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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


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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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

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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

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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

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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


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.

Surf's up for lifesavers

Titahi Bay surf lifesavers

Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club has plenty to crow about after its success in national senior and junior competitions.

Growing area 'needs school'

Classroom, students, pupils, learning, high school, secondary school

The drums are beating for a primary school to be built in one of Wellington's fastest growing areas.

Curbing alcohol sales after 9pm

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Porirua residents will have fewer places to buy alcohol after 9pm, should a local policy for the city be passed.

Tilsley chases Commonwealth Games spot

George Tilsley

George Tilsley has played in sevens tournaments around the world, and is now eyeing a Commonweath Games spot.

Old-fashioned work ethic pays off

Margaret Allan

Margaret Allan, 77, is proof that many workers are like a fine wine - they get better as they get older.

Rugby career cut off in prime


After his shock retirement from rugby last month owing to a serious heart condition, Buxton Popoali'i chats to Kris Dando about his time in Porirua and what the future holds.

Team Porirua on fire in fundraising mission

Porirua sky tower challenge

The fundraising battle for the Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge is heating up.

Porirua CBD gets wifi coverage


Wireless internet covering the entire Porirua city centre is a step closer.

Right-hand turn still not going to happen

The residents of Fjord Place in Aotea will not get their right- hand turn, but they have supporters among Porirua City councillors.

Kenepuru hospital complaints on the rise

Kenepuru hospital

Kenepuru Hospital's Accident & Medical clinic received 23 formal complaints last year, twice as many as five years ago.

Residents cry foul over taste of water

water supply

Porirua water is leaving a bad taste in residents' mouths.

Nurse's tale adds to war knowledge

Nurses war tales

Allan Dodson is on a mission to preserve history, one story at a time.

Subdivision planned for north Porirua

Porirua subdivision

A 2000-home subdivision is expected to be built in the north of Porirua within 30 years.

Copper wire stolen from hospital

Copper wire

More than $2000 worth of copper wire has been stolen from Kenepuru Hospital.

Is Safe City status worth the money?

Porirua generic

A former mayor is questioning spending $10,000 for Porirua to be designated a World Health Organisation Safe City.

Pushed out of paradise

Tawa Family

Stephanie Sole "cried and cried" when she learnt her dream home could be taken away from her.

Mayor royally cheesed off at snub

Royal Tour

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett is miffed at not being invited to the royal visit at the police college.

A career clown's opus

Thomas Monckton

Although his careers advisers failed to suggest clowning as a career, Thomas Monckton knew otherwise.

Dunne slams NZTA's road plan

Peter Dunne

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne wants NZ Transport Agency to withdraw Takapu Valley and Tawa motorway expansion plans.

Porirua floats new gambling policy


Pokies and TAB outlets could be set up in the suburbs in a new policy being floated by Porirua City Council.

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