Wellington

Good news at last for refugee family

Falma Atakure, left, and Ylak Tlahun will be moving with their children Natnael and Tensae Ayele from their damp Strathmore house to a new home in Kilbirnie, Wellington.

Ylak Tliahun cried when he saw his new house after a long battle with Housing New Zealand.

Found: Couple who lost photos

They were lost but now they're found. They may have lost 1500 holiday snaps in England ... but a British 'sleuth' can now return the priceless memories to Kate and Blu Lang.

It took only 20 minutes to identify 'mystery' Kiwis on holiday in Britain.

$400,000 waterfront changing shed?

Thrill-seekers taking the plunge from Wellington's waterfront jump platform  could get a place to change out of their wet togs.

People who leap from the jump platform could get a place to change out of their togs.

Found: The happy snaps couple

Do you know this couple? They may have lost 1500 holiday snaps ... but a British 'sleuth' is hoping to return the priceless memories.

We asked, do you know them? Within minutes they'd been found.

Bottle attack on taxi video

Kiwi Cabs Taxi driver Peter Bui, who had two windows in his taxi smashed by a part-full bottle of vodka.

Group of men hurl bottle through cab window, then drop their pants and laugh.

Trapped by 'taxi rage'

Student Sonia Costin outside the Arlington Apartments, where her taxi driver pursued a pedestrian in a road-rage incident on Saturday night.

Wellington taxi passenger caught in the middle of a road-rage stoush between her driver and a pedestrian.

Bessie the life-changer video

Ella Bunny, 12, takes brother Henry, 9, and Henry's assistance dog Bessie for an after-school walk. Henry is autistic, and Bessie is trained to dig her heels in if Henry is in danger of running away or running on the road.

Life's a walk in the park for autistic 9-year-old now that Bessie is around.

Five-day ban for booze bust

Boxes of corn chips surround the alcohol display at Pak 'n Save Kilbirnie after it was banned from selling alcohol.

Alcohol ban at Kilbirnie Pak 'n Save after sales to 16-year-olds.

Car crime spikes in capital

Spate of suburban smash-and-grabs from vehicles during weekend.

Fix my leaky school, begs principal video

South Wellington Intermediate School principal Traci Liddall wants the Ministry of Education to finish fixing the roof of the school.

Work to repair a Wellington intermediate school's roof has been on hold all year.

NZTA 'hell-bent' on Basin flyover

A simulation of how the Basin Reserve flyover would look from Ellice St in central Wellington.

Basin Reserve flyover opponents attack NZTA's effort at coming up with other ideas.

Queen Victoria falls out of favour

Wellington's Queen Victoria statue at its original location in Post Office Square, pictured around 1906.

Queen Victoria might have ruled a great empire, but she left her Wellington subjects cold.

A life devoted to music and mystery

Ian Lyons, cellist and luthier.

Ian Lyons, cellist and luthier, saw life as he did his beloved stringed instruments - as a beautiful mystery.

Serious motorcycle accident in Horowhenua

21042015. News. Photo supplied / Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Tararua Ranges late yesterday afternoon to assist NZ Police in the search and rescue of a 52 year old Wellington man.  
The man was unable to make his own way out of the ranges and was suffering from exhaustion when located by the NZ Police SAR Team.  The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was directed to Field Hut where the onboard Crewman was able to safely extract the man using the rescue hoist.
The mission was completed at last light and Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter Pilot and Base Manager, Chris Moody, was delighted by the performance of his new helicopter, 'The hoist mission was conducted with ease using the increased capabilities provided by the newly commissioned Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.???

A teenager has life-threatening head injuries after falling off his motorbike.

New timetable for Johnsonville line

Services on TranzMetro's Johnsonville line were disrupted 58 times between April and July - mainly due to wet tracks.

KiwiRail rolls out new timetable for Johnsonville line in an effort to combat ongoing delay issues.

Couples kiss for freedom video

Johnsonville couple Matt and Becs Peel were among 100 people to recreate a famous victory day photo, 70 years after World War II ended.

Dozens of lovers pucker up in Wellington, to turn their French kisses American to recreate iconic photo.

Motorway begins its painful path

Wellington motorway under construction in November 1967, as viewed from old Hutt Road.

Years of planning, wrangling and unpopular decisions led to Wellington's urban motorway in the 1960s.

10 reasons why Welly should always be the capital

You can't beat Wellington on a good day. The capital's harbour at dusk, as seen from the top of the Piwakawaka track.

Happy 150th Birthday Wellington! Andrea Vance marks the occasion with ten reasons why the capital can never realistically shift back to Sydney, Russell or Auckland.

Flashback: A capital sesquicentenary

Former Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer is speaking this week on Wellington becoming New Zealand's capital.

Wellington today celebrates 150 years as a capital city. The title could have easily gone to Picton.

Blind vet's funding cut

World War II veteran Jack Monaghan, 93, has been told Veterans' Affairs will cut his eye supplement funding.

He's 93 and nearly blind. Now the Government has cut funding for his eye pills.

Centenarian who caught a killer video

Cyril Naylor's first vote was for Michael Joseph Savage's Labour Party in 1938.

Former policeman Cyril Naylor looks back on an eventful 100 years of life.

Locking lips for history video

U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert kisses his wife Nancy outside Old St Paul’s in preparation for this weekend’s mass Kiss In, marking 70 years since the end of WWII.

US ambassador prepares for mass a 'Kiss In' on Sunday.

Car and fire engine crash video

Emergency services attend a car crash in Newtown, Wellington.

A woman has been been cut free from a car after her vehicle and a fire engine crashed in Wellington.

Basin flyover: NZTA 'in denial'

What the proposed Basin Reserve flyover would look like from level three of Grandstand Apartments on Kent Terrace in central Wellington.

NZTA just can't admit it got it wrong on the Basin Reserve flyover, says Save the Basin.

Toddler abuser found guilty

Jason Sutherland was found guilty of two charges at the Wellington District Court on Friday.

Masterton man Jason Mark Sutherland has been found guilty of seriously harming a toddler.

Bus driver fired

Crystelle Bewley and 10-week-old son TeAriki, who were forced off a Lower Hutt bus for not collapsing her pram

A Wainuiomata bus driver who forced a mother and newborn off her bus on a winter night has been fired.

Cinema screens give way to television screens

New Zealand actress Ngaire Porter enjoys the brand-new 700-seat Regent cinema in Naenae, Lower Hutt, in 1958.

Vistavision gave way to television as the decline of Wellington's great cinema age began in the 1960s.

Fast cars, slow learners

The $60,000 red-light camera at Karo Drive and Victoria St. The area is the worst intersection in the country for red light-running accidents.

Red-light camera at NZ's worst intersection shows Wellington drivers haven't got the message.

Carmen's stroll down memory lane video

Borni te Rongopai Tukiwaho is playing Carmen Rupe in a play staged for Wellington's 150th anniversary. Page Turners also features four other Wellingtonians: James K Baxter, Nancy Wake, Te Rauparaha and Robin Hyde.

Wellingtonians could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled into a 1970s time warp.

Stroke warning software for NZ

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, left, meets with stroke patient Judith Allen at Wellington Hospital, assisted by clinical nurse Lai-Kin Wong.

Judith Allen was trying to roll over in bed. She fell on the floor, unable to move her limbs.

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