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Capital Day

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.

Shooting for the Moon


There's a new Moon in Newtown in the form of a live music venue and pizzeria - Moon bar.

Salon offers slice of politics

Political cuts

People wanting a Peter Dunne-inspired coif or a Pita Sharples mane could finally get their wish.

Get your 'sexy dumplings'

Bike stall's success prompts fixed address


A new breed of "sexy" dumpling has taken the capital by storm, thanks to aficionado Vicky Ha.

Thyme on head chef's side

Hummingbird's Helen heads herbology class

Herbology strap

Fancy a little thyme stirred in your gin, or pine needles with that fish?

'Chimp' exhibits arty talent

Chimp ash sisson

A can-do attitude and a love of skating is propelling a young Wellington artist to early success.

Food, film just the ticket

Silver screen's Middle-earth joins food fest

Roxy food and film

Middle-earth is coming to the Roxy for an event that combines two of the things Wellington does best.

Pupcake Day for SPCA

SPCA cupcake pupcake day

Pets and their owners eat cake for a worthy cause today, thanks to SPCA Cupcake Day.

Athlete could lift McCaw

CrossFit cup calls on heavweight all-star

Crossfit Lauren Fisher

Lauren Fisher weighs just 61kg, but can lift 110kg - apparently 4kg more Richie McCaw weighs.

Fixing computers for free

Fred Alvrez

This weekend may offer a light at the end of the tunnel for those with painfully slow computers.

New light cast on city

Marcus McShane

Thirty-two lluminated installations will light up Wellington's waterfront.

Interactive political debate

The smart way to engage young voters

voter apps

Two online campaigns are encouraging young voters to ask away in order to get off the fence and vote.

Beer bar marks milestone


Turning 21 marks the entry to adulthood, but Wellington beer bar The Malthouse is already a grand old gentleman.

Groups keen to enhance Zealandia halo

Kelvin Hastie

The pest-free "halo" around the Zealandia sanctuary is being extended to Crofton Downs, thanks to a $5000 gift from the Morgan Foundation.

Yoga practitioners get on board

Yoga strap

For most of us, a downward-facing dog or a Sun salutation is hard enough - let alone trying them while balancing on a paddleboard.

Gift store opening a new chapter


Parson's bookstore closed after 56 years, but the space has been reborn as a gift shop.

Mixing film with rugby

Director calls on NZers to Do More for ABs


Director Taika Waititi is bringing together his passions for film and rugby with a unique project called Do More.

Pillorying the politicians

Beehive comedy

An extravaganza of impersonation, singing, dancing and voting is coming to Circa theatre this month.

Coming of age

City Gallery

City Gallery is cutting a birthday cake to celebrate 21 years in its Civic Square building.

Hunting and gathering

Gen Taylor

Wellington chefs are turning hunter-gatherer in their quest for unique ingredients.

Old phones help new arrivals

Ben Sigmund

Old cellphones can be put to good use to help Wellington's young and most vulnerable residents.

Taking a polar plunge

polar plunge

Katie and Josh Mort will be among dozens of brave Wellingtonians kicking off their winter woollies to take a mid- winter dip at The Petone Winter Carnival tomorrow.

Ranger's island life 'gets under the skin'

Genevieve Spargo

Ranger Genevieve Spargo finds she's too busy on Kapiti Island to be lonely.

Actor sinks teeth into campaign

Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

A What We Do In the Shadows star has sunk his teeth into a campaign to save the Maui's dolphins.

Proud city doormen

Kirks doorman

When Neville Wellbourn became a Kirkcaldie & Stains doorman, he didn't realise he would also become an unofficial guide to the city.

Pass the pies

Siggy's pies

A delicious combination of tasty ingredients encased in golden puff pastry is up for a national pie award.

Tuning in to the people's wavelength

samoa capital radio

Tufue Fiso was surprised when boys from his church shouted out, "Hey, we listened to you on the radio!"

Running hot

Completing an epic desert marathon

Florence Reynolds

Florence Reynolds had never run a full marathon before tackling 219 kilometres across a desert so dry that even the insects stay clear.

Coasting into Dine award final

Samuel North

That weird guy collecting seaweed on Wellington's south cast is one of the city's top chefs.

Sorting the NZ Art Show's Top 10

NZ Art SHow

Cruise ship passengers at the CentrePort terminal have been temporarily replaced by bubble wrap and art enthusiasts.

Musician catches the organ bug early

Thomas Gaynor

For young musician Thomas Graynor, grinding away on the organ for 10 hours at a stretch is all in a day's work.

Cars shift focus to moving art

Shyft cars

Car-sharing initiative Shyft to launch in Wellington with two cars wrapped in artwork.

Rising to the baking challenge

Twist and Bake bake club

A group of Wellington dancers is rising to Bake Club challenge and encouraging others to do so too.

Busking for Bob coming from the heart

Lochie Noble

Bob Dylan may be the voice of a generation but it's not one 13-year- old Lochie Noble belongs to.

Jose puts his stamp on football

Jose Vattoth

Few football fanatics celebrated the beautiful game the way Jose Vattoth does.

Bear a baton, brew a beer

Orchestra Wellington

To some it will sound like a nightmare, to others a dream come through - a chance to conduct Orchestra Wellington.

Busted at the Beatles concert

Beatles Fan

A newspaper photo was the undoing of four teenage Beatles fans' who attended the Fab Four's concert 50 years ago.

From bracelets to limited edition clothes

Tymone Winter

Thirty years after making and selling friendship bracelets, Tymone Winter is launching a new fashion label.

Schools smarten up

Parents stay app-to-date

School smartphone app

Smartphone technology is helping schools to report absences and check events.

Asian accolade in a strong market


Horowhenua's Ohau Wines have picked up a prestigious international wine award, an encore after winning the same award two years ago.

Marathon leaves mark on runner

brendan quirke

A brutal race around the base of Mt Everest was "just bit of a holiday" for one Wellington man.

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