The Wellingtonian

Sweet taste of success

A sickness has turned into something sweet for Wellington baker Kristine Bartley.

Tsunami lines for eastern suburbs

Tsunami lines

Miramar Peninsula is next in line for blue tsunami warning markers.

Quake risk building's $1m upgrade

Wellington Opera House

The Wellington Opera House is getting a major face-lift even though it has been yellow-stickered.

Tim Brown's many hats

Tim Brown

Wellington businessman Tim Brown talks about working for Lloyd Morrison, Fringe Festival and being hit by a bus.

The early heart of Wellington

Thorndon Quay 1866

In 1840 the sea still lapped the shore of Thorndon Quay.

Kaka feasting on Botanic Garden trees


As the kaka population thrives their propensity for stripping tree bark is causing havoc in the Botanic Gardens.

From Wellywood to Hollywood in the 1930s

Joyce Nielson

In 1934 Wellingtonian Joyce Nielsen brought glamour to the screen and made it to Hollywood.

Havana brings rum in from ... Havana

Havana rum

Rum: pirates loved it, smugglers sold it and Havana bar in Wellington now imports it directly.

Vege markets in trouble due to no lease

Newtown market

Two of Wellington's popular fruit and vegetable markets are operating on school grounds without permission.

Short story of a writing life

Emily Perkins

Author Emily Perkins about imaginary worlds, acting and the e-books v print debate.

'Groundbreaking' programme to fold

'Groundbreaking' police, refugee programme to fold


Lauded programme addressing attitudes of police and refugees to one another has run out of funding.

Northland Rd a takeaway food paradise

Northland Fire Brigade

If health food junkies had their way, there would be a block of empty shops in Northland Rd.

Class of 2013 now political junkies


A year on from the local body elections and Wellington's six first-term councillors have got down to business.

Council venues front up

Basin Reserve

The Basin Reserve came in over budget this financial year, the worst result of Wellington venues.

Singer answers foundation's wish

April Phillips releases new track for Make-A-Wish

April Phillips Make-A-Wish

A week after writing a song for the charity, April Phillips' daughter was tested for potentially fatal brain condition.

Housing boost for poorer families

cheap houses

Dwell Housing Trust will lease four new houses at affordable rents and sell six on shared-ownership deals.

Bats Theatre flying back to original home

Bats wings its way back to Kent Tce

Bats theatre

Bats Theatre is planning a return season of its own next month when it reopens in its Kent Tce home.

'Old' Hutt Rd not really old

Old Hutt Rd

Wellingtonians are great at informally renaming their streets, and that includes Old Hutt Road.

Finding the crema of the coffee crop

Amateur coffee

Home coffee-making became competitive at Wellington's first best amateur barista competition at Caffe L'affare.

Abel Tasman would be proud

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.

More fountains the call

Youth council calls for waterfront drink fountains


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

Matangi trains still screeching


Rain, leaves blamed for ongoing problems on the noise-plagued Johnsonville rail line.

Wellington rugby's spiritual home

Rintoul St

For a century on winter Saturdays, rugby fans would stream down Rintoul St.

Tawa's musical extravaganza

Tawa Goes to Town

Tawa Goes to Town with 720 singers in biennial music festival that has taken place since 1982.

Social housing: Where do parties stand?

Holly Walker

Parties outline stances on state housing, focusing on Wellington, where the issue has been a thorny one.

Memorial underpass opening ahead of schedule

underpass early

Motorists will soon be able to drive through Buckle St's Memorial Park underpass, five weeks early.

Billboards can stay - this time

Political billboards

Billboard, advertising and media laws are not keeping pace with the new advance voting system.

Central Wellington 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 designer turns heads at Fashion Week

Wellington designer walks it out at NZFW


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


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

Tirikatene looks secure for Te Tai Tonga seat


Te Tai Tonga is in the red for this year's election - Labour red.

Council funds Zoo's native section

Meet the locals

$1.5 million council grant mean the Zoo's 'Meet the Locals' project will complete well ahead of schedule.

Ngaio Gorge Road: Only for the most daring

B/W Ngaio gorge

Kaiwharawhara Rd juts from Hutt Rd and becomes Ngaio Gorge Road as it climbs towards Khandallah.

Two players vying for electorate 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.

Young author never lived to see book's success


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.

It's politics, but not as you know it

PSA at Bats

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

Shed 6 surpasses council's expectations

shed 6

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

ParrotDog the king of hoppy beers

Brewery's most successful NZ awards yet


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


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

Bowen St's long history with politics

Bowen St

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

Searching for a Wellington objector

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


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 with a mature rating

Ballet Strap

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