Where are all the kererū video

The kererū, crowned Bird of the Year 2018, appears to have left Wellington.

8:09 PM  Fan-favourite kererū swooped in and claimed the title of Bird of the Year 2018, but a recent count of them near the city of Upper Hutt found zero birds.

Defence Force tries to suppress note

Former Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman, pictured here in 2014, hauled Defence Force senior officials into his office ...

8:08 PM  Note shows the Defence Minister was concerned of SAS 'shielding' from allegations of civilian deaths.

Bullying claims rock Grey Power

Grey Power member Barbara Branch laid a formal complaint alleging she'd been bullied at the national AGM.

7:23 PM  A district Grey Power president has accused the national president of bullying her at the AGM.

Train driver bloodied and bruised video

Wairarapa train services have been halted after a tree struck a locomotive near Woodside.

7:01 PM  A train driver escaped with a few gashes and a headache after "hunk" of tree smashed through his locomotive's window.

Civilian casualties 'entirely plausible'

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman stands with Brigadier Chris Parsons, middle, at Linton army base in 2013. Parsons was ...

An SAS commander misunderstood an acronym so wrongly cast aside possible civilian deaths.

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First Jackson, then Sprey backs Foster video

Wellington mayoral candidate Andy Foster confirmed he had been offered support from Phil Sprey.

$10,000 for Andy Foster's Wellington mayoral bid comes from would-be Hutt City councillor Phil Sprey.

VMAX coming to Wgtn

Lower Hutt's Queensgate Mall is getting the first VMAX theatre in the region.

Going to the movies will be like flying business class when Queensgate finally gets a new cinema.

Video: Wellington mayoral debate


Justin Lester, Diane Calvert, Andy Foster, Jenny Condie and Conor Hill talk transport, rates and the state of the capital.

My solutions to the trolley folly

Those clean, green trolleys had to go, otherwise Wellington could never had its wonderful new and efficient bus hub ...

OPINION: Donate those old buses to a Museum of Local Body Failures, or use them as library replacements.

Three chasing Upper Hutt mayoralty

Upper Hutt mayoral candidates say why they want to be elected.

Three hopefuls chase Upper Hutt mayoralty.

Wellington 'a bit stuck' video

Jenny Condie says there's a feeling Wellington "is a bit stuck".

Spats over big projects from transport to convention centres dominated a hotly fought mayoral debate between five candidates.

Missing a knockout blow video

Wellington mayoral candidates, from left: Jenny Condie, Justin Lester, Diane Calvert, Conor Hill and Andy Foster.

There were nerves, laughter, and some good debate, but ultimately no clear winner in Wellington mayoral debate.

Police seek info into death

The scene where Fay Lorraine Butler was killed in August. Her death is a suspected hit-and-run.

"Several vehicles of interest" singled out in the investigation into the suspected hit-and-run of a woman in Whanganui.

The classified report, the safe, the mystery, the denial video

Former Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae is the first of 12 senior military officials to appear before a week-long ...

Allegations of civilian deaths during an SAS-led raid re-emerged, and the NZDF suddenly 'found' a report that had been hiding in a safe.

Missing body murder trial begins video

David Owen Lyttle says he was lying when he confessed to killing his friend Brett Hall.

Brett Hall and David Lyttle had been friends for years but money, and a firearm, came between them.

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Meet the Porirua mayoral candidates

Many of Porirua's mountain bike tracks offer views over the city and harbour.

The candidates for the Porirua mayoralty talk about why they're standing, and their policy on rates, housing and transport.

Hate messages on hoardings video

Hutt City Council candidate Shazly Rasheed believes she has been targeted because of her skin colour.

Local politicians have been united in condemning the incident, saying such racism must never be tolerated.

Name recognition 'paramount'

Name recognition is important for political candidates who risk being lost in a sea of billboards.

The candidates all have big smiles and bigger promises. So what's in a name when deciding your vote?

Thieves target candidate cutouts video

Hutt City Council candidate Brady Dyer is frustrated his innovative signs have been a big hit with partygoers.

Brady Dyer was probably at every good party in Lower Hutt on Saturday night.

Weta Digital staff query request

Foster said the 100 to 150 people who turned out to the launch were concerned about Shelly Bay and the Miramar Peninsula.

Weta Digital suggested workers support the launch of a mayoral candidate backed by Sir Peter Jackson.


A young girl's plea after dog attacks video

Awatea Moeke wants the law changed after 16 sheep have been killed in Waimarama since May this year.

Buster the ram was part of the Moeke family for two years, now the pet is buried beneath a tomb of hand-painted stones.

Misled house buyer gets no relief video

Realtor misrepresented property, but buyer should have relied on builder's report, judge says.

Name suppression lifts on murder accused

A crossover of te reo and gaming


Prominent Courtenay Pl properties for sale

Two prominent Wellington properties, currently home to Danger Danger bar and Enigma cafe, are for sale.

Wellington properties, currently home to Danger Danger bar and Enigma cafe, are for sale.

$10,000 homes on million-dollar land

This Hataitai property has a land value which completely outweighs the value of the house sitting on it. The property is ...

Find out the Wellington suburbs where land value sometimes overwhelmingly eclipses the value of the homes that sit on it.

Plenty of work to go around

The experts are predicting that the relentless rising cost of building will moderate over the next four years.

Commercial construction is ramping up in Wellington, Waikato and Auckland.

Impact on Napier CBD considered

Goldroy Holdings No. 2 Ltd has applied for resource consent to build a multi-unit development over 1.9hectares near the ...

Proposed development's impact on art deco city centre must be considered.

Wellington hot for commercial property

Wellington is a compelling investment story because of both rising commercial property rents and property prices, says ...

Rising rents and property values are a boon for the capital's commercial property owners.


My solutions to the trolley folly

Those clean, green trolleys had to go, otherwise Wellington could never had its wonderful new and efficient bus hub ...

OPINION: Donate those old buses to a Museum of Local Body Failures, or use them as library replacements.

A gesture for the disempowered

Always look on the bright side of life . . .

OPINION: Their guys hand you redundancy papers. Your guy hands them balloon animals.

Caught in a perfect storm

Jane Bowron: "Christ could be depicted riding the bus, happily shooting the breeze with commuters and giving up his seat ...

OPINION: The word "perfect" has become ubiquitous. It's the new "awesome".

The past is a colourful country

I've been able to uncover a Netflix costume drama's worth of family history, writes Phil Quin. (File photo)

OPINION: With a few simple search terms, I've uncovered a Netflix costume drama's worth of family history.

The exploitation gig

Tracking down and charging Lime e-scooters is another gig anyone can pick up.

OPINION: The gig economy is often presented as the path to freedom from the 9 to 5 drudgery most of us call a work day. But that's a lie.


VMAX coming to Wgtn

Lower Hutt's Queensgate Mall is getting the first VMAX theatre in the region.

Going to the movies will be like flying business class when Queensgate finally gets a new cinema.

Peggy Pickit out of date

Gavin Rutherford, left, plays the upbeat Frank while Fingal Pollock plays returned-aid worker Carol.

A new play is best when it traverses familiar topics like garage doors, marital affairs and the awkward humour of middle-aged white folk.

Transgender 'kuia' to join NZ portraits

"Carmen 2012" by Nicolette Page depicts Carmen Rupe in her trinket-filled Sydney home.

A portrait of Carmen Rupe will be the first image of an out transgender person to join the NZ Portrait Gallery's collection.

Save the birds, get a tattoo

The kea tattoo Emma ten Have has had done ahead of the event.

What's the best way to help New Zealand's struggling native bird populations? Get a tattoo.

Joy Cowley as prolific as ever

Blindness be damned - author Joy Cowley is as busy as ever. "What else would I do with all these ideas?"

Capital Life

A crossover of te reo and gaming

Members of the gaming and esports community Wellington Esports take part in playing League of Legends during Te Wiki o ...

You might've tried out Māori games at school, but how about mixing Māori with computer games?

Looking at 50 years of DCM

The photos focus on solutions to homelessness - such as helping out in the foodbank.

Photo exhibition shows the community that has gathered around Wellington charity DCM.

Pride in disabilities grows video

WI Dance at Disability Pride 2018. From left, Emily Thompson, Kezia Bennett, Duncan Armstrong, Kate Dovey, and Jane Gordon.

Disability pride is on this week in Wellington, and organisers hope it will be a national event by 2020.

A toast to Toast Martinborough

Being able to take a slow twirl around the area's greatest hits is what makes Toast Martinborough so magic.

Drink, eat, listen to great live music - what's not to love about this annual event?

At home with DOC tracking dogs

Richard Johnston is a DOC pest protection and conservation dog handler. He lives at Paraparaumu beach with his partner, ...

Richard Johnston lives at Paraparaumu with three dogs and a cockatoo.


Phoenix face Cacace conundrum

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 13: Liberato Cacace in action during a Wellington Phoenix A-League training session at ...

If the Phoenix are serious about becoming a selling club, then they need to address the fact that their most promising player could walk for free at the end of the season.

Tasman remain unbeaten

Finlay Christie scores Tasman's opening try against North Harbour on Sunday.

Tasman turned over a 17-7 halftime deficit to remain on top of the Mitre 10 Cup premiership standings.

Hillier shoots 68, misses cut

Daniel Hillier had a rollercoaster professional debut in Amsterdam with rounds of 78 and 68 (file photo).

A second round including six birdies wasn't enough to give Kiwi pro his first payday in Europe.

Ioane poor in Wellington romp

Josh Ioane had a day to forget against Wellington on Sunday.

All Black Josh Ioane had a day to forget as Wellington dispatched Otago with ease in the capital.

Live: Wellington v Otago

Wellington captain Du'Plessis Kirifi will be satisfied with the second-placed Lions start this season.

The Lions take on Otago in a Mitre 10 Cup clash at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

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