"A cross between a celestial being and something from Game of Thrones": Ardern describes her new Backbencher puppet video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her effigy “ is a cross between a celestial being and something from Game of Thrones”.

8:31 PM  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, National Party leader Judith Collins, Act Party leader David Seymour and Green MP Chloe Swarbrick are all immortalised by their new puppets at the Wellington pub across the road from Parliament.

Wellington today, June 22: Why Wellington is so windy, airport gets credit agency tick, and proposal to extend paid-parking hours

Ben Pettit recently became the NZ open men’s tenpin bowling champion at the age of 13.

Here's the latest on what's happening in the capital today.

Big job for Tokomaru Bay's only cop during weekend floods video

Tokomaru Bay Community Constable Toa Saulala, left, with local man Elder Te Reo, assisted with the clean-up operations ...

On his day off, Toa Saulala was out in the rain clearing roads and delivering food packages.

Welington bus drivers to vote on new pay deal video

Wellington bus drivers at a Tramways and Public Transport Employees Union meeting on Thursday, where a new employment ...

A new pay offer could mean Wellington avoids a second bus driver strike and further commuter disruption.

That's how he rolls: The 13-year-old who is NZ's open men's tenpin bowling champion video

Ben trains five days a week.

Ben Pettit has had a bowling ball in his hands since he was three, and 10 years later he's on a roll –bowling adults over.

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City ute owners are an oppressed minority video

Hyundai Santa Cruz ute

OPINION: As an indispensable part of cycling the humble ute is a leader in the fight against climate change.

NZ should adopt Scottish alcohol harm strategy

OPINION: "Price rises won’t penalise responsible drinkers. But will reduce alcohol sales, consumption – and damage."

I'm not looking to my knickers for moral guidance

Was NZ First built to last? video


Kia Mau Festival: Collaboration and cohesiveness shine in raw TINĀ

Performed by a strong cast of women, TINĀ explores concepts of motherhood and mana wahine.

The dance work is a glimpse into concepts around motherhood and what it means to be a teine toa.

Creative pairings celebrate Atamira's pioneers in Te Wheke

Each solo in Te Wheke sparkles like a jewel.

Each solo sparkles like a jewel amidst the vibrant and multi layered sound and visual scape.

Arts events around the Wellington region - June 21-24

NZ Opera - The Marriage of Figaro - Count Almaviva John Moore and Countess Almaviva Emma Pearson

Here's what's happening around the Wellington region's arts and cultural scene this week.

Life and death with Casketeers Francis and Kaiora Tipene video

Francis Tipene says water is used to transfer between tapu and noa.

The couple behind The Casketeers open up about how they cope, and the horrors of Covid-19.

Te Hīkoi Toi: Surrealism in a surreal world

The Anne Frank Memorial in Ellice Park, Mount Victoria, was officially opened on Sunday. Boyd Klap, a key person ...

Mark Amery visits a new memorial and a major international show demonstrating the power of art in the face of discrimination


Otere Black cherishing final run with Māori All Blacks before heading to Japan video

Otere Black is back in the Maori All Blacks team for their two upcoming games against Samoa.

The departing Blues first-five is savouring every last moment with the Māori All Blacks as he prepares to bid farewell to New Zealand rugby at the end of the year.

Māori All Blacks forced to make late change video

Maori All Blacks midfielder Quinn Tupaea busts through a tackle during last year’s clash with Moana Pasifika in Hamilton.

Rameka Poihipi has replaced Chiefs team-mate Quinn Tupaea in the Māori All Blacks squad for their two-game series against Samoa.

That's how he rolls: The 13-year-old who is NZ's open men's tenpin bowling champion video

Ben trains five days a week.

Ben Pettit has had a bowling ball in his hands since he was three, and 10 years later he's on a roll –bowling adults over.

Not guilty plea to charge of sideline assault

Ben Tupuola pleaded not guilty to a charge of injuring with intent to injure following a sideline assault at a rugby ...

A 34-year-old man made the plea following the hospitalisation of another man in Lower Hutt in April.

Hawks deliver statement win over Saints

American swingman Devondrick Walker, pictured in a prior game, scored 20 points in the Hawks’ win over the Saints.

In a rematch of the 2019 NBL final, Hawks show their title credentials holding off the Saints for confidence-boosting win.


Waterfront Northland campground for sale

Campgrounds like this are rare, the salespeople say.

Beachside campground on 5.67ha for sale near Whangarei

PMG to purchase Bethlehem Town Centre

PMG Generation Fund is to acquire the Bethlehem Town Centre. The large format retail centre in the Bay of Plenty town ...

Bay of Plenty acquisition gives New Zealand investors an opportunity

Nelson-Tasman’s commercial property fundamentals leverage strong regional economy

The $32 million redevelopment of Nelson Airport includes a commitment to growth in both aviation and commercial activities.

Strong primary and knowledge economy gives region a boost

Salvaged food and salvation: Francis Stewart's journey video

Stewart goes to service at St Peter’s on Willis every week. “It’s a beautiful place,” he says.

A spiritual journey — from homelessness, to helping the homeless — with many pit stops in between.

All Black TJ Perenara, chocolate maker Whittaker among new inductees to Porirua Hall of Fame video

TJ Perenara performs the haka prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 group B game between the All Blacks and South Africa in ...

Most-capped Hurricane of all time and chocolate company founder to join Black Grace choreographer, and theatre founder in Hall of Fame at Te Rauparaha Arena.

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Further hit for Wellington motorists as paid parking hours set to be extended

Metered parking hours in Wellington’s CBD could be extended to as late as 10pm on some days of the week. (File photo)

The extension to metered parking hours would come alongside proposed increased hourly rates, a possible congestion charge, and a car-free Golden Mile.

Four tenants left with a plastic bag of belongings after 'devastating' fire video

Hanson Street house fire Newtown Wellington 
Pictured: PIC: Anna Wilkes ...

Anna Wilkes was in the shower when she heard a thumping on the door and her flatmate yelling about a fire.

Crooner album blends classic 50s jazz cool with Kiwi influences

Steve Carlin at his Greytown home.

Greytown singer Steve Carlin pulled in some of Wellington's best jazz talent to produce unique jazz album.

Covid-19: Teenagers could be vaccinated before end of the year video

The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use on children as young as 12 in New Zealand. (File photo)

Medsafe has approved the vaccine for use in children as young as 12, while Pfizer is testing its vaccine on children under 12.

Hutt Valley High School students back to in-person learning video

Hutt Valley High School senior students will be back in front of their teachers for term 3, after

Students will return to face-to-face learning at Hutt Valley High School, after black mould disrupted their learning

'That whole road was just a river': Heavy rain leaves big clean up in its wake video

Flood damage near Tokomaru Bay transfer station.

Tokomaru Bay residents are mopping up after the downpour left homes knee-deep in silt. But Metservice is forecasting "brighter days ahead."

'Sugar daddy' not guilty of rape but guilty of other charges

Dion Lance McKenzie’s name was suppressed until a jury’s verdicts late on Monday in Wellington.

Name suppression ends for former long-distance truck driver, Dion Lance McKenzie.

More than 150 Wellington buses cancelled video

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Metlink bus in Porirua.
The government has dropped the down to Alert Level 3 with the ...

The network operator, Metlink, put the cancellations down to driver illness as well as the ongoing driver shortage.

Wellington today: Wet weather and winds whip around the region, Ngāti Toa buys Porirua townhouses

The weather is set to be wet today, with wind gusting up to 130kmh in exposed areas. (File photo)

Here's the latest on what's happening in the capital today.

School closed after East Coast flooding video

Flood damage to Hatea a Rangi school at Tokomaru Bay.

The community of Tokomaru Bay is meeting to assess damage caused by Sunday's flooding.

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