THEWAYWE WERE Cartoon pigs and stolen milk money
The choice of graffiti gives the era away.
It was 1980 and police were seeking whoever was responsible for a huge, spray painted picture of a cartoon pig and the word Muldoon adorning Porirua’s Railway Station.
As always, Porirua’s KapiMana News was on top of all the local happenings and among the ads for cigars and shoulder pads, the police file was an interesting read.
Whether the pig-painter was ever found remains a mystery but the file was full of other crimes.
The first paper of 1980 lead with the good news that Porirua’s toilet-lurking bag-snatcher had been caught.
For a number of weeks the culprit had made the most of circumstances in the toilets to snatch handbags placed on cisterns or the cubicle floors, the paper reported.
Finally, police swooped on a 19-year-old man seen entering the loos at the Transport Centre.
He was easily identified because of the descriptions from many complainants, they said.
It seemed nothing was safe.Over $500 worth of road signs had been stolen from a construction company who wanted them returned, it was reported.
Five were 50 and 30 km/h signs and five read ‘‘New Seal, Loose Chips’’.
A milkman reported overnight thefts of milk money in Whitby, up to $20 was being taken each time.
It wasn’t just inanimate objects being stolen : a $240 cattle beast was taken from Pauatahanui and the farmer wanted it returned.
Thirty five cartons of cigarettes worth $280 were stolen from Woolworths and an axe was used to smash a 14ft boat to pieces in Hongoeka Bay.
Local shopkeepers were warned to call the police if presented with a cheque in the name of ‘‘RMWemyss’’.
In happier news, Teddy the long-haired persian cat from
An advertisement for Waitangirua Mall in 1980s Porirua.
A 1980s ad warned people to protect their homes from burglars.