News in 2013

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In Au­gust, a re­view of how funds were al­lo­cated was car­ried out af­ter al­le­ga­tions of un­fair­ness.

Also in March, there was news that a busi­ness hub was planned for Porirua city cen­tre, that the con­tentious liquor store op­po­site Rus­sell School would close – it would re-open but later closed its doors for good – and Porirua City Coun­cil an­nounced it pre­ferred the two-tier su­per-city model.

The crime sta­tis­tics came out in April and they showed Kapi­tiMana had the low­est crime per capita in the re­gion.

Horouta ki Poneke Marae, un­der the stew­ard­ship of Pa­nia Houka­mau-Nga­heu, fea­tured on April 30 — it went through a com­plete re­gen­er­a­tion and was re-opened in De­cem­ber.

Rugby league his­to­rian and Porirua iden­tity Bernie Wood died in early May.

That month, syn­thetic cannabis be­came a con­cern for po­lice.

We had good news in May, win­ning the com­mu­nity news­pa­per of the year prize at the Canon Me­dia Awards. It was a fit­ting send- off for longserv­ing ed­i­tor Matt Dal­las, who left for the deputy ed­i­tor’s chair at the Manawatu Stan­dard.

In month we learnt the Porirua Lit­tle The­atre would be saved from the bull­doz­ers – if its mem­bers could come up with a plan and sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing by March 2014.

Mitre 10 Mega, which has now opened, be­gan con­struc­tion in early May, and loan shark leg­is­la­tion, long an is­sue in Porirua, also came un­der the spot­light.

In June, it was re­ported that the Aquatic Cen­tre was leak­ing up to 14,000 litres of wa­ter a day, and Nag­inbhai Pa­tel said he was in­ter­ested in open­ing a restau­rant in Can­nons Creek. He failed to get a liquor li­cence. The protest against his ven­ture was strong within the Can­nons Creek com­mu­nity.

Also in June one of our big­gest sto­ries of the year emerged – the flood­ing is­sues at Maraeroa School. It turned out a con­sented stormwa­ter con­nec­tion was to blame.

Heavy rain led to slips in Whitby in July and sev­eral homes had re­tain­ing walls, gar­dens and pipes ru­ined.

Canada geese be­came a hot topic, with for­mer Porirua mayor Jenny Brash call­ing for a cull.

Earth­quakes, ris­ing land­fill fees and the much- dis­cussed Kapi- Mana News coun­cil­lor re­port cards – Ms Kelly did not fare too well – were also high­lights in July.

East­ern ward coun­cil­lor Wayne Poutoa an­nounced he wasn’t stand­ing again, but there were plenty of tak­ers keen to fill his spot – 14 peo­ple even­tu­ally stood for four seats in the ward.

Polyfest was mas­sive, again, in Au­gust.

Mean­while, Aotea La­goon Wake Park de­vel­oper Paul Mar­low be­moaned the fact he was at an im­passe with Pare­mata Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion over the ca­ble­way.

In Oc­to­ber, Mr Leggett was re­turned em­phat­i­cally as mayor by the vot­ers, ’ Ana Cof­fey be­came his deputy, and Izzy Ford and for­mer mayor John Burke earned coun­cil seats.

Iconic Porirua store Bright’s Mitre 10 closed in Novem­ber.

We also re­vealed that Streets Ahead 237 had been de­frauded.

On a hap­pier note, Te Rau­paraha Arena cel­e­brated its fifth birth­day. We ended the year as we be­gan — with hard­hit­ting sto­ries about Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion’s per­ceived lack of trans­parency, a fight un­der the Canopies and the Sal­va­tion Army’s re­fusal to ac­cept do­na­tions from pokie ma­chine tak­ings.


Storm dam­age: Anne and John Watts’ back gar­den slumped a me­tre af­ter a storm, de­stroy­ing a re­tain­ing wall be­hind their half-built house.

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