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OF THE YEAR
MEDIA AWARDS, 2013
TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
PORIRUA CITY & TAWA
By KRIS DANDO
Ineffective: Deputy mayor Liz Kelly was not well regarded by the Kapi-Mana
Publicity for the wrong reasons
Porirua deputy mayor Liz Kelly
has been branded ineffective in
the Kapi-Mana News end-of-term
report card for Porirua City
We asked an independent panel
of eight members of the Porirua
performances of the 13 councillors
and mayor Nick Leggett in five
Though Ms Kelly was con-
sidered an active councillor, she
was rated average in the work
ethic and responsiveness sections.
Her effectiveness as a councillor
was considered poor, owing to a
personality clash with Mr Leggett
and distracting media coverage
over the Whanau Centre and
Ms Kelly said it has been a chal-
lenging three years. ‘‘There have
been tough times, but I put my
hand up for this job and I’ve never
‘‘There have been plenty of
negative portrayals of me in the
media, which haven’t been easy to
deal with at times.
‘‘Life is always about learning
and I think there’s always room
for me to improve.’’
She said it was gratifying to
learn that panelists had described
her as intelligent and capable.
‘‘I’m grateful there are people in
this community who can see past
the smoke and mirrors and the
other stuff that has been
‘‘I’m just keen to do my job.’’
Ms Kelly said her involvement
in the Ascot Park artificial turf
and Creekfest were her biggest
achievements this term.
Her stances on issues such as
Porirua Little Theatre, Capacity,
regional amalgamation and
Moana Court were lost in the cla-
shes with Mr Leggett and other
non-council ‘‘distractions’’, she
She had yet to decide whether
to stand again, as a councillor or
for the mayoralty.
If she did, she would be totally
committed to serving the people of
her ward, and the city, she said.
‘‘I put my hand up for this job
and I feel I’ve done my duties as a
councillor and deputy mayor well.
‘‘I have listened to people and
represented them. I enjoy what I
Mr Leggett and councillors
Euon Murrell and Denys Latham
were considered star performers
by our panel, but Wayne Poutoa,
Sue Dow and Rob Rangi scored
Mr Rangi has already declared
he will not be re-standing, and Mr
Poutoa and Ms Dow may also not
be putting their names forward
Mr Latham said he has ‘‘a good
grip’’ on the duties of a councillor
after six years.
‘‘I’m more aware now of the
organisation it takes to operate
the city. I’m not taking anything
for granted, of course, but I feel
I’ve always taken the concerns of
residents seriously and given
them my full attention.
‘‘This city is going forward and I
think there is a good feeling
around the [council] table.’’
❚ Report card, page 2, 3
❚ Editorial, page 10
Winning words: Porirua singer Dora Laupola, who scooped two titles at the
North City Shopping Centre’s annual talent search.
Photo: TALIA CARLISLE
By TALIA CARLISLE
Porirua singer Dora Laupola won
the North City Shopping Centre’s
annual talent search on Saturday.
The 14-year-old was one of
seven Aotea College entrants to
compete in the competition final.
She performed her favourite
song, I Don’t Want To Talk About
It, by Rod Stewart, accompanying
herself on guitar.
Dora said she was surprised to
win, and pleased to have family
and friends in the audience sup-
She was modest about the win.
‘‘I was just using the gift that
God gave me,’’ she said.
Dora was one of 10 senior final-
ists to compete on Saturday.
The junior final was held
Dora was also named the over-
all winner, receiving a $750 gift
card plus $500 in cash.
The junior winners were Roseta
Lopa, Anastasia Sirila, Lise
Lafaele, Tiresa Fomai and Emelei
La’ai, who jointly received a $750
More than 130 acts entered the
talent search, performing in 19
heats during the school holidays.
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