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 to stop the project. YC LEE reports.
Fresh from North America showing her new series Hope and Wire, Gaylene Preston talks with FRANCESCA JAGO.
Through Wellington’s creative spaces Fraser Hoffe says he has found his reason for living,
Former child star Ainslie Allen has been busy since starring in the 90s hit TV show McDonald’s Young Entertainers. She talks to LIAM CAVANAGH.
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.
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.
Locals have until Friday to tell Wellington City Council why it should not take their playground away.
Friends of Owhiro Stream hope council plans to extensions the Southern Landfill are altered.
Hayley Gastmeier captures the annual celebration lighting up Wellington’s waterfront with culture.
After failing to sell in August, the Vogelmorn Bowling Club has a chance to be retained for wider community.
Lower Hutt’s Sarah Atkin challenges an all-male line-up in the Wellington Mountain Bike Club Downhill Series.
Māori of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes come to Wellington to study the art of performance. MATTHEW LAU reports.
FRANCESCA JAGO meets Māori students in Hawaii learning more about themselves and their culture than they did growing up in NZ.
Kapiti Coast downhill mountain biker Jamie Lyall has been around the world racing and building tracks.
Trailblazers of traditional craft and cultural art from NZ, Hawaii and Canada are celebrated in Toi Maori.
A compost bin was set up to benefit community and council hopes it will inspire more local bins.
The water is warming up and Wellington freediving club members are getting back in the ocean.
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.
After turning Green at college, James Shaw has played a long game in his route to Parliament.
School’s out for dead humpback whale, which gets a karakia from local Maori.
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.
TESS NICHOL discovers the joys of craft beer at this year’s Beervana festival in Wellington.
Hutt Valley Indoor Sports hosts Indoor Cricket World Cup and NZ wants to stop Aussie dominance.
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.
Through Wellington’s creative spaces Fraser Hoffe says he has found his reason for living,
Wellington’s first Syrian refugees need the help of volunteers to show them the Kiwi way.
Performers chosen to end Nan-Ying Cultural Festival opening ceremony.
A new rifle range at the valley’s old landfill has been backed by the community board.
The gig by Wellington-based soul singer Bella Kalolo and music students is captured on video.
Vulnerable communities target of programme based on Aussie model.
Homeless numbers in Wellington are increasing. NICOLE ADAMSON talks to those dealing with the issue.
FINN RAINGER talks to Bert van Dijk about his performance workshop next month and his vision for the future.
NewsWire’s team provides a constant stream of updates on election results and commentary.
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.
At the Labour Party Wharewaka gathering, candidates reflect on their performance.
National Party faithful celebrate at the Penthouse in Brooklyn while the media are put in their place.
Newswire hits the Wellington streets – JONTY DINE and YC LEE ask voters for their thoughts.
The Wellington Central Greens candidate is quietly optimistic of becoming one of the country’s new MPs.
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.
FRANCESCA JAGO and LIZE IMMELMAN report visited the Kelburn School which was one of the Wellington polling stations today.
A political social media specialist rates the work of the Greens as the best in a truly social election.
With just a 1000-vote majority, Peter Dunne’s Ohariu seat could be a game changer.
MATTHEW LAU speaks with top Wellington foodies about restaurant guides and how we, and Michelin, rate.
Conservative candidate Gordon Copeland ruffled feathers with his comments about poverty.
The Opinion Partnership has been using billboards and ads to scare voters about Labour-Greens alliance.
Students who challenged candidates on student issues give their thoughts on how the politicians performed.
About 18,500 people will be working at more than 2500 places set-up for New Zealanders to vote.
National party billboards in the Wellington Central electorate take a hammering in the run-up to the election. SUE TEODORO reports.
The annual Feilding High School show 10 schools and wows the crowd, including photographer AMANDA CARRINGTON .
A passionate and at times unruly crowd grilled Rongotai candidates in Miramar.
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.
NewsWire asks five voters to get On The Fence, a simulation tool is being used by kiwi’s worldwide.
Young and old gathered in their hundreds at Parliament calling for cleaner politics.
FRAN JAGO visits the the Hawaiian island of Maui and records the action at one of its iconic beaches.
The merged national media archive’s first Curator-at-Large talks with YC LEE about his love of sound and vision.
Ron Mark says getting 11% support in 10 days electioneering is just the start.
Alastair Scott’s message for undecided voters is to back the PM.
Door knocking suggests many National and Green voters will give him their electorate vote.
Almost one third of Wairarapa voters don’t know who they will vote for according to a phone poll by the NewsWire Team.
About a quarter of changing voters are clear about their new electorate candidate choice.
Can politics be fun? FRANCESCA JAGO attends her first political meeting, is entertained, and informed.
Nick White has had the chance to give something back to the surgeon who operated on him.
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.
Holly Walker’s politicking focused on lifting party vote in Hutt South electorate. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.
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.
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.
A Wellington builder looks for love in unusual places.
Award-winning soul musician Bella Kalolo is guiding Whitireia music students and will join them on stage. MATTHEW LAU reports.
Newtown firefighters (from left) Alan Ormiston, Mike Dombrowski and Michael Fleming work in one of the busiest stations in the country. SUSAN TEODORO reports.
It’s not only the CBD dining out on Wellington on a Plate – go foraging in Karori.
In the space of three years Lux festival has gone from four installations to 32.
Online political engagement site Ask Away is proving popular with curious young voters.
National candidate upbeat despite facing practiced campaigner Trevor Mallard.
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.
The future of Lower Hutt’s boarded up state houses remains unclear as the debate continues between the city council and Housing NZ.
Civil defence wants to help Newtown become the latest community with a plan for a natural disasters.
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.
A 10-year-old girl who challenged a politician to help her friend out of poverty typifies passionate crowd.
Breastfeeding mum Lucy says Kiwis should understand how tough it is for new mums.
VIDEO: Daren Kamali launches his second book of Pacific poetry with inspirational readings to a Wellington audience. FRANCESCA JAGO reports.