Capital Life

National memories erased by fire

Charred government records damaged in the Hope Gibbons fire are still held by Archives New Zealand, but countless documents were destroyed completely.

Precious historical records fluttered aflame through Wellington as a storage building burned in 1952.

What's On in Wellington: Sept 3-10

The Phoenix Foundation are playing at San Fran in Cuba St on Sept 18 at 8pm. Tickets $35 from

Music, comedy, art and sports. Here's what's on this week.

The onesie to save lives

Wellington designer Sophie Voon has created a modern onesie for Wellington Free Ambulance's annual appeal.

It's not furry, doesn't cover every inch of skin from wrists to ankles and could proudly be worn in public.

Statue man's still life

Living statue Kit Stevens spends up to four hours a day not moving.

This man's so skilled you could walk past and never notice him.

Cafe Scene

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.

Cool cafe in the 'burbs

Coolsville Trading Post, Hataitai, is a mix of kitsch and Kiwi congeniality.

With a "Piss Off: We're Closed" sign in the window and a surly-looking cartoon racoon face stencilled on the door, Hataitai's Coolsville Trading Post offers up the blend of kitsch and kiwi congeniality that a Wellington eatery needs.

Restaurant Reviews

The Arborist nails it

The Arborist.

The fare, service and atmosphere at The Arborist is anything but wooden.

Italian on the cheap

One thing to try: Zabaglione

Say a prayer for some authenticity at Vatican.

capital day

Heritage-listed hall gets refit

Housing New Zealand is refurbishing the hall at the centre of the Berhampore's Centennial Flats. Project manager Martin Chastney, left, and resident MacMillian Tollo.

Community space revamp for Wellington's first multi-unit state housing block.

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.

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