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WATCH: Kitten season takes over SPCA in Wellington

Kitten season in Wellington is ending, which causes a bigger demand for foster careers

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Ra Smith: Reviving the “people’s marae.”

A Māori community leader is vying to make a Wairarapa marae vibrant again. THOMAS CROSKERY reports.

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Online versus in-store fine balance for The Mews partners

Domestic online retail sales are growing at a faster pace than international, but all is not lost for in-store retail. JULIA STEEL reports.

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Increasing numbers of Kiwis leave for Asia a longer-term trend

People are departing New Zealand for overseas in the largest numbers since 2014 and Asia is increasingly attractive. NZ China Friendship national president Dave Bromwich talks to SAM ROBINSON about the trend of younger Kiwis moving to China for business opportunities.

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PHOTO ESSAY: A taste of France in capital

The Renault French Festival’s French Village brought European expats, tourists and Kiwi Francophiles together. JULIA STEEL had a taste.

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Sculpture a solstice sacrifice in Wellington

A Balinese inspired harpy demon will be burned on Wellington’s Wairepo Lagoon this evening to celebrate the Winter Solstice. NICHOLAS HENDRICKS reports.

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Prayer a powerful tool for charity working with capital’s impoverished

Hutt based charity Drug-ARM uses sausage rolls, Milo and prayer as some of its strategies to help heal those affected by drugs. SAMUEL ROBINSON spent an evening with them and talked with volunteers.

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Life after pro skateboarding includes helping next generation

Wellington IT worker and skateboarding advocate Chris Wood lived every skating boy’s dream. He talks to ANDREW BEVIN

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Podcast a way to talk about mental health for talented performers

Alcohol and tears were the catalyst for podcast How’d It Go. Actor Max Apse has been on stage and screen and Robbie Nicholl has been the White Man Behind A Desk, but ABIGAIL SINCLAIR PARKER finds their podcast has presented different challenges.

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Little-known textile designs of artist Avis Higgs brought to life

The Wellington artist may have passed away but her daughter is ensuring her work lives on

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Women fly and run Wairarapa Balloon Festival

The sky’s no limit for women who have chased their dreams. SALLY HEMING talk to them about their stories.

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Wainuiomata Hill’s Shared Path project worth wait for mayor

Lower Hutt Mayor excited about safety for walkers and cyclists up Wainui Hill. COURTNEY DAY reports.

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Black Grace Dance is students’ amazing grace

Black Grace provides workshops for Maori and Pacific dance classes at Te Auaha. NIKITA RAWNSLEY-WRATT talks with founder Neil Ieremia. Image: NICHOLAS HENDRICKS

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Silverstream 1st XV lose co-captain but coach has talent to call on

Coach Tim Mannix and co-captain Josh Southall talk to ZACHARY GRAHAM as their rugby season starts

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Students balance violence, sex, Arabian culture

Creative scenes challenge students in the upcoming performance of The Arabian Nights. Leah Tebbutt reports

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Going to dark places for a theatre career all part of the training

Greer Samuel took audience, including dad, to dark places as abused child in lead role at BATS Theatre.

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Amazing maze owner gets scarier

More haunted attractions may be coming to Wellington and possible nearby cornfields. ZOEY OFFORD talks to Hamish Williams.

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Blind worried public transport pets may spook guide dogs

As pet dogs take to public transport, disability assistance dog handlers fear poorly behaved animals.

BONNIE MOSEN talks with trainers of guide dogs and officials about the issue.

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Winter woollens for cold Wellington kids thanks to Marsden students

Students leading project to get warm clothing to schools talk to NIKITA RAWNSLEY-WRATT

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Tuakana/Our Tutors brings the art of creative teachers to life

An artist’s body twisted into typefaces will accompany carving and jewellery at Te Auaha’s second exhibition.

The exhibition will showcase the work of tutors from Whitireia and WelTec’s creative programmes at the gallery on Dixon Street. NICHOLAS HENDRICKS reports.

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NZ Festival moves into Te Auaha

Te Auaha invites creative New Zealanders to share building to help shape the future of Kiwi innovators. NIKITA RAWNSLEY-WRATT talks to marketing co-ordinator Brianne Kerr.

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New Weltec beauty therapy brings hydrotherapy pod to Te Auaha

A futuristic pod will be used in training with a new NZQA qualification in NZ

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Lower Tory St project attracts people – but not the desired ones

The Lower Tory Street project has bought unwanted skateboarders, drunks, homeless and to the area.

NIKITA RAWNSLEY-WRATT talks to local businesses.

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Niuean congregation may be homeless

Local Presbyterians are seeking community support as regional authorities act to close the premises. LEAH TEBBUTT reports.

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Te Auaha theatres providing creative spaces for Wellington performances

Wellington Comedy Fest shows, musical events and more planned to be held in Te Auaha’s theatre spaces

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Escaping trauma, healing from the past in Wellington

Former Colombian refugee Yibeth Morales Ayala relives her experience and gives her view on the refugee intake system. TOM CROSKERY reports.

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Salvation Army window tells true story of grandmother’s loss

Women’s side of the story is represented in Johnsonville’s heartfelt Anzac window display. Susan Bradley was moved by the story of her own great grandmother. COURTNEY DAY reports.

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More dead rats and mice on Predator Free Northland’s agenda

Tim Trengrove, from Predator Free Northland, wants traps in every backyard and council help.

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Spate of drone issues raises questions about regulation

Photographer wants drone buyers licenced so because laws penalise responsible professionals

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Trail run raises $25,000 for Ronald McDonald House

PNBHS students, teachers have completed a Cape Reinga to Island Bay Te Araroa Trail Challenge.

NIC ORR talks to them on their arrival in Wellington.

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Solway Primary School ex-students gather for 100th party

School which survived closure threat makes it to centenary with plenty of stories

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St Oran’s girls 2018 dragon boat title all about mental toughness

Captain Alyssa Best, coach Alistair McDonald reflect on teamwork and mental strength

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Garage Project website nominated for the internet’s highest honour

Wellington’s creative community recognised in website standing – and you can cast a vote

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Meet London’s woman in Wellington, Laura Clarke

British High Commissioner wants more diversity in diplomacy, and LAURA WILTSHIRE finds she’s leading by example

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Henson Retrospectacle stars to spend time with capital creative students

A select number of creative tertiary students from Wellington will be putting on makeup and lighting up the lights for the inaugural New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity Te Auaha Talks. SARAH McMULLAN reports.

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WATCH: Oil protest proves worthwhile

Protesters applaud an end to oil exploration in New Zealand. Mobile reporter BRONTE WILSON filmed events leading up to this week’s announcement.

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Principal prepares children for jobs that don’t exist yet

Solway Primary School’s new Principal steers school into 21st century learning

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Combat video journalist Margaret Moth remembered at Te Auaha

Kiwi-born Moth’s close friend attended the Te Auaha opening. He talks with LAURA WILTSHIRE about her legacy

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New Kaikoura quake, flexible work behind Wellington region property trend

Working from home and living outside the city centre are boosting the property market thanks to CBD property issues.

ANDREW BEVIN reports.

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NZ’s cultural capital debate has winner at CubaDupa: Wellington

With Auckland hitting back at the claim Wellington City Council in its latest long term draft that “Wellington is known as the culture capital of New Zealand”, the debate is not going away. So SAM ROBINSON asks the experts.

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Te Auaha make-up artistry team create nymph and troll

CubaDupa crowds pouring through Te Auaha got a glimpse into the creative world of make-up artistry

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Mayor gets all dressed up for the CubaDupa 2018 party

Justin Lester dressed up to promote CubaDupa thanks to make-up artistry tutors from Te Auaha

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Te Reo introduction courses for businesses fill up quickly

Wellington Chamber of Commerce says it is offering courses because Te Reo important for business

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Fund-razoring for blood cancer support in heart of Wellington

People have their heads shaved in shop window to raise money and awareness for leukaemia, blood

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LISTEN: Capital’s foodies embrace Ethiopia

Ethiopian cuisine has been brought to Wellington by former refugees. SAPEER MAYRON reports on the latest in a string of eateries.

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Kieran McAnulty – painting a region red

Wairarapa’s new list MP is a man on a mission. He talks to THOMAS CROSKERY about the past, being in Government, and the future.

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Mana Wāhine celebrate 125 years of getting vote

New Zealand’s year long celebration of women’s voting rights launched today at Government House. Laura Wiltshire reports.

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Speed, crank, ice, uppers, meth – Salvos issue warning

In their 10th annual report on social and economic issues that need addressing, the Salvation Army fears the rise of meth. SARAH McMULLAN reports.

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It’s fine… but – an economist explains the New Zealand economy.

The economy can be ok, but have issues on some areas, says Shamubeel Equab.

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Flashmob a meeting of mindfulness in Wellington

A soothing flashmob gently hits the capital’s harbor front to focus on mindful leadership

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Community hub gives more options for residents in Johnsonville

New building breaks monopoly on Johnsonville commercial real estate, says community leader

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NZ to whakatū for women’s rights 125 years after vote victory

‘Whakatū Wāhine’ to celebrate 125 years of women’s voting rights – that’s what the Ministry for Women wants Kiwis to do. The phrase means Women Stand Up and represents not just women, but all people, standing up for women’s rights. LAURA WILTSHIRE reports.

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Law professor after justice for baby name choices

Law professor offers pro bono appeal so parents can get the baby name they want.

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PHOTO ESSAY: A day in the life of a scientist

Reporter BRONTE WILSON joins marine biologist Josh Brian in his lab for the day as he researches coral DNA.

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Young people getting into art buying – given they can’t afford houses

The digital age is bring art collectors and artists together more easily.

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Basin battlers wary of transport scenarios to be announced

City, regional council and NZTA will on Wednesday announce the latest blueprint to ease Wellington traffic congestion. After saving the Basin Reserve once already, defenders of the landmark are watching with interest. LAURA WILTSHIRE reports.

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Archive photo captures SPCA encounter that changed a life

SPCA annual appeal time, and Sarah McMullan tracked down a boy in 1955 photo

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Building owners can bank on council to stop bits falling on people

Developer Richard Burrell scolded Wellington City councillors for considering loaning money to building owners to stop masonry and parappets falling off – but they voted for the plan. THOMAS CROSKERY reports from the council City Strategy Committee meeting.

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The unseen faces behind the change of government

Three buidlings, three days, 700-plus people, 10,000 boxes – LAURA WILTSHIRE reports on the big move

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Journalism award for te reo in prime time

Maiki Sherman, second time Maori journalist of the year says the experience has been humbling.

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LISTEN: More Maori needed in journalism

Māori journalism and books were celebrated in Wellington last night. ELIJAH HILL talks to one of the award winners about her dream for Māori in mainstream news.

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Region plans get shake up as new emergency plans rolled out

As the one year anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquake approaches, Wellington Regional Emergency Management is schooling locals up on new hubs.

THOMAS CROSKERY reports on one of the meetings in Karori.

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Kiwi’s gear up for the big Aussie race

At 5 o’clock today, Kiwi’s across the country will stop working and turn their eyes to the TV to watch an Australian horse race. The Melbourne Cup, known as the race that stops a nation, garners more attention in New Zealand than any local race. British horse Marmelo is  favourite to win the cup, according […]

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Google YouTube is bringing kiwi horror to the world’s screens

Killer Kiwi horror films are in the spotlight thanks to a collaboration with NZ On Air

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Tenant already lining up for proposed waterfront building

The proposed building at site 9 in Kumutoto on the Wellington Waterfront will supply much needed high quality office space to Wellington

ANDREW BEVIN reports.

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Council makes appointments to fill Eagle’s vacancy

Council is Wellington’s biggest landlord and Dawson intends to support tenants

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New leadership for student legal advocacy group

Environment, community key for the next generation of leaders of a student legal advocacy group

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Climate change promise all rhetoric say trolley bus fans

Locals farewell trolley buses amid calls for sustainable transport.

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Waterfront Watch challenges capital council on consulation

Public had just five days to digest latest plans from consultation for last remaining building site

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Chinese speakers surge thanks to schools support

Kiwis’ need for Chinese language, cultural knowledge underlined amid growth of Mandarin in schools

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Charter school boss hopes politics, ideology can be put aside

Parties in the new coalition government were clear in their campaigning that they were against charter schools.

LAURA WILTSHIRE talks to the CEO of a high profile charter school and to the teachers’ union about how they see the future.

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Kaikoura quake, flexible work behind Wellington region property trend

Working from home and living outside the city centre are boosting the property market thanks to CBD property issues.

ANDREW BEVIN reports.

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Waiting for Winston: A political playlist to soothe your nerves

To help ease the nerves, yet prepare you for the “big moment”, SARAH MCMULLAN has created this playlist

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WATCH: Arrests at weapons expo

Police have arrested a number of protesters outside Westpac Stadium for blocking a roadway leading into a weapons expo. BLAIR MOCKETT reports.

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Lions win again… just

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WATCH: Ohariu voters have made their choice for a new MP

Johnsonville voters reflect on an election during which their MP resigned

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WATCH: What to eat on election day – sausages and scones of course

Petone voters are being well fed today with sausages in bread, scones and cream

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WATCH: Election Day ticks still popular with voters in Rongotai

WATCH: Despite the increased number of early voters, convenience and tradition were among the reasons why Rongotai voters waited for Election Day to hit the polls. Voting booths are open until 7pm today. BRONTE WILSON reports.

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Kiwis are getting out to vote in 2017 General Election

Polling booths are open until 7pm for New Zealanders to cast their ballot

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Follow the election here

The Whitireia Team is covering the election live around Wellington. Click above for a rolling blog of updates as election night progresses.

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