"A cross between a celestial being and something from Game of Thrones": Ardern describes her new Backbencher puppet video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her effigy “ is a cross between a celestial being and something from Game of Thrones”.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, National Party leader Judith Collins, Act Party leader David Seymour and Green MP Chloe Swarbrick are all immortalised by their new puppets at the Wellington pub across the road from Parliament.

Wellington today, June 22: Why Wellington is so windy, airport gets credit agency tick, and proposal to extend paid-parking hours

Ben Pettit recently became the NZ open men’s tenpin bowling champion at the age of 13.

Here's the latest on what's happening in the capital today.

Big job for Tokomaru Bay's only cop during weekend floods video

Tokomaru Bay Community Constable Toa Saulala, left, with local man Elder Te Reo, assisted with the clean-up operations ...

On his day off, Toa Saulala was out in the rain clearing roads and delivering food packages.

Welington bus drivers to vote on new pay deal video

Wellington bus drivers at a Tramways and Public Transport Employees Union meeting on Thursday, where a new employment ...

A new pay offer could mean Wellington avoids a second bus driver strike and further commuter disruption.

That's how he rolls: The 13-year-old who is NZ's open men's tenpin bowling champion video

Ben trains five days a week.

Ben Pettit has had a bowling ball in his hands since he was three, and 10 years later he's on a roll –bowling adults over.

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City ute owners are an oppressed minority video

Hyundai Santa Cruz ute

OPINION: As an indispensable part of cycling the humble ute is a leader in the fight against climate change.

NZ should adopt Scottish alcohol harm strategy

OPINION: "Price rises won’t penalise responsible drinkers. But will reduce alcohol sales, consumption – and damage."

I'm not looking to my knickers for moral guidance

Was NZ First built to last? video

Culture

How I write: CK Stead likes the spirit of Dickens for inspiration

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CK Stead at his Auckland home.

The Poet Laureate and novelist has favourite Dickens novels he likes to re-read, and enjoys his communicable buoyancy.

Kia Mau Festival: Collaboration and cohesiveness shine in raw TINĀ

Performed by a strong cast of women, TINĀ explores concepts of motherhood and mana wahine.

The dance work is a glimpse into concepts around motherhood and what it means to be a teine toa.

Creative pairings celebrate Atamira's pioneers in Te Wheke

Each solo in Te Wheke sparkles like a jewel.

Each solo sparkles like a jewel amidst the vibrant and multi layered sound and visual scape.

Arts events around the Wellington region - June 21-24

NZ Opera - The Marriage of Figaro - Count Almaviva John Moore and Countess Almaviva Emma Pearson

Here's what's happening around the Wellington region's arts and cultural scene this week.

Life and death with Casketeers Francis and Kaiora Tipene video

Francis Tipene says water is used to transfer between tapu and noa.

The couple behind The Casketeers open up about how they cope, and the horrors of Covid-19.

Sport

Otere Black cherishing final run with Māori All Blacks before heading to Japan video

Otere Black is back in the Maori All Blacks team for their two upcoming games against Samoa.

The departing Blues first-five is savouring every last moment with the Māori All Blacks as he prepares to bid farewell to New Zealand rugby at the end of the year.

Māori All Blacks forced to make late change video

Maori All Blacks midfielder Quinn Tupaea busts through a tackle during last year’s clash with Moana Pasifika in Hamilton.

Rameka Poihipi has replaced Chiefs team-mate Quinn Tupaea in the Māori All Blacks squad for their two-game series against Samoa.

That's how he rolls: The 13-year-old who is NZ's open men's tenpin bowling champion video

Ben trains five days a week.

Ben Pettit has had a bowling ball in his hands since he was three, and 10 years later he's on a roll –bowling adults over.

Not guilty plea to charge of sideline assault

Ben Tupuola pleaded not guilty to a charge of injuring with intent to injure following a sideline assault at a rugby ...

A 34-year-old man made the plea following the hospitalisation of another man in Lower Hutt in April.

Hawks deliver statement win over Saints

American swingman Devondrick Walker, pictured in a prior game, scored 20 points in the Hawks’ win over the Saints.

In a rematch of the 2019 NBL final, Hawks show their title credentials holding off the Saints for confidence-boosting win.

business

Waterfront Northland campground for sale

Campgrounds like this are rare, the salespeople say.

Beachside campground on 5.67ha for sale near Whangarei

PMG to purchase Bethlehem Town Centre

PMG Generation Fund is to acquire the Bethlehem Town Centre. The large format retail centre in the Bay of Plenty town ...

Bay of Plenty acquisition gives New Zealand investors an opportunity

Nelson-Tasman’s commercial property fundamentals leverage strong regional economy

The $32 million redevelopment of Nelson Airport includes a commitment to growth in both aviation and commercial activities.

Strong primary and knowledge economy gives region a boost

Salvaged food and salvation: Francis Stewart's journey video

Stewart goes to service at St Peter’s on Willis every week. “It’s a beautiful place,” he says.

A spiritual journey — from homelessness, to helping the homeless — with many pit stops in between.

All Black TJ Perenara, chocolate maker Whittaker among new inductees to Porirua Hall of Fame video

TJ Perenara performs the haka prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 group B game between the All Blacks and South Africa in ...

Most-capped Hurricane of all time and chocolate company founder to join Black Grace choreographer, and theatre founder in Hall of Fame at Te Rauparaha Arena.

more news

Big job for Tokomaru Bay's only cop during weekend floods video

Tokomaru Bay Community Constable Toa Saulala, left, with local man Elder Te Reo, assisted with the clean-up operations ...

On his day off, Toa Saulala was out in the rain clearing roads and delivering food packages.

Welington bus drivers to vote on new pay deal video

Wellington bus drivers at a Tramways and Public Transport Employees Union meeting on Thursday, where a new employment ...

A new pay offer could mean Wellington avoids a second bus driver strike and further commuter disruption.

That's how he rolls: The 13-year-old who is NZ's open men's tenpin bowling champion video

Ben trains five days a week.

Ben Pettit has had a bowling ball in his hands since he was three, and 10 years later he's on a roll –bowling adults over.

Creative NZ accused of unlawfully influencing funding decision

Creative NZ has been taken to court over the lawfulness of one of its funding decisions.

A dance group is accusing the country’s national arts funding authority of unlawfully influencing a decision which saw it being denied public money.

Wellington Airport gets financial lift

The welcome mat is out but international passenger numbers are still a quarter of what they were before the pandemic.

A "ramp-up" in domestic flights has helped the airport boost its financial performance.

Not guilty plea to charge of sideline assault

Ben Tupuola pleaded not guilty to a charge of injuring with intent to injure following a sideline assault at a rugby ...

A 34-year-old man made the plea following the hospitalisation of another man in Lower Hutt in April.

Why on Earth is Wellington so windy?

Wellingtonians weren’t strangers to the city's wild winds.

What is it about Wellington that makes it perfect for that hair-knotting, umbrella-flipping wind?

Further hit for Wellington motorists as paid parking hours set to be extended

Metered parking hours in Wellington’s CBD could be extended to as late as 10pm on some days of the week. (File photo)

The extension to metered parking hours would come alongside proposed increased hourly rates, a possible congestion charge, and a car-free Golden Mile.

Four tenants left with a plastic bag of belongings after 'devastating' fire video

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Hanson Street house fire Newtown Wellington 
Pictured: PIC: Anna Wilkes ...

Anna Wilkes was in the shower when she heard a thumping on the door and her flatmate yelling about a fire.

Crooner album blends classic 50s jazz cool with Kiwi influences

Steve Carlin at his Greytown home.

Greytown singer Steve Carlin pulled in some of Wellington's best jazz talent to produce unique jazz album.

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