Back Benches host Wallace Chapman engages in a bit of banter with Coughlan, Lester, Young and Leggett.

Preaching policy at the pub

Wellington's mayoral contenders debate the big issues over a pint at the Backbencher.

Gissie's $1m Lotto win

Someone will be celebrating a big Lotto win in Gisborne on Wednesday night.

Someone in Gisborne will be raising a glass this evening after big Lotto win.

Drug-driving test 'too late'

Government's saliva test proposal for drug drivers 11 years too late for teen's parents.

Firms refund $1.5m

Commerce Commission tells Wellington finance companies to pay customers.

'Heartbreak' as home lost video

A Foxton woman with terminal cancer is devastated after watching her home burn to the ground.

Man tried to pick up schoolgirl

Police seek driver who offered 9-year-old girl a ride home in Flaxmere.

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Bug support not enough

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, with Tukituki MP Craig Foss, in Havelock North last week. The Government has announced ...

Hawke's Bay businesses say Government assistance package won't cover their losses.

Dancer's feet run over

Driver fractures schoolgirl's toe - and doesn't get out to check on her.

Helen Kelly's Cuba cancer mission video

Pedal power behind recycling video

business

Meridian Energy to pay special dividend

Meridian boss Mark Binns says shareholders will be paid a special dividend.

Meridian Energy sells more power at higher prices in New Zealand and Australia.

Landlords concerned over new loan rules

Palmerston North landlord Shane Storey says new regulations that limit landlords ability to borrow at the same time as ...

Palmerston North landlords have raised concerns over the impact of incoming property investor lending regulations, that have been adopted by banks.

Christchurch section sales soar as Kiwisaver rules relaxed

Construction at the Two Roads subdivision at Woodend, north of Christchurch.

Real estate agents say buyers are jumping at the chance to nab higher-priced properties.

Partner 'wrongly used my name'

Sir Ngatata Love has told the Wellington High Court that his partner Lorraine Skiffington was claiming to represent him ...

Maori leader says it was "not acceptable" that partner was claiming to be acting on his behalf in negotiations.

Block in Special Housing Area

An artist's impression of Newtown's Mary Potter Hospice's proposed residential apartment block looking north-west.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown confirms hospice's controversial building plans sit within Newtown's Special Housing Area (SHA), despite political questions.

Comment

Bring NZ Wars into view

A ceremony marking the handover of Rangiriri, site of one of the major battles in the New Zealand Wars.

OPINION: The New Zealand Wars are a foundational part of this country's history, and every person should have at least a passing knowledge of them.

Paying for a perfect smile

This little boy is unafraid to smile. But some people are, if it reveals teeth neglected because they could not afford a ...

OPINION: I am grateful, for limited reasons, that my mother was vain.

Historic building boom

The simple, obvious and only solution to housing a growing population is to build more houses and build them faster. ...

OPINION: New Zealand is in the midst of an historic building boom. Across the country, building activity is at an 11-year high.

Two watchdogs better than one

New Zealand is part of the Westminster family of nations.

OPINION: One of the constitutional roles of the public service is to provide free and frank advice. Public servant officials should, as the recent Dominion Post editorial wrote, "be brave and tell the minister something that he or she doesn't want to hear".

Moderate drinking is OK

There is well-acknowledged evidence showing light to moderate drinking can have a range of health benefits, says Spirits NZ.

OPINION: This month a group of academics are holding meetings in provincial towns around the country. They have two messages – there is no safe level of alcohol consumption and alcohol causes caner cancer.

Culture

Crossword solutions: Thursday, August 25

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Find the solutions to The Dominion Post's backpage puzzle here.

Kiwi soundtrack for sci-fi horror

Caii-Michele Baker is a Kiwi singer who has recorded the theme song for a new Argentinian sci-fi thriller called Pacifico.

Looking for an otherworldly soundtrack to your out of this world horror film? Think New Zealand, naturally.

Crossword solutions: Wednesday, August 24

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Find the solutions to The Dominion Post's backpage puzzle here.

Crossword solutions: Tuesday, August 23

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Find the solutions to The Dominion Post's backpage puzzle here.

Album Review: Neil Young, Earth

Neil Young's Earth is out now.

REVIEW: It feels like Neil Young is the last protest singer left standing.

Capital Life

Feast not for the faint-hearted

Cardiac Cuisine, a Wellington On a Plate event boasting six courses of hearts.

This is one banquet which the chef has put more than his own heart and soul into.

Pedal power behind recycling video

Kaicycle is a food waste bicycle collection service based in Wellington.

Kaicycle is fundraising to improve their urban waste collection service and help keep food waste out of landfills.

Local's guide to Wellington weekend stuff nation video

A short stroll from the city is Wellington's beach – Oriental Bay

A Wellingtonian and travel blogger describes his perfect itinerary for a couple of nights in the capital.

Review: Sterling's WOAP burger

Sterling's WOAP burger, $22.

A taste of…Sterling, 101 The Terrace

Human rights at ground level

Power chair user Erin Gough could not get into Slim Davey's pub on her first attempt, but was invited back by owner ...

All it takes is a bit of wood, some goodwill - and free cocktails always help.

Sport

Garden-Bachop in fine form

Jackson Garden-Bachop fends off a Hawke's Bay defender during his side's NPC win last Saturday.

Another week, another start at first-five for the young Wellington Lions playmaker. 

Wellington squash 'spider'

The new Wellington Lions shirt for 2016, which has dropped the "spider web" in favour of the lion on the chest.

Wellington Lions bring back roaring lion to replace traditional "spider" crest.

Rider suffers 'painful' season-ending injury

Rae Morrison in action during the second round of the Enduro World Series in Bariloche, Argentina.

Rae Morrison will be sidelined for approximately three months after breaking her heel in the latest round of the Enduro World Series.

HVHS win girls' football title

Members of the Hutt Valley High School girls' first XI celebrate winning the Wellington premier girls' title on ...

Hutt Valley High School get revenge on St Mary's College for last year's girls' first XV final loss.

WC into 'Canes regional final

Wellington College have won through to the Hurricanes region top four final, where they will play Hastings Boys' High School.

Wellington College set to challenge the might of Hastings Boys' High School in Palmerston North on Saturday.

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