Living statue Kit Stevens spends up to four hours a day not moving.

Statue man a keen observer

This man's so skilled you could walk past and never notice him.

2 dead in fire - reports

The fire broke out in the Exeter Cres house shortly before 3am and was well ablaze when crews arrived, police said.

6 min ago  Two people, including a child, are thought to have died in a fire at the Palmerston North home of a large family..

Three armed robberies

Police were called out to three armed robberies in Wellington overnight.

Stress: ABs' toughest opponent

Feeling challenged at the World Cup could bring out the best, but stress will do the opposite.

Rego fines invalid?

Wellington lawyer challenges another "sloppy" flaw in traffic legislation.

Struggle to ID body

Police scour dental records to ID decomposed man in "bizarre" scene.

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National memories erased by fire

Charred government records damaged in the Hope Gibbons fire are still held by Archives New Zealand, but countless documents were destroyed completely.

9:16 AM  Precious historical records fluttered aflame through Wellington as a storage building burned in 1952.

WingNut helps WWI marchers look the part

8:02 AM  Marchers re-enacting the WWI soldiers' walk from Featherston to Wellington will look the part.

What's On in Wellington: Sept 3-10

Reaching a new audience

business

Big changes to quake building rules

The scene on Colombo St in Christchurch after buildings collapsed on to two buses during the February 2011 earthquake. Ann Brower was the sole survivor in one bus.

Government halves timeframe to make the most earthquake-prone buildings safer.

Growth looks set to continue

Wellington City’s economy has strengthened during the middle stages of 2015.

Wellington's economy is in good shape across retail, house sales and accommodation.

Three months to rapidly grow companies

From left, Dogmatek audio owner Tim Prebble and Jack Candlish from Organic Dynamite, who are taking part in New Zealand's first manufacturer accelerator programme with Lightning Lab Manufacturing in Lower Hutt.

Their product ideas range from surfboards to motion capture technology but the entrepreneurs behind eight startups have yet to prove they can turn prototypes into saleable products.

Capital house prices rise slightly

Wellington house prices have risen 2.6 per cent over the past year, lagging Auckland's more than 20 per cent increase.

The average price for a house in Wellington is $546,914, up 2.4 per cent over the past year.

Gas price increase

From October most power companies selling gas will increase the price.

Consumers look set to pay more on their gas bills from October.

Comment

Editorial: NZ duty-bound to help refugees

Prime Minister John Key refuses to raise refugee quota

OPINION: New Zealand cannot ignore the worldwide refugee crisis. Our pitifully small intake is a stain on our international reputation. It suggests to the world that we are indifferent to massive suffering.  

This hunt for a national brand is a joke

The flag process is an elaborate prank and a waste of $26 million, says Rosemary McLeod.

OPINION: Branding used to apply to businesses and products, but it now applies to human beings - and the national flag.

New Zealand should take lead on climate change in the Pacific

Cyclone Pam was one of the strongest ever recorded in the South Pacific.

By Rachael Le Mesurier, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand

Editorial:

John Burrows, chair of the Flag Consideration Panel,  announces the four final flag designs.

OPINION: The choice now seems to be between the existing flag or some form of silver fern.

How old age can put us in a cruel prison

Old age can rob us of our independence.

OPINION: Joe Bennett's mother's stroke shows us again that age is cruel, robbing us of our independence.

Culture

Reaching a new audience

Gabrielle Stevenson as burlesque madame Kitty de Luge in a new web series by Rodrigo Films called Dropped Pie.

A film company with a small budget has called in favours, but has a worldwide audience thanks to the web.

Crossword solutions: Thursday, September 3

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Solutions to The Dominion Post's daily back-page crossword are available here.

Measure for measure this is passionate Shakespeare

Measure for Measure has been cut to 2 hours, 10 minutes for Bats Theatre, but still delivers.

REVIEW: A new version of Measure for Measure is just the right length to enjoy.

At the Movies

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is comedic tearjerker with genuine feeling pulsing through every frame.

New movies including Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Straight Outta Compton

The magic of engaging with music

Ludwig Treviranus, a composer at Arts Splash.

Ludwig Treviranus first performed in Wellington's Artsplash Festival as a nine-year-old.

Capital Life

National memories erased by fire

Charred government records damaged in the Hope Gibbons fire are still held by Archives New Zealand, but countless documents were destroyed completely.

Precious historical records fluttered aflame through Wellington as a storage building burned in 1952.

What's On in Wellington: Sept 3-10

The Phoenix Foundation are playing at San Fran in Cuba St on Sept 18 at 8pm. Tickets $35 from undertheradar.co.nz.

Music, comedy, art and sports. Here's what's on this week.

The onesie to save lives

Wellington designer Sophie Voon has created a modern onesie for Wellington Free Ambulance's annual appeal.

It's not furry, doesn't cover every inch of skin from wrists to ankles and could proudly be worn in public.

Statue man's still life

Living statue Kit Stevens spends up to four hours a day not moving.

This man's so skilled you could walk past and never notice him.

Trams, earthquakes and murder

Adelaide Rd, to the right, in 1911. Horses and carriages, but not a car in sight.

Adelaide Rd's history involves earthquakes, murder and trams.

Sport

Hodge conquers mountain to make world champs team

Tim Hodge (front) on his way to winning the Wellington Cross-Country Championships on July 18, a results which helped earn him a spot at the World Mountain Running Championships.

Tim Hodge has made the New Zealand team for the World Mountain Running Championships in Wales.

Cory's World Cup dream crashes to earth

Cory Jane steps up for the Wellington Lions the evening before the All Blacks' World cup team announcement.

Cory Jane’s hopes of playing a second rugby World Cup crashed to earth on Sunday morning.

Papps to skipper the Firebirds

Wellington Firebirds stalwart Michael Papps will captain the team in all three formats in the absence of James Franklin.

Michael Papps has been given the Wellington captaincy by new coach Bruce Edgar.

Jordan Hunt looking at US options

Onslow College's Hayden Robertson, right, rises above Newlands College defender Zyrus Grace in the Wellington premier one basketball final.

Jordan Hunt towers above his schoolmates but height is always relative on a basketball court.

Scots lose Moascar Cup in odd circumstances

St Andrew's College, from Christchurch, are the new holders of the Moascar Cup.

Scots College have lost the Moascar Cup in odd circumstances.

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