Capital Life

Uniform-shedding plunge


Rite-of-passage at the wharf

Hundreds of Wellington schoolgirls jump off wharf to farewell uniforms.

Halloween howlers

Halloween dogs The annual "Howl-O-Ween" costume contest is gaining traction as dressing up one's pooch becomes increasingly popular.

My Secret Life: Harry Skinner

Harry Skinner One of just two Wellingtonians in the 34-strong Royal New Zealand Ballet company, dancer Harry Skinner relishes the chance to show off his home town to fellow dancers.

Sliding into popularity

Wainui hydroslide Hiria Davies was first person to go down Wainuiomata's hydroslide - fully clothed and wielding a broom at the time.

Testing time for capital

Graeme Davidson - Great Wellington Hunt Join the Great Wellington Hunt this weekend for hours of fun and aiding a great cause.

Spectacular aurora hits NZ

aurora australis Aurora Australis was out in full glory on Wednesday night which prompted many photographers to reach for their camera.

People's Choice photo winner found

You’ve voted and the winner has been crowned in our Canon Summer Pix people’s choice photo competition.

Summer Pix: The winners

Pick our Summer Pix People's Choice award

Biru, onegaishimasu!

beer blog "Biru, onegaishimasu!"

Beer up high

You can't beat Wellington on a good day.

A beery political question

Beervana: Food of the unicorns

A female view on ale

I like beer. I'm sometimes told I shouldn't like beer, or at least told what type of beer I should like, just because I am a woman.

Raglan Roast... in Wellington

caffiend, raglan roast The coffeehouse has the same kind of relaxed vibe that pervades the Roast Office in Te Uku and its sister outlet in Raglan.

Tips for top tortillas

You don't need many ingredients to make your Mexican cooking sing, chef Rodrigo Quirarte says.

Why Go Bang's the best

A fine ramen first

Perfect plunger coffee

If you've ever wondered why one brew is delicious and another is flat and bitter, a new book has the answer.

Developing the kiwi palate

Laos food Dai Phonevilay and Dal Philavong have plans for a new brand, but first they must focus on My Kitchen Rules.

A tortilla or two

It's quick and easy to make your own tortillas for these flavour-packed beef tacos.

Stick of chick

Beef at its best

Haloumi and BBQ lamb

Make the most of barbecue season with haloumi and lamb.

Biting cold cools market experience

capital market A newly opened, wind-buffeted pan-Asian food court serves up a mixed bag.

Classic hits: Olive

Olive - a stayer after 18 years - offers the full package.

Deep-fried heaven

Still a hot tamale

Lodged in luxury

For a very special lunch, David Burton discovers a remote place that ticks all the boxes.

Designs on winning - with a splash

debra delorenzo Interior designer Debra DeLorenzo has relaunched her business with a splash of colour at this year's Wellington Home & Garden show.

Chef creating buzz for bees

It's Bee Aware Month, and free-range cook Annabel Langbein is using her celebrity clout to create a buzz for the hardest working insects in the food again.

Garage brands

Thinking local, eating global

Escape to Aro Valley

Light-filled nooks and spacious living areas make this contemporary Aro Valley home a hit.

And the winners are...

WOAP The winners of our daily Visa Wellington On a Plate passes/vouchers will be listed here.

Beef, buns and beer

Gone are the days when mince and a slice of lettuce were all the ingredients you needed to make a decent burger.

Fancy a burger, or 27?

Thyme on head chef's side

Our Welly On a Plate photo winners

Here are our winners of the Visa Wellington On a Plate/ photo competition.

Donkey tipped for prize

Nicodemus the donkey "He does tricks. He can jump. And he can kick his back legs."

From Poland to Pahiatua

Seventy years ago, 733 Polish children arrived in Wellington Harbour as NZ's first official refugees.

Double prize breaks tradition

A real shirty job

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.

Improvising is great sport

IMPROV The Improvisors will take to the stage in a show that lets children get involved in live theatre these holidays.

Kiwi twist on Rapunzel

With its Kiwi twist on a traditional fairy story, Wellington's  KidzStuff Theatre for Children is performing Rapunzel these school holidays.

Go to the zoo, zoo, zoo

Plenty of Skulduggery here

Fairytale theatre a marvellous adventure

Kapitall Kids' Theatre's latest offering is a story about believing in yourself, retold with rhymes and fairytales.

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