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WATCH: Petone twinkles in twilight Christmas parade

The first twilight Christmas parade to be held in Petone attracted big crowds. SUE TEODORO filmed the event.

WATCH: Wellington open for Christmas

After a 2013 grinch-like Christmas, Wellington City Council got back into the spirit in 2014, including a Courtney Place tree. FRANCESCA JAGO films the lights going on.

Wellingtonians ask: Is Jesus still the reason for the season?

Over 80% of those questioned in a Wellington street poll feel Christmas is too commercial. Only two of those questioned mentioned the birth of Christ.

FRANCESCA JAGO has the details.

Wellington shoppers leave gift buying until last minute

Wellingtonians leave shopping to the last minute with many stores only just experiencing a Christmas rush.

Korean Christmas inspires window display, and the people love it

Childhood memory inspires the winner of the people’s choice award in the capital’s display awards.

Council answers critics of pop-up beach

Wellington City Council defends its use of almost $20,000 to build a pop-up beach in Civic Square .

Spreading the love at Christmas.

Capital E has partnered with Foster Hope to pack kits for children entering foster care.

Taking the stress out of the season to be jolly

Wellingtonians not up for the Christmas dinner challenge will be well catered for on December 25th.

WATCH: Food for fines early Christmas present at library

Library users get to waive their fines and support the community in a Food for Fines amnesty.

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: Guide dog Gina set to venture off with new partner

Blind Foundation graduates Gina and friends from guide school.

WATCH: Rabbit’s tale of survival in the coffee capital.

Red Rabbit Co Coffee manager Baptiste Kreyder talks about carving out a niche in Wellington.

Cartoonist finds his voice again in new graphic novel

Dylan Horrocks new graphic novel Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen is a personal journey.

WATCH: Emotional homecoming for Maori ancestors

After a century abroad Maori ancestral remains return home to Te Papa.

Old heritage building rejuvenated with craft beer on city bypass

Negotiating old building issues with council rules one of challenges for Tuatara.

Capital’s heritage fund needs strengthening.

Councillor questions whether the capital’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund needs more funding.

Sex worker sanctuary is Rosalie’s mission, and she needs help

A woman who escaped the prostitution industry now wants Wellington City Council help to fund a haven.

JONTY DINE reports on Rosalie Batchelor’s appeal, and what councillors thought.

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.

Bigger parking fines wanted for illegal use of disability parks

Wellington council’s Accessiblity Advisory Group says more parks are great, but increase the fines.

Tattoo studio with a difference

Sally Millar, her partner Sam and their dog cross the Tasman to set up an alternative tattoo studio.

Handball champs hit capital

The IHF trophy Oceania championship made its Wellington debut this week with the sport rapidly gaining national popularity.

Capital, Hutt millions go to regional trains, buses says campaigner

Wellington and Lower Hutt ratepayers are being unfairly charged for expensive rail costs in the wider region according to independent research. FINN RAINGER talks to Tony Randle who has done the numbers and wants them changed.

Seatoun community fighting council to keep their local treasure

Locals have until Friday to tell Wellington City Council why it should not take their playground away.

More homes coming for Hutt, but it may not address the real need

Hutt Valley residents have the chance on Thursday and Saturday this week to find out about the council’s infill housing proposals. Proponents say it will revitalise a tired inner-city, while others say the type of housing is not what people want. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.

Welly Winner still making her mark in the city

Former Wellingtonian of the Year Ruth Gotlieb is busy as ever four years after officially retiring. TESS NICHOL sits down in her living room for a chat.

Johnsonville will know what its new library looks like later next year

Council signs off on new building to integrate community services and facilities.

Capital makes soothing noises, but some are wary of housing review

Wellington City Council reviews as central government looks set to get rid of state housing.

WATCH: Titanium can drive fans crazy just like Bruno and Beyonce

Boy band Titanium stopped in the capital for their Take Us Back tour and spoke to ASHLEIGH MANNING.

Cafe hopes it will be second time lucky for national award

Three Wellington cafes will be vying for Cafe of the Year honour.

Owhiro friends to know by Christmas if stream battle won

Friends of Owhiro Stream hope council plans to extensions the Southern Landfill are altered.

PHOTO ESSAY: Diwali 2014 lights up Wellington

Hayley Gastmeier captures the annual celebration lighting up Wellington’s waterfront with culture.

Vogelmorn Foundation to decide the future of bowling club

After failing to sell in August, the Vogelmorn Bowling Club has a chance to be retained for wider community.

Karori downhill tough, but tamed by national champ Sarah Atkin

Lower Hutt’s Sarah Atkin challenges an all-male line-up in the Wellington Mountain Bike Club Downhill Series.

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.

Rejection pays off for award winning Toi Whakaari actor

Olivia Mahood was rejected four times by drama school, now she’s one of their top students.

Medal honours people behind capital’s beloved baby care packs

Jo Alderdice and Little Sprouts charity has gone from making one baby care pack to becoming one of Wellington’s Local Heroes.

New economic development head gets convention centre to market

Peter Biggs expects Wellington’s new asset to become economic drive like Melbourne centre.

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.

Stolen motorbike was catalyst for flying Jamie’s world adventures

Kapiti Coast downhill mountain biker Jamie Lyall has been around the world racing and building tracks.

Award-winning artist prepares for London with Wellington auction

Jane Kellahan preparing for trip to London Biennale in January.

Toi Māori Art Market woven in Wellington

Trailblazers of traditional craft and cultural art from NZ, Hawaii and Canada are celebrated in Toi Maori.

Hot yogis rise to 40-day physical and mental challenge

Annie Fitzmaurice talks about how Wellingtonians devoted their time to 40-day yoga challenge.

Epuni St locals filling up their new compost bin

A compost bin was set up to benefit community and council hopes it will inspire more local bins.

The relief and elation of freediving 70 breathless metres below Pacific

The water is warming up and Wellington freediving club members are getting back in the ocean.

New novel gives Iraqi people a human face

Kate Carty’s book Run Thomas Run follows an Iraqi family living in fear under Saddam Husain’s regime.

Embracing the neighbourhood is Gold…ings.

WATCH: Newswire reporter JOSH PRICE checks out what makes Goldings Free Dive Bar the award winning establishment that it is.

Chocolate maker wants Kiwis to help poor Bougainville growers

WATCH: Organic, Fairtrade Wellington Chocolate Factory maker this week launches a Kickstarter campaign for a Bougainville cocoa grower. Financing the improved processing will eventually mean cocoa beans can be shipped direct from Bougainville to New Zealand. LIZE IMMELMAN reports.

Green MP says being the newbie is like jumping on a moving train

After turning Green at college, James Shaw has played a long game in his route to Parliament.

Remember, remember…why in November?

Guy Fawkes celebrations go off in Wellington this weekend, but who remembers why?

Creative writers come to the party for 2014 Fourth Floor Journal

Editor says taking on the project is like throwing a party and hoping the guests turn up.

Hundreds converge on dead whale washed up on Waikanae Beach

School’s out for dead humpback whale, which gets a karakia from local Maori.

Master class learns Vicky Ha’s dumpling secrets

LIAM CAVANAGH follows Vicky Ha around Wellington as she shows her dumpling fans how it’s done.

Island Bay mood about new seawall and traffic may be changing

Debate in the community meetings considering the council’s five options are beginning the shift local feelings about some of the issues, says Councillor Paul Eagle. However traffic changes are still the biggest sticking point if the coast road is closed. HAYLEY GASTMEIER attended two of the meetings.

Tsunami warnings draw line in Miramar Peninsula

Tsunami escape routes and safety markers for Miramar Peninsula help residents prepare for worst..

Legal highs are on their way back, but public can have their say

Psychoactive drugs and legal highs are scheduled for a comeback in May 2015. Senior policy advisor at the Wellington City Council Mark Jones says whether we like it or not, the drugs may come back and be sold. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.

WATCH: Whitireia flash-mob haka hits Singapore

Performers end their wānanga to Taiwan with Ka Mate to the surprise of airport travellers.

Double accolade in Taiwan

Whitireia Polytech’s Maori performing art opens show for final event of Nan Ying International Folklore Festival. MATTHEW LAU reports.

Texas inspiration for free yoga day in Wellington

A local yoga enthusiast has organised free yoga classes on Labour Day for the Wellington region.

PHOTO ESSAY: A day of craft beer heaven

TESS NICHOL discovers the joys of craft beer at this year’s Beervana festival in Wellington.

Aussies break NZ hearts in World Cup indoor cricket in Petone

Hutt Valley Indoor Sports hosts Indoor Cricket World Cup and NZ wants to stop Aussie dominance.

Nurse shortage fears prompt call for mentored programs

An SOS from nurses who say they can’t find work and fear future shortages. FRANCESA JAGO reports.

A street level look at Wellington’s World War 1 history

Locals come face-face with stories and images of Wellingtonians who left 100 years ago to fight in WW1.

WW1 commemorations in the capital

Commemorations kick off in Wellington to mark 100 years since New Zealand soldiers left to fight in WW1.

PHOTO ESSAY: Wild southerly winter slams capital

A broken piece of wind art, hail, damaged coastlines – it’s all in a winter’s day for the capital. SUE TEODORO records the action.

Student fights for a personal cause

Andrew Weston needs your votes to win a scholarship to study strokes – and help his dad. FINN RAINGER reports.

Fraser puts a face to the ability of artists, not the disability

Through Wellington’s creative spaces Fraser Hoffe says he has found his reason for living,

Wellington to welcome New Zealand’s first Syrian refugees

Wellington’s first Syrian refugees need the help of volunteers to show them the Kiwi way.

WATCH: Whitireia group earn Taiwan honour

Performers chosen to end Nan-Ying Cultural Festival opening ceremony.

New Wainuiomata rifle range on target with community board vote

A new rifle range at the valley’s old landfill has been backed by the community board.

Thousands entertained and scared by haka in Taiwan streets

A Taiwanese tour guide joins NZ performing for haka Ka Mate during the opening of festival.

Kiwi performers from Wellington and Waikato form alliance in Tainan

Wellington’s Whitireia Performing Arts and Waikato’s Tamaki-Hauraki Kowhao Rau join forces overseas.

WATCH: Bump or be bumped in latest sporting craze

Have a look at a different way people play the most watched sport in the world right here in Wellington.

WATCH: Soul star leads a new pack of stars at Whitireia Music School

The gig by Wellington-based soul singer Bella Kalolo and music students is captured on video.

Obesity trial to spend $3 million through Lower Hutt agencies

Vulnerable communities target of programme based on Aussie model.

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.

Video stores feeling the digital pressure as young go for “free stuff”

The digital world of online streaming, movie rental and film piracy is turning local video stores into the walking wounded.

Red Cross App will save lives

Red Cross launches a potentially life saving First Aid and Emergency app. SUE TEODORO reports

Couple’s costume hobby puts WOW factor on show in Plimmerton

The Haydocks’ outrageous outfits, made in their spare time, are on display at Emerging Light Gallery.

Youth Olympian didn’t stop at white lines

A dislike of stopping at the lines in netball led Bridget Kiddle to hockey and to China this year. ASHLEIGH MANNING talks to her about the Youth Olympics and the future.