Capital Day

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

Plating up a puff pastry and beer combo

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.

Air, air for radio veteran

Justin du Fresne

Veteran Wellington radio host Justin du Fresne has been given a right roasting at a star-studded farewell lunch.

Over and above the call of duty

Aaron and Adam Flynn

A regular day on the job took a dramatic turn for Aaron Flynn when he helped rescue a woman from her burning house.

Writers inspired by Te Papa

Te Papa stories

Ever imagined what it would be like getting lost in a museum after hours?

Determination moves marathoners

Wellington marathon

Richard Clark succumbed to motor neuron disease, but his never-say-die spirit will live on in Sunday's Wellington marathon.

Sinking her teeth into debut role

Ethel Robinson

Ethel Robinson has come out of the shadows for her film debut, in a vampire mockumentary.

Behind bars for the day

Unlocking policing mysteries

Tusha Penny

To see the inside of a police cell, you would normally have to commit a crime - but not today.

Charity bid has bags of appeal

Wellington City Mission

Now in its eighth year, Wellington City Mission's annual brown paper bag food drive has taken off.

Make way for the king

Meet Paraparaumu's #1 Elvis impersonator


Murray Johnson is a baker by night, a sleeper by afternoons, and a lover of all things Elvis in between.

Puppies set for last bark

Ian Jorgensen

First it was Mighty Mighty, now it's Puppies.

From hobby to creative job

Richard Parker


The work of some of the country's top editorial illustrators and cartoonists features in a new exhibition.

Young winners in charge

St Marys girls out to defend stage title

Stage Challenge Wellington

Thirteen schools from the Wellington region will compete in Stage Challenge this week, aimed at bringing communities together and motivating young people to engage in positive and healthy lifestyles.

Trekkers' pledge to teen guide

Lo Thi Lem's home

A trek through Vietnam left a couple of Kiwis so heartbroken at the living conditions that they hatched a plan to help out.

Fired up to cater to the masses

firetruck bbq

A red mobile restaurant is patrolling the streets, extinguishing Wellingtonians' hunger with food fresh off the barbecue.

Skaters petition to get under cover

Skate petition

A group of skate and scooter aficionados from Northland are taking to the streets to petition council to build a covered skate park.

Energy goes into winning ideas

Green pupils

While adults are still arguing about climate change, a new generation is committed to a green future.

Being big no bar catwalk

Lizy Crook

When Lizy Crook was first asked to try plus-size modelling, she wasn't offended, she was thrilled.

The best seat in the house

Ray Cowles

After having a blast volunteering at three sevens weekends and the Rugby World Cup, Ray Cowles has made sure his name is on the list of applicants to help out at the Cricket World Cup next year.

Grand Traverse vet bounces back

grand traverse 2014

It was after being airlifted to hospital with several broken ribs that Derek Christensen decided he wanted to help make the Porirua Grand Traverse happen.

Waiting becomes an art form

Victoria Singh

In a vacant shop space in Cuba St, Wellington performance artist Victoria Singh has created a pause in the heartbeat of the capital.

Unusual mixed media

Dimitri Howard

Wellington artist Dimitri Howard has ink in his veins - and ink takes centre stage at an exhibition at Matchbox Gallery.

Feeding her passion for French

Nathalie Buckrell

French-born Nathalie Buckrell is one of the many Wellingtonians looking forward to the 2014 French Film Festival.

Top barista aiming high

Nick Clark

New Zealand barista champion Nick Clark is entering the competition again, and has his eye on being the best in the world.

Inspiration for young scribes

Kathryn Carmody

Running Writers Week, Kathryn Carmody is in a great position to encourage the next generation of bibliophiles.

It's the audiences that make it work

Kerry Prendergast

Kerry Prendergast, who has been part for the NZ Festival team since 1994, tell us what makes the event unique.

When Wrong feels so right

Gaylene Preston

Thirty years ago Gaylene Preston was an unknown film-maker when she made her first feature-length movie.

A chance for locals dancers to shine

Karori ballerinas

Twelve young dancers are on their toes with six metre-high puppets in a New Zealand Festival show.

Fall guys recall skydiving days

wellington skydivers

When Wellington Skydivers Club decided on a reunion, the veterans jumped at the chance.

Ghostly show traces the past


Ryan Smith's fascination with the supernatural led to the creation of Fringe show Traces: Ghosts from the Archives.

Experience a carless capital

Claire Pascoe

It's a simple concept - close a road to vehicles and open it up for the people. It's taken off around the world, and on Sunday, it's Wellington's turn.

Teachers get top marks

Fran Wilde and Celia Wade-Brown

Whether they developed a passion that shaped your career, or were the only ones who helped you crack maths, inspiring teachers are figures we will never forget.

Making it in America now

Isaac James

Young Wellington film-maker Isaac James Tereina Cleland's first short film has selected for two international festivals.

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