Picking produce from his garden and cooking with it either at home or in his restaurants keeps chef Simon Gault happy.
Controversial stroke treatment might help Luke Elliott read, write and speak again to his family.
Cops will be staying on their bikes, thanks to a gift from Auckland Transport.
A lifetime of horsemanship will be put to the test in the longest, toughest horse race in the world.
A crude attack on election billboards in Papakura has shocked a National Party campaign co-ordinator.
Bernard Alan Devries was again found guilty at his retrial of manufacturing methamphetamine in 2010.
A business is beefing up its security as another has worker quit following violent deaths of two people in Takanini.
Bumping into people prompts woman to visit optometrist - who finds brain tumour.
A refuge society is encouraging women in abusive relationships to take a step that could save their lives.
A small Northland housing trust has built its first set of accessible rental properties in Takanini.
Rachel Burge first picked up a bow and arrow about three years ago and she's been shooting for gold ever since.
Hundreds of volunteers picked up paintbrushes, spades and pitchforks to help transform a disused park into a vibrant community garden.
When dog Podge escaped from a kennel and jumped a 1.8m fence to freedom, she embarked on a long, rough journey.
A new clinical director has taken the reins at the Papakura marae health clinic.
Young techies are helping to bring the Anzac story to life through a computer game.
Roselands Lotto shoppers win big two weeks in a row - a couple won $2m and another shopper won $250,000.
A food drive has made students realise the reality of poverty in their own community.
Papakura heavyweight Patrick Mailata has been named in the New Zealand boxing squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
A huge influx of unwanted kittens is prompting vets to take action by cutting the cost of desexing cats.
Labour leader David Cunliffe faced a whole spectrum of personalities when he went walkabout in Papakura town.
A Chorus fault has meant some businesses and homes in Awhitu have had no phone lines since the weekend.
A boy as young as 12 could be behind a series of south Auckland indecent assaults.
The Government is bringing the $210 million upgrade for State Highway 1 between Manukau and Papakura forward by a decade.
Claims of anti-Maori views emerged after a funding request for the Southern Initiative was denied.
Kiwis have been chomping, dunking and nibbling their way through Griffin's biscuits for 150 years.
An Auckland woman is teaching babies to communicate before they learn how to talk through signs.
Jo Seagar is returning to her roots to host a "party with a purpose" in support of Totara Hospice.
No Smoking signs are to be installed in key areas around town after a decision by the Papakura Local Board.
Pro-breastfeeding movement La Leche League has been in New Zealand for 50 years this month.
A tasty ale dreamed up in Papakura could help rescue New Zealand's struggling RSA clubs.
South American beetles are helping control a noxious weed and keep native plants thriving in South Auckland.
Sue Blakely will make history when she becomes principal of Papakura's largest school.
Today, thanks to pest control, translocation and an egg swap, there are 30 breeding pairs of Kokako in the Hunua Ranges.
A push to teach Hindi in schools is designed to keep the language and culture alive among the descendants of migrants.
A man addicted to synthetic cannabis says some retailers offer big discounts to keep you hooked.
Creative tots are hoping a giant centipede will be their ticket to artistic success at this year's Eye on Nature.
Eleven-year-old JB Misa imagines he is Tiger Woods whenever he plays golf and it is serving him well.
Papakura RSA welfare trust chairman Gary Walker is encouraging others to observe the day of remembrance with him on April 17.
Labour Party candidate Jerome Mika has been re-selected to stand against Judith Collins in the Papakura seat.
It's every little boy's dream to ride in a fire engine but for Troy Martin there was a touching family connection.
Two personal trainers will cycle around the clock to raise funds for Starship Children's Hospital.
A family who lost everything in a devastating fire have been overwhelmed by the generosity of South Aucklanders.
Fights, drinking, drug-taking and even sex sessions have people living by a community park up in arms.
Papakura Men's Probus Club will soon be celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Ghostly figures in photos and random slamming doors have spooked staff at Asylum Paintball.
In Clevedon's Auntsfield 4-Legged Race teams of four complete a run, mountainbike, kayak and horse ride between them.
Sisters Karena and Kasey Bird from TV series Masterchef were out to inspire Papakura Normal School students.
Thousands of teachers, families and support staff are coming together to take action on poverty in schools.
Age Concern Counties Manukau matches volunteers with clients to catch up over cups of tea, play board games or go out for lunch.
Twenty-seven men have taken up residence in a former ward of the old Kingseat Hospital.
Are our classrooms becoming overcrowded?