The Wellingtonian

Getting animated in NZ

Wellington is a long way Ireland, where animation supervisor Fabian Erlinghauser has spent his career bringing images to life.

War history all around us

The deeds of fallen soldiers and the stories of battles live on, not just in books and films, but in Wellington's street names.

Hallway to funding

Performers, playwrights, lighting gurus and directors rejoice - a new funding source for theatre has been set up.

Study reveals virtual whakapapa

New research from Victoria University is showing how information technology is becoming culturally important for Maori.

Digital dream job came from thin air

Miramar Quentin Hema has spent much of his career erasing Andy Serkis from films.

Call for crossing

Berhampore residents are sick of putting their lives on the line to cross the road to a playground.

Watch out: Bats is back home

Gone are cramped corners, tiny bar, bright red paint and bottom-numbing seats - Bats is back home in style.

All frocked up

Dressing in dresses on stage

Actor Gavin Rutherford began the year in a frock, ascended to the heights of tragic drama and slipped into yet another dress to see the year out.

Too tired to work

Murray Lucas got used to being exhausted.

A meeting of muscle and minds

Scenic Salamanca Rd is a hub of sports and academic activity in the heart of Wellington City.

Weta Workshop's engine room

Weta Workshop head of engineering Joel Ahie-Drought talks about comic books, classic cars and bad-ass costumes.

Kotuku apartments upgrade

Fifty more people get new homes when $7.4 million transformation of Kotuku Apartments completes.

Move to limit drug sales

Sale of legal highs could be limited to Wellington's CBD if council passes proposed policy.

Convention centre punt

Wellington's new five-star convention centre gets the go-ahead, but some worry it won't be the drawcard backers say it is.

Concern over short notice for dog rego

Allan Probert

The number of fines handed out for not registering dogs has halved in the past year, despite fewer reminders being sent to owners.

Last-minute deal may save club

Vogelmorn Bowling Club

The million-dollar Vogelmorn Bowling Club land and buildings might yet be saved for the community.

Urban pollution a problem

Hutt drain

Although dirty dairying is largely blamed for the poor state of rural rivers, Wellington's urban waters are far from pristine.

Shaking up the shoreline

Shoreline 1840

A series of plaques marking the original Wellington's shoreline often go unnoticed.

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.

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