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NZ Ballet: 60 years of costumes gallery video

02062015 news photo: Rhiannon McConnell/Fairfax NZ: Technical director Andrew Lees says thousands of Royal New Zealand Ballet costumes have been kept over the years

Skeletons, guns, swords and a giant crocodile, all in an unassuming Upper Hutt warehouse.

The bizarre calls we make

Wellington City Council has been receiving some strange inquiries.

"Is this the number where I can find a wife?" a caller has asked Wellington council.

Walsh's rollercoaster ride

Cricket World Cup head Therese Walsh has lived and breathed cricket and rugby for 12 years.

Recently knighted Therese Walsh was initially reluctant to take on the Cricket World Cup top job.

From the hospital to the zoo

Owen St looking north with Wellington Hospital in the distance on the left.

Owen St in Newtown links two famous Wellington landmarks.

New experiences just a click away

Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive David Perks with the new experience app.

Stuck on Wellington holiday ideas? This online tool makes it easy.

Allen favours Hurricanes

Hurricanes captain Mark Allen leads a charge against the Blues during their inagural Super 12 match, at the Palmerston North Showgrounds on March 1,1996.

Bull Allen is picking the Hurricanes to score a big win in the Super Rugby final on Saturday.

'The cycleway to nowhere'

The Parade residents Jane Byrne and Fiona Cockerill-Ghanem say they are not anti-cycling.

Consultation for the Island Bay Cycleway was all smoke and mirrors, say residents.

Charity biscuits combine baking talents

Wellington Returned and Services' Association member Les Coutts tastes a Cranzac biscuit next to creator Steve Joll, with Chas O'Donnell, left, and Gillian Price.

Cranberries boosted a fundraiser's Anzac biscuit sales from an expected $400 to $8000.

From cricket to the couch

Richard Petrie: "A lot of people think you can either do what you love doing and sacrifice the money or you can have the money and do something you don't love. You can do both."

He used to play cricket for New Zealand. Now Richard Petrie teaches hundreds around the world from his lounge.

Cenotaph pipped to Last Post?

Wellington RSA president Ron Turner is fighting to keep the dawn service at Wellington Cenotaph.

After 77 years, a growing dawn service could be moved from the Cenotaph to Pukeahu.

Too many tutus to party

The Nutcracker Open House director Deirdre Tarrant has pictures of how Kelburn looked in the past in her home.

Nutcracker show director Deirdre Tarrant is ready for a celebration.

Kelburn Pde: The road to education

An anti-apartheid protest march down Kelburn Pde before the 1970 All Black rugby tour of South Africa,

Thousands of university students have trekked wearily up Kelburn Pde.

Great Wall marathon proposal

Becky Mozley and Henry Harper.

It's hard to hide a ring box in your running get-up while going up 5000 steps.

Reward for selfless coach

Geoff Henry stands outside the Wellington Harriers clubrooms in Mt Victoria, where he has coached since 1978.

Veteran athletics coach Geoff Henry was recently rewarded for a lifetime of devotion to the sport he loves.

Council wins in housing department

Tawhai and Tania Konia say their new council apartment is warm and safe.

Wellington council housing comes out on top with no mould or cold.

Dog eats beer gallery

Pete Gillespie with the leftover grains.

What do you do with tonnes of beer by-product? Make it into pet food, of course.

Georgia's one of the boys

The cast of Samuel Marsden's High School Musical on Stage, Jake Elston, left, Maddie Whyte, Isaac Anderson, Lara Strong and Georgia Burns.

Georgia Burns is up for a challenge. She's taking her High School Musical On Stage character from underdog to centre stage, and she's playing a boy.

Hairdresser leaves in style

Chris Dreaver: "Having your hair done is like maintenance. I don't feel it's a luxury."

You can take the hairdresser out of the salon, but you can't take the comb away from Chris Dreaver.

Small statue, massive effort

Tawa Swimming Club's young champion Joel Crampton won gold at the recent national age group championships.

A 13-year-old Tawa swimmer's small stature belies his talent in the gruelling butterfly event.

Pat's 100 per cent passionate

Pat Shepherd photographs Thai children in a fire ravaged village rebuilt by donations from the charity Spinning Top.

One Percent Collective charity founder Pat Shepherd about skiing, photography and inspiring a new way of giving.

Wellington council's unhappy paint job

Contractors paint new parking lines in Blair Street, Wellington. Recent legal action over certain parking spaces marked by tiles has forced the council to mark parks clearly with white lines.

Wellington City Council contractors have been slapping white paint on beautified streets to fix a parking blunder.

Chance encounters for film-makers

Screenshot from Out With Mum, part of Oneshot Collective's feature film of shorts based on the common theme of chance encounters.

Funding is needed for Oneshot Collective's film of shorts based on the theme of chance encounters.

Developer to pay thousands in costs

Developer Colin Dallas has been ordered to pay Wellington City Council $90,000 in court costs in addition to the $273,000 he was earlier ordered to pay.

A developer who signed off compliance work, carried out on what turned out to be a leaky home, has now been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in additional costs.

Pre-fab homes near St James plan

An artist's impression of the proposed portable housing modules behind the St James Theatre.

Developer Ian Cassels says Te Aro needs housing, critics say plan could create slum.

Embassy Theatre in need of repairs

The Embassy Theatre in Wellington.

Cracks up to two millimetres wide have started to appear in walls of the Embassy Threatre.

Newtown school pool saved

Five-year-olds Ava Laing and Akira Aiono will get to keep swimming at school.

Newtown School will keep swimming, with $435,000 from Wellington City Council.

Super-city proposal rejected

Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Local Government Commission kicks super-city back to local councils to reconsider.

Movie stars and a hermit

Hungerford Rd in 2015, with plenty of houses and greenery.

Sir Peter Jackson and a hermit have in their different ways made Hungerford Rd famous.

The magic recipe

Earth 174 owner James O'Hare makes natural skincare and makeup

What's the secret to staying beautiful?

Weta Cave turns seven

An unexpected guest from The Hobbit guards the trolls outside Miramar's Weta Cave near Rosie Dalkie, left, Erikka Helliwell and Andrew Mair.

Captain Haddock did not look pleased to be dressed in balloons for Weta Cave's seventh birthday.

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