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Rugby fans camp for test

Fans who queued all night witnessed a a particularly bloody match and an All Blacks loss against the 1956 Springboks in Wellington.

Rugby fans camped overnight outside Wellington's Athletic Park ahead of an All Blacks-Springboks test match clash in 1956.

Dame Kate a glittering icon

Dame Kate Harcourt for Partridge Jewellers.

As the new face of a jewellery campaign, Dame Kate Harcourt is shining.

New experiences just a click away

Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive David Perks with the new experience app.

Stuck on Wellington holiday ideas? This online tool makes it easy.

Tickets selling for $400 online video

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 27: Ma'a Nonu breaks through a tackle during the Super Rugby Semi Final match between the Hurricanes and the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium on June 27, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)

Tickets for Super Rugby final sell in under a minute, and scalped ones instantly appear online.

World first for Scrabble teen

John McNaughton started playing Scrabble only three years ago at a club in Waikanae. He is now the youngest to represent New Zealand in the game.

At 15, John McNaughton is the youngest player to qualify for the world championships.

Secret Welly: Kirsty Lillico

Artist Kirsty Lillico with her artworks at the opening of the exhibition Demented Architecture at City Gallery.

Sculptor Kirsty Lillico finds inspiration and materials in all kinds of places. Here are her Wellington picks.

Rioting students annex public toilets

Victoria University student Jennifer Compton is forcibly removed from the Taj Mahal by police officers.

Wellington's Taj Mahal toilets, now a pub, were occupied by Victoria University students in 1967.

New mural for Victoria St

Artist's impression of the proposed 11 metre high mural by Wellington artist David Brown painted on the side of re,SPACE, a newly refurbished exhibition and event venue on Victoria St, Wellington.

A giant geometric mural is planned as part of Wellington's Victoria Street upgrade.

Tractor tradition in Parliament protests

Bob Tizard, soon to be Labour's energy minister, draws attention to alternative fuels in June 1987. Tractors soon became a regular feature of rural protests at Parliament.

Tractors became a regular feature at Parliament after featuring in a 1987 protest.

Three months in Israel and Palestine

Sophie Goulter, 23, says she wanted her thesis to actually mean something, "and not just be 40,000 words for my mum to read".

Sophie Goulter met women working for peace in areas of conflict.

Shipwrecked boat mystery solved

Matt Wilson's yacht was shipwrecked after bad weather this month. "For me it was love at first sight. It's one of the prettiest boats I've seen."

Who owns the boat that was no match for Wellington's wind?

Wahine hit by second blow on eve of refloating

A fierce storm on May 8, 1969 broke the Wahine in three and pushed most of the hull underwater.

The doomed Wahine was hit by a second storm, ruining hopes of refloating the ship.

Spicing up the school run

In the "fireman's carry" run to school, James was carried by his father Kevin Biggins, an former volunteer fireman, while brother Thomas Biggins had to walk.

An 11-year-old raises $3600 for a disabled baby by getting to school as many ways as possible.

Sweethearts together to the end

A Wellington couple who were married 67 years couldn't bear to be apart, dying within hours of each other on Tuesday. Hugh, 94, and Joan, 92, Nees both died in their sleep of natural causes after telling family they didn't want to live without each other.

After 67 years of marriage, they couldn't live for more than a couple of hours without each other.

'The cycleway to nowhere'

The Parade residents Jane Byrne and Fiona Cockerill-Ghanem say they are not anti-cycling.

Consultation for the Island Bay Cycleway was all smoke and mirrors, say residents.

Plunket founder saves thousands of young lives

Plunket founder Frederic Truby King in 1913.

A hidden Wellington hilltop has a noble history as a pioneering Plunket maternity hospital.

From cricket to the couch

Richard Petrie: "A lot of people think you can either do what you love doing and sacrifice the money or you can have the money and do something you don't love. You can do both."

He used to play cricket for New Zealand. Now Richard Petrie teaches hundreds around the world from his lounge.

Students cook up a winner for charity

Six St Mary's College students have created a recipe book featuring recipes from famous Kiwis, to raise money for Ronald McDonald House. From left, Anna Te (16), Jodie Kerr (16), Isabella White (17), Gemma Englert (17), and Bri Davey (16).

Students' recipe book raises funds for Ronald McDonald House.

Oriental Bay sand a shifty problem

Auckland boy Bio Taleo, 6, gets buried at Oriental Bay by his cousins on Boxing Day 2005.

Golden sand has always been a foreign import to Oriental Bay, and usually a temporary one.

Tea and food matching the new craze

Museum Hotel chefs Laurent Loudeac and Camille Furminieux will be representing NZ at the Global High Tea Challenge in Sri Lanka. Ran watte tea.

Laurent Loudeac and Camille Furminieux are shattering all images of the traditional high tea feast.

Secret Welly: Briar Grace-Smith

Playwright Briar Grace-Smith who's play Nga Pou Wahine will be performed at Te Papa.

Playwright Briar Grace-Smith's reveals her favourite spots in the Wellington region.

Connecting parents with their babies

Space NZ founders Sue Pattinson and Leanne Dawson, with just some of the resources they supply to the child development programmes.

Wellington women receive recognition for helping new parents.

Fire threatens high school guns

Firefighters battle a blaze at St Patrick's College, Silverstream, in April 1939.

A fire destroyed the guns Upper Hutt college students used to train for World War II.

Too many tutus to party

The Nutcracker Open House director Deirdre Tarrant has pictures of how Kelburn looked in the past in her home.

Nutcracker show director Deirdre Tarrant is ready for a celebration.

Kelburn Pde: The road to education

An anti-apartheid protest march down Kelburn Pde before the 1970 All Black rugby tour of South Africa,

Thousands of university students have trekked wearily up Kelburn Pde.

The money or the bag?

Wellington City Mission chief executive Michelle Branney says the mission needs money as well as food to keep its services moving smoothly.

The Wellington City Mission's 2015 appeal gives the choice.

Unity wins Bookseller of the Year

Unity Books staff member Jacqui Brokenshaw is thrilled the Willis St store has won the Bookseller of the Year.

Leading Wellington store shows there is still life left in bookshops yet.

People and prosperity flow though Karori tunnel

Workers pose at the mouth of the Karori tunnel as construction began in 1897. It would take two more years to complete the disaster-prone project.

Newtown raced ahead of Karori in the 1890s, so the hill suburb set out to build a better road - but disaster ensued.

Big cat man in capital

Being charged by rhinos and coming face-to-face with a tiger is all in a day’s work for National Geographic photographer Steve Winter.

Being charged by rhinos and coming face to face with a tiger is all in a day’s work for Steve Winter.

Farewell after 34 years on air

After a 34-year broadcasting career, Bala Thompson is stepping down as presenter of Wellington’s Access Radio show Bhati Brbha.

Wellington’s Access Radio's "Bhati Brbha" presenter retires after 34 years.

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