Capital Day

Bringing violence to heel

Police 'walk mile in their shoes' to raise awareness

A group of Wellington police staff have found that the art of walking in high heels is harder than it looks.

Beating the drums for Womad

The Wellington Batucada band could be drumming and whistling their way to next year's Womad festival.

North v South in crafty taste-off

Forget the Ranfurly Shield - there's a more prestigious prize on the line.

Fun guys show art at Taipei exhibition

What started as a protest against the Wellington inner-city bypass has turned into an international publishing business for two ex-pats.

Popping in from Cork

Irish musician coming into Aotearoa blind

What Irish singer-songwriter Mick Flannery knows about New Zealand could be captured on a postcard - but perhaps one day we may hear it in a song.

Gym granny inspires

Elderly fitness junkie's 32-year dedication

This jazzercise lover was born in the Jazz Age - meet Wellington's 90-year-old gym bunny.

Help here for challengers

An estimated 4000 Wellingtonians are expected to make the trip north this month for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - and some are bound to slip up.

Cutouts counter abuse

Cardboard 'buddies' raise awareness of child abuse

Wellington will play host to hundreds of life-size cardboard children on Friday, as the fourth annual Buddy Day kicks off.

Monastery lifts the curtain

Hidden community to open twice weekly


"A lot of Wellingtonians get the feeling that no-one lives here - that this place is uninhabited."

Coming out of the shadows

Comedian's last show before heading to Hollywood

What We Do in the Shadows' Cori Gonzalez-Macuer goes from Wellywood to Hollywood.

Shorty St to Wellywood

Soap star doc joins ukulele orchestra

Soap star Amanda Billing has ditched her doctor's coat for a ukulele.

Brain bleed is no barrier

This dad won't let paralysis stop him running

Richard Warwick

Thirty-four years ago, at the age of 16, a brain bleed paralysed the left half of Richard Warwick's body.

Rory wants company on wellbeing walk

One post-grad student is doing his part to raise awareness of mental health with a fund-raising walk.

Chopper's back


Catch up with Aussie comedian Chopper, who is returning to our shores with a new show.

Halloween howlers

Canine costumes becoming popular

Halloween dogs

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

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.

Developing the kiwi palate

MKR semifinalists hope for Laotian flavour range

Laos food

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

Soda shop goes southern

Six Barrel's open evenings a movable feast

Six Barrel

Dixon St cafe Six Barrel Soda Co is now dishing up fine southern fare in a once-a-week pop-up menu.

Donkey tipped for prize

Nicodemus is a secret weapon in Lamb & Calf Day

Nicodemus the donkey

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

From Poland to Pahiatua

NZ's first refugees join Polish celebration

Celebrating Everything Polish

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

Double prize breaks tradition

Old boys

St Patrick's College breaks long tradition, anoints two former students as joint "old boys of the year".

A real shirty job

Lukes Lane

One hundred years ago, the Wellington Town Hall became a hub of shirt-sewing for soldiers of World War I.

Imagination takes flight

Wings of treasured memories add a final WOW


Design featuring hundreds of photos from the public closes out 2014 World of WearableArt season.

From infantry to GG

Jerry Mateparae

A photograph of a dashing young man in military garb, armed with gun and a moustache, topped a 1975 article in The Sports Post newspaper.

Turning the tables on city diners

MKR Wellington team

If you were to sum up the quintessential Wellington couple, then Steve Goodman and Maura Rigby would be it.

Playful art helped focus troubled mind

Fraser Hofffe

For Fraser Hoffe, art is more than just a hobby - it's helped him construct a life through tougher times.

Artisan market makes it


Laurie Sanders' retirement plan did not involve bowls, gardening or pottery, but creation of a village market.

Poodle has racing blood

Greyhound transfusion saves poisoned poodle

pooch transfusion

Former racing greyhound's blood now runs through veins of Charlie the poodle.

Brew to stitch Sudan crisis

Lord's brew

Jesus Christ apparently turned water into wine. Now a Wellington man turns beer into sewing machines.

Waterfront spot to inspire artist

Christian Thompson

Australian artist Christian Thompson will be taking up residence at one of Wellington's most desirable spots.

JK aims to help teenagers

John Kirwan

Former All Black Sir John Kirwan is journeying even further into the darkness with his latest book.

Weta celebrates 20 years

Weta capital day

Weta Digital and Weta Workshop are marking 20 years of creatively bringing fantastical creatures to life.

Homework inspires win

Fair Bake tart earns mum a pastry experience

Fair bake

Homework assignment has turned into baking success for a Wellington mum.

Artist embraces his two nations

Samin Son

A Korean artist is being reborn as a Wellingtonian.

Building up a sustainable thirst

Megan Stephens of Social Lab

A university sustainability project has become a popular green activity "Social Lab".

Trapeze costs still too high

Group tries to get off the ground

Wellington tranpeze

Some Wellingtonians are hoping for high flying feats, seeking funding for a $25,000 permanent trapeze.

Get yourself locked up ... for fun

Escape Mate

In a vault in the centre of Wellington, escape is the name of the game as willing participants are locked up.

Bolt the robot takes on Australia

Bolt Robot

A team of Wellington engineering students are hoping Bolt the robot has what it takes to beat the Aussies.

Dougal the dog's awesome work

Dougal the Dog

For Annabelle Tye, her dog Dougal is so much more than a best friend.

Records reveal soldier's path

WWI records

A suitcase filled with postcards and letters tells the the story of a young World War I soldier.

The hospital that Matt built

Nui hospital

Like many teens, Matt Wilson fills in free time with sport, music, mates and homework - but unlike most, he has also led a $115,000 aid mission to a Pacific island.

Actors finish 7-month booking

Duffy Theatre

Even after seven months of performances, The Duffy Theatre performers are still full of energy.

Hills are alive for young stars

Von Trapps

Mark Rayment is looking forward to surrounding himself with a young cast for the latest production of The Sound of Music.

Leggett's lyrics for less lag

'GigaMayor' rap seeks internet speed boost


Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett goes topless in rap video "GigaMayor" to speed up Porirua's internet.

Free curtains draw in fans

Megan Hubscher

A sustainable-living organisation is making free curtains as part of outreach scheme to warm up Wellington.

Sweet success

Kids ditch sugar for Wellington's health

Sugar free

Five young Wellingtonians resisted sugar for months in a bid to raise money for Wellington Free Ambulance.

Film-maker and top dad

Cameron stresses the importance of family

James Camerson

Film director James Cameron says being a dad has aided in the creation of memorable fantasy worlds.

Zoo launches lemur lunch

Up close and cuddly with a rare creature


Wellington Zoo is launching a new Close Encounters programme this month, with its ruffed lemurs.

Jenkins takes on World Champs

Anton Jenkins

Wellington diving star Anton Jenkins will take a leap at Junior World Diving Championships in Russia.

A different face of Germany

german strap

The German Film Festival this year will showcase 25 recent-release subtitled films from varying genres.

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