Capital Life

Mana Island a sanctuary and deathtrap gallery

A topographical map commissioned in 1873 by the government's first tenant farmer, John Fortescue.

Tiny Mana Island has a big history, hosting legendary explorer Kupe and launching New Zealand's wool industry.

Shaken not stirred, and in high spirits

Bartender Ray Letoa preparing his winning cocktail at CoCo at the Roxy, where he has worked since 2011

Ray Letoa has shaken and stirred his way to the top of a Wellington cocktail competition.

Getting back to being a kid

Cancer survivor Zariah Kahui-Riddler, 6, was joined at Camp Quality by her sister Kalia Kahui, 11.

The kids at Camp Quality have one thing in common, they have all survived cancer.

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.

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

Getting back to being a kid

Cancer survivor Zariah Kahui-Riddler, 6, was joined at Camp Quality by her sister Kalia Kahui, 11.

The kids at Camp Quality have one thing in common, they have all survived cancer.

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.

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