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Help complete wife's work

Paul Whitcombe

He lost the love of his life in June and now he's looking for someone to help him finish her story.

Thriving hives help business grow

Honey

Happy Valley Honey wants to transform Drury into a food tourism destination with a focus on bees.

'Kiwi Katniss' shoots for Japan

Rachel Burge

Rachel Burge first picked up a bow and arrow about three years ago and she's been shooting for gold ever since.

Special housing meets people's needs

housing

A small Northland housing trust has built its first set of accessible rental properties in Takanini.

Vege patch feeds community

rollerson park

Hundreds of volunteers picked up paintbrushes, spades and pitchforks to help transform a disused park into a vibrant community garden.

Canny kids help food bank

Food bank

A food drive has made students realise the reality of poverty in their own community.

A double dip for Lotto shop

Lotto ticket

Roselands Lotto shoppers win big two weeks in a row - a couple won $2m and another shopper won $250,000.

Young boxer off to Glasgow

Patrick Mailata

Papakura heavyweight Patrick Mailata has been named in the New Zealand boxing squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Labour men hit the street

Cunliffe and papakura locals

Labour leader David Cunliffe faced a whole spectrum of personalities when he went walkabout in Papakura town.

Long summer, more kittens

Kittens

A huge influx of unwanted kittens is prompting vets to take action by cutting the cost of desexing cats.

Outage cuts phones, internet

A Chorus fault has meant some businesses and homes in Awhitu have had no phone lines since the weekend.

Boy in frame for sex assaults

Police

A boy as young as 12 could be behind a series of south Auckland indecent assaults.

Traffic triumph in Papakura

motorway upgrade

The Government is bringing the $210 million upgrade for State Highway 1 between Manukau and Papakura forward by a decade.

Rejection blamed on 'anti-Maori views'

Claims of anti-Maori views emerged after a funding request for the Southern Initiative was denied.

150 years of Griffin's

Griffins

Kiwis have been chomping, dunking and nibbling their way through Griffin's biscuits for 150 years.

Baby signing makes intentions clear

baby sign

An Auckland woman is teaching babies to communicate before they learn how to talk through signs.

Beer could ease clubs' woes

RSA beer

A tasty ale dreamed up in Papakura could help rescue New Zealand's struggling RSA clubs.

La Leche aims to help mums

La Leche League

Pro-breastfeeding movement La Leche League has been in New Zealand for 50 years this month.

Seagar raises funds with ladies lunch

Jo Seagar

Jo Seagar is returning to her roots to host a "party with a purpose" in support of Totara Hospice.

Papakura parks to go smokefree

No Smoking signs are to be installed in key areas around town after a decision by the Papakura Local Board.

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