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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

Findings of an Otago University report on stomach cancer have raised questions about the over-representation of Maori in the statistics. FINN RAINGER asks public health specialists why there is a substantial disparity in health status between Maori and non-Maori.

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.

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

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.

From the dark to the light

William Matangi knows he has done a lot of good things. JONTY DINE talks to him about life as a Black Power boss, finding God, and now making a difference for young people.

Neither spit nor spare change are what capital beggars really need

A begging culture appears to be growing visibly on the streets of Wellington.

JONTY DINE visits the home where some of the beggars live together, to try to understand some of the issues.

Pannett juggles environment and development

Development issues facing Wellington city are a challenge for a councillor holding key positions.

Bringing te reo back to life – three takes on te reo

HAYLEY GASTMEIER speaks to three Kiwis helping to revitalise te reo Māori after more than 150 years of decline.

‘Knee-jerk’ prisoner voting law damages society, say advocates

A High Court action has thrown the focus on the law which bans prisoners from voting. Campaigners say the law disconnects prisoners from society when they need to be re-connecting, and there will be consequences. TESS NICHOL reports.

Safety and freedom a Wellington drawcard for international students

Universities, Polytechnics, training providers and schools in aiming to double international numbers.

Wellingtonians with Chinese roots celebrating Year of the Sheep

Chinese New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar.

From Pacific Island beginnings to movie screens

Leading NZ filmmaker Sima Urale talks to HAYLEY GASTMEIER about her work and inspiring a new generation.

Politics, bureaucracy stop Island Bay cyclists in their new bike track

A new year was supposed to bring an upgraded commuter cycleway to Island Bay, but politics and red tape have cast doubt overthe project. After receiving the go-ahead at the beginning of December, behind-the-scenes politiking has resulted in another meeting in February likely. YC LEE reports.

Gaylene Preston reflects on her years of filmmaking

Fresh from North America showing her new series Hope and Wire, Gaylene Preston talks with FRANCESCA JAGO.

Fraser puts a face to the ability of artists, not the disability

Through Wellington’s creative spaces Fraser Hoffe says he has found his reason for living,

McDonalds Young Entertainers star guiding the next generation

Ainslie Allen has gone through several stages of performing life since the 90s hit TV show.

WATCH: Wellington open for Christmas

After a 2013 grinch-like Christmas, Wellington City Council got back into the spirit in 2014, including a Courtney Place tree. FRANCESCA JAGO films the lights going on.

Sex worker sanctuary is Rosalie’s mission, and she needs help

A woman who escaped the prostitution industry now wants Wellington City Council help to fund a haven.

JONTY DINE reports on Rosalie Batchelor’s appeal, and what councillors thought.

Seatoun community fighting council to keep their local treasure

Locals have until Friday to tell Wellington City Council why it should not take their playground away.

Owhiro friends to know by Christmas if stream battle won

Friends of Owhiro Stream hope council plans to extensions the Southern Landfill are altered.

PHOTO ESSAY: Diwali 2014 lights up Wellington

Hayley Gastmeier captures the annual celebration lighting up Wellington’s waterfront with culture.

Vogelmorn Foundation to decide the future of bowling club

After failing to sell in August, the Vogelmorn Bowling Club has a chance to be retained for wider community.

Karori downhill tough, but tamed by national champ Sarah Atkin

Lower Hutt’s Sarah Atkin challenges an all-male line-up in the Wellington Mountain Bike Club Downhill Series.

Māori see future careers in performing arts

Māori of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes come to Wellington to study the art of performance. MATTHEW LAU reports.

Māori learn about their culture in Hawaii

FRANCESCA JAGO meets Māori students in Hawaii learning more about themselves and their culture than they did growing up in NZ.

Stolen motorbike was catalyst for flying Jamie’s world adventures

Kapiti Coast downhill mountain biker Jamie Lyall has been around the world racing and building tracks.

Toi Māori Art Market woven in Wellington

Trailblazers of traditional craft and cultural art from NZ, Hawaii and Canada are celebrated in Toi Maori.

Epuni St locals filling up their new compost bin

A compost bin was set up to benefit community and council hopes it will inspire more local bins.

The relief and elation of freediving 70 breathless metres below Pacific

The water is warming up and Wellington freediving club members are getting back in the ocean.

Chocolate maker wants Kiwis to help poor Bougainville growers

WATCH: Organic, Fairtrade Wellington Chocolate Factory maker this week launches a Kickstarter campaign for a Bougainville cocoa grower. Financing the improved processing will eventually mean cocoa beans can be shipped direct from Bougainville to New Zealand. LIZE IMMELMAN reports.

Green MP says being the newbie is like jumping on a moving train

After turning Green at college, James Shaw has played a long game in his route to Parliament.

Hundreds converge on dead whale washed up on Waikanae Beach

School’s out for dead humpback whale, which gets a karakia from local Maori.

Legal highs are on their way back, but public can have their say

Psychoactive drugs and legal highs are scheduled for a comeback in May 2015. Senior policy advisor at the Wellington City Council Mark Jones says whether we like it or not, the drugs may come back and be sold. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.

PHOTO ESSAY: A day of craft beer heaven

TESS NICHOL discovers the joys of craft beer at this year’s Beervana festival in Wellington.

Aussies break NZ hearts in World Cup indoor cricket in Petone

Hutt Valley Indoor Sports hosts Indoor Cricket World Cup and NZ wants to stop Aussie dominance.

PHOTO ESSAY: Wild southerly winter slams capital

A broken piece of wind art, hail, damaged coastlines – it’s all in a winter’s day for the capital. SUE TEODORO records the action.

Fraser puts a face to the ability of artists, not the disability

Through Wellington’s creative spaces Fraser Hoffe says he has found his reason for living,

Wellington to welcome New Zealand’s first Syrian refugees

Wellington’s first Syrian refugees need the help of volunteers to show them the Kiwi way.

WATCH: Whitireia group earn Taiwan honour

Performers chosen to end Nan-Ying Cultural Festival opening ceremony.

New Wainuiomata rifle range on target with community board vote

A new rifle range at the valley’s old landfill has been backed by the community board.

WATCH: Soul star leads a new pack of stars at Whitireia Music School

The gig by Wellington-based soul singer Bella Kalolo and music students is captured on video.

Obesity trial to spend $3 million through Lower Hutt agencies

Vulnerable communities target of programme based on Aussie model.

Wellington’s charities and council struggle to manage homeless

Homeless numbers in Wellington are increasing. NICOLE ADAMSON talks to those dealing with the issue.

Performer helps people find their “presence” in capital workshop

FINN RAINGER talks to Bert van Dijk about his performance workshop next month and his vision for the future.

NewsWire’s live coverage of the 2014 General Election

NewsWire’s team provides a constant stream of updates on election results and commentary.

Key more years, Peters party foiled, and Harawira blind-sided

After one of the most divisive election campaigns in New Zealand history, NewsWire reporters TESS NICHOL and SUE TEODORO reflect on the big winners and losers of New Zealand’s 2014 General Election.

Andersen upbeat as Labour licks its wounds

At the Labour Party Wharewaka gathering, candidates reflect on their performance.

Buttoned-down Finalyson team tight-lipped in cinema one

National Party faithful celebrate at the Penthouse in Brooklyn while the media are put in their place.

Word on the street says inequality on voters’ minds tonight

Newswire hits the Wellington streets – JONTY DINE and YC LEE ask voters for their thoughts.

Greens’ James Shaw expects to be one of new MPs

The Wellington Central Greens candidate is quietly optimistic of becoming one of the country’s new MPs.

One in five Kiwi voters cast their ballot in early polling record

Most Kiwis are voting today, but the Electoral Commission early voting marketing has made a difference. More than 20% or New Zealanders who are eligible to vote had done so by yesterday. JONTY DINE reports.

WATCH: Voting begins with rain and wind

FRANCESCA JAGO and LIZE IMMELMAN report visited the Kelburn School which was one of the Wellington polling stations today.

Greens rated savviest in NZ’s first truly social media election

A political social media specialist rates the work of the Greens as the best in a truly social election.

Campaign meetings in “three-horse race” Ohariu suggests close call

With just a 1000-vote majority, Peter Dunne’s Ohariu seat could be a game changer.

New Zealand eateries could be ready for a Michelin rating

MATTHEW LAU speaks with top Wellington foodies about restaurant guides and how we, and Michelin, rate.

Wellington voters unimpressed with Conservative comments on poverty

Conservative candidate Gordon Copeland ruffled feathers with his comments about poverty.

Starving kids used in attack ads designed by iwi/kiwi campaign man

The Opinion Partnership has been using billboards and ads to scare voters about Labour-Greens alliance.

Students offer passionate election messages at Victoria University

Students who challenged candidates on student issues give their thoughts on how the politicians performed.

Election workers gearing up for voting on the big day – and earlier

About 18,500 people will be working at more than 2500 places set-up for New Zealanders to vote.

National billboards take such a hammering

National party billboards in the Wellington Central electorate take a hammering in the run-up to the election. SUE TEODORO reports.

PHOTO ESSAY: More than 2000 turn up for schools wearable art

The annual Feilding High School show 10 schools and wows the crowd, including photographer AMANDA CARRINGTON .

Politicians want to make the world a better place – just in different ways

A passionate and at times unruly crowd grilled Rongotai candidates in Miramar.

Wellingtonians are not totally convinced about Greens transport spend

The Greens Party has announced a half-billion-dollar public transport spend for Wellington if it gets into power. Most locals think the ideas have merit, but decisionmakers expect more communication, and trolley buses are not popular. SARAH WILSON reports.

Online voting tool a big hit for people ‘On the Fence’

NewsWire asks five voters to get On The Fence, a simulation tool is being used by kiwi’s worldwide.

Laundry list outside Parliament calls for cleaner politics

Young and old gathered in their hundreds at Parliament calling for cleaner politics.

PHOTO ESSAY: Vibrant, beautiful Big Beach in Makena

FRAN JAGO visits the the Hawaiian island of Maui and records the action at one of its iconic beaches.

Gareth Watkins says Farewell as Nga Taonga launches new era

The merged national media archive’s first Curator-at-Large talks with YC LEE about his love of sound and vision.

Mark says he has “blown it wide open” with his late entry

Ron Mark says getting 11% support in 10 days electioneering is just the start.

National candidate says Wairarapa should unite behind Key

Alastair Scott’s message for undecided voters is to back the PM.

Labour’s McAnulty not surprised by undecided voters

Door knocking suggests many National and Green voters will give him their electorate vote.