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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.

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.

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.

Principal’s first year a cultural experience

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

Phoenix optimistic about reaching A-League finals

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

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 World Cup final.

Students to help owners by assessing quake prone buildings

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

‘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.

Warning new auction laws will lead to waste, but Trademe happy

A traditional auction business believes new laws will lead to more dumping.

OE tales told in new play opening in capital

A new play by rookie writer and director Chris Swney puts the spotlight on the Kiwi backpacker experience. STEVEN READ reports. IMAGES: Josh Price.

Polytechs join forces for creative city campus

WATCH: An $80 million investment is planned for a creative Cuba St campus for Whitireia and WelTech polytechs. Newswire team reports.

$80 million Cuba St creative hub plan to house 1000 students

A Cuba St building will be the first major programme related project for Wellington’s Whitireia and WelTec polytechs, which are governed by the same council. NEWSWIRE TEAM reports on the launch.

PHOTO ESSAY: A day in the life of a midwife

A day in life of a midiwfe, following Jill Adamson around as she completes her daily routine in Lower Hutt.

A great day for Whitireia and AMA University

Whitireia Polytechnic and the AMA University of the Philippines agree to student and teacher exchanges.

Yeastie Boys brewing up a storm

WATCH: Yeastie Boys Brewers are looking to expand their business throughout Europe after a great showing at a recent beer festival in the UK.

What’s on your mind when you cross the street?

WATCH: Wellington City Council’s new Think, Look, Cross campaign will cost rate-payers up to $100,000.

Bright future for Aro Valley community centre

Local group successfully fundraises to get solar panels installed on the local community centre.

Landslip still causing problems for Kingston residents

Kingston residents affected by a landslip last year say they are still facing problems, and a report shows that homeowners in the area have cause for concern.

Sam Duff wins top Whitireia Journalism award

Whitireia Journalism School Diploma students celebrate the end of their course.

Accessibility to Parliament a topic for election year

Candidates in wheelchairs may find it easier to win a seat than get into the building, or even vote. CALLY MARTIN reports.

Ngāti Koata treasure tuatara as kaitiaki of stream of knowledge

Zealandia latest in many sanctuaries to be gifted juvenile tuataras by tribe. PAUL ORDISH reports.

Lower Hutt footballer slims his way to big break

It took self determination and regular weigh ins, but Lower Hutt striker Hamish Watson has been signed to the Wellington Phoenix for the remainder of the 2014 season.

New generation eyeing up Maori Party leadership

There are questions about his mana, but Te Ururoa Flavell tells SAM DUFF it is better to be on the field scoring goals.

VIDEO: French traveller snaps Wellingtonians in global project

The ‘Inside Out’ project has gone from Ecuador to Nepal, Mexico, Palestine and now Wellington.

PHOTO ESSAY: Tongariro Crossing brings out walkers

Day trek takes between six and eight hours, and is one of New Zealand’s nine great walks.

The resurrection of tā moko raises questions for Maori

Maori tattoos is displayed on the bodies of many New Zealanders. But as JANELLE CHEESMAN found, it is not tā moko.

PHOTO ESSAY: Surf-lifesavers take over Ohope

EACH year surf lifeguards from around the country compete in their national champs. NEWSWIRE reporter LAUREN MANN was there to capture the action.

PHOTO ESSAY: Leonie is queen of the queen bees

CALLY MARTIN spends the day with a bee keeper, looking at the process of raising queen bees and collecting honey.

Fizz free, smoke free, alcohol free Creekfest attracts thousands

Porirua’s annual Creekfest health festival brought 25,000 people together.

Capital’s new south coast sea walls get their first work-out

The latest storm hit the capital’s south coast soon after locals got to take part in The Great Seawall Debate.

Street poll: Minimum wage rise great, but it should be more

The minimum wage is going up 50 cents to $14.25, and many of those spoken to on the streets of Wellington this week say it should be more. The NEWSWIRE TEAM asked people for views on the rise, and whether it would affect them.

Campaign begins to win public support for $25m stadium spend

An open letter to residents this week kicks off a drive to win the hearts and minds of Lower Hutt ratepayers.

Artist-in-residence moves into Toi Poneke

Natalie Smith is the 2014 Whitireia-Toi Poneke Artist in Residence. As she settles into her space, she talks with MIKE METCALFE about the year ahead, and her work.

Anna Guenther has plenty of stories to tell about her journey

Anna Guenther, co-founder of Pledgeme talks about the road to the website’s success. MIKE METCALFE reports.

Beyond the hijab: Living as a Muslim female in Wellington

Living in Wellington is a daily celebration of culture for three Muslim university students. BETHANY PEARSON reports.

REVIEW: DJ Stickybuds rocks the boat

Stickybuds entertained crowds at Wellington’s Tugboat, and having experienced him live once before, OREN OAARIKI went along for more.

Wellington welcomes sevens superstars in streets.

Wellington came alive for the annual sevens Parade which welcomes the international teams to the city.

PHOTO ESSAY: Bowl-A-Rama grabs skate fans

Brazilian Pedro Barras took out last week’s international skateboard competition in Wellington’s Waitang Park. ELLIOT PARKER captured the action in photos.

Young Warkina finding his roots and making a difference in Africa

Warkina Tujuba is heading to Africa on voluntary work thanks to a big fundraising effort. KHALID AHMED met the 17 year-old who talks about why he is making the journey back to where he was born, and where he will walk in his late father’s footsteps.

Singer-songwriter tries her hand at English album

Kirsten Terito is about to release her first album in English, but another te reo one is on the way.

Students feeding kapa haka crowds at Waiwhetu to raise $5000

New kapa haka uniforms the goal for St Bernard’s and Sacred Heart students.

Beware of toxic algae in Hutt River, say council warnings

Upper Hutt and Hutt City Councils alert for algae levels which can be fatal to dogs.

History repeats, as the art of Hoppertainment comes to bay

Island Bay man John Shorland is again outside his comfort zone as he turns to a 100 year old art form.

Stories shared at Museum of City and Sea popular part of exhibition

Locals and visitors have written their personal stories for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui exhibition.

A taste of Ethiopia in Wellington

Wellington’s first full time Ethiopian restaurant has opened in Tory St. KHALID AHMED attended the historic event.

Superhuman Trek attack forecast for Frank Kitts Park

Khan will have to deal with female Star Trek leads and picnic baskets in the park.

Climate change job also has economic demands, says new councillor

As he prepares to tackle the climate change portfolio in 2014, new Wellington City Councillor David Lee intends to address the role from an economic perspective, instead of environmental. He talks to JULIE TAYLOR.

Council’s Brooklyn property sale excluded public, say locals

Building has started on a Brooklyn property which was sold by the Wellington City Council, and locals say they are angry about a process. Meanwhile a social housing trust building on the site is caught in the middle. ANNEKA PAUL reports.

Council accused of being Christmas Grinch with decorations

Newswire took to the streets to see what Wellington thinks of not refreshing Christmas decorations.

Tuning in for community board decisions being considered

Arrow FM has presented South Wairarapa community boards with the idea of their own radio programme.

Month of fame for ex-orchestra member Vicki Jones

Double bass player Vicki Jones has been on TV and won an award in the past month. She talks with LAUREN HERTZBERG.

Students’ murals brighten up neighbourhoods in Paint Up project

A council project has brightened up Berhampore and Newtown with designs and painting by local kids.

Wellington goes crackers for Christmas in streets

The annual Christmas parade had Wellington city dancing in the streets. PENNY SCOTT captured the day in pictures.

Chef Abdelghani’s cookbook dream a reality

Moroccan chef Abdelghani El Adraoui has always dreamed of writing his own cookbook and finally has one. He talks to KHALID AHMED about what inspired him.

Olympics the dream for refereeing couple wedded to basketball

Iranian basketball referees Fatemeh Fazel and Rouhi Maher enjoy officiating together as a married couple.

Wellington City Council Youth Group end year on a high

The Wellington City Council Youth group have been a great success according to Youth Council director

Hundreds of santas turn out for ‘KidsCan’ fundraiser

Dash of santas from Frank Kitts Park to Waitangi Park and back.

New-look Wellington sevens rugby team coming into form

The Wellington sevens team got off to a good start finishing third in the Auckland sevens

Bianca van Dyk selected for Netball NZ elite development camp

Irene’s daughter wants to make her own way in netball, but she accepts the connection to her famous mother will always be there. JESSE CLARK talks with the pair about the expectations.

VIDEO: Who needs a publisher these days anyway?

Wellington Zinefest 2013 showcased 50 DIY creatives on Saturday. OREN OAARIKI captured the activity on video.

Kaibosh aims to save Hutt Valley food from the bin

Wellington’s not-for-profit food rescue organisation seeks funding to expand operations.

Sore feet to support young people

WHELDON Curzon-Hobson will walk 180 kilometres around Wellington and then to Palmerston North this month to help change the lives of young people. Mr Curzon-Hobson, 45, said the purpose of the walk was for young people to share inspirational stories with him. “I meet a whole lot of young people in our area who are […]

Artists drawn from the cities to the Wairarapa life

Wairarapa artists Barry Saunders and Megan Campbell talk to LAUREN HERTZBERG about their move from city to country.

Basketball fans hope their video will get them to New York

Wellingtonians attempt to ‘trick shot their way to the NBA’ with extreme beer pong shots.

Wellington landscape designer wins silver award in world cup

Landscape designer continues his winning streak at the Gardening World Cup in Japan.

Mixed views on city council’s freedom camping plan

Wellington City councillors will meet this month to consider freedom camping, and to hear oral submissions before making a final decision next month. JESSE CLARK reports on the issue, and talks to locals in the areas identified.

Wellingtonians eat more fair bananas than other kiwis

An Ecuadorian Fair Trade banana farmer made the rounds in Wellington last week.

Research project a time machine for pre-European Maori

Victoria University is taking a garden back in time, using it to research pre-European New Zealand.

Excited Hobbit fans quiz the stars of Desolation of Smaug

Hobbit fans lined Kent Terrace today to catch a glimpse of Peter Jackson’s latest film in the trilogy.

Spying, inequality lead Anonymous in masks to Parliament

March the first of 447 around the world the be staged on November 5.