Wellington

Wind may whistle in backup power

Wind Wellington

Wellington's infamous wind could prove to be a lifeline in the event of a big earthquake.

Kicking up stink about track waste

Colin Tofts

Concern is growing over mountainbike tack users defecating on nearby paths and road.

Final page for bookshop

No competing with online sales

Tim and Glenda Skinner

The owners of another independent Wellington bookshop closing its doors say the might of online juggernauts spelt the final chapter.

Film Festival ticket sales up

film festival

Ticket sales for this year's International Film Festival are up on previous years.

Wellington RSAs in decline

RSA Ron Turner

The Wellington Returned and Services Association is in danger of perishing along with its members.

Cannabis in train driver

Melling train crash removal

The driver of a train that crashed in Lower Hutt two months ago tested positive for cannabis use.

Snow falling on Rimutakas

Summit Rd snow

Snow starts to fall on Rimutakas, and Wellington suburbs such as Karori and Wilton may also get flurries.

50 years of intensive care

Wellington ICU

The 1950s polio epidemic created demand for specialist care, which led to the opening of intensive care units.

Ian McKinnon: Town and gown

Ian McKinnon

Former deputy mayor Ian McKinnon about having Prince Edward on staff, the differences between Celia Wade- Brown and Kerry Prendergast and why students haven't changed.

Teetering homes to go

Demolition of houses above slip begins

Kingston slip, Wellington

Demolition of two slip-affected homes has started in the Wellington suburb of Kingston.

Caught short round the bay

Public Toilet sign

There's a call to install public toilets in Break Bay because visitors to the area are being caught short.

Cuba Street drama

cuba mall

"Weird people", "undesirables" and beggars making Cuba Street shoppers feel unsafe.

Wellington thinks big

But major projects will come at a cost

rates

More Wellington ratepayers needed long term to help fund major projects, council told.

Wellington house prices dip

Wellington houses

Fewer houses are being sold in Wellington as mortgage-lending restrictions have slowed buyers.

Second Terrace tunnel a step closer

Terrace tunnel

The first steps towards creating a second Terrace Tunnel in Wellington will begin this week.

Ex-husband pleads not guilty

Justice

Rongmei Fan's estranged husband has pleaded not guilty to having murdered her at her Miramar home last November.

Quake-prone city

St Mary of the Angels Church, Wellington

Some heritage buildings are on shaky ground as 684 pre-1976 buildings revealed as quake risks.

'Chop shop' busted

brooklyn chop shop

Six men arrested after an alleged "chop shop" found in a Wellington suburb.

Retailers rally against cycle lanes

Jimi Meager

Newtown will crumble if cycle lanes replace car parks in the shopping centre, retailers say.

Tiny balls making a big mess

Pastic nurdle balls

Tiny plastic balls used in plastics manufacturing are fouling up Wellington's Evans Bay beach.

Extra lane out of town

Traffic Wellington

Wellington's urban motorway is about to get bigger as part of a $50m project announced by NZTA yesterday.

Trains cancelled after icy cold night

Wellington trains

Some trains were cancelled due to ice this morning after one of the coldest nights of the year.

Opponents want moratorium

Wellington Waterfront

Opponents of a six-storey waterfront office block want a five-year ban on any new development.

Residents get little joy over grizzles

drinking

A group of inner-city dwellers have failed to get authorities to clamp down on two late-night bars.

Doing time for drugs bought online

Pills, drugs

A Wellington man has been sentenced to home detention for a range of drugs offences.

City high rise evacuated

Majestic centre

Wellington's tallest building was evacuated after a fire alarm went off around 4pm.

Key buildings need better standards

Wellington cbd

A big quake could shut Wellington down if key buildings aren't protected, council has been told.

Bus stop pretty in pink

Pop artists creates Newtown 'bus boutique'

Xoe Hall

Where most might have seen a blot on the urban landscape, Xoe Hall saw a blank canvas.

The homecoming queen

Aratere

Almost eight months after a propeller broke off mid-sailing, Cook Strait ferry Aratere has returned from repairs in Singapore.

Neighbours give lights thumbs up

Basin Reserve

A plan to floodlight the Basin Reserve has won support from residents in neighbouring suburbs.

Agonising birth botch-up

Theresa Nguyen

A first-time mother had a large surgical swab left inside her for nearly two weeks after giving birth to her daughter.

Lonely woman stole to pay scammer

keyboard

A woman who stole more than $27,641 from her employer sent most of it to a man who was conning her online.

Another 15,000 residents for city

Graham Scott

More than 15,000 extra people are expected to be living in central Wellington in 30 years.

Plans for Basin floodlights glow

Basin Reserve

The Basin Reserve could be bathed in floodlight sooner than thought, opening it to other sports.

Old church with tower for sale

St James Presbyterian Church

A church that has stood over Newtown for 130 years is for sale and could become apartments.

Work continues on Harbour Quays

BNZ Harbour Quays building

Work fixing the BNZ Harbour Quays building will not be completed until October.

Winner $1m richer

Lotto ticket

A Lotto player from Wellington has struck it rich with a $1 million First Division win.

Zombie Burger, anyone?

Lambs brain combo a treat for food challenge

Zombie Burger

A chef's entry to a Wild Food Challenge involves lambs brains and snails with a nod to the capital's undead obsession.

Building exoskeletons too big?

Wellington cbd generic

Use of exoskeletons as quake-strengthening for buildings could be limited amid concerns it takes up too much space.

Up to four cars in SH1 crash

Traffic Wellington

'Significant' delays are expected into Wellington after a crash south of Porirua this morning.

Tiger den, dog house

Zoo keeper rebuked after big cat incident

rokan tiger

A Wellington Zoo keeper has been rebuked after a child accessed a supposedly secure area for hand-feeding a tiger.

Plan 'doomed to fail'

Builder, new house, generic

A target of 7000 new Wellington homes in five years is near-impossible to meet, says councillor.

Bus drivers back trolleys

Bus

Bus drivers have overwhelmingly thrown their support behind keeping the city's trolley buses.

RSA club closes owing $280,000

johnsonville rsa

The now-defunct Johnsonville RSA owes more than $280,000 to creditors, but there are hopes its spirit can be kept alive.

Bombs away!

Cleaner water good news for waterfront divers

Wellington dive platform

Thrill seekers wanting a dip should be able to leap back into the harbour this summer.

Airport to rearrange car park

Taxis Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport is reworking its car parking, less than a year after a $5 million "horror show" overhaul.

First female maritime cop

Policewoman can't wait for southerly swell

Paula Tanuvasa

Paula Tanuvasa is making waves as the first policewoman to call Wellington Harbour her office.

7000 new homes for city

Generic housing

Construction of up to 7000 homes in Wellington will be fast-tracked.

Storm to hit capital

Storm

Severe winds forecast to hit Wellington and motorists in winter's 'first real storm' tomorrow.

Public to have say on hotel, centre

proposed Hilton Hotel

Private-public partnership plans for a Wellington Hilton will go out for public feedback.

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