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WATCH: Taking on the crossfit world

Luke Fiso is rising to the top of crossfit success in New Zealand with an eye on the world. SHAR DAVIS reports

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WATCH: Psychic barista knows what your brew will be

Cafe L’affare has a barista who can guess your coffee order. IRELAND HENDRY-TENNENT reports

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Billy’s Graham’s boxers enjoy Aussie win, and helping local kids

Latu Talu and Keegan O’Kane–Jones enjoyed success at the Australian championships.

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Foreign players adding flavour to capital club rugby competition

The regular imports to Wellington this year include 20 from Japanese rugby competitions.

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WATCH: Whitireia cooking students test their skills

Kapiti campus students prepare for a function to test their culinary skills. DAN MAGEEAN spent the day documenting the process.

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Post-quake focus of Whitireia Journalism and Broadcasting

Getting through the quake, and preparing for future emergencies is the topic of students in this show on Wellington Access Radio.

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Newtown businesses soldier on with tsunami warnings, aftershocks

Newswire talks to several Newtown businesses who decided to open up the morning after the quake. 

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Quake felt across New Zealand

Newswire spoke to people throughout New Zealand for their reactions to the quake. SHAR DAVIS reports.

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Wellington CBD an earthquake ghost town as the clean-up begins

Wellington CBD was all but deserted today as residents respected the council’s request to avoid the area so that buildings could be checked for damage by experts. SHAR DAVIS reports.

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Cat owners cash in on SPCA chips

Moggli is chipped and ready to be adopted at the SPCA, which has been in the middle of a microchipping and desexing frenzy thanks to a big discount. SHAR DAVIS reports.

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Tears in Wellington after Trump takes Florida

From left Elizabeth Marshall, Tara Brannigan, Corey Johnson and Lynn Abate-Johnson in a sad JJ Murphy’s bar in Wellington. SALLY MUYOMA and KATENI SAU report.

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Blind leading the blind to the White House

NewsWire has made it into the famous Washington Post website, thanks to blind cat Murdock picking the US election winner.

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Donald Trump spotted in Wellington

Upper Hutt’s own Donald Trump impersonator is bringing the US presidency, and media, to New Zealand. HUGO HUNTINGTON meets Alexander Sparrow.

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New Zealand media react to US Election result

NewsWire’s SHAR DAVIS is tracking NZ news media covering the US elections. Click through to follow the day’s progress.

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What Net influencers are saying on election day

NewsWire’s DAN MAGEEAN is following Internet influencers across the globe as the US election results come in.

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Playing the 2016 US Presidential election

Want to play politics? Video game reviewer DAN MAGEEAN and fellow journalism student BLAIR MOCKETT delved into election gaming.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Karate medalist returns from world championships

Lennex Drummond returns from the karate world championships with a second placing.

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American elections 101 with a political scientist and a podcast

Victoria University’s Dr Jon Johansson explains the US elections, while LAURA BETH KEOWN unravel the mystery with JADE WINTON-LOWE for readers.

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US presidential vote follows long line of election drama

The USA’s 57 presidential elections have each had their own character. ANGELA REID explores some of the drama.

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Capital Topshoppers camp out overnight for prize scramble

Wellington now has its own TopShop and the first 300 people sone bonus spending.

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Ben Sigmund enjoying a well-planned life after football

Former Pheonix and international footballer has already knocked back All Whites request to stand by.

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NZ Land Wars day announcement reminder of push for Parihaka

Modern day peace protesters keep up the pressure for November 5 memorial. SHAR DAVIS talks to two supporters.

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Aussies give cup money to Womens Refuge

Money raised at the Australian High Commission’s Melbourne Cup event will go to the Wellington Womens Refuge this year. SALLY MUYOMA reports.

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New Cup winner will earn millions in retirement

The Melbourne Cup winner gets $6.2 million but could earn even more having fun in retirement.

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Social media warming up for race day, #MelbourneCup

Here’s the hottest Cup tweets, posts, and pics from social media. LAURA McKEWEN reports.

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A history of the race that stops two nations

How did an Australian horse race become so important in New Zealand? James Malthus looks back.

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Kapiti coffee drinkers get flavour added

Café owner Matthew Payne has made Kapiti the place for his new coffee roasting project after coming from Melbourne to the coast three years ago. DAN MAGEEAN reports.

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Upper Hutt’s gone to the dogs for its 50th birthday celebration

Parading dogs were among the drawcards to the city’s weekend celebrations

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Pest Free Capital – Wellington well on the way to beating rodents

From Island Bay to Plimmerton over 140 groups are fighting for coolest little pest free capital

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Design graduates’ work on show not your typical exhibition

WelTec’s Creative Technologies graduates show off their talent in a National Portrait Gallery

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Hundreds take advantage of Free Yoga Day

Wellingtonians donated their old yoga mats to a worthy cause this Labour Day. Sally Muyoma reports.

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Coolest capital gets creative council titles

Wellington new has cool names for its councillors – there’s a city scientist and a Wellington ambassador.

The two new portfolios are among new Mayor Justin Lester’s major revamp of councillor responsibilities. SHAR DAVIS talks to councillors about their new roles.

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Rats reign of Wilton coming to an end thanks to trapping programme

More than 100 rats caught since the community project began three months ago

Free Bike FixUp enticing people to dust off their cycles

Strathmore’s Kahurangi School venue for Wellington City Council event to fix and try out bikes.

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Wellington has deep pockets and big heart

The capital city gave over half of what the country raised sponsoring people to sleep rough for the night. SHAR DAVIS joined the event, and spoke to participants.

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Arts and culture hit if capital ‘slush fund’ axed, says Foster

Scrapping the council’s “slush fund” would deal a blow to Wellington’s arts and culture activity, says long-time councillor and mayoral candidate Andy Foster. He talks to ANGELA REID about the role in plays in the cultural capital.

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Former Dunedin students bring young business to Wellington

A group of young entrepreneurs no longer need McDonald’s WIFI after setting up in Wellington.

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Do young people know what to do with an envelope?

Candidates say postal voting has done its dash. But voters also need to take responsibility. CHRIS VISSER reports

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Deputy Mayor on defensive over airline subsidy

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Political tourism an untapped market say local politicians

Mayoral candidates say the city is not taking full tourism advantage of its role as capital.

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Couch, cardboard or car – sleeping rough for others

14 Hours Homeless is a nationwide campaign to aid the end of homelessness in NZ

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Best traffic bang-for-buck: sharing a taxi with Helene Ritchie

As traffic is picked to increase in Wellington, what would Wellington mayoral candidates do?

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LISTEN: Mayoral candidates split on fixing homeless issue

Figures show 50 people are sleeping rough in capital. What are the mayoral options? SALLY MUYOMA reports

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Council processes under fire in mayoral debate

Mayoral hopefuls attack each other over council fund process that led to Singapore Airlines being given $800,000 a year. LAURA KEOWN reports.

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Homelessness and housing an increasing issue for Wellington

Wellington’s mayoral candidates answer questions on Wellington’s issues

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Taita Central Primary principal ready to hang up the boots

“I feel loved and privileged to have been able to work with 15 cultures each day.”

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Lester throws council CEO “under bus” says mayoral rival

Tempers flared when Wellington mayoral hopefuls asked for opinions on financial transparency.

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Council candidates challenged on collaborating as leaders

Wellington city councillors should be shut away together for a weekend to thrash things out, according to a candidate for the Eastern Ward. ANGELLA REID reports on a candidates meeting in Hataitai.

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Smash and grab at Wellington charity Dress for Success

Volunteers are cleaning up after a Wellington non-profit was burgled and vandalised on Tuesday night. The second-floor office of Dress for Success on Boulcott Street was broken into and cash, jewellery, and electronics were stolen. LAURA KEOWN reports.

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Trust has $6000 up for grabs for children in capital’s Eastern Ward

Students are missing out on scholarships by not applying to a local charitable trust.

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Wellingtonians get free screenings of 1916 Somme doco with NZSO

NZ Symphony Orchestra to play with film at Michael Fowler Centre

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Finalists for $570,000 memorial ready for exhibition in Wellington

Four finalists have been confirmed for a French Memorial to be installed in 2018

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Porirua College’s first new principal in 20 years welcomed

Porirua College whanau spent a long time looking for the right principal to build on the legacy Susan Jungerson. This week they welcomed Ragne Maxwell to the role. KATENI SAU reports.

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Martinborough Courthouse transformed into mighty Menz Shed

Seventy men now bringing DIY skills to community work at historic building

Mayoral candidates get and give Living Wage messages

‘Luckily I work by myself. No-one gets to see me eating nothing’

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Journalism’s challenges and opportunities on the table in new book

New Zealand journalists keep the profession in “good shape” despite challenges, says an editor of a new book. Barnaby Bennett joined three panelists and over 60 guests to discuss and launch the book, Don’t dream it’s over: Reimagining journalism in Aotearoa. PATRICK FRENCH reports.

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Lesson in empathy for Thorndon school children

A seven-month-old baby is teaching primary school students about empathy as part of an international programme. SALLY MUYOMA reports.

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Spreading the love in Island Bay with first community workshop

Residents have their say at Love The Bay Community Space, and in series of workshops

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Raumati Rd school traffic chaos finally getting attention

The twice-daily traffic jam outside Raumati Beach School might be getting sorted out after years of public frustration – hopefully this summer. The plan will ease congestion and make the area safer for students. DAN MAGEEAN reports.

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The kids are green and fit at Houghton Valley School

Houghton Valley Enviro School adds cycling to its environmental repertoire.

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Strathmore gets to play on hillside super slide

Kahurangi School has been working with community on projects such as a super slide. SHAR DAVIS sits down with principal Kyran Smith (above) to talk about the school.

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Some things stay the same in Kiwi sporting tradition

Thirty years after his own Olympics, Tim Logan reflects with ANGELA REID about differences and similarities.

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Production growing out of imaginations of Brooklyn kids

Brooklyn Primary School’s production is currently being workshopped by staff and students.

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Differences celebrated at Clyde Quay School thanks to diverse families

At the Mt Victoria school kids are comfortable hearing different languages.

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$30,000 and 2000km later, Miramar’s season is over

After Birkenhead defeat, club tallies cost of high number of away games

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Erskine College revamp may add 1000 traffic movements daily

Island Bay residents have been given a chance to talk about the $30 million development

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Crafty way to make new friends is attracting crowds in Miramar

The Makery is building a creative craft and DIY community in Miramar

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Onslow step up to face Naenae in college Premier 3 rugby final

After beating Hutt Valley high, Onslow will play Naenae for Paul Cameron Cup

Volleyball teaches more than winning or losing

KATENI SAU meets a team from Holy Family School in Porirua experiencing the spirit of Wellington region’s second annual Sportsfest.

Nine-year-olds should start student-athlete journey says coach

McFadden eyeing up next generation of basketball talent at Sportsfest

Tawa stage comeback to snatch Jubilee Cup in tough conditions

Coach puts victory down to fitness and finding the gaps out wide

Street poll: Wellington has a heart, and so should councils

Homelessness, housing and social issues concern people in the coming council elections

Job-seekers flock in their hundreds to Porirua’s newest event

Organisers Partners Porirua happy with launch of initiative and will be back for more

David Jones wows crowd and employee

Wellington’s fascination with the new David Jones store was enough for the doors to be closed for a short time because of opening day crowds.

Store management introduced NewsWire’s PATRICK FRENCH to one of the company’s new local employees, retail assistant Molly Brain (19) to talk about the experience.

Kirks fans reluctantly give new David Jones store the thumbs up

New David Jones store attracts Wellington crowds, but Kirkcaldie and Stains has not been forgotten.

Samuel Gibson’s memory inspires Hawke’s Bay community to ride for brittle bones.

Hawkes Bay gym Peak Fitness encourages exercise to honor memory of local inspiration

Prevention Is key for Te Aro to change crime stats say locals

Te Aro’s crime rates don’t stop citizens from feeling safe in their city, but JADE WINTON-LOWE find they still want more CCTV cameras.

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.