My Wellington: Kate McGuinness

Artist and Mum Kate McGuinness creates vibrant images of Wellington shops and locations.

The Newtown-based Illustrator and mum lets us in on why Wellington is her home.

Parents worry about 6-year-old son who couldn't come home due to border rules video

Shu Lu and Alex Feng’s son Rhys came home from China in December after being separated from his parents for 11 months.

After 11 months, Shu Lu and Alex Feng's young son came home from China. Now they are trying to navigate the distance between two cultures.

Wellington council poised to start ditching pokie machines video

Councillor Tamatha Paul reckons pokies will be gone from Wellington in her lifetime (File photo).

Young councillor believes sinking lid policy will see “dirty money” pokie machines entirely out of Wellington within her lifetime.

'Dear Prime Minister, we need to talk about drugs' video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been asked to consider repealing and replacing the current drug laws. (File photo)

Open letter to Jacinda Ardern from dozens of social and health organisations calls for 45-year old drug laws to be dumped and rewritten.

GPs forced to use YouTube for contraceptive insertion training, top doctor says video

Auckland GP Orna McGinn says GPs want to be trained on inserting and removing long-acting reversible contraceptives.

Vital IUD insertion training is hard to access, leaving more room for complications, Dr Orna McGinn warns.

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41-gun salute for Prince Philip in Wellington

Members of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fired a 41-round gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, to mark the death of ...

Wellington is marking the death of Prince Philip with a 41-gun salute lasting 40 minutes at midday on Sunday.

'There’s a lot of shame around loneliness, but we’re all lonely sometimes' video

Briony Drysdale says loneliness can make her feel empty.

New research into loneliness by The Helen Clark Foundation showed many people bounced back following the 2020 level 4 lockdown, but those feeling lingered for many societal groups.

The people most affected by loneliness video

Still Alone Together found after lockdown alert level 4, there was an increase in self-reported loneliness. (File photo)

Disabled people are four times more likely than non-disabled people to report feeling lonely most or all of the time, a report says.

How NZ is paying tribute to Prince Philip video

The New Zealand flag at the Beehive in Wellington is flying at half-mast in respect to Prince Philip.

Flags are flying at half-mast at Wellington’s Government House and the Beehive following the death of the Queen's husband.

Newtown Festival back after five-week delay video

The festival was pushed from March 7, due to a Covid-19 outbreak in Auckland (File photo).

It has been all hands on deck getting the Newtown Festival over the line after a Covid-19 level 2 induced five-week delay

Shelly Bay developer must rehouse penguins before work begins

The sections Logan saved from sale remain undeveloped, giving the little blue penguins free passage.

The coastline's smallest residents are to be rehoused before the sale of the land for the propsed $500 million development can go ahead.

Doctors said he'd never walk again, now he's climbed a mountain video

Andrew Leslie at the summit of Wellington’s Mt Kaukau, which he was determined to conquer again after his accident.

Andrew Leslie became a tetraplegic after a mountain bike crash. A year later he's back on his feet and has returned to the accident site.

Residential tower one option for Wellington Central Library

One option for the proposed upgrade to Wellington’s central library includes a 17-storey residential tower constructed ...

Three options on how the library could be developed will be put before Wellington city councillors next week.

Porirua City Council wants to sell pensioner flats to exit social housing game

One Moana Court resident, who didn’t want to be identified, says tenants are unsettled by the council’s intention to sell.

Porirua boasts some of the highest rents in the country, but the local council wants out of the social housing game, mounting another attempt to sell off the remaining 26 units on its books.

Wellington's developing drama: A low blow for city's high hopes video

An artist's rendering of The Paddington, a low-rise 151 unit residential development on Taranaki St.

The city is crying out for more high-density housing but two developers think they know better. What's going on?

News

Curfew reduced for teen charged after school lock down

Police at Wellington High School where a teenager – not from the school – allegedly planned an attack .

11:04 AM  A youth court judge has praised the performance on bail of a teenager charged after a Wellington school was locked down when online threats were made.

Patients commonly harmed by prescriptions, new study finds

Reducing medication-related harm a top priority.

Takeaway robbery puts person in hospital

Lotto player wins $1m

business

Avocado orchard 'a labour of love'

The Awanui avocado orchard in Northland has 8250 well-established trees on an attractive 79-hectare rolling contour ...

Northland 'is becoming the country's avocado centre'.

Why our bread is made from Australian flour video

Suzy Rea is an organic farmer from Marton supplying Shelley Bay Bakery with organic flour for milling.

New Zealand's wheat growers are some of the most productive in the world, yet few get a chance to eat it. That could soon change.

Cinema chain reaps $77.1m windfall after selling Auckland land to rich listers

The two blocks of land spanning 28.3ha in Wiri are tipped to become a business park.

The prime industrial block is suited to a business park, sources say.

NZ's best barista struggled to get work visa because of her profession video

Luise Metelka, who's worked at Flight Coffee for four years, wowed the judges at the New Zealand Barista Championship. ...

Luise Metelka hopes her story will show people that making coffee can be a good career - not just a student job.

Home jumps $415,000 in value during couple's separation video

Joel Pauling says first-home buyers who separate could find themselves struggling to get back on the ladder as individuals.

The housing crisis is creating difficulties in getting back on the ladder after separating, and the loss of first-home buyer status compounds the issues.

Comment

Self-care isn't self-ish

Cabinet Minister Kiri Allan revelation that she has stage 3 cervical cancer has prompted Ziena Jalil to think about ...

OPINION: As a society, we laud and reward busyness. We conflate busyness with productivity, and commitment to our organisations.

All-weather streets mean better communities

The Rotorua Eat Street covered walkway featuring retractable roofing over dining areas.

OPINION: Rain-friendly urban designs can protect from inclement weather while maintaining a sense of wide open spaces for all.

Where's our Kiwi friendliness gone? video

When tourists leave they used to overwhelmingly comment on the friendly Kiwi manner. I wonder if that’s still the case?

OPINION: High prices and slack service. After a week out and about in New Zealand, I'm starting to feel embarrassed to be a New Zealander.

MP’s cervical cancer diagnosis a wake-up call

Stuff science columnist Dr Siouxsie Wiles.

OPINION: It’s a disgrace that the Government hasn’t supported the roll-out of HPV self-testing.

Blurred boundaries video

LGNZ supports removing the issue of fluoride from local government polling booths, as the bigger costs of not adding it ...

OPINION: Local people should get to have a meaningful say if the costs and benefits of a decision are directly worn by them.

Culture

Arts listings in the Wellington region from April 12-15

Wellington Regional SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival is being held this week.

This week offers three nights of the Bard.

Soap favourites hit the stage in musical parody

John Palamo, left and Jake Elston play Dr Hone Ropata and Dr Chris Warner in Shortland Street the Musical.

Whether you love, hate or have never seen Shortland St, a new stage performance of the beloved and bemoaned soap opera is sure to capture hearts.

Dancers stranded in New Zealand put on second set of shows

The cast of Unity in Adversity.

After four sold-out shows in January, a group of stranded Kiwi dancers are back to perform a second season.

Doing up an old image of ourselves

Sara McIntyre’s photograph of children playing at Kākahi Marae, 2008

Sarah McIntyre opens doors, introducing us to diverse Māori and Pākehā communities.

Tale of struggle and frustration relatable for all artists

Dominic Hoey's solo show 45 Cents an Hour is delivered with a rhythmic, poetic style.

This show explores the hierarchy of respectability within the arts and the struggles of working hard and making the titular 45 cents an hour.

Capital Life

Arts listings in the Wellington region from April 12-15

Wellington Regional SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival is being held this week.

This week offers three nights of the Bard.

They met at Zumba. Years later, romance followed.

Shannon Jefferies and Tamihana Paurini are the co-owners/instructors of enSoul, a Paraparaumu yoga studio. The couple ...

Shannon and Tamihana supported each other through difficult periods, to a place of happiness and wellness.

Dancers stranded in New Zealand put on second set of shows

The cast of Unity in Adversity.

After four sold-out shows in January, a group of stranded Kiwi dancers are back to perform a second season.

Doing up an old image of ourselves

Sara McIntyre’s photograph of children playing at Kākahi Marae, 2008

Sarah McIntyre opens doors, introducing us to diverse Māori and Pākehā communities.

Shelly Bay developer must rehouse penguins before work begins

The sections Logan saved from sale remain undeveloped, giving the little blue penguins free passage.

The coastline's smallest residents are to be rehoused before the sale of the land for the propsed $500 million development can go ahead.

Sport

Teenage dream: Wellington Phoenix young guns combine for late winner video

Phoenix striker Ben Waine celebrates his match-winning goal against Western United.

Wellington Phoenix have pulled off a last-gasp win over Western United after teenagers Sam Sutton and Ben Waine combined for the winning goal in stoppage time.

Hurricanes' agony as Crusaders sink them in another golden point thriller video

David Havili kicks the winning drop goal for the Crusaders in their Super Rugby Aotearoa extra-time win over the Hurricanes.

A massive Ardie Savea performance wasn't enough for Canes, as Crusaders again show their champion qualities.

Liberato Cacace overcomes Covid-19 to help club fight off relegation video

Sint-Truiden defender Liberato Cacace in action during a Belgian Pro League match against Beerschot VA.

All Whites star helps Belgian side Sint-Truiden avoid the drop just a few weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Recap: Super Rugby Aotearoa - Hurricanes v Crusaders

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 11: Sevu Reece of the Crusaders is tackled during the round seven Super Rugby Aotearoa ...

Crusaders win the second golden-point game of the weekend, with a drop goal to sink the Hurricanes in extra-time.

Seven or eight? Ardie Savea stays out of debate after another Canes switch video

Ardie Savea’s best spot in the Hurricanes and All Blacks’ back row is a regular topic of debate.

All Blacks captaincy and No 7 jersey is vacant after Sam Cane's injury, but Savea says he'll go where he's put.

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