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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

RHIANNON MCCONNELL - Kapi-Mana News

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

Radar

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

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

alcohol generic

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

3000 new homes for Porirua

porirua generic

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

Porirua generic

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.

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