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.