The Wellingtonian

74 years young

The life of a New Zealand ballet pioneer

Jon Trimmer

Royal New Zealand Ballet principal Sir Jon Trimmer talks about dyslexia, growing fruit trees and keeping fit at 74.

Pushed out of paradise

Tawa Family

Stephanie Sole "cried and cried" when she learnt her dream home could be taken away from her.

Coppelia dancers say it with mime


Dancers Sir Jon Trimmer and Lucy Green talk about mime in the latest production Royal NZ Ballet production, Coppelia.

Tiny street with a big history

Tringham St

Tringham St in Karori is a tiny street that gives a historical nod to Karori and other buildings around town.

Airport coffee a high-flyer

Mojo airport

Quality and consistency is the secret to a perfect coffee, Mojo airport cafe owner Jason Neilson says.

Wellington East girls win softball champs again

Softball generic strap

The Wellington East Girls' College softball team has returned to the winner's circle after claiming the national secondary schools title in Christchurch.

Sharples playing the racism card

Pita Sharples at Ratana, 2014

OPINION: All too often, the claim of "racism" is a political weapon of last resort.

Is sevens rugby the answer?

All Blacks Sevens

OPINION: Sanzar bosses are wrestling with what to do with Super Rugby.

Harbour floor contamination persists

Harbour contamination

Rainwater-born heavy metals and pesticide have contaminated Wellington Harbour's floor to levels above national guidelines.

San Francisco bar still rocking on?

San Fran Bath House

TALIA CARLISLE - The Wellingtonian

However, it has been holding gigs since February 21 and nothing appears to have changed.

Don't cry for these Argentinians

Marcelo Riccardo

Four Argentinian football imports are enjoying Wellington, even though it's cold, windy and there are no stadium games.

Heroes, humps and haunted house

Freyberg St Wellington

The name Freyberg is associated with Freyberg Pool and Sir Bernard Freyberg, but Freyberg St is named after his brother.

It takes two to tango

Dance duo sets sights on UK festival

Latin dance

A duo who conquered the New Zealand Latin dance scene are now targeting England's prestigious Blackpool dance Festival.

Universities fear loss of democracy

Uni democracy

Academic freedom and democracy is under threat, university staff and students say.

Those were the days, my friend

Dennis Lillee

OPINION: It was fitting that Sky TV played the two-part series Howzat last week, as the Twenty20 World Cup was beginning in Bangladesh.

Mana and Dotcom can do business

Mana and Dotcom

OPINION: To survive, as even the Hunger Games books and films have pointed out, you need to be able to compromise, and to collaborate.

Men are victims of sexual abuse, too

Male sexual abuse

Sharing his story made such a difference to one man that he is now helping other survivors of sexual abuse.

Memorial to a polar explorer

Byrd Memorial

Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd's memorial below the Mt Victoria lookout commemorates a famous American polar explorer's special connection with Wellington.

Webisodes capture creative life

capital webisodes

Four childhood friends have self-funded a mockumentary series based on creative types living in Wellington.

Glitz, glamour and murder at Gryphon

Cat's Meow

The glitz and glamour of the 1920s is coming to Gryphon Theatre.

Look what Frank Johnson started

Johnsonville Rd

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

Johnsonville has some of the oldest history in Wellington.

On goes the underpass roof

Buckle St Underpass

The first 300-tonne concrete roof slab was poured onto the Buckle St underpass this morning.

When an All Black cried foul

Andy Haden

OPINION: I've been trying to figure out what was ailing Andy Haden the other day when he was being interviewed by Mary Wilson.

Are Collins and Parata safe?

Collins and Parata

OPINION: Will John Key show the steel that has been lacking so far in his dealings with wayward Cabinet colleagues?

Ice rink becomes a puddle

ice rink

Wellington weather has caused trouble for the ice rink at Queens Wharf this week.

Supermarket land still vacant

BGI building

A Tasman St site is still empty, six years after a landmark building was demolished to make way for a supermarket.

Cycle scheme gaining traction Aro Valley loans popular

HOLLY DOVE - The Wellingtonian

Getting around the capital has never been easier, after the first month of a free bike-lending programme set up by Aro Valley residents.

Jail, riots and a war memorial

Buckle St 1932

Buckle St in Mt Cook has grown from a simple dirt track, to an established road, to a part of State Highway 1.

Equal partners, but not too equal

Tony Abbott, John Key

OPINION: A clear imbalance exists in New Zealand's relationship with Australia, and it's getting worse.

Music school collaboration ends

Victoria University generic

ALISA YONG - The Wellingtonian

An eight-year collaboration between Victoria and Massey universities in the shared running of the New Zealand School of Music is to end.

Netball must get tough on foul play

Irene van Dyk

OPINION: Good on Central Pulse coach Robyn Broughton for railing against persistent foul play in netball.

Free beer for rat catchers catching on

rat catch

A Victoria University scheme that involves students swapping rats for beer may be extended to other universities.

End of the line for bus depot


Kilbirnie residents are demanding to be consulted as the wrecking ball lines up Kilbirnie's ageing bus barns.

School land in path of link road project

Tawa College principal

Tawa College could lose classrooms if state highway 1 is widened as part of the link road project, says its principal.

Baker's happy with new EP

Louis Baker

After six years, Wellington musician Louis Baker is almost satisfied with his self-titled EP.

Street tells a roaring tale

Daniell St

Daniell St is the home of New Zealand's first zoo, established in 1906.

Key to success is service to a T

T Leaf T

Wellington tea company t leaf T celebrated its 10th birthday last month.

A modern tale of two deaf children

Angela Murray

Pupils at Scared Heart Cathedral School are learning sign language with help from a couple of their classmates.

A War hero and an All Black

Beet Algar

Beethoven Algar had just made his debut for Wellington when World War I forced him to swap a rugby ball for a camel.

Broughton's life on court

Robyn Broughton

Pulse netball coach Robyn Broughton talks about teaching, Southland and yellow cards.

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