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.

Understaffing 'puts patients at risk' video

CCDHB registered nurse vacancies have nearly doubled since May.

CCDHB's registered nurse vacancies have nearly doubled since May.

Campbell Barry action plan video

Barry says he is committed to treating the Naenae pool "with urgency" and ensuring local residents are part of the ...

New Lower Hutt mayor Campbell Barry enoys cricket and travelling.

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Every cent helps

The annual street appeal for Breast Cancer Foundation 2019 was on Friday and Saturday.

Everyone had a personal reason for dropping money into the pink buckets.

Mayor's first task: repair relations video

Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise

Fixing Napier City Council's poor internal culture is a priority for new Mayor.

Inside a candidate's mind

Quin was spurred into putting his name forward when the names he'd hoped to see entering did not eventuate.

OPINION: What if I win? All those meetings! Then sensible campaign manager brain interjected.

Tuia 250: Return of the 'death ship'

The Endeavour reappears in Gisborne at sunrise.

Why some Māori are not celebrating Tuia 250.

Wellington's winds of change video

Foster says he'll get on the phone to Phil Twyford to renegotiate parts of Let's Get Wellington Moving.

ANALYSIS: Three cities, three new mayors. What will the changing of the guard bring and how did we get here?

Youth win in Wellington

Ready for action are, from left, Campbell Barry,  Josh Trlin,  Nathan Waddle, Teri O'Neill and Tamatha Paul.

Six young people have made it onto their local councils. Some so young their friends couldn't even vote for them.

Three councillors join ousted Lester

Ousted Wellington mayor Justin Lester at his home in Johnsonville on Saturday afternoon ahead of the election result.

As final tallies are reached there are chains to be handed back and desks cleared following as the dust settles on the 2019 local elections.

Changes aplenty at regional council

Thomas Nash one of six newcomers to Greater Wellington Regional Council. (File photo)

Plenty of new faces at Greater Wellington Regional Council as six newcomers join seven incumbents.

Six new faces for Kāpiti's council table

A cake made for K Gurunathan by a friend to celebrate his second term as mayor.

Hard work lies ahead for the new council, returning mayor warns.

Wanted man in Wellington

A 31-year-old man named Uditha Punchihewa is wanted for arrest, and police believe he is in the Wellington area.

Uditha Punchihewa, 31, is wanted for arrest, and police believe he is in the Wellington area.

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

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.

New mayor wants more open council

With a relatively new CE and six new councillors, the incoming South Wairarapa mayor says they have a chance to change the council's culture.

Victim critical after shooting video

School bus crashes

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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.

Trade mark battle over name

Tana Umaga won the Pierre de Coubertin Medal in 2004 for helping an injured player from an opposing team. (File photo)

Olympic founder Pierre de Coubertin had a name worth fighting for.

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Inside a candidate's mind

Quin was spurred into putting his name forward when the names he'd hoped to see entering did not eventuate.

OPINION: What if I win? All those meetings! Then sensible campaign manager brain interjected.

Drugs: Better safe than sorry

Moralising doesn't change people's behaviour or keep them safe.

OPINION: The evidence is clear – hard-line drug policies don't reduce the demand or supply of illegal drugs.

Voters fight the shame game

150914. News.Photo:Peter Drury/Fairfax NZ . Generic Ballot box . Vote. Voting . Election.

OPINION: There's nothing like a national guilt trip to combat the electoral ennui.

Now for something different

Andy Foster's backing from Sir Peter Jackson puts the onus on the new mayor to prove he is his own man.

OPINION: The Wellington region has voted for much-needed change. New councils must get on with it.

Welcome to politics, Mr Luxon

Luxon's instincts on climate change are essentially Jacinda Ardern's - to talk a lot about it, even as your emissions rise.

Christopher Luxon is used to controlling a huge company. Soon enough he could have as little as three staff.

Culture

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.

Cuba Mall puts on its birthday hat

Today Cuba Mall and its signature bucket fountain are a vibrant centre for the capital city.

In 1969, a "water mobile" was installed in Wellington. Today, the Bucket Fountain celebrates 50 years.

Capital Life

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.

Gareth Ward: steampunk author

Gareth Ward - author, magician, hypnotist - and his wife, Louise, at a steampunk event in Napier.

Evil zombie, steampunk magician, hypnotist author Gareth Ward has an abundant back story to draw on for his young adult novels.

Teaching kids to garden

Hannah Zwartz​ is a gardener and the urban kai farm co-ordinator for The Common Unity Project in Lower Hutt.

"It's all about giving kids the experience of picking peas and eating them straight out of the pod."

Saving the earth, one shampoo bottle at a time

Scout hair salon has turned to glass bottles and is already 95 per cent plastic free.

Salons are making moves toward sustainable, ethical practices to save the earth one shampoo bottle at a time

Sport

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.

Wellington's answer to Sarpreet Singh

Ulises Davila signed a five-year contract with Chelsea in 2011 but never played.

He was once considered good enough to sign a five-year deal with Premier League giants Chelsea, so can Ulises Davila take the A-League by storm?

Recap: Wellington v Waikato

Wellington's Asafo Aumua scores a try despite the efforts of Waikato's Jack Stratton at Westpac Stadium.

The second-placed Lions beat the Mooloos at Westpac Stadium to secure a home semifinal.

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