Former refugees dad Kutaiba Alakkad, mum Gihan Alarayshi with son Mohie, 5, and daughter Nebal, 3, are building a new life in Wellington. Kutaiba is retraining as a chef and hopes to open a Syrian restaurant that would double as a cultural hub for the capital's growing Syrian ex-refugee community.

Refugees urge Govt to up quota

6:41 AM  Syrians urge Government to let in more refugees, say people are dying.

'Give up his body'

A body was found in this Titahi bay state home on Sunday.

1 min ago  A pungent smell alerted neighbours to wife's dark secret indoors.

Kiwi to study stars

Student is heading to London to research how to improve images captured by radio telescopes.

Substation to become apartment

Ninety-year-old building will become a short-stay apartment for civil servants.

Black belt 'broke jaw'

Gold medallist allegedly broke woman's jaw in three places, and a man's cheekbone.

Does this cure your road rage?

NZTA is hoping green and black paint will calm motorists in Wellington's Mt Vic Tunnel.

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Boys give Hutt netball edge

Hutt Player of the Day Jenna-Rose Mafua.

5 min ago  Hutt Intermediate used boys to compete in netball

Opening performance honours Tama Huata

The opening performance of this year's National Waiata Maori Music Awards will be a special tribute to the event's founder.

Fire victims' bodies removed video

Animal control officer cleared of beating dog

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 grow

Dogmatek audio owner Tim Prebble, left, and Jack Candlish from Organic Dynamic.

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

Leading the charge on cleaner water

Porirua City Councillor Bronwyn Kropp demonstrating how to divert car washing detergent into a garden using a dam of towels.

OPINION: If, by making a small change in our behaviour, we can help protect the harbour, why wouldn't we do it?

Politicians will run a mile, but our abortion laws encourage deceit

Stratford mother Hillary Kieft watches National MP Chester Borrows sign her family petition seeking a change to the law that allows teenagers to have abortions without their parents' knowledge.

OPINION: While abortions are ostensibly about protecting women’s mental health, they often have precisely the reverse effect.

Editorial: Shorter deadline for quake fix is welcome

Canterbury earthquake survivor Ann Brower with Housing and Building Minister Nick Smith.

OPINION: The Canterbury earthquake continues to force improvements to our law.

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.

Culture

Crossword solutions: Friday, September 4

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

Not many plays as good as this

The White Guitar's story of the Luafutu family, including rapper Scribe is powerful theatre.

REVIEW: The story of rapper Scribe and his family in play The White Guitar is superb theatre.

No impediment to talent

Despite some clunky improv, Sam Brooks' Stutterpop is a charming and very different kind of show.

REVIEW: Sam Brooks' stutter hasn't stopped him performing in a clever and insightful show.

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.

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

Boys give Hutt netball edge

Hutt Player of the Day Jenna-Rose Mafua.

Hutt Intermediate used boys to compete in netball

Basin showpiece for Wellington

The Basin Reserve will host all the Firebirds' home cricket matches this summer, as well as a Pakistan ODi and an Australia test.

Cricket Wellington will host all their domestic matches at the Basin Reserve.

Braswell relishing Saintly life

Wellington Saints coach Kevin Braswell has been forced to suit up again to help his team at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan.

Wellington have won one game and lost three at the William Jones Cup, but the coach is positive.

Thrush back for Wellington

Star lock forward Jeremy Thrush returns from injury to play for Wellington, Photo: CHRIS SKELTON.FAIRFAX NZ.

Jeremy Thrush is back for Wellington and looking to put missing the All Blacks World Cup squad behind him.

Basin Reserve cottage goes airborne video

A crane was used to lift and move the groundsman's cottage at the Basin Reserve on Thursday morning.

The groundsman's cottage was moved to its new home at the Basin Reserve.

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