Capital Day

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.

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.

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