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Lower Hutt wins drive to bottom

Grant Wilson, 18, who failed his full drivers test at VTNZ Lower Hutt.

One crucial factor could stand between passing or failing NZ's restricted driving test: where you live.

Im-purr-essive birman at cat show

Kapiti-Horowhenua Cat Club show organiser Lyall Payne with his birman cat Chalfont Uncle Sam.

Chalfont Uncle Sam will be joined by persians, maine coons and even a sphinx.

Exclusive lease denied

The disputed land, between Byron's Resort, and the Tasman Rd Playground in Otaki Beach.

Most public submissions opposed a campground's lease application for a piece of reserve land on the Kapiti Coast.

Sewage leaks into Wellington harbour video

The city council is warning people to stay out of Frank Kitt's Lagoon and the inner harbour after diluted sewage from a ...

And part of Victoria St will remain down to one lane during this evening's rush-hour.

Vintage carriage relocates to Plimmerton

The restored carriage being loaded aboard the truck for transport to Plimmerton.

Wairarapa Wheelwrights trained by a Gypsy-loving Englishman send vintage carriage to join steam train in Plimmerton.

Ruataniwha dam in doubt

Some of the 22 hectares of Ruahine Forest Park that the Department of Conservation had agreed to swap to pave the way ...

DOC and Hawke's Bay council's plan to trade land for the $300m dam ruled illegal.

Scorcher series will return

Competitors are breathing a sigh of relief knowing they'll once again get to line up at start flags.

The Wellington sporting community has rallied to save a beloved summer sports series after it almost stopped because of a lack of funding.

Broken water main slows traffic

Work underway on Wednesday at the intersection of Kapiti Rd and Arawhata Rd where a water main was broken.

Dirty water, wavering pressure and jammed traffic expected in Kapiti after broken water main.

Bus service road block could be cleared

Horizons wants to extend its bus services with a Levin to Waikanae link.

Regional councillors are trying to break down the tyranny of a border between them.

Dangerous men question care

Special patients who want compensation for their care case coming to a close at the High Court in Wellington

Three men claiming compensation over mental health care treatment were difficult and dangerous, court hears.

'Reckless' Jim Beam attack

An empty spirit bottle was thrown through a car windscreen, hitting the driver on a shoulder.

Caleb Olsen escaped serious injury after a bottle smashed his windscreen while on the open road.

Gastro meeting draws 300

Havelock North man Kevin Wilkins asks a question at the gastro meeting.

They came in their droves to the Baptist church on the edge of town to find out how the evil got into their water.

Body confirmed as missing Kiwi

A body found near Perth on Sunday has been confirmed as former Wellingtonian Michael Junior Huria, who went by Mike ...

Australian police confirm death of former Wellingtonian Michael Huria, who went missing near Perth.

Porirua bus hits road block

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett has no problem with the length of time its taken to get the city's community bus up and running.

Porirua City Council was given $60,000 to buy a community bus back in April, so where is it?

Shelly Bay a step closer to Sausalito

Wellington City Council is understood to have made a deal to sell its land at Shelly Bay to  developer Ian Cassels.

Wellington City Council land sale to developer could see revamp of collection of derelict buildings.

Should ratepayers buy Karori campus?

The 3.7 hectare site has tennis courts, pools, a hall, music suites, a gymnasium and classrooms.

One Wellington mayoral candidate thinks so, but others have scoffed at the suggestion.

$10 campus could sell for $20m video

The university's vice-chancellor, Grant Guilford, says it will take up to two years for the university to dispose of the ...

Victoria Uni bought a Wellington campus for $10 in 2014 - now it could sell the site for $20m.

Gas scare at Napier Port

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Logs at the Te Horo site where new health and safety rules are already ...

Two workers tested for exposure to methyl bromide after accidental release of log fumigant.

Cell phones saving languages

Rather than destroying remote languages, cell phones and other technology are in fact helping to save them.

New research suggests texting and emailing are saving endangered languages, not destroying them.

Dog rescued from 'scary' fire

Neighbours managed to haul a dog out of the yard of this house just minutes before the car in the picture exploded in ...

Neighbours rescue dog trapped metres from a blazing house just minutes before a car explodes.

Gastro outbreak: No plan

Campylobacter - Stock image

Havelock North water fiasco reveals that an emergency plan should have been completed eight months ago. It's still being written.

Bunnings revamp brings 25 jobs

Bunnings has announced plans to open a new, larger store in Hastings.

A new, larger, store for Hastings will double the number of Bunnings workers employed in the town.

Six personal best swims

29082016 sport photo: BW Media. Wellington's Capital Swim Club swimmer Lewis Clareburt who beat his three personal best ...

A Wellington swimmer might be the next hope for international glory after he broke his personal bests six times at one swimming meet.

Cycling mum's fears for her baby

Rebecca Kendall was nearly killed in a cycling accident in 2015. Having three children, including newly born Noah, has ...

Rebecca Kendall braved the roads on her bike after an awful crash, but a new baby gave her second thoughts.

Race to correct road botch-up video

Wainuiomata traffic island on Parkway has enraged motorists.

Contractors scramble to widen a road after a traffic island "mistake" - and it looks even worse from above.

Wellington mayoral profile: Nick Leggett video

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is standing for the Wellington mayoralty.

Wellington mayoral candidate Nick Leggett - carpetbagger or new energy for the capital?

Campus sale leaves vacuum

Victoria University says it will sell its Karori campus, which began in 1970 as Wellington Teachers' College.

OPINION: Victoria's decision is not a surprise, but it means other public bodies will need to act.

'A hidden, silent thing'

Fraser Wall and Helen Slater at Literacy Aotearoa Wellington. Both will attend the giant scrabble game at Wellington ...

Giant game of scrabble in Wellington will help highlight adult literacy problems.

Homeless, but working or studying

Demand for emergency accommodation for the homeless is rising in response to what Kevin calls "disaster levels" of new ...

A new study has revealed half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying.

Drilling firm backs school

ACT leader David Seymour announced the two new charter schools on Tuesday.

A boy's academy for high school students backed by a drilling firm is one of the country's latest charter schools.

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