Capital Life

Award-winning images on display

World Press Photo

War, natural disaster and hope for humanity key themes at World Press Photo exhibition.

Flashback - The Super Geyser that dealt death

	 Waimangu Geyser

NZ's fledgling tourism industry was dealt a blow when a Rotorua geyser erupted in 1903, killing four people.

Recipe: Pineapple and prawns

Prawns and pineapple

Pineapple and prawns make perfect partners.

WIN: A $100 voucher to Rata Cafe

Rata Cafe

Win a $100 voucher to Rata Cafe, courtesy of Wellington on a Plate and

A masterclass in Italian


A mix of traditional and contemporary makes for a fine feast, writes David Burton.

Hermit made way for coastal tour

Queens Drive

Queens Dr is a picturesque road, starting near the heart of Kilbirnie and spilling out onto the edge of Cook Strait.

Pay it forward

Lani Evans

Lani Evans is an entrepreneur motivated not by profit but generosity. It pays, she says.

Dumpling demand leads to new shop

Bike stall's success prompts fixed address


A new breed of "sexy" dumpling has taken the capital by storm, thanks to aficionado Vicky Ha.

ParrotDog the king of hoppy beers

Brewery's most successful NZ awards yet


ParrotDog was the only Wellington brewery to win a trophy at this year's New Zealand beer awards.

Thyme is on head chef's side

Hummingbird's Helen heads herbology class

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Fancy a little thyme stirred in your gin, or pine needles with that fish?

Going mad for burgers

canteen burger

Definitely the most popular feature of Visa Wellington On a Plate is Burger Wellington, where burger fans chomp through thousands of gourmet burgers and vote for their favourites.

Dining in the darkness

Charity inspired experience of 'blind eating'

Blind dining

A blindfolded dining experience was one of the sellout events of Visa Wellington On a Plate.

'Chimp' creates magic with his murals

Chimp ash sisson

A can-do attitude and a love of skating is propelling a young Wellington artist to early success.

Food and film are just the ticket

Silver screen's Middle-earth joins food fest

Roxy food and film

Middle-earth is coming to the Roxy for an event that combines two of the things Wellington does best.

Doggone, it's Pupcake Day for pooches

SPCA cupcake pupcake day

Pets and their owners eat cake for a worthy cause today, thanks to SPCA Cupcake Day.

August institution found its lofty home


In 'crassly commercial' turn of the century Wellington, the birth of Victoria University seemed like a pipe dream.

Kumara soup with a twist a true comfort

Ruth Pretty's pumpkin soup

Ruth Pretty revisits a soup from one of the classic vegetarian cookbooks.

Fancy a saltwater ale, or a flat white?


Salty seaweed ales and and barrel-aged feijoa beer are just some of the creative ales on offer.

Mad about the steak

Crazy Horse

Sitting between the trends towards healthy and indulgent food is posh steakhouse Crazy Horse.

A beery good time at Monteiths

beerhive monteiths

The Monteith's Brewing Company is about as West Coast as it gets.

Wellington on a Plate Dine menus reviewed


Keen to try a Welly on a Plate lunch? We tried five of the best so you can choose the lunch that will suit you.

Bowen St's long history with politics

Bowen St

Thorndon's Bowen St literally cuts right through the heart of Wellington's political beast.

All-star Fisher a heavyweight in CrossFit

CrossFit cup calls on heavweight all-star

Crossfit Lauren Fisher

Lauren Fisher weighs just 61kg, but can lift 110kg - apparently 4kg more Richie McCaw weighs.

Searching for a Wellington objector

Remember those who spoke out against WWI

WW1 objector strap

Relatives of World War I objectors are being asked to share their ancestors' stories.

Ti Kouka's quinoa spoils the party

ti kouka

I expected more from Ti Kouka's Wellington On a Plate special, and left disappointed.

Eclairs and high tea for food festival

Mary McLeod

The reign of the cupcake, the macaron and the cronut is over and the eclair has claimed the throne.

Capitol life of food and travel

Tom Hutchison

Tom Hutchison owns Capitol and WBC. Amy Jackman talks to him about cooking, cleaning and France.

Oh la la - eclairs are magnifique!

Lucy's eclairs

For the last time we, the Cheap Tarts, have given our all and baked our hearts out.

Pop-up Weta pub dispenses Garage Project winner

Garage Project teams up with Weta Workshop

pop-up beer

A pop-up pub from Weta Workshop helps launch Garage Project's World Beer Cup winning brew.

Free fix for computer owners in need

Fred Alvrez

This weekend may offer a light at the end of the tunnel for those with painfully slow computers.

New light cast on city

Marcus McShane

Thirty-two lluminated installations will light up Wellington's waterfront.

Proudly made in the lane

Leeds St

A recent community banquet celebrated a thriving new food quarter.

Your Welly pics: Eat, snap & win

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Enter our competitions and submit your photos to add extra spice to Wellington On a Plate.

Smart apps to encourage youth vote

The smart way to engage young voters

voter apps

Two online campaigns are encouraging young voters to ask away in order to get off the fence and vote.

Cooking at minus 190 deg C

nitrogen cooking strap

A chef and scientist combine to cook with gas ... but not as you know it.

Milestone's been brewing for a while


Turning 21 marks the entry to adulthood, but Wellington beer bar The Malthouse is already a grand old gentleman.

War of bullets and a bride

Veteran remembers the Vietnam conflict


A book launch on a day special to Vietnam veterans brings back vivid memories.

Social media mogul all about next big thing

Tom Spano

Social media evangelist Tom Spano is leading the swarm in the art of social media communication.

Nicely stuffed: A masterclass in roasting a chook

Ruth Pretty

Fresh, corn-fed chickens will always roast better, giving plump, juicy meat and crisp skin.

Moveable feast


The city's newest Mexican chain restaurant may have its critics, but it's doing at least some things right.

Long journey from fuel to film


Miramar's film industry has exploded from an area that was once a gas and oil hub.

Groups keen to enhance Zealandia halo

Kelvin Hastie

The pest-free "halo" around the Zealandia sanctuary is being extended to Crofton Downs, thanks to a $5000 gift from the Morgan Foundation.

City ready for two-week feast

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Wellington's annual two weeks of gorging itself on the region's finest food and drink has begun.

Two weeks of foodie heaven


Start loosening those belt buckles Wellington, the food festival is back with two more weeks of dining heaven.

Alien war rages over Wellington battlefield


A war over Wellington had rivals forking out for helicopter flights as online game Ingress was taken to the next level.

The Malthouse celebrates its 21st birthday

Putting on some kegs

Malthouse 21

Beloved Wellington beer bar The Malthouse comes of age next week - and they're cracking a few kegs to celebrate.

Paddleboard yoga means a balancing act

Yoga strap

For most of us, a downward-facing dog or a Sun salutation is hard enough - let alone trying them while balancing on a paddleboard.

Bites for Blokes

Maarsland strap

When Wellington On a Plate begins later this week, tables will be overflowing with dude food.

Gift store opening marks a new chapter


Parson's bookstore closed after 56 years, but the space has been reborn as a gift shop.

New transplant procedure saves soul sister


Two soul sisters are becoming organ sisters, in a new procedure that allows kidney transplants between different blood types.
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