Kapi-Mana News

Fresh look for Cannons Creek pool

An upgraded Cannons Creek Pool will be reopens this month.

Plimmerton stream a health hazard?

Plimmerton's new domain has a black spot - a stinky stream that is making dogs sick.

It's lighter without the Canopies

Porirua's Canopies are down and the sun is streaming in, but people are still worried about the rain.

Porirua taniwha weaves spell

Weaver Kohai Grace is creating a taniwha to go on display at Porirua Aquatic Centre on Waitangi Day.

War stories make for compelling reading

Soldiers' stories often start and end at railway stations, and Allan Dodson's own labour of love is no exception.

Mana Island's only residents

Mana Island's sole occupants enjoying life

The Hall family escaped the world to become the sole occupants of an island off the coast of Porirua.

Theatre group remains optimistic

The show must go on for Porirua Little Theatre even though its home is due to be demolished.

Pataka museum celebrates history

An exciting year of historical exhibitions is in the works for Porirua's Pataka museum.

Blocking of demolition a 'precedent'

An Environment Court ruling that blocked demolition of a Lambton Quay heritage building created a precedent.

Council slated over CBD

Trevor Campbell rolls his eyes when the words "Porirua city centre" and "canopies" are mentioned.

Star quartet perform at festival

The Musical Island Boys have had a success for glittering success, and now they're coming home to perform at Porirua's Festival of the Elements.

Marines hall costs keep rising

Debate over what to do with Porirua's Marines Hall has so far cost ratepayers more than $165,000.

From trash to tinsel

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, but for an Elsdon couple it's bringing Christmas joy back after the death of their daughter.

Horsing around with paint

Champing at the bit to raise funds for charity

Charity harnesses creativity, with one old pony proving you're never pasture time to paint.

A window on church history

A 136-year old church will get new stained glass windows thanks to a congregation member who tracked down its original features.

Marines Hall demo decision raises ire

Decision to demolish the "big joke" Titahi Bay Marines Hall led to verbal abuse of councillor.

Talima continues Fruean rugby tradition

Talima Fruean, younger sister of rugby star Robbie, is also making a mark in the sport having won a scholarship to the USA.

Traditional Tongan artistry up close

A former Porirua teacher is revitalising traditional Tongan practice through her art work, which will be displayed at Pataka.

Titahi Bay schools face funding shortfall

Trips, books and breakfasts take the hit as Titahi Bay schools face a drop in funding due to decile changes.

Plans for Porirua cbd unveiled

More green spaces are a main feature of newly-released plans for the upgrade of Porirua's city centre.

Stairway to heaven

'Pretty stoked' to win photography award

Standing alone in a dark, cold Wairarapa field has paid off for photography buff Chris Murphy.

Call to replace canopies with awnings

A real estate agent says awnings and balconies, rather than the canopies, could give Porirua a French Riviera feel.

Naylor bids council farewell

Palmerston North's former mayor Jono Naylor has chosen an ornate adze as his parting gift from the city council.

Comedy helps after fire tragedy

Minutes after she lost everything in a freak house fire, Brogan Hillstead went to a comedy show.

There and back again

A Porirua brother and sister have gone on an unexpected journey.

Too tired to work

Murray Lucas got used to being exhausted.

More HNZ homes to be bowled

HNZ Tenants


More state homes in Poriura are to be demolished, and local MP Kris Faafoi is sceptical about promises of new development.

Gully toll could hurt Porirua

A toll on Transmission Gully could force motorists back on to Porirua roads, say councillors.

Roads high priority for police


Crashes in Porirua and Kapiti take more of the area commander's focus than homicide - and here's why.

Work starts on $15m secure ward

Kenepuru facility

Construction has begun on $15m facility for young people with mental health and addiction issues.

Retailers decry canopy delays

Canopies Billi Kumar

Porirua store owners are worried business will suffer in the CBD while canopy repairs leave it uncovered.

PM's bodyguard gone to the dogs

Robert Stilwell

Richard Stilwell has gone from guarding the Prime Minister to sweeping up dog fur.

$1.8m to upgrade wastewater plant

wastewater pipes

Urgent upgrades to Porirua wastewater treatment plant, costing about $1.8 million, were given the green light by Porirua City Council last week.

Kindy closes after nearly 40 years

Beanstalk kindy

For 38 years Beanstalk Kindergarten reached as high as the eye could see, but it has been chopped down in its prime.

Concern over suburb plan

Porirua City Council

Plan to create a new suburb north of Porirua is met with caution, and in some cases concern.

Huntington's battle on big screen

The Inheritance

Documentary "The Inheritance" relates the struggle of Paremata woman Jody Lyon's struggle with Huntington's disease.

Mum on a global mission

International charity CEO to speak at clothes swap

Sue van Schreven and Andrei

Placing orphaned children in loving homes is all in a day's work for Sue van Schreven and her charity.

New method curbs crime

neighbourhood policing team

Neighbourhood policing team's efforts in Cannon's Creek has notably reduced crime in the area.

Lions club may be cut from market

Porirua market

Titahi Bay Lions Club's long standing link with the Porirua Saturday Market could soon be severed.

Migrants' stories a page-turner

migrant stories

Five migrants to New Zealand are still getting used to seeing stories in print.

'Too scared' to object

Tenants' endurance tested by conditions

Porirua City councillor Euon Murrell

Water running down walls and gang members beating tenants are just a few of the perils of private rentals in Cannons Creek.

100kg gone, but more to go

''I was too embarrassed to show my face in public.''

Petranoff Smith

Petranoff Smith used to eat 16 slices of bread, 16 eggs, a packet of bacon for breakfast; now he's a 100kg lighter.

PostShop to re-open in Mana

nz post

Nearly four months after the Mana PostShop closed, NZ Post is considering opening a small store in the suburb.

Pataka in for an upgrade

Helen Kedgley

With visitor numbers at an all-time high, Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture is in the process of undergoing a facelift.

Leggett as Labour president?

Nick leggett

Could Porirua mayor Nick Leggett be Labour's next party president?

School gets a crossing thanks to Amelia

Amelia Taatiti

Pupils at a Porirua school will have a safe place to cross thanks to one of their classmates.

A lifelong love of cars

1932 Roadster

Barry Cullen doesn't care that his 1932 Roadster is made from fibreglass and isn't the true blue article.

Candidates tout Porirua


National's Hekia Parata and Labour's Kris Faafoi speak on what they love about Porirua.

Grenada link not settled: NZTA

petone link road

The best option to link Tawa and Lower Hutt is by no means settled, and NZTA has acknowledged SH58 needs improvement.

Store owner 'Santa' of fruit

Fruit santa

He may not have a red suit but to the children at Nuanua Kindergarten, Paul Wahid is like Santa Claus.