Summer snow on Tararuas

Snow on the Tararua range, seen from Ohau, just south of Levin, on Friday morning.

"It makes a nice change from the rain," says Levin resident of the surprise view.

Loose leaves rein at Petticoat Junction

Offering a cuppa chai for travelers at the Paekakariki train station is Helen Keivom, right, with visitors Aymie David, ...

Back home in India tea plants grow wild, but in Kapiti, Helen Keivom wants to free them from the captivity of the bag.

The art we own is gathering dust

Wellington City Council has moved its most expensive piece, Charles Barraud's portrait of Te Puni, to the council’s ...

NZ ratepayers own half a billion dollars of art - but 93 per cent of it isn't on display.

Will the car park ever open?

Signs up at the Waikanae Park-and-Ride site early this year.

A beleaguered Kapiti car park could be delayed again if more archaeological material is dug up.

Community work over skater's death

Tristan Hunter and his dog Lani. Hunter died in March last year when he was hit by the car following him, filming his ...

Grief for their dead friend is "the real sentence", Wellington judge says.

Two-car crash north of capital

The aftermath of a two-car crash on SH1 at Waikanae, north of Wellington

A serious crash on the Kapiti Coast has SH1 caused traffic delays north of Wellington on Tuesday..

One critical after crash

The crash happened shortly before 10am on Tuesday at SH1, near the intersection of Otaki Gorge Rd.

Three people are injured, one critically, after a serious crash on SH1 near Otaki.

Memorial service for war vet

US Navy veteran Frank Zalot gets a hongi from Waikaharu Cooke on his New Zealand visit in 2012.

American navy veteran who survived fatal WWII training exercise in Kapiti is remembered.

Wairarapa claim first-innings points

Ryan McCone, here playing for Canterbury, couldn't stop H-K falling to a first-innings defeat to Wairarapa.

Horowhenua-Kapiti hit its highest score of the season in first-innings loss.

Residents show they give a ship

Ceris Hortop, Maia Takurua-Truscott, Chrissi Johnson, Jess Hortop and Tanira Kingi get into the Shipshow spirit.

Noticed an increase of pirates on Kapiti beaches recently?

Boat stuck under bridge

A truck carrying a boat on its trailer got stuck under a rail bridge on SH1, just south of Waikanae, on Monday evening.

Truck carrying boat gets stuck under rail bridge on State Highway 1 in Waikanae.

Explosive 80th birthday party

Last year's Wellington Sky Show, which featured commercial grade fireworks.

"Surprise" for mum rocked the neighbourhood and brought out the cops.

Four seasons to continue in capital

More wind and rain is forecast to hit the capital this week.

Summer remains disappointing as rain is expected throughout Wellington Anniversary Weekend.

Winter pushes surge in house prices

After steep growth in winter of 2016 the Wellington region's property market is set to cool - but remain buoyant - in 2017.

Wellington's house prices soared over winter, driven up by desperate buyers.

Just ducking in for help

Craig Shepherd with another duck, not Kevin Grant.

A duck walks in to an ambulance bay but it isn't the beginning of a joke.

Cyclists fall victim to expressway

Maurie Cummings broke his shoulder, hip and pelvis when he came off his bike on a new driveway built as part of the ...

Spate of broken bones on new driveways created as part of Kapiti motorway.

Sinclair's state service honoured

Liz Sinclair, who received a Queen's Service Medal in the New Year Honours, with husband Mark Byers.

The Kapiti resident has become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

'This is it, I'm going'

"I thought, 'This is it, I'm going'," Macmillan says.

A mini-stroke has given a lifelong smoker the wakeup call she needed to quit.

Crash on SH1, Paraparaumu

A crash at Paraparumu on SH1 has blocked a lane.

The southbound lane is now clear following a crash at 11.30am.

Drivers heed pleas

Traffic was at a crawl through Otaki on Sunday as people returned to Wellington after their Christmas and New Year holidays.

Fears of long traffic jams north of Wellington turn out to be unfounded as the holiday season ends.

The year that was ...

Marianne Elliott, centre, says she was surprised to win a 2016 Kiwibank Local Hero award.

Marianne Elliott, the national director of ActionStation, reflects on 2016.

Crash causes delays

Police are asking motorists to avoid the Whitby crash site.

One person was trapped when the car rolled at a busy intersection.

Dumped on the doorstep

A damaged couch dumped behind Arohanui Hospice Shop over the New Year period.

An avalanche of unsellable junk has landed a Kapiti charity shop with hefty landfill fees.

Fallen trees shut hill road

Paekakariki Hill Road is closed except for residents' access.

Paekakariki Hill open again after trees bring down power lines.

The year that was ...

Justine Fleming, centre, says winning a Kiwibank Local Hero award was a pleasant surprise.

Otaki surf lifesaver Justine Fleming reflects on 2016.

And they're off....

The sack race was well-contested.

Family fun was on offer at the Otaki Races.

Homecoming traffic jams

Holiday traffic is expected to continue to plague our major roads until January 8, the NZ Transport Agency said.

Congestion plagues the country's major roads as holidaymakers head home.

New year, new baby

Dad Telagi Franklyn, Indie Franklyn (3), left, Mykah Franklyn (5)  with baby Poppy Franklyn born at 1:52am in Paraparaumu.

Poppy Franklyn arrived fashionably late at 1.52am, a week after her Christmas Day due date.

'Too much to be done'

Caroline Herewini, Kaiwhakahaere of Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Refuge in Porirua and Kapiti got her moko at 50 years old: ...

Caroline Herewini won't stop working while women still need refuge help.

Christmas spike in family violence

Police say family members and neighbours should intervene to prevent family violence.

Wellington police get 200 reported incidents in holiday week.

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