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Nicholas praises police recruits

Class patron Louise Nicholas with Constable Jess Moorby at the graduation ceremony in Porirua on Thursday.

The anti-rape activist never dreamed she would be patron of a class of new police officers.

Guards graduate as jail jobs cut

Newly graduated Corrections officer Renee Manaena, wearing the cloak, has won the Minister of Corrections' Excellence Award.

Corrections axes 192 jobs and tells affected staff they can apply for new roles.

Rays to oust Kitts from lagoon

Frank Kitts Lagoon in Wellington could soon have a new name.

Frank Kitts Lagoon has never had an official name. That could all soon change.

Call to scrap Basin reserve lights fails

Lights for the Basin Reserve have been kept in council budgets despite a bid to cut funding for the project.

New lights at the Basin Reserve have been kept in council budgets - but only just.

'Prepare to be named and shamed'

The unnamed woman appeared in Masterton District Court, where she was warned the eventual publication of her name was "extremely likely".

Judge warns woman who stole from disabled clients that name suppression won't last.

No such thing as a free lunch

020214. snl-features. Photo. Lunchbox.

Councillors exchange free lunch for an hour long lunch break.

Weaving project builds understanding

Hutt Valley High School Year 9 students, clockwise from top, Ariana Kaveney, Queena Ye, Ella McKay, Noora Az, Sheena Hirayama, Laura Griffiths and Rosie Sproston help Millie Malin model one of the group's dream coats for the Eco Fashion runway show 2015.

Lower Hutt fashion students are learning about silver lining of a different kind in the build up to New Zealand Eco Fashion Week.

Cop killer denied parole

Andrew Popo was found guilty of manslaughter after running down Porirua police officer Derek Wootton.

Man nearly seven years into eight year, nine month sentence for manslaughter of police officer, is again denied parole.

Boy's escape attempt injures

Taradale Primary School, Napier, where a nine-year-old boy was critically injured in an "unfortunate accident".

A boy critically injured in a school window may have been trying to escape after toilet door became stuck.

Bothersome bikes in Bothamley

A motorbike rider in Bothamley Park, Porirua.

Motorcyclists are breaking the law in Porirua's Bothamley Park

Project showcases young performers

Counting down to Levin's NZ Music Month extravaganza on Saturday May 30, are volunteers Hannah Taylor, left, Simon Burgess, Eboney Taylor and Joy Davis.

Project CYN will showcase Horowhenua's young performers, in a roundup of Stage Challenge, J Rock, and other performances.

Football-mad kids to take part in World Cup

Brayden Pashby, left, and Riley Moy, will be mascot mates, accompanying mascot Wooliam onto the field for some FIFA under-20 World Cup Wellington matches.

Two Otaki boys will be running on field for several matches of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, as "mascot mates".

All about Sur5al

Roller derby action returns to Levin this Saturday.

Sixteen roller derby teams will battle it out at an upcoming tournament in Levin.

Forget Mangaweka, head to Manakau

The Deer Story Museum, complete with car park helicopter, set to open in Manakau on State HIghway 1.

Manakau could become the new Mangaweka as a deer-themed museum complete with helicopter opens on Saturday.

Alleged station slasher arrested

Police have arrested the alleged Waikanae train station slasher.

Man appears in court after alleged unprovoked attack at a train station.

Porirua flooding was 'unstoppable'

Flooding in Takapuwahia during the May 14 floods.

A report has confirmed the recent flooding in Porirua and Tawa was part of a 1-in-100 year storm event.

Cyclist seriously injured by car

Police are investigating after a cyclist was hit by a car in Newlands Thursday morning.

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after being hit by car in Newlands.

Park and be damned, she says

Upton Tce resident Sally King says parking needs to be better in Thorndon.

Thorndon residents are not happy their suburb contains three residential parking zones.

Tennis courts may be upgraded

Rundown tennis courts in Tasman St may soon be upgraded.

Rundown tennis courts in Tasman St could soon be upgraded.

Engineering rescues after quakes

New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue engineer Scott Miller in Japan after the tsunami flattened former holiday destination Tokura on March 11, 2011.

USAR was 'a joke' until the Christchurch quake, when they worked 37 hours straight. Now they save lives the world over.

NZ's spike in road deaths

New Zealand recorded the biggest increase in road deaths in 2014, according to international study.

New Zealand recorded the biggest increase in road deaths in 2014, according to international study.

Lowest Playcentre roll in 12 years

Playcentres have had a steady decline in roll numbers, and its leaders have told the Ministry of Education they need more funding to survive. From left, parent helper Kirstin Gibb, with Jamie Kristensen, 5, and Lorna Clarke, 4, at Island Bay Playcentre.

The 74-year-old institution is restructuring after a drop in funding and enrolments.

Council forced to waive parking tickets

Motorists given parking tickets at the bottom of Cuba St - as well as six other Wellington streets - could now challenge their tickets after the council failed to paint white lines on the road.

Wellington City Council's efforts to beautify the streets could cost it thousands of dollars.

Three-year anniversary of mall blaze

Willsher, left, Jackson and Lillie Weekes.

Parents of triplets killed in Doha fire will spend anniversary reflecting on their short lives.

Seal returned to the wild

The seal made an attempt to enter a Lower Hutt garage, but was thwarted.

A rogue seal's Lower Hutt adventure has ended after it was captured by DOC rangers.

Council backs runway and waterfront plans

An artists impression of a Chinese Garden in Frank Kitts Park. the garden is a key part of the city's three-year waterfront development plan approved by a council committee on Wednesday.

Councillors emphasise runway business case must stack up before public money committed.

Capital supports connection

The Capital Connection remains on track for now.

Capital Connection commuters are offered a sliver of hope.

A town with no pub video

Eketahuna Commerical Hotel managers Phil Ryan and Kaye Brotherton.

Locals up in arms as last orders are called at Eketahuna's only pub.

Seales 'can't choose time of death'

Lawyer Lecretia Seales has turned to the court to affirm her rights.

Judge thanks dying lawyer for bringing her case to court.

Roads closed as waves hammer coast video

Rough swells in Cook Strait have cancelled ferry sailings and closed roads on Wellington's south coast and in Kaikoura. This photo was taken from Kaikoura.

Massive storm churns up sea to cause disruption and delays on east coast.

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