Capital Day

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.

SPCA opens its doors

Public invited to check out Fever Hospital digs

Wellington SPCA

The public has been invited to see Wellington SPCA's new home at a grand opening this weekend.

Hey, hey, it's the monkeys

Claire Hopkins

A new exhibition of fruit at City Gallery is encouraging Wellingtonians to get creative and compose.

Audience to become shipwrecked

Paul Stephanus

Paul Stephanus is taking theatre onto an island with his latest production, A Tempest off Matiu-Somes Island.

Ozy up for jar record

Ozy the octopus

Ozy the ''precocious'' octopus is a record-breaker after being possibly the first of his species to open a jar in less than 60 seconds.

Identity found in lighthouse

Pencarrow lighthouse

Wellingtonians are being given the chance to take an exclusive look inside the historic Pencarrow Head Lighthouse.

What's on: December 27


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Cancer support role 'the best'

Fiona Pearson

In 1988, Fiona Pearson became the fourth member of staff at the Cancer Society and the first to have a role in supportive care.

From a window to a shop shelf

Jam Sandwiches

The story of a boy with Down syndrome who influences the world through his bedroom window is going on widespread sale.

Young riders hit bike trails

Mountain Bike

Watch yourself while ambling down a mountainbiking trail or you may be bowled over by a seven-year-old.

Battle of the Bavarian bands


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Bavarian-style brass bands will do battle this weekend when Munich music comes to the Wellington waterfront.

Get snapping 'light and dark'


Carter Observatory has launched its first photography competition - with the theme of 'Light and Dark'.

Big Burger Bunfight is on

Big Burger Bunfight

Burgers. They're the grab-on-the-go meal that and has now moved from the fast food joint to the high-end restaurant.

Director sinks teeth into film

Deadly Ponies Gang

The Deadly Ponies Gang blurs the lines between fact and fiction - and does so with two loveable gang members from west Auckland.

Putting fun back in dancing


At No Lights No Lycra, you can truly dance as if no-one's watching.

Student quake army mobilises

Wellington Student Volunteer Army

The call went out and more than 350 responded: The Wellington Student Volunteer Army is ready for action.

From gopher to film star

The Sleeping Plot

A film-maker's 10-year-old daughter proved the star of the show in his award-winning short film.

Cue for supernatural drama


The public are getting the chance to look for ghosts at Downstage Theatre.

Scheme fosters love of reading

Fairfax First Books

It took a while to hand them out, but preschoolers at Waitangirua Kindergarten couldn't wait to get their hands on their new books.

Wrestling shark vid makes finals

Wrestling shark

Wellingtononian Gerry Paul's video for his song Hank the Wrestling Shark, is a finalist for What Now's competition.

Hot demand for high tea


Wearing a frock, swiping on some lippy and being served dainty treats on a tiered tray with cups of fragrant tea – high tea is so much more than afternoon tea.

Free food outlet to reopen


Hungry Wellingtonians in search of a free lunch should be able to have their fill again this summer.

Brooching the subject of time


Forget the iPhone and the classic wristwatch - for one designer, the new way to know the hour is on a brooch.

Spirits high as Dry July looms

Dry July

Wellington Hospital oncology social worker Justin Gulliver is one of more than 2000 people taking part in a campaign to give up alcohol for a month.

Take part in backyard bird survey


The seventh annual Garden Bird Survey gets under way today - play your part here.

Colourful shop to close its doors


Manners St shop Kwanzaa, which sells African artefacts, fabrics and jewellery, is closing its doors on Monday.

Young leaders' work for others gets recognition

Young leaders

Five of the capital's young leaders have been recognised for their voluntary work.

Wellington sparkles on US TV

Verizon Sparklers

Wellington has become the backdrop of a new big-budget ad being screened on United States TV.

Film fans farewell dreams

Wellington film

The scene is set for the last film to be processed in New Zealand, with just three days left for a young crew to make history.

Jewellery artist has a creative royal crush

Georgia Clack

Fun, vibrant and interactive is how 25-year-old jewellery designer Georgia Clack describes her exhibition.

Eyes like saucers for Aurora Jean


Madeline Whitaker had an 11th birthday to remember when she got to name one of Wellington Zoo's newest residents.

Blood donor's kick in the giving

Blood donor

New Zealanders are bloody good at giving blood. So much so that the country is self-sufficient in its blood needs.

Reselling designer clothes online

Steph Lumsden

The business of selling second- hand clothes online has proved the perfect startup for Steph Lumsden.

5000 teddies comfort children

5000 teddies

Five thousand teddy bears have comforted sick children as they undergo surgical procedures.

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