Fire at McDonald's in Silverstream, Upper Hutt, on Friday afternoon.

Compressor causes McD's fire

The fire at Silverstream McDonald's started in the roof and caused severe damage.

Two dead in crash

Two people are dead after a head-on crash near Whanganui.

Two people are dead and three others had to be cut from a vehicle after a head-on crash near Whanganui.

Nurse on drug charge

A Hutt Valley nurse has been accused of deliberately giving her daughter mind-altering meds to make her ill.

Good news for Snapper

Hop might have had the drop, but Snapper makes a comeback.

Why this is the best beer in NZ

The country's biggest beer fans have voted Panhead's Supercharger as their favourite drop.

Iwi members ditch Shelly Bay sale

Wellington Company deal won't go ahead after members voted against it.

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News

Bowler angry at being left out

Where are all the disabled bowlers? Peter Horne would love to be playing in the Wellington Canterbury Quadrangular Tournament at his home club in Naenae. Disabled bowls was left out for the second year in a row and Horne wants to know why.

Peter Horne angry that disabled bowlers have been left out of a tournament.

McDonald's fire extinguished video

A McDonald's in Silverstream was evacuated, roads shut and nearby trains stopped because of the blaze.

'They've taken my sister' video

Summer pix winners make a splash gallery

business

Old-fashioned Valentines Day

She gives him a card. He gives her balloons. Men outspend women on Valentine's Day.

Valentines Day is a throwback to a more traditional time, figures suggest.

Tekapo tech entrepreneur takes flight

When Tekapo entrepreneur Isaac Wilson isn't working on his two startups he is landing planes on the South Island's Tasman Glacier.

Entrepreneur Isaac Wilson chooses to work out of Tekapo so he can pursue his passion of flying.

BusinessNZ boss' weekend rituals

Hope heading out on a surf mission with daughters Orla, 5, and Mika, 11.

Newly appointed chief executive Kirk Hope loves surfing, soccer, and spinning discs.

Economic reality is hitting home

Business commentator Rod Oram.

OPINION: Prime Minister John Key paints a pretty picture but misses the point.

Food warehouse, health board 'go green'

Ceres Organics says getting a green star rating was about "walking the talk".

Two buildings from very different sectors take the lead in sustainability.

Comment

Duncan Garner: Gareth Morgan's beached as

The Awaroa campaign is about people power, not playthings for rich people, Duncan Garner says.

COMMENT: Gareth Morgan's a good guy but he really has misjudged the public mood on buying back a beach.

Was the punishment enough?

The man was clocked by police travelling at 210kmh.

OPINION: Judge's lenience in 210kmh boy racer case is mysterious and unconvincing.

Editorial: Yes to fee for tourist trampers

The Tongariro Crossing is one of the sites where international tourist numbers are putting acute pressure on DOC resources.

OPINION: The tourist boom is straining New Zealand’s resources.

Hospitals can't ban photos

Taking a photo of the new baby

Editorial: Banning photos in hospitals would be both high-handed and futile.

Editorial: Councillors should keep close eye on movie museum deal

Sir Peter Jackson with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, an item from his movie collection that will be housed in the new Movie Museum in Wellington.

OPINION: Wellington’s mooted movie museum is an excellent idea, but it still needs close scrutiny.

Culture

One week to build a castle

The replica facade will take a week to set up at Westpac Stadium

A huge Tattoo team is building a replica facade of Edinburgh Castle at Westpac Stadium.

Creating a meaningful experience

Grayson Perry, Portrait Claire, 2014, photograph: Pal Hanson

My Pretty Little Art Career offers up a comprehensive mid-career survey exhibition of Grayson Perry's work

Rebel trumpeter prepares for spectacular Tattoo

Royal New Zealand Air Force Band lead trumpeter Lex French is excited about performing in next week's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Wellington.

Versatile trumpeter Lex French will segue from jazz to a full military tattoo during the next week

Ready, set, Fringe! gallery video

Victor Victorious performs in Penny Dreadful's Risque Revue on March 3.

The NZ Fringe festival has something for everybody, with quirky shows all around Wellington.

First glimpse of the Edinburgh Tattoo video

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo opens in Melbourne before coming to Wellington.

You don't get more Scottish than mass bagpipes and kilts.

Capital Life

She's got your 20,000 meals covered

Construction of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo's castle at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

The 1200-strong cast of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo won't go hungry on Dilys Grant's watch.

My Secret Wellington

Rollo Wenlock comes to Six Barrel Soda Co. on Eva St for a bit of a refresher.

Wipster founder and chief executive Rollo Wenlock shares his favourite local haunts.

One week to build a castle

The replica facade will take a week to set up at Westpac Stadium

A huge Tattoo team is building a replica facade of Edinburgh Castle at Westpac Stadium.

Ready, set, Fringe! gallery video

Victor Victorious performs in Penny Dreadful's Risque Revue on March 3.

The NZ Fringe festival has something for everybody, with quirky shows all around Wellington.

Tiger third wheel on Valentines gallery

The third wheel: Rokan.

Wellington Zoo opens for Valentines Day, and Rokan the tiger may be in need of some love.

Sport

Hurricanes left battered and blue

George Moala is tackled by Ngani Laumape.

A few injury concerns in Hurricanes camp after going down to the Blues.

Bowler angry at being left out

Where are all the disabled bowlers? Peter Horne would love to be playing in the Wellington Canterbury Quadrangular Tournament at his home club in Naenae. Disabled bowls was left out for the second year in a row and Horne wants to know why.

Peter Horne angry that disabled bowlers have been left out of a tournament.

Voges gets big reprieve video

Umpire Richard Illingworth signals a no-ball, much to the despair of Doug Bracewell.

Australia get the rub of the replay green at the Basin Reserve.

Khawaja's juggling act

New Zealand were trying to fight their way back into contention late on day one of the first test against Australia at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Trent Boult's six-hitting exploits ended at the hands of a super catch from Usman Khawaja.

Perenara desperate to compete

TJ Perenara will take a leading role with the Hurricanes this season.

Hurricanes treating pre-season clash with Blues like a competition game.

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