Con­ti­nen­tal curls, a glam­our evening and knitting tips - the 1968 Kapi-Mana News had ev­ery­thing a modern wo­man could want.

The Porirua news­room holds copies of the newspaper stretch­ing back to the 1950s and we thought it was high time we browsed through the yel­lowed pages to see what was news nearly 50 years ago.

Porirua Mo­tors Ltd had a list of used cars to tempt read­ers, a 1966 Ford V/6 Sedan was a ‘‘great buy for the dis­cern­ing mo­torist’’ and a bar­gain at $2450.

If trans­port was a prob­lem, Can­nons Creek Food­mar­ket would de­liver your gro­ceries. On Novem­ber 13 they had a spe­cial on baked beans and spaghetti, you could buy a can for 16c or any two for 31c ... you do the maths.

Trend-fol­low­ing ladies could get ‘‘con­ti­nen­tal curls’’ at May­fair Beauty Sa­lon with a cut and perm for $7 or at­tend a glam­our evening run by Tews Phar­macy. They could also com­pete to be­come ‘‘Miss Kapi-Mana’’ in an an­nual beauty con­test.

Rosean­nwyn Dairy in Lin­den got a snowfreeze ma­chine and took out an ad to tell read­ers they could try one for 12c.

Porirua City was about to make New Zealand his­tory with the ar­rival of Santa on a hov­er­craft de­signed and sup­plied by Hoover Man­u­fac­tur­ers Led.

Plun­ket nurse Mavis Eager gave her an­nual re­port and was con­cerned about the plight of young moth­ers in Wai­tan­girua.

There were no ca­bles for pri­vate tele­phones in the area and she thought streets could work to­gether to or­gan­ise babysit­ting ser­vices, she said.

Tawa Pipe Band raised money for ‘‘blind kid­dies’’ and Ngati Toa Cub pack cel­e­brated their 5th birth­day with a par­ents evening.

Best sell­ers The Moth and House of Dolls could be bought for 75c from Whit­comb and Tombs.

At a meet­ing of the Ti­tahi Bay League of Moth­ers ‘‘the housewife who is al­ways hav­ing to push up her cardi­gan sleeves when do­ing the house­hold chores’’ re­ceived a very use­ful knitting hint from Mrs Cordell.

‘‘Leave the ribbed band of the sleeve un­sewn and in­stead sew domes on, then one is able to turn back the sleeves.’’

The newspaper re­ported a meet­ing where Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Mr GWBick­nell told of a re­cent res­cue of two chil­dren trapped in a lift in the Porirua coun­cil build­ings.

‘‘Th­ese are the only lifts in the city and are a play­ground for chil­dren,’’ said sec­re­tary Mr P G Walsh, who ex­pressed re­gret that sum­mary jus­tice could not be ac­corded to the cul­prits.

‘‘They shot off as fast as they could,’’ he said.

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