Home' Papakura Courier : December 1st 2010 Contents www.papakuracourier.co.nz Wednesday, December 1, 2010
By HINERANGI VAIMOSO
and DAVID TAURANGA
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INDUSTRIAL action scheduled to
take place throughout Papakura
schools today was called off in a
community-wide bid to keep chil-
dren occupied and supervised after
the deaths of three youngsters.
Mansell Senior School was in the
headlines last week after police con-
firmed a 12-year-old girl had died
playing a real life game of hang-
The game has grown in popu-
larity among young teenagers and
parents have been asked to be
hyper-vigilant about what their
children are playing. Police found
eight teens playing the deadly game
Police say the deaths of two other
youngsters aged 12 and 10 are
believed to be unrelated to the game
and are not suspicious.
All three deaths have prompted a
response from the entire community
including parents, teachers, local
marae and community groups that
focus on suicide and self-harm pre-
Hundreds of year 9 students
would have been out of school had
the teachers industrial action gone
Many would have been at home
alone or with friends while parents
and caregivers were at work.
Counties-Manukau Post Primary
teachers Association deputy chair-
man Peter Mathias says requests to
hold off on the strike came from
individual schools concerned about
the effect last week s news might
have on teens.
Mr Mathias says the schools
requests came as a part of a
community-wide push to resolve the
issue among Papakura teens and
Prime Minister John Key
How you can help burn centre
The National Burn Centre at
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burn units around the country, pro-
vide vital healthcare for many New
They make a real difference to the
patients they treat and I d like to
thank them for the good work that
they do. I am delighted that the
Mad Butcher and Suburban
Newspapers Community Trust is
teaming up in support of the
National Burn Centre.
Operation Heal is seeking to raise
$200,000 for a special high-tech
microscope, which would be used in
reconstructive and plastic surgery
for burns patients.
Despite the tough economic con-
ditions, the National-led Govern-
ment is spending more on health
than ever before to make sure New
Zealanders get the essential
services that they need.
In Budget 2010, we boosted
funding for health by $2.1 billion
over the next four years.
High-tech medical equipment is
very expensive, so it s great when
local communities get involved in
This is your chance to make and
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I encourage you to show your sup-
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I d like to personally thank every-
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By HINERANGI VAIMOSO
Topping it off: Antony Kapeli Sua and his Red Velvet Christmas cupcakes.
Photo: SHANE WENZLICK
Only five students from across the
Auckland region made the cut for
the annual Chelsea School Bake
Off and one of them happens to be
Antony Kapeli Sua spent all last
week in Papakura High School s
food technology department prac-
tising the technique he was to use
in the final of the competition yes-
He entered the Best Cake Baker
section with his delectable Red
Velvet Cake, a recipe he used to
make cupcakes in front of the
Since it was a red velvet
theme Antony opted for a tra-
ditional Christmas decoration
complete with iced holly and ivy.
The judging panel included NZ
Masterchef winner Brett McGre-
gor and Cuisine food writer
Lauraine Jacobs who s also past
president of the International
Association of Culinary Profes-
sionals and the current president
of the NZ Guild of Food Writers.
The winner will receive cooking
equipment to the value of $500 for
themselves and $1000 worth for
The results were not available
at the time the Papakura Courier
went to press.
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on line at
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