Wellington today: Nelson and Wellington tie for the lowest carbon footprint, trams or a bendy bus video

Kia ora Pōneke. A fine day is predicted for the capital today with northerlies becoming strong in the afternoon.

19 min ago  Catch up on the news from the pages of The Dominion Post and breaking news and events from the capital.

Road through spur new solution to open up possible development land for 1500 homes video

The Silverstream Spur land, seen from County Lane looking across Fergusson Dr. (File photo)

1:31 PM  A controversial proposal to open up space for 1500 new homes in Upper Hutt’s southern hills has been axed as the council and developers examine a new solution.

Nelson, Wellington residents take the crown as the greenest

Although small, the Nelson region recorded the largest emissions decrease, as total emissions fell 8 per cent in 2019.

12:14 PM  But one region's emission tally is falling, while the other's is on the rise.

Reduced speed limits introduced for SH51 between Napier and Hastings video

Reduced speed limits for State Highway 51 between Napier and Hastings begin on October 29. (File photo)

Not everyone is impressed by the changes, with the Hastings mayor saying the Waipatu community has been let down.

No home but free - millennial chooses van over 'rat race' video

HOMED: Brittany Cosgrove, Nope Sisters founder, says she bought a van this year because it's a better option than the ...

Nope Sisters clothing founder says her van is nicer than any Wellington flat she has ever lived in.

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A happy ending that's for the birds, and for me

A swallow feeding its young in a nest in Joe Bennett's garage in Lyttelton early this year. The returning swallows have ...

OPINION: So when the birds returned some weeks ago from wherever they spent the winter, I took the hard decision to evict them.

'When will we allow people the care they need in all areas of their lives'

OPINION: 'I long to sit with the family of my two dying church members and offer them comfort and hope in the darkness.'

We need to make vaccination passports work

We pay too dearly for our cheapest booze

Culture

Colour psychology and Covid-19 video

Artist Beth Strickland is about to exhibit in Wellington’s Thistle Hall, encouraging people to think about colour.

As more people work from home, they are being urged to reconsider how colours affect their moods and behaviours.

Delta-related losses for Aotearoa's cultural sectors total $466m video

Six60 held a concert in January in Auckland. A number of live events have since been cancelled or postponed.

The Government’s decided to bring forward a $37.5m lifeline for arts and culture.

How I write: Victor Rodger

Victor Rodger

Best known as a playwright, Victor Rodger has contributed to new poetry anthology "Skinny Dip".

The Pickle Pot Be-In Festival: An event organised for young people that's putting Kāpiti on the map video

The Pickle Pot Be-In Festival will be held on January 8, 2022.

Kāpiti may be seen as a "retirement mecca" but there's a strong youth movement - one that has led rangatahi to organise their own local festival which is by young people for youth.

My Wellington: 'When I see the city, I feel a sense of calm'

Vanisa Dhiru loves the seeing the vista of Wellington, driving along the motorway into the city.

Vanisa Dhiru moved to Wellington to attend university, and she's never looked back. A champion of diversity and equality, she says her biggest hope is for the capital to be a peaceful, multicultural society.

Sport

Football programme aims to create community and remove barriers video

The brothers are part of a programme called Football For All.

Teenage brothers Yasin and Abdirizak Mohamed love football and a programme they are part of is using the sport to help them build more community connections and to play more football.

Kiwi teen signs pro football deal with Fulham

New Zealand-born midfielder Matt Dibley-Dias, 17, has signed a professional football contract for English Championship ...

Freekick specialist Matt Dibley-Dias was born in the Hutt Valley, but dreams of playing for Brazil.

Steven Taylor might have played on with longer-term Wellington Phoenix contract video

Wellington Phoenix captain Steven Taylor has retired from professional football, eight weeks out from the new season.

The Phoenix’s refusal to offer retiring captain Steven Taylor a two-year deal at the end of last season played a part in his decision to walk away from the game completely.

Hawke's Bay claim first away win over Wellington in 44 years video

Hawke's Bay proved too strong for Wellington in the capital on Sunday.

Magpies swoop on sloppy Lions to jump to second on the premiership ladder.

The Black Fern who was scared about playing rugby as a kid video

Dhys Faleafaga on the charge for Wellington in their last Farah Palmer Cup match against Waikato in August.

"I would come home crying and tell mum I didn't want to play any more": the Wellington No 8 didn't always love the game when first playing with her sister in a team full of boys.

business

'Eat noodles while you finish your degree' video

Student Teresa Davenport doesn’t know how she’ll continue to pay rent at her Wellington flat. “I’m at a dead end,” she says.

Advocates say Wellington's overpriced rental market leaves students with few options. Is a weekly universal education income payment the solution?

Wellington Airport accepts panel's recommendation in bid to expand

The airport wants to expand to the east, reclassifying land formerly owned by the Miramar Golf Club to allow jets to ...

Another box ticked, another step forward. Residents have until October 15 to appeal the decision, which would land the issue in the Environment Court.

Mouldy Aunt Betty Yorkshire puddings put a dampener on man's roast dinner

Mouldy Yorkshire puddings that Lower Hutt man Bret Gill bought from Upper Hutt Pak'nSave.

A Lower Hutt man had a nasty surprise when he went to put the finishing touches on his roast meal on Sunday night.

Housing crisis looks to claim another scalp: the video games industry video

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It could be a billion dollar industry by 2025 — unless a brutal housing crisis intervenes.

Trans-Tasman three-a-side judging

A joint appeal sitting followed a joint sitting of the High Court of New Zealand and the Australian Federal Court.

Halifax funds cases that raise the same issues on both sides of the Tasman have a joint online hearing.

more news

Colour psychology and Covid-19 video

Artist Beth Strickland is about to exhibit in Wellington’s Thistle Hall, encouraging people to think about colour.

As more people work from home, they are being urged to reconsider how colours affect their moods and behaviours.

A happy ending that's for the birds, and for me

A swallow feeding its young in a nest in Joe Bennett's garage in Lyttelton early this year. The returning swallows have ...

OPINION: So when the birds returned some weeks ago from wherever they spent the winter, I took the hard decision to evict them.

PNG transfers vaccines from NZ to avoid wastage video

While some Pacific Islands race ahead in their vaccine rollout, there are some notable sticking points.

New Zealand donated 146,000 vaccines to Papua New Guinea, but widespread issues meant 30,000 had to be sent offshore, or risk going in the bin.

UK-NZ trade deal issues persist video

Minister of Trade Damien O’Connor will travel to the US, UK, and possibly Europe in a trip he is yet to officially announce.

Trade Minister Damien O’Connor will fly to Europe on Thursday in a bid to resolve difficulties with both the UK and EU free trade negotiations.

Cartel aims for 'national burrito domination' video

Melissa and Jason Philips of Cartel Food Co. in their new Martinborough burrito factory.

Customers are voting with their wallets as they snap up made-in-Martinborough burritos from supermarket freezers.

Delta-related losses for Aotearoa's cultural sectors total $466m video

Six60 held a concert in January in Auckland. A number of live events have since been cancelled or postponed.

The Government’s decided to bring forward a $37.5m lifeline for arts and culture.

How I write: Victor Rodger

Victor Rodger

Best known as a playwright, Victor Rodger has contributed to new poetry anthology "Skinny Dip".

Football programme aims to create community and remove barriers video

The brothers are part of a programme called Football For All.

Teenage brothers Yasin and Abdirizak Mohamed love football and a programme they are part of is using the sport to help them build more community connections and to play more football.

Opposition plans to get out of Covid will reveal a divided New Zealand video

ACT leader David Seymour releases the Covid 3.0 (life after lockdown) plan to media in the Legislative Council Chamber ...

ANALYSIS: Finally, National and ACT are providing intellectual competition to the Government's overall Covid strategy. But reopening plans also carry political risks.

More than 31,000 Kiwis queue for MIQ vouchers, 6000 secure spots video

All available MIQ places for December were taken within 48 minutes. In total 684 rooms were released for December.

More than 31,000 Kiwis were vying for an MIQ spot but in the end, 6231 secured their travel home. The majority of lucky Kiwis were in Australia, with 1629 snapping up a voucher.

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