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Top 10: Arts and culture stories of 2013

05:00am 03 Jan 2014


It has been a mixed year for arts and culture. There have been some great successes, such as World of WearableArt Awards and Homegrown, but it was sad to see the closure of the Downstage, the country's oldest professional theatre. 

Here are the top 10 arts and culture stories you clicked on. 

1. WOW winners 2013

The Brancott Estate Supreme Award went to Christchurch sisters Tatyanna and Natasha Meharry for their creation 'The Exchange.' Online we ran galleries, video and a comprehensive wrap-up of the event.

2.Counting Crows a no-show again

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A variety of sports packs Top 10 online list

05:00am 31 Dec 2013

The Hurricanes campaign, Team NZ taking on Oracle in the America's Cup and a school athletics competition are just some of the stories that interested readers in 2013.

Here are the 10 most popular online sports stories of the year:

1. Play by Play: Crusaders v Hurricanes

Wellington rugby fans once again backed their team to the hilt. The most read story this year was our live blog of the Hurricanes second-round match against the Crusaders. Fairfax reporter Ben Strang blogged in a lively manner throughout the Hurricanes' Super Rugby season, but it was the game against the Crusaders that really brought in the readers. The Hurricanes were in fine form and the game was close, but Crusaders took it out 25-17.

2. Boats back on the water tomorrow

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Top 10: Animal stories of 2013

02:51pm 25 Dec 2013


Orcas, goats, cats, dogs and even geese across the region grabbed their fair share of headlines this year. And everyone, it seems, loves a good animal tale. Here are our top 10 for the year. 

1. Close encounters with sea creatures

Orcas, dolphins and seals were spotted many times enjoying the harbour, and Kapiti or South coasts. A curious seal was even spotted trying to cross a busy road

However, readers were perhaps most impressed with, or perhaps a little jealous of, a diver who had a close encounter with a pod of orcas. And our love of sea creatures knows no bounds - a  piece about a pod of humpback whales frolicking off Wellington's south coast was also a popular read.

A mystery clump of alien-like sea creatures that washed up on the shore near Lyall Bay also intrigued readers. 

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What's on this weekend?

12:00pm 08 Aug 2013

The news doesn't stop at the weekend - and neither do we. Read here what to expect from us in terms of live coverage of big events around the region and great reads on We will update this section every Friday morning to preview our weekend photo galleries and extras.

- Sarah Meikle - the force behind Wellington on a Plate - talks about her jet-setting upbringing and how international flavours influence the festival.

- We look at New Zealand's chances at this year's Winter Olympics, where we have gone from mountain minnow to medal contender.

- 1960s songbird Joan Baez talks to Tom Cardy about half a century of singing and rubbing shoulders with some of the great names of music.

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Live chat: Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett

05:00am 18 Jul 2013

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett joins us for a live chat on today (Friday) from 12.45pm.

The former All Black has been coach of the Wellington-based Super Rugby franchise for three seasons, with the team finishing 9th, 8th and 11th in that time.

Now, here’s your chance to put some questions to the man in charge about his thoughts on rugby and the future of the Canes.

Keep the questions short, sharp and to the point.

Email them to so they can be considered for the live chat. 

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