They said John Jeffries wouldn't go far. He became a judge, a deputy mayor and much else besides.
Next week, the capital will swell as more than 60,000 people flock to the "biggest Maori event in the world", Te Matatini Ki Te Ao.
Take a look at what's happening in and around Wellington.
OPINION: Wellington wants a te reo transformation, writes mayor Justin Lester.
Top Te Papa scientists axed in a controversial restructure given a stay of execution.
Fancy yourself as British High Commissioner? Applications are open.
Two world-class scientists have been axed in Te Papa's controversial restructure.
The year is only just beginning for the award-winning Frank Burkitt Band, with Australia and UK tours in the works.
Former Wellington rugby rep 'reluctantly' selling art deco classic.
"We Kiwis have heard these songs so many times it's easy to take them for granted."
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