Ambulance must reinstate fired staff

The two Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics have been told their case is "arguable", and they should be able to work for now.

Wellington Free Ambulance has been told to reinstate two paramedics after employment case.

Three months to rapidly grow companies

From left, Dogmatek audio owner Tim Prebble and Jack Candlish from Organic Dynamite, who are taking part in New Zealand's first manufacturer accelerator programme with Lightning Lab Manufacturing in Lower Hutt.

Their product ideas range from surfboards to motion capture technology but the entrepreneurs behind eight startups have yet to prove they can turn prototypes into saleable products.

Kids not impressed by flag designs

Pupils from Ngaio School hold up the four alternate flag options revealed at Te Papa on Tuesday morning.

Ngaio School pupils have carried out their own version of the national flag referendum.

Fewer fines being dished out

Fewer parking fines are being dished out in Wellington.

Wellington City Council's revenue from fines and penalties is dropping steadily.

When toys go bad

Lego can be fun but can also injure, ACC figures show.

Barbie shoes and Lego can be more dangerous than you might think.

Island a sad reminder of racism

Historian Lynette Shum with a tribute Wellington's Chinese community placed on Mokopuna Island in 2004 for its "leper", Kim Lee.

A Wellington grocer was unlucky enough to be Chinese during a leprosy panic in 1903.

Flu kills 4-year-old

Influenza levels reached alert levels during one week in August.

Influenza has killed at least two New Zealanders this year as the virus hit alert levels.

Cook Strait ferry leaves capital

Bluebridge ferry Santa Regina has left Wellington for good.

She has sailed Cook Strait since 2002 but now Santa Regina has left Wellington for good.

Misfortune mars Hannah Playhouse debut

The roofline of Hannah Playhouse emerges on Courtenay Place in June 1972.

An actress took the good-luck message "break a leg" too literally when Wellington's Hannah Playhouse opened in 1973.

Man found dead in state house

A man's body was found in this state house in Porirua. Police say it had been there for weeks.

Neighbours noticed a smell which led to the discovery of a body in state house in Porirua.

$4m appetite for Wellington On a Plate

Diners celebrate Visa Wellington On a Plate at The Four Amigos special event.

Wellington On a Plate has left a lasting appetite in the capital, contributing millions to the regional economy.

Bananageddon hits Capital

Banana bread replaces the scarce fruit at Countdown Newtown, Wellington as the banana shortage stretches on

Some Wellington supermarket shelves were banana-free at the weekend as a shortage continues.

Attracting Chinese investors to Wellington

The first Mojo coffee store in the central Chinese city of Xi'an is set to open on September 12.

Wellington is open for business and keen to attract Chinese investors to the capital.

Wellington chimp to get life-saving surgery

Cara, a 33-year-old chimpanzee who lives at Wellington Zoo, will undergo a ground-breaking procedure on Tuesday in an attempt to save her ear.

A Wellington Zoo chimp will undergo a ground-breaking procedure in a last-ditch effort to save her "barely-there" ear.

Wairarapa shaken by 4.4 quake

A 4-4-magnitude quake was centred near Eketahuna

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake near Eketahuna has rattled the lower North Island.

Fewer restaurants forced to shut

Vista Cafe in Oriental Tce was shut down for a day in October for health concerns. Owner Lexie Murdoch said it had since completely refurbished the kitchen.

We name the Wellington restaurants closed for health reasons in 2014-15.

Hawke's Bay flat fire

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Hastings

A fire in a Hawke's Bay flat has been put out.

Accountancy partnership for growth

A Wellington accounting company riding on the coat-tails of Xero has set its sights on further expansion.

Foodie festival 'huge' success

Zibibbo chef and co-owner Glen Taylor shows off the Damson-cured Ora king salmon with foraged fennel, gin botanicals, vanilla and salmon crackling. The entree is part of the restaurant's award winning Wellington on a Plate menu.

Hospitality staff can slow down after serving thousands of mouths during a "hugely" successful Wellington on a Plate festival.

Man found after bracelet cut

Zane McVeigh, 19.

Latest man to go missing after his monitoring bracelet was cut once helped try to abduct a woman.

Radio studios burn in mystery arson gallery

Radio host Doreen Kelso, right, interviews Margaret David for her programme Person To Person at Broadcasting House in August 1976.

Wellington's world-class Broadcasting House radio studio met a grim end - first bowled, then burned.

Trolley derby thrills mini racers

Wellington mayor William Appleton, front, is towed uphill in a trolley cart during a parade to open the first derby. Karori Progressive Association president William Pringle follows behind him.

There were no idle hands to interest the devil during New Zealand's first trolley derby in 1948.

Bring on car wash backlash

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says there is a silver lining to the backlash about a bylaw change.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett welcomes the car wash haters - at least now people are listening.

Double-deckers closer for Wellington

Wellington could soon have diesel-electric buses like this one in London.

Wellington commuters could soon ride to work on double-decker buses.

Woman punched by bedroom invader

A police dog trailed a man after a woman was punched in her bedroom early Friday morning.

A woman woke up to a horrific surprise in her bedroom at Paraparaumu Beach.

Guard pilfers charity money

In the dead of night a security guard pilfered from charity.

He used a handsaw to steal from the donation box he was guarding, then taped it back up.

Plenty at stake in capital parking stoush

The block of flats in Hanson St, Wellington that is at the centre of a six-year parking battle between property owner Zoran Barbalich and Wellington City Council.

The validity of Wellington's parking laws is being threatened by a court battle.

Century-old Wellington depot to go

The Kilbirnie bus depots in Wellington, built more than 100 years ago, will be demolished.

Kilbirnie's century-old bus depot is going to be torn down.

New interisland ferry fails to impress

John McAlpine, Minister of Railways, cuts the ribbon to allow the first car to drive off the Aramoana after its maiden crossing from Wellington to Picton on August 13, 1962.

The newspaper sport of ferry-bashing was invented in 1962 when the interislander Aramoana was plagued with problems.

Flashback: New Zealand's golden day

Peter Snell, left, and Murray Halberg at Wellington's Westpac Stadium in 2000.

In a city famed for its gladiators, two Kiwis stood up to the test and won in one golden day.

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