Wellington

Parole challenged

Rod Petricevic was previously refused parole after failing to show enough remorse for his crimes.

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is seeking a judicial review of the decision to release former Bridgecorp boss Rod Petricevic on parole.

Old substation gets earthquake-proofing

Owner Trevor Lord, outside the old Sydney St substation, now on Kate Shepherd Pl, which has now been quake-strengthened.

An electrical engineer is only months away from completing a revamp of his very own inner-city power substation.

Fire victims' bodies removed video

The fire broke out in the Exeter Cres house shortly before 3am and was well ablaze when crews arrived, police said.

Two bodies, believed to be a grandmother and 6-year-old girl, removed from Palmerston North house.

'Give me the money'

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Two men rob the owner of Warspite Dairy and Takeaways, Porirua, at gunpoint on Wednesday evening. The armed robbery was one of three police were called to in Wellington on Wednesday night.

Police were called out to three armed robberies in Wellington overnight.

Does this cure your road rage?

A green, black and white paint job is expected to create a "fresh, appealing and calming" driving experience in Wellington's Mt Victoria Tunnel.

NZTA is hoping green and black paint will calm motorists in Wellington's Mt Vic Tunnel.

Basin Reserve cottage goes airborne video

A crane was used to lift and move the groundsman's cottage at the Basin Reserve on Thursday morning.

The groundsman's cottage was moved to its new home at the Basin Reserve.

What's On in Wellington: Sept 3-10

The Phoenix Foundation are playing at San Fran in Cuba St on Sept 18 at 8pm. Tickets $35 from undertheradar.co.nz.

Music, comedy, art and sports. Here's what's on this week.

Reaching a new audience

Gabrielle Stevenson as burlesque madame Kitty de Luge in a new web series by Rodrigo Films called Dropped Pie.

A film company with a small budget has called in favours, but has a worldwide audience thanks to the web.

Trams, earthquakes and murder

Adelaide Rd, to the right, in 1911. Horses and carriages, but not a car in sight.

Adelaide Rd's history involves earthquakes, murder and trams.

Long history of trading at iconic Cuba St building

Wellington's famous Deka building being demolished on the corner of Cuba and Dixon streets. The facade will be protected.

An iconic building in Cuba St is being upgraded yet again.

Radical Catholics preach poverty

Crowds gather in the building site of the first St Gerard's church and monastery, overlooking Oriental Bay, in 1908. The large monastery on the site today was added in 1932.

Great Depression threatened to civilisation, and a "modern miracle" was needed, said archbishop.

Ambulance must reinstate fired staff

The two Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics have been told their case is "arguable", and they should be able to work for now.

Wellington Free Ambulance has been told to reinstate two paramedics after employment case.

Three months to grow

Dogmatek audio owner Tim Prebble, left, and Jack Candlish from Organic Dynamic.

Entrepreneurs behind eight startups have yet to prove they can turn prototypes into saleable products.

Kids not impressed by flag designs

Pupils from Ngaio School hold up the four alternate flag options revealed at Te Papa on Tuesday morning.

Ngaio School pupils have carried out their own version of the national flag referendum.

Fewer fines being dished out

Fewer parking fines are being dished out in Wellington.

Wellington City Council's revenue from fines and penalties is dropping steadily.

When toys go bad

Lego can be fun but can also injure, ACC figures show.

Barbie shoes and Lego can be more dangerous than you might think.

Island a sad reminder of racism

Historian Lynette Shum with a tribute Wellington's Chinese community placed on Mokopuna Island in 2004 for its "leper", Kim Lee.

A Wellington grocer was unlucky enough to be Chinese during a leprosy panic in 1903.

Flu kills 4-year-old

Influenza levels reached alert levels during one week in August.

Influenza has killed at least two New Zealanders this year as the virus hit alert levels.

Cook Strait ferry leaves capital

Bluebridge ferry Santa Regina has left Wellington for good.

She has sailed Cook Strait since 2002 but now Santa Regina has left Wellington for good.

Misfortune mars Hannah Playhouse debut

The roofline of Hannah Playhouse emerges on Courtenay Place in June 1972.

An actress took the good-luck message "break a leg" too literally when Wellington's Hannah Playhouse opened in 1973.

Man found dead in state house

A man's body was found in this state house in Porirua. Police say it had been there for weeks.

Neighbours noticed a smell which led to the discovery of a body in state house in Porirua.

$4m appetite for Wellington On a Plate

Diners celebrate Visa Wellington On a Plate at The Four Amigos special event.

Wellington On a Plate has left a lasting appetite in the capital, contributing millions to the regional economy.

Bananageddon hits Capital

Banana bread replaces the scarce fruit at Countdown Newtown, Wellington as the banana shortage stretches on

Some Wellington supermarket shelves were banana-free at the weekend as a shortage continues.

Attracting Chinese investors to Wellington

The first Mojo coffee store in the central Chinese city of Xi'an is set to open on September 12.

Wellington is open for business and keen to attract Chinese investors to the capital.

Wellington chimp to get life-saving surgery

Cara, a 33-year-old chimpanzee who lives at Wellington Zoo, will undergo a ground-breaking procedure on Tuesday in an attempt to save her ear.

A Wellington Zoo chimp will undergo a ground-breaking procedure in a last-ditch effort to save her "barely-there" ear.

Wairarapa shaken by 4.4 quake

A 4-4-magnitude quake was centred near Eketahuna

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake near Eketahuna has rattled the lower North Island.

Fewer restaurants forced to shut

Vista Cafe in Oriental Tce was shut down for a day in October for health concerns. Owner Lexie Murdoch said it had since completely refurbished the kitchen.

We name the Wellington restaurants closed for health reasons in 2014-15.

Hawke's Bay flat fire

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Hastings

A fire in a Hawke's Bay flat has been put out.

Accountancy partnership for growth

A Wellington accounting company riding on the coat-tails of Xero has set its sights on further expansion.

Foodie festival 'huge' success

Zibibbo chef and co-owner Glen Taylor shows off the Damson-cured Ora king salmon with foraged fennel, gin botanicals, vanilla and salmon crackling. The entree is part of the restaurant's award winning Wellington on a Plate menu.

Hospitality staff can slow down after serving thousands of mouths during a "hugely" successful Wellington on a Plate festival.

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