Papakura Courier

Nooks and crannies in student art

Maycee Hooks is using the Papakura Cemetery as inspiration for her visual poetry.

Abandoned buildings and beloved grave sites are some of the subjects of an art exhibition exploring local places and spaces.

Freemasons giving the joy of reading

Manukau Freemasons Selwyn Cooper and Ivan Smith with the Blind Foundation's community development manager Joy McClintock learning to operate a DAISY player.

Freemasons New Zealand have donated 125 DAISY players, which plays a book on a cd giving an experience similar to reading.

Look who's talking

Katherena Cressey

Name, age, occupation, suburb where you live

Unusual baggage seized gallery

Some undeclared fruit fly-infested chillies were seized from a French passenger arriving at Auckland airport. The passenger received a $400 fine.

A wide range of unusual items were intercepted recently at New Zealand airports and ports. 

Campaign helps disabled athletes

Chelsea Thorn is fronting Special Olympics Awareness Week and showing people how to reach their potential.

Equestrian champ Chelsea Thorn knows all about jumping hurdles and it's a message she's out to share.

Breaking down barriers gallery

Constable Mandeep Kaur  is one of the officers involved with Operation Spice, which aims to reduce the Papatoetoe Indian community's risk of victimisation.

Building bridges between the police and Indian people is seeing a "massive increase" in crime being reported.

Health volunteer honored

May Norris is presented with a Ministry of Health Volunteer Award by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman at Parliament House.

May Norris is a woman who comes to the rescue.

Feedback shapes project decisions

Papakura Local Board chairman Bill McEntee.

A master plan for Papakura town centre, cycleways and community gardens are among projects that have been given the green light under Auckland Council's Long Term Plan.

SPORT: Sea Eagles slay the Pirates gallery

Papakura Sea Eagles captain Roman Hifo drags a pair of Pt Chevalier Pirates with him.

The Papakura Sea Eagles put rugby league's Roop Rooster on the line against the Mt Albert Lions on July 4.

SPORT: McNamara Cup a four-horse race gallery

Fautasi Ma'u pushes Troy Michie out of the way as he make a charging run for Karaka.

 The McNamara Cup is a four-horse race with two rounds of Counties Manukau club rugby left to play.

SPORT: Papakura City ready for Onehunga Mangere

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 Papakura City shoot for a record 10th straight win against Onehunga-Mangere on July 4.

SPORT: Papakura gets its own sports awards

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Papakura's best sportsmen and women are to be formally recognised.

Rates rises get the go ahead gallery

Councillor Calum Penrose wants to get Auckland's roads flowing.

Rates rises will be coming to home owners from July 1.

Goodbye to 107-year-old "tough cookie" gallery

Ann McGuinness with her mother-in-law Ella McGuinness, at 102. Ann says Ella had a "generous" and "bubbly" personality.

A sporting passion is one thing that kept Ella McGuinness ticking well past her 100th birthday.

Thief targets charity shop gallery

St Vincent de Paul president Mary Smith, left, and vice president Judith Prince are angry their charity shop continues to be targeted by thieves.

Volunteers are in disbelief after their charity shop was robbed for the third time in over a year.

Fair helps struggling families

Pam Ross from Quota International is looking forward to this year's Quota International Antiques Fair in Drury.

Old treasures are being sold to help out families in need.

Homelessness an unseen reality gallery video

Homelessness is often ignored, Neeranda Moodley says.

 Homelessness is a significant and growing issue in New Zealand - but with the right approach, it can be solved.

SPORT: Trio win big at netball centre gallery

Aztec U15, front from left, Tiara Pile-Williams, Sheyianne Rata-Wetere, Elise Kiors, Breeze Peeni-Rata, Janet Hauraki and Mereana O'Connell and back from left, Marina Katipa (coach), Raylene Martin, Tiana Paige-Wetere, Teagan Pukeroa and Caylee Faneva, beat Karaka Silver 25-20 on June 27.

Manurewa Rugby Black, Hui Hui Kotaki and Pacers dominated Papakura Netball Centre's senior premier grade on June 27.

SPORT: Cavaliers in charge of regional netball league

Southern Cavaliers are having it their own way in the Regional Premier Netball League.

Southern Cavaliers are having it their own way in the Regional Premier Netball League.

Champion speech inspires students gallery

Kiwi surfer Matt Hewitt  handed out free sneakers  to Mansell Senior School students who are taking part in the Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme.

A top Kiwi surfer is helping kids stay on track with a motivational speech and a new pair of shoes.

New trees restore coastline

Splore music and arts festival organisers, iwi and Auckland Council are working to plant 55 mature pohutukawa in Tapapakanga Regional Park.

A stunning crimson coastline as risk of erosion is being restored through the planting of new trees.

Wanted: New faces for Christmas favourite

Cherie Mathieson is looking for fresh new talent to entertain crowds at this year's Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park shows

Calling all budding entertainers - here is your chance for a moment in the spotlight.

Aucklanders not taking up rates relief gallery

Very few Auckland homeowners take up the rates postponement scheme, despite rising house prices.

Despite Auckland's escalating house prices those on low incomes are failing to take up rates relief schemes.

SPORT: Umaga confirms it's the Blues

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 23:  Tana Umaga talks to the media after being announced as the Blues Head Coach during a Blues Super Rugby press conference at Alexandra Park on June 23, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Rugby's worst kept secret has been confirmed.

SPORT: Ardmore Marist line up Bombay gallery

Bombay's Sam Vaka has Pukekohe halfback Kodi Newson struggling to get his pass away.

 Ardmore Marist are sweating on the availability of their first-choice first-five Jonathan Taumateine.

Maori myth alive on stage gallery video

Hawkins Youth Theatre and the Silver Stage Company are teaming up for the first time in an adaptation of the popular Maori myth How the Kiwibird Lost its Wings

A magical forest sets the scene for quirky characters telling a  tale of humility and bravery.

Artists make noise for Matariki gallery

Graduate Maggie Buxton has developed a mobile app that explores matariki through the places and people of Papakura.

Maggie Buxton is celebrating the Maori New Year by guiding people on a spiritual journey through her home town.  

Rubbish kicked off the kerb gallery

Residents will be relieved they won't have to see scenes like this on their streets any more.

The days of roadside rubbish mountains and bargain hunters cruising suburban streets are numbered if council's inorganic plan moves forward.

SPORT: Papakura City in Chatham Cup face-off

Papakura City's Junior Bukalidi is back for the Chatham Cup tie against Manukau City on June 27.

Papakura City are rested and ready for their Chatham Cup match against Manukau City on June 27.

SPORT: Manurewa Rugby White outgun Pacers gallery

Conifer Grove Turquoise is, front from left,  Meghana Badveli, Harleen Badwal and Nici Eramus and back front left,  Mackenzie Darby, Aliya Dobbs, Jamie Strong, Meeka Elliott, Madeline Robinson and  Ella Rees and and they play in the Papakura Netball Centre's junior B grade.

Manurewa Rugby comfortable winners at the Papakura Netball Centre.

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