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Our first front page in Fe­bru­ary de­clared Creek­fest had been can­celled and that 150 jobs had been lost when the De­fence Force de­cided to re­lo­cate com­mu­ni­ca­tions and IT staff. Mr Faafoi called the de­ci­sion an ‘‘ as­sault’’ on Porirua.

A fire badly dam­aged the his­toric Pau­ata­hanui Gen­eral Store on Fe­bru­ary 5.

On Fe­bru­ary 14, we re­vealed that the Whitby mall re­vamp was un­der way, and that a scaled-back Creek­fest would go ahead af­ter all — Ms Kelly call­ing it a win for the com­mu­nity.

The Whanau/Fanau Cen­tre stoush reared its head in Fe­bru­ary, with a 600- word pe­ti­tion handed to Porirua City Coun­cil, im­plor­ing it to in­ves­ti­gate the name change. The coun­cil de­cided not to be­come in­volved.

About this time the frac­tious re­la­tion­ship be­tween Mr Leggett and Ms Kelly blew up pub­licly.

Mr Leggett told Ms Kelly to ‘‘ shut your mouth’’ at a meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 14, and their snip­ing es­ca­lated from there.

The coun­cil also de­cided in Fe­bru­ary to place man­age­ment of the Moana Court flats in Ti­tahi Bay in the hands of Wellington City Coun­cil.

On March 5, we led with Porirua City coun­cil­lor Tim Shep­pard’s as­ser­tion that coun­cil of­fi­cers were plac­ing their own projects into the vil­lage plan­ning scheme.

Dis­ap­pointed:

Pho­tos: FAIR­FAX

The Post Of­fice move to the Me­ga­Cen­tre came as a shock. Mana MP Kris Faafoi, left, and Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said it would hurt cus­tomers and lo­cal busi­ness.

Pos­i­tive protest: Rus­sell School prin­ci­pal Sose An­nan­dale

speaks to pro­test­ers on

the steps of Porirua Dis­trict

Court, where they gath­ered to

demon­strate against a liquor store op­po­site their school

gates.

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