Kapi-Mana News

Star quartet perform at Festival of the Elements

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 Christmas tidings

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 a paintbrush for charity

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 demolition 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.

Up close with traditional Tongan artistry

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

Titahi Bay schools face money woes after decile changes

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 photography 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's advice to candidates: Don't use an adze on opponents

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.

Porirua pair go 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 - councillors

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

Roads high priority for Kapiti-Mana police

Radar

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

Work begins on Kenepuru facility

Kenepuru facility

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

Killing the CBD: Shopkeepers angry at Canopies delay

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.

Community 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.

Mixed reception to northern plan

Porirua City Council

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

Battle with Huntington's made into a movie

The Inheritance

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

Aid worker to speak at charity clothes swap

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 approach helps lower Creek crime

neighbourhood policing team

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

Market war erupts: Titahi Bay Lions may be sent packing

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.

Tenants 'too scared' to object to squalor

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.

Shedding 100kg - 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.

NZ Post weighs its options in Mana

nz post

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

Pataka arts centre 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.

Barry's 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.

Mana candidates open up about love for Porirua

Faafoi/Parata

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

Mixed response to link road plans

petone link road

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

Supermarket owner keeps kids eating healthy

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 Mana PostShop options

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.

Council accepts plan for 3000-home suburb

porirua generic

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

New transplant procedure saves soul sister

Kidney

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

Porirua 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.

Relief from floods may be in sight for school

Maraeroa School

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

Woman aggrieved by 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.

Porirua's critical housing shortage

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.
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