Mod-cons delight flats' tenants

Blond wood, double glazing replace '70s mint-green and apricot in revamped housing block.

Council shrugs off lease idea

Johnsonville's $16m community hub going ahead, and council won't be leasing the space.

Motorway crash cleared

A multi-vehicle crash caused delays on the motorway into Wellington this morning.

Homeware hauled from habour

Chairs, a table, television and even a season of Baywatch on DVD have been fished out of Wellington harbour.

Bus door mishaps continue

More tales of Wellington passengers getting trapped in bus doors have emerged.

Glitch means cash only for parking

A parking meter glitch means Wellingtonians are unable to pay for a park using text-to-pay or credit cards.

Bad boys, bad boys

150 years of news: reforming delinquents

Concerns over youth committing crimes or being out of work are nothing new.

Dyslexic teen scores Xero internship

Teenager Matthew Strawbridge went from hero to Xero after the boss of the multibillion tech firm offered him a summer internship.

New speed camera goes live

Police warn drivers to slow down, with another hi-tech speed camera going live in Wellington.

The pride of the zoo

They all hailed King Dick

He lived in Wellington for only 14 years, but what years they were. King Dick was probably the most beloved animal in the city during his lifetime.

Missing guide dog in Wellington

A guide dog scared by Guy Fawkes fireworks has gone missing in Newtown, Wellington.

Move to limit drug sales

Sale of legal highs could be limited to Wellington's CBD if council passes proposed policy.

Majestic centre upgrade blows out

Cost of strengthening Wellington's tallest building blows out again to $83.5 million, more than doubling original estimates.

Guilty plea for man who fled police


Man who fled armed police in central Wellington after a car chase on SH2 pleads guilty.

Concern over short notice for dog rego

Allan Probert

The number of fines handed out for not registering dogs has halved in the past year, despite fewer reminders being sent to owners.

Last-minute deal may save club

Vogelmorn Bowling Club

The million-dollar Vogelmorn Bowling Club land and buildings might yet be saved for the community.

Urban pollution a problem

Hutt drain

Although dirty dairying is largely blamed for the poor state of rural rivers, Wellington's urban waters are far from pristine.

Hilton deal gets green light

Wellington City Council has agreed to back a $100 million convention centre and Hilton Hotel.

A dirty way to discover antibiotics

Jeremy Owen

A Victoria University researcher will use a $300,000 grant to sift through soil to develop antibiotics.

A long walk home

From Wellington to Kapiti on foot

Long walk to Kapiti

About 80 people are walking from Wellington city to the Kapiti Coast as part of a disaster preparation exercise.

Vic Uni rejects fossil fuel investment

Victoria University generic

Victoria University has taken a - mostly symbolic - step away from putting its money into fossil fuels.

Man injured in Kapiti crash

accident crash road generic

A man remains in hospital tonight after a crash on a main route along the Kapiti Coast at rush hour.

Baby brain-damaged

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Lack of proper care by senior doctors led to permanent disability of recently born baby.

Convention centre, hotel to get OK

Wellington convention centre, Hilton

Wellington City Council is likely to vote in favour of a $100 million hotel/convention centre for the capital.

Hutt City may fight super-city

Hutt City Council 3F

Hutt City Council is taking legal advice as the Wellington region braces for an amalgamation.

PM's bodyguard gone to the dogs

Robert Stilwell

Richard Stilwell has gone from guarding the Prime Minister to sweeping up dog fur.

Free yoga a crowd-pleaser

Wellington vibrated with the sound of "om" as hundreds of people stretched and twisted for the city's first Free Yoga Day.

Legal high district mooted

Legal Highs

Three options for a legal high district within Wellington's CBD have been mooted by the city council.

Tsunami lines for eastern suburbs

Tsunami lines

Miramar Peninsula is next in line for blue tsunami warning markers.

Theatre's $1m upgrade

Wellington Opera House

The Wellington Opera House is getting a major face-lift even though it has been yellow-stickered.

Boozy women at risk, say police

drunk woman

Drunk women assaulted weekly, say police as they appeal Wellington liquor laws.

Tim Brown's many hats

Tim Brown

Wellington businessman Tim Brown talks about working for Lloyd Morrison, Fringe Festival and being hit by a bus.

Lower Zealandia fee finds favour


Zealandia's visitor numbers have hit a record high on the back of its lower ticket prices.

Future uncertain for army store

Buckle St

Empty for more than 25 years, the NZDF's former store and headquarters in Mt Cook could face demolition.

Markets in jeopardy

Newtown market

Two of Wellington's popular fruit and vegetable markets are operating on school grounds without permission.

Pizza store robbed at gunpoint.

Domino's Pizza robbery

An armed man is on the run after holding up a Wellington pizza shop, forcing a school into lockdown.

Stronger Families, broke

'Groundbreaking' police, refugee programme to fold


Lauded programme addressing attitudes of police and refugees to one another has run out of funding.

Councillors find their rhythm


A year on from the local body elections and Wellington's six first-term councillors have got down to business.

Church to defy gay wedding ban

St Andrew's Wellington

A Wellington church will perform same-sex marriages, defying a directive from its national body.

Waterfront block sells for $15.8m

Craigs Office Block

A prominent waterfront office block has changed hands for $15.8 million.

Flyover fight bill up

Basin Reserve flyover

The bill for the Basin Reserve flyover has grown again.

Runoff fouls river swimming site

tukituki river

A popular Hawke's Bay's river spot is unsuitable for swimming because of the high amounts of bacteria caused by farm runoff.

Dip seen as 'blip' in house prices

House prices

Winter took a nip out of Wellington region's house prices, which fell almost 1 per cent in three months.

Power out in parts of Wellington

power line generic

More than 900 homes in Wellington's northern suburbs are without power - and the weather's not to blame.

Flying back home

Bats wings its way back to Kent Tce

Bats theatre

Bats Theatre is planning a return season of its own next month when it reopens in its Kent Tce home.

Blitz over the top - AA

speed camera

The pilot digital speed camera at Ngauranga Gorge has been criticised for an excessive blitz.

Crema of the crop

Amateur coffee

Home coffee-making became competitive at Wellington's first best amateur barista competition at Caffe L'affare.

Tunnel 'a buzz' for earlybirds

Arras Tunnel traffic

Wellington's new Arras Tunnel has slotted straight into the central city landscape as if it had always been there.

Building up a sustainable thirst

Megan Stephens of Social Lab

A university sustainability project has become a popular green activity "Social Lab".

A sneak peek at the new tunnel


It will be pedestrians who get first look at the Arras Tunnel on Saturday before it opens to traffic next week.

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