Fatal house fire on East Cape

A person is dead after a fire in Tokomaru Bay on the East Cape (File photo).

8:39 AM  Fatality in East Cape house fire.

Dreaming of a low-carbon Christmas

Woman organising beautifuly wrapped vintage christmas presents on wooden background, view from above; woman; presents; ...

Easing up on the food, packaging and gift waste around Christmas doesn't have to be hard work.

What booze does to our bodies

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Drinking alcohol "like taking a combination of a depressant, a stimulant and an opioid."

'Nothing good happens after 3am'

Of the 1164 late night assaults from August 25 til December 11, 520 or 45 per cent, were recorded by police officers as ...

"You can see the remorse and regret in the morning when they've sobered up and have to face the consequences."

The horrors of alcohol harm video

"I didn't know I had a disease. I just thought I was a bad person and a weak person," one woman says.

One felt his liver swelling through his ribs, another ended up an 'invalid' at 31. All had their lives ravaged by alcohol.

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Lanterns to light up waterfront video

Larger-than-life lanterns have been built to withstand Wellington's winds.

Six-metre-high lanterns specially engineered to cope with Wellington's winds

Search continues, White Island's future

A recovery plan on Friday to get six bodies, believed to be Australian tourists, off the island was successful but the ...

As officials work to recover the bodies of the last two people on Whakaari/White Island, what lies ahead for families and the island's future?

Caveat lapses on Shelly Bay land

The undeveloped Shelly Bay.

Mau Whenua has other legal options, however.

Von Teese bans reviews

Dita Von Teese, The Queen of Burlesque, will have no reviews from Australian or New Zealand shows.

OPINION: Artists controlling reviews is absolute nonsense and a betrayal of their audiences.

Practising for the worst

In the ED, doctors, surgeons and nurses worked on actors and mannequins, simulating emergency medical procedures.

Doctors, nurses, surgeons - they all line the corridors of Wellington Hospital's ED, chatting and laughing.

Demand high for mobile laundry video

The Orange Sky van parks near the City Mission headquarters in Newtown on Thursdays.

It's just not people sleeping on the street that need help with clean clothes

Vape rubbish recycling a world first

A plan to recycle vaping items will make them safer for the environment.

New plan to save millions of pods, e-waste and batteries New Zealand's environment.

Where is Welly's water going? video

shower head in bathroom with water drops flowing

Wellingtonians may be indulging in much longer showers than other cities, judging by the region's water use.

Minister considering application

The potential site of a new northern suburb for Porirua, the Plimmerton Farm land.

Environmental advocates have urged caution over plans to "streamline" rule changes allowing a new 2000-home suburb north of Wellington.

Passengers on Apia flight carrying measles

Wellington has received one new case of measles in the past week.

Passengers on the flights were unaware they had the early stages of measles

News

Demand high for mobile laundry video

The Orange Sky van parks near the City Mission headquarters in Newtown on Thursdays.

It's just not people sleeping on the street that need help with clean clothes

Boom not just down to boomers

Horowhenua's population is expected to swell to 51,000 by 2038 if people continue to flock to the district at the current rate.

Vape rubbish recycling a world first

Where is Welly's water going? video

business

Sun shines on commercial property

Bayleys Real Estate managing director Mike Bayley says many investors in their 40s and 50s don't want to cash up their ...

Property deals worth about $10 billion were done in 2019 as investors hunt for good returns.

El Matador back in the ring after fire

The fire damaged El Matador restaurant on Cuba Street. It is believed the fire started when sparks from the woodfire ...

The Cuba Street restaurant opens tonight thanks to round-the-clock repair work.

New quake-resilient building for BNZ staff

An illustration of a new 12-storey base isolated building at 1 Whitmore Street, Wellington, whose development will be ...

About 1500 BNZ staff in central Wellington will get a new home in 2023, a 12-storey quake-resilient building.

Demand squeeze on rental market

Wellington is already the most expensive urban centre, with a median rent in the centre of $585 a week.

Pace of growth in rents 'alarming' for tenants.

Charity changing pups' lives video

Black labrador Ellie was Vicky Hayward's first rescue, and Ellie's Canine Rescue is named in her honour.

A Wellington charity named in honour of a much-loved pet is rescuing and rehoming dogs in need.

Comment

Aussies bowling underarm again

Justice Minister Andrew Little and other politicians have long protested Australia's deportation of New Zealanders.

OPINION: Australia's dumping of its problems on our soil is wrong, and undermines a vital partnership.

Disillusionment with democracy

Would we fight for democracy like these protesters in Hong Kong?

OPINION: People died for democracy. Would anybody fight for it any more?

Sanctimoniousness threatens the message

Verity Johnson was surprised there was no negative reaction when a popular song by R Kelly, seen here leaving a Chicago ...

OPINION: Sometimes you just know things are about to go badly wrong ...

Sources of solace

Rosemary McLeod just wishes Jacinda Ardern would stop the hugs. ''There's just something a bit uncomfortable about ...

OPINION: We have to tighten up adventure tourism so it's still got something for thrill-seekers, but they get to go home intact.

The cost of being adventurous?

A destroyed tourist helicopter will become a lasting image of the Whakaari/White Island tragedy.

OPINION: In 2012 a US vulcanologist asked: "Will it take a half dozen deaths at White Island to change the culture?"

Culture

Lanterns to light up waterfront video

Larger-than-life lanterns have been built to withstand Wellington's winds.

Six-metre-high lanterns specially engineered to cope with Wellington's winds

Te Papa appoints new CEO

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Generic, Te Papa, Wellington, Waterfront, Museum of New Zealand.

Courtney Johnston looks ahead to co-sharing the role with Arapata Hakiwai to take the national museum's bicultural strengths into a new era.

Sensory-friendly Christmas in Kāpiti

Nikita Allen and Maksym Gadsby, age 1, are the first ones into the warehouse space to make the most of the festivities.

An interactive Christmas wonderland is offering kids on the spectrum a chance for festive fun.

First listen: Harry Styles' new album

Harry Styles showing off his crucifix necklace, while he toured in 2018.

REVIEW: Harry Styles' soon to be released album is diverse and surprising, as he pushed the boundaries of pop.

What's On in Porirua and Kāpiti

Christmas Lunch: Oasis Community Cafe/Centre Christmas Lunch Thursday 19th December 12.00 MD Waitangirua Mall (Back of ...

Check out what's happening near you.

Capital Life

Booze: Saturday night, live

Most revellers manage to have a good night out, without causing problems. (File photo)

As the booze flows, the aggro grows. A Saturday night out, through the eyes of those left to clean up the mess.

The best view over Wellington video

Climbing to the top of Mt Victoria provides amazing views over Wellington.

Your efforts will be rewarded with 360-degree views over the city, harbour, airport and sea.

Rob Lucas' passion for native trees video

Author and photographer Rob Lucas and a stand of native lancewood trees in his garden in Lower Hutt.

Rob Lucas has been photographing New Zealand native trees and plants for 35 years.

Charities on Christmas mission

Food packs will go out from  the Wellington City Mission.

If you're looking for ways to help others this Christmas, you aren't alone, with Wellington charities embracing the season of giving in all corners of the city.

Charismatic queen of cafe scene

Tete-a-Tete coffee lounge owner June Griffin on the day the Wellington establishment opened in the 1960s.

June Griffin knew how to serve up the good times in 1960s Wellington.

Sport

Phoenix held by 10-man Victory

Victory midfielder Kristian Dobras is shown a red card by referee Stephen Lucas.

Victory eludes Phoenix on frustrating night in Melbourne.

Phoenix begin contract talks

Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay says he wants to have at least 14-15 players back for next season.

Wanting to avoid another mass exodus, Wellington Phoenix move quickly to lock in off-contract stars.

Key player under injury cloud

Alex Rufer passes the ball through midfield during last month's clash against Victory.

Wellington Phoenix are sweating on the fitness of another key player ahead of Saturday's clash away to Melbourne Victory.

Taking on strait in epic challenge

Jonathan Ratcliffe and Dean Summers setting off from Makara beach just after 10am on Monday.

Two men have become the 127th and 128th people to swim Cook Strait.

Sotirio cherishes goal against former club

Jaushua Sotirio is swarmed by team-mates after scoring against Wanderers.

Jaushua Sotirio says 'it feels good' scoring against the club that released him.

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