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We hope you’re en­joy­ing our se­ries pro­fil­ing those dis­tin­guished Porirua cit­i­zens who won 50th medals at the city’s ju­bilee birth­day last year.

The sto­ries have pro­voked good reader feed­back and have given us the chance to pro­file a vol­un­teer fire­fighter, school prin­ci­pals, a Maori el­der, com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and many oth­ers.

We were sad that one man we were lin­ing up to pro­file, noted box­ing trainer Chris Kenny, died last week. His death has pro­voked a huge out­pour­ing of ad­mi­ra­tion on Face­book. Read our pro­file of this no­table Porirua iden­tity on page 4.

This week our 50th medal pro­file is mu­si­cian Bill Platt. What a tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion he has made to mu­sic, and es­pe­cially in his spe­cialised area of brass bands, over six decades. It turned out to be a good de­ci­sion for him when as a young­ster he chose to spe­cialise in the eu­pho­nium, rather than pur­sue rugby. His story is on page 8.

Joseph Ro­manos

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