Posties asked to help voters video

Getting people to vote was a major challenge in the recent local body election. NZ Post says it delivered 3.2 million ...

5:34 PM  Did a lack of postal boxes contribute to the poor voter turnout?

Commissioner appointed at Te Aute

A commissioner has been appointed at Te Aute College after concerns were raised about the school's direction. (File photo)

5:23 PM  Ministry of Education has sent in a commissioner to try and help Te Aute College out of troubled waters.

'I must leave the politics to politicians'

Porirua City Council chief executive Wendy Walker says the timing was difficult for decision making.

New mayor backs Porirua council chief executive after controversial election-time email.

Accessibility not part of Building Act reforms video

Pusa Finau says new homes need to be built to meet the needs of people with disabilities and the country's ageing population.

With just one ramp in his home, Pusa Finau says he would not survive if a fire broke out simply because he would have no way of getting out.

Retail outlets back airport expansion

Wellington Airport will take over half of the Miramar golf course as part of its expansion plans, and has earmarked ...

Business owners in the path of Wellington Airport's planned expansion are backing the billion-dollar development

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Obese elderly a growing problem video

The number of obese people in rest homes in increasing, a new study has found.

More obese people than ever before are living in rest homes - and the sector is struggling to care for them.

Airport flips terminals as part of $1b revamp

Wellington Airport will take over half of the Miramar golf course as part of its planned expansion.

Sale of Miramar Golf Club land imminent as Wellington Airport reveals details of $1 billion expansion plan.

Foster is not just Sir Peter's puppet

When Andy Foster announced his mayoral run at Shelly Bay in Wellington, Sir Peter Jackson was there to support him.

Wellington has a new conservative captain at the helm as the official result of the close race is imminent.

Our $1200-worth of unused stuff video

Buying secondhand keeps people in jobs locally, the Zero Waste Network says.

Every New Zealander is hoarding about $1200 worth of unused things, according to a Trade Me survey.

Train issues in capital

Trains to the Kapiti Coast have been impacted following a power outage on Monday.

Train services in Wellington have been disrupted due to a power issue.

New deputy mayor 'signals change'

Three-term councillor Tui Lewis has been announced as Hutt City's new deputy mayor. She says she wants to be part of a ...

The three-term councillor is excited to be part of a fresh team.

The mercurial Kiwi voter video

Wellington City's new mayor Andy Foster is confident he can have a productive relationship with his largely centre-left ...

Who ended up around the council table might have had more to do with who voters wanted out than who they wanted in, a political researcher says.

Firefighters, public 'at risk' video

Thorndon senior station officer Mike Thomason said it had taken a lot for him to get to a level where he felt ...

They say the proposed restructure could put firefighters and the public in danger.

Meth sentencing guidelines redrawn video

Meth offenders were being "over-sentenced" under the old regime, some lawyers said. (File photo)

Court of Appeal injects flexibility into punishment for drug dealing menace.

'Sheer luck no one was hurt'

Police tape surrounds the entrance to Wairoa police station.

A shot fired into a police officer's home could have had a "tragic outcome", district commander says.

local body elections

Early problem for capital's new mayor video

Wellington Mayor Andy Foster wants to bring forward construction of an extra Mt Victoria tunnel, but most of his new ...

Wellington mayor Andy Foster wants to expedite the Mt Victoria tunnel project, but most of his councillors don't.

Report into spending released

The report into Mike Tana's petrol-card spending has been released.

Mike Tana had previously refused to release the report, but had maintained its findings cleared him.

Can Foster wrangle the Left?

Andy Foster takes the phone call telling him he has won  the Wellington mayoralty from Justin Lester.

Wellington voted in a young, left-leaning council and a centre-right mayor. It is now up to Andy Foster to wrangle them.

Campbell Barry action plan video

Barry says he is committed to treating the Naenae pool "with urgency" and ensuring local residents are part of the ...

New Lower Hutt mayor Campbell Barry enoys cricket and travelling.

Wellington's winds of change video

Foster says he'll get on the phone to Phil Twyford to renegotiate parts of Let's Get Wellington Moving.

ANALYSIS: Three cities, three new mayors. What will the changing of the guard bring and how did we get here?

News

Singing surprise for birthday video

Shannon School's choir surprised Mary Earle for her 90th birthday.

6:01 PM  Shannon School's senior choir travelled to Palmerston North to surprise a long-term supporter of the school.

Thieving council staffer gets parole

Opal Taylor stole $384,666 from Hastings District Council over 12 years.

Sparkle of dark sky tourism in Wairarapa

Narrow defeat for Bruce Gordon

business

Nah, Yeah - they're in the top 20

The design students spent endless days and long nights working on their design.

Two Victoria University students beat out more than 4000 entries for a place in the top 20 of an international design award.

McDonald's puts a stop to Mac Burglar

Laundry Bar on Cuba St launched a vegan version of McDonald's Big Mac but the Wellington business has been sent a cease ...

Wellington bar told to stop using McDonald's-esque words and take down Hamburglar-inspired video.

Property hijack denied

The case involves allegations relating to a property in Parnell, just east of Auckland's CBD.

High-rise "corporate crash pad" developer accused of upmarket suburb mortgage scam says it's not fraud.

Overseas appointees don't represent us

New Treasury Secretary Caralee McLiesh is an Australian recruit, replacing a predecessor from Britain.

OPINION: People in our top jobs need to have an emotional stake in New Zealand.

A green way to invest

Argosy is targeting a 6 Green Star Built rating for the redevelopment of 8-14 Willis Street in the Wellington CBD.

A New Zealand property company is looking for investors to support the "greening" of its properties.

Comment

MPs paid to make these calls

David Seymour at a debate about his End of Life Choice Bill in Wellington.

OPINION: Talk of a referendum on the End of Life Choice Bill is just MPs passing the buck

My own voyage of discovery

All Dave Armstrong learned about Captain Cook at school was that he "discovered" New Zealand, and gave his men citrus ...

OPINION: Cook commemorations have show how little most Kiwis know of our own history.

Media need to focus on quality

Jeremy Corbett and Jesse Mulligan on The Project. It is one of the shows thrown into doubt by MediaWorks' woes.

OPINION: It's unfair of MediaWorks to blame the Government for its ills, but the state can do more to protect access to democracy.

Who knows how I'll feel then?

"... the life and death of Lecretia Seales - pictured here with husband Matt Vickers in 2004 - was the dealmaker for ...

OPINION: Death, like luck, travels in waves. Death's waves seem to be peaking around me at the moment.

Adrenaline yields to pleasure of dominance

The fact the Irish had twice beaten the All Blacks in recent encounters heightened the sense of anticipation ahead of ...

OPINION: Impressive, All Blacks. Now bring on a close game.

Culture

Cook painting could be worth $300,000

Captain James Cook, painted by John Webber about 1780. A much smaller portrait of Cook by Webber is up for auction in London.

A little known portrait of Captain James Cook will be auctioned in London next week.

What's On in Porirua and Kāpiti

Heart Medications: The Heart Foundation is holding free information sessions to discuss heart medications. Registered ...

Check out what's happening near you.

Drax Project's summer tour

Drax Project will headline five holiday hot spot shows this summer.

Wellington jazz-pop band Drax Project will headline five holiday hot spot shows this summer.

Spine-tingling sounds from Orchestra Wellington

Orchestra Wellington conductor Marc Taddei.

Great confidence in performance of American 20th century modern Romantics.

'Ugly' Kiwi machine gun a rare find video

Most of the 1500 Charlton Automatic Rifles made in New Zealand during World War II were destroyed in a fire. Fewer than ...

A rare example of Kiwi wartime ingenuity will go on public display after spending decades hidden away in a safe.

Capital Life

Nah, Yeah - they're in the top 20

The design students spent endless days and long nights working on their design.

Two Victoria University students beat out more than 4000 entries for a place in the top 20 of an international design award.

Deja-brew for craft beer winner

Fork & Brewer has won champion small brewery for the second year running. Their beers are brewed by head (and only) ...

Fork & Brewer ale-wizard Kelly Ryan has won the title of champion small brewery for the second year running.

The ideal Te Papa boss video

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

The museum needs a new chief executive. But what qualities should it be looking for?

'Beekeeping is a thinking person's game'

Max Freshwater and his siblings all have their own beekeeping suits.

Eva Durrant took up beekeeping when she retired. Her bees make 90kg of honey a year.

Life and love in a caravan

Marisa Schuler, left, and Bree Graczyk bonded over many things, and concern over their environmental impact was one of them.

US native Bree Graczyk and Swiss-born Marisa Schuler are fans of tiny houses, sharing life and love in a 13sqm caravan.

Sport

Phoenix to unleash gun striker

Phoenix striker David Ball glides past Sydney midfielder Luke Brattan during Sunday's 2-1 defeat.

The Phoenix hope star signing's availability will offset the loss of another key player.

Final execution costs Phoenix

Phoenix players Callum McCowatt and Jaushua Sotirio rue a near miss.

The introduction of marquee striker Gary Hooper cannot come soon enough.

Recap: Wellington v Canterbury

Wellington forward Teariki Ben-Nicholas is tackled by Canterbury centre Braydon Ennor at Westpac Stadium.

Lions books spot in Mitre 10 Cup Premiership final against Tasman with 30-19 win at Westpac Stadium.

Recap: Hawke’s Bay v Otago

Hawke's Bay's Pouri Rakete-Stones slips a tackle to score a try against Otago at Napier's McLean Park.

Magpies secure spot in Championship final with thrilling overtime win over Otago in Napier.

Singh learning from the best in the business

Sarpreet Singh landed a dream move to Bayern Munich in June.

Kiwi football star still on cloud nine four months after joining German giants.

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