Tie a rib­bon around 2016

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE -

Well, that was some year. Earth­quakes, floods, the Wai­tan­girua siege, a new mayor, and a con­crete gan­net named Nigel. That’s just to name a few of the sto­ries we were in the midst of this year.

Hous­ing New Zealand fea­tured plenty, not al­ways pos­i­tively, but the or­gan­i­sa­tion did book­end the year well by an­nounc­ing more homes were back on the mar­ket to take pres­sure off the wait­ing list.

Floods in May and Novem­ber high­lighted the dire sit­u­a­tion Porirua’s in­fra­struc­ture is in - thank­fully no one lost their lives, but the city came to a shud­der­ing halt as the wa­ter rose higher.

Ur­gent at­ten­tion is needed next year on the age­ing stormwa­ter sys­tem, es­pe­cially to al­le­vi­ate is­sues at hotspots like Porirua School.

At Porirua City Coun­cil, there was a clearout of gen­eral man­agers and a new mayor in Mike Tana - who saw that com­ing?

The ad­di­tion of five new coun­cil­lors and the re­turn­ing Faafoi Seiuli means the re­set but­ton has been pushed as Nick Leggett, who failed to win the may­oralty down the road, Ken Dou­glas, Euon Mur­rell, Denys Latham and Litea Ah Hoi left the cham­ber for the last time.

We wrote in Au­gust that Mur­rell may stand un­op­posed in the elec­tion, but five can­di­dates ended up mak­ing it a real con­test.

In a post­script to the lo­cal body elec­tions, Leggett an­nounced he would be stand­ing in Mana in next year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

That will be some bat­tle against pop­u­lar in­cum­bent Kris Faafoi.

How­ever, what shone through ev­ery­thing this year was the ev­er­p­re­sent sense of com­mu­nity that ex­ists in Porirua.

Whether it was of­fer­ing beds and food dur­ing the siege, the clean-up of Aotea La­goon ini­ti­ated by res­i­dent Matt Pol­lock or the over­whelm­ing sup­port for Mana Coast­guard af­ter their build­ing was de­stroyed by fire in Au­gust, peo­ple care about each other in this city.

And it’s a priv­i­lege for us to re­port it.

It’s also been a year of great change at this news­pa­per and for our sis­ter com­mu­nity pa­pers in the Welling­ton re­gion.

We’ve en­deav­oured to sail through the rocky seas that the news­pa­per in­dus­try is fac­ing and have been proud to bring you the lo­cal sto­ries that mat­ter, en­gen­der de­bate on a myr­iad of top­ics and cham­pion Porirua City to a na­tional au­di­ence.

That won’t change for 2017 and we look for­ward to your tips and tales.

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