The Wellingtonian

What makes Wellington readers tick?

Wellington Libraries and community spaces manager John Stears says the recent popular books have been about politics and food.

What do Wellingtonians love reading? Crime, food and politics.

Erasing red ink health chief’s priority

Debbie Chin has been appointed chief executive of Capital and Coast District Health Board,

Debbie Chin is close to balancing Capital and Coast District Health Board’s book but says it hasn’t been at the expense of patients’ care.

A glamorous gap year in show business

Disney on Ice skaters Kristy Wright of Fairport, New York, and  Laura Monachino of Auckland.

Kristy Wright and Laura Monachino have real world careers on hold while they tour as ice performers with Disney On Ice.

Overdue since 2009

210313. Kevin Stent/Dominion Post. Wellington Library, where the WCC has budgeted $350,000 for the Mayor's temporary relocation on the fourth floor.

Someone has a book on politics that was due back at Wellington library in 2009.

Puppet Fiction heads to Edinburgh

Wellington puppeteer Jon Coddington.

There are plenty of strings attached for one Wellington barista's fringe passion project.

Te reo at rugby gets 'em talking

Wellington under-6 rugby coach Joseph Tawhara kicks off rugby practice with some instructions to Raniera Harrison-Tupangaia, in blue, Tuhaia Mako-McLeod, and the rest of the team in te reo.

A Wellington under-6 rugby team speaks only in te reo Maori at training and matches.

Wellingtonian scores role in Shortland Street

Wellington actor Maxwell Apse, who is playing Edwin Daley in Shortland Street.

A young Wellingtonian actor hit the small screen for the first time last week, after securing a 15-episode run in Shortland Street.

The world of a foreign correspondent

David Barber: "The Mururoa nuclear bomb testing trip was the highlight of my life because that was the world's first government ban the bomb protest."

Former foreign correspondent David Barber talks about working in 50 countries, the prime minister who tried to destroy his career and having the right to die.

What's on in Wellington

William Kircher stars in The Hound of the Baskervilles at Circa Theatre.

Music, comedy, art and sports. Here's what's on this week.

From an army base to Wellywood

Burnham St as it is in 2015, from the Dorset Cove housing development. The Fort Dorset park in the middle of the photo is now part of Seatoun School.

An army base and a film set part of the history of Burnham St in Wellington.

From the corner dairy to the big screen

Jacob Rajan performs in his one-man-show Krishnan's Dairy, which is on in Wellington this week.

A Wellington playwright and actor is about to see one of his best-known plays made into a movie.

Brothers celebrate 50 years in store

Cuba St Fruit Mart owners and brothers, from left, Lucky, Wally and  Magan Dayal.

The three Dayal brothers have stuck together through a lot of changes in Wellington's Cuba St.

Fighting crime by going online

Aro Valley residents Abby Leach, left, and Jasmine Harding outside their bathroom window, where a man tried to break in this  month.

Students are using social media to alert each other to break-ins and suspicious behaviour.

Locking lips for history video

U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert kisses his wife Nancy outside Old St Paul’s in preparation for this weekend’s mass Kiss In, marking 70 years since the end of WWII.

US ambassador prepares for mass a 'Kiss In' on Sunday.

Open House party - spread the word

Check out what Wellington's doing on July 25-26 to celebrate its 150th birthday.

Everyone's on the guest list for Wellington's 150th birthday celebrations.

Residents target boy racers

Grenada Village resident Wendy Slieker is annoyed by the increase in boy racers in the normally quiet suburb.

Boy racers are turning a quiet Wellington suburb into a race track.

'Typical riches to ruin story'

Peter Vincent now flies for Sounds Air after he lost his business, Vincent Aviation, in 2014.

"Second Chance Pete" was known for giving pilots a flying start. Now they're lifting him out of debt.

Thinking sunny thoughts

Raroa Rd 2015, as it winds towards the west, with houses high above on the left and below the road on the right.

Raroa Rd links the city and southern suburbs of Wellington to the west.

Mother-daughter team plan short film

The creative mother-daughter team of Stephanie Sinclaire, left,  and Katherine Wyeth, outside their Seatoun pop-up gallery.

A Seatoun mother and daughter hope to start shooting a short film soon.

Building the future right

Willis Bond & Co managing director Mark McGuinness:  "I've learnt in business if you find really good people, work with them and keep working with them."

Willis Bond & Co managing director Mark McGuinness looks back on his career as a property developer.

Steve Winter is cat crazy

National Geographic photographer Steve Winter in the field in Brazil.

Steve Winter trails the world's scariest cats.

What's on in Wellington

There will be plenty of surprises at the Mad Hatter Tea Party at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden this weekend.

Music, comedy, art and Capital 150. Here's what's on this week.

Growing up cold and damp video

The curtains next to Tensae Ayele’s cribb are black with mold despite being only two months old.

This state house has brown liquid leaching from a bedroom wall and rotten windows.

Johnsonville liquor store opposed

City councillor Justin Lester is concerned about a proposal for another alcohol store in Johnsonville

An application for a liquor store in Johnsonville has met strong opposition.

Kiwis win World Hot Sauce title

Nick Brown, director of Huffman's Hot Sauce, which just won gold at the World Hot Sauce World Champs in the US over the weekend.

The best hot sauces in the world are made in New Zealand.

Hewitson facing the ultimate marathon challenge

Wellingtonian Paul Hewitson is about to compete in a seven-day, 250-kilometre race across Ecuador.

 Wellington runner Paul Hewitson is ready for the race of his life.

Big Cheese of the capital

Kingsmeade Cheese owners Janet and Miles King say their business has increased by 30 per cent since winning the 2014 Wellington on a plate producer awards last year.

As global demand for sheep's milk products grows, a Wairarapa couple are expanding their business.

Nun still singing at 101

Sister Mary Winefride Blake is 101.

Sister Mary Winefride Blake is a nun, a singing teacher, and is 101 years old.

Dancing with Irish luck

Wellington Irish dancer Charlotte Wright will dance in world show Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance next month.

Dancing's in Charlotte Wright's blood.

Capital 'Kiss In' for 100 couples

SPLASH

Organisers are seeking 100 Wellington couples to re-enact the world's most famous kiss.

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