Capital Life

African beauty

Out of Africa and on to the catwalk

Comments on her outfits has lead Ghanaian-born Pinaman Owusu-Banahene to create the African Fashion Festival.

Red socks became national uniform

Red socks meant so much more than ruined laundry to any Kiwi glued to their television screens in 1995.

It's carnival time

Rain has not dampen the carnivale spirit as thousands soak up party vibes at Wellington's CubaDupa festival.

What 'broadcasting shouldn't be'

From its atrocious design and isolation to a sequinned Rodney Hide, Avalon studios had its share of disasters.

The best thing in sliced bread

For Joseph Janus, you could say that flour runs through his veins.

Off to a flying start 75 years ago

The national carrier that became Air NZ is celebrating its 75th birthday.

It could rain on CubaDupa's parade

Rain looks likely to fall on Wellington's inaugural CubaDupa festival.

When neighbours become good friends

Rosie MacLeod will be one of many firing up the barbecue this weekend to celebrate good neighbours.

Messerschmitt is all car even with wings and tailfin

Fancy owning your own Messerschmitt?

Pastry chef takes the cake

Pastry chef takes the cake at mate's wedding

It's probably no surprise that classically trained French chef Laurent Loudeac is catering his own wedding but he's wisely left the hard part – the cake – to top pastry chef David Cadoret.

'Music stole out of the latticed tower'

A great peal of sorrow and remembrance rang out over Wellington on Anzac Day 1932.

Lucas wants 'to go fast' on a bike

Five-year-old Lucas Robins, born without a calf bone and a deformed thigh bone, has ridden a bike.

Vintage fan makes Miss Pinup finals

Council worker by day and glamour girl by night, Bailey McCormack is a top 10 finalist in Miss Pinup NZ.

Maleficent flower power

Wellington gardeners' world-class win

Wellington garden designers win best in show at the world's oldest, most visited flower show.

The escape artist

Clyde the otter who went on the run

He was named after a famous criminal, and zoo otter Clyde lived up to his legend by going on the run.

Art auctions to aid Vanuatu

More than 60 artists have donated to Vanuatu charity relief auctions run by two Wellingtonians.

Big crowd watched Heston play

A plucky young sports reporter secured his future in newspapers by inviting Hollywood star Charlton Heston to play tennis in Wellington in 1966.

Reviving the Maoriland brand

Film-makers from Canada, the US, South America, Europe, Australia descend on Otaki.

Protests, pigeons, pa and public art

Te Aro Park has hosted more news-making events than its size suggests.

Duke brings surfing to NZ

Years before Kelly Slater, Duke Kahanamoku ruled the waves. 100 years ago he brought surfing to NZ.

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