Northern Suburbs

School bug spreads to community

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A school has been struck by gastroenteritis which is also sweeping the wider community.

Broken-down tow truck blocks off-ramp

Road cones

A broken-down tow truck blocking a motorway offramp has been removed by a second tow truck.

Driver smashes Onslow b-ball hoop

Dom Police Tape

After a car crashed into one of the Onslow College's basketball poles today, the principal says 'even I could probably dunk it'.

Woman hurt in wrong-way crash

SH1 crash

The scene of a serious three-car crash has been cleared after an elderly woman drove the wrong way on to State Highway 2.

Scout Hall fire treated as suspicious

Fire engine

A blaze at a Karori scout hall which has left the inside of it gutted is being treated as suspicious.

RSA given reluctant bullet

Gary Roberts

The Johnsonville RSA has lost its battle to stay open, with liquidation now looking possible.

UFB contractors rupture gas main

Kaiwharawhara gas leak

Contractors excavating a trench for ultrafast broadband ruptured a gas main in Kaiwharawhara today.

Chocolate awaits honest kids

Lost ring

A man is hailing the country for its honesty after two children handed in his lost wedding ring.

Tawa College swimmer tackles nationals

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Ben Walsh has set the bar high. The Tawa College year 12 pupil will tackle the national age-group swimming championships in Wellington next week.

Heart attack death at Makara Peak

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A 50-year-old Wellington man died after suffering a heart attack in Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park on Saturday.

Car crashes into house

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A car has driven through a fence and crashed in to a house in a north Wellington suburb.

Trains noisy as ever (Audio content)

Matangi train

Residents will have to put up with screeching trains on the Johnsonville line until at least the end of the year.

Mall redevelopment before 2015 'unlikely'

Johnsonville mall

The chances of seeing a $300 million redevelopment of Johnsonville Mall before 2015 look slim if NZTA does not chip in for an upgrade of local roads.

Truck rolls on SH1 near Tawa

Road cones

State Highway 1 near Tawa has been reopened after a truck rolled on a corner earlier this afternoon.

Countdown expansion worries residents

Crofton Downs residents

Crofton Downs residents are concerned the planned expansion of the suburb's Countdown store has forced the closure of several local businesses.

Supermarket buys houses for land

new world supermarket

Khandallah New World has bought two adjacent properties with an eye on future expansion.

Rider disputes police perspective

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A man riding with a cyclist killed on a Wellington road questions the official version of events.

Grenada North diesel spill contained

Road cones

A small diesel spill north of Wellington this morning has been contained.

Crash causes Crofton Downs delays

Road cones

Traffic is backed up in Crofton Downs after a woman crashed her car and fainted.

Screeching trains 'a curse'

Wellington train

Residents along the Johnsonville train line say screeching is still a nuisance - eight months after the Matangi trains were introduced.

Johnsonville's aristocracy

Bould St

Several streets in the Wellington area are named after prominent settlers and their families.

Rimutaka road one of NZ's riskiest

rimutaka hill rd

Serious injuries on the Rimutaka Hill Rd are increasing and it is now among NZ's most dangerous.

600 mourn Tawa mum

Amanda Dawn Taufale

A Tawa woman allegedly murdered by her former boyfriend was 'more perfect than perfection', her grieving son said at her funeral.

Slain Tawa mum 'amazing'

Devastated family: 'She only saw the good'

Amanda Dawn Taufale

A Tawa woman allegedly murdered by her former boyfriend will be farewelled in Wellington today.

Porirua least disaster-prepared

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Porirua residents are the least prepared in the Wellington region for a major disaster while those in the Hutt Valley and Kapiti the most.

Slips could cut off capital for months

Earthquake

A big quake could leave Wellington reliant on barges and helicopters for survival, new predictions show.

No 'Lord Mayor' for Wellington

Fran Wilde

The controversial Lord Mayor title suggested as part of a Wellington regional council will be scrapped.

Makara gun incident

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Armed police pulled two men from a car in Northland and arrested them in relation to an earlier firearms incident.

Tawa swimmers defy odds

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Tawa's swimmers may have been homeless for a year, but not having a pool has not affected their form.

Quake bills to hit rates

Houses on hill

Wellington homeowners face higher rates as quake-proofing costs hit commercial property values.

Skater injured after car collision

skateboard

A skateboarder dislocated their shoulder when they collided with a car in Wellington today.

Winners and losers

Wellington Housing

House values in some Wellington suburbs have jumped up in the latest rating valuations while one suburb is down 5 percent.

Unsafe Tawa trees get the chop

Trees

Work has begun on cutting down 70 pine trees after four fell onto SH1 earlier this month.

Tawa Pool set to reopen

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Water flowing back into Tawa Pool is music to Shaun Pallett's ears.

Tawa ham claims title

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Tawa's tasty secret is out - the best ham in New Zealand can be found at Main Rd butchery Cameron Harrison.

All fun and no fear for Jessie

Jessie Hillel

The competition is hotting up on NZ's Got Talent but for Churton Park's Jessie Hillel, it's just ''really fun''.

Tawa teen's medal haul

Ben Walsh

A Tawa college student brought home 10 medals from the national short course swim championships in Kilbirnie this month.

Young Olivia will give anything a go

Olivia Wickens, 10, meets Silver Fern Irene van Dyk

Olivia Wickens is albino, partly blind, and 10 years old, but none of that stopped her from keeping up with the Silver Ferns.

Quake work closes popular cafe

Aro Cafe

Popular coffee spot Aro Cafe will be closing for much of the summer for earthquake strengthening.

Fallen trees block SH1

Lengthy delays for northbound commuters

Trees

The motorway north of Wellington is now clear of fallen trees after lengthy traffic delays for evening commuters.

Brooklyn turbine's lease renewed

brooklyn turbine

Wellington City Council has voted to renew the lease for the Brooklyn wind turbine's site for another 20 years.

Blossom trees snapped, vandalised

Cherry blossom

Cherry blossom trees at Katherine Mansfield Park were vandalised so badly on the weekend they had to be removed.

Truck blocks Ngauranga Gorge lanes

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Northbound morning motorists faced a slower climb up the Ngauranga Gorge this morning after a truck broke down in the centre lane.

Need help with that spring clean?

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For Steph Knight, it's all about less mess. The Tawa mum has seen her passion for organising grow into a fledgling business, and word-of- mouth and Facebook is bringing the clients in.

Phoenix call-up for Fenton

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Louis Fenton has achieved one of his footballing dreams by landing a professional contract - although he thought the initial call from his gaffer last week was a wind-up.

Father seeks answers on triplets' death

Weekes triplets

A grieving father will return to work for the government refusing to release details of the death of his triplets.

Work to start on Karori water pipeline

Mathew Ward

Work to upgrade the Ngauranga to Karori bulk water supply pipeline starts on Monday and is expected to take seven weeks.

Wellington school on the move

Kelburn Normal School faces EQ work

Kelburn Normal School

Students at Kelburn Normal School are being moved out of their classrooms into temporary buildings as earthquake strengthening work is carried out.

Woman reported missing found

Police

A 65-year-old Wellington woman who went missing today has been found safe and well.

Mystery solved

Old photos returned to owner

Johnsonville old photo

A collection of old photographs that were found on the doorstep of a Johnsonville kindergarten earlier this year have been returned to their owner.

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