Capital Life

Dance group rises to 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.

Flashback: Miss Universe win a life-changing moment

"Miss New Zealand is Miss Universe."

Lorraine Downes

Lorraine Downes was 19 when she arrived in St Louis. She left an international celebrity.

Busking for Bob coming from the heart

Lochie Noble

Bob Dlyan may be the voice of a generation but it's not one 13-year- old Lochie Noble belongs to.

Baby Boomers ruined Facebook

OPINION: Danielle Heyns loves her parents. They can't help it that their generation ruined Facebook.

Down to the bone

Duke Carvell's

Duke Carvell's is a Gothic den of deliciousness.

On the lamb

Lamb shoulder

Slow-cooked lamb is mouth-wateringly good, writes Ruth Pretty .

Auctioning off a glamour girl

Barbie and friends under the hammer


There are hundreds, in all manner of guises, from one produced in 1962 to the tanned Malibu Barbie.

Where miscreants were whacked

Ganges Rd

TALIA CARLISLE - The Wellingtonian

Khandallah town centre is similar to a traditional English village with a church at one end and a pub at the other.

Collection has Jose's individual stamp

Jose Vattoth

Few football fanatics celebrated the beautiful game the way Jose Vattoth does.

The story behind your coffee price

Flight Coffee

With debate raging about the price of coffee, Flight Coffee and Raglan Roast talk about what you get for your money.

Bear a baton and brew your own beer

Orchestra Wellington

To some it will sound like a nightmare, to others a dream come through - a chance to conduct Orchestra Wellington.

New life for 'most beautiful bookshop'

Phil Saxby

The cafe at the heart of a much-loved former bookshop in Wellington is coming back to life.

An olive affair in full Bloom

olive fest

Olive oil courses through the fields of Martinborough - and nowhere better to taste it than a four-course slap-up lunch.

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.

Ocean voyage whets appetite

Steinlarger 2

Porirua's Jono Francis recently lived out a Boy's Own-type adventure by sailing on a refurbished Steinlager 2 from Auckland to Fiji. This is his story.

Ale and hearty in Petone

Petone ale trail

Brewers, publicans and restaurateurs are raising a glass to the establishment of the Petone ale trail.

Constant connection a double-edged gift

Smartphone, mobile phone

No-one likes it when their phone dies, but for some, the fear is overwhelming.

The fight to save a snapshot in time

Sandy Connon

104A Rintoul St has been a paua shell factory, a photography studio and a home to Jewish orphans who fled Nazi persecution.

Suggestions for the school holidays

San Diego Zoo Strap

Capital Day has scoped out an activity to entertain every child these school holidays.

Ambulance services are similar except one is free

Does capital still need Wellington Free?

Wellington Free Ambulance

Anywhere else in New Zealand a ride in the back of an ambulance is often followed by the bill, but not in Wellington.

Winter essay: By George what a trip


Backpacking through Europe with a wife, young daughters, and a grumpy, old bear was trip never to be forgotten.

You gotta love Loretta


Sparse, stylish decor and a menu to match is what David Burton finds at Floriditas' offshoot. 0

The beating heart of Karori

Karori Rd

HANNAH LEE - The Wellingtonian

Karori's main road has been the artery keeping the suburb's heart beating for the best part of two centuries.

Dogs sniff out life overseas

Marie Hare

A Kapiti couple is breeding dogs they found through Google for use by international armed forces.

Mural lifts profile of Maori art on street

Johnson Witehira

Designer Johnson Witehira is aiming to bring more Maori art to the street one installation at a time.

Waikato's Raglan Roast... in Wellington

caffiend, raglan roast

The coffeehouse has the same kind of relaxed vibe that pervades the Roast Office in Te Uku and its sister outlet in Raglan.

Quick, I'm hungry - call the engine

Racing to put out hunger pains

Fire truck

Will Michell's trusty fire engine is a gourmet kitchen on wheels, which he dreams of setting up outside Parliament.

Favourite table: Kate Beecroft, marketing executive

Kate Beecroft

For marketing executive Kate Beecroft, there's no place quite like Golding's Free Dive.

Mix-man Letoa the people's choice

Ray Letoa

Ray Letoa's flair for creating cocktails has won him the People's Choice award at an international competition.

The bald facts on hair loss


Alopecia's exact cause is not known, but it is thought to have an autoimmune component.

Chocolate to die for on a wintry day

Who serves Wellington's best hot chocolate?

hot chocolate

Capital Day went to five hot chocolate hot spots to help Wellingtonians decide where to find the best hot chocolates.

From bracelets to limited edition clothes

Tymone Winter

Thirty years after making and selling friendship bracelets, Tymone Winter is launching a new fashion label.

Top chop a delicious dinner

Lamb chop

Ruth Pretty celebrates the humble lamb chop.

Hits and misses: Basque


David Burton visits a little bit of Spain in a new Courtenay Place eatery.

'One of the coolest jobs I ever had, before I got fired'

Mark Sainsbury

Trolley buses have come a long way since veteran TV journalist Mark Sainsbury was behind the wheel.

Celebrating a midwinter Christmas

Midwinter Christmas

A James Bond party must have been the clincher. how can you resist a man who turns up in a wetsuit and strips to a tuxedo?

Helicopter's sound a lifeline in chaos

rod herd

Rod Herd was one of the lucky ones. Twenty-eight years on, he remembers July 2, 1986, well.

Kids shave hair in support of friend


Students at Wellington school take part in a "fun-razor" to raise money for cancer charity.

Fitchett family legacy lives on in Brooklyn

Ashton Fitchett

The Fitchett family owned part of Brooklyn for many years and their legacy lives on in the suburb's street names.

Schools smarten up on parent contact

Parents stay app-to-date

School smartphone app

Smartphone technology is helping schools to report absences and check events.

Brewing up international recognition

Jos Ruffell

Wellington brewery Garage Project is bracing itself for a stampede after winning a silver medal at the World Beer Cup.

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.

Cafe Medici founder cooks up a dream

Jo Crabb

Cafe Medici founder and French fare enthusiast Jo Crabb teaches classes that indulge her passion for food.

Young vampire footage unearthed

Taika Waititi 2004

Taika Waititi's new film What We Do in the Shadows isn't the director's first undead outing, as archival footage reveals.

Karen Walker's fashionable projects

Karen Walker

The designer who dictates local cool-girl fashion talks Top Shop plans, eyewear success and cooking.

Rosacea: symptoms and treatment of common skin condition


An estimated one in 10 New Zealanders will develop rosacea at some point their lives.

Little beauty wows crowd at MG show

Classic little beauty wows crowd


A beautifully restored 1931 twin-seater stole the limelight at the MG Car Club show on the Wellington waterfront.

Going 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.

Out of the fire

danny lemon

How 35 exceptional records were rendered unplayable but are still possessed of some strange power.
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