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Life throws young builder tough curveball

A 20m cliff fall while snowboarding on Mt Ruapehu has left Marcel Parmentier in a wheelchair.

Four Kirks Bush attacks worry police

Police fear a repeat sexual offender could be targeting women in a South Auckland park.

Man arrested over South Auckland stabbing

A 38 year old charged with murder after the death of a man in Auckland on Monday night.

New cop up to speed with signing

Luke Ronaki

One of the country's newest police recruits was born to deaf parents and says signing is his first language.

From milk trucks to movies

 Richard Frances-Moore

When Richard Frances-Moore was a milk truck driver he never dreamed he'd be working in the glitzy movie world.

Volunteering veteran's medals swiped

medal theft

Army veteran is devastated after a lifetime of memories and honours are stolen.

Food bank still filling a need

food bank

A partnership to help feed families in need has reached its first anniversary and there's no sign of it slowing down.

Fraud accused paralysed 'due to stress'

Woman charged with faking cancer and fraudulently fundraising paralysed from "overwhelming stress", lawyer says.

Security guard in the right place at the right time

Security guards

The quick actions of a security guard have proven how important a bit of extra surveillance in the town centre can be.

Woman who faked terminal illness given name suppression


A woman has been charged with three counts of deceptively obtaining funds after allegedly faking a terminal illness.

Big plans for Franklin Zoo


The reopening of zoo a fitting way to honour late keeper who was crushed by an elephant, sister says.

Dying to celebrate

 Peter Macintosh

Peter Macintosh died just before his 65th birthday - but he came back to life in time to celebrate the milestone.

Top dog is a Kiwi gun

Carolyn Cederman and her Irish setter Fern

A disney film led Carolyn Cederman to a life-long love of Irish Setters.

Teed off over proposed housing

golf course

Longtime resident Jim Kelly is up in arms over plans to develop the old Papakura Golf Course for housing.

School kitchen idea kickstarted

Bronca Fox

Park Estate School is in need of a new kitchen and a breakfast programme founder is determined to get them one.

Demanding, hard work acknowledged

MArina Hunt

Around 1400 New Zealand social workers are celebrating National Social Workers' Day today.

Political essay wins votes

Essay winner

A 16-year-old's take on improving youth participation in elections has seen her meet the Governor-General.

Cottage needs helping hands


A heritage cottage is standing the test of time but help is needed to continue its legacy into the future.

Thriving hives help business grow


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

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.

Judith Collins: Cunliffe is a moron

Judith Collins

Judith Collins isn't pulling any punches at critics since she quit - calling David Cunliffe a "moron".

Battle to use disabled car parks

Mobility parks

Able-bodied people parking in mobility spaces makes shopping difficult for stroke victim.

Collins stays confident about Papakura

Judith Collins

She's had the week from hell. But MP Judith Collins remains confident the people who elected her will do so again.

Youth line up for free sewing classes

Darren Kereama and Janet McDonald

A chance encounter on Facebook has led two sewing-mad strangers to join forces in a bid to help young people thread their way to a successful future.

ACC initiative targets sexual violence

Papakura high school

Papakura High School is trying out Mates & Dates, an initiative aiming to prevent sex and dating violence.

Fisherman snapped taking 325 fish


A fisherman who took 325 snapper in one day was sentenced to 320 hours community work.

Rural and quarry land rezoned for industry

dairy farm

Plans for a large industrial park in Drury are a step closer to reality after the Auckland Council agreed to rezone land.

A chance to have own little pony

adopt pony

Owning a pony is every horse-mad kid's dream. And for two young enthusiasts, that dream could become a reality with the help of Pointways Pony Club.

Thieves target funeral home

Break in

Staff are reeling after the latest in a string of thefts targeting a funeral home monument shop.

Once homeless, now keen to help others

Chanelle Haffenden

A woman is auctioning space on her forearm for any tattoo the winner wants in order to raise money for Key to Life.

Students' tables build bridges

picnic tables

Students from Papakura High School made wooden mini picnic tables, gifting two to a neighbouring childcare centre.

Siblings return to patrol jobs


Andrea Mulligan lost her livelihood when the Safer Papakura Trust dissolved this year.

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


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

Convicted meth cook's appeal fails


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


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.

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.

'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


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

Wanderer cured of wanderlust


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


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.
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