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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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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.

PHOTO ESSAY: Harbourside market draws crowd

Harbourside market, the oldest and most popular market draws large crowds every Sunday morning. Captured by COLIN ENGELBRECHT.

PHOTO ESSAY: Rock climbing at Fergs Kayaks

Fergs Kayaks rock climbing wall on Wellington’s Waterfront is an attraction for people of all ages.

Community centre wants to come out of hiding in Mt Victoria

Mt Victoria’s local community centre is on the hunt for a new home to suit everyone.

Karori’s local library may be getting more than a new coat of paint.

The library reopens on May 25 after the 10-year-old building gets its first make-over.

City cyclists in for safer ride, but there’s still more talk before action

Wellington City Council has proposed a new cycle framework in Wellington. JAMES LOBBAN checks in with the cycling lobby and a councillor, who are hopeful this finally means action for dedicated city cycle lanes, after years of talking.

Crowds still pouring into Te Papa for Anzacs

Haunting, emotional and stunning are some of the words being used by the thousands of people lining up to see the ‘The Scale of Our War’ exhibition. JADE MAISEY reports.

New theatre company aims to help bring life to Hutt city centre

NextStage, is using the old Little Theatre as its home and its well known founders have clear aims.

PHOTO ESSAY: Hurricanes closing in on finals appearance

Hurricanes victory at Westpac Stadium captured by JAMES LOBBAN

Kiwi wins sci-fi trip to US for L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of Future

Three years of self taught illustration work has paid off for Amit Dutta after winning a dream prize for amateur artists in the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of The Future competition. He talks with COLIN ENGELBRECHT after returning from Los Angeles.

Hawaiian group feel right at home in NZ

Pūpūkahi I Ke Alo O Nā Pua were hosted at Maraeroa Marae in Porirua and performed at Te Papa.

Police deploying more officers to high risk areas across region

Police resources are being moved away from community based constables in areas such as Porirua.

A Victorian Gaiety raising funds for the The Basin Reserve appeal

Dress up as a servant, maid, low society or high society to fight Transit in High Court

Anzac weekend chance to get on war footing in Wrights Hill tunnels

Karori fort took six years to build and was designed to foil Japanese invasion during World War 2.

Principal of Porirua’s Ngati Toa Primary School gets to walk the talk

Kaye Bruntonspent five years advising other people on running a school, and is now running her own.

Council happy to know students are aware of The Pack app for partying

Survey shows app designed to keep students safe is still on their minds – even if they do not use it.

Wellington gets jazzed up for its annual music festival

Capital Jazz festival will have about 100 local and international acts in June.

Cuba container cafe helping hospitality students

The café is a social enterprise and is run by the not for profit organisation Zeal.

Wellington children learn about the life of a World War I soldier

Wellington children discover ANZAC history at the local library and community centre.

WATCH: Financial aftershocks of the Christchurch quake in capital

Property owners are struggling to fund multi-million-dollar building upgrades.

Small school’s big visit from Phoenix football players

Three Wellingotn Phoenix players visited Linden School as part of their ‘Phoenix in Schools’ programme.

Students benefit from Rangikura School programme

A programme created at a Porirua school is achieving results for Maori and Polynesian students .

Karori school wants community input in future planning

Karori Normal school principal a firm believer in sending local children to local schools.

New principal brings fresh ideas to Linden School

The new principal of Linden Primary is briging years of experience to the school.

New Kelburn Normal School principal has an exciting year.

One year into his new job, the principal of Kelburn Normal School is celebrating an exciting year.

School prepares its pupils for 21st century jobs

Kilbirnie School gets funding of $200,000 and half will be spent on preparing pupils for jobs not yet invented.

Clyde Quay School celebrates 125 years with reunion

Clyde Quay School celebrates a special milestone in the school’s history with a weekend reunion.

A small school with a big culture

Embracing and learning about others cultures is something a Titahi Bay school firmly believes in.

Principal proud of achievements during first year in the job

The Newtown School Principal is proud of the change that has been made during his first year in the job.

Outsourcing Maori programming still raw, but the show goes on

Last year’s decision left many Maori outraged, while others took the opportunity. LIAM CAVANAGH reports.

Porirua icons to inspire student collaboration with renown artist

Michael Tuffery to work with student’s from Porirua secondary schools.

CubaDupa crowds dance in the rain

In the spirit of the street, Cuba crowds flocked in the rain to Wellington’s new festival. NEWSWIRE TEAM captures the vibe.

Work to be done at grass roots in fight against bullying

Lisa Gembitsky is leaving her Konfident Kidz programme. She reflects on her work with AMANDA CARRINGTON.

Inequities in health linked to high stomach cancer rates for Maori

An Otago University stomach cancer report highlights over-representation of Maori in stats. FINN RAINGER reports.

WATCH: Capital bus shelters gets eye-catching makeovers

Kapiti artist Ellen Coup paints a Khandallah bus shelter as part of the council’s mural project.

Kōhanga kids right at home in Wainuiomata where it all began

Parents talk about why they choose Kōhanga Reo for their kids, and about the demand for fluent speakers

WATCH: Helen Henderson is one of Hutt Valley’s local hero

Lower Hutt is home to the exceptional Kara Hands, a place that’s especially fond of special needs children

WATCH: Definitely Not Witches at the Fringe Festival

Definitely Not Witches is a new Wellington-based improvised comedy group.

Behind the smile, your lattes and lagers can have a human toll

TESS NICHOL speaks with some of the capital’s young workers to find out what it’s really like “working hospo.”

Maori and Brazilian ‘chucked in a pot’ for Cuba Dupa festival

Tutakitaki blends Maori and Brazilian music for the Cuba Dupa street festival.

WATCH: Volunteers keeping Lyall Bay’s coastline litter free

Every months locals get down to Lyall Bay beach for the monthly rubbish clean-up.

Angry Wellington voices join chorus against X Factor

X FACTOR was dismissed and disparaged on the streets of Wellington after bullying of a contestant.

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Chef, foodie, writer: David Burton

Budding food writer MATTHEW LAU speaks with Wellington’s most influential restaurant critic and food feature writer David Burton.

Meet the people who find joy in a YMCA dance, or a clap of hands

HAYLEY GASTMEIER talks to three New Zealanders who care for people with intellectual disabilities.

WATCH: Ceramic artist Nicola Dench opens doors to her studio

Seventeen Miramar Peninsula artists opened their studios for the annual Artists in Action event.

Māori students still struggling with stereotypes, racism

Not enough focus on how Maori are taught, right down to pronouncing names correctly.

Peninsula wants Fort Ballance to be a showcase, not an enigma

Site has changed over years from an army base to an abandoned concrete playground for graffiti artists.

Cricket World Cup fever sweeps schools as NZ makes quarter-finals

Aspiring young cricket stars have a chance to pick up a bat and learn the basics at Kelburn Park.