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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.

Head of the fish leads the way in iwi radio broadcasting

Wellington’s award-winning Maori radio station set to celebrate 25 years in the business, reports RODNEY BROWN.

Alister Grant has been a feminist well ahead of his time

The life of a merry banker and womens rights supporter, who recounted his times to GARETH WALLACE..

Marae and mosque – how Kiwis are attracted to overlapping customs

Similarities between Islam and Maori culture are leading more Maori to embrace Islam, reports MOHAMMAD NAZAYER.

Contrary to belief, we may be losing ‘binge’ from our drinking culture

So what’s causing a growing belief NZ youth drinking is out of control? asks ANNA WILLIAMS:

New generation of Brits moves here for vastly different reasons

British migration to New Zealand has become more restrictive, yet not uncommon. CHRISTINA MCDONALD finds out why two familes migrated.

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”.