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Tim Brown's many hats

Tim Brown

Wellington businessman Tim Brown talks about working for Lloyd Morrison, Fringe Festival and being hit by a bus.

The early heart of Wellington

Thorndon Quay 1866

In 1840 the sea still lapped the shore of Thorndon Quay.

Across the world, from Poland to Pahiatua

NZ's first refugees join Polish celebration

Celebrating Everything Polish

Seventy years ago, 733 Polish children arrived in Wellington Harbour as NZ's first official refugees.

Perfect canapes for parties

stuffed mushrooms

These time-effective pork pass-arounds are just the ticket for pre- Christmas parties.

Gearing up for Tour of the Bay

A wheel will to return to cycling after a crash

Duncan McFadyen

Months of eating mush and stuttering through conversations has not put Duncan McFadyen off a good cycle race.

From Wellywood to Hollywood in the 1930s

Joyce Nielson

In 1934 Wellingtonian Joyce Nielsen brought glamour to the screen and made it to Hollywood.

Al Brown, the emotional chef

al brown

Chef Al Brown's tutor once told him his food was so leathery he should be a shoemaker.

Lodged in luxury


For a very special lunch, David Burton discovers a remote place that ticks all the boxes.

City shows reflections on wartime


Film footage is being projected on Wellington landmarks to mark 100 years since troops left for World War I.

Tom Hunt upsizes from a Corolla to a Lamborghini

A V10, 320kmh toy - yours for $418,000


Reporter Tom Hunt jumps at the chance to test-drive a Lamborghini. And lives to tell the tale.

Old boys share prized college honours

Old boys

St Patrick's College breaks long tradition, anoints two former students as joint "old boys of the year".

A shirty job but someone had to do it

Lukes Lane

One hundred years ago, the Wellington Town Hall became a hub of shirt-sewing for soldiers of World War I.

Wairarapa pedals new tourism boom


WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

Lycra could soon become the preferred fabric for visitors to Wairarapa with cycle tourism gaining momentum.

Ground-breaking transplant a success


Denise Phillips has undergone a ground-breaking half-match bone marrow transplant, and it's been a success.

Sam Neill had role in Pinocchio find

Pinocchio rex

Tyrannosaur expert Stephen Brusatte has his little brother and Sam Neill to thank for his choice of career.

Designer's imagination takes flight

Wings of treasured memories add a final WOW


Design featuring hundreds of photos from the public closes out 2014 World of WearableArt season.

Film-maker gives Wellington a boost

Film-maker Rob Sarkies feels like he's come of age after making an advert extolling people to visit Wellington for a weekend.

No two days the same for governor-general

Jerry Mateparae

A photograph of a dashing young man in military garb, armed with gun and a moustache, topped a 1975 article in The Sports Post newspaper.

Turning the tables on city diners

MKR Wellington team

If you were to sum up the quintessential Wellington couple, then Steve Goodman and Maura Rigby would be it.

Playful art helped focus troubled mind

Fraser Hofffe

For Fraser Hoffe, art is more than just a hobby - it's helped him construct a life through tougher times.

Biting cold cools market experience

capital market

A newly opened, wind-buffeted pan-Asian food court serves up a mixed bag.

Cleverley made design

Mark Cleverley

Mark Cleverley's life of design has just been endorsed with a major award.

A tortilla or two


It's quick and easy to make your own tortillas for these flavour-packed beef tacos.

Creating a market for small businesses


Laurie Sanders' retirement plan did not involve bowls, gardening or pottery, but creation of a village market.

Northland Rd a takeaway food paradise

Northland Fire Brigade

If health food junkies had their way, there would be a block of empty shops in Northland Rd.

Singer answers foundation's wish

April Phillips releases new track for Make-A-Wish

April Phillips Make-A-Wish

A week after writing a song for the charity, April Phillips' daughter was tested for potentially fatal brain condition.

Hi-tech ideas for a digital capital

Fancy playing Donkey Kong on the side of Te Papa or watching the All Blacks on a screen over the lagoon?

Doggy blood donor saves poisoned pet

Greyhound transfusion saves poisoned poodle

pooch transfusion

Former racing greyhound's blood now runs through veins of Charlie the poodle.

Tea time for cocktail-maker


Lorietta Bahr is hoping South American drink Yerba Mate tea will help her become a champion cocktail-maker

Brewing up a sewing machine fundraiser

Lord's brew

Jesus Christ apparently turned water into wine. Now a Wellington man turns beer into sewing machines.

Hoping the clouds part for a blood moon

Star-gazing photographer has eclipse in sight

Mark Gee

Planning on photographing the blood moon? "Astrophotographer" Mark Gee shares his tips.

Migrants' stories a page-turner

migrant stories

Five migrants to New Zealand are still getting used to seeing stories in print.

Waterfront spot to inspire artist

Christian Thompson

Australian artist Christian Thompson will be taking up residence at one of Wellington's most desirable spots.

New JK book aimed at helping teenagers

John Kirwan

Former All Black Sir John Kirwan is journeying even further into the darkness with his latest book.

'Old' Hutt Rd not really old

Old Hutt Rd

Wellingtonians are great at informally renaming their streets, and that includes Old Hutt Road.

A heavenly trajectory: 20 years of Weta

Peter Jackson

They started with one computer and no internet; 20 years on, they've made Wellington a film giant.

Life as a short man: The psychology of height

Oliver Driver, left, and Dai Henwood

Is there really such a thing as short-man syndrome? Bess Manson examines the psychology of height.

People's tales of grieving a pet


'I put his body on a little bed on an ice pack ... friends poured through the house to say goodbye.'

Classic hits: Olive


Olive - a stayer after 18 years - offers the full package.

Stick of chick: Vietnamese flavours

Ruth Pretty

Recipes from one of the doyennes of Vietnam cuisine guarantee an exotic edge to a classic treatment for chicken.

Beer up high


You can't beat Wellington on a good day.

This workshop will get the blood racing

Weta capital day

Weta Digital and Weta Workshop are marking 20 years of creatively bringing fantastical creatures to life.

Finding the crema of the coffee crop

Amateur coffee

Home coffee-making became competitive at Wellington's first best amateur barista competition at Caffe L'affare.

'Engine room' trip inspires at-home cook

Fair Bake tart earns mum a pastry experience

Fair bake

Homework assignment has turned into baking success for a Wellington mum.

The strangeness of a refugee's new life after the din of war


When Syria's civil war neared their daughters' school, Ramia Saidawi and her husband made plans to leave.

Drive-in on course for summer


Wellington's only drive-in cinema is gearing up for a busy summer ahead.

Artist embraces his two nations

Samin Son

A Korean artist is being reborn as a Wellingtonian.

Getting a buzz out of school

Avalon pupils' bee video

Avalon Intermediate pupils are buzzing about their hip hop themed videos - shot from a bee's perspective.

Meteor streaks over Wellington

Capturing a wonder of the night skies

Mark Gee Meteor shot

It's amazing how the camera can reveal what our eyes can't see for themselves in our starry skies.

Building up a sustainable thirst

Megan Stephens of Social Lab

A university sustainability project has become a popular green activity "Social Lab".
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