Papakura Courier

Elise up for Golden Guitar Award

Kendall Elise is a finalist for APRA Best Country Music Song at this year's Golden Guitar Awards in Gore.

Elise was born and raised in Papakura and gained a lot of her "musical fire" while attending school in the area. 

Jackson: Super tax needed to curb crime

Willie Jackson is standing for Labour as a list MP at the election this year.

OPINION: We have a violent crime wave in our community and it is time we were honest about it.

Opaheke Park loses funding

Papakura Local Board chairman Brent Catchpole.

The Papakura Local Board has voted against spending $1.75 million on a new park development.

Sport: Hoggard excited by new role

New Counties Manukau Rugby Union chief executive Bart Hoggard.

Bart Hoggard is Counties Manukau Rugby Union's new chief executive.

Mad Butcher: Tough night in Hamilton

Russell Packer of the Dragons charges forward during the round 11 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the St ...

OPINION: My beloved Vodafone Warriors were ordinary against the St George Dragons on Friday night, losing 30-16, and it was bitterly cold in Hamilton.

'Good Samaritan' died of natural causes

Ken Poihipi, second from right in the sunglasses, died after a street fight in south Auckland aged 64.

Ken Poihipi lost his life after trying to break up a south Auckland street brawl - but it was a medical condition that killed him.

$1m to lock up tobacco video

Z Energy will spend up to $1 million installing the first 50 cigarette dispensers.

Some petrol stations are spending up large to stop the threat of robberies. Now Z Energy is preparing to lock away its tobacco.

Family mourn 'Good Samaritan'

Ken Poihipi died after trying to stop a fight in the early hours of Saturday, May 20.

Ken Poihipi was trying to break up a fight in South Auckland. Instead, he was injured and later died.

Look Who's Talking: Life is full of challenges

18052017 News Photo: Emily Ford/Fairfax NZ
Waimarie Onekawa is a 37-year-old midwife, she lives in Flat Bush.

Look Who's Talking: Waimarie Onekawa is a 37-year-old midwife, she lives in Flat Bush.

Forest planting day

Registrations are now open for Papakura Children's Forest planting day.

Commemorative planting is marking the birth of new family members. 

$53.6m mental health facility nears finish

The new facility will be completed in two phases - the first in December, the second by 2019.

Middlemore Hospital's new mental health building includes bedrooms which look out onto courtyards and will accommodate 24 more patients than its current facility.

Prison inmates on the line

Manurewa Citizens Advice Bureau manager Josie King, left, and board member Gordon Myer say they treat phone queries from ...

A south Auckland Citizens Advice Bureau is taking calls from the public as well as inmates from a local prison.

Mystery bangs a mystery no more

Large explosions heard across south Auckland baffled some residents, but were all part of a police training exercise.

Mysterious large bangs puzzle residents and firefighters in south Auckland.

Mike King is a NZ hero

Willie Jackson is concerned Mike King has quit the suicide-prevention panel.

OPINION: What happened this week with Mike King quitting the suicide-prevention panel goes beyond politics

Baby joy after cancer

Vivian Gubb is supporting Pink Ribbon Breakfast month

Vivian Gubb is supporting Breast Cancer Foundation NZ to raise awareness.

Mentors help children of prisoners

Pillars mentor Cam Holm and mentor coordinator Corrina Dixon.

Cam Holm says being a Pillars mentor is a rewarding experience.

Sport: Marist 1 unbeaten after two rounds

Manurewa Rugby Colts, back, from left, Pandora Papalii, Laichen Koloni-Samupo, Tanith Pilkington, Diana Kauvalu, Shayde ...

High scores were a feature of Papakura Netball Centre's senior premier grade last Saturday. 

Mahuta: Yeah-nah to Maori prisons!

Hauraki-Waiakto MP Nanaia Mahuta.

OPINION: I'm not a fan of "Māori" prisons and here's the reason why.

Leitch: Farewell to some great men

Ross McEwan's Masters team mates at his funeral on Sunday, May 15, 2017.

OPINION: Most people know the Mangere East Hawks have played a major part in my life.

Motorcyclist dies in south Auckland

Police originally received a report of a car crash in Kingseat, but believe no crash actually occurred.

Police believe the rider suffered a medical event.

New southbound lanes open

New southbound lanes between Hill Rd, Takanini and the Pahurehure Inlet are now open to traffic.

New motorway lanes are open as part of Auckland's Southern Corridor Improvements project.

Performers want their theatre back

Hawkins Theatre opened in Papakura in 1990.

It's got a bigger stage and 144 more seats in its auditorium than their clubrooms, but a theatre company simply can't continue hiring a purpose-built theatre.

Councillor demands action

Papakura residents David Miller, left, and Michael Dennis are among those demanding a solution to stop wastewater ...

Human waste is becoming a problem for residents.

Can one love rugby too much?

The referee blows the whistle at full time as Ireland beat England 13-9.

OPINION: For some die-hard sports fans, it's almost a religious experience.

Lost youth a symptom of big problems

This Idlewild Superette in Mangere was robbed recently.

OPINION: Young people smashing up shops for next to nothing. We can't let NZ life come to this.

Sport: City snatch draw against Takapuna

The return of goal scoring Charlie Heather for the Chatham Cup match against Hibiscus Coast has put a smile on the face ...

It doesn't any easier for Jill Fromont and her Papakura City football team.

Sport: Netball season opens at Papakura

Players from the Marist and St Mary's netball clubs release balloons to honour the memory of Luanna Ross, a driving ...

 The netball season in Papakura is underway.

Getting kids keen on being green

A photo of my son Jarvis Skilling enjoying nature's playground at Otuataua Stonefields, Ihumatao.

OPINION: What kind of world are we leaving for our children - and how are we preparing them to care for it?

Cemetery panel reinstalled

An interpretive panel at Papakura Cemetery needed repair after a recent storm.

An interpretive panel at the Papakura Cemetery has been reinstalled.

Look who's talking: Adam Sparks

Sparks Brewing founder Adam Sparks

Adam Sparks enjoys the parks and semi-rural lifestyle of Papakura

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