First home buyers given leg-up from council's property company

Hutt City Council estimates 9606 new houses need to be built in the city by 2047 to keep up with population growth.

A council-owned housing company is helping out first-home buyers in one of the Wellington region’s hottest housing markets.

'Absolutely gutted': 13-year-old girl barred from boys' rugby league tournament video

Aayla Toman is passionate about rugby league but is banned from playing in any u13 leagues because she's a girl.

Aayla Toman has been sidelined from a tournament in Wellington, with organisers warning her entire team would be withdrawn if they went ahead with plans to defy the rules.

Samoan, tax lawyer, mother-of-eight: Meet Barbara Edmonds, incoming Mana MP video

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Mother-of-eight and tax lawyer, Barbara Edmonds cruised to victory in the Mana ...

The question seemed innocuous enough, but what led one of the country's freshest MPs to be overcome with emotion?

Art made to start conversation on anti-Chinese racism joins museum collection video

Popular vote winner Chloe Or, also known as Chloe de la Lune, said as a first generation immigrant of New Zealand, the ...

Posters from a competition aiming to create conversation about anti-Chinese racism in New Zealand will be part of a collection at Te Papa Museum.

A generation-long battle for assisted death wins ... video

Euthanasia supporter Irene Rutter celebrates the successful result of the End of Life referendum at Parliament on Friday.

... and an apparent one-off chance to legalise recreational cannabis has almost indisputably lost.

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NZ's most expensive city to rent? It's not Auckland video

Median rental prices in Porirua were the highest in the country in September.

Porirua was a haven for working-class families looking for a decent home and backyard. Now that's history.

End of Life Choice Act: 'Yes' vote creates 'complex' situation for medical professionals video

Royal New Zealand College of GPs president Samantha Murton said it would keep supporting doctors who do and do not

The vote to allow assisted dying goes against medical values and is a “step too far” for many doctors, association says.

Baking the buns that hold Burger Wellington together

Brezelmania is supplying buns to around 40 restaurants this year, with about 20 different flavours.

From tumeric to charcoal, Wellington bakers have been getting creative to bake the buns for the capital's popular burger event.

Man dies on track in Remutaka Forest Park

A person is believed to have died on Butcher’s Track in Rimutaka Forest Park on Friday morning. (File photo)

A 'medical event' has ended with a man's death on the Butcher Track, Wainuiomata, on Friday morning.

Events happening around the Wellington region this weekend

Exhibition from Gabriel Heimler and Anna Proc – High Tea Hedge.

There’s lots to entertain you, including spooky Halloween events, a poetry jam and, if you want to wind down at the end of the weekend, take a mysterious drawing tour.

Century-old Māori storehouse returned to public display

A carving detail on Nuku Tewhatewha. Pātaka, traditionally used for food storage, were also symbols of status.

A rare carved pātaka has returned to public display with a refurbished exhibit telling the story of its part in the Kīngitanga, or Māori King movement.

Crunch time for referendums and government talks video

Jacinda Ardern is looking to wrap up talks with the Greens before forming a Government.

ANALYSIS: After two weeks of political stasis, the results of the referendums on euthanasia and cannabis are imminent, as Labour looks to wrap up talks with the Greens before forming a Government.

'High level' of surveillance testing needed to shut down border incursions video

Police approach hotel staff at Christchurch Airport’s Sudima Hotel after several international seamen tested positive ...

New modelling suggests 5500 tests are needed each day, with a more targeted regime and wastewater testing among the ways to account for border control failings.

Submissions heard on Wellington's pokie machines video

Wellington City Council will continue to hear submissions about potential changes to the Gambling Venues Policy next ...

As Wellington’s pokie machines come under review and submissions are being heard, city councillors have been questioned about potential conflicts of interest.

Sold! Wellington's old air traffic control tower off the market video

Wellington’s old air traffic control tower has been sold.

After over 100,000 views from interested buyers, “Arnold” has a new owner.

News

Top mountain bikers run half-marathons in managed isolation video

Fellow rider and friend Murray said MacDonald’s journey was inspiring to every Kiwi rider.

The four completed 2600 eight metre shuttle runs, in their managed isolation hotel rooms, for charity.

Review: The Royal New Zealand Ballet is back on stage with style

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is back on stage with style. Take the opportunity to experience this magical production as it tours the country.

Gwavas: A homestead with history video

Musical puts women's stories centre stage

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Musical puts women's stories centre stage

'’Ladies in Black's’’ main character Lisa, played by Tara Canton, is employed as a Christmas shop assistant at Goode’s ...

Set in 1950s Sydney, 'Ladies in Black' is the story of growing up, featuring music by former Split Enz member Tim Finn.

$7m engineer who saved Wellington library video

A $179 million upgrade is planned for Wellington’s earthquake-prone central library, with a targeted opening date of May ...

Somewhere in Wellington is the city’s $7 million man. Or woman. And advocates for the capital’s Central Library owe them a beer or two.

Getting girls into STEM, and keeping them there

Dr Michelle Dickinson helps a young girl with her earmuffs at a Blind and Deaf sneak preview before a Nanogirl ...

Children make up their minds about liking or disliking science by the age of 12, but what can we do to keep them in these jobs later in life?

A double shot of hope

Grey Street Kitchen owner Dove Chen, right, with barista Logan Curtin. Chen, himself a skilled barista, leads his ...

Cafes around New Zealand are bouncing back after a tough year.

Kiwi's award-winning invention makes collecting babies' urine samples easier

Samantha Hughes' design, Clean Catch, has the child placed in a seat, unclothed, with a sterile collection cup built ...

Samantha Hughes' soon-to-be-patented design is set to improve the experience of collecting urine samples for babies and parents alike.

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Election 2020: One referendum passes, another fails video

ACT leader David Seymour was the winner of the referendum results.

It was yes to euthanasia, but no to cannabis. What happened?

Drug reform advocates just lost the battle for a generation video

Chloe Swarbrick with cannabis advocate Gary Chiles outside Parliament. Her side lost.

OPINION: Cannabis advocates' referendum loss means more drug law reform is unlikely for a long time. The pro-legalisation crowd could learn a lot from the euthanasia campaign.

Expect a storm if Biden wins video

Abbas Nazari: “A Biden win will not be a cure-all for the current American condition.”

OPINION: Democrats hope a Biden victory will help heal America's divisions. I'm not so confident.

'Three strikes' law should be gone by lunchtime

Khylee Quince: “The benefits of judge-led sentencing are numerous.”

OPINION: Allowing judges discretion leads to better sentencing results.

Biden will be president

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden should prepare for office

OPINION: Prediction: Biden will cream Trump in next week's American election.

Culture

Bill Manhire: teasing poetry's self-importance

Manhire’s latest collection of poetry, Wow, doesn’t take itself too seriously. ‘I don’t ever want to condescend to the ...

Bill Manhire has never pandered to populist tastes and yet he’s a household name.

Events happening around the Wellington region this weekend

Exhibition from Gabriel Heimler and Anna Proc – High Tea Hedge.

There’s lots to entertain you, including spooky Halloween events, a poetry jam and, if you want to wind down at the end of the weekend, take a mysterious drawing tour.

Century-old Māori storehouse returned to public display

A carving detail on Nuku Tewhatewha. Pātaka, traditionally used for food storage, were also symbols of status.

A rare carved pātaka has returned to public display with a refurbished exhibit telling the story of its part in the Kīngitanga, or Māori King movement.

One man's mission to smash 86 burgers in 19 days video

Rob Arnold eyes up burger 81- a roast lamb burger - at Daisy’s restaurant. Some times he’s eaten seven burgers in a day ...

Wellington postman Rob Arnold eats up to seven burgers a day on his burgercation. His pants are tight, he jiuggles in the car and the bloat is real.

Council agrees to spend $179m to fix, upgrade Wellington's Central Library video

Wellington Central Library has been closed since it was declared earthquake-prone in March last year.

Wellington City Council has unanimously voted to fix and upgrade the Central Library at a cost of $179 million.

Capital Life

Musical puts women's stories centre stage

'’Ladies in Black's’’ main character Lisa, played by Tara Canton, is employed as a Christmas shop assistant at Goode’s ...

Set in 1950s Sydney, 'Ladies in Black' is the story of growing up, featuring music by former Split Enz member Tim Finn.

Stolen plants found, returned to Wellington Botanic Gardens

Ten of the 12 stolen plants have been returned to Wellington Botanic Gardens.

Ten of the 12 stolen plants were returned to the gardens for some TLC after being recovered by police on Friday morning.

Council agrees to spend $179m to fix, upgrade Wellington's Central Library video

Wellington Central Library has been closed since it was declared earthquake-prone in March last year.

Wellington City Council has unanimously voted to fix and upgrade the Central Library at a cost of $179 million.

New campaign tactics and alliances for Bird of the Year 2020

Some surprising tactics and campaign methods have emerged for Bird of the Year 2020, with groups around the country ...

With voting opening in a week, campaigners are taking to Twitter, Tinder, even Tiktok, in a bid for votes for their chosen avian adversary.

'Ophelia Thinks Harder' sees new take on Shakespeare

Aimee Sullivan plays Ophelia, the central character in '’Ophelia Thinks Harder’', a reimagining of Shakespeare's '’Hamlet’'.

Stagecraft's latest show takes Shakespeare’s famed 'Hamlet' and reimagines it to put Ophelia centre stage.

Sport

Mitre 10 Cup: Tasman forwards give Wellington a wet weather clinic video

Mitch Hunt of Tasman has team-mates in close attendance against Wellington.

Defending champions show their hosts how to play in the rain and northerly gale.

Silver Ferns star announces pregnancy video

Captain Katrina Rore takes a selfie with a Central Pulse fan.

Katrina Rore and husband Joel are expecting their first child.

Recap: Wellington v Tasman

Wellington wing Julian Savea has recaptured some of the old form that once made him an automatic All Blacks selection.

The in-form Lions were taught a lesson in wet-weather rugby by the Mako at Porirua Park.

Wellington Phoenix swoop for former Premier League striker video

Former Brighton and Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed, left, looks to beat Manchester City’s John Stones.

Israeli international forward with EPL experience in advanced talks to join Phoenix.

First Jonah, now Jerry: Wellington Lions inspired by legends on return to 'burbs video

Porirua Park was renamed Jerry Collins Stadium in 2016.

Porirua's 5500-capacity stadium will host the capital's first NPC match away from Athletic Park or the Cake Tin.

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