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Higher life expectancy for Maori not good enough

The gap between Maori and non-Maori life expectancy has narrowed, but ARANA KENNY finds there is more work to be done.

PHOTO ESSAY: Memphis Belle Cafe a capital coffee hot spot

TE HUIA MOKE visits a community based cafe situated in Dixon Street, central Wellington, to capture the culture in pictures.

Work to be done at grass roots in fight against bullying

Lisa Gembitsky is leaving her Konfident Kidz programme. She reflects on her work with AMANDA CARRINGTON.

Inequities in health linked to high stomach cancer rates for Maori

An Otago University stomach cancer report highlights over-representation of Maori in stats. FINN RAINGER reports.

Kōhanga kids right at home in Wainuiomata where it all began

Parents talk about why they choose Kōhanga Reo for their kids, and about the demand for fluent speakers

Behind the smile, your lattes and lagers can have a human toll

TESS NICHOL speaks with some of the capital’s young workers to find out what it’s really like “working hospo.”

Chef, foodie, writer: David Burton

Budding food writer MATTHEW LAU speaks with Wellington’s most influential restaurant critic and food feature writer David Burton.

Meet the people who find joy in a YMCA dance, or a clap of hands

HAYLEY GASTMEIER talks to three New Zealanders who care for people with intellectual disabilities.

Māori students still struggling with stereotypes, racism

Not enough focus on how Maori are taught, right down to pronouncing names correctly.

Peninsula wants Fort Ballance to be a showcase, not an enigma

Site has changed over years from an army base to an abandoned concrete playground for graffiti artists.

From the dark to the light

William Matangi knows he has done a lot of good things. JONTY DINE talks to him about life as a Black Power boss, finding God, and now making a difference for young people.

Pannett juggles environment and development

Development issues facing Wellington city are a challenge for a councillor holding key positions.

Bringing te reo back to life – three takes on te reo

HAYLEY GASTMEIER speaks to three Kiwis helping to revitalise te reo Māori after more than 150 years of decline.

REVIEW: Taken 3 falls short of franchise success

FRANCESCA JAGO is not taken with the latest of the edition of Liam Neeson’s efforts.

Wellingtonians with Chinese roots celebrating Year of the Sheep

Chinese New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar.

From Pacific Island beginnings to movie screens

Leading NZ filmmaker Sima Urale talks to HAYLEY GASTMEIER about her work and inspiring a new generation.

Gaylene Preston reflects on her years of filmmaking

Fresh from North America showing her new series Hope and Wire, Gaylene Preston talks with FRANCESCA JAGO.

WATCH: Contemporary twists to Maori art forms

The biennal Toi Maori Art Market returned to Wellington with a collection of Maori and indigenous art. YC LEE reports.

WATCH: Library book sale full of bargains

Twice a year Wellington Central Library sells off old books to make room for new stock. TESS NICHOL finds out what is involved.

WATCH: Pints going to the dogs as profits given to SPCA

Wellington’s Blackdog Brewery released a new beer and all proceeds from it donated to the SPCA.

Māori see future careers in performing arts

Māori of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes come to Wellington to study the art of performance. MATTHEW LAU reports.

Māori learn about their culture in Hawaii

FRANCESCA JAGO meets Māori students in Hawaii learning more about themselves and their culture than they did growing up in NZ.

Wellington’s charities and council struggle to manage homeless

Homeless numbers in Wellington are increasing. NICOLE ADAMSON talks to those dealing with the issue.

Performer helps people find their “presence” in capital workshop

FINN RAINGER talks to Bert van Dijk about his performance workshop next month and his vision for the future.

New Zealand eateries could be ready for a Michelin rating

MATTHEW LAU speaks with top Wellington foodies about restaurant guides and how we, and Michelin, rate.

Gareth Watkins says Farewell as Nga Taonga launches new era

The merged national media archive’s first Curator-at-Large talks with YC LEE about his love of sound and vision.

Bella Kalolo draws on the soul of Whitireia musicians for big gig

Award-winning soul musician Bella Kalolo is guiding Whitireia music students and will join them on stage. MATTHEW LAU reports.

Solomon Islands day celebrations a milestone in capital

Strengthening of relationships between Solomons and NZ on agenda for both countries. SUE TEODORO reports.

PHOTO ESSAY: Going backstage at Grease, the musical

NewsWire reporter MATTHEW LAU spent the day behind the scenes of Wellington Musical Theatre’s production of Grease.

PHOTO ESSAY: 120 minutes of football passion

PHOTO ESSAY into the emotion behind the 2014 Fifa World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.

A day at The Barking Lot

IN PICTURES: Dog daycare facility opens in Wellington, allowing pets to be pampered as their owners go to work.

Maori people much more likely to suffer from mental health issues

Figures show that Maori are a third more likely to be living with mental health issues than Europeans

Behind the scenes of the SPCA

WATCH: The Newswire team goes behind the scenes of the Wellington SPCA’s new centre in Mt Victoria.

PHOTO ESSAY: A day in the life of a midwife

A day in life of a midiwfe, following Jill Adamson around as she completes her daily routine in Lower Hutt.

Yeastie Boys brewing up a storm

WATCH: Yeastie Boys Brewers are looking to expand their business throughout Europe after a great showing at a recent beer festival in the UK.

What’s on your mind when you cross the street?

WATCH: Wellington City Council’s new Think, Look, Cross campaign will cost rate-payers up to $100,000.

Back to the roots

Family and friends share the Easter weekend on Waiheke Island and FINN RAINGER documents the experience in a photo essay.

Maori café opens nights as it reaches second birthday

Open mic nights and live entertainment at Kotuku Cafe add to Waiwhetu’s life.

German language and culture growing on New Zealanders

More than 30,000 Germans live in NZ, and the Goethe Institut supports the language and culture.

On the hunt for the Purrfect feline

Some cats such as this one were shy, but AMANDA HERRERA found plenty to purr about in an afternoon with some of the country’s top felines.

Kiwi women told they need to spend more time being gorgeous

Stylist and motivator Lisa O’Neill talks about how kiwi women need to love their bodies more.

Ngāti Koata treasure tuatara as kaitiaki of stream of knowledge

Zealandia latest in many sanctuaries to be gifted juvenile tuataras by tribe. PAUL ORDISH reports.

A new generation of musicians pushing the boundaries

Young artists are challenging studios using little more than the internet and a laptop. LIAM MACANDREW meets two of them.

Human jukeboxe fun provokes thought

A top NZ artist has made a point by using people as cultural dancing machines in their exhibition. HOANI HOTENE reports.

Stephanie McIntyre knows the many colours of homelessness

Homelessness is right on our back doorsteps and one local woman is doing all she can to help, writes BETHANY PEARSON

New generation eyeing up Maori Party leadership

There are questions about his mana, but Te Ururoa Flavell tells SAM DUFF it is better to be on the field scoring goals.

The resurrection of tā moko raises questions for Maori

Maori tattoos is displayed on the bodies of many New Zealanders. But as JANELLE CHEESMAN found, it is not tā moko.

Eliza’s passion for costuming leads to stage and screen

Recent production Broken River a new experience for local designer. JACOB CHANDLER reports.

Special Olympics champion swam for his cousin in Australia

Richard Bruce represented New Zealand at the first Asia Pacific Games in Australia. He talks to PAUL ORDISH about his motivation.

Marie Shroff bids farewell to a decade of privacy

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff is leaving after more than ten years in the job.

She sat down with CALLY MARTIN to reflect on her career, and privacy issues in New Zealand.

Artist-in-residence moves into Toi Poneke

Natalie Smith is the 2014 Whitireia-Toi Poneke Artist in Residence. As she settles into her space, she talks with MIKE METCALFE about the year ahead, and her work.

Anna Guenther has plenty of stories to tell about her journey

Anna Guenther, co-founder of Pledgeme talks about the road to the website’s success. MIKE METCALFE reports.

Beyond the hijab: Living as a Muslim female in Wellington

Living in Wellington is a daily celebration of culture for three Muslim university students. BETHANY PEARSON reports.

REVIEW: DJ Stickybuds rocks the boat

Stickybuds entertained crowds at Wellington’s Tugboat, and having experienced him live once before, OREN OAARIKI went along for more.

Taking a walk down Laneway 2014 at Auckland’s Silo Park

In a roundup of Laneways in Auckland, LIAM MACANDREW features six of the more prominent acts, and photos

New Zealand home after sinking boat and island isolation.

“What amazing people are New Zealanders,” says former refugee Mohammad Ali Amiri. He talks with JANELLE CHEESMAN.

PHOTO ESSAY: The graffiti of Aro Valley can polarise

Aro Valley’s community can have divergent views of its ever-present graffiti. Take a walk up the valley with BETHANY PEARSON.

Month of fame for ex-orchestra member Vicki Jones

Double bass player Vicki Jones has been on TV and won an award in the past month. She talks with LAUREN HERTZBERG.

Wellington goes crackers for Christmas in streets

The annual Christmas parade had Wellington city dancing in the streets. PENNY SCOTT captured the day in pictures.

VIDEO: Who needs a publisher these days anyway?

Wellington Zinefest 2013 showcased 50 DIY creatives on Saturday. OREN OAARIKI captured the activity on video.

Wellington’s Diwali festival gives many reasons for celebration

The Indian festival of Diwali means many things to many people, JESSE CLARK discovered at Wellington’s celebrations.

Skilled and qualified refugees stacking shelves at supermarkets

It can be hard settling in to a new culture, especially getting a job. SAM DUFF looks at services that smooth the way for refugees.

Traditions of Pahiatua children live on at Polish School

Wellington’s Polish School celebrates it’s 60th anniversary, and LIAM MACANDREW learns their cultural story in a strange land.

NewsWire’s live Twitter council election coverage

A rolling feed of tweets and retweets of council election coverage from around the country.

Young answers the call because politics runs in her blood

Mayoral candidate Nicola Young wants to see Wellington get it’s buzz back. JOHANNA CLELAND reports.

Council gives Chalkle $19,000 to develop its own social network

A new approach to learning through one-off affordable classes proves to be a hit. PAUL ORDISH and JOHANNA CLELAND report.

Grassroots key to Axemen’s successful comeback

After a long time away from premier rugby, 2013 saw Wellington’s Axemen return to top-tier club rugby. CALLY MARTIN reports

Designer earns her scholarship with ‘tears, sweat and hard work’

A big future in fashion has been predicted for Massey University design student Annelise Moen. JENNIFER MCILROY reports.

Aro Valley Community Council AGM as lively as ever

The good folk of Aro Valley meet once again, bringing together their lively personalities for their AGM. JENNIFER WEBSTER reports.

Social Rugby Club take a punch for a trip to Argentina

Social rugby club the 69ers are fighting to fund a trip to follow the All Blacks to Argentina.

Journalism education godfather retires…again (but not really)

Pre-eminent journalism educator Jim Tucker is retiring from teaching after 27 years, reports PENNY SCOTT.

Capital of craft beer still brewing

Craft beer’s popularity is booming in the capital, NEWSWIRE sent a multimedia team to find out more about the new craft brews in town.

Dame gets her hands dirty to honour sexual health trailblazer

If an early Kiwi nurse had been listened to, 10,000 New Zealand soldiers could have been saved from syphilis, writes LIZ WYLLIE.

3D printing a business opportunity

THE GROWTH of 3D printing in Wellington has online designers excited about its potential. NEWSWIRE TEAM reports.

Armageddon proves major drawcard for costumed fun

Armageddon 2013 proves popular, Newswire reports from amongst the cosplayers with video, social media and pictures.

Sharing Maori culture through the song and dance of kapa haka

Many people have found that the way to Maori culture’s heart is through its song and dance. NATASHA THYNE reports.

The long journey from beached whale to bone carvings

Beached whales are sometimes found on New Zealand shores, but what happens next? NICOLE BAXTER finds out.

Iwi radio stations get training boost to help further te reo

A Whitireia training initiative allows iwi radio station staff to get their skills and dedication recognised, reports VICTORIA COTTERELL.