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Crowd funding gets serious, but there is still chance of potato salad

Kiwi entrepreneurs can now crowd fund through licences issued by the Financial Markets Authority to the likes of PledgeMe. However, FRANCESCA JAGO found there is still the potential for a $55,000 potato salad fundraiser.

18th century violins centre stage in lunchtime concert

Concert showcases a couple of rare violins.

3D pop out dress wins supreme award at wearable art show

Wearable art awards showcase college talent.

Builder puts heart on the pavement in search for true love

A Wellington builder looks for love in unusual places.

Bella Kalolo draws on the soul of Whitireia musicians for big gig

Award-winning soul musician Bella Kalolo is guiding Whitireia music students and will join them on stage. MATTHEW LAU reports.

Fire danger stalks Newtown kitchens

Newtown firefighters (from left) Alan Ormiston, Mike Dombrowski and Michael Fleming work in one of the busiest stations in the country. SUSAN TEODORO reports.

Bright new books for bright new minds in Porirua

Pupils at Ngati Toa given the gift of words by Wellington Rotary Club.

A growing thirst for craft beer more than just a trend

More than just a trend, craft beer is changing the way we enjoy beer according to retailers.

Poetry and coffee prove a winning combination

Whitireia creative writing students and local writers create book of poetry to hold while drinking coffee.

Peanut butter-stuffed, choc-dipped huhu grubs wriggling onto plates

It’s not only the CBD dining out on Wellington on a Plate – go foraging in Karori.

Wellingtonians lit up by city’s latest art festival sensation

In the space of three years Lux festival has gone from four installations to 32.

Any questions for your politicians? Ask Away thanks to Meg Howie

Online political engagement site Ask Away is proving popular with curious young voters.

Chris Bishop reckons he has youth and a positive message on his side

National candidate upbeat despite facing practiced campaigner Trevor Mallard.

Producers “live and breathe” their craft

The capital celebrates the crème de la crème of food producers in the region during Wellington On A Plate. MATTHEW LAU was at the awards and talked to a talented lot.

Waiting list grows in Hutt Valley as houses remain empty

The future of Lower Hutt’s boarded up state houses remains unclear as the debate continues between the city council and Housing NZ.

Dumpling Queen to expand her Wellington empire

Dumpling queen Vicky Ha is opening two new pop up shops in the CBD .

Artist with A Careful Eye returns to the Hutt

After a four decade hiatus, award winning photographer Peter Peryer returns to The Dowse .

Fundraiser for her dog blows away Ailsa as Wellingtonians give $1400

Ailsa Lipscombe’s chronic pain is being helped as she edges toward the $20,000 she needs.

Tai Chi a gentle, and cheap, way to keep fit in Wellington

Presbytarian Support Central invests in Enliven programme to help elderly.

Newtown push to prepare locals for the worst

Civil defence wants to help Newtown become the latest community with a plan for a natural disasters.

Book fair raises $100,000 and they are planning a 20th birthday

Downtown Community Ministry’s annual event in Wellington draws generous crowds.

Bowling club sale to benefit community but some locals unhappy

Vogelmorn Bowling Club is on the market and could put about $1 million into a foundation for the community but some residents are not ready to let the club go. LIAM CAVANAGH reports of the community debate.

Political pledges to support a review of student benefits

Six of eight political parties have agreed to review system as student body pushes election issue.

One year on, same-sex couples find some churches happy to wed

This week marks a year since same-sex marriage became law, and some churches are welcoming.

Airport security breach forces hundreds to be re-screened

Passenger returning to plane for item sets off scare, but airport happy with just 30-minute delay.

National standards don’t reflect student improvement

The merit of national standards is still the subject of debate among educators.

Children’s sculpture exhibition is about to hit the road

An exhibition of sculptures inspired by the books of a popular New Zealand author,are about to go on tour.

Fashion passion started in South Korea, now in Cuba Mall

Moah Lee was inspired by her parents and encouraged by her husband Paul.

Eco friendly fabrics leave small footprint

A local Owhiro Bay artist has created a business
which puts the enviroment first.

Popular Aro Street bakery celebrates a milestone birthday

Freshly baked bread key to the success of a popular Aro street bakery celebrating its 25th birthday

St Pauls in Wellington hosts 1000 at Forum on Child Poverty

A 10-year-old girl who challenged a politician to help her friend out of poverty typifies passionate crowd.

Hiding breastfeeding in Kiwi culture does not help new mums

Breastfeeding mum Lucy says Kiwis should understand how tough it is for new mums.

Caring sharing city gets big thumbs up from Wellington beggars

Generous locals are attracting beggars from Auckland and Christchurch. However JONTY DINE reports the easy money can be destructive. Also, NewsWire team asked Wellingtonians how they felt about the increasing in begging on the street.

Pacific poet draws giant squid from ocean

VIDEO: Daren Kamali launches his second book of Pacific poetry with inspirational readings to a Wellington audience. FRANCESCA JAGO reports.

School and University join forces for children’s opera.

Kelburn Normal School is teaming up with Victoria University to stage the children’s opera Brundibar.

Futsal fans can follow national team on YouTube next week

Wellingtonians can look forward to more international futsal in city after successful tournament.

Principal’s first year a cultural experience

Learning from the diverse cultures at St Teresa’s School in Karori suits Mary-Angela Tombs.

Here’s to 25 years of speaking at Cook Strait Toastmasters

Kilbirnie club’s celebration dinner will include 15 founding club members

Phoenix optimistic about reaching A-League finals

Wellington Pheonix manager Ernie Merrick speaks after team training ahead of the inaugural FFA Cup.

Cuba street rally wants factory farming phased out

A national day of action against factory farming sparks rally in Wellington.

VIDEO: Journalism students thrown curve ball for World Cup

LIAM CAVANAGH and HAYLEY GASTMEIER report routine was ditched when Whitireia Journalism students covered World Cup final.

Chinese take protest to street in Newtown

Falun Gong practitioners are protesting outside a Chinese community newspaper which they say has defamed them but the editor is not backing down. FINN RAINGER reports.

Students to help owners by assessing quake prone buildings

Newtown shaky heritage buildings will have plans drawn to encourage owners to strengthen them.

Hutt Repertory Theatre gets nostalgic for its 70th birthday

The Hutt Repertory Theatre members are bringing back one act plays to celebrate.

Families who drink raw milk wanted for study into health benefits

Raw milk stirs emotion from both sides of the debate, but Massey University is looking to find some answers and researchers are recruiting families who drink raw milk for a study into potential health benefits. LIAM CAVANAGH reports.

Solomon Islands day celebrations a milestone in capital

Strengthening of relationships between Solomons and NZ on agenda for both countries. SUE TEODORO reports.

First female high commissioner up for challenge in her new role

Her Excellency Joy Kere, is not intimidated by her position or the tasks that lie ahead.

Independent cinema still a hit with Wellington audiences

Wellington cinema managers not worried about a rise in online piracy.

Pan pipers perform a skill their leader wants to preserve

Paul Lincoln may be living in New Zealand, but he is committed to preserving iconic Solomons sound.

Bertos was close to Thai deal before signing to play in India

Leo Bertos earns marquee status in league rated higher than Aussie

Petone will be an art gallery for the work of Thumbs Up artists.

Young artists with disabilities are creating pieces which will be displayed around cafes and shops.

Squeezed Victoria students say new science space overdue

University investment in science facilities excites students and staff.

Grease lovers hopelessly devoted to musical theatre

MATTHEW LAU goes backstage to meet the cast of the show and tell their stories in words and photo essay.

Bald Wainui rugby heads for local woman with breast cancer

Showered with support, Sarah Jones* talks openly with NICOLE ADAMSON about being the one in nine with breast cancer.

Geordie’s welcoming Geordies as football takes over capital

Publican has seen Kiwis embrace football as rugby watching wanes.

Big crowd challenges candidates on social justice issues

Greens, Labour, Mana and National candidates and representatives attended Wellington Young Feminist’s forum.

Rare Beatles album snapped up before book fair even starts

More than 90,000 books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, puzzles, games await buyers, and more are welcome.

Zoo wants to breed tigers, and good consumers

Wellington Zoo is awaiting the arrival of a male Sumatran tiger to join existing female tiger, Senja.

Peace rallies for Israel and Palestine take to Wellington streets

As Israel enters Gaza, white doves and loudspeakers highlight the conflict in Wellington.

Porirua kids get a kick out of computer coding

At Coder Dojo, E-Learning Porirua is offering free sessions on computer coding for children and parents

Teams up for ultimate challenge at frisbee world champs

Two Ultimate Frisbee teams from Wellington have made it to the Wolrd Championships in Italy

All Whites veteran rejuvenates defeated Futsal Whites

LEO Bertos makes his international futsal debut, but still wants to be an All White

PHOTO ESSAY: Going backstage at Grease, the musical

NewsWire reporter MATTHEW LAU spent the day behind the scenes of Wellington Musical Theatre’s production of Grease.

VIDEO: Journalism students thrown curve ball for World Cup

LIAM CAVANAGH and HAYLEY GASTMEIER report routine was thrown out the window when Whitireia Journalism students covered the Football World Cup final.

Mega fun for school holiday kids

Children had a blast at the Mega Inflatable Day hosted at the Kilbirnie Recreation Center on Friday.

PHOTO ESSAY: 120 minutes of football passion

PHOTO ESSAY into the emotion behind the 2014 Fifa World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.

Readers have thousands of titles to choose from at Karori Book Fair

Proceeds will go to disabled, and to language schools for migrants.

Secret to success of Brooklyn’s school holiday programme

‘Celebrity’ Matt’s formula means parents are struggling to get their kids in.

International flavour as capital enjoys football final

When a Thai, a Zimbabwean and a German walk into a bar it’s no joke, it’s World Cup fever.

Beers, tears and cheers for World Cup final

WATCH: Argentinian and German fans endure an emotional rollercoaster ride, as they watch the FIFA World Cup final in Wellington.

Hear fans react as they watch the World Cup in Wellington

WATCH AND LISTEN: Argentinian and German supporters watch as the World Cup final unfolds

Wellingtonians and visitors get excited for FIFA World Cup final

In homes, bars and businesses across greater Wellington, football fans gathered to watch the FIFA World Cup final. The NEWSWIRE TEAM ventured to different venues across the city to cover the event.

Passionate Argentinians brought to tears in their Messi shirts

Supporters in Wellington brave the early morning cold to support their team – with dissapointing results

German ambassador celebrates World Cup win

The German community in Wellington cheers as their team scores an historic World Cup win

FIFA World Cup as it happened – LIVE BLOG

Germany wins the 2014 FIFA World Cup – the NewsWire Team follows mainstream and social media coverage.

‘Nurdle’ pollution hits beaches, wildlife

Clean up volunteers are finding small plastic balls washed up on Wellington beaches and experts say they are likely to be harming marine life. FINN RAINGER reports.

Lower Hutt residents and landlords are ignoring free insulation

Council officers are trying to get the message through about the Warm up New Zealand project offering free home insulation for home owners with eligible tenants. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.

‘Highway robbery’ fuel tax more of same for frustrated motorists

The first of three annual petrol tax increases, which will add nine cents a litre to the price of fuel, this week hit the pumps around the country. The NewsWire team went to the streets of Wellington to gauge reaction.

Wellington protest march for Maui’s dolphin with message for minister

Nick Smith target after oil exploration raised dismissed as threat to dolphins in marine reserve.