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Desire for culture prompts many Māori to reconnect

Maori who feel isolated from their culture are increasingly finding ways to reconnect with it, reports KATIE MCALISTER.

Blanket Man’s back story – what’s really going on with our homeless

We are quickly falling behind other western countries when it comes to helping the homeless, reports TENNESSEE MANSFORD.

Stereotypes rule – how media misses the real news in sex work

Sex workers and academics say media inability to look past myths hinders inquiry into real issues, reports TESSA JOHNSTONE.

Consumer demand for gluten-free food on the rise – but so is the price

Specialty food prices aren’t dropping despite market growth, reports ROBBIE PARKES.

For the record – vinyl still has its own special, enduring appeal

Old-fashioned vinyl records are playing a key role in keeping independent music stores afloat, writes ABBY BROWN:

Festival marks coming together with earth, wind, fire and water

For Porirua, Waitangi Day has become a way for communities to celebrate diversity, writes DANIELLE NORMAN.

Interest groups already consulted, so they sit tight during election

A leading lobbyist says political parties don’t want surprises during campaign. NATALIE FINNIGAN reports.

Voting a unique privilege for NZ permanent residents

New Zealand is one of the only countries to allow permanent residents to vote. CHRISTINE LINNELL reports.

High cost of living big issue for Chatham Island voters

But they are reasonably satisfied with their political representation. CHRISTINA FITZWATER reports.

Creating jobs more than just a election policy label

Jobs are an issue but business commentator Rod Oram questions the reality of job creation policies. Brendan Manning reports.

Tribunal will soon look at Crown treatment of kohanga reo

TESSA JOHNSTONE looks at challenges facing the 29-year-old language movement.

Working like a dog: the return of youth wages

Youth policies take us all the way back to Socrates, writes SARAH DUNN.

Whakairo students embrace culture to create living work

James Molnar helps students keep their carving language alive in the wood they work with. SIENA YATES reports.

Pacific culture leaves indelible mark on many visitors

Traditional tattooing, albeit with modern instruments, attracted world cup visitors. ABBY BROWN talks to Pacific Tattoo artists.

Montessori now available through to high school level

Wa Ora School will offer approved NCEA standards, together with the Montessori philosophy. RUSSELL PALMER reports.

Maori fashion designers intent on inspiring those who will follow

From male models in underwear to leather and spikes. ABBY BROWN reports on the Miromoda Maori Fashion Design show.

Popular moustache survives brush with razor in capital mo-town

The moustache is back and clearly visible on the faces of young Wellingtonian males.

A Capital night on the town through the ambos’ eyes

NewsWire’s ANGIE MILLS spends a Saturday night out with the Wellington Free Ambulance street triage team in Courtenay Place.

Metal fans have an axe to grind and Paul Martin has joined the battle

ONE of metal music’s biggest champions is helping campaign for more recognition of the genre by industry. ABBY BROWN reports.

New Zealanders keen to adopt natural burials

Makara is so successful other centres want same.

No help for parents whose ex-partners turn kids against them

Before PAS, Mary had a normal relationship with her kids. Now, they’re not the children she once knew, reports CHRISTINA McDONALD.

Pasifika communities fear for future of their languages

The Bilingual Leo Pacific Coalition wants official minority status for five Pacific languages, reports KATIE McALISTER.

World Photo Show: Bushy favours ‘being alive’ to ‘inhumanity’

“It’s shock horror, but it’s lost its impact,” says NZ’s best-known press photographer as he tours World Press Photo exhibition with TESSA JOHNSTONE:

Top Whitireia dance teacher leaves her treasure of 21 years

Gaylene Sciascia talks to KATIE McALISTER about her 21 years as a dance teacher at Whitireia.

Wellington shoe repair man is doing his bit to save dying trade

Evan Giddens is keeping the tradition alive with his purchase of a 70-year-old shoe repair shop, reports CHRISTINE LINNELL.

Bush giant leads anthropologist down mysterious sidetrack

Paul Wolffram’s film festival documentary shows PNG myth is a reality, reports KATIE McALISTER.

Maori immersion communities – the saviour of the Maori language?

As older Maori speakers die, the proportion of those fluent in te reo is falling, writes JENNY GILCHRIST.

The New Zealand fire service is on the lookout for a few good women

The fire service wants more diversity, reports SAMANTHA IVES. The biggest barrier appears to be a lack of self belief.

Here’s why today’s journalists need to be living the ‘tweet’ life

OWEN WINTER talks to leading online journalists about social media’s impact on the way news is gathered and published.

The dodgy practitioner who created a real pain the neck

Salina never got sick, but NITA BLAKE-PERSEN hears how visiting a so-called health professional changed that.

Keeping Northern Iraq’s ancient Nineveh alive and well in NZ

JENNIFER GILCHRIST finds out how a small, relatively unknown population from Northern Iraq maintains its culture in NZ.

Life after All Blacks: ‘You wake up and think what do I do now?’

Christian Cullen redefined attacking rugby in his 15-year career. The Paekakariki Express tells DAN DALGETY how life changes after footy.

Top Kiwi woman surfer wants to bring change for her sisters

In this supposed generation of equal pay, equal rights and equal quality of life, men still dominate surfing, writes GRACE ACKLAND.

First steps in 20-year project to create new Maori bible translation

The new translation is in its beginning stages and first Maori must decide what type of version is needed, writes SAMANTHA IVES.

Sculptor Brett Keno finds his Maori culture and sets it in stone

Brett Tutauanui Keno discovers sculpting and his Maori heritage later in life and finds a blend between the two, writes ANITA DE MUTH.

Last bastion of forced unionism faces extinction

The ACT party’s Freedom of Association bill – heading into its final stages in Parliament – could destroy student unions as we know them.

JONATHAN CHILTON-TOWLE talks to both sides of a debate about the world’s last surviving compulsory unions.

Protected: The life of Moira and Selwyn – a love story without end

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Art bridges the distance between Maori and Somali cultures

The role of tangata whenua is being ignored when welcoming new migrants, reports NICOLE BENNIK.

Exclusive taxi stand deals make life tough for small operator cabbies

Are Wellington’s big taxi companies freezing out small competitors? GREG FORD and MOHAMMAD NAZAYER investigate.

Recession is not only barrier for migrants looking for jobs

Discrimination from employers is making it harder for new Kiwis to find work, reports NICOLE BENNIK.

REVIEW: The might of the word versus that of the sword

HANNA BUTLER reviews Nabeel’s Song, the story of Iraqi poet Nabeel Yasin whose prose defied a dictator.

Popular food waste scheme turns table scraps into garden goodness

A sheme to recycle food waste and save on landfill is popular with Wellington businesses, reports KATE MELZER.

English classes remove language barriers for migrants to Kapiti Coast

There are at least 25 nationalities living in Horowhenua-Kapiti and the barrier of language can often prevent newcomers from being ‘seen’, reports TANYA WOOD.

Carterton council says kapai to new Maori mayor Mark

Carterton’s new mayor, Ron Mark, is not only bringing his ideas to the table – he is also giving the council a taste of Maori culture, reports AMIE HICKLAND.

Why Maori must turn away from smoking – and how they will do it

Maori have strategies to defeat their smoking epidemic. AMIE HICKLAND finds out what it will take.

Social problems lurk behind NZ’s breath-taking vistas

Shanghai Daily journalist LYDIA CHEN writes of her impressions of NZ, after spending a month at Whitireia Journalism.

Key players take united stand on saving Porirua harbour

Behind the scenes there may be a lot of talk but there is also action to clean up the ecosystem around Porirua, writes JENNIFER GILCHRIST.

Script-writing pair wins chance to make it on big screen

Two Whitireia Polytechnic graduates have broken into the film industry by having scripts accepted by the NZ Film Commission, reports GRACE ACKLAND.

Wellington buses trialling NZ developed ‘green’ diesel

Four city buses have no black smoke coming out their back ends, all because of a new kind of fuel developed in the Hutt, reports KATE MELZER.

Dead harbour: North Island’s biggest estuary ‘very sick indeed’

Porirua Harbour was once a major source of seafood. Now it’s dying, reports CATHERINE McGREGOR.

Comedian Dai Henwood: One line can drive the whole show

Dai Henwood is everywhere these days. After a recent live show in Wellington, he chats with KATE MELZER on acting up.

Welly underbelly: world’s ‘best’ brothels not what they seem

Wellington has its own brand of “underbelly”. TASHA BLACK reveals our local version doesn’t live up to a UK TV doco view that it’s the “world’s best”.

Tricky Dick in the White House among memories of long career

Apollo space launches, famous funerals and a pen from a notorious president rate highly when radio man Terry Brown reflects on his life as a journalist. By LIZ PROCTOR.

Inspired young Pasifika people will ‘make changes for themselves’

Victoria University leadership exponent Kabini Sanga says new leaders of the Pacific are already emerging. JANICE IKIUA talks to a father of Pacific leadership.

Logan Brown’s chef’s a master at restaurant, home and BBQ food

KARA LOK finds cooking makes the world go round for Shaun Clouston, the man behind the award-winning menu at Wellington restaurant Logan Brown.

Nurturing 100% pure New Zealand

He’s not saving kakapo or kiwi but it’s work he says is just as important. And visitors to his Wellington native plant haven appreciate the results, Tom Petrie tells SIMON BUNNY.

Gentle teacher conveys the exacting art of calligraphy

New Zealanders respond well to the teachings of the country’s only grandmaster calligrapher. TASHA BLACK talks to Akiko Crowther about creating the perfect line.

Land of the long working day: Travellers’ insights on Japan

Two Wellingtonians explore their Japanese connections and reflect on travels in a country they love, in conversation with JESS JONES.

A teenage view on nana’s wheels

Your modern teen hopes like heck he can look cool even when driving his gran’s small car. Is this remotely possible in a Sirion or a Getz or will the iCar rule the roost, asks BEN STRANG.

Blink throws fests that are the best

How a teetotal music fiend and not-for-profit entrepreneur from Wellington creates events that inspire the loyalty of a whole ‘scene’. By CHRIS ARMSTRONG.

Play it really loud – eh?

TORY REGAN talks to a young musician about the ‘listen loud and lose it’ message and how exposure to high-volume music has already affected him.

A lifetime covering politics

Ian Templeton, an institution in the Parliamentary press gallery, shares some insights with VAUGHAN ELDER.

The Kiwi softball enthusiast who calls the Czechs mate

Wellingtonian Lawrence Allen is instrumental in the sporting ties between New Zealand and the Czech Republic. The Island Bay softballer is interviewed by SIMON BUNNY.

Whakapapa, tikanga, whanau – that’s what Maori rugby is all about

As Maori rugby prepares to celebrate 100 years, LEE STACE explores what is being done to grow Maori participation in rugby and what Maori players learn from the experience.

Slaughter on the news-stands – why our mags are in trouble

Where have all the readers gone? DANIEL SIMMONS RITCHIE talks to the kings and queens of glossy print.

Have camera, will travel – life of our top rugby photographer

LEE STACE finds veteran rugby photographer Peter Bush has as many stories to tell as he does pictures to illustrate them.

‘Glamorous’ pokies the scourge of Maori communities

Wellington is full of them – brightly blinking robots anchored in dark bars that suck the soul out of communities, especially Maori. PENELOPE SCOTT examines a social ill that needs to be fixed: SHE saunters into the gaming area with a glass of beer in hand. Black singlet, jeans, sneakers, worn-looking satchel. Her black pony […]

Kōiwi tangata: A long way home to where the heart is

When Te Papa brings home ancestral remains, it is a long process to ensure they reach the appropriate final resting place. AMANDA KIRBY reports.

Maori women feel ill effects of virulent pokies plague

PENELOPE SCOTT goes into the pokie dens to talk to those worst affected by the lure of gambling – Maori women.

Changing the world – one baby cuddle at a time

SARAH HARDIE meets Mandi Lynn, the teacher, consultant, nurse and photographer behind the ‘Boobs in the Berries’ breastfeeding class taught in a tepee in the Akatarawa Valley.

$15 too much to ask? Minimum wage hits more Maori in pocket

Maori are over-represented among low-paid workers. VAUGHAN ELDER takes a look at Maori views of the minimum wage.

Can the click of a mouse save public broadcasting? Maybe…

EXPRESSING your opinion these days is easier than ever. SABRINA DANKEL looks at how nearly 20,000 clicks on the web “save” Radio New Zealand.

Te Rakau or jail? Where the lost boys can go for help

How do you turn around the life of a young man who’s got nowhere to go? KARA LOK found out at Te Rakau, Wellington’s Maori education and drama company.

Indian burial customs adapted for the NZ generation

New Zealand-born Indians have added elements of Christianity from their adoptive country to their traditional funerals, reports BRENDA COTTINGHAM.

Bigger, better, cheaper: Rodney Hide puts bomb under councils

Will Rodney Hide make the capital a Super City too? Perhaps. But local councils will certainly have to do things differently.

Players learn lesson in bouncing back

Young players prove themselves away from rugby field.

An anxious time for providers as health reforms take shape

The Government is taking a new broom to health – and a multiplicity of small, local providers appears to conflict with its solutions. NewsWire explores smaller community services with an uncertain future.

German recluse gives a rare look into his life

Karl Reipen will give away Mt Taranaki’s Mountain House.

Lovely journey through all that grief can throw at us

Jackson’s latest is skilful blend of tearful and LOL moments.

VIDEO: Walking on Lovely Bones red carpet

There’s nothing like being in a Wellywood home crowd.