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Porirua rates expected to raise by 4.8 per cent

Porirua residents are facing a 4.8 per cent rates rise, if the city council's draft annual plan is given the green light.

Salvation Army's decision to turn down buying state houses in Porirua sparks concern

The Salvation Army's decision to not become involved in buying state houses should be a wake-up call to the Government, Mana MP Kris Faafoi says.

Titahi Bay gets neighbourly

Ben Tredrea is on a mission to make Titahi Bay more neighbourly.

Council takes action to reduce smell from Tawa landfill

They kicked up a stink, and now something is being done to reduce the odour from a Tawa landfill.

Diving platform proposed for Porirua harbour

Jumping into Porirua harbour would be safer if there was a purpose-built diving platform, says one resident.

Fears over dog thefts in Porirua

Marks on fences in Porirua have residents worried dogs are being staked out for a dog-fighting ring.

Wellington couple celebrate 73 years together

'We've lived a simple and a happy life'

War-time lovers Ruth and Alf Adams are still enjoying married life after 73 years.

Porirua City councillors: The good, the bad, the strugglers

Izzy Ford is a big mover in latest survey of Porirua City councillors, second only to mayor Nick Leggett.

From paralysis to Round the Bays runner

'I feel alive now'

She couldn't go to the toilet alone. It took her a whole day to do a load of washing. But things are looking up for Pearl Freemantle.

War memorial recalls those who served

At the end of WWI, with 18,000 Kiwis killed, NZ made the practical decision to leave the dead where they fell.

Porirua council softens its pro-super-city stance

Porirua City Council has watered down its official submission on amalgamation.

Double century for Longview Home residents

Two women at Longview Home, Tawa, turn 101 and 104 this month. Times sure have changed since they were young.

Simpson looks to life after council

Porirua City Council chief executive Gary Simpson, standing down in October, believes no one is irreplaceable.

Questions over speed camera and signage

Don't mention the words "speed camera" and "Whitford Brown" to Josie Campbell.

Housing dilemma sell-off a 'nightmare'

The Papadopoulos family have seen both sides of the state homes sell-off coin.

Camborne pedestrian fears roadside tragedy inevitable

There's a stretch of Grays Rd in Camborne that one resident fearing for her life.

Danny and Corey can stay in their state house

The foster father of a severely disabled man is relieved their home will not be sold by the government.

Peta Mathias' advice for bogans

Holden an appropriate name for one's first-born? Or Falcon? What should be worn to set off ugg boots? Quirky chef Peta Mathis answers these and other important questions.

State housing selloff worrying Cannons Creek family

Foster father of a disabled man fears their lives will be torn apart if their home is sold.

Landfill causing a stink in Tawa

There's something foul in the air in Tawa.

Porirua soldier's unwanted claim to fame

A Porirua soldier may have been the first member of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force killed on the Western Front.

Woman breaks leg on large inflatable slide

Wellingtonian broke her leg on a large inflatable slide days before a similar accident in Christchurch.

Fresh look for Cannons Creek pool

An upgraded Cannons Creek Pool will be reopens this month.

Plimmerton stream a health hazard?

Plimmerton's new domain has a black spot - a stinky stream that is making dogs sick.

Sun shines in after Porirua Canopies removed

Porirua's Canopies are down and the sun is streaming in, but people are still worried about the rain.

Porirua taniwha weaves spell at aquatic centre

Weaver Kohai Grace is creating a taniwha to go on display at Porirua Aquatic Centre on Waitangi Day.

Porirua war stories make for compelling reading

Soldiers' stories often start and end at railway stations, and Allan Dodson's own labour of love is no exception.

Meet Mana Island's only residents

Mana Island's sole occupants enjoying life

The Hall family escaped the world to become the sole occupants of an island off the coast of Porirua.

Poririua theatre group optimistic despite no home

The show must go on for Porirua Little Theatre even though its home is due to be demolished.

Pataka museum celebrates history

An exciting year of historical exhibitions is in the works for Porirua's Pataka museum.

Blocking of Harcourts demolition a 'precedent'

An Environment Court ruling that blocked demolition of a Lambton Quay heritage building created a precedent.

Council slated over CBD: 'A waste of money and too much talking'

Trevor Campbell rolls his eyes when the words "Porirua city centre" and "canopies" are mentioned.

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

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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.
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