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Aussie Rules and toads in blenders

Andy Lee is in Wellington to support the Carlton Blues, as they take on the St Kilda Saints in an Anzac Day AFL match at Westpac Stadium today.

Comedian Andy Lee talks about AFL, meeting Hamish Blake, and Gap Year moments.

Turkish hero remembered

It was a bleak, chilly day when a memorial Kamal Ataturk was unveiled in Wellington 25 years ago.

Anzac beers in short supply

Pan Pacific from Garage Project is an Anzac biscuit beer.

OPINION: The lack of New Zealand beers to commemorate the Gallipoli anniversary is disappointing.

She's a hero for animals in need video

Carolyn Press-McKenzie set up HUHA, Helping You Helping Animals. She has a menagerie of animals at her Kaitoke property, including a pack of 12 dogs.

She has rescued circus animals, saved more dogs than you can throw a stick for and given mouth to beak resuscitation.

Our maligned Anzac hero

Lieutenant Colonel William Malone in 1914-15

William Malone was hated by his men and despised by his superiors. He would become one of our greatest war heroes.

Wellington Anzac events

Check out the Wrights Hill Fortress tunnels during their double open day tomorrow and Sunday.

Capital Day looks at just some of the ways to commemorate the Anzacs this weekend.

Secret Welly: Nicole Andrews

Nicole Andrews, musician and songwriter.

Musician Nicole Andrews lists her favourite things in the capital.

Comic's year of living dangerously

Steve Wrigley is returning to Wellington for the New Zealand Comedy Festival that starts next week.

Steve Wrigley talks about his year off, changing nappies and building block towers.

Spectacular fireball creates dive site

The former HMNZS Wellington is sunk in a blaze of flame off Island Bay in 2005, becoming a living reef for divers.

A former navy frigate was blown up spectacularly off Wellington's south coast in 2005 to create a world-class dive spot.

Polish orphans end epic journey

A New Zealand soldier helps a Polish orphan settle into a refugee camp at Pahiatua in 1944.

A boatload of war-stricken Polish orphans were welcomed to Wellington in 1944.

All set for mystery challenge

Wellington Girls College year 13 student Alice Ross, 17,  brushes up on her vehicle knowledge in preparation for an Amazing Race-type challenge on the waterfront on Thursday.

Wellington Girls' College students hyped for an Amazing Race-style challenge on the waterfront.

Lonely Planet giveaway

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Make My Day Paris

Create your perfect day with Lonely Planet's new mix-and-match guidebook series, Make My Day.

Wellington chimps buy Anzac poppies

A chimpanzee from Wellington Zoo buys a poppy from RSA collector K M Bennett in April 1957.

Chimpanzees saved their pocket money for war veterans ahead of Anzac Day, 1957.

Paddy the pooch went to war

Paddy was an Irish terrier who was the mascot of the Wellington Battalion. He is seen here during an inspection by Prime Minister William Massey at Vauchelles, France, on 30 June 1918.

Brave Paddy the Irish terrier bounced back from shell shock at Gallipoli and made it to the Western Front.

Kiwi students kit out AFL team

Visual communication design students Harmony Repia, left, and Gili Sharrock  show Ben Davies of St Kilda Football Club their commemorative guernsey design to be worn at Westpac Stadium on Anzac Day by St Kilda players.

The St Kilda Aussie Rules team will be wearing a very special top in Wellington on Anzac Day.

Secret Welly: Michel Tuffery

Artist Michel Tuffery, with his favourite train, Cyclops.

Artist makes sweeping discoveries about Pacific Island soldiers who served in WW I.

Top builders wanted

Ryan Lake won the Wellington regional apprentice of the year last year and is encouraging others to enter.

New Zealand carpentry apprentices are being urged to show off their skills and talent in this year's Apprentice of the Year competition.

Historic first flight over Cook Strait

Pilot Euan Dickson, left, after his Cook Strait flight in August 1920. With him are his passengers, aviation administrator CH Hewlett, centre, and engineer JE Moore.

The celebrated flight over Cook Strait in 1920 was a blow to three pilots who planned to claim the record the next day.

Wellington's blockbuster premiere gallery

Lord of the Rings director, writer and producer Peter Jackson waves to fans during the Return of the King premiere parade.

A crowd of 100,000 crammed onto Courtenay Place in 2003 to see Lord of the Rings stars at the third film's world premiere.

Paint the park red

Siv Fjaerestad sits with one of the many art works being painted on Macalister and Liardet St parks.

Put on a blindfold, grab a paintbrush and be part of a new Wellington public artwork.

Glenmore St changes

Herding sheep on Glenmore St by the Botanic Gardens in the 1930s.

Glenmore St is filled with beauty today. But that wasn't always the case.

Moral campaigner the fiercest bar nun

Patricia Bartlett, former nun and founder of Wellington's Society for the Protection of Community Standards, pictured in 1992.

A Wellington nun became a moral crusader and thorn in the side of politicians for 25 years.

Anchorman star in Wellington

American actor David Koechner is impressed with the Wellington comedy scene.

"I’m diggin’ the town, and I’m diggin' the comedy," says David Koechner.

Starman Bowie lands in Porirua

Pop star David Bowie gets a translation of a Maori welcome speech from Porirua marae elder Mark Metekingi, while to the right, Taukiri Thomason does the same for Bowie's long-time companion Coco Schwab.

Porirua had never seen the likes of it before: pop chameleon David Bowie landed on the marae one day in 1983.

Red hot at home

Babich Irongate Cabernet Merlot Franc 2013 and Villa Maria Cellar Selection Organic Merlot 2013.

Kiwis can't get enough of cabernets, merlots and malbecs from Hawke's Bay - here's some top picks.

Karen Walker does perfumes

Kiwi designer Karen Walker teamed up with French fragrance experts to release this trio of scents.

Kiwi designer teams up with top French fragrance experts to release a trio of signature scents. 

Give and take at Trading Post

Ange Holtslag, creator of Trading Post in Jackson St, Petone, where people can simply leave things or take what they need.

It's all a matter of give and take at the Petone Community Depot.

Hopstock fest keeps it fresh

Kereru Brewery's assistant brewer Alex Bartley Nees with their 2015 Hopstock beer, an English-style bitter.

Craft breweries have paired with Wellington bars to celebrate the New Zealand hop harvest.

Pounds make way for dollars

Eric Vallance of the Reserve Bank feeds the furnace with redundant banknotes on July 19, 1968.

Redundant pound notes were burned after the transition to decimal currency on July 10, 1967.

Who gives a hoot for dead teen?

A gruesome murder was not on dignitaries' minds at the opening of the Mount Victoria Tunnel in 1931.

A gruesome murder may be the reason why drivers toot in Wellington's Mt Victoria tunnel.

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