Wellington

Capital shouldn't kill the Snapper

OPINION: Wellington needs cheap, reliable public transport to arrest its declining use and get more cars off our congested roads.

Fire engulfs classroom

A classroom in Khandallah was gutted by fire early on Wednesday morning, leaving little but a few fire-damaged resources.

From flowerbeds to focal point

Sitting in Civic Square on a sunny day, it's hard to recall that Wellington's most impressive public space used to be just another road.

Revamp for cenotaph well in hand

Wellington's cenotaph upgrade should be completed well before April's WWI centenary commemorations.

Revamp for cenotaph on target

A $2.5 million upgrade of the area around Wellington's cenotaph is taking shape.

Charges for public spaces dropped

Plans to charge ratepayers for using public parks and beaches for events are being scrapped.

Options considered for sea wall

Opponents of plans to pull down Island Bay's battered sea wall may get a reprieve

Trolley bus wires down

A trolley bus is blocking Lambton Quay after part of an overhead wire snapped.

Paving the way to Anzac Day

Wellington's new war memorial park is rising out of the dirt in Buckle St.

Nesting in the zoo

Animal hospital marks milestone

It was the arrival of a certain emperor penguin that jumpstarted the success of The Nest hospital at Wellington Zoo.

Capital holding on to cash

Wellingtonians have not been spending as much as Aucklanders and Cantabrians.

25 years of Fringe

Renowned festival's next offering: 120 shows

Wellington's Fringe Festival turns 25 next year and returns with another 120 quirky offerings.

Seatoun fights for play area

Seatoun Park playground has little more than a rusty slide and swings, but Seatoun community members are fighting to keep it.

Stamp of approval for images

Reserve Bank's new fakeproof bank notes will feature images by photographer Rob Suisted.

Oh Christmas tree

Santa's helpers spread Yuletide cheer

Santa's elves have braved Wellington's high winds to hang decorations around the city, including two Christmas trees.

Mod-cons delight flats' tenants

Blond wood, double glazing replace '70s mint-green and apricot in revamped housing block.

Council shrugs off lease idea

Johnsonville's $16m community hub going ahead, and council won't be leasing the space.

Motorway crash cleared

A multi-vehicle crash caused delays on the motorway into Wellington this morning.

Homeware hauled from habour

Chairs, a table, television and even a season of Baywatch on DVD have been fished out of Wellington harbour.

Bus door mishaps continue

More tales of Wellington passengers getting trapped in bus doors have emerged.

Glitch means cash only for parking

A parking meter glitch means Wellingtonians are unable to pay for a park using text-to-pay or credit cards.

Bad boys, bad boys

150 years of news: reforming delinquents

Concerns over youth committing crimes or being out of work are nothing new.

Dyslexic teen scores Xero internship

Teenager Matthew Strawbridge went from hero to Xero after the boss of the multibillion tech firm offered him a summer internship.

New speed camera goes live

Police warn drivers to slow down, with another hi-tech speed camera going live in Wellington.

The pride of the zoo

They all hailed King Dick

He lived in Wellington for only 14 years, but what years they were. King Dick was probably the most beloved animal in the city during his lifetime.

Missing guide dog in Wellington

A guide dog scared by Guy Fawkes fireworks has gone missing in Newtown, Wellington.

Move to limit drug sales

Sale of legal highs could be limited to Wellington's CBD if council passes proposed policy.

Majestic centre upgrade blows out

Cost of strengthening Wellington's tallest building blows out again to $83.5 million, more than doubling original estimates.

Guilty plea for man who fled police

Court

Man who fled armed police in central Wellington after a car chase on SH2 pleads guilty.

Concern over short notice for dog rego

Allan Probert

The number of fines handed out for not registering dogs has halved in the past year, despite fewer reminders being sent to owners.

Last-minute deal may save club

Vogelmorn Bowling Club

The million-dollar Vogelmorn Bowling Club land and buildings might yet be saved for the community.

Urban pollution a problem

Hutt drain

Although dirty dairying is largely blamed for the poor state of rural rivers, Wellington's urban waters are far from pristine.

Hilton deal gets green light

Wellington City Council has agreed to back a $100 million convention centre and Hilton Hotel.

A dirty way to discover antibiotics

Jeremy Owen

A Victoria University researcher will use a $300,000 grant to sift through soil to develop antibiotics.

A long walk home

From Wellington to Kapiti on foot

Long walk to Kapiti

About 80 people are walking from Wellington city to the Kapiti Coast as part of a disaster preparation exercise.

Vic Uni rejects fossil fuel investment

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Victoria University has taken a - mostly symbolic - step away from putting its money into fossil fuels.

Man injured in Kapiti crash

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A man remains in hospital tonight after a crash on a main route along the Kapiti Coast at rush hour.

Baby brain-damaged

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Lack of proper care by senior doctors led to permanent disability of recently born baby.

Convention centre, hotel to get OK

Wellington convention centre, Hilton

Wellington City Council is likely to vote in favour of a $100 million hotel/convention centre for the capital.

Hutt City may fight super-city

Hutt City Council 3F

Hutt City Council is taking legal advice as the Wellington region braces for an amalgamation.

PM's bodyguard gone to the dogs

Robert Stilwell

Richard Stilwell has gone from guarding the Prime Minister to sweeping up dog fur.

Free yoga a crowd-pleaser

Wellington vibrated with the sound of "om" as hundreds of people stretched and twisted for the city's first Free Yoga Day.

Legal high district mooted

Legal Highs

Three options for a legal high district within Wellington's CBD have been mooted by the city council.

Tsunami lines for eastern suburbs

Tsunami lines

Miramar Peninsula is next in line for blue tsunami warning markers.

Theatre's $1m upgrade

Wellington Opera House

The Wellington Opera House is getting a major face-lift even though it has been yellow-stickered.

Boozy women at risk, say police

drunk woman

Drunk women assaulted weekly, say police as they appeal Wellington liquor laws.

Tim Brown's many hats

Tim Brown

Wellington businessman Tim Brown talks about working for Lloyd Morrison, Fringe Festival and being hit by a bus.

Lower Zealandia fee finds favour

Zealandia

Zealandia's visitor numbers have hit a record high on the back of its lower ticket prices.

Future uncertain for army store

Buckle St

Empty for more than 25 years, the NZDF's former store and headquarters in Mt Cook could face demolition.

Markets in jeopardy

Newtown market

Two of Wellington's popular fruit and vegetable markets are operating on school grounds without permission.

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