Owner Trevor Lord, outside the old Sydney St substation, now on Kate Shepherd Pl, which has now been quake-strengthened.

Substation to become apartment

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

Black belt 'broke jaw'

A Taekwando black belt will appear in Porirua District Court accused of breaking a woman's jaw in three places and a man's cheek bone.

7:30 PM  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.

Killer's remorse over punch

Man says he acted in self-defence when he fatally punched a stranger.

2 deaths confirmed video

7:52 PM  Two bodies removed from Palmerston North house that caught fire.

Three armed robberies

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

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Animal control officer cleared of beating dog

Albert, the nine-year-old English bulldog, which was allegedly beaten by Hastings District Council animal control officers. The allegation has been disproved

7:30 PM  Hastings District Council said an independent investigation had disproved allegations that one of its animal control officers beat a dog.

Guildford cops four-week ban

7:14 PM  Hawke's Bay winger Zac Guildford has been suspended for four weeks for a lifting tackle.

Air Force badge matches flag design

Company fined for lost fingers

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

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.

NZ should take lead on climate change in the Pacific

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

OPINION: Six months after Cyclone Pam brought devastation to the Pacific, climate change looms large on the Pacific Forum agenda.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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