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Features

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.

Dyslexic learners challenging education for support

As ongoing change challenges schools, LIZ WYLIE explores what is being done to help dyslexic learners. Image: iStockphoto

Tattooist drag racer aspires to be a travelling preacherman

Tattooist Zak Kohl likes fast cars, karate and playing bass guitar, but his main calling is preaching, he tells JAMES VERNON.

Kaibosh coordinator has designed herself a meaningful life

Anoushka Isaac volunteers for an award-winning charity. She talks to VICTORIA COTTERELL about living a meaningful life.

All things being equal (or not) that is the question

MELISSA WASTNEY talks to Wellington writer Max Rashbrooke about New Zealand’s growing divide and what it means for us.

Emerging artist gets residency at Wellington gallery

Emma Chalmers, a young Dunedin artist, is the new artist in residence at 30 Upstairs. VOMLE SPRINGFORD reports.

“Ex-psychiatric patient” tag for Studylink client

Studylink Wellington has labelled a client “ex-psychiatric patient” without his knowledge or permission.

JEAN ELTRINGHAM looks at how the student’s privacy was breached and why it shouldn’t have been.

Volunteers needed for disabled riders

RIDING for the Disabled is celebrating 50 years in New Zealand and it needs volunteers to keep going for another 50. NICOLE BAXTER reports.

Fair-weather friends turn their back on Republican candidate

Republicans across the US are distancing themselves from Mitt Romney. VICTORIA COTTERELL discusses the trend.

New Zealand homebirth figures being addressed by Ministry

Estimates show home birth is still a rare choice for Kiwis as official numbers remain unknown. MELISSA WASTNEY reports.

Heritage rifle enthusiasts battle it out for sharpshooter trophy

Heritage firearms enthusiasts can be very competitive. SOPHIE JACKMAN attended a recent shoot.

US Presidential election lowest voter turnout since 2000.

While 63 million voted, 96 million did not. REGAN ROBERTS goes looking for answers.

Climate change debate avoided, but change may be in the wind

NZ gets in step with global emitters’ carbon footprints. JAMES PAUL reports on mixed messages.

Young all-rounder aiming for a black cap

Wellington cricketer Harry Boam is holding his own alongside ‘import’ team-mates. He talks to Sarah MacKenzie.

It’s not all about Israel for Jewish voters in the United States

Four Jewish Americans reflect on politics with ERIN KAVANAGH-HALL about their pre-election concerns at home and in Israel.

Obama and Romney agreed on Middle East war

On the surface Obama’s troop withdrawals look different to Romney’s military policies, but ALASTAIR REITH is not so sure.

If the world could vote Obama would get a landslide victory

Despite first term disappointments, Obama still beats Romney in global popularity reports DAMON RUSDEN.

SLIDESHOW: Rundown on US election state-by-state

SAMUEL HILL offers insights into the nuances of the US states most likely to swing one way or the other.

Marine musical madness delivers on cheekiness, comedy and talent

ERIN KAVANAGH-HALL checked out burlesque show Nautical Naughties to find a host of talented young performers.

Silver tsunami means sea change in retirement policy

Seniors groups criticise WCC Positive Ageing Policy as “a generalised statement of nothing”, reports LIZ WYLIE.

Speech reading courses return to Hutt Valley after six years

EMILY LIPSYS reports on an issue which challenges those who lose their hearing, and why they want the course to continue.

Two years after the Christchurch quakes it’s a tale of two cities

Canterbury residents are sharing their food, flowers and frustration, reports LIZ WYLIE.

Prestigious law school place paid for with cakes and preserves

Baking for Parliament all part of Katie Morgan’s busy fundraising for Durham University. MEGAN SMYTH reports.

Hutt locals knit-work to warm up Kiwi kids and fight poverty

A Facebook group rounds up knitters across the globe to combat child poverty in New Zealand, reports ERIN KAVANAGH-HALL

Promoting tolerance – teaching Maori culture in schools

Lisa Reweti talks to GRANT ELLEN about teaching NZ social history and te reo in Wellington schools.

Fitness for body, mind, soul – new kind of sports leadership

Instructors at the Blue Dragon Club are teaching more than technique. JENNIFER GILBERT finds out how and why.

Veggie tales: why a vegan diet can be as varied as any other

Why do people decide to go against the grain and become vegan? asks ANGIE MILLS.