Taika's epic safety vid

Air NZ turns to Waititi for hobbity warning

Safety is fantasy in Air New Zealand's Hobbit star-studded safety video, directed by Taika Waititi.
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Theatre's $1m upgrade

11:25am The Wellington Opera House is getting a major face-lift even though it has been yellow-stickered.

Flu outfoxes vaccine

A rogue flu strain has surfaced in NZ, infecting even those who have been vaccinated.

Tsunami lines for eastern suburbs

Tsunami lines 14 min ago Miramar Peninsula is next in line for blue tsunami warning markers.

'Beer up' sign 'inappropriate'

Provincial pub's signage, designed by a 'concept company', rubs locals up the wrong way.

Truck stuck on windy hill

10:21am A tuck became stuck at the bottom of a hill north of Wellington this morning, briefly blocking traffic.

Candidate's conviction quashed

lotto ticket Local govt candidate successfully appeals conviction for assault of shopkeeper over Lotto ticket.

Nats persist with new labour law

National has quickly pushed ahead with controversial changes to employment law.

Minister: No need to arm all police

Boy injured falling out of tree

Upper Hutt School 150th

Recalling inkwells and blackboards

One of Wellington's oldest schools is celebrating 150 years of educating young minds.

Rate rise pressure deflates

inflation Annual inflation is down to just 1 per cent, lower than most economists had predicted.

LVR brakes held rates: RB

The rules are not permanent but Governor Graeme Wheeler won't say when they may be lifted or relaxed.

Petrol, diesel prices drop

Boutique village for elderly

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KFC feeds owner's profit

Restaurant Brands' stalwart boosts its bottom line, with Carl's Jr. sales also jumping.

'Labour change needed'

Grant Robertson, Nanaia Mahuta, Andrew Little and David Parker Getty Labour's leadership hopefuls each push different message, but all agree that appraisal of the party's direction is needed.

Live: Employment law clash

The Government has wasted no time in pushing its agenda through, carrying on with controversial changes to employment law last night.

Live chat: Nanaia Mahuta

PM only when he wants to be

MPs in Parliament

Nats persist with new labour law

National has quickly pushed ahead with controversial changes to employment law.

Opening is about symbolism

Beehive Credit where it's due, our politicians certainly got into the spirit of pomp and pageantry that marks the opening of Parliament.

Editorial | Opposition vital to good government

Parliament began again yesterday, and how familiar it all was.

WMDs have the last laugh

The new Dowse dips out

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Charting a course to inner-city vibrancy

Reducing opening hours for both on and off-licences would not damage the "vibrancy" of Wellington. It would, however, reduce the carnage.

Demons and redemption

Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve Earle, talks about the recurring role of his parents in his music.

Anything is funny

South African comedian Trevor Noah talks about making people laugh and why it's hard to be a funny man.

World at her feet

Hot for the hits

Aloe Blacc

Playlist: October 17 - 23

The Playlist is your weekly online guide to gigs, live comedy, theatre, dance, classical, opera, galleries and museums.

Stockcars gearing up

speedway Back in the day, the Wellington Wildcats dominated stockcar racing nationally - and they may do so again.

Soda shop goes southern

Dixon St cafe Six Barrel Soda Co is now dishing up fine southern fare in a once-a-week pop-up menu.

Donkey tipped for prize

Tim Brown's many hats

Cardboard desks

Cardboard desks earn $43,000 and rising

Kickstarter for "Refold" cardboard desks has earned $43,490 in backing, with 20 days still to go.

Batsmen need to prove worth

Jimmy Neesham It's sink or swim time for NZ's newest opening pair, as the country's batting depth faces a torrid examination.

Funding bid to upgrade Basin

The Basin Reserve Trust and Cricket Wellington close to formal funding bid for refurbishment of iconic ground.

ABs depth key, says Deans

Garden-Bachop rising up ranks

Tana Umaga

Japanese bid hits snag

Sanzar's partners understood to have second thoughts about Tokyo-based team entering the competition.

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