Capital Day

Dreaming of Europe

Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield shares her holiday plans.

Justin Lester's perfect summer


Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester shares his holiday plans.

Slap on those sunnies

A bit of Kiwi ingenuity is helping people keep track of their sunglasses.

Giveaway: NZ Sale $500 voucher

Capital Day has a $500 voucher to give away.

Glorious food at the waterfront

Wellington's waterfront will be dotted with trucks selling affordable food this summer, from Sichuan specialties to empanadas and sandwiches.

New look, fresh sound

Teresa Bergman returns home a star

Teresa Bergman started writing songs when she was 9, sang in award-winning barbershop quartets from 14, and made it into the finals of 2005's New Zealand Idol at 18.

Santa's little helpers

Spreading Christmas cheer to the needy

Santa hasn't forgotten those families whose cupboards are bare in the leadup to Christmas.

Festive diners give back

Diners are being asked to think about those less fortunate when they eat out this festive season.

Capital blows Empire away

Their Spiegeltent of circus, comedy and burlesque will be in Wellington for one more week.

Giveaway: Les Mills membership

New Zealand’s largest and most awarded gym chain is giving Wellington workers the chance to work out and get fit in the brand new Les Mills Lambton Quay

Gollum & goblin full of sweetness

If all cakes looked as grotesque as Christine Jeffery's Goblin King, waistlines everywhere would probably be better off.

WCC leaves tree

Girl's plea saves wayward cypress

A little girl's tearful plea has unknotted the red tape of local government, proving that even the most bureaucratic of institutions can have a heart.

Bringing it all back home

They went from humble beginnings at Tawa College to winning gold at the barbershop world championships - now the Musical Island Boys are coming home.

Tuatara's taste temple

Workshop, gym, brothel, now it's a microbrewery

Heritage building saved from destruction nearly a decade ago is reborn as a microbrewery.

Yeastie Boys crowdfund $500k IPO

Wellington beer brewer Yeastie Boys will make an IPO $500,000 through crowdfunding.

Artists' message in a mini hut

People are leaving little notes for each other all over Wellington thanks to two Mt Cook artists.

High-flier ready for wind

Nitro Circus' Travis Pastrana is set for Wellington

One of the world's craziest action sports athletes, 17-times X Games medallist Travis Pastrana, is returning to the capital with his Nitro Circus crew.

Kakapo support is more than skin deep

When Sally Millar decided to ditch her corporate career and open a tattoo studio, shifting from Melbourne to Wellington was a no-brainer.

Turning the tables on a new concoction

Elbowroom collective are creating a pop-up gallery that combines, art, furniture, food, and conversation.

Chance to help Conrad Smith save lives

Wellington kids have chance to run with celebrated athletes and raise money for children in poverty.

Musicians raise funds for needy

A group of Wellington musicians are coming together to help make Christmas better for the city's homeless.

Drama at the Irish club

The Wellington Irish Society is open for drama.

Coming home to Nest

Helping Wellington's homeless women

What do a former Wellingtonian of the Year, Sister Marcellin Wilson, shop owner Mary Self and a handstitched quilt titled "Nest" have in common?

Raising the bar with new cocktail

Charley Noble worker eyes NZ trophy

Charley Noble's Lorietta Bahr hopes popular South American drink will help her become NZ's cocktail-making champion.

Road trip hits speed bump

Webisodes on the road take it slow in Otaki

Steve Porteous and Jenny Lindberg show people how to slow down their lives and live close to nature.

'All the fixings'

Wellington's US Embassy laid on a traditional Thanksgiving feast for the poor today.

Cafe of the Year contest heats up

Competition fierce for national hospitality title

Loyal customers are watching with interest as their favourite eateries go head to head.

The Ego has landed for 7 Days show

The Friday night TV comedy show 7 Days is taking to the road on a national tour.

Kids' spirit spurred cancer boss on

It has been a long road, and tears have been shed. Now Ronald McDonald House chief executive Lesley Slieker is stepping down after 13 years in the job.

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".

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