bloom

The Festival of Flowers and Franklin Rose Show will feature a number of attractions for this year's Kiwi theme.

Beautiful blooms will be on their best behaviour this weekend.

SPORT: The Mad Butcher

So much has been said about the passing of Jonah Lomu.

Let's talk about epilepsy

Joanne Naera had suffered from epilepsy since she was one. She uses the soft toy as a tool to calm herself while having a partial seizure.

Ten per cent of New Zealanders will have a seizure during their lifetime, while 1-2 per cent will be diagnosed with epilepsy.

Milestone: Ararimu Women’s Institute

Ararimu Women's Institute members enjoyed a trip to Woodlands Homestead in Gordonton.

Ararimu Women's Institute members celebrated friendships and support with a trip to Woodlands Homestead in Gordonton.

Club celebrates special milestone

Quota member Rita Croskery, left, Papakura MP Judith Collins and Quota member Lyn McKenzie celebrate the club's 40th anniversary.

Supporting struggling families and fundraising for the disabled is the driving force of a charity group celebrating years of service.

Erosion repairs starting soon

Glenn Archibald is pleased to see work being carried out to stop coastal erosion at the Karaka Harbourside residential development.

A large rock wall will soon be constructed to combat erosion at Karaka Harbourside.

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