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Wadestown Rd oozes history

Wadestown Rd

The history of Wadestown Rd is as long as that of Wellington itself.

A women's cricket pioneer

Sian Ruck

New Zealand women's cricket player Sian Ruck talks about bowling at international level, being a postie and food.

Answering the bugle call

Dave Kempton

Air Force trumpeter Dave Kempton talks about musician basic training, performing in Dubai and meeting Prince Charles.

The road to Erskine College

Erskine College

Avon St is a short road to intrigue. Wooden houses and a semi-wooded residential road lead to one of the most spectacular heritage buildings in Wellington.

The Fat Freddy's Drop legacy

Tehimana Kerr.

Fat Freddy's Drop guitarist Tehimana Kerr talks about his being a printer, his favourite venues and comic books.

Street history: Owhiro Bay Pde

Owhiro Bay chopper rescue

Owhiro Bay Pde looks across the Cook Strait to the South Island, masking a history that lies beneath the waves.

Tim Whitta strikes a chord

Tim Whitta

Strike Percussion's Tim Whitta talks about growing up with music, percussion, and working with young children.

Cutting to the heart of Miramar

Miramar Ave

Miramar Ave cuts through the heart of Wellington's film industry and the burgeoning suburb Miramar.

The dead centre of Wellington

Bolton St

From historic to high-rise with a cemetery in between, historic Bolton St has been the centre of controversy.

A bishop with his own style

Duckworth

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

Anglican Bishop of Wellington Justin Duckworth talks about playing soccer, helping young adults, God and dreadlocks.

Just the man for an emergency

Bruce Pepperell

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

Civil Defence controller Bruce Pepperell talks about the navy, preparing for an emergency and helping after Hurricane Sandy.

Finding justice in Ballance St

Ballance St

The scales of justice have prevailed in Ballance St for most of Wellington's history. 

Last journey of the Devon

SS Devon

A ship's grounding near the harbour entrance a century ago was not an unusual occurrence in the early days of the city.

Kilbirnie road a nod to the Iron Duke

Wellington Road, Kilbirnie

War hero leaves mark - he lent his name to our city, and to Wellington Rd in Kilbirnie.

From Scotland to the Phoenix

Ernie Merrick

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick talks about earthquakes, Scottish football and the 2013-14 season.

Meet the multi-talented Moriarty

Jim Moriarty

Jim Moriarty talks about working in Ward 27, turning down Jake the Muss and building a new theatre.

Hill St steeped in history

Hill Street

Hill St was one of the first Wellington streets to be named, way back in 1840.

Tiny island's past explored

Somes Island

Matiu/Somes Island is a tiny place with a rich history, including prisoners, quarantine stations, and native flora and fauna.

Duncan St - the spine of Tawa

Duncan Street

Duncan St is one of several places around Wellington named after Charles Duncan, an early settler from Scotland.

Journalist Jim Tucker signs off

Jim Tucker

Departing Whitireia journalism school boss Jim Tucker talks about playing hockey, supporting the homosexual law reform bill and living in a caravan.

When Main Rd is the only road

somes island

Main Rd on Matiu-Somes Island is unlike any other Main Rd in Wellington.

Rob Cameron: Incurable optimist

Rob Cameron

Investment banker Rob Cameron talks about his battle with terminal cancer, the appeal of Wellington and life at Harvard University.

From fun park to film park

wonderland

Weka St in Miramar is surely due for a name change.

Nick Mills' take on life

Nick Mills

Wellington Saints chief executive and bar owner Nick Mills talks about growing up in Western Samoa, basketball and clubbing.

Early access to the Western hills

old karori rd

Karori's first wave of settlers arrived in the 1840s, lured by the promise of new beginnings on rich, fertile plains.

Taulelei's food, glorious food

Josiah Taulelei

Josiah Taulelei about his mother's chop suey, inventing food for Wishbone and cycling from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

Hector St's link to Wahine Day

Wahine Seatoun Beach

Hector St starts only a few metres from where some Wahine passengers were rowed to Seatoun Beach during that never-to-be- forgotten storm on April 10, 1968.

Putting the community first

frances russell

Departing Wellington Community Trust chief executive Frances Russell talks about farming, Wellington Zoo and surf lifesaving.

Indian link bypasses Box Hill

Box Hill

Box Hill, which links Khandallah and Johnsonville, is notable for the fact that its name is not derived from India.

Beloved Fritz voted into top spot

Fritz

CHRISTOPHER MOOR - The Wellingtonian

Fritz and his master are city favourites, but the canine's life as a real dog would probably have been much happier.

The weather man unveiled

Dan Corbett

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

Metservice's Daniel Corbett talks about living in New York, killer tornadoes and presenting the weather.

Street history: Coutts Street

Coutts St tram crash

Coutts St begins in the heart of Kilbirnie and roadworks there seem to be a permanent fixture.

Matariki celebrations gain momentum

Matariki

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

Interest in Matariki celebrations is rising as high as the stars in the sky.

Journey from IT to ice-cream

Graham Joe

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

Gelissimo owner Graham Joe about early cellphones, his favourite gelato flavour and the appeal of Wellington.

Memories of Roxburgh St and the Monde Marie

Roxburgh St

Roxburgh St, on the lower slopes of Mt Victoria, dates back to 1840, when New Zealand Company ships began arriving in Wellington.

Friend of Cambodia honoured

Ian Kidman

LAURA KAVANAGH - The Wellingtonian

The proud "grandfather" of the Wellington Cambodian community, Ian Kidman, has been named as this month's Community Champion.

Bringing cricket history to life

Jamie Bell

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

Amy Jackman talks to New Zealand Cricket Museum director Jamie Bell about taking a hat- trick, working in a zoo and the future of the museum.

Todman St's steep rise to war and spy history

Todman St

At first glance, Brooklyn's Todman St looks indistinguishable from dozens of other steep Wellington roads climbing towards the clouds.

The view from an ambulance

Tor Riley

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

Wellington Free Ambulance's Tor Riley talks about being a paramedic, Wellington's streets and its best restaurants.

Farmers Lane's curious history

Farmers Lane

Farmers Lane, off Lambton Quay, is a rather undistinguished walkway up to The Terrace, but it has an interesting history.

Katrina has her finger on the pulse

Katrina Grant

Pulse captain Katrina Grant about Robyn Broughton, the Commonwealth Games and skydiving.

Lights, camera, action on Courtenay Pl

Courtenay Pl 1928

Courtenay Place is one of Wellington's oldest streets and was created by the 1855 Wairarapa earthquake.

From dirt track to trendy street

Derwent St

Island Bay's Derwent St has come a long way from its dirt track origins as part of a small fishing village.

A wizard of a film editor

Jamie Selkirk

Weta founder Jamie Selkirk talks about growing up in Wairarapa, early editing, Weta and winning an Oscar.

Tinakori Rd's illustrious history

Tinakori Rd

Tinakori Rd was once a grand thoroughfare, home to some of New Zealand's most distinguished politicians, writers, poets and artists.

Money man chooses capital

Andrew Bascand

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

Harbour Asset Management director Andrew Bascand talks about KiwiSaver, wine-making and the economic vibe in Wellington.

Richard Reid's life in sport

Richard Reid

JOSEPH ROMANOS - The Wellingtonian

Capital Football chief executive Richard Reid talks about living in Nigeria, having a famous father and the 1981 Springbok tour.

From criminals to spies

GCSB

CHLOE WINTER - The Wellingtonian

Now home to the Government's controversial spy agency, Pipitea St was once where criminals were put the stocks.

One click for history

Liu Heng Shine

Liu Heung Shing's story about Mikhail Gorbachev was the show-stopper at last weekend's Photographic Society of New Zealand convention.

Abel Smith St's eclectic offerings

Abel Smith St

ADRIANA WEBER - The Wellingtonian

Abel Smith St is a curious mix of old and new.
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