Capital Life

IHC Art Awards winner has it all sewn up

Chris Wills' intricate cross-stitch map of New Zealand won him first prize of $5000.

Give him the blueprint and he'll stitch it in to the real world.

New interisland ferry fails to impress

John McAlpine, Minister of Railways, cuts the ribbon to allow the first car to drive off the Aramoana after its maiden crossing from Wellington to Picton on August 13, 1962.

The newspaper sport of ferry-bashing was invented in 1962 when the interislander Aramoana was plagued with problems.

Wellingtonian preserves messages from the trenches

Wellington man Glenn Reddiex with his postcard collection. He has released a book of postcards from World War I.

Glenn Reddiex researches history by collecting postcards, especially World War I postcards.

What's On in Wellington

Victor Victorious (Eli Joseph),  Rachel Rouge, Daniel John Smith & Emma Wollum from The Menagerie variety show which returns to the Fringe Bar on August 29.

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

Cafe Scene

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.

Hot choc hero: Gotham's sweet success

Lower Hutt's Gotham Cafe won the city's inaugural Sweet As Hutt Hot Chocolate Challenge.  The cafe team is, from left, owners Isabella and Steve Wang, Danielle Patterson, Jordan Miller and Tyla Greenwood.

Hot chocolate with a butterscotch twist has taken out the inaugural Sweet As Hutt Hot Chocolate Challenge.

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

Best feet forward for 30 years video

Footnote New Zealand Dance founder Deirdre Tarrant and dancers.

Footnote Dance celebrates its anniversary with a world premiere show.

My Secret Wellington: Neil Pardington

Neil Pardington with the logo he designed for his sister, Fiona's, art exhibition.

Where do you go to feel inspired?

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