2016 - a busy year in Porirua’s basin


Hous­ing, big-hearted lo­cals, a con­crete gan­net and tal­ented teens were all part of Porirua news in 2016.

The year be­gan with the city’s du­bi­ous hon­our of hav­ing the busiest speed cam­era in New Zealand and ended with a Tawa man de­liv­er­ing 3600 presents to chil­dren who might oth­er­wise miss out.

In the pa­pers in be­tween the Kapi-Mana News fea­tured a tiny hear­ing dog, a re­port on syn­thetic cannabis, a new mayor and floods - two of them.

Leith Kinikini be­came a pub­lished artist at 11 years old, Mana Coast­guard got a new por­ta­com af­ter theirs was de­stroyed in an elec­tri­cal fire and Shari--ana Clifford fed thou­sands of hun­gry school chil­dren.

Hous­ing was a hot topic: we re­ported on the city’s empty state houses and ad­vo­cated for peo­ple need­ing homes. We de­liv­ered good news when Hous­ing NZ took 23 state houses off the mar­ket and re­turned them to the let­ting pool.

We fol­lowed the plight of res­i­dents and First Five child­care who were evicted from Kenepuru hos­pi­tal grounds to make way for 600 new homes.

Matt Pol­lock con­vinced lo­cals to help him clean up Aotea La­goon, Eli­jah Mareko, 12, earned his black belt and teenager Jack Davies headed to Space Camp in Nor­way.

Nick Leggett signed off as Porirua mayor, be­came a Welling­ton may­oral con­tender, lost and then an­nounced he wants to be Mana MP.

We told you po­lice pa­trols had halved, Matua Pusa Finau said Ac­cess Home­care weren’t look­ing af­ter him prop­erly and Doug Olds wowed us with his 135kg weight loss - shed through walk­ing, jog­ging and swim­ming.

The Wai­tan­girua siege - where gunman Pita Tekira died, a po­lice dog was shot and his han­dler in­jured April.

We re­ported on how Porirua had fared dur­ing the Novem­ber 14 earth­quake and flood the day af­ter - the sec­ond of the year.

Prin­ci­pal of Porirua Col­lege Su­sanne Jungersen re­tired af­ter nearly 20 years and Cap­i­tal & Coast DHB an­nounced an end to rheumatic fever checks in Porirua Schools.

Can­nons Creek took Au­gust 2’s front page when the sub­urb was re­ported as be­ing New Zealand’s num­ber one prop­erty hot spot for in­vestors.

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple looked set to lose ac­cess to af­ter hours care as Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal looked to close its 24 hour ser­vice. - took cen­tre stage in


Po­lice in War­spite Ave, near Kokiri Cres where Pita Tekira holed up af­ter shoot­ing a po­lice dog in April.

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