Ear, nose and throat surgeon Rebecca Garland performs surgery on Cara the chimpanzee at Wellington Zoo.

Chimp undergoes ear op video

Wellington Zoo's Cara is recovering after an ear operation to save her hearing.

Police missed body

Police at the scene where a body was found in a Housing NZ flat in Titahi Bay, Porirua, on Sunday.

Police and Housing NZ each visited Porirua flat after complaints over smell, but did not enter.

Precious memories returned

Family album found in abandoned van 30 years ago claimed by late owner's daughter.

When toys go bad

Barbie shoes and Lego can be more dangerous than you might think.

Kids not impressed by flag designs

Ngaio School pupils have carried out their own version of the national flag referendum.

Escort raised health risks

Man who did not use condom during sex with prostitute escapes punishment.

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Final four flag designs gallery video

The final four flag options.

Prime Minister John Key has picked his favourites of the final four flag designs.

NZ 'left behind' on drug funding video

5:00 AM  Rare disease sufferer tired of Government's "buck-passing" over her potentially fatal condition.

Gas price increase

Fewer fines being dished out

business

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.

$4m appetite for Wellington On a Plate

Diners celebrate Visa Wellington On a Plate at The Four Amigos special event.

Wellington On a Plate has left a lasting appetite in the capital, contributing millions to the regional economy.

Attracting Chinese investors to Wellington

The first Mojo coffee store in the central Chinese city of Xi'an is set to open on September 12.

Wellington is open for business and keen to attract Chinese investors to the capital.

More houses on the way

The increase in building consents follows a disappointing flat patch.

Surging building consent numbers should please home buyers and the Reserve Bank.

Rustic woolshed gets sophisticated makeover

Bendemeer Woolshed near Queenstown, which is being offered for sale as a potential commercial venue.

People could one day be dining in this woolshed.

Comment

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.

Editorial: Parental leave love will be spread thinly

Labour MP Sue Moroney.

The Government doesn't want to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks. But it knows the policy would be popular.

New rules for drones balance safety and the potential for wider use

The rules surrounding drone flights are controversial.

OPINION: Some have suggested new Civil Aviation rules for unmanned aircraft (commonly known as drones) go too far — but Civil Aviations says they take a balanced approach to enable operations, while maintaining safety for other airspace users, the public and property,

Culture

Crossword solutions: Wednesday, September 2

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

Rose-Noelle drama a voyage of dark discovery

Drama Abandoned showed that the Rose-Noelle crew were at odds right from the start.

REVIEW: Kiwi drama Abandoned showed again that while we all knew the story and the ending, it kept the viewer hooked.

A long journey to the stage

Acushla-Tara Sutton and Paul Waggott in Robert Lord's The Travelling Squirrel. "As soon I started reading the script I felt I knew who Bart was," says Waggott.

Kiwi Robert Lord's play The Travelling Squirrel has never been fully staged in his homeland - until now

My Secret Wellington: Ludwig Treviranus, concert pianist

Ludwig Treviranus, a composer at Arts Splash.

Where do you go to feel inspired?

Not just your garden variety ennui

Dylan Moran's stories came thick and fast and his punchlines jumped out and hit the audience like a slap in the face

REVIEW: Dylan Moran has lost none of his brilliance and his Wellington show proved it.

Capital Life

Island a sad reminder of racism

Historian Lynette Shum with a tribute Wellington's Chinese community placed on Mokopuna Island in 2004 for its "leper", Kim Lee.

A Wellington grocer was unlucky enough to be Chinese during a leprosy panic in 1903.

Gourmet goodies stock food parcels

House of Dumplings gifts 500 dumplings to the Wellington City Mission to set the City Mission’s new partnership with The Food Show in motion. Left to right, House of Dumplings owner Vicky Ha, City Mission regulars Muzza Ward and Peter Chan, and Wellington City Mission chief executive Michelle Branney.

City Mission food parcels to go gourmet after The Food Show.

My Secret Wellington: Ludwig Treviranus, concert pianist

Ludwig Treviranus, a composer at Arts Splash.

Where do you go to feel inspired?

Misfortune mars Hannah Playhouse debut

The roofline of Hannah Playhouse emerges on Courtenay Place in June 1972.

An actress took the good-luck message "break a leg" too literally when Wellington's Hannah Playhouse opened in 1973.

Beachside favourite a family affair

Coconut and plum cake from the Chocolate Fish Cafe.

Shelly Bay's Chocolate Fish cafe makes the most deliciously moist plum and coconut cake - and they're sharing their recipe.

Sport

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.

Big boys feature in top four rugby clash

Big prop Alex Fidow has been an outstanding contributor to the Scots College first XV.

Two bulky boys will be searching for the tryline again when Scots College meet Otago Boys' in their top four clash in Rotorua on Friday.

Why Durante quit All Whites

Andrew Durante says it has become difficult juggling family with international and club football.

Andrew Durante has no regrets about changing his allegiance to New Zealand.

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