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 tinsel

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 paint

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.

Alcohol bylaws tightened

Local alcohol plan passes, leaving Porirua residents unable to buy alcohol at off-licences after 9pm.

Marines Hall demo decision raises ire

Decision to demolish the "big joke" Titahi Bay Marines Hall led to verbal abuse of councillor.

Titahi Bay schools face funding shortfall

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.

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.

There and back again

A Porirua brother and sister have gone on an unexpected journey.

Fatal crash case dismissed

A careless driving charge against a Raumati woman following a fatal car crash has been dismissed.

More HNZ homes to be bowled

HNZ Tenants


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

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

Woman likely fainted before fatal crash: doctor


Doctor backs woman's claim that she fainted before a crash which killed a Porirua dad.

Roads high priority for police


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

Work starts on $15m secure ward

Kenepuru facility

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

Retailers decry canopy delays

Canopies Billi Kumar

Porirua store owners are worried business will suffer in the CBD while canopy repairs leave it uncovered.

Man injured in Kapiti crash

accident crash road generic

A man remains in hospital tonight after a crash on a main route along the Kapiti Coast at rush hour.

Baby brain-damaged

generic medical

Lack of proper care by senior doctors led to permanent disability of recently born baby.

Community orchestra a hit

Musical opportunity strikes a chord

The Virtuoso Strings

Liz Sneyd, the driving force behind the Virtuoso Strings Orchestra, can barely be heard above the din of violin tuning and the excited chatter of about 80 children at a Cannons Creek hall.

$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.

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.

Huntington's battle on big screen

The Inheritance

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

Porirua fire under control

Fire fighters at the Dairy Flat, Rodney property

Fire crews have successfully controlled a fire which engulfed a building on a residential street in Whitby, Porirua.

New method curbs crime

neighbourhood policing team

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

Lions club may be cut from market

Porirua market

Titahi Bay Lions Club's long standing link with the Porirua Saturday Market could soon be severed.

'Too scared' to object

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.

Canopies to keep 'em coming back

Porirua canopies

Getting people to linger, not loiter, is the aim of a $65,000 makeover of the area under Porirua's canopies.

100kg gone, 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.

'Crowding' killed baby

Generic housing

A baby's death in an over-crowded home has prompted criticism about unsuitable living conditions.

Diesel spill closes road


Grays Rd around the Pauatahanui inlet is closed after a truck's trailer tipped, spilling diesel across the road.

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.

It's 'win or bust' for Faafoi in Mana

Kris Faafoi

MP Kris Faafoi is not on Labour's list, so for him winning the Mana seat is crucial.

A speed camera, really?

speed cam

There are claims a new speed camera has been hidden behind a tree to increase revenue.

Narrow miss for Porirua

Nick Leggett

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett unwilling to concede defeat in Gigatown competition.

Porirua's giga fail

$93k bid for net loses out


Porirua seems to have narrowly missed being one of the last five towns in the year long race to get ultrafast internet.

Nude awakening

Porirua pot find 9 Sept.

Police surprised an alleged drug grower in the nude when they raided his Porirua home.

A 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.

Leggett's lyrics for less lag

'GigaMayor' rap seeks internet speed boost


Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett goes topless in rap video "GigaMayor" to speed up Porirua's internet.

Grenada link not settled: NZTA

petone link road

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

In the dogbox (graphic content)

Stanley Boy

The owner of a bull terrier that ripped off a woman's lip claims it was a "kiss gone wrong".

Banned from fishing

poached paua

Two men have been banned from fishing after being caught with hundreds of under-sized paua.

Costs seen as money well spent

Muck the pig

PCC expects to spend more than $152k on UFB competition it may not win but the mayor argues it's money well spent.

Car fire, crash block SH1


A car fire blocked southbound lanes near Plimmerton - the second blockage of the day on SH1.

Death in fire investigated


Police continue their investigation into a man's death in a Titahi Bay house fire early on Sunday.

Dairy owner chases thief

Whitby dairy owners

The attempted robbery all happened in less than a minute, and dairy owner Jimmy Patel said he just reacted without thinking.

3000 new homes for Porirua

porirua generic

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

Landfill upgrades on cards


Spicer Landfill will get up to $725,000 worth of upgrades in the next two years, Porirua City Council has announced.

Flood relief in sight for school

Maraeroa School

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

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