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Ayla Collins improving daily

Nora Madill with Jerry Collins' orphaned daughter, Ayla Collins, a few days after her discharge from a Canadian hospital.

Former All Black Jerry Collins' orphaned baby Ayla is thriving in Canada.

Found: Couple who lost photos

They were lost but now they're found. They may have lost 1500 holiday snaps in England ... but a British 'sleuth' can now return the priceless memories to Kate and Blu Lang.

It took only 20 minutes to identify 'mystery' Kiwis on holiday in Britain.

Kids go on crime spree

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Children as young as nine are behind a spate of crimes in suburban Porirua.

Porirua getting wired for fast wi-fi

Those in Porirua CBD should be able to enjoy access fast, free wi-fi by the end of the year.

Porirua's cbd could have a new fast and free public wi-fi service by the end of the year.

Cinema screens give way to television screens

New Zealand actress Ngaire Porter enjoys the brand-new 700-seat Regent cinema in Naenae, Lower Hutt, in 1958.

Vistavision gave way to television as the decline of Wellington's great cinema age began in the 1960s.

Marjorie's 100 years of memories

Marjorie Darnell celebrated her 100th birthday on July 22.

Marjorie Darnell says she didn't do anything special to get to 100; it was just something that happened.

Claire's a real bookworm

Claire Devereux, from Pukerua Bay, who has borrowed 1331 books from Porirua libraries in the past year.

Claire Devereux is Porirua's most prolific library user, having borrowed 1331 books in the past year.

Juliette's first book still a favourite

Titahi Bay author Juliette MacIver with her most popular book.

Juliette MacIver was chuffed to discover her first book, written five years ago, is still a hit.

Gary McCormick - a Porirua lad

The inimitable duo of Tim Shadbolt, left,  and Gary McCormick.

Entertainer Gary McCormick recalls his early days in Porirua.

Lucky escape for school pet video

Tawa School teacher Robyn Warden and the school's guinea pig "Nibbles", who survived May's floods by swimming.

Nobody knew Nibbles could dog-paddle. She is, after all, a guinea pig.

Funeral plans for Collins' wife

Baby Ayla Ruth Collins and her mother Alana Madill, partner of former All Black Jerry Collins. Collins and Madill died in a French car accident, orphaning their newborn daughter.

Alana Madill, who died with husband Jerry Collins in a car accident, will be laid to rest in Canada next month.

You want us to do what, exactly?

There has been some strange calls to Porirua City Council's call centre in the past month.

Porirua City Council has fielded some strange calls and requests in the past year.

Post box petition to be presented

Mana MP Kris Faafoi with petitions calling for New Zealand Post to reinstall a postbox in Cannons Creek.

Kris Faafoi has enough signatures to present his petition to New Zealand Post.

Souness ready to step up

Porirua netballer Whitney Souness, who has just finished her first season with the Pulse.

Emerging Porirua netballer Whitney Souness would love more court time for the Pulse in 2016.

Confederate flag to go

The Confederate flag, on the left of the United States flag, will no longer be sold at Pete's Emporium in Porirua.

Pete's Emporium in Porirua has decided to stop selling the controversial flag.

Party time for Porirua 50-year-olds

Karen White from Camborne, who is organising a 50th party for Poriura.

Karen White has made turning 50 into a city-wide event in Porirua.

Free clinics aimed at reducing rheumatic fever

Litia Gibson, a Cannons Creek  nurse, is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the free sore throat clinics that have been set up around Porirua.

An initiative to get people through the doors of their local medical centres for a check up is proving popular in Porirua.

Paremata roundabout 'dangerous'

Caroline Collins has been appealing to NZ Transport Agency for two years, hoping to make the Paremata roundabout safer for commuters and road users.

Could the solution to congestion on a Paremata roundabout be as simple as changing the layout of the road and installing traffic lights?.

MP wants Porirua to 'drop, cover and hold'

Mana MP Kris Faafoi says being prepared is important whether you're at home or at work.

Mana MP Kris Faafoi says that being prepared is important whether a person is at home or at work.

Police oppose 'Porirua Liquor Mart'

Exterior shot of Kenepuru Community Hospital.

Police and health officials have opposed a Porirua liquor store for near Kenepuru Hospital.

Face slashing defendant remanded

Defendant in wounding case has been remanded.

Man accused of slashing a stranger's face is remanded for a mental health assessment.

Viard reunion to recall glory days

Bishop Viard College First XV, 1991.

The stories will flow at a Bishop Viard College rugby reunion this month.

Tip smell gets up Tawa noses

The smell from Spicer Landfill is getting up the noses of nearby residents.

The smell from the Porirua tip so bad nearby residents say they would rather leave than put with it.

Mother stunned by lack of medical access

Margaret van Schaik was stunned by the lack of access to medical care when her daughter, Arabella, was struggling to breathe.

A Porirua mother says access to medical services in the area need a reality check.

Going to granny's instead of class

Porirua College principal Susanne Jungersen

Some students at a Wellington school are taken out of class by their parents for two months at a time "to visit granny".

The unofficial capital of Tokelau

Children of Tokelauan migrants have a singalong at Elsdon Youth Camp, Porirua, in February 1980. The bulk of Wellington's Tokelauan community lives in Porirua and the Hutt Valley.

It seemed like a good idea: move the entire population of Tokelau to New Zealand.

Outlet City expansion planned

An artist's impression of Outlet City's proposed redevelopments.

Outlet City celebrated its first birthday earlier this year and is already planning its next big step in business.

Young butcher's chance of a lifetime

Rod Preston, left, managing director of Preston's Master Butcher, congratulates Kalolo Fale, after he was awarded an Outward Bound scholarship by Dunninghams.

A former Mana College student has been given the opportunity to attend Outward Bound.

Porirua dancer aiming high

Rose Chim, 16, is excited about opportunities that are opening up in the dance world.

Rose Chim has her sights set on the international stage after moving up from domestic competitions.

Caldwell likes the lights

Titahi Bay darts player Craig Caldwell has struck top form.

Craig Caldwell is a busy man in the darts world this month and next.

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