The rise and rise of home improvements video

Rikki Townsley and builder Anthony Cohen (thumbnail)

5:00 AM  It's boom time for tradies, and our homes have never looked better. But there is a downside post-lockdown.

Whirinaki Whare Taonga, Upper Hutt's arts gem, unveils $9m renovation

Leanne Wickham, director of Whirinaki Whare Taonga in Upper Hutt, pictured with one of its new exhibitions, ‘The Stories ...

5:00 AM  Three new gallery spaces, three new exhibitions and a new name are set to be unveiled at Upper Hutt’s only major art space.

Wellington club rugby player accused of 'kicking opponent in the head'

A Stokes Valley rugby player is facing disciplinary action after he allegedly kicked an opponent in the head. (File photo)

5:00 AM  A Stokes Valley lock is expected to be suspended from a rugby competition after he allegedly gave a Johnsonville player "one big boot to the head".

To be an artist 'needs funding and recognition'

Dame Gaylene Preston says “just a few bucks” a week sponsoring an artist will make a difference.

5:00 AM  Filmmaker Dame Gaylene Preston calls herself an ‘artist in residence’ a role she says needs recognition, and funding.

Does relocating under-threat little blue penguins work? The jury's still out

Little blue penguins’ habitats are under threat, but there is limited scientific data on whether artificial nesting ...

5:00 AM  Little blue penguins’ habitats are under threat, and there is evidence on whether man-made nesting sites are attracting those which are displaced.

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NZ's surplus vaccines should go to poor countries - Helen Clark video

Helen Clark says extra Covid-19 doses on order should be re-directed to poorer nations.

Rich countries have dominated access to Covid-19 vaccines, while the virus rages around the world.

Wellington authors clean sweep First Book Awards at 2021 Ockhams

Author Rachel Kerr with her 'Victory Park' novel.

Wellingtonians have won all four Best First Book Awards at the 2021 Ockham NZ Book Awards.

Catholic Church investigating claim boys prostituted video

At a Royal Commission of Inquiry into abuse in care hearing on Tuesday, Keith Wiffin alleged children from a Lower Hutt ...

The Church is calling on anyone with information on the matter to come forward after allegations involving a Lower Hutt boys' home.

Councillors to take first steps towards restoring public faith as review tabled video

Councillor Laurie Foon is confident the new committee structure will help fix the problems within the council. (File photo)

Wellington’s fractured city council will take its first official steps on Thursday to fix ongoing dysfunction that some councillors say has become worse despite a recent review.

Code of conduct investigation into Wellington mayor Andy Foster cost ratepayers almost $32,000 video

The code of conduct investigation into Wellington mayor Andy Foster cost ratepayers almost $32,000. (File photo)

The investigation was called for by councillor Jenny Condie after Foster tried to share private information with her before a vote on the planned Shelly Bay development.

Govt announces $170m for early childhood pay parity video

Hipkins said services would have to ensure funding went to teacher salary before receiving it.

The move has been welcomed by the sector, which says it will directly benefit New Zealand's youngest learners.

Wellington man accused of bigamy to go on trial in July

A man accused of bigamy and fraud appeared in the Porirua District Court on Wednesday.

A man who was allegedly married to two women at the same time will go on trial in front of a judge on July 26 at Porirua District Court.

The rancour of 'Wellington Silly Council' takes a personal toll video

Andy Foster in his Terrace office soon after his

Wellington City councillors open up on job stress: "I have gone home and I have cried."

This section sat vacant for 60 years. It just sold for over $1 million video

This section in Johnsonville – 78 Fraser Avenue – sat vacant and unused for 60 years. It recently sold for slightly more ...

An undeveloped, unmarked section in Wellington has sold for $1.03 million. "It's absolutely insane," says the listing agent.

The Remutaka Hill Rd to close over five nights

The northern side of the SH2 Remutaka Hill Rd. Motorists face a three and a half hour diversion during the closures.

Motorists wanting to travel from Wairarapa to the capital overnight will have to take a long cut through the Manawatū for the next five nights.

News

The China Challenge: NZ's values make differences with Beijing inevitable

The human rights situation in China under President Xi Jinping has deteriorated in recent years, says Ford Hart.

5:00 AM  OPINION: In the latest instalment in our series about New Zealand's complicated dealings with China, former American diplomat Ford Hart says Chinese actions are increasingly at odds with NZ values.

On the run from the speculum video

5:00 AM  OPINION: Like many women, I’ve become an expert at dodging smear tests. Not any more.

Police investigate after man approaches child at bus stop

Two Sacred Hill vineyards businesses in receivership

business

New programme by Creative HQ offers cash and mentorship to climate innovators

Creative HQ is offering up to ten teams $20,000 and a 12-week mentorship programme to foster climate strategy ideas.

Up to 10 teams will get $20,000 and 12 weeks of mentorship as part of the new Climate Response Accelerator programme by Creative HQ.

This section sat vacant for 60 years. It just sold for over $1 million video

This section in Johnsonville – 78 Fraser Avenue – sat vacant and unused for 60 years. It recently sold for slightly more ...

An undeveloped, unmarked section in Wellington has sold for $1.03 million. "It's absolutely insane," says the listing agent.

Russian billionaire sues Kiwi-based website

John Bowie says the emails are protected by journalistic privilege. (File photo from 2003)

Law news publisher fights legal action by billionaire who sold Californian mansion to Meghan and Harry.

Major revamp proposed for key route into Wellington as part of transport intiative video

The proposed removal of angle parks on Throndon Quay to increase cyclist safety is expected to be a sticking point for ...

Planners are hoping to ease congestion and increase safety on one of the main arteries into the capital as part of the much maligned Let’s Get Wellington Moving transport initiative.

Marina expansion follows big spike in berth inquiries video

Seaview Marina in Lower Hutt is planning to add up to 77 new berths to keep up with demand.

Cashed-up boat buyers unable to travel are thought to be behind a spike in demand, which has resulted in a million-dollar expansion at a Lower Hutt marina.

Comment

Anger in the aisles

Supermarket safety – things are getting dangerously intense.

OPINION: Gone are the days when children's tantrums and the protestations of collared shoplifters were about as violent as supermarkets got.

The Jacinda Show stumbles in ratings video

The Swan, an extreme makeover show that screened in New Zealand in 2004.

OPINION: Producers can't keep misjudging their audience as they did over the public sector pay freeze.

On the run from the speculum video

Car, Boyracer, generic. Fast car. for a story on Boy racers doing a drive by the Fatal party sight on Edgeware ...

OPINION: Like many women, I’ve become an expert at dodging smear tests. Not any more.

Govt right to target gangs with firearms bans, but is it overshooting?

Police Minister Poto Williams and Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi announce the next steps in the Government’s commitment ...

OPINION: Keeping weapons away from "high risk'' individuals is an attractive goal, but the methodology and scope of the Government's plans need close attention.

Longing for the dodgems of my youth

“There will always be things that bring out the happy worst of us. And the best of those things were the dodgems,” ...

OPINION: Dodgems were cartoon cars, the shape and colour of clown’s shoes.

Culture

Whirinaki Whare Taonga, Upper Hutt's arts gem, unveils $9m renovation

Leanne Wickham, director of Whirinaki Whare Taonga in Upper Hutt, pictured with one of its new exhibitions, ‘The Stories ...

Three new gallery spaces, three new exhibitions and a new name are set to be unveiled at Upper Hutt’s only major art space.

To be an artist 'needs funding and recognition'

Dame Gaylene Preston says “just a few bucks” a week sponsoring an artist will make a difference.

Filmmaker Dame Gaylene Preston calls herself an ‘artist in residence’ a role she says needs recognition, and funding.

Wellington authors clean sweep First Book Awards at 2021 Ockhams

Author Rachel Kerr with her 'Victory Park' novel.

Wellingtonians have won all four Best First Book Awards at the 2021 Ockham NZ Book Awards.

Crime writer Kathy Reichs brings work experience to her thrillers

Forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs.

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs brings her own dramatic work experience to her blockbuster thrillers.

New data shows arts sector faring far better than forecast post-lockdown video

In-person concerts – like this one of Six60’s last month at Eden Park in Auckland – and engagement in other live ...

Kiwis are set to ramp up their engagement with the arts, despite initial concerns of plummeting interest at the start of the pandemic.

Capital Life

To be an artist 'needs funding and recognition'

Dame Gaylene Preston says “just a few bucks” a week sponsoring an artist will make a difference.

Filmmaker Dame Gaylene Preston calls herself an ‘artist in residence’ a role she says needs recognition, and funding.

New programme by Creative HQ offers cash and mentorship to climate innovators

Creative HQ is offering up to ten teams $20,000 and a 12-week mentorship programme to foster climate strategy ideas.

Up to 10 teams will get $20,000 and 12 weeks of mentorship as part of the new Climate Response Accelerator programme by Creative HQ.

Free-range employees good for wellbeing and business

Tash Pieterse works as a wellbeing and Human Resources consultant for businesses and as a coach for professionals.

A business coach says companies should trust staff to find spaces that work for them.

Crime writer Kathy Reichs brings work experience to her thrillers

Forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs.

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs brings her own dramatic work experience to her blockbuster thrillers.

Major revamp proposed for key route into Wellington as part of transport intiative video

The proposed removal of angle parks on Throndon Quay to increase cyclist safety is expected to be a sticking point for ...

Planners are hoping to ease congestion and increase safety on one of the main arteries into the capital as part of the much maligned Let’s Get Wellington Moving transport initiative.

Sport

'No conspiracy', say Hurricanes as Ngani Laumape omitted for Waratahs trip video

France-bound Hurricanes second five-eighth Ngani Laumape is missing the Sydney trip but will be unleashed against the ...

Coach insists departing All Black is on a scheduled rest and will play a big part in the remaining Trans-Tasman campaign.

'Win some, lose some': Hurricanes farewell Laumape for nearly triple his money video

Ngani Laumape will farewell the Hurricanes next month for a lucrative deal in France.

Fringe All Black had to weigh his test ambitions with a near seven-figure offer in France.

'Vile racial slurs' before fight at Wellington club rugby match — club chair

The chair of Wellington's Marist St Pats rugby club says players were subjected to “repeated vile racial slurs” on ...

Rival rugby clubs allege players and spectators were racially, verbally and physically abused in an on-field fight described by a witness as the worst he's seen.

TJ Perenara blocked from immediate Hurricanes return unless injury hits video

TJ Perenara is returning to Hurricanes training but can’t slot straight back into the team.

Canes' favourite son will be back in Wellington soon, and available, but Super Rugby rules could delay his comeback.

Central Pulse blown away by Northern Mystics after third quarter meltdown video

Grace Nweke scored a game-high 51 goals to lead the Mystics to their first-ever win over the Pulse in Wellington.

The Mystics outscored the Pulse 22-8 in the third quarter to clinch their first-ever win in Wellington during the ANZ Premiership era.

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