Big spike in school donations

Schools gathered more than $124 million in donations in 2015, up $11.8m from the previous year.

Schools raised more than $124.9m last year, up $11.8m on year before.

A fishy predicament

The Reading Cinema car parking building in Wellington will be pulled down with cars still trapped inside.

A "filthy mess" awaits one quake-evacuated family whose fish dinner is still on the bench.

Teenager taking his invention to the world

Ben (Benjamin) Bell with a prototype Wellband.

Benjamin Bell might be young, but the aspiring entrepreneur has already caught the eye of the health tech industry.

Taylor fascinated by bugs

Sir Richard Taylor says creating Bug Lab was a fascinating challenge.

Weta Workshop head Sir Richard Taylor has a new appreciation for bugs, thanks to Te Papa.

Passionate historian of Wellington's watery past

Ken Scadden helped write the story of the General Grant - a ship wrecked off the Auckland Islands in 1866, with a vast ...

From chasing shipwrecks to defending Wellington's waterfront heritage, maritime history was Ken Scadden's thing.

The 'Modfather' has left the building

Ray Columbus, musician and mentor, has died.

Ray Columbus was a musical pioneer and a mentor to some of our top talent.

Fury in Queen St

At least one car was upturned in the carnage.

Among the fury, as rioters rioted and police policed, a Maori warden in Auckland led a brave plea for peace.

Laser cutter 'likely cause' of fire video

The fire, which started in a technology classroom, has caused at least $700,000 of damage.

Hutt Valley High School fire caused at least $700k-worth of damage by destroying technology rooms.

Cyclists in the driving seat

Cyclist Elaine Richardson  in the driving cab of a Mercedes Actros truck.

Cyclists encouraged to see the road from truckies' perspective.

'A normal school with babies'

Kim Edmonds, 21, and son Luca. Kim is studying law at Victoria University after graduating from Tawa's He Huarahi ...

School books and nappies combine seamlessly at one Wellington school.

Zealandia has stellar year

The year was marked by Zealandia's highest ever visitor numbers with 125,849 passing through the doors

A record number of visitors has helped Zealandia turn around its financial woes.

No bail for beach driver video

Police pursued Hoani Wiremu Bennett through Titahi Bay and used spikes to stop his car.

Taking his sister's car without her permission was the first of many wrong turns.

Jellyfish wash up in big numbers

A large number of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up at Lyall Bay.

Swarm on Lyall Bay beach likely to have been driven by unusually warm sea.

Police investigating oil spill video

Traffic was backed up on the Kapiti Coast on Thursday night after several crashes blocked SH1 in both directions.

Multiple crashes that snarled up SH1 on the Kapiti Coast may have been caused by diesel spill.

Reduced bus fares approved

Wellington's regional and city councils have belatedly agreed to subsidise reduced bus fares in the lead-up to Christmas.

Councils hold belated votes on slashing pre-Christmas bus fares.

Weekly smiles for sick kids

Wellington's clown doctors need funding to ensure they can keep cheering up sick kids in hospital.

Wellington's clown doctors are looking for funding so they can continue their smile-making work.

Inquest told of MSD fraud quotas

Coroner Anna Tutton wants to establish what MSD knew about Wendy Shoebridge, and whether it prosecuted alleged benefit ...

"All I want is for the truth to come out. And it is now coming out," former investigator says.

Hospice defends apartments plan video

A 3D view of Mary Potter Hospice Foundation's proposed apartment complex in the Wellington suburb of Newtown.

Mary Potter boss says it has "gone out of its way" to gain Newtown residents' support.

Council frees up quake funding

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St Mary of the Angels Church will be closed for eighteen ...

St Mary of Angels church is first to benefit from heritage rule change.

Demolition welcomed

Wellington City Council has now confirmed the car park will be demolished.

"We'll be having a bit of a party," says shut-out bar owner as Reading car park gets demolition order.

Separated siblings overcome the odds

Foster children Nada Simmonds, 17, and brother Troy Simmonds, 18, at the William Wallace Awards held in Te Marae at Te ...

Scholarships for brother and sister separated as toddlers and raised in foster care.

Fines for illegal tenants 'too low'

The demolition of a quake-damaged office building at 61 Molesworth St in Wellington revealed the interior of an illegal ...

The fine for housing tenants illegally in offices is akin to a wet bus ticket, Wellington councillor says.

We don't want 'budget homes'

The corner of Aruba Grove and Grenada Drive.

A Wellington residents' association says affordable housing could ruin their house prices - and the character of their suburb.

Sarwan Lata's killer loses appeal

Rajeshwar Singh wrote a suicide note and bought a knife and rope before he murdered his estranged wife Sarwan Lata.

Court of Appeal upholds 16-year minimum to be served on life jail term.

Drug lawyer fights suspension

Lawyer Keith Jefferies' professional suspension is on hold while he appeals.

Public disgrace and other penalties were enough for Keith Jefferies, court told.

Whooping cough warnings

A dozen cases of whooping cough have been reported in Wellington since November 1.

A dozen cases reported in children and adults around Wellington.

From hot metal to hot food

Wellington Press Hall developer Maurice Clark and First Retail Group managing director Chris Wilkinson charge their ...

People will soon be enjoying a meal where Wellington papers once rolled off the presses.

Wellington updates tsunami maps

A replica of the New Zealand coastline constucted out of the updated tsunami maps.

Is your house safe from the deluge zone on Wremo's new maps?

Forced to pay rent

It isn't yet known how long the demolition to the car park and cinema complex would take.

Some retailers in the cordoned-off area of Queensgate Shopping Centre have no idea how long it will be until they can return and are still having to pay rent.

Excuse me, they said what?

The Kaikoura earthquake and John Key's resignation were late - and unexpected - sources for this year's Quote of the Year.

Featuring douche bags, stranded cows, and John Key's resignation: here's the 2016 Quote of the Year shortlist.

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