Wellington

'Chop shop' busted

brooklyn chop shop

Six men have been arrested after an alleged "chop shop" was found in a Wellington suburb.

Retailers rally against cycle lanes

Jimi Meager

Newtown will crumble if cycle lanes replace car parks in the shopping centre, retailers say.

Tiny balls making a big mess

Pastic nurdle balls

Tiny plastic balls used in plastics manufacturing are fouling up Wellington's Evans Bay beach.

Extra lane out of town

Traffic Wellington

Wellington's urban motorway is about to get bigger as part of a $50m project announced by NZTA yesterday.

Trains cancelled after icy cold night

Wellington trains

Some trains were cancelled due to ice this morning after one of the coldest nights of the year.

Opponents want moratorium

Wellington Waterfront

Opponents of a six-storey waterfront office block want a five-year ban on any new development.

Residents get little joy over grizzles

drinking

A group of inner-city dwellers have failed to get authorities to clamp down on two late-night bars.

Doing time for drugs bought online

Pills, drugs

A Wellington man has been sentenced to home detention for a range of drugs offences.

City high rise evacuated

Majestic centre

Wellington's tallest building was evacuated after a fire alarm went off around 4pm.

Key buildings need better standards

Wellington cbd

A big quake could shut Wellington down if key buildings aren't protected, council has been told.

Bus stop pretty in pink

Pop artists creates Newtown 'bus boutique'

Xoe Hall

Where most might have seen a blot on the urban landscape, Xoe Hall saw a blank canvas.

The homecoming queen

Aratere

Almost eight months after a propeller broke off mid-sailing, Cook Strait ferry Aratere has returned from repairs in Singapore.

Neighbours give lights thumbs up

Basin Reserve

A plan to floodlight the Basin Reserve has won support from residents in neighbouring suburbs.

Agonising birth botch-up

Theresa Nguyen

A first-time mother had a large surgical swab left inside her for nearly two weeks after giving birth to her daughter.

Lonely woman stole to pay scammer

keyboard

A woman who stole more than $27,641 from her employer sent most of it to a man who was conning her online.

Another 15,000 residents for city

Graham Scott

More than 15,000 extra people are expected to be living in central Wellington in 30 years.

Plans for Basin floodlights glow

Basin Reserve

The Basin Reserve could be bathed in floodlight sooner than thought, opening it to other sports.

Old church with tower for sale

St James Presbyterian Church

A church that has stood over Newtown for 130 years is for sale and could become apartments.

Work continues on Harbour Quays

BNZ Harbour Quays building

Work fixing the BNZ Harbour Quays building will not be completed until October.

Winner $1m richer

Lotto ticket

A Lotto player from Wellington has struck it rich with a $1 million First Division win.

Zombie Burger, anyone?

Lambs brain combo a treat for food challenge

Zombie Burger

A chef's entry to a Wild Food Challenge involves lambs brains and snails with a nod to the capital's undead obsession.

Building exoskeletons too big?

Wellington cbd generic

Use of exoskeletons as quake-strengthening for buildings could be limited amid concerns it takes up too much space.

Up to four cars in SH1 crash

Traffic Wellington

'Significant' delays are expected into Wellington after a crash south of Porirua this morning.

Tiger den, dog house

Zoo keeper rebuked after big cat incident

rokan tiger

A Wellington Zoo keeper has been rebuked after a child accessed a supposedly secure area for hand-feeding a tiger.

Plan 'doomed to fail'

Builder, new house, generic

A target of 7000 new Wellington homes in five years is near-impossible to meet, says councillor.

Bus drivers back trolleys

Bus

Bus drivers have overwhelmingly thrown their support behind keeping the city's trolley buses.

RSA club closes owing $280,000

johnsonville rsa

The now-defunct Johnsonville RSA owes more than $280,000 to creditors, but there are hopes its spirit can be kept alive.

Bombs away!

Cleaner water good news for waterfront divers

Wellington dive platform

Thrill seekers wanting a dip should be able to leap back into the harbour this summer.

Airport to rearrange car park

Taxis Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport is reworking its car parking, less than a year after a $5 million "horror show" overhaul.

First female maritime cop

Policewoman can't wait for southerly swell

Paula Tanuvasa

Paula Tanuvasa is making waves as the first policewoman to call Wellington Harbour her office.

7000 new homes for city

Generic housing

Construction of up to 7000 homes in Wellington will be fast-tracked.

Storm to hit capital

Storm

Severe winds forecast to hit Wellington and motorists in winter's 'first real storm' tomorrow.

Public to have say on hotel, centre

proposed Hilton Hotel

Private-public partnership plans for a Wellington Hilton will go out for public feedback.

Bullying fix starts without blame

Wellington High bullying

Wellington High has been chosen as a positive model for other schools, as new bullying guidelines are launched.

Blaze near zoo

Fire

Six fire engines and crew are battling a factory blaze south Wellington, near the zoo.

Driver's ruse fails

Police

A man allegedly tried to thwart police by calling them and claiming his car had been crashed by two others.

Finishing is winning for runners

Wellington Marathon

Thousands of runners thudded down the capital's roads yesterday for the Wellington Marathon.

Stop-work meeting

Bus

Bus services in Wellington and the Hutt Valley will be "severely affected" on Wednesday.

Cable car seeks broader funding

Wellington cable car

Wellington's historical cable car is looking to ratepayers and taxpayers for financial help to stop it going off the rails.

Cuba Dupa will be super

Favourite street puts its festival face on again

CubaDupa

Forget the carnival - New Zealand's biggest street party is going to be CubaDupa.

Te Papa looks for turnaround

TE PAPA

Te Papa will make an $8 million loss this financial year, nearly double its forecast.

Funding a life-saver

Friends pitch in for another ambulance for city

Wellington Free Ambulance

All it took was a quiet word from a former Wellington mayor and a few wines to raise the $250,000 needed for a new ambulance.

'Smart' lamps to turn city all-a-twinkle

Street light

Wellington at night could someday twinkle, as smart streetlights turn themselves on and off as required, saving costs as well as the planet.

Police bust drug rings

Police

Police raid in Wellington nets drugs, weapons and a carving stolen from Te Papa.

The new girl in town

Senja checks out her new digs at Wellington Zoo

Senja

Three-year-old tiger Senja has arrived safe and well at Wellington Zoo this morning.

Storage arson accused remanded

Storage facility fire, Wellington

Police are still determining the scale of offending after hundreds of Wellington storage units were burnt in April.

Bid to start online voting in capital

Ballot box

A lack of local election votes from expats has prompted a bid to get Wellington involved in an online voting trial.

Quay to the city

Wellington's swankiest development opened

 Clyde Quay Wharf apartment owners Bill Wakelin and Beatrice Baigent

Wellington's lavish $180m Clyde Quay Wharf development was officially opened yesterday by mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

We're mad about Mexican

Viva Mexico partner and chef David de Orta.

Mexican food has exploded on to the culinary scene like the burst of flavour from peppers and chillis.

The not quite living wage

Wages

Wellington City Council is refusing to be dictated to on its commitment to a living wage policy.

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