Mona Blades: Four decades and still missing

Mona Blades disappeared while hitchhiking from Hamilton to Hastings on 31 March 1975.

The day started out as a simple hitchhike to see family but would become one of New Zealand's most enduring mysteries.

Vanished without a trace

Search and rescue.

Every hour someone is reported missing. Many return - but what about those who never do?

Three tickets an hour

Rachel Neale was surprised to hear Wellington City Council told wardens to ticket at least three cars an hour.

Wellington parking wardens decry supposed "performance measure" that tells them how many tickets to issue.

NZTA sorry for threatening letter

The NZTA has apologised to Bruce Tie, who received a letter from the agency accusing him of using multiple identities to obtain a licence.

Bruce Tie was "blown away" when he was accused of using fake names to get multiple driver licences.

Saying 'I do' at the zoo

Pop-up weddings are now being offered at Wellington Zoo from $4400. Animal encounters are extra.

It's OK to say there was a cheetah at your wedding.

Brickbats and bouquets as Te Papa opens gallery

The Dinosaurs from China exhibit at Te Papa.

Years of sniping about Te Papa's logo, name and architecture were forgotten at the waterfront museum's joyous opening in 1998.

Fumes bring station to a stop

Trains services were suspended in Wellington due to an emergency.

All train services were suspended when welding fumes entered the air conditioning at Wellington station.

Car smashed, abandoned

A car has driven over a railing in Berhampore, Wellington.

A car that crashed through 40m of railing in Wellington was found with its number plates ripped off.

Car hits tree in Eastbourne

A car hit a tree in Eastbourne on Friday morning.

A driver was injured after their car hit a tree in Eastbourne, blocking one lane of a main road.

Rays to oust Kitts from lagoon

Frank Kitts Lagoon in Wellington could soon have a new name.

Frank Kitts Lagoon has never had an official name. That could all soon change.

No such thing as a free lunch

020214. snl-features. Photo. Lunchbox.

Councillors exchange free lunch for an hour long lunch break.

Cyclist seriously injured by car

Police are investigating after a cyclist was hit by a car in Newlands Thursday morning.

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after being hit by car in Newlands.

Park and be damned, she says

Upton Tce resident Sally King says parking needs to be better in Thorndon.

Thorndon residents are not happy their suburb contains three residential parking zones.

Engineering rescues after quakes

New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue engineer Scott Miller in Japan after the tsunami flattened former holiday destination Tokura on March 11, 2011.

USAR was 'a joke' until the Christchurch quake, when they worked 37 hours straight. Now they save lives the world over.

Council forced to waive parking tickets

Motorists given parking tickets at the bottom of Cuba St - as well as six other Wellington streets - could now challenge their tickets after the council failed to paint white lines on the road.

Wellington City Council's efforts to beautify the streets could cost it thousands of dollars.

Council backs runway and waterfront plans

An artists impression of a Chinese Garden in Frank Kitts Park. the garden is a key part of the city's three-year waterfront development plan approved by a council committee on Wednesday.

Councillors emphasise runway business case must stack up before public money committed.

Seales 'can't choose time of death'

Lawyer Lecretia Seales has turned to the court to affirm her rights.

Judge thanks dying lawyer for bringing her case to court.

Roads closed as waves hammer coast video

Rough swells in Cook Strait have cancelled ferry sailings and closed roads on Wellington's south coast and in Kaikoura. This photo was taken from Kaikoura.

Massive storm churns up sea to cause disruption and delays on east coast.

Knifepoint robbery at Porirua petrol station

Porirua police are hunting a robber.

Man waved knife in female attendant's face and demanded money.

Woman stabs man in the back

Police are seeking a female attacker responsible for an assault in Porirua on Tuesday morning.

Victim remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.

Mystery of the missing teenage model

Aspiring model Wendy Mayes.

A pretty Lower Hutt teenager vanished into thin air in 1961, leaving a cold trail and a dead suspect behind her.

Hurricanes stick by jailed fan

Kiwi bar manager Philip Blackwood with partner Noemi Stephannie  Almo. They have a baby daughter, who was born in August.

Kiwi in jail in Myanmar for using image of Buddha to promote cheap drinks is to get a signed shirt from his favourite team.

Bastion of Wellington Catholic education demolished

St Patrick's College pictured in 1928, at its original location next to the Basin Reserve.

New Zealand's first Catholic boys' college was torn down in 1980, after nearly a century.

Seales 'can't change law'

Lecretia Seales, first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011 and now expected to have only weeks to live.

Terminally ill lawyer says she wants to clarify law. The Crown says she wants to change it - and she can't.

Town hall's future decided

Wellington Town Hall will be transformed into a music hub under a plan approved by the city councillors on Tuesday.

City councillors have agreed to a plan to turn the Wellington Town Hall into a music hub.

Wellington ED slow in rankings

Wellington Hospital, where the patient is being tested.

Patients in the capital are more likely to wait longer in the emergency department.

Towering Titahi Bay radio mast revolutionised radio

Titahi Bay's 213-metre radio mast towers over its transmitting station, and the suburb, in the late 1960s.

Titahi Bay's giant radio mast cemented the foundations for Radio New Zealand in 1937.

Lost runner tells of her ordeal

Susan O'Brien with 9-month-old Misha. She found the strength to survive a night in the bush after drinking the breast milk she is still feeding to Misha.

Breast milk expressed into a Moro bar wrapper gave her "adrenaline rush".

Children find body of missing man

John Holmes Smith went missing in March 1986, aged 76.

John Smith's family finally have closure, with his remains identified after 29 years.

Council looks at extending living wage

041114 news Photo:PIers Fuller/Wairarapa News. Living Wage

Contracted staff could be in line to get a pay rise as the council looks to extend the living wage.

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