The second film in Sir Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy got a charity premiere in Wellington tonight.
Interislander ferry Aratere has been cleared to make a daily freight-only Cook Strait crossing.
Wellingtonians are reminded to plan for the reduced public transport timetable, which kicks on on Christmas Day.
Wellington needs a home for freedom campers, but whether it should be the beach or the dump is up for debate.
Serious hardware is being brought out to lift a ferry's propeller from the bottom of Cook Strait.
A Wellington foodbank is to be put into liquidation following an investigation into its fundraising.
The case against three people charged with corruption offences in Wellington went before a High Court judge today.
Officers are as much to blame for the stagnation of the last Wellington City Council term as the councillors, chief executive Kevin Lavery says.
The nine-year jail term of a man who made a crippling attack on a Kapiti builder has been upheld on appeal.
A 4.7 magnitude quake was felt around Wellington this afternoon.
Cabin pressure issues saw a passenger jet return to Wellington shortly after takeoff today.
Foot passengers will not be able to board replacement ferry Stena Alegra when it enters service.
There are the usual ways to raise money for a good cause – sausage sizzles, guess the number of jelly beans in the jar, quizzes – and then there's the 24-hour diving challenge.
Wellington City Council may commit a further $500,000 of ratepayers' money towards paying its staff a living wage.
Organisers will aim to put emphasis back on rugby at Wellington's biggest party.
A 'happy and smiling' mother of three died while aqua-jogging at the Kilbirnie swimming pool.
The Board of Inquiry into the Basin Reserve flyover has delayed the start of its hearing a week.
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Wellington airport's newest employee has a nose for trouble.
Nearly 600 runners took part in the Great Santa Run on Wellington's waterfront to raise money for the charity KidsCan.
Frank Kitts feeding frenzy for finning protest
Greenpeace protesters have placed 100 shark fins in Wellington's Frank Kitts Park lagoon as part of a call to ban shark finning immediately.
A funeral procession has been held to protest "woefully inadequate" protection of the endangered Maui's dolphin.
Wellington's New Years party won't wind down at 4am, but the drinking part probably will.
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A former Radio NZ editor had spent years developing conspiracy theories, a court has been told.
Police have named the woman whose body was found in Wellington Harbour.
Ollie Seumanufagai trained for six months and lost 17kg to take on the 160km Taupo Cycle Challenge.
A Wellington man who went missing returned home this morning alive and well.
Researchers are investigating a spike in lead poisoning deaths among Wellington's kaka.
Hobbit sculpture swoops into airport
A striking new sculpture has been unveiled at Wellington Airport with promises of more to come tomorrow.
Thorndon Fair organisers have finally got a sunny day and the crowds have turned out on cue.
The man charged with burglary after allegedly posing as a doctor has appeared in court.
Bluebridge comes to troubled waters
Major disruptions plague Cook Strait ferry services again this morning after Bluebridge's Santa Regina ferry missed two sailings.
Dozens of guests at Wellington's Bolton Hotel were evacuated after a water pipe burst.
A woman charged over the death of a student who stepped in front of her car has hit out at police.
Medical gear mistaken for bomb at airport
A mother was made to feel 'like a terrorist' when an airport security officer mistook her daughter's medical equipment for a bomb.
Bedridden by severe gout and devoted to fast foods, Ollie Seumanufagai decided things had to change.
The Rimutaka Hill road has now reopened to traffic in both directions but motorists are warned it may yet close again overnight.
Commuters heading north from Wellington face delays after a two-car crash.
A burglar has had six more years added to his jail sentence for stabbing a fellow prisoner.
A man has been arrested after allegedly donning a white coat and stethoscope to impersonate a doctor.
A spear fisher battling a kingfish was just metres from surfacing when he drowned.
A kiwi chick likely suffering from a foraging disorder is undergoing treatment at Wellington Zoo.
New Year's Eve celebrations in Wellington have been scrapped in favour of a picnic the next day.
Another Wellington railway overbridge needs to be repaired.
Wellington's roading identity is confused and dangerous in places, says two Dutch transport consultants.
Plans for a proposed development on Wellington's waterfront will go out for consultation.
Embassy puts on a spread for Thanksgiving
Hundreds of the capital's poorest gathered for a free Thanksgiving lunch of turkey and pecan pie today.
The Chinese family of murder victim Mei Fan say they are "shocked beyond belief".
Don't be alarmed by police helicopters in the central city tomorrow morning - it's just training.
Wild winds proved too much for the glass panels at Wellington's Fork & Brewer bar.
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