Flare training to light up skies

Wellington flare training

The sky above Wellington will be awash with fire tonight but fear not - we are not under attack.

Shoes donated to Mission

Shoe Clinic has donated more than 90 pairs of running shoes to Wellington City Mission.

Eateries offer free food for veterans

Mike Egan, from Monsoon Poon

Three Wellington restaurants are offering returned servicemen and women a complimentary meal this Anzac Day.

Not a cent for photo seen worldwide

Royal photo

A snap of the royal family could be the most-viewed image ever taken by a New Zealander.

Enough to make you miss the bus

Alan Knowles

An unsanctioned art protest against traffic congestion and parking wardens has been embraced as a suburban curio.

Von Trapp hopefuls audition

Sound of Music

Wellington was alive Von Trapp family hopefuls as hundreds of children auditioned for The Sound of Music.

Chicken burgers thrash burritos

stadium food

The chicken burger was the clear winner as Westpac Stadium rolled out its new menu.

Burnt-out house's demolition closer

Allenby Tce

Demolition of the burnt-out shell of a dilapidated house in Wellington should start in July.

Security guard posted after attacks

Victoria University steps

Victoria University has ramped up security at a Wellington set of stairs after a string of attacks.

Police examine bus fire footage

Wellington bus fire

Police are following "positive lines of inquiry" into a suspicious fire at a Karori bus depot.

Accused in court over shooting

Makara shooting

Two men charged over the shooting of a man at Makara beach have been remanded in custody.

Victim flees attackers

Tulo Tuala

Seriously wounded by a shotgun blast, a man fled several hundred metres along a dark and desolate beach to find help.

Rising sea threatens city's tap water

water generic

The future of Wellington's drinking water supply could be under threat from rising sea levels.

Man shot at Makara

Makara shooting

Two people are in police custody after a man was shot on a beach near Wellington early this morning.

Boost for graffiti arsenal

Council adds $100,000 to graffiti busting fund

graffiti generic

Wellington City Council has given its graffiti warriors a $100,000 funding boost

Fans chow down on Super fare

westpac stadium

Hungry Hurricanes fans jumped at the chance to scoff down Westpac Stadium's new menu.

Jaywalkers push up crash stats

pedestrian crossing

Jaywalkers are to blame for almost all crashes involving pedestrians in central Wellington.

Predator fear after attacks

Terrace fears

There are fears a sexual predator is at work after two women were attacked in central Wellington.

Second sexual assault

There are fears a serial sexual offender is targeting women in central Wellington, after two attacks in the same area less than 24 hours apart.

Serepisos assets on the block

Terry Serepisos

Receivers are selling bankrupt developer Terry Serepisos' waterfront portfolio.

Criticism for opening on Good Friday

hot cross buns

Shops flouting Easter trading rules are doing their employees a disservice, the retailers' union says.

Miramar murder mystery

A closer look at Mei Fan's sad end

mei fan

To the people in her life, slain Miramar woman Mei Fan was not a victim - she was a mother, a lover, and a businesswoman establishing herself as a new migrant. Talia Shadwell reports on the five-month murder inquiry that led to the arrest of her husband, Michael Preston.

Plea to save coastline

Breaker Bay coast

More riprap is desperately needed to save Breaker Bay's storm-eroded coastline, say residents.

Cool things in the kids' capital

Acrobatics, bowling, seeing cave weta up close, guided kitchen tours, shows and movies - Wellington has it all these school holidays.

1940s block survives mudslide

Oriental Bay slip

A 1945 apartment block survived a mudslide almost intact, but its much newer neighbour was not so lucky.

Wild weather disrupts ferry sailings

Interislander ferry, Aratere

Interislander ferries are being delayed and cancelled due to high winds and rising seas.

Slip sounded 'like an explosion'

Firefighters clean up the flooding at a residential building in Oriental Bay, Wellington

Oriental Bay residents were evacuated after a slip crashed into an apartment block last night.

Pushed out of paradise

Tawa Family

Stephanie Sole "cried and cried" when she learnt her dream home could be taken away from her.

Tale of the lucky sixpence

Te Papa photos bring war stories to life

Te Papa war photo

An exhibition of World War I photos was opened with a ceremony at Te Papa today.

Estranged husband charged

Mei Fan

Wellington woman Mei Fan's estranged husband has been charged with her murder.

Easter and liquor laws to hit bars

alcohol generic

Wellington's hospitality industry is preparing for "double whammy" of liquor laws this weekend.

Legal action considered over fire


Customers who lost possessions in the Kilbirnie storage fire are pushing for an inquiry.

Mei Fan murder arrest

Mei Fan

A Wellington man has been arrested and charged with murder in relation to the stabbing of a Miramar woman.

Lounge reclaims stadium's sea views

westpac stadium

Westpac Stadium hopes to lure fans back with its new lounge, which features sea views.

Weather warning for Wellington

Wellington rain

MetService has issued a severe weather warning for much of northern and central New Zealand, including Wellington.

'Horrendous' killer to stay in jail

Phillip John Smith

Convicted killer and child sex offender Phillip John Smith is to remain behind bars as his latest parole bid is rejected.

Cats cavorting through capital

Microchip cat

Cats are cavorting through properties at a rate of 49 million trespasses a year, according to a study.

'N-bomb' ordered online

andrew harrison

A Wellington student who ordered synthetic LSD online was sentenced to community service.

Cinema 'tripped up' by new liquor law

penthouse cinema

There will no glass of wine with a movie this Easter after a cinema was refused a special licence.

City bypass a danger

joshua lawton

Coroner predicts further problems with 'danger spots' Wellington's inner-city bypass.

Dunne slams NZTA's road plan

Peter Dunne

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne wants NZ Transport Agency to withdraw Takapu Valley and Tawa motorway expansion plans.

Suburbs funded in budget change

Wellington Road, Kilbirnie

Kilbirnie and Johnsonville have received minor boosts in Wellington's annual budget.

City bypass too dangerous - coroner

Karo Dr

Fears have been raised over Wellington's inner city bypass following the death of a motorcyclist.

Basin symmetry could be destroyed

Basin Reserve flyover

The symmetry of the Basin Reserve will be destroyed by a proposed flyover and new Basin pavilion, critics of the project say.

Christmas cheer to return to cbd

Wellington Santa parade

Wellington City Council has committed itself to bringing Christmas cheer to the city this year.

Accused denies arson


A judge has suppressed the name of the man charged with the arson of a Kilbirnie storage facility earlier this month.

Stena Alegra back in service

Stena Alegra

Cook Strait ferry Stena Alegra has returned to service after being damaged last week.

Storage fire arrest


Man arrested and charged with arson over a fire at a storage facility containing treasures including Oscar awards.

Smoke smell prompts evacuation

Victoria St evac

Fire fighters eventually find 'culprit' that led to the evacuation of a CBD building this morning.

The day the music died for dazed DJ

Danny Lemon's records

Wellington DJ Danny Lemon had hoped for a miracle - but he lost 8500 records in the Kilbirnie storage fire.

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