Bring on car wash backlash

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says there is a silver lining to the backlash about a bylaw change.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett welcomes the car wash haters - at least now people are listening.

Aged care facility for Whitby

An artist's impression of the proposed aged care facility at Whitby Lakes Retirement Village.

Whitby is to get a new 60-bed aged care facility.

Driveway car wash ban

27082015. News. Ashten Macdonald/Fairfax. Basil Vangellekom is planning to ignore Porirua City Councils bylaw banning residents washing their cars on concrete.

Porirua council says cars must be washed only on grass. But what if you don't have any?

Kayaking star looks to Olympics

Kayla Imrie, centre, seems happy with her form.

Kayla Imrie is holding her head high after she and her K4 kayak crew qualified their boat for next year's Olympics.

Tidy up quick, the Queen's coming round

The Queen and Prince Philip on their state house tour in Cannons Creek in 1963.

A Porirua family were given only half an hour's warning of a very important visitor.

Council agrees to Aotea fix-up

Aotea's village plan sets out priorities for the rapidly-expanding Porirua suburb.

Aotea residents want a new primary school, better street lighting and to get rid of traffic islands.

Canopies decision next year

Porirua cbd's canopies were removed in January 2014.

A decision on whether to cover Porirua's CBD could be a year away.

School drop-off zone nightmare

From left, Brian Cashmore, Lisa Brown and Dulcie Stone at the spot where most of the school traffic backs up.

Residents are fed up with illegal parking outside a Tawa school during school drop-off times.

Health service devastated after fire

Pacific Health Centre chief executive Eleni Mason says a fire that gutted the Porirua centre's community outreach building was a huge setback.

Staff at a Porirua community health centre are in limbo after offices badly damaged by fire.

Hardship follows fiery heat

Firefighters battle a major blaze at a Porirua shopping centre.

The fire did not last long, but the ramifications for Cannons Creek shopping centre could be felt for weeks.

40 firefighters battle blaze

Fire fighters are battling a blaze at a Porirua shopping centre.

Firefighters struggled to access a burning Chinese takeaway which was gutted by fire.

Tuhoe's Pakeha priest

Ethnologist Elsdon Best, right, watches Gisborne man Aporo playing a nose flute in Poverty Bay, 1923.

An eccentric Tawa frontiersman became the world expert on Maori culture.

Difficult words no match for Lupe

Lupe Aitogi-Paese knows how to spell some of the most difficult words in the dictionary.

 There aren't too many words that stump Lupe Aitogi-Paese, but braggadocio is one of them.

Squeals, selfies and Sonny Bill video

All Black Sonny Bill Williams surrounded by Aotea College girls rugby players during a surprise visit by the player.

All Black pays a surprise visit to Aotea College ahead of girls' rugby final.

Pataka's new Friend

Pataka's newly appointed director, Reuben Friend, says the Porirua gallery is one of the top galleries for Maori and Pacific Art.

A new director takes the reins at Porirua's Maori and Pacific art gallery.

Pulling in those younger voters

Jemma Hayman, left, and Monica Skinner want Porirua's young voters to have more knowledge ahead of future elections.

Two Aotea College students have stepped forward in an attempt to increase the number of young people voting in Porirua.

1930 Model A Coupe will get tongues wagging

Neil Robertson with his pride and joy.

Neil Robertson is turning an 85-year-old car into a thing of beauty.

Belmont Viaduct resists TNT assault

The steel Belmont Viaduct rail bridge is blown up in December 1951, just north of Johnsonville.

It was one of the world's engineering marvels, until it was blown up near Johnsonville in 1951.

Collins' Ospreys mates tuxedo up for Ayla

Four Welsh rugby friends of the former All Blacks star, the late Jerry Collins, will host a black tie event for his orphaned daughter.

Four of the late Jerry Collins' Ospreys teammates will host a black tie dinner fundraiser for his orphaned baby.

Kedgley's legacy at Pataka

Helen Kedgley, departing chief executive at Pataka Museum in Porirua.

Helen Kedgley has left her role as Pataka's director, but her links will remain strong.

Tribute to a legend

Thomas Te Whaiti Henry with a painting of Jerry Collins that is up for auction.

Dunedin-based artist Thomas Te Whaiti Henry is one fan who will not let his memories of former All Black Jerry Collins fade.

5000 meals and still going strong

Holly Fordham and Will, left, with Bellyful's Kim Murray and Rebecca Morahan, right, celebrated delivering the organisation's 5000th meal.

Bellyful Porirua has provided 5000 meals over the past four years.

Helping re-home Porirua's animal population

Samantha McKenna with Magoo, one of the dogs she is helping to re-home.

The future of Porirua's unwanted and mistreated animal population has caught the attention of a Whitby woman who is helping re-home them one pet at a time.

National award for Tawa head boy

Joshua Nightingale holding the student leadership national award from the 2015 Stage Challenge.

Joshua Nightingale was left feeling over the moon after winning a national student leadership award at Stage Challenge.

Paremata's bridge to the seaside

Transport minister Robert Semple cuts a ribbon on Paremata's new road bridge on October 3, 1936.

Paremata Bridge opened the coastline to settlers, second homeowners and sunseekers.

Lunatics found asylum in Porirua gallery

020112 News Feature. Photo: Te Ara. In 1956, when this photograph was taken of a training session at Porirua Hospital, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was a new and somewhat experimental treatment for mental illness. These nurses are helping to restrain the 'patient' (in fact, a nurse playing the role) to protect her from injury during the treatment. Later ECT was made safer, and was delivered with the patient under anaesthetic. However, in the 2000s it was still a controversial treatment.

Asylums have a scary reputation but Porirua's mental hospital was often a beacon of enlightenment.

Collins bus stop memorial

Patsy Schwalger, left, and Helen Collins at the  Lyttelton Ave bus shelter, with its drawings commemorating Jerry Collins.

Jerry Collins has been memorialised at a Porirua bus stop.

Girl walks in on indecent act

Police are investigating after the incident in a parents' room of Porirua's North City mall.

Police are investigating after a "disgusting" incident in a mall's nappy changing cubicle.

Young dancer stepping it up

Kirsten Ocampo, originally from Porirua, is excited about the opportunity to star in  New Zealand film Born to Dance.

Young dancer Kirsten Ocampo is finding her rhythm on the big screen.

Living wage movement launch in Porirua

Parking warden Esau Taniela will speak in Porirua this Thursday.

Porirua is ready for the living wage and it has a launch this week.

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