The Wellingtonian

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

Fountains

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

Trains still screeching

TRAIN

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

Fashion

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

Chess

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

Labour secure in Te Tai Tonga

Tirikatene

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.

Cenotaph upgrade under way

Cenotaph upgrade

The Cenotaph Plaza refurbishment upgrade has begun, all the better to see Anzac Day centenary.

'We miss her dearly'

Hat

The Book of Hat by 20 year-old Harriet "Hat" Rowland topped charts, but not before she died of cancer.

Hermit made way for coastal tour

Queens Drive

Queens Dr is a picturesque road, starting near the heart of Kilbirnie and spilling out onto the edge of Cook Strait.

Playing politics at Bats

PSA at Bats

Winston's back, Colin's throwing a tantrum and Paula's on the prowl.

Shed 6 surpasses expectations

shed 6

Never mind the Town Hall closure, Wellington is still open for conferences.

ParrotDog wins again

Brewery's most successful NZ awards yet

Parrotdog

ParrotDog was the only Wellington brewery to win a trophy at this year's New Zealand beer awards.

War museum could be short-lived

Dominion Museum

The former Dominion Museum is set to be converted to an army museum, but the facility may last for just four years.

Seawall plans halted

Seawall

Plans to fix a shattered South Coast seawall are on hold because the council fears another battle with residents.

Street with a political heart

Bowen St

Thorndon's Bowen St literally cuts right through the heart of Wellington's political beast.

Conscientious objectors

Remember those who spoke out against WWI

WW1 objector strap

Relatives of World War I objectors are being asked to share their ancestors' stories.

Long journey from fuel to film

Mirmar

Miramar's film industry has exploded from an area that was once a gas and oil hub.

Creche's next move not decided

Home of Compassion Creche

The historic creche on Buckle St has reached its final resting place, but what it will be used for remains a mystery.

Ballet between sheets

Ballet Strap

It's sexy, half-naked, mattress-using ballet and it's coming to Wellington this weekend.

A beery happy birthday

Putting on some kegs

Malthouse 21

Beloved Wellington beer bar The Malthouse comes of age next week - and they're cracking a few kegs to celebrate.

A life of food and travel

Sarah Meikle

Wellington on a Plate organiser Sarah Meikle talks about working in the Middle East, organising food festivals and eating steak in Brazil.

Planned cycle routes attract criticism

Cycleway, cycling, lane

A citizens' advisory panel has recommended the wrong cycleway options for Newtown, some locals say.

Santa's coming to town

Christmas

Deck the halls and skip the malls because Christmas is coming back to the golden mile.

Council won't target strong beer

alcohol generic

Wellingtonians who like strong craft beer can breathe a sigh of relief - the city council isn't clamping down on beer festivals, stronger beers or single bottle sales any time soon.

Willis St's century of traffic woes

Willis St

Willis St's traffic woes date back nearly as far at the road itself.

San Fran back in style

In it for the long haul

San Fran bar

The new San Fran is determined not to be the next to go, after the closure of Puppies and Mighty Mighty.

Kicking up stink about track waste

Colin Tofts

Concern is growing over mountainbike tack users defecating on nearby paths and road.

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