The Wellingtonian

Toxic spills affecting stream

Karori West Normal School pupils Thomas Newman, left, and Henry Fricke, stand on the bridge of Waipahihi stream feeding the eels.

Pollution at a Karori stream is so bad teachers at a nearby school can smell diesel in their staffroom.

Life after a brain tumour

Wellington student Tommie Maharaj carried a rock with the word hope throughout his ordeal.

Tommie Maharaj was at university alone one night in February 2014 when the right side of his body collapsed.

Wellington's Ale University

Craft Beer College organisers Phil Cook and Stephanie Coutts

Wellington's Craft Beer College is holding a flavourful exam for beer connoisseurs in June.

Mayor's cycling gift

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown with the gifted bicycle.

Wellington's sister city in Japan has given the city's mayor a bicycle to mark 20 years.

Wellington's Dutch treat

Maria van der Meel: "This country thrives on volunteers. If we didn't have them we wouldn't be where we are today."

Wellington activist Maria van der Meel discusses politics, protesting and being married at 18.

Legal bill to protect town belt

The Wellington Town Belt at Mt Victoria.

Wellington's Town Belt is to be enlarged and protected by law.

Skateboards damage Pukeahu park

Skateboarders really are ripping it up at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

Skateboarders are proving a menace at Wellington's new Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

My mind and other valuables

Bree MacFarlane and her mother Eve's belongings were taken after a break-in on April 17.

Brooklyn teenager Bree MacFarlane is trying to raise money to recoup her losses after a recent burglary.

Madeline karting to the top

Top ranking Madeline Stewart has proven herself on the national karting stage and is focused on racing in the future.

Determined young kart racer Madeline Stewart has risen the ranks to compete internationally.

Road safety on school radar

Berhampore School pupils Theo Melville, left, Mia Coles-Nixon, Naya Espelita, front, and Princes Garcia measure traffic speeds on Britomart St, Wellington.

The loan of a speed camera has got Berhampore School pupils excited about road safety.

Asbestos worries for residents

The Britomart apartments before their demolition last month.

Newtown residents feared asbestos contamination when an old apartment complex was demolished.

He's 99 and sailing fine

Karori sailing veteran Jack Ayers, 99, proves his worth on the Montego Bay 111 in the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club Veterans Race.

Jack Ayers first went to hospital at age 98. At 99, his crew jumped the gun in a Wellington yacht race.

Study could curb capital begging

About 15 people are begging on Wellington's streets every day.

Begging in Wellington could be eradicated if an Auckland study is put to use.

Shelter hours limited

Wellington Night Shelter.

Wellington City Council increases its annual grant to the Night Shelter, but not as much as was hoped.

Container cafe gets people talking

Baristas Georgia Hudson and Kirk Hodgson say Stories Coffee has intrigued pedestrians in lower Cuba St.

Wellington's first container cafe is serving up jobs for young baristas.

Big challenge for Tawa

James So'oialo, who has been on of Tawa's shining lights this season.

Tawa coach Dion Waller wants his players to move up a gear on Saturday when they face Marist St Pat's.

School pools under threat

Newtown School principal Mark Brown has joined with Alan Chambers, Lyall Bay Surf Club coach Walter Maxwell and Southern Ward councillor Paul Eagle to see pools like Rongotai Colleges restored.

Five Wellington school pools face eventual closure as the fund which kept them running dries up.

'Threatening' notes for footpath cars

Kinghorne St is one of the areas where Living Streets Aotearoa has been targeting cars parked on footpaths.

Wellington drivers say they are being threatened by walking advocates for parking on the footpath on the capital's narrow, windy streets.

Permanent war museum mooted

Massey University's former Dominion Museum building may evolve into a permanent war museum.

Wellington's historic Dominion Museum's future may become a permanent war museum

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

Wreaths lay at the foot of the Ataturk Memorial.

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

'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.

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