Pools vs bikes for council cash

Mountain biker Sam Kain has seen his sport grow in popularity.

'The recreation paradigms are shifting and we need to move with them' - Wellington council boss.

CuriousCity: Inside the charity bins video

Clothing piled high in sacks from charity bins is dealt with on the sorting floor of the St Vinnies Newtown store.

From building off-cuts to sleeping vagrants - all sorts turn up in the St Vinnies clothing bins.

Sunken digger, hidden prankster

A 25 tonne digger has been hauled from the Kapiti Coast surf  after it was discovered there Saturday morning.

A $250,000 digger was dragged out of the surf at Kapiti - but how did it end up there?

Asbestos found near school

A specialist asbestos removal team remove traces of the dangerous material from a central Newtown, Wellington building ...

Workers made a dangerous find while digging outside a Wellington school.

Antique vestments stolen from church

Antique embroidered vestments were similar to this design.

Embroidered vestments more than 100 years old stolen nicked from Wellington church.

Fighting for girl power

Seen here with Latu Talu, head coach of the gym Simone Harris is the first female coach in Billy Graham's boxing academy..

If boxing can help at-risk boys, why not girls too?

Cat curfew canned video

Wellington City Council has decided not to enforce a cat curfew as part of its new animal bylaw.

Wellington City Council axes plans for a cat curfew but all moggies may need a microchip.

NZ's top property hot spot?

Major earthworks for the Transmission Gully motorway north of Wellington are well under way. It will be finished in ...

Porirua suburb of Cannons Creek, Wellington, tops property investor list - but not everyone is happy.

Ideas welcome on cycleway

Wellington City Council chief city planner David Chick has made sorting out the cycleway his top priority.

Wellington City Council is putting the future of the Island Bay cycleway in residents' hands.

War and 'P'-eace

Ahead of expected changes to the Meth Action Plan, Detective Superintendent Virginia Le Bas says a "war" on P and gangs ...

New Zealand urged not to buy into "out of control hype" or wage war on meth problem.

New cop on the block

L-R:  Liam Parsons 4, at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington.
Liam ...

Liam Parsons may only be 4, but he's got what it takes.

Judge clears way for kids' camp

The house where Stand Children's Services wants to set up a children's village.

Court rejects arguments against a children's village in a well-to-do neighbourhood.

Parsley, dill, Mark Blumsky and thyme

Mark Blumsky, during his stint as New Zealand High Commissioner to Niue, with his new wife Pauline in 2012.

The name of Mark Blumsky - usually associated with with shoes and politics - is now tied to hydroponic herbs.

Rapist of 65 year-old revealed

As he was led from the court, Niko called out "sorry".

Peter Niko may have tried to talk his way into another house before going to his 65-year-old victim's home.

Kilbirnie killing case postponed

The area where Kiaong Tan was allegedly killed in Kilbirnie, Wellington, in March.

Defendant remains mentally very unwell, and is being monitored, judge says.

Emergency flare seen near Kapiti

A white flare was reportedly seen burning off the Kapiti coast in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police responded to a what looked like an emergency flare burning off the Kapiti coast.

Blind cat's helping hand

Murdock, the tabby blind kitten, with Mabel, who has been acting as Murdock's eyes. Both cats were abandoned and rescued ...

Mabel the kitten acts as the eyes for her blind friend Murdock.

He owns a house at 21 video

Llewelyn Griffiths, 21, has just bought a house in the Wellington suburb of Northland.

Lifetime of saving, and a diet of lettuce and mayo sandwiches, pays off for Llewelyn Griffiths.

Capital bars 'terrified' of police

A police officer keeps a watchful eye on bar-hoppers along Wellington's Courtenay Place.

Wellington bars are loath to help drunk patrons for fear of attracting police, owner says.

Ditch 'stranger danger', say cops

Police say the term "stranger danger" should be dumped, and a better understanding of risks discussed.

Term is outdated, police adviser says. In fact, most abusers are known to their victims.

Wild weather hits NZ

Angus Beattie managed to capture this photo of lightning over the City of Sails from the Auckland University library.

Band of turbulent weather rolls past Auckland - but Hamilton, New Plymouth and Westport next on hit list.

A woman's story of homelessness

Regina Tito's story of living rough on Wellington's streets was captured in Loading Doc film Street Smart.

Regina Tito slept at train stations, streets - even toilets. "It is warm, and you can lock the doors, so that's safety."

Body found in car

Police found a dead body in a car by the Wellington motorway.

A man's body was found in a car beside the Wellington motorway on Thursday morning.

Hawke's Bay forest fire

A helicopter is battling a Hawke's Bay blaze. File photo.

A large fire has broken out in a Hawke's Bay forestry block.

'Stranger danger' warning

Schools say the creepy incident was a chance to remind people of safety messages.

Wellington school kids urged to walk in groups after reports of "suspicious activity".

Now for the shoppers video

07072016 News Photo:David Walker/Fairfax NZ. Images from David Jones, Elizabeth Street, Sydney flagship department ...

After a gala opening night, Wellington's David Jones is now set to open its doors to the public.

Eyesore, or heritage building?

An appeal has been lodged against the decision to delist the former Housing NZ complex, built in the 1950s.

The people who stopped the Basin Flyover have halted this crumbling edifice's demise - at no small cost.

Rise in drink-drive deaths

Drive-Press January 10

Lowering the drink-driving limit had little effect on reducing deaths last year.

Dogfight at the Dorchester

Callum is in the doghouse but Sandy Thomson has suggested a  compromise to get him home.

More snarling in court as apartment block directors face opposition from residents.

YHA hostels go solar

Ben Cloake, left, sales manager at Sunshine Solar and Chris Sperring, central area manager for YHA New Zealand, atop the ...

The charity is investing $2.7m in building one of the largest solar networks in the country.

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