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Wellington's resident shark freed from fishing line

Shark freed from fishing line

Wellington’s blue shark appears to have survived a brief flirtation with a fishing rod.

A most neighbourly lot in Tawa

Wellington suburb of Tawa the most "neighbourly" in New Zealand, with more than 1100 residents joining the website.

Shark seen in Wellington harbour

Beautiful 1-2m predator makes capital home

People have been warned not to get too close to a Blue Shark seen in a Wellington Lagoon.

Wellington vets take the lead from top dog

Wellington's Central Vet Hospital is facing some big changes - not that its patients will notice much.

Hats off to Wellington Cup Day

The jewel in the Wellington Racing Club's crown had plenty of sparkle over the weekend.

Win big in the Canon 'Kiwi Summer' photo competition

Last chance to send in your summery snaps

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Our Kiwi Summer our summer pix competition draws to a close at midnight. Be in quick to enter you photos.

Nitro Circus firing on all cylinders in Wellington

Wellingtonians witness a world record, an inflatable elephant and a flying bathtub when the Nitro Circus rolled into town.

Flashback: Titahi Bay radio mast mast-er of the airwaves

Titahi Bay radio mast has broadcast news of wars, mankind on the Moon, and the Queen's coronation.

Street history: Khandallah's slice of India

Cashmere Ave is one of many Indian street names in Khandallah, and was probably named after the northwestern region of Kashmir.

Fashion at Trentham for Wellington Cup Day

Looking fabulous off the field

Stripes, a bright blue suit, and of course, fabulous hats featured at the Wellington Cup.

Replay: Wellington Cup Day

What's your money on?

If missed our live blog of Wellington Cup Day, catch up with the events here.

Then and now: How Wellington has changed since 1936

What Wellington was like: Then and now

Historical photos of Wellington show in stark contrast how land use and coastlines have changed since 1941.

Florists' generosity helps cancer charity

Florists go extra mile for breast cancer sufferers

One Wellington florist has been donating bouquets to those in need for over two years.

Wellington in BBC's 'hottest cities'

Can't beat it on a good day

Wellington has nabbed yet another international accolade, this time being named among BBC's "hottest cities" to visit in 2015.

Weird and wonderful creatures at Te Papa

Curious science buffs can find out about several weird and wonderful newly discovered creatures at a new exhibition at Te Papa.

Kiwi Summer: Our fourth lucky winner

Kiwi Summer: Our fourth lucky winner

We're in the home straight of our Canon Kiwi Summer photo competition - here's our fourth winner.

Driven to restore Daimlers

An obsession with old British cars lead to an Upper Hutt man restoring two Daimler saloons.

Tinder sparks an unlikely love story

Mayor's speech-writer, union adviser hit it off

The date that never ended is shaping up to be a happily-ever-after of fairytale proportions.

Whitireia Polytechnic circus course opens up a world of work

'Circus is huge now'

It's no longer a question of running away to join the circus. Now you can spend two years studying for it.

Meet Mana Island's only residents

Mana Island's sole occupants enjoying life

The Hall family escaped the world to become the sole occupants of an island off the coast of Porirua.

Wellington jug band the Bulldogs reunite after four decades for free gig, CD launch

Jug band returns, four decades later

A band once judged better than Split Enz will reunite in Wellington this week, disproving their rivals' claim that History Never Repeats.

Ton of effort in Foley's mission north

Wellington sailor Roger Foley is on a mission to show Auckland's yachting elite how to win.

Going to the races? Do it in style

Our normal Kiwi bloke goes dapper

The Wellington Cup is where horses race, booze gets drunk and even the normal Kiwi bloke gets dapper.

Fun and games mark capital holiday

Is there a better excuse to get out and about in the capital than Wellington Anniversary Weekend?

Interview: Panhead owner Mike Neilson

Panhead owner and beer engineer Mike Neilson talks of beer and his love for the Frozen soundtrack.

Country and town collide at A&P show

Suited and gumbooted: it's showtime

A&P shows are massive events for a simple reason - there's something for everyone, and even more if you love a good tractor.

Hemi Pou's move from rep rugby to fashion

Hemi Pou talks about founding men's clothing store Wakefield Hotel, selling boots to Bradley Cooper and playing rugby for New Zealand.

Railway history and murder

Woodridge Estate is one of Wellington's newest suburbs, developed in the 1980s by the Wright family.

Gift etiquette: The ethics of on-selling

On-selling a gift you don’t like is apparently OK, as long as you’re doing it for the right reasons.

Victoria University seeks beekeepers to help swarm avoid death

A swarm of 15,000 bees taking residence within a Victoria University building avoid extermination.

Holiday horrors: Seal of disapproval

What happens when you get lost in paradise after the usually adorable wildlife turns nasty.

Beer - a global language

Alex Biedermann


DB National Beer ambassador Alex Biedermann reflects on the festive brews of his homeland Germany and the strangeness of a summer Christmas.

Councillor Paul Eagle judges Wellington chop suey competition

Wellington city councillor Paul Eagle has a fair share under his belt when it comes to judging chop suey competitions.

Kiwi David Strang gets credit for inventing instant coffee

New Zealand's claim to the flat white may be fiercely contested, but the first commercial instant coffee was made in Invercargill.

Kiwi Summer: Our third winner

We've lucky-drawn the third winner in our Canon Kiwi Summer photo competition.

Former prisoners help teens carve out future

Two former prisoners have created a woodworking art studio to encourage troubled teenagers to cut crime.

Shellshock - rarest NZ finds go on show

Just like dog show people fluff up poodles, Pat Lakeman rubs beach finds with baby oil.

Wellington teen helping down-and-out women in Myanmar

Last year teenager Chris Buttenshaw worried about filling his weekends, now he's helping women in Myanmar.

Garage Project named NZ's best brewery

Wellington brewers toast their success

Wellington's Garage Project is raising a glass to being named the country's best brewery.

Rawiri: How he went from 8XL to 3XL

A healthy change in lifestyle has seen Rawiri Nathan's shirt size shrink and his happiness soar.

Magnificent men and their flying machines

Magnificent machines at 'WOW' show

The country's oldest aeroplane and one of its newest are set to bring aviation alive in Masterton.

Glimpses of our great city

A local street photographer has captured moments in the heart of Wellington in his new book, Wellington Streets.

Ruth Pretty recipe: Meatballs and flatbread

Lamb meatballs in flatbread make for a fine barbie feast.

Wellington hip-hop duo living the dream

Musical duo's Homegrown performance

Wellington hip-hop duo Kid'n'Rei are about to turn a dream into reality.

Wendy and Bev's great caravan escape

'It's more fun to rough it a bit on holiday'

Wendy and Bev say their 1976 Lilliput caravan turns the whole country into their backyard. 'We always have our little bach with us.'

Summer essay: Thumb-out hell

After riding with denim-obsessed teenagers and snakes, Tom Hunt realises hitch-hiking is a disappearing form of travel.

Going wild with food

Bill Manson spends six months a year in a millionaires' retreat: the other six he pursues his wild food dream.

Summer essay: College boy wanted

Summer essay: Dave's holiday job

Dave Armstrong was a 13-year-old klutz in slippery sandshoes - but that didn't get in the way of a job on a roof.

Top comedian opens VK's Comedy and Blues Bar in Wellington

Comedians turn Big Kumara site blue

A ground-breaking new club, VK's Comedy and Blues Bar, will soon open its doors in central Wellington.

Summer brew: Yorkshireman who dreamed of a soaring Eagle

Winning his first homebrew competition with an all-NZ recipe proved spurred one man to switch from engineering to the beer industry.
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