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Craft brewers tapping into Petone's hospitality 'vibe'

Baylands beer

Craft beer brewing has returned to the Hutt Valley, with Baylands ramping up production in Petone.

A beery political question

Beer and politics

In the lead up to the election we ask party leaders some very important questions about beer.

Students draw line on human trafficking

Vic students

Students at Victoria University are making the best of their limited funds to help do some good.

Ohiro Rd's chequered history

Ohiro Rd

CHARLIE MITCHELL - The Wellingtonian

Ohiro Rd, all 3.3 kilometres of it, starts at Aro St and ends in Happy Valley with all the pleasures of Brooklyn in-between.

Matt, 17, builds Niue hospital extension

Nui hospital

Like many teens, Matt Wilson fills in free time with sport, music, mates and homework - but unlike most, he has also led a $115,000 aid mission to a Pacific island.

Break for aspiring actor

Student keeps quiet about his mute role

George Fenn

A young Wellington theatre student has been cast as lead actor in a feature film he is hoping will make his career - but is keeping tight-lipped about the details.

Muscle-building on steroids


Doping sports stars fall from lofty pedestals but experts say ordinary Kiwi gym goers are paying a different kind of price for dabbling in the world of performance and image-enhancing drugs.

'Mr Big' speaks out against steroids

Justin Rys

Wellington's one-time "Mr Big" of the body building scene is now an unlikely poster boy against "juicing".

From flour power to the Cake Tin

Grant Cole

At 19 Grant Cole was armed with political ideals, three banana boxes, flour, a plane, and a like-minded pilot.

Fritter away those savings

whitebait fritters

Save your pennies and work up an appetite - it's West Coast whitebait season again.

A beer for every season

Townshend brewery

Good craft beer isn't always about clubbing you over the head with a sack of hops.

The art of politics

Claire Robinson

A from a university office that resembles a retro lounge, Claire Robinson has emerged as a prominent political commentator.

Washed up, good to blow

Instrumental profession as a fix-it man

Brad Teal

If you peek through the window of the former Michael Fowler Gallery on Tinakori Rd you may see something quite strange - a man giving a saxophone a bath.

School performers do it by the book

Duffy Theatre

Even after seven months of performances, The Duffy Theatre performers are still full of energy.

Flying Burrito Brothers still a hot tamale

Flying Burrito Brothers

The Flying Burrito Brothers held down true Mexican food in Wellington by itself for nearly a decade.

Kids create virtual political world in Minecraft

Two 10-year-olds have created a virtual political world, complete with Beehive and miniature John Key.

Student designer turns heads at Fashion Week

Wellington designer walks it out at NZFW


A Wellington fashion student was the youngest designer to showcase at this year's New Zealand Fashion Week.

High marks for NCEA app

Wellington man and his former college teacher fill a gap in the market.

Hills are alive for young stars

Von Trapps

Mark Rayment is looking forward to surrounding himself with a young cast for the latest production of The Sound of Music.

Berries in the blood for young yoghurt champ

Yoghurt entrepreneur draws on family trade

Berry culture strap

Years of family history in berry farming is behind a new frozen yoghurt venture in Wellington.

Gabriella's home-made home


Plenty of people can only dream of their first home, but 18-year-old Gabriella Williment has built hers, and it's on wheels.

Barry's lifelong love of cars

1932 Roadster

Barry Cullen doesn't care that his 1932 Roadster is made from fibreglass and isn't the true blue article.

Mayor goes Giga with new rap video

'GigaMayor' rap seeks internet speed boost


Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett goes topless in rap video "GigaMayor" to speed up Porirua's internet.

Free curtains scheme draws in fans

Megan Hubscher

A sustainable-living organisation is making free curtains as part of outreach scheme to warm up Wellington.

Sweet success for kids in ambulance fundraiser

Kids ditch sugar for Wellington's health

Sugar free

Five young Wellingtonians resisted sugar for months in a bid to raise money for Wellington Free Ambulance.

Just be there for your kids, says Cameron

Cameron stresses the importance of family

James Camerson

Film director James Cameron says being a dad has aided in the creation of memorable fantasy worlds.

Panhead brews a ewe's milk beer

We team up with Panhead Custom Ales to make a beer that raises the baaaa.

Rugby was the winner


I'd been hoping the Backbencher might offer us a nightly special of skewered wallaby.

Sherlock Holmes' Kiwi connection

William Honeyman

William Honeyman used logical processes of detective work in his fiction and it fascinated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Ngaio Gorge Road: Only for the most daring

B/W Ngaio gorge

Kaiwharawhara Rd juts from Hutt Rd and becomes Ngaio Gorge Road as it climbs towards Khandallah.

Up close and cuddly with a rare creature

Up close and cuddly with a rare creature


Wellington Zoo is launching a new Close Encounters programme this month, with its ruffed lemurs.

How's this for a burger, me hearties?

Mouth-watering burger named a winner

Wellington's best burgers

Gone are the days when mince and a slice of lettuce were all the ingredients you needed to make a decent burger.

Young diver takes part in world championships

Anton Jenkins

Wellington diving star Anton Jenkins will take a leap at Junior World Diving Championships in Russia.

Young author never lived to see book's success


The Book of Hat by 20 year-old Harriet "Hat" Rowland topped charts, but not before she died of cancer.

Our Welly On a Plate photo winners

WOAP strap

Here are our winners of the Visa Wellington On a Plate/ photo competition.

German film festival marks the wall's fall

german strap

The German Film Festival this year will showcase 25 recent-release subtitled films from varying genres.

Shooting for the Moon in Newtown


There's a new Moon in Newtown in the form of a live music venue and pizzeria - Moon bar.

Pop-up salon offers a head for politics

Political cuts

People wanting a Peter Dunne-inspired coif or a Pita Sharples mane could finally get their wish.

How to have fun dripping in blood . . .

Comic-Con man plans to 'traumatise' fans

Comic Con

Haunted house fans can expect to leave a new Wellington pop culture festival dripping in blood.

Award-winning images on display

World Press Photo

War, natural disaster and hope for humanity key themes at World Press Photo exhibition.

Flashback - The Super Geyser that dealt death

	 Waimangu Geyser

NZ's fledgling tourism industry was dealt a blow when a Rotorua geyser erupted in 1903, killing four people.

Recipe: Pineapple and prawns

Prawns and pineapple

Pineapple and prawns make perfect partners.

A masterclass in Italian


A mix of traditional and contemporary makes for a fine feast, writes David Burton.

Hermit made way for coastal tour

Queens Drive

Queens Dr is a picturesque road, starting near the heart of Kilbirnie and spilling out onto the edge of Cook Strait.

Pay it forward

Lani Evans

Lani Evans is an entrepreneur motivated not by profit but generosity. It pays, she says.

Dumpling demand leads to new shop

Bike stall's success prompts fixed address


A new breed of "sexy" dumpling has taken the capital by storm, thanks to aficionado Vicky Ha.

ParrotDog the king of hoppy beers

Brewery's most successful NZ awards yet


ParrotDog was the only Wellington brewery to win a trophy at this year's New Zealand beer awards.

Thyme is on head chef's side

Hummingbird's Helen heads herbology class

Herbology strap

Fancy a little thyme stirred in your gin, or pine needles with that fish?

Going mad for burgers

canteen burger

Definitely the most popular feature of Visa Wellington On a Plate is Burger Wellington, where burger fans chomp through thousands of gourmet burgers and vote for their favourites.

Dining in the darkness

Charity inspired experience of 'blind eating'

Blind dining

A blindfolded dining experience was one of the sellout events of Visa Wellington On a Plate.
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