Wellington

Easter and liquor laws to hit bars

alcohol generic

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

Apartments evacuated

Overnight slip slams into Oriental Bay block

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

Slips in Wellington overnight have caused the evacuation of two Oriental Bay buildings and closed a road in Karori.

Legal action considered over fire

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

Court

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

fire

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.

Ferry repair delays hamper sailings

Stena Alegra

Repairs to damaged Cook Strait ferry Stena Alegra have been further delayed.

Rugby beers get OK

westpac stadium

Westpac Stadium has had to jump through hoops to ensure fans can have a beer this Easter.

Airbags needed to lift bus off man

ambulance

A distraught bus driver is off work after a man was left trapped and injured under his bus.

'Blind leading the blind'

Anger continues over Kilbirnie storage blaze

storage blaze

Customers who lost possessions in a Wellington storage facility blaze are fuming.

Man hit by bus in serious condition

ambulance

A Wellington man is in a serious condition after being trapped beneath a bus.

Zoo's wild dogs gone

Old age catches up with Mongo and Moyo

african wild dogs

Wellington Zoo's last two African Wild Dogs have been put down due to old age.

Train line reopened after slip

matangi train

The Johnsonville train line is back in business after a slip forced the suspension of services today.

Power cut hits Wellington

Power, electricity, power lines, power pole

Parts of Wellington were hit by a brief but far-reaching power cut this morning.

Selfies, jokes and royal charm

Duke and Duchess Royal reception

The prince joked, the duchess charmed and some of the guests took selfies at last night's state reception.

On the tsunami line

What is the line's impact on house prices?

tsunami line

Hazard zone markings appear to have no negative effect on house prices - a relief to residents of south coast suburbs.

Support for fire victims?

Artist wants healing after losing everything

Kilbirnie fire suspect

A sculptor who lost nearly everything in the Kiwi Self Storage fire wants to start a support group.

Man sought over blaze

Kilbirnie fire suspect

Police are looking for a man seen carrying a tank into a Wellington storage facility shortly before a fire ripped through it.

Sarwan Lata murder accused named

Court

Name suppression has lapsed for the man charged with murdering a Wellington woman last year.

Flyover traffic may distract cricketers

Basin flyover

A planned flyover could affect the Basin Reserve's reputation as a cricket venue.

Household waste going into harbour

Wellington Waterfront

A new survey shows that lead, mercury and pesticides are washing into Wellington Harbour.

Matterhorn owners to quit city

Brian morris

The Matterhorn, one of Wellington's best-loved restaurants, is looking for a new owner.

Welcome to the bureaucrat capital

Wellington cbd

Wellington now has the largest number of public servants since at least 2000.

Conchords bat for theatre

Jemaine and Bret show their support

Jemaine Clement

Wellington's most successful comedy duo were back home last night playing at a fundraiser.

Booze battle could see sober Sevens

sevens police

Next year's sevens could be alcohol-free as police look to clamp down on drunkenness.

Asbestos trains back in service

KiwiRail's asbestos-riddled locomotives are returning to service after being given a health and safety all-clear.

Flyover could ruin 'mental maps'

Basin Flyover

Discussion of how a flyover would ruin views of the Basin Reserve dominated an inquiry today.

Kumutoto green light

Kumutoto

A six-storey building design for Wellington waterfront has been given the go ahead to proceed to the next stage.

Weather turns ugly

Wellington rain

Severe weather watches and warnings have been issued for the south and east of the North Island.

Driver's huge van plunge

Man lucky to survive crash in Karori

van

Police are calling the survival of a van driver who plunged off a 40m cliff only to land in the middle of a busy Wellington intersection without harming anyone else a "miracle."

Visual impact of flyover questioned

Basin Reserve flyover

The impact of the Basin flyover on a nationally significant area has been questioned at a board of inquiry.

Wellington greets royals

royal motorcade

Despite the drizzle, dozens of fans turned up at Oriental Bay today to welcome the royal trio into Wellington.

Academic wants public smoking ban

cigarette

One of the last refuges for Wellington smokers may be removed if a researcher gets his way.

Locals eating kereru on tour

Kereru

British media reports saying "topless female Maori dancers" will cover up for the royal tour.

New era for corporate boxes

westpac stadium

About half of Westpac Stadium's corporate box holders are expected to renew their licences.

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