The Wellingtonian

SCL labs for three health boards

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, director of service integration and development for the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Capital and Coast district health boards.

Australian-owned diagnostic health service provider SCLLtd will take over Aotea Laboratories and provide Wellington laboratory services

Turkish hero remembered

It was a bleak, chilly day when a memorial Kamal Ataturk was unveiled in Wellington 25 years ago.

What's on in Wellington: April 23 -30

The stylish cast of Much Ado About Nothing, May 6 till 16 at Gryphon Theatre.

What's on in Wellington this week.

'Caring is my superpower' video

Lincoln McWatt, 7, helps out Wellington's Sisters of Compassion soup kitchen.

He's seven, isn't super strong and can't fly. Lincoln McWatt is a superhero with the power to give.

Robinson qualifies for world champs

Emma Robinson is embraced by Lauren Boyle after both swimmers qualified for the World Champs in the 800m free during the New Zealand Open Swimming Championships on April 16.

Wellington swimmer Emma Robinson was one of 10 New Zealand swimmers to qualify for the World Championships in Russia.

Creative dance platform at Bats

Dancer Juliet Shelley will appear in Embody 2 at Bats Theatre.

Three dancers' and a musician present an improvised piece at Bats Theatre

New cancer treatment eases side effects

Oncologist Dr Doug Iupati, left, radiation therapists Chelsea Bryant and Junou Huang treat demonstrate volumetric arc radiotherapy on volunteer "patient" Blair Steer.

A new radiotherapy treatment has dramatically reduced side effects for prostate cancer patients.

Council under fire over living wage

A council-contracted worker at Newtown Library who earns $14 an hour says it is not enough to live on.

Wellington City Council under pressure to live up to its commitment to fully introduce a living wage for all its workers.

St George's needs love and cash

Reverend Tim McKenzie outside the historic St George's vicarage.

An earthquake-prone heritage vicarage in Miramar could fetch up to $1m, but needs some work.

Servicemen's graves in disrepair

Karori resident and returned serviceman Ken Rigarlsford says it is disgraceful that there.

A century on from the Gallipoli landing, the graves of servicemen in Karori Cemetery are falling into disrepair.

Hopstock fest keeps it fresh

Kereru Brewery's assistant brewer Alex Bartley Nees with their 2015 Hopstock beer, an English-style bitter.

Craft breweries have paired with Wellington bars to celebrate the New Zealand hop harvest.

Poppies for Gallipoli disputed

The New Zealand 5d stamp for featured a red poppy as well as the small stylised poppy.

The decision to include the poppy on a stamp issued 50 years ago turned out to be contentious.

A different look at war

Disrupt the narrative

As Wellingtonians commemorate Anzac Day, a Cuba St art venue is offering an experience that will march to the beat of a different drum.

What's on in Wellington: April 7 - 16

The cast of Taking The Minnelli at Gryphon Theatre, Wellington.

Check out what's on around the region.

Call for wider footpaths near school

Gary Ward with his son Ethan, 4, and Kirsty Bailey with her son Sam, 4, worry about the fast and heavy traffic that surrounds Karori West School

Parents and staff at a Wellington school fear children will be hit by speeding cars.

Empire strikes back

Pat Vinaccia, pictured inside the Empire Cinema in Island Bay last year.

The silver screen will return to Wellington's south coast when the Empire Cinema reopens in May.

Spotted graffiti? Fix it online

Ngaio homeowner Jean McClymont uses Wellington City Council's app Fixit for the first time to photograph graffiti on the fence that separates her property from neighbouring  council land.

Spurts of graffit in Wellington can now be dealt with online.

$2.4m needed for Karori events centre

An artist's impression of the proposed Karori Events Centre.

'Pour the floor and raise the roof' is the new campaign to raise money for an events centre in Karori.

'Patient dumping' at night shelter

Wellington Night Shelter manager Mike Leon, left, at a social housing protest.

Wellington's Night Shelter has gone from last resort to first port of call for many psychiatric patients and released prisoners.

Maleficent flower power

Bayley LuuTomes and Leon Kluge's exhibit won over the Philadelphia Flower Show judges.

Wellington garden designers win best in show at the world's oldest, most visited flower show.

Workmen busy at Empire Cinema

Pat Vinaccia plans to reopen the Empire Cinema in a few months.

Island Bay's historic Empire Cinema looks set to reopen in the next few months.

Flyover campaign gears up

DECISION DELAYED: The Basin Reserve flyover decision is being appealed at the High Court from July 20.

Opponents of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover ramp up fundraising for the High Court appeal.

Barnaby Weir flies home

COMING HOME: Musician Barnaby Weir will perform at the St James Theatre, Wellington, on Saturday.

After hitting the summer music festivals, Fly My Pretties is coming home to play in Wellington.

Specialists slam labs privatisation

Service integration and development unit director for the three health boards Ashley Bloomfield.

Specialists say privatisation of Wellington lab services lacks "robust financial analysis".

Sweet success for WBC

Honey from the hives on the roof of WBC spills out of the extractor.

Wellington's Wholesale Boot Company is all abuzz about one ingredient coming soon to its menu.

Mayor steps in for housing plan

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown

All Wellington City councillors will be able to vote on a proposal to create 13 special housing areas.

What's on in Wellington

FUN FOR THE KIDS: Carnival of the Animals is on at Capital E as part of the Children's Art Festival.

Music, comedy, theatre, film, and the festive season. Here's what's on in Wellington.

'I feel like my life is on hold'

HOLDING ON TO HOPE: Amy Clague needs to raise $100,000 to cover flights to Russia and a stem cell transplant.

A multiple sclerosis diagnosis was not the 20th birthday present Amy Clague was hoping for.

Helping hand for marathon

HEADING FOR A FIRST: Blind marathon runner Maria Williams, left, and her guide, world mountain-running champion Melissa Moon will be racing in London.

Blind athlete and world champion pair up (with the aid of some rope) to compete at London event.

Aymon McQuade's caffeine addiction

CAFFEINE FAN: New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association executive director Aymon McQuade.

NZ Specialty Coffee Association director spills the beans on his top brews and serving celebs.

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