Happy birthday Porirua

The Porirua 50 award winners.

Porirua's 50th was a smash hit in the eyes of its residents and all those that turned up on the night.

Old Maccas now art space

Artist Simon Baker has taken over the Porirua McDonald's to bake bread and is encouraging other artists to come down and share recipes.

An abandoned McDonald's in Porirua has become the starting point for an art festival in Porirua.

Porirua's swinging street party

Sophie Taylor-Edwards, 9, tucks into one of the waffles at the Porirua 60s-themed street party. Taylor-Edwards is learning about the history of Porirua at Postgate School in Whitby.

Porirua went back in time on Friday to celebrate its 50th anniversary of being a city.

Pop-up art exhibition opens in CBD gallery

Photos from the Kapiti Camera Club at an exhibition in Porirua.

A Porirua-themed art installation has opened in time to celebrate the city'sĀ 50th anniversary.

Porirua celebrates its 50th in style

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett with Porirua Harbour in the background.

Porirua is celebrating 50 years as a city and will be showing off its strong community spirit all weekend.

Break-ins come at a cost for Sallies

Captain Dale McFarlane is appalled that Porirua Salvation Army has been burgled several times in recent months.

The Salvation Army in Porirua has been hit several times by burglars recently.

Pasifika wardens nearly on the beat

The Auckland-based Pacific wardens group began in 2013

Pasifika wardens will be out and about in Porirua this year.

Woman guilty of beating brother


A jury had found a Porirua woman guilty of beating her brother over the head with a bottle.

Porirua mayor's father-in-law celebrates his citizenship

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett and his father-in-law Peter Pita, who was recently granted citizenship.

Peter Pita, father-in-law of Porirua mayor Nick Leggett, attended a very special ceremony this week.

Bloody bottle found in house after bashing


Blood covered bottle found by police after man was beaten in the head.

Designer keeps entry close to heart

Cherryl Marriott's World of WearableArt entry, modelled by Ben Storey, ties a family connection to World War 1.

Cherryl Marriott says it was a privilege to see her World War 1 and Anzac Day-themed World of WearableArt entry appear on stage.

Rocking out at the nationals

Aotea resident Bex Pine is practising hard for the upcoming rock n roll nationals in Porirua.

The Senior Rock 'n' Roll Nationals take place at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua over Labour Weekend.

MOE investigates teacher

An early childhood centre is under investigation after rehiring a teacher accused of hitting children.

The Ministry of Education is investigating an early childhood centre which rehired a teacher accused of hitting.

Sister used bottle to smash brother over the head


Brother says sister was the one who hit him over the head with a bottle.

Woman beats brother with bottle

A blood-splattered woman answered the door to police after allegedly beating her brother with a bottle.

A blood-splattered woman answered the door to police after allegedly beating her brother with a bottle.

Leaked report slams tip operation

Porirua's Spicer Landfill.

Porirua's Spicer Landfill is the subject of a damning report regarding gas emissions.

More opportunities for disabled sailors in Porirua gallery

Heather Clannachan, left, with volunteer Peter Scott, says getting out on the water has opened up a whole new dimension in her life.

Sailability Wellington has set its co-ordinates for Porirua as it prepares to launch another base near Titahi Bay.

Barbershop continues to boom at Aotea

The victorious AC Chorus, from Aotea College, which won the chorus title for the sixth time in eight years at the recent Young Singers in Harmony competition in Hamilton.

Aotea College's barbershop and chorus groups have tasted success yet again.

Titahi Bay stalwart remembered

Ivan Hardgrave, a Northern United life member and all-around Porirua favourite, has died.

Porirua identity Ivan Hardgrave will be greatly missed following his death on September 19.

HNZ residents decry lack of maintenace

Maureen McDonald near her Titahi Bay Housing New Zealand home. She and neighbours are upset that maintenance near their homes has not been upkept.

State housing tenants are fed up with having to make constant phone call to get things fixed.

Seventy years of happiness and counting

Des and Kath Spellerberg have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

DesĀ Spellerberg knew asking Kath for her hand in marriage would be for life, and neither of them would have it any other way.

American poet inspired by living in Plimmerton

Amy Leigh-Wicks is happy with the inspiration for poetry that has come from living near Plimmerton.

Amy Leigh-Wicks loves living in Plimmerton and has written several poems based on her new home.

No more cars on Titahi Bay Beach?

Titahi Bay Beach is crowded for the 1968 surf lifesaving champs.

Should cars be allowed on Titahi Bay Beach?

All Blacks wish Porirua Happy Birthday

The All Blacks have sent their best wishes to Porirua ahead of the city's 50th birthday celebrations.

The All Blacks wish the city of Porirua Happy 50th Birthday in YouTube video.

Newborn's heart scare a lesson

Stacey Hesp with 15-month-old son Noah.

A infant's heart scare ended in an emergency flight to Starship Hospital for surgery and the adoption of universal pre-discharge health test for newborns

Aotea students love to take on the mud

Aotea College's Marcus Johnstone, Alex Awatere, and Jacob Hulme-Moir have done well in the secondary schools category of the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge.

Aotea College students enjoyed the recent Tough Guy and Gal competition.

Porirua East schools making the grade

Harry Keepa from Natone Park School, with his principal, Kiri Smith.

The numbers say it all for eastern Porirua's schools - school leavers across all three NCEA levels and national standard targets being hit by primary schools are on the rise in that part of the city.

Wellington commuters delayed

Wellington train services were delayed by a signal fault on Friday morning.

A signal fault that delayed multiple rail services in Wellington has been fixed.

Mum guilty in scalded hands case

The boy was left without any medical treatment for months, so his fingers became fused. He needed five hours of surgery to separate them.

Jury finds Porirua mother scalded her son's hands, and then left them to heal disfigured.

Exciting plans for Porirua's 50th anniversary dinner

Benna Seveali'i-Siolo, Gaylene Kells, and Robert Baldock are looking forward to Porirua's 50th celebrations after months of planning.

Porirua's is going to celebrate in style its 50 years of being a city.

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