Wellington to ditch all non-electric buses

From left to right, Brendan Prince NZ Bus; Cr Daran Ponter chair, Greater Wellington; Cr Roger Blakeley, Greater ...

Wellington will replace all diesel buses across the region with electric buses within the next seven years.

Baches and a grass bank among those in line for Wellington heritage protection video

090706 FILE PICTURE   Pictures taken from a helicopter of baches around the shoreline close to where the body was ...

The list includes 58 individual buildings, 10 “heritage areas”, and four heritage objects - as well as expanding some existing heritage areas.

Council considering loan scheme for owners of quake-prone buildings

Wellington City Council is considering offering loans to earthquake-prone building owners facing complex and expensive ...

The scheme would be available to building owners facing expensive and complex strengthening works, and is one of a number of options being investigated.

Passengers recount lightning strike

The sole plane on the tarmac at Invercargill Airport after an Air New Zealand plane flying Invercargill to Wellington ...

Passengers on the flight from Invercargill to Wellington heard a loud bang and saw sparks when the lightning struck.

All Blacks star's exit leaves Hurricanes light on experience at 9-10 video

The Hurricanes will be without star halfback TJ Perenara for next year’s Super Rugby campaign.

The Hurricanes searched up and down the country to find a new No. 9 before settling on a halfback who originally left Wellington to further his professional rugby career.

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30,000 sign petition urging Pharmac to fund inflammatory bowel disease medicine video

Jessica Port, 34, (right) from Porirua was the last person in the country to get ustekinumab on compassionate grounds, ...

Most people are diagnised with inflammatory bowel disease as teenagers, but if funded medicines don't work the only option is life-altering surgery.

Wellington grinds to a halt as two crashes cause gridlock

A crash near the Ngauranga interchange has caused significant gridlock in Wellington

Thousands of Wellington commuters are facing gridlock and significant delays after a crash on SH2.

Uncapped All Black hungrier than ever to wear the black jersey video

An All Blacks debut eluded flanker Du’Plessis Kirifi despite being called into the squad for the Tri-Nations tournament.

Hurricanes flanker Du'Plessis Kirifi is still waiting for his All Blacks debut after failing to take the field during the Tri-Nations.

James Cameron's businesses takes $150,000 in wage subsidies video

James Cameron, left, and Jon Landau arrive in Wellington after Avatar crew were given special permission to enter New ...

Locals say Cameron's Wairarapa organic shop, for which he received $25,000 in subsidies, shows no sign of reopening.

Developer donates $1m to disability service provider, Hohepa Homes Trust video

Wellington property developer Mark Dunajtschik has donated a $1 million to Hohepa Homes Trust.

Hohepa will be doubling the size of its facility on the Kāpiti Coast after receiving a $1 million donation from philanthopist Mark Dunajtschik.

Doing some good with some good sandwiches

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Vulnerable Children's Sustainable Trust -- Do Some Good provide meals in ...

A Wellington charitable trust programme serves up meals at 12 schools, kōhanga reo and kindergartens, but needs help to continue its good work.

Relationship breakdown at potters' association over dildo workshop video

Nicole Gaston, the former president of the Wellington Potters’ Association, has resigned after the association opposed a ...

A ceramic dildo-making workshop has resulted in a relationship breakdown in the senior ranks of a capital-based potters’ association.

Performance artist receives prestigious residency video

Performance artist Kalisolaite ‘Uhila is the recipient of the Harriet Friedlander residency worth $100,000.

Tongan-born Kalisolaite 'Uhila has received the $100,000 Harriet Friedlander residency, which is gifted every two years, and allows creatives to experience New York.

A foster care success story: From disobedience to head boy video

Joe Fraser, who is getting a Prime Minister’s award, spent years in foster care. He went on to become head boy and is ...

Seven years after being taken away from his mother, Joe has been given a Prime Minister's award.

Public warned of tighter access to forest parks if privilege abused

The Ruahine Range has access issues that seem to be getting worse.

The Ruahine Range is a favourite hunting and tramping ground in the central North Island, but entitled users have spoiled some privileged access.

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Name suppression continued for man charged with bigamy

Ropiha failed to show up for his trial, then pleaded guilty shortly before the rescheduled trial was to begin. (File photo)

A man charged with bigamy has been remanded until February for further mental health assessments to be made.

Ground breaks on historic Levin housing development

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's visit marks the beginning of Tara-Ika, which will boast 2500 homes over 420 hectares.

Man charged with possessing 'stolen' tranquilliser gun worth $11,000

Police release names of three teens killed in Hawke's Bay crash

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Building consents strongest in decades video

Apprentice Joanna Lambert on site in Whitby, Porirua. House building applications are the highest annually for more than ...

Could we build out way out of the housing crisis?

Putting some numbers around construction's needs video

There has been huge uptake in apprentices since the Government gave the sector a boost.

Booming apprenticeships and projects prompt a revamp on forecasts.

Materials from recycled T-shirts could pave Wellington roads

Wellington roads could be paved with recycled materials from cotton tshirts, should a new collaboration between The ...

The project is still in the early planning stages, but this New Zealand-made product is outperforming European alternative in tests.

Push for employees to have birthday off work video

Clifford Hallett started a petition calling for New Zealand workers to get a paid day off on their birthday.

A man is petitioning Parliament for Kiwis to get an extra day's leave to celebrate their birthday.

Wellington Advent Calendar returns with new vouchers, new art

The Wellington Advent Calendar is back, featuring local deals and an interactive artwork by Instagram illustration ...

This year's illustrator Kate McGuinness made a splash on Instagram during lockdown with charming digital drawings of familiar Wellington scenes.

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NZ's stance on Middle East should acknowledge changing realities video

Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta. Adopting calls for a one-sided approach to Israeli-Palestinian relations would ...

OPINION: Our new foreign minister should be wary of calls for rash, populist action.

It's true, you can't change the past video

Apologies to Māori won't rewrite history, but it's the first step towards working together to fix the future, writes ...

OPINION: Apologies to Māori won't rewrite history, but it's the first step towards working together to fix the future.

Declaration must be matched by action

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivers a motion to declare a climate emergency in Parliament on Wednesday.

OPINION: Declaring a situation an emergency is an indication to the wider public of the seriousness with which it is viewed.

China debases own standing with propagandist jab at Australia

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia will not compromise on security, freedom of speech and human ...

OPINION: A faked image inflames an all-too-real tension.

Ordinary people victimised by fame

The hearse carrying the coffin of Diego Maradona leaves the government house in Buenos Aires last Thursday.

OPINION: ... had Boycott died I wouldn't have flung myself on his coffin. And by my teens, I'd spotted the clay-based composition of his feet.

Culture

Te Papa unveils accessible balustrades, gender-neutral bathrooms

Te Papa has introduced glass balustrades across the Toi Art walkway, providing a more accessible angle.

The national museum of New Zealand has made itself more accessible with new glass balustrades and gender-neutral bathrooms.

Tutor wins rare drama scholarship to Manhattan

Actor Ailise Beales will have to leave her cat, Rupert, with her parents behind when she heads to New York City’s ...

Wide-eyed, Ailise Beales picks up her washing basket, wondering if it’s the kind of thing she will have to pack away to Manhattan or leave behind.

Attitude Awards celebrate leaders, innovators and supporters video

Elizabeth Goodwin with her daughter Jessica, who has cerebral palsy, in the house Jessie has lived in with

Meet the group of beer brewing change-makers, the mum supporting others online, and the blind radio extraordinaire.

Matt Elliott: How I write

Author Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott's 18th book, With the Wind Behind Us, is a celebration of the stories that gave New Zealand its legendary sailing reputation.

Converting 'exposure' into opportunities

Work from Eva Ngamanu, just some of the creative talent in Exposure.

Heather Galbraith looks at what those graduating with a creative arts degree during Covid-19 offer our future.

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Gifts for foodies

Fill your basket with tasty Wellington treats from Moore Wilson's – there’s something for everyone.

SPONSORED: Find the perfect gift for your food-loving family and friends at these top local Wellington stores.

Attitude Awards celebrate leaders, innovators and supporters video

Elizabeth Goodwin with her daughter Jessica, who has cerebral palsy, in the house Jessie has lived in with

Meet the group of beer brewing change-makers, the mum supporting others online, and the blind radio extraordinaire.

Doing some good with some good sandwiches

24112020 NEWS PHOTO MONIQUE FORD / STUFF
Vulnerable Children's Sustainable Trust -- Do Some Good provide meals in ...

A Wellington charitable trust programme serves up meals at 12 schools, kōhanga reo and kindergartens, but needs help to continue its good work.

Matt Elliott: How I write

Author Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott's 18th book, With the Wind Behind Us, is a celebration of the stories that gave New Zealand its legendary sailing reputation.

Materials from recycled T-shirts could pave Wellington roads

Wellington roads could be paved with recycled materials from cotton tshirts, should a new collaboration between The ...

The project is still in the early planning stages, but this New Zealand-made product is outperforming European alternative in tests.

Sport

All Blacks star's exit leaves Hurricanes light on experience at 9-10 video

The Hurricanes will be without star halfback TJ Perenara for next year’s Super Rugby campaign.

The Hurricanes searched up and down the country to find a new No. 9 before settling on a halfback who originally left Wellington to further his professional rugby career.

Uncapped All Black hungrier than ever to wear the black jersey video

An All Blacks debut eluded flanker Du’Plessis Kirifi despite being called into the squad for the Tri-Nations tournament.

Hurricanes flanker Du'Plessis Kirifi is still waiting for his All Blacks debut after failing to take the field during the Tri-Nations.

The wait is not over for new Wellington Phoenix marquee signing Tomer Hemed video

Tomer Hemer, left, celebrates after scoring against Newcastle United during his spell with Brighton and Hove Albion.

The former Premier League striker must get through two weeks in managed isolation before he can report for pre-season training.

Final piece of the puzzle: Wellington Phoenix sign former Premier League striker video

Former Brighton and Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed will spearhead the Phoenix’s attack this season.

The Phoenix have received a shot of Premier League experience with the addition of Israeli international Tomer Hemed.

Canterbury debutant Sean Davey stars with six wickets

Canterbury's Sean Davey celebrates taking the wicket of Wellington captain Michael Bracewell on Sunday.

Former Northern Districts bowler shines in his first List A match for Canterbury, ripping apart Wellington with six wickets.

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