Papakura Courier

Bus shelter design revealed gallery

The new design for the city's bus shelters has been given the go ahead.

Auckland bus shelters are set for a new design following public feedback.

SPORT: Papakura City atop division two

Papakura City without five frontline players for Chatham Cup.

SPORT: Richie Blackmore to coach Auckland

Five Papakura Sea Eagles to face the Maori Residents.

SPORT: Karaka claim club rugby's Challenge Cup gallery

Drury's Sam Furniss is  tackled by Patumahoe's Gerhard Benadie as he runs through a wet area of the pitch.

Karaka have done the double in Counties Manukau club rugby for the second year in a row.

SPORT: Impressive wins in Papakura netball gallery

The Drury 9 team of, from left, Zoe Shuker, Maddisyn Hughes-Afoa, Casey Mitchener, Ashley Rohloff, Jess Kats, Sarah Waters and Taryn Richmond play in the Intermediate C grade at the Papakura Netball Centre.

Hui Hui Kotahi and Conifer Grove Platinum scored impressive wins in the latest round of Papakura Netball Centre's senior premier grade on May 23.

Report alcohol-related nuisance

Evidence is needed to ensure alcohol bans remain in areas like Papakura's  Fernaig Reserve.

People are being asked to report incidents of litter, broken glass, empty bottles and disorder caused by problem drinking in public areas.

New flowers for grieving families

Kylie Booker is helping raise money for new flowers on children's graves vandalised at the Papakura Cemetery.

Kylie Booker is helping raise money for the parents and families who "suffered heartache" after seeing their children's graves destroyed.

Blessing eases desecration pain

Christine Horton and 4-year-old Eden with the name plate of twin baby girls Faith and Hope.

Children's graves desecrated in a vandalism attack have been restored and blessed in a special ceremony.

Community run inspires weight loss gallery

Addision resident and Alfriston College teacher Ben Ruegg is organsing a community fun run inspiring fitness and weight loss.

 Ben Ruegg is on a one-man fitness mission to let people know that "change is possible when you believe it is".

Rates rebate plan for villages

Get a break on your rates.

Bus and train fares made easier

Bus and train fares will be made easier to calculate.

War planes ready for take off gallery

Warbirds are taking to the sky at Ardmore Airport marking the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landings.

War planes will be thundering through the sky this weekend to commemorate an historic military operation.

Fundraiser helps the blind gallery

Papakura Lioness Club president Shirley Brewer, left, and Homai Early Childhood Centre head teacher Linda Flavell. The Lioness Club raised money to help the centre buy equipment for its sensory room.

Modern tools are helping visually impaired children get all the help they need with early childhood learning.

Green building earns shot at prize gallery

The Papakura home has a concrete floor which is heated by solar panels on the roof.

Solar panels and waterfront views have earned one Papakura home a chance at the House of the Year award.

Driver's tearful apology gallery

Harman Singh, who used his turban as a bandage, visits Daejon Pahia, 6, as he recovers in hospital.

The driver of a car that struck a six-year-old boy in south Auckland has been in touch with his mum to say sorry.

New flowers for damaged graves video

Families had to search through rubble to find the name plates of their children at Papakura Cemetery.

Today marks the anniversary of Madison Paige Bates who was stillborn 15 years ago. Her headstone was among dozens of others desecrated in a vandalism attack.

SPORT: Sea Eagles take on the Tigers gallery

The Papakura Sea Eagles will be tempted to rest several key personnel against the Northcote Tigers in round seven of the Fox Memorial Trophy.

SPORT: Tough test looms for Karaka gallery

Ardmore Marist's Justine Lavea is grabbed by Ponsonby's Joeannha Purcell, right, and Linda Itunu. Ardmore Marist lost the game 19-15

Challenge Cup leaders Karaka expect to be pushed to their very limits by Waiuku in the feature match of Counties Manukau club rugby on May 23.

SPORT: Papakura netball results gallery

The Takanini Five team who play in the Intermediate D grade the the Papakura Netball Centre are from, left,  Faith Sautia, Dayda Shiarnah-Harris, Trenneyce Tou, Shonte Tou, Mia Murphy, Clara Moa, Anni Manuel and Shaquilla Harrison.

 Results from last weekend's Papakura Netball Centre competition

Board in place for new school gallery

Daniel Newman has been elected the inaugural board of trustees chairman of a new primary school which is set to be built in Takanini.

Key measures are in place and a new school is all set to be built.

Road patrol combats dangerous roads gallery

Edmund Hillary School students in training for a new road patrol programme.

School students are combating dangerous roads in an area where kids have been hit by cars.

Parents get tech-savvy gallery

From left: Sheree Waller, Irere Tonga and Peter Tonga are among those benefiting from the Computers in Homes programme.

Struggling families are going online and staying educated through an initiative putting computers in homes.

Concerns raised over dump site gallery

Takanini residents are concerned about health and safety in their neighbourhood with this Sation Rd site being used as a dumping ground.

A fire damaged house and an empty section are turning into a neighbourhood dumping ground bringing with it bad smells, rats and safety concerns.

Horse deaths spur speed call

8-year-old autism patient Cooper in the horse ring with horse Brooklyn at Horses For Hope in Kialla, Victoria. Cooper is being coached to control his behaviour and breathing, to which the horse responds by granting it's trust to the boy and overcoming it's own troubles of the past - a mutual healing process.

Horses For Hope is a unique equine therapy program that pairs troubled horses with people experiencing trauma or mental health conditions, encouraging control of emotions in both animal and human.

Photograph Paul Jeffers
The Sunday Age
4th Apr 2015

Animal lovers are calling for the speed limit on a busy road to be reduced after two horses were hit and killed.

Man who died in crash named gallery

Road policing manager Inspector Alison Brand is pleading with motorists to drive to the conditions following a killer weekend on the roads.

The man killed in a single-car crash in Clevedon early on Saturday morning has been named.

Rates bills on the rise

An extra $114 will be added to rates bills as Auckland Council grapples with transport funding.

New jackets for freezing students gallery video

From left: Papakura High School students Andrew McLaughlin, Tutaki Brown, William Kaihe, Dylan Harland and Slade Coetser

By Nigel Moffiet

Quilts showcased for charity gallery

From left: Counties Manukau Quilters Guild members Barbara Thompson, Sharon Williams and Jenny Ayden

By Nigel Moffiet

Gran's dishing up a treat gallery video

Papakura grandmother Lillian Davern features in the new cook book Love and Food at Gran's Table

Delicious recipes inspired by grandmothers around the country have been uncovered to ensure everyone gets a taste. 

Cell death not suspicious, police say

The death of a man in the cells of a court is not thought to be suspicious, police say.

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