Capital Life News

Radio studios burn in mystery arson gallery

Radio host Doreen Kelso, right, interviews Margaret David for her programme Person To Person at Broadcasting House in August 1976.

Wellington's world-class Broadcasting House radio studio met a grim end - first bowled, then burned.

IHC Art Awards winner has it all sewn up

Chris Wills' intricate cross-stitch map of New Zealand won him first prize of $5000.

Give him the blueprint and he'll stitch it in to the real world.

New interisland ferry fails to impress

John McAlpine, Minister of Railways, cuts the ribbon to allow the first car to drive off the Aramoana after its maiden crossing from Wellington to Picton on August 13, 1962.

The newspaper sport of ferry-bashing was invented in 1962 when the interislander Aramoana was plagued with problems.

Life or death musical

Wellington lawyers and law students-come-actors are gearing up for their Hunger Games-themed law revue. From left, Bridget Sinclair, Sam Kaelin, Harrison Cunningham, Jade Neale and Tess Upperton.

Young lawyers are serving up a theatrical treat to die for.

Wellingtonian preserves messages from the trenches

Wellington man Glenn Reddiex with his postcard collection. He has released a book of postcards from World War I.

Glenn Reddiex researches history by collecting postcards, especially World War I postcards.

What's On in Wellington

Victor Victorious (Eli Joseph),  Rachel Rouge, Daniel John Smith & Emma Wollum from The Menagerie variety show which returns to the Fringe Bar on August 29.

Music, comedy, art and sports. Here's what's on this week.

Tolerton uncovers a forgotten history

Wellington author Jane Tolerton at her Bed and Breakfast, Booklovers, in Pirie St.


Tidy up quick, the Queen's coming round

The Queen and Prince Philip on their state house tour in Cannons Creek in 1963.

A Porirua family were given only half an hour's warning of a very important visitor.

Best feet forward for 30 years video

Footnote New Zealand Dance founder Deirdre Tarrant and dancers.

Footnote Dance celebrates its anniversary with a world premiere show.

Turning unloved ingredients into a feast

Shepherd Elliott says Kiwis should not be throwing out a fifth of their food.

Chef Shepherd Elliott strives to have no waste in the kitchen.

Cooking their way to Tahiti

The beetroot gelee entree that helped Wiki and Michala win the Wellington regional competition in May.

Winning a national culinary challenge could see Porirua pair head to international competition.

Facebook page filling hungry tummies

Wellington man David Cross started Social Pantry Wellington two months ago.

He knew it was a good idea to share food. He didn't know nearly 700 people would agree in just two months.

Memories of a women's pioneer

The Thistle Inn on the corner of Kate Sheppard Place and Mulgrave St in the 1930s.

Politicians, Maori chiefs and an illegal printing press. This street has seen it all.

High note for Wellington Community Choir

Carol Shortis and Julian Raphael are organising the Wellington Community Choir's 10th anniversary concert.

The choir is celebrating its 10 years of existence with a birthday concert.

Sodden sermon at Wellington cathedral

Rain pelts the faithful in Wellington's half-built Anglican cathedral in October 1958.

Wellington Anglicans could not wait for a cathedral roof before holding a sermon.

My Secret Wellington: Neil Pardington

Neil Pardington with the logo he designed for his sister, Fiona's, art exhibition.

Where do you go to feel inspired?

Cool cafe in the 'burbs

Coolsville Trading Post, Hataitai, is a mix of kitsch and Kiwi congeniality.

With a "Piss Off: We're Closed" sign in the window and a surly-looking cartoon racoon face stencilled on the door, Hataitai's Coolsville Trading Post offers up the blend of kitsch and kiwi congeniality that a Wellington eatery needs.

School reunion after 55 years

Do you know any of the Wellington Sacred Heart Convent School girls in this 1958 photo? The girls' last names are listed as Bowman, Brown, Byron, Clark, Costello, Davis, Dear, Dowrick, Duffy, Elleray, Fields, Fitzgerald, Geddes, Gibb, Gibbs, Grantham, Hampton, Harnett, Hilton, Howell, Ingram, Jacobsen, Janes, Dowman, Murphy, Narby, O'Donnell, Phelps, Pointon, Prentice, Quinlan, Reilly, Roberts, Turner, Twis, Whittaker and Wilson.

Thorndon's Sacred Heart Convent School has never had a reunion, until now.

Thousands flood to waterfront for festival video

Feed the Kids Too (Capital) by Donna Sarten and Bernie Harfleet, which is part of the Wellington Lux Festival.

The capital's waterfront has been heaving with people for the fourth Wellington Lux Festival.

Washoku comes to Wellington video

Renowned traditional Japanese chef Naoyuki Yanagihara shares his culinary skills while on a showcase in New Zealand.

Naoyuki Yanagihara is bringing the taste of Japan to the world, starting with New Zealand. 

Karori Cemetery's wild and wonderful acres gallery

Roy Towers cleans a war veteran's headstone at Karori Cemetery in May 1989.

High rollers and the lowliest citizens of Wellington found rest side by side at Karori Cemetery.

Battle of the bots

Victoria University students, clockwise from bottom left, Megan Liang, Mayur Panchal, Robert Campbell, Alex Campbell, Michael Pearson and Robby Lopez with their robot for a University of New South Wales competition.

Victoria University students hope to take back title of best automated robot at international competition.

Tuhoe's Pakeha priest

Ethnologist Elsdon Best, right, watches Gisborne man Aporo playing a nose flute in Poverty Bay, 1923.

An eccentric Tawa frontiersman became the world expert on Maori culture.

The start of fairer divorce laws

Divorce stock image

A wife unable to divorce her murderous husband strengthened the case for law reform in 1886.

Lacing up in the name of art

Artist Peter Fraser has installed an artwork on the Old Hannahs shoe factory.

Two Wellington artists are bringing the historic Hannahs shoe factory back into the light with their shoelace-like installation. 

Dining in the trailer park

Carrello del Gelato cookies.

Wellington on a Plate is not all tablecloths and silver.

The good and bad of Beervana

The stadium's chilly, stark, narrow circular concourse is hardly conducive to the relaxed enjoyment of beer.

This year's festival was great, but some serious issues remain.

From Hastings to NYFW gallery video

Tessa Paaymans is excited to follow in the footsteps of her idol Alexander McQueen and present work at New York Fashion Week.

Student Tessa Paaymans has been invited to exhibit at one of the world's top fashion shows.

Knitting club gathers for more than a yarn

Janet Velvin and Gabby Taylor are part of the Stitch'n'Bitch club which meets on Monday evenings at the Southern Cross pub in Wellington,

Knit one, purl two… Bess Manson has a yarn with a Wellington Stitch‘n'Bitch brigade.

From buckets to billiard rooms

Wellington's first fire station in Brandon St, pictured the year the city's first volunteer brigade was formed, 1865. The fire engine was a horse and cart.

Wellington's fire service has come a long way from buckets of water beside each resident's bed.

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