Kapi Mana News

Council's singing sensations

The Jandal Sisters, from left, Caroline Fotualii, Seraphina Mika and Alice Ropata.

When Caroline Fotualii, Seraphina Mika and Alice Ropata started singing, they never thought they'd end up on the main stage.

Busy days for Porirua's first librarian

Catherine Mathews, Porirua's first librarian. She is a resident at Summerset at Aotea.

Catherine Mathews can recall working in Porirua's first library like it was yesterday - and remembers the genuine excitement around the town at the time.

Steep steps a 'council shambles'

Ray Brown with what he says are the unsuitable public access steps next to his home.

Ray Brown is hopping mad about the "ridiculous" public access path next to his home, but a solution may be on the way.

Paget's plans for Mana Island

A view of Mana Island from Plimmerton.

Brian Paget wants to see Mana Island used more and an education centre built on a vacant section of land next to Dolly Varden Beach car park.

Dancing through the pain worth it for Lauren

Springhill Academy of Dance student Lauren Mitchell, who received a national examiners' award for her dancing.

When she tripped over playing a game, the day before her ballet exam and badly sprained her toe, Lauren Mitchell thought she was done for.

Lifelong interest that keeps going

Bill Platt was commended on his 45 years of commitment to the Trust Porirua Brass Band.

Bill Platt had two interests while growing up — rugby and playing the euphonium.

Paremata roundabout still a problem

Caroline Collins has been appealing to NZTA for two years, hoping to make the Paremata roundabout safer for all commuters and road users; yet so far nothing has been done.

Caroline Collins is still concerned  about the Paremata roundabout almost a year after NZ Transport Agency said it would look into the problems there.

Fearless Va'alepu won't be forgotten

Nene Va'alepu in action for Northern United against Wainui in 2013.

The day Nene Va'alepu took on prop Reg Goodes sticks out in Henry Smith's mind.

Charlie delivers his last bowl

Charlie Hughes was given a fitting farewell last week.

Plimmerton Bowling Club lost one of its characters last week as Charlie Hughes reluctantly leaves for Christchurch to be cared for by his granddaughter. He has cancer and the outlook is not good.

Ariel takes the plunge

Ariel Middlemiss in Redwood Hall in Tawa, where she has set up a dance school.

Ariel Middlemiss is dancing to her own tune from now on.

Caldwell loves the Lakeside lights

Craig Caldwell in action during the Auckland Darts Masters in August.

Craig Caldwell gave a good account of himself at the world darts championship in England in January.

Businesses unhappy with CBD upgrade

A crowd gathers in the Porirua CBD to listen to a lunchtime concert on the village green.

The Porirua city centre has been given a new lease on life as a new public space nears completion.

Te Rauparaha remembers the fuss and pomp

Namesake of Ngati Toa chief Te Rauparaha, 11 year old Te Rauparaha Horomona outside the arena in 2008.

His name carries a lot of weight and for one day in 2008 it meant even more.

Aiulu's warm memories of Jerry Collins

Northern United club man Fred Aiulu with his 50th medal.

Though Fred Aiulu is originally from Samoa, he will always have a place in his heart for Porirua.

Most fines for Whitford Brown going uphill

The Whitford Brown Ave speed camera.

Well over half the fines issued by the Whitford Brown speed camera were for motorists travelling up the hill, police figures show.

Roadwork tempers boil over

Southbound traffic on State Highway 1 between Pukerua Bay and Plimmerton on Thursday. NZTA has been resurfacing the road in both directions, and commuters are not happy.

Roadworkers abused by fuming drivers after unset tar causes delays north of Wellington.

Festival food gets the elemental treatment

Luke Taylor, left, and Elijah Cooper, members of the family run Porirua business, Elelmental Eats.

A good pie with a healthy twist should tempt many at Festival of the Elements this weekend.

From mayoral chains to vegetables

Mana resident and former Otorohanga mayor Dale Williams with the community garden he has set up on Acheron Park, Mana.

It's not Dale Williams' garden, we need to get that straight from the outset.

Four councillors to bid farewell

Ken Douglas won't be standing for Porirua City Council later this year.

Ken Douglas says he doesn't want to be in a public position when he's 80.

Skier aiming for Youth Olympics

Jackson Rich training in September last year.

Watching the sunrise from on top of a mountain is one thing, but Jackson Rich's newest opportunity is something he is seriously looking forward to.

Keen gardeners needed for fruit tree project

Alicia Rich wants to see more people out in their community tending to fruit trees as part of a Porirua project.

Alicia Rich is looking for a group of gardening enthusiasts to pick up their spades and watering cans to help maintain a project as part of a garden scheme in Porirua.

Plimmerton man's involvement recognised

Dave Anderson says he is just one of many hard-working and passionate people residents.

Dave Anderson is probably one of the nicest and most dedicated people you will ever meet. The long-time Plimmerton resident was honoured with a Porirua 50th medal last year.

Lucky likes a laugh

Craig McDermott says he loves what he does and wouldn't want it any other way.

Craig McDermott has tried to leave his clowning around for a nine to five job but says it is a something he loves to do.

Fruit picking is Julie's jam

Julie Harris, regional co-ordinator for Wellington's Community Fruit Harvesting with a damsin plum sample from Titahi Bay.

A proactive and dedicated Tawa resident has found her niche as a co-ordinator of a fruit picking service in Wellington.

Meros follows footsteps of Monica Lewinsky

Richard Meros, aka Arthur Meek, thinks the free world needs Hillary Clinton to take him as her lover.

After offering to salvage Helen Clark's faltering career by becoming her young lover, Arthur Meek moves on to Hillary Clinton.

Judgeford plan to be in interclub golf mix

Brent Walton, Judgeford Golf Club vice-president and interclub stalwart.

The honeymoon period is over for Judgeford Golf Club, but Brent Walton is sure there will be no resting on laurels.

Council ponders living wage

Living Wage supporters prior to the Porirua City Council meeting on December 16.

The living wage is back on the agenda for Porirua City Council.

Pauatahanui man's proud moment

Ron Lucas was awarded for his championship, drive and commitment to making Te Ara Piko Pathway a reality for Porirua City.

You could say Ron Lucas is just a Pauatahanui man, but that would be an understatement.

Porirua police join search for Clinton Norling

07012016 News Photo: Maarten Holl
file photos - generic police photos - shot in Naenae, Wellington

Police are still looking for Clinton Norling. 

Gospel singing at prison lifts confidence

Members of the Kapiti Gospel Choir accompanied by Corrections Department staff.

Choir hopes prisoner gospel singers will join their group after release.

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