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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.

Piwi Pene mad about men’s netball 31 years after first champs

Piwi Pene has just coordinated the men’s netball nationals and has bigger dreams for them.

Former refugees know how fleeing Syrians are feeling

Two Wellingtonions, who came to New Zealand as refugees, share their perspectives with DOMINIC GODFREY.

New Zealand parents want more quality time with their children

Statistics New Zealand reports many Kiwi parents feel they aren’t spending enough time with their children.

Red Peak, ISIL, TPP top topics for Prime Minister

John Key spoke at his regular Monday press conference about Red Peak, ISIL and the UN.

Increased school role puts pressure on Roseneath School space

Architects working on redesigning outdoor spaces, and parents get a say.

School Principal wants reduced traffic around the Basin Reserve

St Mark’s Church School principal is keen to see other options explored to reduce traffic.

Kiwi accent for hire earns Ingrid Rugby World Cup gig

Ingrid Dyer from Kapiti has scored a role acting herself in a UK Tesco’s Rugby World Cup commercial

WATCH: Special Olympics Ten Pin Bowling held in Paraparaumu

Ten Pin Bowling is part of Special Olympics and teams are working towards representing NZ.

Newtown library upgrade tackles air flow, damp, heat

Public and staff enjoy healthier surroundings after three months of work.

Travelling Books program to forge ahead despite loss of key sponsor

Literacy Aotearoa doesn’t want a loss of funding to stop new Travelling Books reaching kiwis in need.

Standing up for victims of rainbow violence in New Zealand

Domestic violence within the queer community is being tackled head on by a new organisation.

Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence recognises the different issues queer and transgender people face within violent relationships. ALIA OVEREND reports.

WATCH: Anti-TPP protesters arrested in Lambton Quay

Protesters were arrested on Lambton Quay, attempting to enter the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to seize TPP documents.

WATCH: Moving daily ritual for New Zealand’s war dead

New Zealand remembers those who gave their lives for their country every day at 5pm with at the tomb of the unknown warrior.

Short story award winner publishes first novel

Award winning short story writer, Sue Orr, publishes her first novel with help from the characters in her head. Clemetine Smart caught up with the author to find out more.

Vista Club name for combined Kapiti clubs

Members from both clubs say they are pleased with the amalgamation of the RSA and Kapiti Club

The future is looking bright for Wellington’s Lux Festival

With crowds increasing each year the future is looking bright for Wellington’s Lux Light festival.

Eastern Hutt School readies for 100th birthday

Eastern Hutt School prepares to celebrate 100 years of educating generations of students in Hutt Valley.

Keep Newtown Clean

The first ever quarterly clean-up aimed at rekindling original spirit of monthly event that died.

WATCH: Body builders strut their stuff in lead up to national champs

Amateur body builders vie for a last chance to qualify for the National Amateur Body Building Championships.

Whitireia Gone Done country

For the first time in 27 years Whitireia Music School is doing a country gig and it’s part of a class assessment.

Bridging the age gap in Karori through a love of cards

More young people are getting into Bridge – and winning. Alia Overend reports.

Agencies will need support for new Syrian Kiwis

Getting refugees to New Zealand is only the beginning and support organisations will need more funding to service the upcoming increase in refugees. ALIA OVEREND reports.

Descendants of Pahiatua support New Zealand’s newest refugees

Middle-Eastern refugees in Europe face a similar experience to the refugees from Europe in the 1940s.

Refugees can have their voices heard on Wellington Access Radio

Partnership with ChangeMakers Refugee Forum latest initiative on air.

New Zealanders get behind refugee crisis on Facebook

Plenty of beds available as social media campaign invites people to open their doors.

New Kiwis will have a peaceful life in a safe land

One Syrian migrant says NZ a fantastic place to live andhopes more of his countrymen can enjoy it.

WATCH: Former refugee applauds decision on Syrians

JAMES LOBBAN interviews Wellingtonian Linda Shamoon, who knows challenges that will be faced by Syrian refugees.

Syrians will fit in well because of background

SYRIANS should integrate well into New Zealand and Baha Mabruk should know – he migrated to New Zealand from Libya 18 years ago.

The Island Bay businessman says Syrian refugees are not economic refugees, they come with skill and ambitions. JOANNA PIATEK reports

New Zealand response to refugee quota announcement mixed

New Zealander’s divided in response to announcement of a emergency refugee intake.

Wellington is ready to welcome refugees

Kiwi Syrians Sunil Matloub and Feras Aslan happy the New Zealand Government is taking in more refugees. VIRGINIA FALLON reports that Wellington has room for the newcomers.

A passing grade but only just for PM’s refugee package

LISTEN: THE GOVERNMENT’S received a could do better card from Wellingtonians following news that its increasing our refugee intake. New Zealand will accept another 250 a year on top of the current 750 over the next 3 years.

A history of the Syrian conflict makes devastating reading

COLIN ENGELBRECHT talks to a Middle East specialist about the refugee crisis background.

NZ eyes in Syria, and they’re looking at life differently now

Emma Beals went to study in Syria, but stayed to write about the conflict for Vice magazine.

Consensus on the street – NZ should take another 1000 refugees

LISTEN: PRIME MINISTER John Key will this afternoon announce the government’s response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Europe. Germany is currently bearing the brunt and Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for other countries to step up and help. ANDREW JOHNSEN reports.

Wellingtonians happy to have more refugees making their home here

NewsWire asked the people on the street about Syrians, and what they were doing to help.

Parents help make basketball possible for St Teresa’s students

Parents at St Teresa’s School Karori help make basketball a more accessible sport for their kids.

Rippa rugby teaches kids discipline

RIPPA rugby is more than just sport for the Porirua’s Tairangi Typhoons. ALIA OVEREND talks to coach Lucho Arca

Gold medalist Joseph Sullivan has “epic” experience inspiring kids

Olympic gold medalist James Sullivan takes time out of his job as a fire fighter to spend time with kids.

Volleyball hopes first sports festival will bring players to the game

National organisation gets hands on with schools at regional sports event.

Sports kids get to meet their peers from around Wellington region

The Wellington Regional SportsFest has brought together schools which would not normally meet.

Creative leader predicts new campus centre will light up Wellington

THE man who lit up Wellington’s 150th birthday is excited about the creative possibilities of the new polytechnic arts and performance centre on Cuba Street. Construction has just began following a ceremony led by Te Ati Awa iwi in late August. EMMA MOODY reports.


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Miramar Central School dominates badminton on day one at SportsFest

Fair play abounds at badminton, and Patrick Elsis from St Benedict’s is fairest.

Kapiti meeting pines for the way journalism used to be

Panel and audience representing older population remember ‘the golden days’.

Windley basketballers join 2200 in Sportsfest

The Wellington Regional Sportsfest provides a break from routine and promotes healthy activities for the Windley School basketballers. MATT TSO reports.

Big dreams for Bigfoot Music’s website launch

Andy Mauafua hopes with the launch of his website can create a community space for Kiwi music.

St Pat’s First XV champion after 20 long years

A prayer for the late Jerry Collins, a member of the last winning St Pat’s Town team, was one of the inspirations for victory this week. ARANA KENNY reports.

Long list of flag designs fail to get people excited about change

‘No’ was the most popular answer on the streets of Wellington when people were asked for their opinion after the release of the ‘long list’ of flags. More than 100 people were spoken to, and 63% of them were not interested in changing flags. NEWSWIRE TEAM reports.

Toa rugby has hopes for future despite not fielding a team in 2015

Porirua club is not in the Horowhenua/Kapiti competition for the first time in 18 years.

McCullough makes jump to world champs team

Nikau McCullough at his Porirua chapel basketball court where he plays with his friends – in contrast to the world stage he climbed up to this month. ARANA KENNY reports.

Cold facts show work needed before everyone has Warm Fuzzies

With some of the worst statistics for poorly insulated housing in New Zealand, Wellington is struggling to meet the demand to fit out homes with proper heating. COLIN ENGELBRECHT looks at the statistics, and talks to an organisation which is part of the solution.

Higher life expectancy for Maori not good enough

The gap between Maori and non-Maori life expectancy has narrowed, but ARANA KENNY finds there is more work to be done.

Statistics show marriage may be back in vogue after long decline

More New Zealand couples tying the knot, and it was not all about same-sex marriage legislation.

International visitors rise boosting Hawke’s Bay economy

A rise of international visitors to New Zealand is flowing through to regions such as Hawke’s Bay.

Employed Kiwis happier – but it has to be the right job

The annual social survey says jobs make us happy, but New Zealanders say you have to like that job.

Super city gone, but Wellingtonians still want change for local economy

However, neither Auckland nor Wellington economies are starring in the unemployment figures

Porirua schools work smart with funding to plug in digital learners

Porirua schools are part of the spend-up on electronics through smart use of grants and funding.

Drivers adjusting their travel as fuel prices start to bite

Fuel spending is at its highest in 12 months after fuel prices rebound from drop at the end of last year.

Amnesty urges NZ government to open its heart for Syrians

Amnesty International members gathered outside Parliament to encourage the Government to increase the refugee quota.

COLIN ENGELBRECHT talked to organisers at the protest.

Residents in ‘best place to live’ happy with branding change

A street poll finds the majority of Upper Hutt residents like the city’s new slogan.

PHOTO ESSAY: Upper Hutt hosts National Geographic images

Photographic exhibition is a first for New Zealand. JADE MAISEY took her own camera to reflect the exhibition.

Cossie Club still thriving after 10 years in new building

Upper Hutt’s popular Cossie Club will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday June 13.

Art through the eyes of young people used to mark Porirua milestone

A local artist and college students band together to create art to celebrate Poriruas 50th anniversary..

Upper Hutt locals use library to post memories online

The Upper Hutt library is using an internet programme to update the city’s history.

International exhibition attracts thousands

National Geographic’s 50 greatest photos are drawing large crowds to an Upper Hutt gallery.

Upper Hutt City Council helps speed railway station upgrade

Work on a $3.5 million upgrade has begun at the Upper Hutt railway station.

Community support key to brewing success story

The Upper Hutt community bands together to help a small business find success.

Council funding new businesses in Upper Hutt

The first business to take advantage of an Upper Hutt Council funding package has opened on Main Street.

PHOTO ESSAY: Memphis Belle Cafe a capital coffee hot spot

TE HUIA MOKE visits a community based cafe situated in Dixon Street, central Wellington, to capture the culture in pictures.

PHOTO ESSAY: NZ Athlete Ashleigh Sando

An insight into New Zealand athlete Ashleigh Sando’s training. Captured by JADE MAISEY.