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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

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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

Faafoi/Parata

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.

Meetings to discuss PostShop

Kris Faafoi's

New Zealand Post will host two public meetings this month to discuss the Mana PostShop.

Set to stop crime before it happens

Penny Gifford

A newpolice initiative that focuses on predicting where crimes will take place is seeing good results.

Hundreds have say on alcohol policy

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Hundreds have voiced their support for the restriction where and when alcohol is sold in Porirua.

3000 new homes for Porirua

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A 3000-home suburb, with a school and community facilities, is planned for Porirua.

Transplant to save her soul sister

Kidney

Two soul sisters are becoming organ sisters, in a new procedure that allows kidney transplants between different blood types.

Landfill upgrades on cards

landfill

Spicer Landfill will get up to $725,000 worth of upgrades in the next two years, Porirua City Council has announced.

Flood relief in sight for school

Maraeroa School

A Porirua school may get its $675,000 respite from flooding sooner rather than later.

Night taxi snub

Carole Williams

For most night owls, a taxi ride is just a phone call away, but not for Porirua residents in wheelchairs.

Sleeping rough

Scott Byrnes

Scott Byrnes has been sleeping between bus shelters, bridges and friends' houses for six weeks.

Still flying at 90

Up, up and away for Pip

Pip Piper

Pip Piper's 90th birthday celebration was more active than the average - he made his first parachute jump.

Inline for Zach

Zach Bovey

Zach Bovey is making a name for himself in a sport that doesn't get a lot of attention: inline hockey.

Barking loudly in Edinburgh

Little Dog Barking

A New Zealand puppet play about death will be showing at next month's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Writers' Walk plans stalled

PatriciaGraceST

A proposed Writers' Walk, lauding celebrated Porirua authors such Patricia Grace has taken a back seat.

Council's $8200 Wairarapa retreat

Solway Park

A two-day retreat to Wairarapa for Porirua City councillors and senior council staff cost $8200.

Taylor a big shot in the Big Apple

Zechariah Taylor

A landscape image of Pautahanui Inlet will be on show in one of the world's busiest spots - Times Square.

Holding the fort at the Paremata barracks

Paramata Barracks

What is left of the Paremata Barracks is the only remaining example of a colonial stone-built military fort in New Zealand.

Ocean voyage whets appetite

Steinlarger 2

Porirua's Jono Francis recently lived out a Boy's Own-type adventure by sailing on a refurbished Steinlager 2 from Auckland to Fiji. This is his story.

Porirua noise complaints on rise

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KRIS DANDO - Kapi-Mana News

Noise control complaints are up nearly 20 per cent in the past year in Porirua, costing ratepayers $70,000.

Where did the $30,000 go?

Litea Ah Hoi

A $30,000 grant to the now- defunct Mana Education Centre has fallen into a black hole.

Chris Faafoi eschews list placing

Kris Faafoi's

KRIS DANDO - Kapi-Mana News

Mana MP Chris Faafoi has decided not to be on Labour's party list for the forthcoming election.

Public begs for NZ Post to keep shop

Kris Faafoi's

KRIS DANDO - Kapi-Mana News

More than 800 replies to a survey have called for NZ Post to keep its Mana PostShop open.

CCTV to keep an eye on Porirua

CCTV cameras

KRIS DANDO - Kapi-Mana News

Crims beware: the CCTV cameras in Porirua's city centre are to be manned fulltime.

Pay rockets at council

Porirua City Council

Thirty employees at Porirua City Council each earn more than $100,000.

Mountainbike track given belated council support

Porirua City Council has done an about-turn on refusing $40,000 to fund a mountain bike track in the area.

Shopkeepers seek compo for disruptive roadworks

Mazina Jalal

Eastside Four Square owner Mazina Jalal is calling on the Porirua City Council for compensation after the Mungavin Ave upgrade caused her to lose $45,000 over the past three weeks.

Insurer refuses to cover stroke victim's flight

Insurance fail

Travel insurance failed a Paremata family forced to borrow more than $10,000 after their Scottish mother had a rare stroke while visiting.

Whitby takes biggest slice of village planning cake

Whitby Village

Whitby has been given the lion's share of Porirua City Council's proposed 2014-15 village planning budget, with more than a quarter of the $477,000 budget earmarked to go its way.

Sailing to paradise

Teen charts course from New Zealand to Fiji

Young Sailor

A Wellington 18-year-old is one of the youngest crew members on a 1200-nautical mile yacht race from Auckland to Fiji.

Firefighters reach for the Sky

Sky challenge

Paul Setefano should be used to the Sky Tower Challenge by now, but he feels like there are more steps each year.

Final chapter for Porirua bookshop

Porirua bookstore

After 40 years of business the book is closing for a popular Porirua store.

Going postal over closure

PostShop

NZ Post engaged in a "sham consultation" before closing the Mana PostShop, says Porirua's mayor.

Council accused of building neglect

Porirua City Council

Porirua City Council has been accused of a "shameful" neglect of the historic Titahi Bay Community Hall, but has responded by questioning how any restoration would be funded.

No housing, slept car after heart op

Rodwell Ama

A lack of emergency housing in Porirua led to a sickness beneficiary having to sleep in his car after a heart operation.

Emergency office criticised

Bruce Pepperell

Skilled community response teams are being put at risk, says a civil defence co-ordination.

Single men suffer in housing crisis

Kris Faafoi

As emergency accommodation is stretched, it is single men who are falling through the cracks, says Mana MP Kris Faafoi.

Smith - a proud Norths man

Henry Smith

Northern United rugby stalwart Henry Smith talks about the terror of the captain's speech, his toughest opponent and the importance of family.

Splash pad vision for Porirua

Raumati splash park

A splash pad with water jets and tipping buckets is among the ideas submitted to Porirua City Council's draft annual plan.

RSA welcomes a new generation

Porirua RSA

While RSAs are struggling to stay open in New Zealand, Porirua RSA is thriving and attracting a new generation.

Link road 'yes' ... but not near us

Tawa link road

Residents want a quicker route between Porirua and the Hutt, but concerns about the options could force a re-think.

Track trailing behind

Colonial Knob moutainbike route delayed

Colonial Knob mountainbike

Mountainbikers in Wellington may have to wait a bit longer for a completed track below Colonial Knob.

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