Playcentres have had a steady decline in roll numbers, and its leaders have told the Ministry of Education they need more funding to survive. From left, parent helper Kirstin Gibb, with Jamie Kristensen, 5, and Lorna Clarke, 4, at Island Bay Playcentre.

Playcentre roll falls

The 74-year-old institution is restructuring after a drop in funding and enrolments.

Council waives tickets

Motorists given parking tickets at the bottom of Cuba St - as well as six other Wellington streets - could now challenge their tickets after the council failed to paint white lines on the road.

Wellington City Council's efforts to beautify the streets could cost it thousands of dollars.

Three years on from mall blaze

Parents of triplets killed in Doha fire will spend anniversary reflecting on their short lives.

DHB rejects national food contract

Board members question logic of flying frozen food to "fruitbowl of the country".

Judge reserves Seales decision

Crown insists law does not breach rights, says what lawyer wants is to change law, not clarify.

Town runs dry as pub to close video

Locals up in arms as Eketahuna is to lose its only drinking hole.

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News

Tennis courts may be upgraded

Rundown tennis courts in Tasman St may soon be upgraded.

Rundown tennis courts in Tasman St could soon be upgraded.

Close brushes with disaster

When Scott Miller studied engineering he had no idea he would end up saving lives on the other side of the world.

NZ's spike in road deaths

Seal returned to the wild

Business

Port guilty over crushing death

CentrePort worker Mark Samoa was killed when a forklift driver failed to see him and pushed two huge packs of paper pulp together, crushing him on  January 20, 2013.

Sisters of a man who died after being crushed between two pulp bales cried in court as they told of the impact of his death.

Investors borrow up large ahead of crackdown

Investors borrowing $1.8 billion make up one third of the mortgage market.

Comment

No reward from Little risk

Prime Minister John Key leads a risk-averse party.

OPINION: They say politics is the art of the possible, but it's equally the art of deciding what it's possible to risk.

Kiwi climate change plan 'innovative and promising'

OPINION: New Zealand can play a huge part in climate change talks this year, writes Professor Dave Frame.

National MPs applaud following Bill English's Budget speech.

Parliament yawns while problems mount

OPINION: Parliament's workload is light under a do-little government.

Culture

Crossword solutions: Thursday, May 28

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

Mapp and Lucia's comedy of manners remains timeless

REVIEW: In Mapp and Lucia Miranda Richardson sports flashes and gnashes in such a way as a smile from her is like the threat of battery acid.

Circus performers from Awkward Productions entertain crowds at Fever Pitch, Civic Square, as part of the FIFA U-20 World Cup festivities.

What's on in Wellington

What's on in Wellington over the next week.

Capital Life

Bastion of Wellington Catholic education demolished

St Patrick's College pictured in 1928, at its original location next to the Basin Reserve.

New Zealand's first Catholic boys' college was torn down in 1980, after nearly a century.

Towering Titahi Bay radio mast revolutionised radio

Titahi Bay's giant radio mast cemented the foundations for Radio New Zealand in 1937.

Elizabeth Connor, TED wellington speaker

My Secret Wellington

Elizabeth Connor is a meditating scientist.

Sport

Hurricanes eye wounded Crusaders in Nelson

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd can manage his players' workloads during the final three weeks of Super Rugby.

Team lists speak volumes for two teams' contrasting fortunes ahead of Super Rugby clash.

Town beat College in thriller

St Pat's Town have beaten Wellington College 15-11 in a tight and tense traditional rugby clash.

Jamie Siddons was named Wellington coach of the year in his time in the captial.

Firebirds coach Siddons sets sail for South Australia

Aussie's tenure with Wellington Firebirds over as he take South Australia job.

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