Papakura offers you a perfect blend of country and town.
Perched on the edge of the greater Auckland metropolitan area, Papakura’s town centre is a diverse and charming environment in which to shop, eat, work or socialise. With a mix of retail, professional and business support services, the town centre brings everything you need together for a convenient and exciting experience.
The green open spaces of our wonderful parks are a perfect haven for families and children and the playgrounds are a fun and safe diversion for the younger ones. What’s more, getting to and from the town centre is simple, quick and convenient by rail, bus or private car.
So for everything you need to know about Papakura’s busy town centre and all the things that make this the heart of our district, look no further!
The dates for this month for April
CLOSED THIS SATURDAY 4TH OF APRIL – EASTER WEEKEND
OPEN IN BROADWAY SATURDAY 11TH OF APRIL
MOVING TO RSA CARPARK SATURDAY 18TH OF APRIL
CLOSED SATURDAY 25TH OF APRIL – ANZAC WEEKEND
OPEN IN BROADWAY SATURDAY 2ND OF MAY AND IN BROADWAY FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH
The Saturday Market on Broadway is on every Saturday from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm in Broadway Papakura. The Market on Broadway offers a selection of food, health, beauty, clothing, arts and gifts, and entertainment for the whole family.
Even better, the cafes and restaurants of Broadway will be opening early to offer all manner of tasty food and hot drinks for breakfast. The whole of Broadway between Great South Road and O’Shannessey Street will be closed to traffic to create the market environment.
Come on down and check it out!
We’re really keen to talk to local people or groups who are interested in performing at the Market – entertainment just makes the whole day so much more interesting. We’ll be hosting one fundraising stall each week. If you are part of a group that would like to be part of this contact us on the email below.
We do also need a few more volunteers to help with pack-in and other aspects of the Market. If there’s a local group keen to help out the new market this will be a fantastic experience, and it’s not hard work.
Prospective stallholders can register by emailing Tracy Shackleton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Papakura waves the flag for ANZAC
The Papakura Town Centre will be decked out in style for the centenary commemoration of New Zealand’s entry into World War 1 thanks to a partnership between the Papakura RSA, local businesses and Papakura Business Association.
A total of 168 commemorative street flags have been bought to ‘dress’ the town centre with Gallipoli and ANZAC messages in the weeks leading up to ANZAC 2015 on April 25. The first flags will be installed from Thursday 26 March.
The project is one of many planned for the district as part of regional, national and global events marking the centenary of the Gallipoli landings and the forging of the ANZAC bond between New Zealand and Australia.
First World War Centenary Commemoration committee member Tom Sainsbury says the RSA is excited about the centenary events planned.
“We are very pleased to have such strong support from the business association and the local business community. Papakura has always been a military town, and it is appropriate that we mark this centenary in a way that also celebrates the history of our town,” said Mr Sainsbury.
Local businesses that have supported the flag project have ensured Papakura will be dressed in fine style for the commemoration, according to Papakura Town Centre Manager Tracy Shackleton.
“PBA committed to buying 100 flags to kick off the project, and we invited our members to help add to the impact of the project by buying additional flags. We had a wonderful response from members including Archibald and Associates, Barfoot and Thompson, BNZ Bank, Dodd Civil, First National Real Estate, Harcourts Real Estate, the Methodist Church, the National Party Papakura Branch, Ray White Real Estate and Veolia Water.
The PBA is one of the main sponsors of the RSA’s ‘Fallen Soldiers’ activities, which include research projects undertaken by local school children. More than 300 children have been busy preparing projects that remember the 33 soldiers from Papakura district who died during World War 1. The completed projects will be presented at Papakura RSA on Tuesday March 31 in a prizegiving evening which is open to the public.
“These projects are a fantastic way for the business community and the RSA to connect with the Papakura community. It’s a very special opportunity which our members value greatly,” said Mrs Shackleton.
On 18 April Papakura Business Association is temporarily moving its weekly market to the RSA as part of the WW1 Tattoo event being held at Ray Small Park. The PBA has also sponsored a new display cabinet for military memorabilia that has been donated or loaned to the RSA. The cabinet is now installed in the RSA foyer.
The ANZAC commemoration for Papakura is a joint effort between Papakura RSA, Papakura Museum and Papakura Business Association. It aims to both acknowledge the district’s sacrifices in WW1 and build closer ties through the community.