Papakura Courier

Medicinal cannabis does the job

Before taking the medicinal cannabis Huhana Hickey had to take about 1800mg of Gabapentin, up to eight Sevredol ...

Huhana Hickey hasn't needed any pain relief in four months because of a medicinal cannabis mouth spray.

Get onboard the Poverty Cycle

The team from Beca celebrate completing last year's Poverty Cycle.

Tearfund wants Kiwis to get on their bikes to stop human trafficking.

Jolly good music for Queen's 90th

Sarah Spence is performing Elgar's Cello Concerto in the British musical Last Night of the Proms.

Sarah Spence is celebrating everything British in her cello performance.

Taking over the reins in the kitchen

After completing an eight-week cooking course Jim Newland feels confident enough to take over the reins in the kitchen.

Senior Chef is a course for older people who want to re-kindle an interest in cooking or who want to learn.

Careers Coach to hit the road

Papakura Local Board youth portfolio lead Katrina Winn says understanding career options is essential for young people ...

If you are aged 16 to 24 trying to figure out your career options, come along to one of the free Careers Coach events being in held in Takanini and Papakura next month.

Top award for hospice ambassadors

Totara Hospice youth ambassadors Fangafua Po'oi​ and Rosie Kennedy accept the award from Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

Young people dedicated to helping South Aucklanders with life-limiting illness have been recognised by the Minister of Health.

Silence of the spit

Constable Todd Martin models a "spitting hood" used on unruly offenders.

Spitting hoods are available to all police staff to minimise the risk from slobbering crooks.

Dangers of hyperconnectivity

University of Auckland criminology lecturer Dr Claire Meehan says clear strategies must be put in place to deal with ...


Truant-free zones roll out

Auckland City Education Services attendance advisor Trish Janssen and co-ordinator Keith Morris are teaming up with Glen ...

 Safe havens for truant students are running out as local businesses get on board with an Auckland-wide scheme.

Gamers create virtual refugee camp

HungerDrive founder and World Vision Youth Ambassador Jay Adams organised the event after travelling to Jordan earlier ...

Gamers based themselves at Motat for 40 hours in a bid to construct a virtual refugee camp to raise funds for World Vision.

Prisoners receive 'more than a qualification'

Prison director Cheryle Mikaere and education facilitator Kate Eakins congratulate prisoners on their achievements. ...

Prisoners at Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility say they "are and can be more than just convicts".

Former refugee finds his feet

Former Iraqi refugee Ahmad Aldouri, right, is building a new life in South Auckland. He works at Gilmours supermarket in ...

Ahmad Aldouri is more than 15,000km and a world away from the life he left behind.

New ride on the road at Rainbow's End

Prime Minister John Key with Rai and Bow at the announcement of a new attraction at Rainbow's End.

Rainbow's End announces plans for another major attraction during PM's visit.

Dog owners jump at amnesty

George Masina with his dogs Tama and Hine who have been de-sexed, registered and microchipped through Auckland Council's ...

It would have cost George Masina more than $1000 to register, de-sex and microchip his two dogs. 

Warriors open pop-up store video

The Warriors have opened their first Pop Up store in Hunters Plaza in Papatoetoe.

South Auckland was the obvious place for the Vodafone Warriors' very first pop-up store.

Sport: The Mad Butcher

Last week I was at a fundraiser for Hospice, and Peter Thompson of Barfoot and Thompson real estate fame bought a Vodafone Warriors package for Sydney this week against the Sharks.

Costume drama for theatre group

Papakura Theatre Company costume department volunteers Judy Wilson, left, and Judy Stowers are hard at work packing all ...

Hundreds of costumes could be lost if storage isn't found for the Papakura Theatre Company.

Library plan 'outrageous'

Papakura Local Board member Brent Catchpole has complained to the Auditor-General about the board's handling of a ...

A complaint has been laid with the Auditor-General complaint over a planned multi-million dollar library and community hub.

Thanks a bunch: Veronica Atherton

Veronica Atherton receives this week's Thanks a Bunch for her hard work as Conifer Grove School's uniform shop volunteer.

This week's Thanks a Bunch goes to Conifer Grove School volunteer Veronica Atherton.

Look who's talking: Tekura Rua

Tekura Rua would like to see more action taken to get rid of noxious weeds in the community.

Tekura Rua, 72, retired kura kaupapa teacher, lives in Papakura. 

What's On: Paintings and sculptures

Gallery OneFourNine is showcasing painter Michelle Chapman and sculptor Dr Richard Cooper until June 28.

 Papakura gets to see the exhibition Well Versed by painter Michelle Chapman and sculptor Richard Cooper.

Sport: Papakura City ready for the home straight gallery

Having time off has been good for his team, Papakura City coach Jason Heather says.

 It will be a revitalised Papakura City that takes on Ellerslie in northern league football on Saturday.

Sport: McNamara Cup semifinalists confirmed gallery

Bombay's Aaron Smith lunges for a try.

 Karaka want Onewhero to give them a run for their money in Counties Manukau club rugby on Saturday.

Sport: Sea Eagles ready for Pirates showdown gallery

Papakura Sea Eagles' Reece Joyce quickly hands on a pass.

 The mouth-watering Fox Memorial Trophy showdown between Papakura and Pt Chevalier takes place on Saturday.

Opinion: Willie Jackson

Teina Pora

Out & About: Matariki at Middlemore

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori a Rohe o Mangere performed at Middlemore Hospitals opening of Matariki.

Kaumatua Whitiora Cooper, Miki Apiti and Kuia Taui Thompson opened the Matariki celebrations at Middlemore Hospital. 

Property recovered after burglaries

Counties Manukau south prevention manager Inspector Mark Rowbottom wants to find the owners of a range of stolen property.

Police investigating several burglaries want to identify the owners of a range of recovered property.

Boxing fight to honour friend

Repeka Polamalu-Vilitau is training up to six days a week leading up to the The Big Bash V boxing event.

Repeka Polamalu-Vilitau is on a collision course to honour musician Metui Finau.

Sport: Water polo makes a big splash gallery

Muri Paraoa's Sam Fuemana is in command of the ball.

 Water polo is making a big splash in Manurewa.

Sport: Aztec 1 next in line for defending champs gallery

Temepara Bailey's Mangere Hawks fell to the Southern Cavaliers 74-43.

 Regional Premier Netball League leaders Southern Cavaliers look unbeatable.

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