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.

Shelly Bay paint job no-go for council

Shelly Bay

Part of Shelly Bay is finally being spruced up, but Wellington City Council is not coming to the party.

High school students' lucky break

Wellington High School students were sent home early on the last day of term after a circuit breaker blew this afternoon.

Safety concerns for crossing

Jervois Quay

Red-light runners near Wellington's waterfront has prompted businesses in to call for new safety measures.

Apartments await sign-off

New Victoria St apartments

A church trust has its eyes on the heavens, with plans for a 19-storey apartment building in Welly.

Water, water, everywhere

Youth council calls for waterfront drink fountains


Wellington's Youth Council is fundraising to get a trial of drinking fountains on Wellington's waterfront.

Trains still screeching


Rain, leaves blamed for ongoing problems on the noise-plagued Johnsonville rail line.

Council puts squeeze on parking

Wadestown Rd Wellington

Wellington City Council will break out the yellow paint and give parking in the city a shake up.

Lawyer's fight for name suppression


Prominent Wellington lawyer on drugs charges is taking his fight to keep his name suppressed to the High Court.

Storm causes delays, cancellations

Gale-force winds

Train services between Wellington and Petone have been temporarily cancelled amid reports of water on the railway tracks.

'We've got a job ahead'

Grant Robertson

Labour's Grant Robertson remains the Wellington Central MP, but his party is struggling in the capital.

Critics expect Gully is a go

transmission gully

National's win likely means controversial Transmission Gully roading project will be gearing up.

Status quo in capital

Grant Robertson

Wellington's political landscape will remain unchanged for another three years.

Gloom for Labour, joy for MPs

Labour Party

Victory by Labour candidates in the Wellington region offset a dismal party vote nationally.

Labour in control in capital


Wellington region appears to be retaining its Labour MPs as vote counts near 100 per cent.

Relief arson eyesore is going

Allenby arson

Grant Lyon was looking out his bathroom window the last time he spotted the neighbouring property on fire.

Uber excited?


A controversial  car hire service that delivers passengers home for cheaper than a taxi is now in Wellington, but there is no way the New Zealand Taxi Federation is giving it a free ride.

Tawa Goes to Town with 720 singers

Tawa Goes to Town

Tawa Goes to Town with 720 singers in biennial music festival that has taken place since 1982.

Party views on state housing

Holly Walker

Parties outline stances on state housing, focusing on Wellington, where the issue has been a thorny one.

Team touts early underpass

underpass early

Motorists will soon be able to drive through Buckle St's Memorial Park underpass, five weeks early.

Quake-hit car parks to reopen

car parks Wellington

Two parking buildings damaged in last year's magnitude 6.5 earthquake are expected to reopen by Christmas.

Council to jazz up streets

Bond, lower Cuba set for summer revamp

Bond St

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent tarting up two central Wellington streets.

Taekwondo sensation

From supporter to world champion

Anita Broczek

She went to taekwondo classes to support her children but now she has her own medals.

Quake-prone flats sold

Gordon Wilson flats

The Gordon Wilson Housing New Zealand complex in central Wellington has been sold to Victoria University.

Charges after shooting


Two men have now appeared in court after a man was shot in Island Bay late last month.

Man found stabbed

Wellington stabbing

Police appeal for witnesses after 45-year-old man stabbed at Wellington flat.

Labour secure in Te Tai Tonga


Te Tai Tonga is in the red for this year's election - Labour red.

Council splurges on Zoo

Meet the locals

$1.5 million council grant mean the Zoo's 'Meet the Locals' project will complete well ahead of schedule.

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