Wellington today, Friday June 18: Family lose dog, possessions in fire; man to be charged with poaching pāua video

The house was gutted in the fire.

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

Discharge without conviction following motorcyclist's death on SH2 video

Rachel Pawsey died following a collision with a car in Upper Hutt on August 27, on State Highway 2 near Riverstone ...

A momentary lapse in concentration did not warrant the potential repercussions of deportation and unemployment a conviction might bring, a court has ruled.

Cabinet ministers called to help settle cycleway stoush video

Campbell Barry has called on Cabinet ministers David Cark and Michael Wood to help get the project back on track.

Tensions over a cycleway have boiled over with Hutt City’s mayor calling on Cabinet ministers to step in and help pull the state rail operator into line.

Museums Aotearoa executive director quits days out from annual meeting video

Phillipa Tocker, executive director of Museums Aotearoa, right, has resigned after 16 years.

The executive director of Museums Aotearoa has quit, just two months after the organisation's board also resigned. A museum expert worries there will be a perception "the sector can’t get its act together,.

Man fights blaze with garden hose in third fire in a week

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Garage shed fire Resolution Street Lyall Bay 
Pictured: garage É home owner ...

All that stood between Wellington man David Eves losing his house was David Eves and his garden hose.

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Museums Aotearoa executive director quits days out from annual meeting video

Phillipa Tocker, executive director of Museums Aotearoa, right, has resigned after 16 years.

The executive director of Museums Aotearoa has quit, just two months after the organisation's board also resigned. A museum expert worries there will be a perception "the sector can’t get its act together,.

Peter Jackson's 6-hour Beatles doco has premiere date

The Beatles: Get Back is set to premiere in November.

The Kiwi director sorted through 55-hours of footage to make this highly-anticipated documentary that will screen later this year.

Arts events around the Wellington region for the weekend - June 18-20

Milky Way & Old Cars by Pete Monk, part of the "Within the Hours of Darkness" astrophotography exhibition at Aratoi, ...

The Kia Mau Festival is starting to wind down, but Sunday offers lots of music options.

Covid-19 may increase Wellington Town Hall costs by further $9.7m video

Photos from last year show strengthening work continuing on Wellington Town Hall.

Officials are warning that work to restrengthen Wellington’s heritage-listed Town Hall could increase by about $9.7 million.

UPU celebrates indigenous reality over colonial myth

Shadon Merideth in UPU, being staged at Circa as part of the Kia Mau Festival.

The show animates the words of celebrated poets as living and breathing offerings, connected to oral traditions.

Sport

King in the Ring: Navajo Stirling following CKB blueprint toward UFC video

Navajo Stirling rates King in the Ring as the pinnacle of kick-boxing in New Zealand.

In a story eerily similar to Israel Adesanya's, he packed his life into his car and drove towards his dream.

Sports turf pioneer Steve Mexted lived for a challenge

Steve Mexted built a successful sports turf business from scratch despite suffering from diabetes, which eventually ...

Steve Mexted overcame diabetes to build a successful sports turf company.

'Just another test match': Conway moves on from Lord's euphoria, message flood video

Black Caps opener Devon Conway is relying on his memorable Lord’s debut to keep it level ahead of his first time against ...

From his hotel room overlooking the pitch, Black Caps star plots against India's bowlers with a little help from his friends.

Wedding bells ring after full-time whistle video

Waikanae and Foxton players perform a haka for Mandy Milligan ahead of her wedding ceremony.

On the day of Mandy and Keith Milligan’s wedding, the bride was dressed in white and the groom was in the red and black of his other beloved; the Waikanae Rugby Football Club.

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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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.

'Ticking time bomb': Wellington's most dangerous buildings video

The property is for sale, “as is, where is”, but does have an expansive view.

Experts are questioning why only six Wellington buildings meet the strict classification, in the wake of another fire at a derelict house.

Young women climb ladders to get a leg-up into careers in infrastructure video

Aine Bolger, 14, takes on the ladder challenge under the guidance of mechanical engineer Jarrod Wyatt at Meridan's ...

A doctor, a lawyer, or a nurse. Those are the jobs girls tell careers advisor Heather Miller they expect to pursue. But, that could soon change.

'Mum and dad' investors asked to raise millions to make gondola a reality video

Porirua is set to become home to New Zealand's fifth gondola, as part of a $32 million Adventure Park project in the ...

The anchor investors have been found. Now those behind the project — featuring a gondola, bike trails and a restaurant — want others to join the party.

Demolition begins on Lower Hutt tobacco factory video

The Imperial Tobacco plant in Petone is being pulled down to make way for 95 townhouses and a business park. Former ...

After employing generations of workers for over a century, Petone’s Imperial Tobacco Factory is making way for housing and a commercial development. Sandra Paulin worked there for 48 years until last year when it closed.

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Cost to remove sludge from Wellington's Southern Landfill likely to increase

The cost of treating sludge at the Moa Point treatment plant to stop it going to the Southern Landfill is expected to ...

The Wellington City Council needs to stop the sludge from going to the landfill in order to meet its carbon reduction targets.

WorkSafe recommends shift fix to Wellington Free Ambulance

WorkSafe recommends shift fix to Wellington Free Ambulance

Workers say while they are dealing with exhaustion and emotional strain, shifts are not the problem — a massive shortfall in staffing is.

Oscar-nominated Pinocchio among eight great Cinema Italiano movies video

Pavarotti, Pinocchio and Marriage Italian Style are among the great films available to watch at this year’s Cinema Italiano.

Twenty classic and contemporary features and documentaries will screen across the country as part of NZ's annual celebration of Italian film-making.

Covid-19 may increase Wellington Town Hall costs by further $9.7m video

Photos from last year show strengthening work continuing on Wellington Town Hall.

Officials are warning that work to restrengthen Wellington’s heritage-listed Town Hall could increase by about $9.7 million.

Former Wellington teacher who filmed nearly 100 women in a bathroom released from prison

Nigel Colin Edgecombe has been released from prison after being jailed in June 2019.

Nigel Edgecombe had nine months left of his sentence but the Parole Board determined he is no longer an undue risk.

Wellington eco-sanctuary, a potential kākāpō paradise, needs millions in funding video

The sanctuary is home to huge mature rimu trees, a rarity and ideal source of food for kākāpō.

Plans for the sanctuary are proceeding, but the future of the sanctuary rests in the balance. Funding is the issue.

Wellington businesses on Golden Mile: Let's just get on with it

An artist's impression of Midland Park, part of plans to transform Wellington’s Golden Mile.

Opposition against the plan to ban cars from key thoroughfares in the capital appears to be waning as it moves closer to reality.

Dangerous, derelict house in Wellington fetches top dollar video

The property is for sale, “as is, where is”, but does have an expansive view.

You couldn't get inside, but that didn't stop this run-down '70s house from selling under the hammer for $806,500.

'It's a cruel thing to do' — Wellington home damaged in suspicious blaze video

Firefighters at the aftermath of a large house fire on Austin St, Mt Victoria on Wednesday evening.

Owner of house says she believes the house was burgled before being set alight.

Police officer's knee on youth's head during arrest 'entirely unnecessary' watchdog finds

Wellington District Commander Superintendent Corrie Parnell said officers come to work every day to keep the community ...

Video footage shows the officer's knee remained in place for about 30 seconds as the youth complained he was having trouble breathing.

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