Slices of happiness rewarded

Nicole Murray, left, and Marie Fitzpatrick have won a Kiwibank Local Hero award for setting up a baking charity that delivers homemade goods to people in need.

Two Wellingtonians have won a Local Hero award for delivering home baking to people going through a rough time.

Council land up for sale

The land at Prosser St, Porirua that could be sold.

Porirua City Council are selling 30 blocks of unused land.

Kickboxing trainer knows where home is

Kevin Dick, right, had another stint training 10-time world kickboxing champion John Wayne Parr.

Kevin Dick has been training one of the world's best kickboxers.

Sign of the times for Titahi Bay

Blue Pilkinton-Ching, left, and Jack Chapman at the opening of the new Titahi Bay sign.

Titahi Bay's new welcome sign was unveiled last week.

Hedges a good keen Porirua man

Lyall Hedges, former chairman of Paremata Plimmerton Rugby Football Club and Porirua 50th medal recipient.

Lyall Hedges came to Porirua late, but has given the city plenty of his time and energy.

Give gala patrons a break, Baker says

From left, George Unstead- Joss, Oscar Davies, Keyena Chhabra, Eliza Davies, and Thomas Baker, front, enjoy hot dogs at the recent Pauatahanui School Lamb and Calf Day.

Parking wardens and food compliance officers are annoying Anita Baker.

Stock car driver hit by theft

Kyle Lane wins National stockcar champion in 2011. This weekend, Lane's stockcar gear and parts were stolen.

Thieves using wheelbarrows have ruined the beginning of a stock car driver's season.

Sunny ceramics, tried-and-true creations

Anneke Borren wants to share her work with everyone.

A Paremata potter is holding an open studio this month.

Wellington kids in charity crisis

588 children at low-decile schools in Porirua East, Wanuiomata and Lower Hutt are hoping they can become part of the KidsCan charity programme, which helps provide basic healthcare, food and clothing.

Nearly 600 kids in the Wellington region are on a waiting list for aid from KidsCan.

Big step for Porirua drama student

Darneen Christian has been accepted into the Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, and has her sights set on the big screen.

Dreams of being on the big screen have helped a Porirua teenager take the next step towards a career in acting.

Armed robbery at Porirua TAB

A Cannons Creek TAB has been robbed at gunpoint - or hockey-stick point.

Armed robber gets away on foot after TAB robbery.

Tawa Flat tunnel unlocks capital

Looking out from the newly constructed railway tunnel on the main trunk line at Tawa Flat from the No 4 portal, the Glenside end of the Tawa Flat deviation tunnels, showing two of the electric engines used for the haulage of spoil and construction material in November 1933.

The Tawa Flat rail tunnel broke new ground in engineering

For Kerry Titahi Bay is home sweet home

Titahi Bay School principal Kerry Delaney feels proud to be acknowledged for her dedication to her community.

Titahi Bay School principal Kerry Delaney feels proud to be acknowledged for her dedication to the community.

Brookside has too many homes, opponent says

The green area in Whitby is to be developed into a housing development, to be called Brookside.

A new Whitby development is meeting opposition.

Mila getting advice from the best

Porirua netballer Mila Reuelu-Buchanan has made the New Zealand under 21 squad.

Mila Reuelu-Buchanan is on the fast track to netball success.

Former council chief key figure in city's growth

Former Porirua City Council chief executive John Seddon is enjoying his retirement in Titahi Bay.

Former Porirua City Council chief executive John Seddon is enjoying his retirement in Titahi Bay. Photo: KRIS DANDO

Sanctuary sought for special needs children

Mandy and Issac Latham at Battle Hill Farm Park.

Mandy and Isaac Latham at Battle Hill Farm Park recently.

Young footballers better for World Cup experience

From left, Ole Football Academy and Western Suburbs players, from left, Liam Jones, Ahmad Mohammadi and Owen Parker-Price enjoyed the experience at the Under 17 Football World Cup.

Owen Parker-Price says a heavy defeat can sometimes provide the best lessons.

Arohata borstal opens on idealistic note

Aerial view of Arohata girls' borstal (at right) taken in 1958. Ref: WA-47279-F.

In 1944 Tawa's Arohata girls' borstal opened with high ideals for it charges

Missing girls found safe

Missing Porirua girls Sunshyne McLean and Ziana Repia have been found in Palmerston North.

Teens discovered in Palmerston North after leaving home more than a week ago.

Safety glass spontaneously shatters

North City Shopping Centre. Looking towards the top of the escalators, where a pane of glass shattered.

Shopper were left stunned when a pane of glass spontaneously shattered on November 9.

$10,000 prize for opera star

Wellington opera singer Amelia Berry will sing her heart out in New York thanks to a $10,000 AMP scholarship.

A Wellington singer will be living her dream in New York thanks to a $10,000 scholarship.

Seven months, seven hospital visits video

Baby Ioane's father can't bear seeing his son living his early years rigged up to tubes in hospital.

Family blame cold, damp state house for baby's chronic respiratory conditions.

Porirua man who stole $50,000 avoids jail

A man was sentenced to community work and detention for stealing money from an employer.

Man defrauded employer but has been ordered to repay all monies taken.

Titahi Bay radio mast felled video

One of Radio NZ's landmark radio masts at Titahi Bay was felled today for safety reasons.

One Porirua mast down - next comes the biggie

Aotea gets $24m to rebuild

Aotea College students perform an impromptu haka after the announcement of a $24m upgrade for their college.

Aotea College will undergo a multimillion dollar upgrade within the next two years.

Signoff for radio mast

Titahi Bay's 50-metre corroded radio mast will be demolished on Tuesday morning.

The first of Radio New Zealand's corroded transmission masts will be felled on Tuesday morning.

Gear Homestead: A Porirua gem

Gear Homestead is one of seven homesteads in Porirua City that has a heritage tag.

Porirua's heritage dates back to well before it became a city – and there are a few little gems that some residents may not know exist.

Young basketballer heading Stateside

Shalae Salmon, who will be attending BYU in Utah on a basketball scholarship next year.

Shalae Salmon will attend BYU in Utah on a basketball scholarship next year.

Snooper films hundreds of women

A mobile phone camera has been used to commit offences against hundreds of women.

Man found not guilty of indecent assault after filming one unidentified woman.

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