Papakura Courier

Rapping about real estate video

David Dallas came home to write his latest album, Hood Country Club.

David Dallas' new album is about finance companies and real estate prices. Why?

Crash closes Auckland highway

Three people were transported by ambulance to Middlemore Hospital following a two-car crash south of Auckland.

Three people taken to hospital after two-car crash that closed SH22 overnight.

Rookie cop ready to serve

10042017 news photo: JARRED WILLIAMSON / FAIRFAX NZ. New police recruits: Constable Ethan Parker, of Papakura. Parker ...

He's been recognised for his training, now Constable Ethan Parker's ready for the front line.

Art gallery slammed as 'elitist'

The Papakura Art Gallery opened at its current site in 1995.

A community art gallery has become too "elitist", local leaders say amid dropping visitor numbers.

Sport: Counties Manukau fourth best

Counties Manukau remain the fourth strongest province for 12 and 13-year-old  athletes after the Interprovincial ...

Five of New Zealand's 12 top junior athletes hail from Counties Manukau.

Health shuttle to launch for south Aucklanders

St John health shuttle team leader Lindsay Roberts says being a driver is hugely rewarding.

St John plans to have a free south Auckland shuttle service operating by the middle of the year.

Sport: Young leaders win rugby experience

Rosehill College rugby players Utumalama Atonio, left and Vulangi Olosoni beam after  Blues loose forward Steven Luatua ...

June 23 can't come soon enough for Rosehill College rugby players Utumalama Atonio and Vulangi Olosoni.

A moo-ving tale video

Friday now lives in the home paddock and moos for hay whenever anyone walks past.

Now believed to have swam more than 20km to an island during a flood, cow Friday has made it home.

Rescued girl helping police video

Pearce leads the search from Bottle Top Bay on the southeastern Manukau Harbour.

Specialists are interviewing girl rescued from Manukau Harbour after boating tragedy leaves dad missing.

Mihaere: What's on your bucket list?

Have you ever been a pilgrimage? Why not share your story with Peter Mihaere at

The idea of pilgrimage is something some of us have either experienced or hope to do one day.

Sport: Rhiannon meets De Bruin and Tutaia

Rhiannon Bell, 11, front right, and Mayah Allerby, 10, front left, on centre court with Northern Stars captain Leana De ...

Rhiannon Bell certainly had a story to tell her friends at school this month.

Jackson: Prison reform needed

Willie Jackson.

OPINION: We all understand the anger anyone of us would feel when a loved one is hurt by someone.

Stink over 'little turds'

Raw sewage is spilling from the gully trap and onto Michael Dennis' Papakura property after heavy rain. He is asking ...

The recent deluge of rain mean Michael Dennis faces raw sewage on his driveway.

Bristol Freighter sold to the UK video

Brothers Mark, left, and David Dwen in front of the remaining Bristol 170 Freighter their father Ron purchased in 1978. ...

One of the last 11 Bristol 170 Freighters is to leave the country bound for the United Kingdom.

$240k improvements for cemetery

Papakura Local Board chairman Brent Catchpole and Papakura RSA welfare trust former chairman Gary Walker are welcoming ...

One of south Auckland's cemeteries is in line for a makeover.

Bloody Samoan encourages creative youth

Michel Mulipola, comic book artist from Mangere works on one of his creations.

Animation and gaming are becoming popular career choices for South Auckland students.

Packs help south Auckland's homeless

Papakura resident Lara Wharepapa Bridger hopes the toiletry packs she has made up will provide a confidence boost for ...

Lara Wharepapa Bridger is making toiletry packs for the homeless.

Bookworms invited to annual fair

Colin and Sherrin White are helping to organise the Rotary Club of Manurewa-Takanini's annual public book fair.

There will be boxes of books and bargains galore at a popular community fundraising event in south Auckland.

Extra police for Counties Manukau

Police Commissioner Mike Bush announced Counties Manukau will get 91 extra police officers over four years.

Police in south Auckland will see the second highest injection of new officers in the country.

Sport: Blundell and Townsend pin opponents for gold

Oceania gold medalist, Richie Blundell, second left, and Misty Townsend with club mates, from left, Sam and Dary Dunlop ...

Richie Blundell and Misty Townsend have done the Counties Hunua Wrestling Club proud. 

Storm set to disrupt Auckland traffic

Localised downpours across Auckland were causing surface flooding.

Aucklanders have been warned the region could experience "extreme" weather conditions on Thursday.

Jackson: Immigration is out of control

Willie Jackson says immigration needs to curbed to take the pressure off the housing market and social services.

Immigration - when are we going to be honest about it?

McCoskrie: Keep Easter as it is for families

Churches celebrate Easter in many different ways as seen with this Greek Orthodox service.

OPINION: Public holidays are traditions. They create rituals for families, not based on shopping but on celebrating together, reconnecting, and making memories.

Car thief's narrow train getaway

Train driver Alan Messiter with daughter Scarlett, 3.

Alan Messiter has no sympathy for a train-clipping driver who put his kids at risk.

The cost of the rain

Tasman Tempest flood slip damaged dam access road, Hunua Ranges, Auckland Regional Park.

One month on from the brutal Tasman Tempest and Auckland is still in clean-up mode.

Dazzling audiences with Disney

A group of young South Auckland performers are hoping the hype of the new movie will bring audiences to their stage show ...

A group of young performers are hoping the hype of the new movie will bring audiences to their stage show of Beauty and the Beast.

Protesters lock in the SAS

Auckland Peace Action members outside the south Auckland SAS base.

Protesters have staged a small protest, chaining shut the gates to the SAS base in south Auckland.

Mihaere: Easter Trading is all good

Christian worshippers during a procession in Jerusalem's Old City as part of Easter related events.

OPINION: For the one or two of you who have stayed with me after reading the title of this article I want to communicate that I really don't have a problem with it.

Mad Butcher: Foran adds winner's touch

Warriors veteran Simon Mannering runs in for a try against the Eels.

OPINION: Friends tell me I am a cheerleader for the Vodafone Warriors, especially when they lose, which let's face it, is more often than not.

Model principal moving on

Owen Alexander says inquiry is the focus of teaching at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School.

"I'm really going to miss the interaction with students" - head of a model school becomes leadership advisor for new principals.

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