Wellington

Capital's $630m headache video

Traffic is detoured over the new Peka Peka overbridge, which runs above the Kapiti expressway route.

It was meant to make life easier but motorists say new $630m expressway has made the morning rush twice as bad.

'Shameful manipulation' of pass rates

University and polytechnic staff are being pressured to pass students who would otherwise fail to meet Government ...

University and polytech staff pressured to pass failing students to keep funding, survey says.

Airport covered in fog

Thick fog has delayed flights into Wellington. (File photo)

Parts of Wellington airport are covered in thick fog causing disruption to incoming flights.

Fire at Wellington cafe video

Fire crews have been called to a fire at a cafe in Wellington. (File photo)

Fire crews have extinguished a fire at the One Fat Bird cafe in Karori.

Look Who's Talking: Noa Woolloff

Noa Woolloff was the head boy of Porirua's Aotea College.

New Zealand's best known teenage dad answers the not-so-hard questions.

Oriental Bay fountain broken video

The Carter Fountain in Wellington's Oriental Bay is a popular sight, by day and by night.

Wellington's favourite fountain is out of action, and could remain so for months.

Deputy mayor within a year?

Northern Ward councillor Jill Day, who was first Maori woman elected to Wellington City Council, is believed to be one ...

Jill Day became a Wellington city councillor less than six months ago, but could soon be deputy mayor.

Father, son earn black belts together

Luke Dacombe-Bird, 24, and his father Stephen, 56, were both successful in obtaining their black belt in Seido Karate ...

Luke Dacombe-Bird has proven he's a chip off the old block, earning his karate black belt on the same day as his dad.

Kiwis brace for cyclone video

The couple have received an evacuation pack from the authorities on Hamilton Island.

A Wellington couple holidaying on Australia's Hamilton Island care "bunkering down" as the storm hits.

Desperately seeking Sefu video

Analise Forster is still searching for her dad.
She holds the only clue to her father, a 20 year old Bob Marley top.

Know a Bob Marley fan named Sefu who lived in Porirua in 1995?

Fire at Little Beer Quarter video

Fire crews working at the scene at Little Beer Quarter.

Craft beer bar on Wellington's Edward St has been damaged by an electrical fire.

Driving home demerits points case

The process that was used for suspending licences due to demerit points has been changed since a series of successful ...

The Supreme Court is the last chance to reverse a driving suspension quandary.

Tearful, fearful over respite house

Whitby upper lake walkway at Exploration Way, where a child was followed before an attempt was made to abduct her.

After attempted abduction in Porirua, residents say respite house brings too much danger.

Help needed for Porirua orchestra

The Virtuoso Strings Orchestra needs help so musicians like Francois Tamaiva (9) can keep playing.

The music soaring from Porirua's East may fall silent if sponsors can't be found.

'Landbankers' hit back at mayor

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester wants to tackle landbanking to address the city’s housing issues.

Wellington Mayor hits out but developers hit back at Justin Lester's council for not supporting plan to build 147 new homes.

Olympics 'the ultimate goal'

Anton Pagalilawan, centre, and Elian Pagalilawan, right, have recently returned from Okinawa where they trained with the ...

Anton and Elian Pagalilawan's Olympic dreams helped thanks to Karate New Zealand deal with Okinawa

Inciting abduction suppression expires

Police opposed suppression on the grounds naming Kight might result in more information coming forward. (File photo)

Michael John Kight is in custody after allegedly inciting a child abduction.

Tenting outside Te Papa museum video

It is understood two freedom campers spent the weekend on the lawns outside Te Papa in Wellington after being unable to ...

A couple of freedom campers have found a picturesque, albeit illegal, spot to camp.

China, NZ unite over cancer drugs

Cancer vaccination immunotherapy treatments are set to be trialed in New Zealand in a partnership between Malaghan ...

Kiwis promised first bite at new cancer vaccines driven by Chinese and Malaghan researchers.

Removing barriers to exercise

People of all ages and abilities are able to take part in the sessions with Southan offering plenty of options for lower ...

A weekly free exercise session is growing in popularity with a burgeoning number of Wellingtonians dedicating Saturday mornings to fitness.

A life of drugs and violence

Hemi Te Poono, 33, appeared at the High Court in Wellington and was sentenced to eight years and six months jail for ...

At 14 Hemi Te Poono was sent with CYF approval to live at a Mongrel Mob HQ. That sent him on a path of destruction.

GWRC chairman backs light rail move

An artist's impression of what light rail advocates hope to see  in the Wellington CBD.

Chris Laidlaw says capital needs "similar approach" to Auckland to fix traffic congestion.

Fee to fly drones?

The number of drone flights in New Zealand is growing exponentially.

Popularity of drones could see operators charged each time a machine takes to the skies.

Council and iwi to sign MOU

An artist's impression of a proposed development at Shelly Bay. An MOU will be signed between Wellington City Council ...

Shelly Bay one of the projects iwi and council to work closely on under MOU.

Super-Dupa effort on Cuba video

Andrew Strugnell covered in dye from the Indian Colour Festival enjoys a band at CubaDupa.

A super effort goes into organising the popular street festival.

Flashback: NZ's great hoax

Prime Minister Peter Fraser was apparently going to be kidnapped in 1942. This never happened. A statue of him was later ...

Syd Ross told an incredible lie, which, even more incredibly, was believed in the mad paranoia of World War II.

Welly's bumper sports weekend

Phoenix player Kosta Barbarouses says the team loves hearing the support of Yellow Fever at home games. (FILE)

Whip out your black and yellow: the Hurricanes, Phoenix and Pulse all play in Wellington April 7-9.

Lions tour screenings uncertain

Melanie and Sarah Sharpe were among hoards of anxious fans who watched the All Blacks beat Australia in the 2015 Rugby ...

No city has locked in fan zone broadcast rights, including Wellington.

The 'seven islands scenario'

Wellington could be split up into seven "islands" if a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck on the Wellington fault line.

Big quake could splinter Wellington region into seven 'islands', which would be cut off for months.

Sevens scheduling rules Dunedin out

Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium is out of contention to host next year's Sevens due to scheduling issues.

With the students out of town, Dunedin won't be chasing sevens hosting rights.

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