Government announces review of how it funds screen sector video

There is a screen worker and infrastructure shortage, which is affecting New Zealand’s market as an open-for-business, ...

6:44 PM  The Government will review how it funds the screen industry amid a period of booming growth for the sector which it is struggling to keep up with.

Sex self-identification law passes video

Green Party MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, pictured here at the 2021 Wellington Pride Hikoi, said the anti-trans lobby was an ...

6:16 PM  Parliament has unanimously passed a sex self-identification law which will make it easier to amend a person’s sex on birth certificates.

Victoria University confirms vaccine mandates on campus

Details over how vaccine mandates will be applied on the campus are yet to be finalised.

The mandate will apply to all staff, students and visitors on campus from January 31, 2022.

Hinewehi Mohi honoured as Dame Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit video

Dame Hinewehi Mohi received her damehood at Government House on Thursday.

Twenty-two years since the musician first sang the national anthem in te reo at the Rugby World Cup in 1999, Dame Hinewehi Mohi said New Zealanders had done much to embrace the language as a “unique and special part of all of us."

Time frame set to strengthen carillon at Wellington's national war memorial

The Wellington Carillon will be strengthened, it has been confirmed. (File photo)

The work to fix the earthquake-prone tower will be done by May 2027.

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Electric planes and vertiports: What might our airports look like in 50 years?

With planes becoming smaller and more numerous, vertiports – similar to heliports – might be a solution for inner city ...

As technologies evolve, planes become more efficient, biofuels hit the market and passenger numbers swell, planes will change – and so will the airports.

Eat the landlords: A 'cathartic' solution to Wellington's housing crisis video

A protester holds up a sign that says "rent fight, class fight" as demonstrators walk along Karl-Marx-Allee to protest ...

In times of scarcity and housing un-affordability, could a radical plan to strip investors of their portfolios be the answer.

Te Kopahou: Wellington's wild southern wilderness that bridges land and sea

Looking at Te Kopahou Reserve from Ōwhiro Bay

Let’s dream big, says Benjamin Swale of Wellington Forest and Bird, and try to bring back takahē and kōkako, in addition to kiwi.

Opinion: Cities made for growing up and growing old

Gemma Dioni is a transportation consultant with a key interest in ensuring people have access to transport choice, and ...

Gemma Dioni imagines cities where local kids can walk, cycle and scooter together, and more connected neighbours can sit on a bench under a tree for a chat.

Reimagining Wellington: Balancing appetite for trails with protection of native bush video

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(Left to right) Manawa Mitcalff Matthews, Max Tebbs, Miha Mitcalff Matthews, ...

Wellington has a unique asset in its accessible mountain-biking trail network but can the capital balance creating a playground for riders alongside the need to protect sensitive habitats and native bush.

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Luxon's baby steps steady enough, but next milestones crucial video

Ben Thomas: Christopher Luxon is “free to pitch for the median voters who reliably handed elections to Helen Clark, John ...

OPINION: Like John Key before him, Luxon has arrived in the job with a clear focus on winning back the political centre.

Sound the alarm: NZ's most annoying tūi is back video

OPINION: The honking, screaming bird has returned, and this time it's war.

Bigwig boycott of Beijing Olympics more than vacuous tokenism

Plan now to be there for a film festival like no other

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Government announces review of how it funds screen sector video

There is a screen worker and infrastructure shortage, which is affecting New Zealand’s market as an open-for-business, ...

The Government will review how it funds the screen industry amid a period of booming growth for the sector which it is struggling to keep up with.

How I write: Ned Barraud

Author Ned Barraud has recently been inspired by graphic novels ‘It is a potent and fairly new form of storytelling’.

Ned Barraud on his future writing nook, finding inspiration in graphic novels and the emotional impact of stories of environmental destruction.

Arts events in the Wellington region - Dec 6-9

Susan Williams in Illegally Blind, on at BATS Theatre.

If musicals or drama is your thing, head out under traffic light orange and support your local theatres. There are some great productions on offer this week.

Toi Pōneke exhibition puts spotlight on Wellington artists

The exhibition runs from December 15-22 at Toi Pōneke Gallery in Wellington.

The Toi Three Sixty annual residents’ exhibition is a chance for people to grab an art bargain with all works $360 or under

Te Hikōi Toi: Hauntings revealing female agency video

2122021 Photo: JERICHO ROCK-ARCHER/STUFF The Hilma af Klint exhibition is due to open on Saturday at the City Gallery ...

OPINION: Hilda af Klint exhibition teems with incisive observations of the natural world, and its opposite, ideas beyond the hard matter of everyday life.

Sport

Wellington Phoenix men to sign Mexican Gael Sandoval on loan, coach confirms video

Wellington Phoenix are poised to sign Guadalajara attacker Gael Sandoval on loan.

Wellington Phoenix have turned to another Mexican to fill the void left by former star Ulises Davila.

Work set to begin on Masterton mountain bike park

Mountain bike riders will soon be able to enjoy a range of tracks on the edge of Masterton. (file photo)

A group of keen mountain bikers have found the ideal spot for a set of professional-grade tracks on the northern edge of Masterton.

Young players get the job done for Wellington Phoenix men in FFA Cup video

Finn Surman plays the ball out from the back during his Wellington Phoenix debut against Western United in the FFA Cup.

18-year-old defender Finn Surman was one of four players that made their debut in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Western United.

Club rugby player admits injuring opponent in 'disgraceful' on-field brawl

Iosefo Kalolo Aukusitino appears at the Hutt Valley District Court, facing one charge of injuring Petone rugby player ...

Iosefo Kalolo Aukusitino's attack during a sevens match left Ridge Studd convulsing on the ground and needing reconstructive facial surgery.

Top shearing competition canned due to Covid-19 uncertainty

North Canterbury shearer Hugh De Lacy, left, is pipped by Masterton shearer Paerata Abraham in the final of the Open ...

Faced with big potential losses with a late cancellation, the Golden Shears committee opted to draw the curtain early on next year's event.

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Bread factory has two months to quieten down video

The Farrah’s factory has been found to be breaching the RMA and district plan. The company had wanted to keep breaking ...

Residents living near a flatbread factory in Upper Hutt have had a partial victory in a two-year battle against noise pollution.

Getting the mojo - and the people - back video

Rawinia Rimene, the founder of make-up and skincare line Girl Native, wishes there were more wraparound services for ...

Affordable housing, a commitment to a safer city, and tax breaks for up and coming businesses are ways the capital’s business and community leaders think Wellington could get its mojo back.

The quiet boat making a big noise in the transport world video

East by West Ferries’ new electric catamaran, the Ika Rere, will be officially unveiled to the public on December 16.

Without the cue of a chugging diesel engine it’s easy to miss your own departure.

More needs to be done to fix the housing crisis video

The new housing intensification bill will let new homes of three-storeys like these in Auckland be built almost up to ...

OPINION: A comprehensive plan for housing in Aotearoa has to include taxing property wealth.

Elusive investor owns 79 Wellington properties video

Properties owned by Robert Paul Wright

If Robert Wright were to sell all his homes today, forecasters say he could expect to make over $52.2m million in profit.

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Next generation to be banned from buying smokes video

11012015 News photo: Robert Charles/Fairfax NZ. Generic file. Cigarettes. Smoking. Smokes. Tobacco. Cancer. Quitting.

People aged 14 and under will never be able to legally purchase tobacco in their lives when a new law takes effect.

Eco-friendly timber walls could replace steel or concrete, research finds video

PhD student Ben Moerman shows off the cross-laminated timber that has been successfully tested on quakes.

The research could have far-reaching implications for New Zealand's quest to become carbon-neutral, as well as reducing earthquake risks.

Returnees in MIQ out of pocket after release date flip-flop video

People had to pay hundreds of dollars for multiple new flights after health officials kept changing their MIQ release date.

Hundreds had their managed isolation stay extended, then reduced – repeatedly – forcing daily flight booking changes at a significant cost.

No grounds to prosecute cruise company for carrying Covid-19 to NZ

The Ruby Princess is a Bermudan flagged cruise ship owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by Princess Cruises. ...

Ruby Princess made several stops in NZ in March last year, infecting 24 people. Overall, 700-plus cases and 28 deaths were linked to an outbreak onboard.

Suspicious house fire in Kāpiti Coast town

Emergency services are at the scene of an explosion in ÅŒhau where a man was seriously injured. (File photo)

A house fire in Ōtaki on Wednesday is being treated as suspicious, Fire and Emergency NZ has confirmed.

Sidi Rezegh: A bloody battle that caused a stink video

Private Chauncey Raymond William Adams, during his days in the service.

Chauncey Raymond William Adams kept a detailed diary during World War 2. But the pages were left blank for a life-changing two weeks in November 1941.

Luxon's baby steps steady enough, but next milestones crucial video

Ben Thomas: Christopher Luxon is “free to pitch for the median voters who reliably handed elections to Helen Clark, John ...

OPINION: Like John Key before him, Luxon has arrived in the job with a clear focus on winning back the political centre.

Work set to begin on Masterton mountain bike park

Mountain bike riders will soon be able to enjoy a range of tracks on the edge of Masterton. (file photo)

A group of keen mountain bikers have found the ideal spot for a set of professional-grade tracks on the northern edge of Masterton.

Sound the alarm: NZ's most annoying tūi is back video

As spring arrives, tūī and other birds are especially active. (File photo)

OPINION: The honking, screaming bird has returned, and this time it's war.

NZ faces increasing security threats, how will it respond? video

Secretary of Defence Andrew Bridgman at the release of the 2021 Defence Assessment on Wednesday.

New Zealand's security in the Pacific is on a 'negative trajectory', defence officials have warned. The most concerning threats include a more powerful China, and possible military bases in the Pacific.

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