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No­body does it quite like Porirua City.

This week we fea­ture a story about smear test­ing and how one group is mak­ing the doc­tor’s wait­ing room a more lively and ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence than usual.

With our Maori, Asian and Pa­cific women wor­ry­ingly un­der­rep­re­sented in the up­take statis­tics of the screen­ing, it re­quires some good old grass­roots so­lu­tions to get them through the doors. To have el­ders weav­ing a tivae­vae and nurses flu­ent in Pa­cific lan­guages is in­ge­nious and typ­i­cal of what we see in the city.

We also chat to a Porirua pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dent ex­hibit­ing her work in the city cen­tre. It’s fan­tas­tic to see coun­cil en­cour­ag­ing artists and com­mu­nity groups to use empty shops.

Sadly, the city’s empty state homes fea­ture again. Hous­ing New Zealand say they are work­ing hard to open the doors of all their prop­er­ties and we con­tinue to wait, and watch, un­til they do.

Vir­ginia Fal­lon

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