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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.

Solomon Islands day celebrations a milestone in capital

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

Female high commissioner up for challenge

The first female High Commissioner for the Solomon Islands, Her Excellency Joy Kere, is not intimidated by her position or the tasks that lie ahead. FRANCESCA JAGO reports.

Independent cinema still a hit with Wellington audiences

Wellington cinema managers not worried about a rise in online piracy.

Pan pipers perform a skill their leader wants to preserve

Paul Lincoln may be living in New Zealand, but he is committed to preserving iconic Solomons sound.

Bertos was close to Thai deal before signing to play in India

Leo Bertos earns marquee status in league rated higher than Aussie

Petone will be an art gallery for the work of Thumbs Up artists.

Young artists with disabilities are creating pieces which will be displayed around cafes and shops.

Squeezed Victoria students say new science space overdue

University investment in science facilities excites students and staff.

Grease lovers hopelessly devoted to theatre

Wellington Musical Theatre winds up its latest production this weekend, so Matthew Lau went backstage to meet the cast.

Bald Wainui rugby heads for local woman with breast cancer

Showered with support, Sarah Jones* talks openly with NICOLE ADAMSON about being the one in nine with breast cancer.

Geordie’s welcoming Geordies as football takes over capital

Publican has seen Kiwis embrace football as rugby watching wanes.

Big crowd challenges candidates on social justice issues

Election campaigning has started and in Wellington Central this week Greens, Labour, Mana and National candidates and representatives attended the Wellington Young Feminist’s Ladies in the House candidates’ forum. TESS NICHOL reports.

Rare Beatles album snapped up before book fair even starts

More than 90,000 books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, puzzles, games await buyers, and more are welcome.

Zoo wants to breed tigers, and good consumers

Wellington Zoo is awaiting the arrival of a male Sumatran tiger to join existing female tiger, Senja.

Peace rallies for Israel and Palestine take to Wellington streets

As Israel enters Gaza, white doves and loudspeakers highlight the conflict in Wellington.

Porirua kids get a kick out of computer coding

At Coder Dojo, E-Learning Porirua is offering free sessions on computer coding for children and parents

Teams up for ultimate challenge at frisbee world champs

Two Ultimate Frisbee teams from Wellington have made it to the Wolrd Championships in Italy

All Whites veteran rejuvenates defeated Futsal Whites

LEO Bertos makes his international futsal debut, but still wants to be an All White

Mega fun for school holiday kids

Children had a blast at the Mega Inflatable Day hosted at the Kilbirnie Recreation Center on Friday.

PHOTO ESSAY: 120 minutes of football passion

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

Readers have thousands of titles to choose from at Karori Book Fair

Proceeds will go to disabled, and to language schools for migrants.

Secret to success of Brooklyn’s school holiday programme

‘Celebrity’ Matt’s formula means parents are struggling to get their kids in.

International flavour as capital enjoys football final

When a Thai, a Zimbabwean and a German walk into a bar it’s no joke, it’s World Cup fever.

Beers, tears and cheers for World Cup final

WATCH: Argentinian and German fans endure an emotional rollercoaster ride, as they watch the FIFA World Cup final in Wellington.

Hear fans react as they watch the World Cup in Wellington

WATCH AND LISTEN: Argentinian and German supporters watch as the World Cup final unfolds

Wellingtonians and visitors get excited for FIFA World Cup final

In homes, bars and businesses across greater Wellington, football fans gathered to watch the FIFA World Cup final. The NEWSWIRE TEAM ventured to different venues across the city to cover the event.

Passionate Argentinians brought to tears in their Messi shirts

Supporters in Wellington brave the early morning cold to support their team – with dissapointing results

German ambassador celebrates World Cup win

The German community in Wellington cheers as their team scores an historic World Cup win

FIFA World Cup as it happened – LIVE BLOG

Germany wins the 2014 FIFA World Cup – the NewsWire Team follows mainstream and social media coverage.

‘Nurdle’ pollution hits beaches, wildlife

Clean up volunteers are finding small plastic balls washed up on Wellington beaches and experts say they are likely to be harming marine life. FINN RAINGER reports.

Lower Hutt residents and landlords are ignoring free insulation

Council officers are trying to get the message through about the Warm up New Zealand project offering free home insulation for home owners with eligible tenants. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.

‘Highway robbery’ fuel tax more of same for frustrated motorists

The first of three annual petrol tax increases, which will add nine cents a litre to the price of fuel, this week hit the pumps around the country. The NewsWire team went to the streets of Wellington to gauge reaction.

Wellington protest march for Maui’s dolphin with message for minister

Nick Smith target after oil exploration raised dismissed as threat to dolphins in marine reserve.

Warning new auction laws will lead to waste, but Trademe happy

A traditional auction business believes new laws will lead to more dumping.

New Zealand consumers to benefit more from extended warranties

Changes to the Fair Trade Act 1986 positive for consumers purchasing extended warranties.

OE tales told in new play opening in capital

A new play by rookie writer and director Chris Swney puts the spotlight on the Kiwi backpacker experience. STEVEN READ reports. IMAGES: Josh Price.

Polytechs join forces for creative city campus

WATCH: An $80 million investment is planned for a creative Cuba St campus for Whitireia and WelTech polytechs. Newswire team reports.

$80 million Cuba St creative hub plan to house 1000 students

A Cuba St building will be the first major programme related project for Wellington’s Whitireia and WelTec polytechs, which are governed by the same council. NEWSWIRE TEAM reports on the launch.

Tawa rugby on the rise

Tawa rugby has come a long way in 18 months, and according to Tawa RFC’s chairman, Dave Banks, that’s down to some changes in key areas.

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.

Push to Attract More Visitors From Different Places

Why Tourism New Zealand is targeting India, Indonesia and Latin America for the next three years.

What could the future hold for Wellington’s public transport?

WATCH: The future options for how much you pay and the type of bus you catch in Wellington under review

More female same-sex couples exercising their right to marry

More female couples have chosen to tie the knot since the Marriage Equality Bill was passed early last year.

Is Wellington the country’s clever capital?

Wellington has the highest percentage of people with degrees in New Zealand – does this make it the ‘clever capital’?

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.

Is it too soon to make a movie about flight MH370?

Your View: Wellintonians not ready for a film about flight MH370, student straw poll reveals.

‘No religion’ is now capital’s most popular

The latest census shows there are now more people living in Wellington City without religion than there are who believe in Chrisianity.

New Zealand birthrate slowly declining

New Zealand women seem to be giving birth later in life, is this contributing to the birth rate falling?

Fewer Maori speaking te reo Māori

The 2013 census shows that the amount of Maori speaking te reo Māori is on the decline.

NZ boys born in 2012 can expect to live to eighty

New Zealand placed in top ten of life expectancy for baby boys in global league table.

Students want co-ordinated response to sex assaults

Ongoing sex assaults prompt student call for safer pathways around Wellington city.

Porirua hoping for Gigatown win

Mayor hopes the Wellington region will support Porirua’s bid to win the “Gigatown” competition .

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.

A great day for Whitireia and AMA University

Whitireia Polytechnic and the AMA University of the Philippines agree to student and teacher exchanges.

New airport proposal fizzles out

Proposed plans for an airport located in the northern suburb of Hunters Hill have been abandoned.

Capital Coffee in Crisis?

WATCH: A disease known as coffee rust is destroying plantations in South America. Could it change the way we enjoy coffee in New Zealand?

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.

Location Location Location

Lower Hutt’s foodbank is searching for a permanent home as its current premises goes up for sale.

Young Achievers to be recognised

Upper Hutt recognises its young achievers at the annual Civic Awards.

Have you enrolled to vote?

Young people committed to bringing about change in the 2014 election, campaign to boost enrollments.

Bright future for Aro Valley community centre

Local group successfully fundraises to get solar panels installed on the local community centre.

‘Best news ever about legal high ban’ for Cuba Street Retailers

Cuba Street Retailers are hoping the legal high ban will have a positive effect on their business and the area.

Landslip still causing problems for Kingston residents

Kingston residents affected by a landslip last year say they are still facing problems, and a report shows that homeowners in the area have cause for concern.

New coach spurs renewed interest in Johnsonville club rugby

A change in fortunes for the Johnsonville rugby club is being attributed to the new coach.

Toilet upgrade just the start of an image upgrade for Petone

The local community is to play a major role in the transformation of Petone’s Jackson Street toilets.

Karori’s free community bus service looking for more exposure

Karori’s free community bus service has been operating for 20 years but many locals don’t appear to know it exists.

Back to the roots

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

Sam Duff wins top Whitireia Journalism award

Whitireia Journalism School Diploma students celebrate the end of their course.

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.

Wrights Hill Fortress open day an Anzac Day activity for families

Volunteers ensure World War 2 history is not forgotten by maintaining the old Karori gun fortress.

Photo Essay: A day in the life of a deputy mayor

Newswire reporter JOSHUA PRICE spent the day with Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester and captured some of his duties in a photo essay.

Wainuiomata’s annual ANZAC parade to go ahead

Community rallies to make sure the annual ANZAC day parade takes place in Wainuiomata.

Lawrence leads Johnsonville to resurgence in Club Rugby

In 12 months, new Johnsonville rugby coach Mason Lawrence has improved team performances.

Prince William answers royal baby rumour

WATCH: Prince William hints at future new baby in exclusive video captured by Whitireia Journalism student MARK BISHNELL.

New Zealand waves goodbye to the Royals

The damp weather doesn’t deter crowds as popular British royals say goodbye to Wellington and NZ.

School, MClass help parents learn English to join community

Parents drop their their kids at Miramar’s Holy Cross school and then stay to learn English.

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.