Liz Kelly hogged the head­lines

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Much of Kapi- Mana News’ pages were dom­i­nated through­out 2013 by one per­son: Liz Kelly.

The fod­der in­cluded the deputy mayor’s very pub­lic spats with Porirua mayor Nick Leggett as their re­la­tion­ship de­te­ri­o­rated, the drama about whether Creek­fest would fold and her swipe at Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion, and the is­sues sur­round­ing the Whanau Cen­tre, with its name change the sub­ject of a le­gal chal­lenge.

Then Ms Kelly lost her seat by a hand­ful of votes in the lo­cal body elec­tions in Oc­to­ber – it was an un­for­get­table year for this very pub­lic fig­ure.

On Jan­uary 15, we ran the first of sev­eral sto­ries on the fu­ture of Creek­fest.

Our first story was ex­plo­sive, as Ms Kelly, the health fes­ti­val’s or­gan­iser, laid the blame squarely at the feet of Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion.

The foun­da­tion turned down a $27,000 grant ap­pli­ca­tion from Ms Kelly in De­cem­ber 2012, with chair­man John Burke say­ing: ‘‘ We can’t give money we don’t have.’’

Also that month came the news that the planned Sportsville at Ngati­toa Do­main was on ‘‘ per­ma­nent hold’’.

Our first story on NZ Post’s Canopies store’s sud­den shift to the Me­ga­Cen­tre ap­peared, with a grumpy-look­ing Mana MP Kris Faafoi and Mr Leggett pic­tured out­side the empty store. It was a story that gen­er­ated plenty of feed­back.

Head­liner: Porirua deputy mayor (un­til Oc­to­ber) Liz Kelly had plenty of col­umn inches in KapiMana News this year.

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