Excuse me, they said what?

The Kaikoura earthquake and John Key's resignation were late - and unexpected - sources for this year's Quote of the Year.

Featuring douche bags, stranded cows, and John Key's resignation: here's the 2016 Quote of the Year shortlist.

Newtown house ablaze

An Adelaide Rd home suffered serious damage in the fire.

A fire badly damaged a Newtown house early on Thursday.

Half-billion revamp for Wellington

The development would be a joint venture between the Port Nicholson Block Development Trust and The Wellington Company.

Hotel, brewery and hundreds of new homes hinted at in new plans.

Celebrating life through music

Hone Tuwhare, one of New Zealand's greatest poets, will have new life breathed into his works by Tuwhare - The Concert, ...

Hone Tuwhare, one of our greatest poets, will again be honoured with a concert of his works.

Crash causes delays out of capital

A crash near the Johnsonville on-ramp closed SH1 out of Wellington for a time.

A crash on SH1 near the Johnsonville on-ramp is blocking one lane out of Wellington.

Crane climb caught on camera video

A young man has filmed his friend climbing a crane in Wellington.

Police warning after two young men film themselves climbing Wellington crane and building.

Kindys fear for their futures

Campbell Kindergarten has operated for more than 30 years, and staff say its closure would be dire for the Karori community.

Two childcare centres at Karori campus fear becoming casualties of Vic Uni's plans for the site.

NZ climbs education ladder video

The international report shows New Zealand has moved up the world education rankings, but without improving its scores.

It has improved in global rankings, but failed to improve scores for reading, maths, and science.

'Brains could revolve in a peanut shell'

Ruth Graham's research found Richard Seddon used unparliamentary language strategically, particularly when he was in trouble.

Thought our MPs were bad? Try the unparliamentary barbs traded in days gone by, you half-pie wowsers.

California here we come

Movie moguls Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh are expanding their Miramar movie empire with a deal to buy the California ...

Peter Jackson's Miramar movie empire expands with garden centre deal.

Airport's busiest days revealed

Wellington Airport has released its 10 busiest days over summer.

It's best to steer clear of Wellington Airport on these days if you can help it.

Plank of wood wedged school door

The parent said they heard crying from inside the room, which was locked on the outside by a plank of wood.

Crying was heard from a "timeout" room wedged shut from the outside with plank of wood.

SH1 crash causes delays

A crash is blocking the right northbound lane just after the Johnsonville off-ramp.

A crash near the Johnsonville off-ramp has been cleared but is still causing delays to commuters.

Smoking may alleviate schizophrenia

Llit cigarette generic.

New research suggests hospital smoking ban may not be the best thing for schizophrenic patients.

App combats parking woes

More than 2000 parking spaces are still out of action in Wellington following the November 14 earthquake

A new app may go some way to solving Wellington's post-quake parking problems.

Is this the vinyl countdown? video

071216.Sport.KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ. Death Ray Records owner Apa Hutt fears he may have to shut up shop if he can't get ...

Capital record store put out plea for secondhand vinyl in an effort to stay afloat.

Are you missing jewellery?

Wellington police have released photos of stolen jewellery found during a drugs bust, including this ring, in hopes of ...

Wellington police have unearthed about $50,000 in heirloom watches and trinkets in a drugs bust.

Mum's death after fraud letter

Her family do not accept her death was suicide and a new coroner's inquest is underway.

Family challenge authorities five years after Lower Hutt woman's death.

'Sounds like sexism to me'

Arohata Women's Prison is among three prisons where the social worker pilot programme will run. Each position is being ...

Social workers are there for women prisoners, but not men. That's not right, says criminologist Greg Newbold.

Using art to tell refugees' stories

Masters student Amber Kale worked alongside members of the Wellington refugee community to create a mural that ...

A Wellington student wants to help bridge the gap between locals and refugees in her city.

No vote on cheap bus fares

Cheap Wellington CBD bus fares were publicly announced just prior to December, before the city council had even met to ...

Ratepayer cash earmarked for cheap Wellington bus fares without any council vote.

Be part of new photo festival

Photival Photography Festival director and curator Demi Heath.

Wellington will host the inaugural Photival Photography Festival next year and you could be featured.

What happens to Key's bodyguards?

28112013  News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson / The Press / Fairfax NZ

Prime Minister, John Key,and security officers, ...

Once he's no longer PM, John Key could lose his DPS minders.

Tyres slashed in parking feud

Cars parked near Wellington Airport have had tyres punctured by an apparent parking vigilante.

Battle over free parking in streets around Wellington Airport turns nasty.

Home detention for drug crime

Elizabeth Wendy Morrison was arrested in a drug operation in 2013.

Christchurch woman tells judge she "absolutely" put methamphetamine use behind her.

Crash delays ease

Traffic backs up heading north through the Plimmerton roundabout after a crash on State Highway 1, north of Wellington

Congestion is starting to clear after a crash on SH1 at Mana.

Mistake in navy promo

A former navy officer said she could not recommend it as a career while the culture of harassment continued.

Image of former navy officer claiming sexually harassment and rape was used.

The recycled road video

Moore said his company, Poly Palace, had already diverted enough polystyrene to fill an olympic swimming pool.

The new Kapiti expressway won't be all asphalt and painted lines, part of it will be polystyrene.

Pharmacist fined over meds mistake

A pharmacist who admitted a medication error has been censured by the Health Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal.

He gave wrong drug to organ transplant recipient, then misled the patient about the error.

Divers nabbed with 400 paua

Some of the more than 280 paua, many undersized, that were seized from three divers at Plimmerton on Saturday.

Divers who took illegal paua lost their catch, their car and their dive gear during a Wellington sting.

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