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Tasman region sheep numbers jump as other regions suffer

Drought major driver behind fluctuating sheep fortunes reflected in Statistics NZ numbers

More homes on the way for Porirua as development spreads across hill

Aotea Block Development is set to ease the housing shortage in Porirua.

African musician sings Newtown’s praises

Wellington musician Sam Manzanza keeps African music alive.

PHOTO ESSAY: All in a days work for tattoo artist

Custom tattoo designs brings tattoo ideas to life. IRELAND HENDRY-TENNENT finds out how.

WATCH: New age of creative education launched with Te Auaha

New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity will brings together more than 1000 students each year in one creative space on the corner of Cuba and Dixon streets, Wellington. James Lobban (video), Larissa Toelupe (interview) and Colin Engelbrecht (story) report.

WATCH: Te Auaha facts and figures

Gino Acevedo, Te Auaha ambassador and Weta Digital creative director, with student Orama Fisher made up for the launch. Image, Joanna Piatek; Video, James Lobban

Crowd wowed by talent, launch for Te Auaha

Students and graduates showed off their creative skills for gala launch of $22.5 million centre.

The launch included live performances from the new institute’s programmes, plus speeches from Minister for Tertiary Education Skills and Employment Steven Joyce and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry.

Te Auaha NZ Institute of Applied Creativity launched in capital

NewsWire.co.nz graduate and student reporters covered the event live.

PHOTO ESSAY: Day in life of tattoo artist

Marking clients with custom tattoo art is all part of a day’s work for Katy Hayward in a studio which is also an art gallery. JADE WINTON-LOWE reports.

Seeing school through eyes of kids, families lifts Postgate

Advisory groups engaging families are raising Maori and Pacific achievement at Postgate School in Whitby.

ZARIUS SAMUEL reports it is all part of what principal Adam Campbell says involves seeing learning through children’s eyes.

WATCH: Inside the Hills Hats factory

Simon Smuts-Kennedy, Hills Hats General Manger, talks about the company and its history.

WATCH: Dixon St Shoe Repairs, a heritage business

Founded in 1929 meet the second and third generation family fronting the Dixon St Shoe repairs shop.

Karori crowds determined to save uni campus for community

An abandoned looking Ako Pai Marae on Victoria University’s campus typifies the value that locals see in the former education facilities.

AMY MCEWEN reports on local reaction and the meeting.

New Creekfest celebrates great year with more than 30,000 people

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

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.

Hills Hats anything but old hat as popularity inspires factory shop

Headgear’s popularity is on the rise. Matt Tso talks to Hills 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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Activities, events outside peak season help Otago tourism

Accommodation businesses pinpoint regular events for driving their guest numbers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Royal recognition for war research work on tunneller suicides

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

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.

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.

Vista Club name for combined Kapiti clubs

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

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.

A history of the Syrian conflict makes devastating reading

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