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WATCH: Wellington Access Radio’s Archive Launch

Over 800 Taonga from Wellington Access Radio have been gifted to Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. EMMA MOODY reports.

WATCH: RSA’s 100th centenary at the National War Memorial

The RSA celebrated its centenary at the Pukeahu War Memorial in Wellington.
COLIN ENGELBRECHT reports.

Comedians help vulnerable kids with charitable laughter

Child refugees will be the subject of laughter on Sunday night – all for a good cause.

Newlands and Mana buses activate audio surveillance

The green buses now have active audio surveillance on board to record incidents.

CEO Ian Turner said the decision was made in the interests of public safety. JEMMA COTTERALL reports.

Hills Hats anything but old hat

Headgear is becoming so popular that Hills Hats is opening a factory shop in Petone. Matt Tso talks to Hatman Simon Smuts-Kennedy.

Titahi Bay Intermediate thriving despite $75,000 budget cut

School’s rise from decile two to four, has its upsides and downsides, says principal.

Last chance for public to influence Stokes Valley Community Hub

Stokes Valley residents have only a week left to submit their views on council’s $5 million community hub project.

The project will be finalised soon after April 29, which marks the last day submissions will be accepted. KEENAN MAY reports.

Cook Islands Anzacs remembered with service

Sandra Tisam looks at Michel Tuffrey’s work honouring the Cook Island’s World War 1 legacy, which is remembered each year in Porirua. MATT TSO reports.

From Olympic competitor to Olympic ambassador

As the next games draw near, Melissa Ingram talks to Dominic Godfrey about her new life mentoring young Kiwis.

Anzac women connected through fashion and stories

Aussie helps Kiwis remember centenary with Woman of Empire exhibition at Mansfield House

Te Aro wins back school decile six rating after ministry raises it to 10

The idea of doing away with the decile system for rating schools has found favour with a school which has had to fight against the inequities of the current system.

Tayla Shortland reports on Te Aro School’s battle.

Karori public meeting to talk about empty teacher campus

University, residents association and councilors are inviting locals to a meeting on April 26

Achievement rates on the rise at Windley School

Teacher Alex Hamilton with Ocearny Kaiwhata at Windley School where new teaching practices are making a difference. KATENI SAU reports.

Sigmund’s last football battle has a disappointing end

Fans of the Wellington Phoenix said goodbye to a retiring crowd favourite.

New building to reflect Newtown’s multi-cultural roll

Design to incorporate art and structural qualities from different cultural groups.

Kelson balances new tech and traditional teaching

iPads and Chromebooks will not be replacing hand writing any time soon.

Karori West Normal School tackles growing roll with new buildings

Four new buildings to cater for growth which continues to reflect multi-cultural area.

Porirua people offer their thoughts about merging with Wellington

With local body elections this year, and talk of mergers going on, what do Porirua people say?

Queen Charlotte College’s new boss knows her way around the school

After spending nearly a decade in supporting roles, Betty Whyte takes over the top job this year.

Artist sets herself ‘a/part’ from the crowd with first solo show of her body

Sam Dollimore puts herself in the spotlight with a body of work that took more than 200 hours.

Thorndon School uses Tuffery art to make temporary rooms like home

Temporary premises on college grounds clears way for $9 million reconstruction.

Creekfest celebrates great year with more than 30,000 people

Event organiser Liz Kelly will be leaving Creekfest in good health after seven years.

Wellingtonians have a say in getting their city moving – but be quick

Six weeks consultation has just opened to fix Wellington’s central city traffic issues.

Local talent wows alongside NZ’s biggest stars

Le ART, from left Anastasia Sirila, Tiresa Fomai, Rosetta lopa were buzzing among the young bands sharing a stage with professionals at Creekfest. KEANU HEAD reports.

Promenade leads CubaDupa on a merry dance

Boulevard of Dreams a promenade performance through the streets of Wellington during Cuba Dupa.

Pōkarekare Ana turns 100 and launches this year’s CubaDupa

The Royal New Zealand Air Force will lead Pōkarekare Ana to open CubaDupa celebrations

Wellington and Porirua merger talk has people in three minds

Swinging voters could decide the outcome in a merger was put to a vote.

WATCH: A special art gallery in Abel Smith St values citizens

Alpha Art Studio enables people with an intellectual disability to be active and valued. ANDREW JOHNSEN reports.

Second annual Holi Festival brightens up Johnsonville

Crowds not as big as hoped for, but the show went on.

Donation keeps the water flowing at performance centre.

Thanks to a classmate’s forgetfulness, Whitireia performers are keeping themselves hydrated.

Maori unlikely to bother with flag vote based on history

ENROLMENTS for the second flag vote close on Wednesday , and while there has been a push for enrolments, history suggests Maori will be under-represented. About 27 per cent of all voters from the seven Maori electorates cast their vote last year. EMMA MOODY reports.

Increase in volunteer English tutors needed to cope with migration

With more refugees and migrants coming to NZ, volunteers can help with language training.

Young Maori mum not a victim of statistics

Teenage mothers are nearly three times more likely to be uneducated and unemployed. LEAH FLYNN talks to Terihia Trillo who bucks the trend.

Paraparaumu teaching legend reflects on 40 years with teenagers

Chrissie Jorgenson says kids have not changed, despite all of the technology. VIRGINIA FALLON reports.

Cara the capital chimp goes under knife to close off her ear

A Wellington chimp obsessed with jamming sticks in her ear has had five hours of surgery.

From wine to stone – Rumble is now in his carving element

Festival of the Elements carver Peter Rumble has never been too far from products of earth.

WATCH: Community art festival in Porirua

TEZA, or the Transitional Economic Zone of Aotearoa, is a public art project bringing art and the community together. BRAD FLAHIVE reports.

The Toi Two Hundy, affordable art for every day people

The Toi Two Hundy at Toi Poneke Art Centre displays resident artists’ work for no more than $200 each.

Activities, events outside peak season help Otago tourism

Accommodation businesses pinpoint regular events for driving their guest numbers.

Young women a hit in the stock-car world

One in ten stock car racers are female, and 15-year-old Amy Eckersley is one of them. JAMES BAKER catches up with her about her love for racing.

Rugby club helps out at safe haven for women

Male volunteers were welcomed into the Wellington Women’s Boarding House for the first time.

Write, voice, or video your call for more refugees

Amnesty International has set up a website for Kiwis to send their message to government to lift New Zealand’s intake. COLIN ENGELBRECHT reports.

All aboard the bus to Christmas cheer in Wellington

With Christmas fast approaching, the capital finds ways of spreading the spirit.

Weibo helping Te Papa tap into changing face of NZ tourists

Chinese social media sites are being used to attract Chinese travelers to New Zealand.

Youth delegate happy to accept fossil award on behalf on NZ

Government’s “hypocritical stance” earns ‘Fossil Of The Day’ and Zoe Lenzie Smith happily accepted.

Student thinks NZ education more rounded due to pressure in China

International students are a big part of the rise in permanent and long term visitor increase.

Ngati Toa hope All Blacks bring cup back for visit to Ka Mate’s home

Ngati Toa are glad the All Blacksfinally came to visit them and enjoyed teaching them about Ka Mate.

Film attraction could have impact on capital’s smaller museums

With two giant attractions side by side, Wellington Museums Trust Director Brett Mason wonders if tourists explore the city enough to visit Wellington’s other museums.

KEENAN MAY reports.

NZ’s tourism growth not necessarily heading to Hawke’s Bay

Chinese on rise, but two bay businesses still report mostly Aussie, European and US tourists.

Celebrating 10 years with cultural awareness

Porirua Strong Pacific Families celebrate 10 years by putting on a cultural exhibition and film night. TYRAN HEAD reports.

Migrant Journeys is more than just a new book launched

Your cab driver can be doctors, architects and scientists, and author doubts many people ask why.

NCEA credits for licenses draws mixed reactions on the street

Wellingtonians agree licenses were tougher to get these days but are split about adding it to NCEA.

Beer launch for cheetah charity

Meet the zoo brew crew who are mixing beer and animals to raise money for cheetahs in the wild. JAMES BAKER reports.

More Kiwis take flight in ‘golden era of travel’

Kiwis are taking advantage of lower prices thanks to competition in the air.

Puppy walkers are helping guide dogs to take their first steps

Blind Foundation puppy walkers give pups a great start before they leave to train as guide dogs.

Weekend celebrations planned for school’s 50th

Two days of celebrations will mark 50 years for Redwood School in Tawa next year.

More Kiwis take flight in ‘golden era of travel’

Kiwis are taking advantage of lower prices thanks to competition in the air.

Countries in conflict to come together at WOMAD 2016

China, Greece, USA, Mali and Syria are among the countries represented on stage at WOMAD 2016.

PHOTO ESSAY: Paris, we stand with you

The French Ambassador speaks to hundreds of people in Wellington’s Civic Square this week. EMMA MOODY captured the emotional vigil marking the Paris terrorist attack.

Professionals mobilise to fight rapid bus plan for Wellington

Fair, Intelligent Transport wants to to educate the public on issues and solutions.

Found in translation – a korero about languages in Aotearoa

BRAD FLAHIVE looks at New Zealand’s language dynamics in his blog about Te Reo Maori.

Cafe Day will be sorely missed

Budding barista Rachel Kennedy- Good showcases her skills at Whitireia’s final Cafe Day of the year. Larissa Toelupe reports.

Moving Wellington vigil for Paris terror victims

WATCH: Wellingtonians gathered at Civic Square on Tuesday night to remember the 129 people lost in last week’s Paris terror attacks .

Porirua People’s Library giving locals a voice in November

Creative New Zealand and Porirua City Council pitching in to help community tell its stories.

Mental health worker uses his own journey to help others

Familiarity with mental health events helps a worker in the field do his job, and reflect on his role with EMMA MOODY.

EXERCISE: Te Matau-a-Māui

LISTEN: Whitireia’s radio journalism team were key players in a major civil defence exercise involving a simulated magnitude 7 earthquake in the Hawkes Bay last week.

Classic children’s book retold with a kiwi twist

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has been retold with a kiwi twist with the help from Petone artist, Patrick McDonald.

Sir Ed’s adventures bought back to life in children’s book

Sir Edmund Hillary’s world first climb to the top of Mount Everest has been retold in a children’s book.

Brighter banknotes help people with low vision

The new New Zealand banknotes are assisting the low-vision community with their brighter colours and clearer designs. Matt Tso reports.

Flag flies over Eastern Hutt for the first time in 26 years

The New Zealand flag was raised over Eastern Hutt School for the first time in 26 years during the schools centenary celebrations.

Stemming Wellington’s creative flow to Auckland

Actor, director and producer Nathaniel Lees wants to keep Wellington as the country’s creative hub. DOMINIC GODFREY reports.

Whippy chases dream long way from Fiji, Porirua, family

Basketball star Letava Whippy’s heart is split between Porirua and Fiji, but her head is at Long Island University in the US.

Hutt locals question proposed dog park

Hutt Valley residents have two hearings where verbal submissions will be made about a proposed new dog reserve which is worrying locals.

The public reserve on Pohutukawa Street has been selected a year-long trial. MATT TSO reports.

Careers expo inspires students from colleges in Porirua

Mana College’s hall buzzing with hundreds of local students talking to careers advisers.

WATCH: Giant scrabble gets capital thinking about adult literacy

Literacy Aotearoa helps raise awareness at Wellington Railway Station.

Royal recognition for war research work on tunneller suicides

Fighter for traumatised soldiers who committed suicide wins her own honour. BRAD FLAHIVE reports.

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WATCH: Capital park friends honoured for stream work

Friends of Central Park receive their fourth honour in a year for their work on Moturoa Stream track.

‘No thinking about anything else when you fight’

Fighting is all about solving problems, says Muay Thai kickboxer Angus Lindsey. JOANNA PIATEK talks to him about his sport and his latest bout.

Food trucks feed Kapiti with ministry licence

Local food truckers from the coast are now feeding the hordes on Friday nights in Waikanae.