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WATCH: A nine day festival of community art 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.

WATCH: The big history of a little street

LEEDS STREET is one of Wellington’s little laneways tucked away in the city’s Te Aro precinct.
The colourful thoroughfare has recently undergone a makeover as Andrew Johnsen reports.

Activities, events outside peak season help Otago tourism

Accommodation businesses pinpoint regular events for driving their guest numbers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.