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Friday, 19 September 2014 06:48 pm

Editor’s Picks

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

Political social media specialist Matthew Beveridge rates the work of the Greens as the best, while Internet-Mana’s Callum Valentine says 2014 is the first true social media election in NZ. ASHLEIGH MANNING looks at how the parties’ social numbers stack up.

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 hunders 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.

Swinging voters may decide Wairarapa

Almost one third of Wairarapa voters don’t know who they will vote for according to a phone poll by the NewsWire Team.

Mark the most popular choice for voters clear about change

About a quarter of changing voters are clear about their new electorate candidate choice.

Candidates raise laughs, hackles, heckles and awareness

Can politics be fun? FRANCESCA JAGO attends her first political meeting, is entertained, and informed.

First he beat cancer, now he’s knocked off Mt Fuji

Nick White has had the chance to give something back to the surgeon who operated on him.

Pokie machines split Hutt council, mayor refuses casting vote

One side says getting pokies out of high deprivation areas is the answer, the other says enforcing a sinking lid policy is more important for problem gamblers. AMANDA HERERRA attended this week’s long and passionate debate.

Walker leaving MP life, but she still wants Green valley

Holly Walker’s politicking focused on lifting party vote in Hutt South electorate. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.

Bashed manager of gay bar humbled by group hugs and support

Following a week-long social media campaign crowds packed Ivy Bar and Caberet for a show of solidarity against homophobic violence. JONTY DINE reports on the group hug and singing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ditched when Whitireia Journalism students covered 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.