Capital Life News

The mysteries in Wellington archives

Alexander Turnbull Library senior archivist John Sullivan with Ernest Shackleton's Aurora Australis.

A 2000-year-old tablet and a book published in Antarctica are among treasures in Wellington's archives.

Ready, steady, skate

The Ice Rink, which was a success in Palmerston North, is coming to Lower Hutt

It will be getting icy in the Hutt Valley next month.

Daredevils came of age at Island Bay pier

Divers enjoy Island Bay's pier.

Generations of Island Bay schoolchildren tested their mettle on a controversial diving pier.

Making food from history

Executive Chef MacLean Fraser.

Rising chef Maclean Fraser is turning a knowledge of historical food into a fantastic meal.

Elders appreciate chef Phillips' innovations

Rodney Phillips, Executive Chef at Elderslea Lodge in Upper Hutt, won first place in the inaugural Senior Lifestyle Cuisines Competition in Auckland.  He is pictured with Elderslea activities representative Denise Niedermeyer, at the opening of the rest home's cafe, Mint.

An award-winning Upper Hutt chef has found rest home residents to be very appreciative of his efforts.

Top of the K-pops

Competing teams end the national K-Pop competition with a dance off, led by Ace Crew dancer Jason He.

ACE Crew battle their way to the title of New Zealand's K-pop champions.

From the Menu: Salad with a zing

Loretta's vegetable salad.

Roast cauliflower, chargrilled brocolini, spinach, sunflower seeds and tahini dressing makes for a tasty plate.

No, it's not a UFO

The clouds are commonly mistaken for UFOs.

It's a lenticular - relax, that doesn't mean we can expect little green men. Most likely.

Kenny holds, Blumsky folds

Kenny the Busker protests against yet another seizure of his amplifier in 2001.

A busker took his signature song to heart during a good-natured battle with Wellington's mayor.

Where talent grows

Artist Damion Schwalger at work at Toi Poneke art centre, which celebrates its 10 year anniversary this week.

Ten years of Toi Poneke Arts Centre will be celebrated with an open day.

Gaslight illuminates filthy city

Miramar's gasworks in the 1920s. The plant was built in 1912, when electric light was already gaining ground over gas.

Wellingtonians could finally dodge open sewers at night when gas streetlights were introduced.

Wellington Italians share recipes

Gabriele Cagnetta, head chef at the Mediterranean Food Warehouse in Newtown, is part of the team organising the "Food and Family" Wellington on a Plate event, which celebrates the recipes of Wellington's Italian migrants.

The Wellington on a Plate event celebrating food, tradition, and family.

A different way to see video

Having gone blind in later life, Elaine Waters has had to learn to see differently.

Almost 170,000 Kiwis have some form of vision loss. All of them see the world differently.

Good-sort still a mystery

The Chaston children, from left, Savannah, 4, Deegan, 2, Dantae, 7, and up front stacking cans from the mystery food box is Logan, 2, with Kirsty Crane and Kevin Chaston.

A mysterious good-sort has been delivering food parcels to families needing a bit of help.

Lisa Terrini: Artist and Educator

Lisa Terrini, artist and educator.

It was on an unmapped journey through the hazardous streets of Beijing last year that Lisa Terreni found the Red Gate Gallery, and a passion for working with yarn.

Sticky-fingered comedy fan

Urzila Carlson.

The mystery of Urzila Carlson's missing plaque.

Boulevard of dreams

Gone is the dancefloor at Boulevard on Dixon St, Wellington.

It seems only yesterday that Hope Bros. opened, but actually it was more like a decade ago.

Terrorism blamed for Wellington bomb attack gallery

Uniformed and plainclothed policemen  outside the front door of the Trades Hall in Vivian St, Wellington. Shattered remnants of the buildings front doors lie in the gutter.

New Zealand lost more than a man's life when a bomb exploded in central Wellington in 1984.

One great big hoppy family

Garage Project co-owner and head brewer Pete Gillespie.

As Beervana approaches, here's a taste of what's in store in NZ's craft beer capital.

What makes Wellington readers tick?

Wellington Libraries and community spaces manager John Stears says the recent popular books have been about politics and food.

What do Wellingtonians love reading? Crime, food and politics.

Overdue since 2009

210313. Kevin Stent/Dominion Post. Wellington Library, where the WCC has budgeted $350,000 for the Mayor's temporary relocation on the fourth floor.

Someone has a book on politics that was due back at Wellington library in 2009.

Puppet Fiction heads to Edinburgh

Wellington puppeteer Jon Coddington.

There are plenty of strings attached for one Wellington barista's fringe passion project.

DC-3 comes in for landing

Leo Cooney's model DC-3 inspired a display at Te Takere about early air travel in New Zealand.

A project illustrating a slice of New Zealand aviation history has taken off.

Schools' Pasifika passion shines

Taitoko School students performed for the opening of the Pasifika Fusion festival in Palmerston North.

Horowhenua schools claimed top two places for cultural performance at annual festival.

What's on in Wellington

William Kircher stars in The Hound of the Baskervilles at Circa Theatre.

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

From an army base to Wellywood

Burnham St as it is in 2015, from the Dorset Cove housing development. The Fort Dorset park in the middle of the photo is now part of Seatoun School.

An army base and a film set part of the history of Burnham St in Wellington.

Rugby fans camp for test

Fans who queued all night witnessed a a particularly bloody match and an All Blacks loss against the 1956 Springboks in Wellington.

Rugby fans camped overnight outside Wellington's Athletic Park ahead of an All Blacks-Springboks test match clash in 1956.

A winter's day at the beach

Have you got a cotume yet for the Petone Winter Carnival's Polar Plunge?

Petone Winter Carnival highlights and what you need to know.

Ridley the turtle recovering video

Ridley the endangered sea turtle is eating and gaining strength at Wellington Zoo.

Ridley the injured turtle has recovered enough to move to Auckland next week.

Catholic rally soothes moral panic in 1950s Wellington

Catholic priest Patrick Peyton drew 25,000 people to his family prayer rally at the Basin Reserve on April 4, 1954.

Prayer could solve the world's problems, from teen sex to nuclear war, Wellingtonians were told in 1954.

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