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.

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.

Punters seizing chance at $38m 'dream' video

Lotto store owner Alpesh Patel from Lambton Mart on Lambton Quay says he's seen four times as many Lotto players since ...

On Wednesday night someone, somewhere in the country could be $38m richer with the Lotto jackpot.

Left Bank home for Zelati

Hilary Tuason has finally opened a permanent shop for Zelati on Wellington's Left Bank.

The dessert cafe is likely to be a hot-spot for cool treats this summer in Wellington.

The life of a professional forager video

Six months ago, Mike King got more serious about his part-time professional foraging, gaining a food safety certificate ...

Mike King scours Kāpiti's lifestyle blocks, sourcing wild edible vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers for restaurants.

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Penguins 'living on a plastic beach'

Little blue penguin/kororā have a declining population in New Zealand.

There's more plastic than sand, and kororā are trapped in plastic, swallowing it, and hoarding it.

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.

Bid to boost Melling Interchange video

Newly elected Lower Hutt mayor Campbell Barry is hoping an integrated transport plan will fast track the Melling Interchange.

Transport a priority for new Lower Hutt mayor.

Ardern will apologise to Lester

Justin Lester said the comment made by the Prime Minister was an "honest mistake"

Jacinda Ardern has said she will apologise to Justin Lester for forgetting he ran as Labour mayoral candidate.

Claims of a cover up, explained

11102019 NEWS PHOTO: NZDF/SUPPLIED Burnham Military Camp and NZ Army generic defence force

The mystery of a report into possible civilian deaths returns this week. It's just one piece of evidence pointing to a SAS cover up.

Red cards for city mayors

Newly crowned Wellington mayor Andy Foster receives the phone call from Wellington City Council CEO Kevin Lavery ...

OPINION: Off you go, the voters told them. Now let's look forward to the next three years.

New mayor's plans for capital

Foster is opposed to the proposed $330 million Wellington Airport runway extension. (File photo)

New Wellington Mayor Andy Foster has not given up hope of a movie museum for the capital.

PM throws Justin Lester under the bus video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern threw failed Labour mayoral candidate Justin Lester under a Wellington bus by declaring he ...

It's bad enough to lose the Wellington mayoralty, but even worse when your party leader says you ran as an independent.

Flu vaccine study seeks 600 children video

Hundreds of pregnant Wellington women could help develop a universal flu vaccine, which could save lives.

Hundreds of pregnant Wellington women could help develop a universal flu vaccine.

Surprise, it's Peter Jackson

Foster was first elected to the Wellington City Council in 1992.

How a surprise meeting with Sir Peter Jackson set the course for Andy Foster's major mayoralty upset.

local body elections

Tawa residents grill mayoral hopefuls video

Andy Foster says council doesn't have the power to make any ruling on 5G

Wellington's Mayoral candidates have had weeks of hearing each other's lines on buses, tunnels, and getting the city moving but Tawa residents still had questions for them.

Arts centre of mayoral debate video

Mayor Justin Lester likened the move of  film productions to Auckland to earlier moves of head offices out of Wellington.

With Lord of the Rings, once synonymous with Wellywood heading north, what can the capital do better to make sure it doesn't lose out on the "next big thing".

'Please care enough to not trust them'

The mayoral candidates for the 2019 Porirua council elections, from left, Anita Baker, Mike Tana, Mike Duncan, Izzy ...

OPINION: The Porirua Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate: mannequins, stuck pages and caring enough to not trust anyone.

Meet the HBRC candidates

HBRC

Hawke's Bay Regional Council candidates explain why they're standing, and how they will address the region's water issues.

Wellington 'a bit stuck' video

Jenny Condie says there's a feeling Wellington "is a bit stuck".

Spats over big projects from transport to convention centres dominated a hotly fought mayoral debate between five candidates.

News

Hastings building at risk of collapse

A building at 603 Heretaunga St East in Hastings has been described as "unsafe" and "in danger of collapse"  by a ...

10:58 AM  A building in Hastings is in danger of collapsing and has been cordoned off from pedestrians and nearby traffic.

Napier residents told not to flush

10:53 AM  Flushing toilets could lead to an 'emergency discharge' into a city estuary, Napier residents told.

Heavy rain leaves soggy mess

What's going on with gangs?

business

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.

Abusive director must pay costs - court

Nathan Sanders' behaviour was found to have been abusive in the conduct of a High Court case. (File photo)

Company director's conduct was nothing short of abusive, judge says.

Karam's storage biz for sale

Long-time David Bain advocate Joe Karam is selling his storage business in Marton.

Long-time David Bain advocate Joe Karam has turned an agricultural building into a self-storage business.

How big is the housing shortage?

A Colliers International report raises questions about whether Auckland's housing shortage is as bad as previously thought.

Census 2018 reveals population growth lower than what was predicted so do we still need a lot of extra homes?

Time to sell commercial property?

Auckland prime office buildings have been most attractive to international investors.

Investors have mega dollars to buy commercial property but not enough vendors are willing to sell, a new report says.

Comment

250 years before Cook even arrived

Dunedin's Olveston House, originally owned by a prosperous merchant, and surrounded by an acre of gardens, is evidence ...

OPINION: The arrival of Captain James Cook here 250 years ago, as part of a global circumnavigation, came 250 years after the first one.

Plump pigeon trumps paintings

Nine of Colin McCahon's artworks have been installed at Te Papa as part of an exhibition celebrating a centenary since ...

OPINION: No-one has ever succeeded in convincing me that Colin McCahon was an artistic wonder.

Faith in building industry undermined

A new imaging technology has revealed that hundreds of buildings around the country have concrete and/or steel ...

OPINION: Canary in the coal mine is tweeting: many buildings are broken, and so is the system that supports them.

Will 'Christchurch Call' be enough?

Mourners outside the synagogue in Halle, Germany, two days after a shooting left two people dead on October 11, as a ...

OPINION: One estimate says there are at least 150 smaller 'takedown-resistant' online platforms catering to far right groups and ideologies.

Red cards for city mayors

Newly crowned Wellington mayor Andy Foster receives the phone call from Wellington City Council CEO Kevin Lavery ...

OPINION: Off you go, the voters told them. Now let's look forward to the next three years.

Culture

New mayor wants library repaired

Council will be briefed on the Wellington Central Library  and Civic Square before Christmas.

The cost of repairing the Central Library could stretch into the tens of millions, but new mayor Andy Foster says Civic Square is "where it should stay".

Bjork and ballet for NZ composer

In Bjork: All is Love, the Blackbird Ensemble pay homage to the Icelandic singer.

Between ballet and Bjork, composer Claire Cowan is being kept on her toes.

Cock raw, witty and intense

Simon Leary, left, and Jack Buchanan's relationship as John and M is put under the microscope in Cock.

Stripped back - no scenery, props or mime - Cock mimics the real-life rhythm of daily interactions and fights between people who love each other.

Dive deep to the Mermaidens

Mermaidens singer Gussie Larkin at the Others Way Festival in Auckland in August.

It's easy to be swept away on a genre-defying ocean of dreamy pop and shark-gnawed post-punk with the latest stream of musical consciousness from the Kiwi band Mermaidens.

Trumpet playing like no other

Renowned Swedish trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger's playing in the concerto 'Aerial' "was to hear startling playing of a ...

Frankenstein!! was an evening's entertainment on a grand scale that deserved a much larger audience.

Capital Life

Punters seizing chance at $38m 'dream' video

Lotto store owner Alpesh Patel from Lambton Mart on Lambton Quay says he's seen four times as many Lotto players since ...

On Wednesday night someone, somewhere in the country could be $38m richer with the Lotto jackpot.

Left Bank home for Zelati

Hilary Tuason has finally opened a permanent shop for Zelati on Wellington's Left Bank.

The dessert cafe is likely to be a hot-spot for cool treats this summer in Wellington.

Guide to help with trapping video

At the launch of  A Practical Guide to Trapping are, from left, Michelle Bridge, Jo Macpherson, Minister of Conservation ...

A how-to trapping guide for beginners and experts has been released by DOC.

Woman runs 200th marathon at 70

Chris Leahy,left,  with friends Charlotte and Anne at the finish of the Tauranga marathon in September.

Hutt Valley resident Chris Leahy, 70, just completed her 200th marathon for a perfect track record.

Stalkers' reign of terror

Victims of stalking are frustrated by the implicit messages being given to perpetrators by the lack of action over minor ...

Thalia's ex began threatening suicide. Then, she woke up to find him in her bed.

Sport

Phoenix sure the goals will come

Phoenix forward Callum McCowatt vies for possession with Western defender Josh Risdon.

Callum McCowatt doesn't think it will take long for the Phoenix to find their finishing touch.

Woman runs 200th marathon at 70

Chris Leahy,left,  with friends Charlotte and Anne at the finish of the Tauranga marathon in September.

Hutt Valley resident Chris Leahy, 70, just completed her 200th marathon for a perfect track record.

Phoenix lack cutting edge up front

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 13: Coach Ufuk Talay of the Phoenix talks to his players during the Round 1 A-League ...

Wellington Phoenix's lacklustre A-League season opener highlighted their need for a proven goal-scorer.

Durante jeered then cheered on return

Andrew Durante applauds Yellow Fever on his way off the pitch.

He was booed every time he touched the ball but Phoenix fans did eventually pay tribute to returning captain Andrew Durante.

Rudan has last laugh

Western striker Besart Berisha celebrates after scoring in the first half.

Phoenix lose season opener against Mark Rudan's Western United.

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