'Patient dumping' at night shelter

Wellington Night Shelter manager Mike Leon, left, at a social housing protest.

Wellington's Night Shelter has gone from last resort to first port of call for many psychiatric patients and released prisoners.

Stymying the region not on

Around 20 balloons took part in a mass ascension from Carrington Park in Carterton to launch the Wairarapa Balloon Festival, which runs until Sunday.

Merging the rest of the region should not depend on Wairarapa, Wellington pro-amalgamation groups says.

Your guide to Easter weekend

Zane and Degge Jarvie, with Imogen Stone, had great success with How To Universe at the Fringe Festival. They return in 2015, bringing the show to Wellington Circus Hub in Newtown for the Easter weekend.

Here are some of the events happening around Wellington over the long weekend.

Rescued man identified

Police have been able to identify this man, who was rescued from the sea off Eastbourne Beach near Burdan's Gate on Monday, as an Indian international student.

Man saved from drowning in Wellington Harbour by teenage girl identified as an international student.

Super-city plan gets AB kicking

Former All Black and Wellington Lions coach Earle Kirton give the Local Government Commission his view on the Wellington super-city proposal at a hearing in Upper Hutt.

Another former All Black has put the boot into the Wellington super-city proposal.

Sold! For $1m

The Tuatara Brewing Company Third Eye micro-brewery and tasting room. The building has reportedly sold for $1 million.

The building where the Tuatara Brewing Company recently opened its new tasting room is understood to have been sold to for $1 million.

Sparrows strangled

Dead sparrows have been found in Kilbirnie, Wellington, each with trinkets like this around their necks.

A bird killer with a penchant for trinkets is on the loose in Wellington.

Mt Victoria death still a mystery

Mystery still surrounds the death of a Wellington woman whose body was found in Wellington's town belt.

Chad sheds dreads

Chad Bolton swings the glorious dreadlocks he had cut off for Shave for a Cure.

Nine years' worth of dreadlocks fell to the floor in minutes all for Shave for a Cure.

WoW winner's fight against cancer

Fight for life: Wellingtonian Claire Prebble is seeking every option out there to fight the melanoma her doctors say is incurable.

Designer Claire Prebble has been told there is no cure for the melanoma in her leg - not surgery, not radiation, not chemo.

Charges laid over racist rant video

Valley flyer racist rant

Hutt Valley police have arrested and charged a man over a racist rant incident filmed by a bus passenger.

Driver flouts pram rule

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pregnant mother Ceri Jones, with daughter Aquanetta Bartley-Jones (2.5yrs), who was told to fold up her pram by a driver on the No. 1 Bus (Island Bay) the other day, despite a recent rule change that means she doesn't have too.

Pegnant woman told she couldn't ride Wellington bus with her 2-year-old unless she folded up her pram - a day after the rules were changed.

Lab investment 'shows commitment'

Interventional cardiologist Dr Malcolm Abernethy in the new $3.3 million Catheterisation Laboratory at Wakefield Hospital in Wellington.

A $3.3m investment is being made in Wakefield Hospital by its new owners.

Carnival atmosphere revived video

Vintage voltage: Wellington performer Con Coom, front, with other members of the Electric Groove Rider pedal-powered mobile sound system at the CubaDupa street festival.

Sporadic weekend rain did nothing to dampen the vibe at Wellington's inaugural CubaDupa street festival.

U-turn sends car into house

Ian Sinclair views the damage to the Bidwill St home after a car smashed through the front of it.

Ian Sinclair thought it was a quake, but it was actually a car hitting the flat next door.

Bond St plants uprooted again video

WHO'D DO SUCH A THING: The pot plants in Bond St, Wellington, have been vandalised on more than one occasion.

The damage to giant pot plants in an inner-city street is "like punching a puppy in the face", a cafe owner says. 

Fix-up for leaky arena

Makeover plans: How the TSB Bank Arena and Convention Centre should look after the addition of new cladding and a paint job.

Wellington's TSB Arena leaks "like a sieve" and will be revamped - but not expanded for more people.

Councillors may vote from home


Missing meetings is getting harder for Wellington City councillors.

He 'wanted to give it a crack' video

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A man died jumping off the Hikitea crane into Wellington Harbour. Police found the body after three hours of searching.

Police describe how a man made a desperate attempt to rescue his mate who jumped from a floating crane.

Killer cat curfew

WILDLIFE KILLERS? Cats' nighttime activities could be curtailed if a proposal to set a curfew for pets goes ahead.

A curfew on pet cats has been proposed for Wellington suburbs to protect native wildlife.

Passenger told: You're not blind

Hurt and humiliated: Megan Johnston was accused by a Go Wellington driver of faking her disability. She says he told her: 'Yeah, you're not blind, are you?'

A blind bus passenger was left humiliated and in tears after a bus driver refused to give her a discount because he thought she was faking it.

Council backs veranda bylaw

27.08.13. snl-features. photos. Wraparound deck: Reaching the full way around the property is a wraparound veranda, which has plenty of room for your outdoor dining set and barbecue out the front

Moves to create a bylaw forcing building owners to fix dangerous verandas have been approved by a council committee.

Kiwi expertise helps Apple tick

Sitting pretty: Nic Gibbens, whose Wellington-based business PaperKite has developed two apps for the new Apple Watch.

A Wellington tech company has been selected to create apps for the new Apple Watch.

Police hunt teens after 'crazy stunt'

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Two teenagers filmed clinging to a speeding train on the Hutt Valley line have been called irresponsible.

Demand for beds in Wellington

Name change:  The Thorndon Hotel Wellington manager Jeff Hermes and staff.

Wellington hotels are enjoying a hot summer with full houses for big events.

Bugle to sound nightly video

A bugle used on the war fields of Gallipoli.

The Last Post bugle call could soon ring out every night from the National War Memorial in Wellington.

Officers recovering at home

Wellington Hospital.

Young front-line constable resting at home after second attack on police officers yesterday.

Regional council super-splitty

Wellington Super City Debate between Wellington Regional Council chairwoman Fran Wilde and Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace.

Wellington's regional council is split down the middle on whether to scrap super-city idea.

Spark service falters

Call boxes could be in demand as Spark’s mobile network experiences fresh problems

Telco says a hardware failure brought down its mobile network this afternoon.

Two charged over arson

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Suspicious fire in Karori shopping mall carpark thought linked to previous arsons Fears have been raised that a suspicious fire in a Karori mall early today may be linked to other arsons in the Wellington suburb.
The fire started at midnight in the downstairs car park and at its peak 27 firefighters battled the blaze.

Two men have been arrested following arson attacks at a shopping mall and a scout hall in a Wellington suburb.

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