Papakura Courier

Search on for golf's next big star

Golfer Ryan Fox is a Holden ambassador.

Holden is on a drive to find New Zealand's next Ryan Fox or Lydia Ko.

What's On: Sol3 Mio

Sol3 Mio will be performing at Villa Maria Estate Winery to raise funds for Variety - The Children's Charity.

Musical trio Sol3 Mio will give a special performance to raise funds for Variety - The Children's Charity.

Singing stars wanted for charity choir

Variety - The Children's Charity is calling for singing stars aged 7-18  to step up and audition for Variety Voices,  the charity's performance choir group.

Wanted: Singing stars aged 7-18.

Body found in South Auckland

Police in Alma Crescent, Papakura, where the woman's body was found.

A woman's body was found in a car outside a South Auckland house just before midday.

'I would have lost it if I'd been by myself' video

Stephanie Bergonia-Ward and pitbull-lab cross Kitarah spent a night together lost in the bush the Hunua Ranges South of Auckland.

Kitarah the pitbull-lab cross helped her owner get through a night alone in the bush.

Free shuttle service between hospital sites

The new shuttle service will take patients from Manukau SuperClinic to Middlemore Hospital and back.

A new shuttle bus is being be trialled between South Auckland hospital sites.

What's On: Scottish sounds in South Auckland

Angus J MacColl is to perform in South Auckland.

Prominent Scottish bagpiper Angus J.MacColl is getting ready to perform in South Auckland.

Essay contest examines World War I

Manurewa World War I Commemoration committee members, from left, Stella Cattle, Daniel Newman, and Angela Dalton, are calling for entries to a school essay competition.

Teenage history buffs are encouraged to enter an essay competition on the subject of war.

Creative kids sought for nature event

Johlida van Schalkwyk models the kingfisher outfit she made with classmates Poppy Fulton and Sara Faleatua which won last year's wearable art competition.

Young designers and chefs are invited to enter this year's Eye on Nature competitions.

Tracking measures after baby abduction

Newborn feet.

New tracking bracelets are being trialled at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital after a newborn was abducted in 2014.

Have a heart this February

Having a heart condition doesn't stop Sela Alo playing with his three children, Kyan, Josh and Kaitlyn.

Flava FM breakfast host gets behind this month's Heart Foundation appeal, knowing all too well the effects of heart disease.

Helping women feel safer

Women's self-defence classes teach practical techniques to help people defend themselves in a variety of situations.

Free self-defence taster course are being offered around Auckland.

Lovers get life

Amandeep Kaur (L) and Gurjinder Singh (R) were sentenced at the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday.

After their affair was exposed, two lovers nearly decapitated the woman's husband.

Sport: The Mad Butcher

What a fantastic week. It was unbelievable.

Booting up for exercise

Norma Schwenke says she isn't afraid of boot camp.

The Schwenkes are feeling challenged in their third week of training for Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

Sharing message of tolerance

Ahmadiyya Muslims Mustenser Qamar, left, and Iqbal Mohammed are tending to members of their faith community.

The pious life of a spiritual missionary may not be to everyone's taste but for a new member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, it's his calling.

Opinion:Willie Jackson

I first went to Waitangi in 1984 on what was known as the "Hikoi ki Waitangi".

Family violence inspector's focus

Inspector Dave Glossop is the Counties Manukau police district's new prevention manager.

There's a new cop on the job in one of the police district's highest posts.

Learning to make ends meet

Salvation Army budgeting advisor Maureen Martin, left, is helping her client Lily improve her financial situation.

Lily knows exactly what it's like to do it tough.

Special interest in war memorial

Heritage New Zealand Auckland coordinator Antony Phillips says the Papakura-Karaka war memorial has many unique elements.

A battle-ready soldier is part of a cenotaph highlighted as "notable" in a recent study.   

'It's been a nightmare'

Sally French wants to move into and do up this vacant Papakura state house until she can find somewhere to live long-term.

The past 12 months has been the "year from hell" for Sally French.

Sport: Weather plays havoc with cricket

Karaka's Nav Sran snared three Pukekohe-Metro wickets, including the last to fall.

This weekend was the most weather-hit of the year.

Mowers rev back into life

Waiuku Zero Waste operations manager Chris Bowers and general manager Sue Wallis with the restored equipment.

Waiuku Zero Waste has partnered with Wiri Prison to help restore lawn mowers.

Out & About: St George Illawarra Dragons

From left: Kelton Williamson, 10, Daniel Brodrick, 10, and Calum O'Conner, 10.

Young players enjoyed tackling drills and kicking skills with the stars of rugby league.

Look Who's Talking: David Buist

David Buist is proud of Papakura for having its own special identity.

Papakura's former mayor David Buist reckons the town still has its own special identity.

Thanks a Bunch: Ella Comley

Papakura Counties Care Accident and Medical Clinic receptionist Ella Comley receives this week's Thanks a Bunch award.

This week's Thanks a Bunch goes to Papakura Counties Care Accident and Medical Clinic receptionist Ella Comley. She's been nominated by Cheyenne Hona who writes:

Wireless broadband goes live

Vodafone head of security Colin James, left, and operations services manager Alistair Gough on a visit to the Orere Point cell site. The tower was installed last year and went live in December.

A remote township is celebrating the arrival of high speed internet for the first time.

Splore festival coming soon

There's something for everyone at Splore including a dedicated performance area.

Its regulars describe it as their favourite summer festival.

Helping out with horticulture

Takanini's Hamlin Road Farm and the Manakau Institute of Technology have teamed up to train people in horticulture skills who have suffered mental illness.

Gardening skills and fresh veggies are part of a programme helping people recover from mental illness.

Feeling younger in just one week

Victor and Norma Schwenke say they're feeling more energetic thanks to exercising in the great outdoors and Norma says she feels younger already.

Victor and Norma Schwenke have survived their first week of training for Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

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