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.

12:07 AM  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.

'Bittersweet': Some win MIQ spots, tens of thousands miss out video

Tracey Hickey, pictured with her niece, Aliazay Hickey – one of many family members she hasn't seen since July 2020.

More than 31,000 people in 125 countries queued to try to get one of the managed isolation 3718 rooms up for grabs on Tuesday.

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)

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has reduced speed limits for State Highway 51 between Napier and Hastings but not everyone was impressed with Hastings mayor saying the Waipatu community had been let down.

Two-thirds of NZ river sites have enough poo germs to make you sick video

Pollution is visible at the spot where Curletts Stream enters Christchurch’s Heathcote River.

New data shows not only is wildlife suffering in two out of three river sites, but two-thirds also have enough faecal bacteria to make people sick.

Wellington to choose: Trams or a bendy bus?

The Newcastle light rail was used as an example of a system Let's Get Wellington Moving could emulate.

Wellingtonians will be asked to choose between trams or an articulated “bendy” bus for the city’s mass rapid transit system.

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We pay too dearly for our cheapest booze

Sir Geoffrey Palmer – a leading proponent of liquor reform.

OPINION: Price-per-unit liquor pricing is an option we've balked at too long if we really want to confront alcohol harm.

Six challenges the health reforms must meet video

OPINION: The government's health restructure must address the challenges of equity/efficiency, funding, and structural and geographic configuration.

We don’t need a female Bond

The next generation must be educated in science video

Culture

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.

Te Papa explores Asian New Zealand language complexities, diversities

Grace Gassin is the curator of Asian New Zealand Histories at Te Papa.

Chinese languages in Aotearoa are being explored and studied by the country’s national museum.

A Wairarapa writer dreams of his old home, from Paris, in a story of child abductions

Writer Tom Baragwanath, who is based in Paris, won the $10,000 Michael Gifkins Prize.

A manuscript which details a spate of child abductions in quiet, yet supposedly nosey, Wairarapa wins an Australasian writing prize.

The life of 'unknown' Vivienne Tait, who played opposite Selwyn Toogood

Vivienne Tait as a bridesmaid.

Vivienne Tait was described as an 'unknown' theatre actor, but she has been thrust back into the spotlight due to a chance sighting by her daughter.

Sport

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.

Top football striker off the field for good after third concussion video

Tom Jackson was a striker for Team Wellington. But after receiving his third concussion in March, he's decided to call ...

When Tom Jackson was struck in the head at training, he knew something was wrong. At age 30 and with a young daughter, playing on wasn't worth the risk.

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'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.

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Hastings council's proposal to increase councillor numbers 'recipe for disaster'

Hastings District Council is considering a proposal to increase the number of councillors. (File photo)

Should the proposal be adopted, Hastings – with a population of just 88,000 – will have more councillors than Wellington city.

Century of catch up for Māori to equal Pākehā life expectancy — new report video

Sarah Dalton from the ASMS gave Health Minister Andrew Little the association’s report on health inequality.

The report from the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists made a number of recommendations to reach health equity by 2040.

Wellington today: Fifty-four suburbs hit million-dollar mark, artist Ruby Jones on her works of heart

Seatoun is Wellington's priciest suburb with a median value of $1.93 million, according to research released by ...

Kia ora Pōneke. Here’s what you need to know from The Dominion Post today, plus breaking news and events from around the capital.

A clear problem: Scores of birds die when they fly into windows. How do we stop it? video

An injured kererū being treated at Massey’s wildlife hospital (file photo).

Hundreds of birds are injured or killed every year when they crash into windows. But there are ways to make our homes and cities safer for our feathered friends.

Artist Ruby Jones on her works of heart and unexpected international success

Wellington artist Ruby Jones.

On New Zealand's darkest day, Ruby Jones drew a cartoon that summed up the horror of March 15. She's never looked back since.

Wairarapa roads get multimillion-dollar funding boost

A convoy of trucks makes its way from Wairarapa to Hawke's Bay.

Council projects to be funded include improving freight connections, walking and cycling improvements, and general safety improvements.

Police keen to reunite stolen items with their owners after a burglary arrest

Police are attempting to reunite items, which may have been stolen in the days leading up to a man’s arrest for burglary ...

Police found multiple backpacks in the possession of a man charged after a series burglaries in Masterton on September 22.

Judges differ on controversial Mob-led rehab programme video

A photograph of Jason Philip’s gang patch with an estimated $160,000 of drug money, was found on an associate’s ...

Two gang members came before two judges for meth-related offending. Both asked for sentencing discounts for attending a Mongrel Mob-led rehab programme. They received two very different reactions.

'I'm not worthy': Single mum of toddler twins opting out of MIQ lottery video

New Zealander Nicole Dolamore gave birth to her twins Neve and Freddy, in the height of Britain's lockdown in April ...

Nicole Dolamore would love to bring her family home. But she believes other Kiwis stuck abroad are more deserving of the MIQ spots being released at 6pm.

Fifty-four Wellington suburbs hit million-dollar mark video

Seatoun is Wellington's priciest suburb with a median value of $1.93 million, according to research released by ...

At a median value of $1.93 million, Seatoun is Wellington's priciest suburb, research from property data provider CoreLogic shows. Karaka Bays and Kelburn aren't too far behind.

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