The Wellingtonian

Celebrating 90 years of movie magic

Wellington's grand old dame of cinema, The Embassy, is having an important birthday this week

Keep your hair on

Wigging up a ballet Christmas

A Christmas Carol

Four ballet dancers will be sporting expensive heads of hair in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's next production.

PM's bodyguard gone to the dogs

Robert Stilwell

Richard Stilwell has gone from guarding the Prime Minister to sweeping up dog fur.

Sweet taste of success

A sickness has turned into something sweet for Wellington baker Kristine Bartley.

Tsunami lines for eastern suburbs

Tsunami lines

Miramar Peninsula is next in line for blue tsunami warning markers.

Theatre's $1m upgrade

Wellington Opera House

The Wellington Opera House is getting a major face-lift even though it has been yellow-stickered.

Tim Brown's many hats

Tim Brown

Wellington businessman Tim Brown talks about working for Lloyd Morrison, Fringe Festival and being hit by a bus.

The early heart of Wellington

Thorndon Quay 1866

In 1840 the sea still lapped the shore of Thorndon Quay.

Kaka stripping back trees


As the kaka population thrives their propensity for stripping tree bark is causing havoc in the Botanic Gardens.

From Wellywood to Hollywood

Joyce Nielson

In 1934 Wellingtonian Joyce Nielsen brought glamour to the screen and made it to Hollywood.

From Cuba to Havana

Havana rum

Rum: pirates loved it, smugglers sold it and Havana bar in Wellington now imports it directly.

Markets in jeopardy

Newtown market

Two of Wellington's popular fruit and vegetable markets are operating on school grounds without permission.

Short story of a writing life

Emily Perkins

Author Emily Perkins about imaginary worlds, acting and the e-books v print debate.

Stronger Families, broke

'Groundbreaking' police, refugee programme to fold


Lauded programme addressing attitudes of police and refugees to one another has run out of funding.

Northland Rd a takeaway food paradise

Northland Fire Brigade

If health food junkies had their way, there would be a block of empty shops in Northland Rd.

Councillors find their rhythm


A year on from the local body elections and Wellington's six first-term councillors have got down to business.

Capital venues costly

Basin Reserve

The Basin Reserve came in over budget this financial year, the worst result of Wellington venues.

What I'd Do For You

April Phillips releases new track for Make-A-Wish

April Phillips Make-A-Wish

A week after writing a song for the charity, April Phillips' daughter was tested for potentially fatal brain condition.

Homes for poor families

cheap houses

Dwell Housing Trust will lease four new houses at affordable rents and sell six on shared-ownership deals.

Flying back home

Bats wings its way back to Kent Tce

Bats theatre

Bats Theatre is planning a return season of its own next month when it reopens in its Kent Tce home.

'Old' Hutt Rd not really old

Old Hutt Rd

Wellingtonians are great at informally renaming their streets, and that includes Old Hutt Road.

Crema of the crop

Amateur coffee

Home coffee-making became competitive at Wellington's first best amateur barista competition at Caffe L'affare.

Protests, a prison and a polytech

Tasman St

Named after the first European explorer to reach New Zealand, Tasman St is a bastion of Mount Cook history.

Shelly Bay paint job no-go for council

Shelly Bay

Part of Shelly Bay is finally being spruced up, but Wellington City Council is not coming to the party.

Water, water, everywhere

Youth council calls for waterfront drink fountains


Wellington's Youth Council is fundraising to get a trial of drinking fountains on Wellington's waterfront.

Trains still screeching


Rain, leaves blamed for ongoing problems on the noise-plagued Johnsonville rail line.

Wgtn rugby's spiritual home

Rintoul St

For a century on winter Saturdays, rugby fans would stream down Rintoul St.

Tawa Goes to Town with 720 singers

Tawa Goes to Town

Tawa Goes to Town with 720 singers in biennial music festival that has taken place since 1982.

Party views on state housing

Holly Walker

Parties outline stances on state housing, focusing on Wellington, where the issue has been a thorny one.

Team touts early underpass

underpass early

Motorists will soon be able to drive through Buckle St's Memorial Park underpass, five weeks early.

Ads remain for advance voters

Political billboards

Billboard, advertising and media laws are not keeping pace with the new advance voting system.

Quake-hit car parks to reopen

car parks Wellington

Two parking buildings damaged in last year's magnitude 6.5 earthquake are expected to reopen by Christmas.

Ohiro Rd's chequered history

Ohiro Rd

Ohiro Rd, all 3.3 kilometres of it, starts at Aro St and ends in Happy Valley with all the pleasures of Brooklyn in-between.

Washed up, good to blow

Instrumental profession as a fix-it man

Brad Teal

If you peek through the window of the former Michael Fowler Gallery on Tinakori Rd you may see something quite strange - a man giving a saxophone a bath.

Student turns heads

Wellington designer walks it out at NZFW


A Wellington fashion student was the youngest designer to showcase at this year's New Zealand Fashion Week.

Checkmate for Layla

Chess queen, 13, defeats world's top players


Wellington's Layla Timergazi, 13, has claimed the World Chess Federation women's masters title.

Labour secure in Te Tai Tonga


Te Tai Tonga is in the red for this year's election - Labour red.

Council splurges on Zoo

Meet the locals

$1.5 million council grant mean the Zoo's 'Meet the Locals' project will complete well ahead of schedule.

Ngaio Gorge: Only for the daring

B/W Ngaio gorge

Kaiwharawhara Rd juts from Hutt Rd and becomes Ngaio Gorge Road as it climbs towards Khandallah.

Dunne faces tough race for seat

Dunne Andersen

A new contender adds to Peter Dunne's difficulties in holding on to his electorate of 30 years.