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Kapiti music festival coming

Wellington band Bakers Eddy, who are billed to headline the Kapiti Music Festival in early May.

More than 60 acts are set to wake up New Zealand Music Month in Kapiti.

Council wins $273,000 leaky home case

Developer ordered to pay Wellington City Council $273,000 in leaky home settlement.

Former developer told to pay towards the cost of settling home owner's claim.

Crash driver found in brambles

Aaron Vandenburg, 23, has been missing since Monday.

A man missing from his crashed car has been discovered in nearby blackberry bushes.

Surviving bloodshed in Myanmar

Zaw Zaw is thankful he no longer has to witness death and torture on a daily basis.

After years of bloodshed, torture and forced labour in Myanmar, Zaw Zaw has settled in Wellington.

Finalists named for sports awards

The winners of the Kapiti sports awards will be announced on May 13.

Thirty four finalists from 18 sports have been chosen for the 10th anniversary Pak'n Save Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

Warning on Anzac Day traffic chaos

The official opening of the National War Memorial Park in Wellington on the weekend ahead of this week's ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

This weekend's Anzac ceremonies "could be the biggest disruption to public transport ever".

Cyclists protest at 'inaction' video

Protesters in Civic Square raise their cycles in a "bike lift" of defiance on Tuesday. They accuse Wellington City Council of  "inaction" over cycleways.

"Stop faffing around", say 250 Wellington cyclists calling for improved cycleways.

MP accused of super-city 'threat'

Former Carterton mayor and NZ First list MP Ron Mark during a hearing in Carterton  yesterday on the Local Government Commission's draft proposal to unite the Wellington region in a super-city type council.

"Please don't threaten me," Ron Mark is told during a fiery hearing in Carterton.

Groups want say in cancer case

Lecretia Seales has an inoperable brain tumour and wants to be able to ask for help to die.

Lecretia Seales is dying, and doesn't have time for delays in her legal case.

Jewel thief earns prison time for haul

Behind bars, but keeping abreast on social media.

A man who ended up with more than $20,000 worth of gold and jewellery from two stores has been jailed for 2 1/2 years.

Cadets commemorate Anzac Day in Canberra

Alex Asbery, under officer in 41 City of Porirua Squadron, is excited to be part of a group of cadets celebrating the centenary of World War I in Camberra, Australia.

Alex Asbery and 14 other cadets from Porirua will spend Anzac week in Canberra.

Aussie as the Taj Mahal video

Wellington man Dominic Trewavas says using Indian rocks at the Australian Memorial at Pukeahu The National War Memorial Park ''wrecks the whole narrative'' and it should be pulled down.

Sandstone columns meant to represent Australia's "Red Centre" were quarried near Agra.

Digital court plan failure costs $6.8m

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It was meant to save 93,000 work-hours a year. Instead it cost $6.8m to taxpayers, with nothing to show.

Stevens killing: Pair plead not guilty

Matthew Stevens, of Lower Hutt, was found outside his car in suspicious circumstances on Paekakariki Hill Rd yesterday.

All three people charged with murdering Matthew Stevens have now pleaded not guilty.

Photographer finds positives from tragedy

Kuranui College students have started a drive to collect materials to fill a container to give to a poor village in Uganda. The initiative was sparked by Greytown man Geoff Walker who has established several partnerships with Wairarapa groups and the Ugandan town of Ludok.

Greytown photographer Geoff Walker captured the last moments of the Carterton balloon tragedy. In his journey to forget he forges positive links with a Ugandan community.

Hospital's fatty fare targeted

A selection of food available to staff and visitors at Hutt Hospital's cafeteria.

Hutt Hospital's cafeteria has been given a fail grade from a cross-DHB review into hospital food with its wide range of fatty and sugar-laden offerings.

Narrow vision for Foxton

Foxton Town Centre.

Main St in Foxton could be narrowed as part of a planned CBD upgrade that may see the town's cenotaph relocated.

Guppy: sports awards deserve backing

Mountain biker Kim Hurst would have been a favourite for the Upper Hutt Sports Awards.After winning the Karapoti Classic n a record women’s time  and national cyclocross title Hurst claimed the World 24 hour MTB Solo Championship in Scotland.

The cancellation of the Upper Hutt Sports Awards has highlighted  a higher profile event with more community backing is needed if they are to continue, Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy says.

WWI-era events up for awards

Tracing the Footsteps from Trentham exhibition curator Chriss Doherty-McGregor raises in salute the kind of enamel mug soldiers training at Trentham Army Camp might have used, with Expressions director Leanne Wickham.

Anzac-linked exhibition earns Lower Hutt arts centre Expressions a finalist spot in museum awards.

Council buys $3.35m land for hotel

Four buildings in Lower Hutt's southern High St sit empty after being bought by companies owned by local solicitors as part of a drive to encourage a 4-star hotel operator to build on the site.

Buildings fronting High St are empty after Hutt Council bought four properties totalling $3.35m.

Hutt Hospital bans 'diet' fizz

The Hutt Valley District Health Board is to ban the sale of all fizzy drinks at Hutt Hospital, even 'diet' sodas.

A ban on fizzy drinks at Hutt Hospital will now include 'diet' sodas made with artificial sweeteners.

Pamatatau picked for touch rugby world cup

220415 Sports Photo:Supplied.  Touch football internatonal Connah Pamatatau in age-grade action in Sydney.

Touch footballer Connah Pamatatau is set to take on the world.

2025 target unlikely

About 12,500 people successfully quit smoking each year.

We were meant to be smokefree by 2025, but now the ministry admits more work is needed.

Troops were stars of their own show

Men from the 6th Reinforcement on board the troopship H.M.N.Z.T. No.28 Tofua at King's Wharf, Wellington, on August 11 1915. They have climbed the masts to wave goodbye to onlookers.

Kiwi troops bound for Gallipoli had the unusual opportunity to go to the cinema and watch themselves marching off to war.

Iwi occupy Wairarapa farm

Protesters and supporters at the south Wairarapa dairy farm they have occupied. The land was gifted to Maori by its Pakeha owner in 1962, but has now been sold.

Protesters say selling land gifted by a Pakeha farmer is Maori taking from Maori.

Legal-high 'buffer' proposed near school

Synthetic drugs would be legally sold only within the zone.

A planned Catholic school and church may affect the proposed zone for legal high sales in Kapiti.

Council backs off land deal

The section of reserve land at the end of Harry Shaw Way that could be sold to the NZ Transport Agency.

Angry residents force council rethink on land sale.

Anzac medal backlog dismays families

Mike Olsen, holding a photo of his father (second from left) on his wedding day during World War II. He is disappointed he will not be able to wear his father's war medals on Anzac Day.

Up to 500 requests for replica medals are unlikely to be processed by Anzac Day.

Sleepout sex prowler appeals

Justin Ames Johnston

Dangerous offender claims he planned a theft, not a sex attack.

Business booming for bus company

Tranzit

A family-owned Tranzit bus service celebrated its 91st birthday last week and is going from strength to strength.

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