Capital Life

Opportunity seen in losing sunnies

A bit of Kiwi ingenuity is helping people keep track of their sunglasses.

Sir Richard Taylor: For the love of Wellington

Weta Workshop founder Sir Richard Taylor talks about his love for Wellington.

Lashings of food, glorious food at the waterfront

Wellington's waterfront will be dotted with trucks selling affordable food this summer, from Sichuan specialties to empanadas and sandwiches.

Win big in the Canon 'Kiwi Summer' photo competition

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It has a new name and new look, but it's the same concept and offers even better prizes ... we're back with our annual summer pix competition!

My secret Wellington: Samuel Scott, Phoenix Foundation musician

Sam Scott of the Phoenix Foundation was born and bred in Newtown. Here are his picks.

New look, fresh sound for Teresa Bergman's homecoming

Teresa Bergman returns home a star

Teresa Bergman started writing songs when she was 9, sang in award-winning barbershop quartets from 14, and made it into the finals of 2005's New Zealand Idol at 18.

Chef is quietly fermenting

Nikau's head chef has discovered the secret of fermentation, which she shares with customers..

Food hampers from Santa's helpers

Spreading Christmas cheer to the needy

Santa hasn't forgotten those families whose cupboards are bare in the leadup to Christmas.

Treasure hunt proposal does the trick

Plan B does the trick

The race to the altar for a Wellington couple hit the heights of Mt Victoria, Amazing Race-style.

From trash to Christmas tidings

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, but for an Elsdon couple it's bringing Christmas joy back after the death of their daughter.

Festive diners aid the less fortunate

Diners are being asked to think about those less fortunate when they eat out this festive season.

Empire crew blown away by capital

Their Spiegeltent of circus, comedy and burlesque will be in Wellington for one more week.

Santa still slays 'em

Santa was still a favourite for the thousands of children lining the streets at Wellington's Christmas parade.

The Tiger that roared

Getting past an architectural stumbling block has rich rewards for restaurant Golden Tiger.

Slips, quakes and zombies

New Zealanders' fondness for British PM Sir Winston Churchill is recognised in Churchill Drive.

Bumpy ride for pregnant actor

Writing, filming and co-producing her first feature film while pregnant was not what Camille Keenan was hoping for.

Flashback: Code cracker, but not a spy

Kiwi anti-war bomb creator a 'very queer fish'

Maurice Wilkins was a "caricature of a scientist", but the Nobel Prize-winner saved millions of lives.

Gollum and goblin full of sweetness

If all cakes looked as grotesque as Christine Jeffery's Goblin King, waistlines everywhere would probably be better off.

Council leaves tree after child's plea

Girl's plea saves wayward cypress

A little girl's tearful plea has unknotted the red tape of local government, proving that even the most bureaucratic of institutions can have a heart.

Savage voters ignored slur of reds and poisoned chocs

Savage's grandfatherly style helped in polls

In 1935 Michael Joseph Savage became NZ's first Labour prime minister.

Singer takes opera to the city's streets

Singer Emily Mwila is not one to pick a conventional path.

Bringing it all back home

They went from humble beginnings at Tawa College to winning gold at the barbershop world championships - now the Musical Island Boys are coming home.

Workshop, gym, brothel, now a brewery

Workshop, gym, brothel, now it's a microbrewery

Heritage building saved from destruction nearly a decade ago is reborn as a microbrewery.

My secret Wellington: Taika Waititi

Wellington film-maker Taika Waititi is heading north for his career, but his heart will always stay in Wellington.

Turning a love of coffee into business

A young Wellingtonian has transformed his love for coffee into a business idea he believes is a world first.

A window on church history

A 136-year old church will get new stained glass windows thanks to a congregation member who tracked down its original features.

Artists' message in a mini hut idea takes off

People are leaving little notes for each other all over Wellington thanks to two Mt Cook artists.

High-flier ready for those swirling winds

Nitro Circus' Travis Pastrana is set for Wellington

One of the world's craziest action sports athletes, 17-times X Games medallist Travis Pastrana, is returning to the capital with his Nitro Circus crew.

Recipe: Roast turkey for Christmas

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In New Zealand we get only one chance a year to eat turkey.

'I want to tell Kiwi stories': Peter Jackson

While the world goes wild for the last Middle-earth saga, one man is thinking more about his own back yard. | The ring's New Zealand legacy

A heritage worth preserving

Remiro Bresolin would be proud of his sons' latest venture, on the model of Il Casino.

Free as a bird on Kapiti Island

Our Jurassic Park of bird life

Predator-free Kapiti Island gives a glimpse of New Zealand's pre-settler paradise.

The day a mighty legend was felled

Sir Peter Blake changed the face of New Zealand yachting.

In history: The fire that stole Christmas fun

Seventy-three years ago, children wishing for a toy truck or racing car in their stockings may have been disappointed on Christmas morning.

Ruahine St always controversial

The size and shape of Ruahine St has always been a hot topic.

Kakapo support is more than skin deep

When Sally Millar decided to ditch her corporate career and open a tattoo studio, shifting from Melbourne to Wellington was a no-brainer.

Meet the new man at St Pat's Town

Neal Swindells, who became rector of St Patrick's College this year, talks about cricket, suffering a school fraud scandal and why there aren't many priests in Catholic schools.

Turning the tables on a new concoction

Elbowroom collective are creating a pop-up gallery that combines, art, furniture, food, and conversation.

Beer - it's a fragile thing

Much like myself the morning after a few too many drinks, beer likes to be kept cool and dark.

Moneyed class first to get behind the wheel

Motoring enthusiasts brought the roar of engines to Wellington's social scene of the 1900s.

The day the motor age rumbled into town

With a few rolls around a Manners St theatre in 1898, Wellington entered the motor age.

Chance to help Conrad Smith save lives

Wellington kids have chance to run with celebrated athletes and raise money for children in poverty.

Airshow to feature Pearse replica

'Major coup' for Wings Over Wairarapa

Reproduction of the plane which may have made first powered flight feature at Wings Over Wairarapa.

Beer and food brotherhood blooms

Top Wellington chef Martin Bosley remembers the days when he considered beer good for cooling down after mowing the lawn on a hot day, but not much else.

Meet Matterhorn's new owners

New owners take classy joint back to basics

The grand old dame of Wellington hospitality has a new crew, and they're shunning sharing plates.

Bret McKenzie spices things up

Just when you thought Bret McKenzie's CV had it all, he writes the lyrics for an Old Spice ad.

Paekakariki gig to raise funds for needy

A group of Wellington musicians are coming together to help make Christmas better for the city's homeless.

Cooking to battle anorexia

Instagram diet helps fight eating disorder

The thought of pizza used to make Annalise Gregan break out in sweats.

Let's live in... Aro Valley

Home to students, liberals and the odd pot-head, Aro Valley is the capital's most colourful community.

Pub theatre aims to revive Irish club

The Wellington Irish Society is open for drama.
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