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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.
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