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Gault at home in the garden

Simon Gault

Picking produce from his garden and cooking with it either at home or in his restaurants keeps chef Simon Gault happy.

Controversial hope for stroke victim

Elliott family

Controversial stroke treatment might help Luke Elliott read, write and speak again to his family.

Pedal police here to stay

Bike handover

Cops will be staying on their bikes, thanks to a gift from Auckland Transport.

Tackling Mongolian horseback adventure

Michelle Jarvis

A lifetime of horsemanship will be put to the test in the longest, toughest horse race in the world.

Obscenities sprayed on hoardings

Hoardings

A crude attack on election billboards in Papakura has shocked a National Party campaign co-ordinator.

Convicted meth cook's appeal fails

Gavel

Bernard Alan Devries was again found guilty at his retrial of manufacturing methamphetamine in 2010.

Deaths alarm local businesses

ezy cash

A business is beefing up its security as another has worker quit following violent deaths of two people in Takanini.

Life-saving trip to eye doctor

mri

Bumping into people prompts woman to visit optometrist - who finds brain tumour.

Programme helps with abusive relationships

Nicole Batts

A refuge society is encouraging women in abusive relationships to take a step that could save their lives.

Special housing meets people's needs

housing

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

'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.

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.

Wanderer cured of wanderlust

Podge

When dog Podge escaped from a kennel and jumped a 1.8m fence to freedom, she embarked on a long, rough journey.

Doctor takes up marae role

marae doc

A new clinical director has taken the reins at the Papakura marae health clinic.

1915 Gallipoli recreated in computer game

students

Young techies are helping to bring the Anzac story to life through a computer game.

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.

Canny kids help food bank

Food bank

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

Games dream comes true for boxer

Patrick Mailata

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

Long summer means more kittens

Kittens

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

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.

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 of funding request blamed on 'anti-Maori views'

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

Milestone birthday for biscuit factory

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.

Hospice a cause close to Seagar's heart

Jo Seagar

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

Board rules 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.

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.

RSA finds ale for ails

RSA beer

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

Beetle mania destroys weed

tradescantia tip beetle

South American beetles are helping control a noxious weed and keep native plants thriving in South Auckland.

First female principal for Rosehill College

Sue Blakely

Sue Blakely will make history when she becomes principal of Papakura's largest school.

Kokako thrive thanks to dedicated volunteers

Kokako

Today, thanks to pest control, translocation and an egg swap, there are 30 breeding pairs of Kokako in the Hunua Ranges.

After-school classes preserve Hindi

Geeta Lata  Ravikash Prasad

A push to teach Hindi in schools is designed to keep the language and culture alive among the descendants of migrants.

Struggle with legal highs

Hamish, drug use

A man addicted to synthetic cannabis says some retailers offer big discounts to keep you hooked.

Kindergarten kids have their eye on the prize

Kindy kids

Creative tots are hoping a giant centipede will be their ticket to artistic success at this year's Eye on Nature.

JB's a Tiger for golf

JB Misa

Eleven-year-old JB Misa imagines he is Tiger Woods whenever he plays golf and it is serving him well.

Lest we forget on Poppy Day

Poppies

Papakura RSA welfare trust chairman Gary Walker is encouraging others to observe the day of remembrance with him on April 17.

Mika squares off against Collins in Papakura for round two

Labour Party candidate Jerome Mika has been re-selected to stand against Judith Collins in the Papakura seat.

In his Poppa's footsteps

Firetruck

It's every little boy's dream to ride in a fire engine but for Troy Martin there was a touching family connection.

Pair battling clock for a purpose

Emma Dunn, Caitlin Riedstra

Two personal trainers will cycle around the clock to raise funds for Starship Children's Hospital.

Fire victims touched by support

Niko-Sefilino family

A family who lost everything in a devastating fire have been overwhelmed by the generosity of South Aucklanders.

Call for lights in park

reserve

Fights, drinking, drug-taking and even sex sessions have people living by a community park up in arms.

Club a place to find friends

Geoff Burnside

Papakura Men's Probus Club will soon be celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Mystery at the asylum

Asylum Paintball owners

Ghostly figures in photos and random slamming doors have spooked staff at Asylum Paintball.

Racers need four legs for competition

HOrse

In Clevedon's Auntsfield 4-Legged Race teams of four complete a run, mountainbike, kayak and horse ride between them.

Cooks prove dreaming pays

Kasey and Karena Bird

Sisters Karena and Kasey Bird from TV series Masterchef were out to inspire Papakura Normal School students.

Marchers take aim at living wage in schools

Julie-Anne Gauld

Thousands of teachers, families and support staff are coming together to take action on poverty in schools.

Chance for cuppa and gossip catch-up

Age Concern

Age Concern Counties Manukau matches volunteers with clients to catch up over cups of tea, play board games or go out for lunch.

A place to call home

WISE Guys

Twenty-seven men have taken up residence in a former ward of the old Kingseat Hospital.
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