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St Pat’s First XV champion after 20 long years

A prayer for the late Jerry Collins, a member of the last winning St Pat’s Town team, was one of the inspirations for victory this week. ARANA KENNY reports.

Toa rugby has hopes for future despite not fielding a team in 2015

Porirua club is not in the Horowhenua/Kapiti competition for the first time in 18 years.

McCullough makes jump to world champs team

Nikau McCullough at his Porirua chapel basketball court where he plays with his friends – in contrast to the world stage he climbed up to this month. ARANA KENNY reports.

Cold facts show work needed before everyone has Warm Fuzzies

With some of the worst statistics for poorly insulated housing in New Zealand, Wellington is struggling to meet the demand to fit out homes with proper heating. COLIN ENGELBRECHT looks at the statistics, and talks to an organisation which is part of the solution.

Higher life expectancy for Maori not good enough

The gap between Maori and non-Maori life expectancy has narrowed, but ARANA KENNY finds there is more work to be done.

International visitors rise boosting Hawke’s Bay economy

A rise of international visitors to New Zealand is flowing through to regions such as Hawke’s Bay.

Porirua schools work smart with funding to plug in digital learners

Porirua schools are part of the spend-up on electronics through smart use of grants and funding.

PHOTO ESSAY: Harbourside market draws crowd

Harbourside market, the oldest and most popular market draws large crowds every Sunday morning. Captured by COLIN ENGELBRECHT.

PHOTO ESSAY: Rock climbing at Fergs Kayaks

Fergs Kayaks rock climbing wall on Wellington’s Waterfront is an attraction for people of all ages.

Community centre wants to come out of hiding in Mt Victoria

Mt Victoria’s local community centre is on the hunt for a new home to suit everyone.

City cyclists in for safer ride, but there’s still more talk before action

Wellington City Council has proposed a new cycle framework in Wellington. JAMES LOBBAN checks in with the cycling lobby and a councillor, who are hopeful this finally means action for dedicated city cycle lanes, after years of talking.

Crowds still pouring into Te Papa for Anzacs

Haunting, emotional and stunning are some of the words being used by the thousands of people lining up to see the ‘The Scale of Our War’ exhibition. JADE MAISEY reports.

New theatre company aims to help bring life to Hutt city centre

NextStage, is using the old Little Theatre as its home and its well known founders have clear aims.

PHOTO ESSAY: Hurricanes closing in on finals appearance

Hurricanes victory at Westpac Stadium captured by JAMES LOBBAN

Kiwi wins sci-fi trip to US for L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of Future

Three years of self taught illustration work has paid off for Amit Dutta after winning a dream prize for amateur artists in the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of The Future competition. He talks with COLIN ENGELBRECHT after returning from Los Angeles.

Hawaiian group feel right at home in NZ

Pūpūkahi I Ke Alo O Nā Pua were hosted at Maraeroa Marae in Porirua and performed at Te Papa.

Police deploying more officers to high risk areas across region

Police resources are being moved away from community based constables in areas such as Porirua.

A Victorian Gaiety raising funds for the The Basin Reserve appeal

Dress up as a servant, maid, low society or high society to fight Transit in High Court

Anzac weekend chance to get on war footing in Wrights Hill tunnels

Karori fort took six years to build and was designed to foil Japanese invasion during World War 2.

Principal of Porirua’s Ngati Toa Primary School gets to walk the talk

Kaye Bruntonspent five years advising other people on running a school, and is now running her own.

Council happy to know students are aware of The Pack app for partying

Survey shows app designed to keep students safe is still on their minds – even if they do not use it.

Wellington gets jazzed up for its annual music festival

Capital Jazz festival will have about 100 local and international acts in June.

Cuba container cafe helping hospitality students

The café is a social enterprise and is run by the not for profit organisation Zeal.

Wellington children learn about the life of a World War I soldier

Wellington children discover ANZAC history at the local library and community centre.

WATCH: Financial aftershocks of the Christchurch quake in capital

Property owners are struggling to fund multi-million-dollar building upgrades.

Outsourcing Maori programming still raw, but the show goes on

Last year’s decision left many Maori outraged, while others took the opportunity. LIAM CAVANAGH reports.

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

An Otago University stomach cancer report highlights over-representation of Maori in stats. FINN RAINGER reports.

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.