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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.

Beyond the hijab: Living as a Muslim female in Wellington

Living in Wellington is a daily celebration of culture for three Muslim university students. BETHANY PEARSON reports.

REVIEW: DJ Stickybuds rocks the boat

Stickybuds entertained crowds at Wellington’s Tugboat, and having experienced him live once before, OREN OAARIKI went along for more.

Wellington welcomes sevens superstars in streets.

Wellington came alive for the annual sevens Parade which welcomes the international teams to the city.

PHOTO ESSAY: Bowl-A-Rama grabs skate fans

Brazilian Pedro Barras took out last week’s international skateboard competition in Wellington’s Waitang Park. ELLIOT PARKER captured the action in photos.

Young Warkina finding his roots and making a difference in Africa

Warkina Tujuba is heading to Africa on voluntary work thanks to a big fundraising effort. KHALID AHMED met the 17 year-old who talks about why he is making the journey back to where he was born, and where he will walk in his late father’s footsteps.

Singer-songwriter tries her hand at English album

Kirsten Terito is about to release her first album in English, but another te reo one is on the way.

Students feeding kapa haka crowds at Waiwhetu to raise $5000

New kapa haka uniforms the goal for St Bernard’s and Sacred Heart students.

Beware of toxic algae in Hutt River, say council warnings

Upper Hutt and Hutt City Councils alert for algae levels which can be fatal to dogs.

History repeats, as the art of Hoppertainment comes to bay

Island Bay man John Shorland is again outside his comfort zone as he turns to a 100 year old art form.

Stories shared at Museum of City and Sea popular part of exhibition

Locals and visitors have written their personal stories for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui exhibition.

A taste of Ethiopia in Wellington

Wellington’s first full time Ethiopian restaurant has opened in Tory St. KHALID AHMED attended the historic event.

Superhuman Trek attack forecast for Frank Kitts Park

Khan will have to deal with female Star Trek leads and picnic baskets in the park.

Climate change job also has economic demands, says new councillor

As he prepares to tackle the climate change portfolio in 2014, new Wellington City Councillor David Lee intends to address the role from an economic perspective, instead of environmental. He talks to JULIE TAYLOR.

Council’s Brooklyn property sale excluded public, say locals

Building has started on a Brooklyn property which was sold by the Wellington City Council, and locals say they are angry about a process. Meanwhile a social housing trust building on the site is caught in the middle. ANNEKA PAUL reports.

Council accused of being Christmas Grinch with decorations

Newswire took to the streets to see what Wellington thinks of not refreshing Christmas decorations.

Tuning in for community board decisions being considered

Arrow FM has presented South Wairarapa community boards with the idea of their own radio programme.

Month of fame for ex-orchestra member Vicki Jones

Double bass player Vicki Jones has been on TV and won an award in the past month. She talks with LAUREN HERTZBERG.

Students’ murals brighten up neighbourhoods in Paint Up project

A council project has brightened up Berhampore and Newtown with designs and painting by local kids.

Wellington goes crackers for Christmas in streets

The annual Christmas parade had Wellington city dancing in the streets. PENNY SCOTT captured the day in pictures.

Chef Abdelghani’s cookbook dream a reality

Moroccan chef Abdelghani El Adraoui has always dreamed of writing his own cookbook and finally has one. He talks to KHALID AHMED about what inspired him.

Olympics the dream for refereeing couple wedded to basketball

Iranian basketball referees Fatemeh Fazel and Rouhi Maher enjoy officiating together as a married couple.

Wellington City Council Youth Group end year on a high

The Wellington City Council Youth group have been a great success according to Youth Council director

Hundreds of santas turn out for ‘KidsCan’ fundraiser

Dash of santas from Frank Kitts Park to Waitangi Park and back.

New-look Wellington sevens rugby team coming into form

The Wellington sevens team got off to a good start finishing third in the Auckland sevens

Bianca van Dyk selected for Netball NZ elite development camp

Irene’s daughter wants to make her own way in netball, but she accepts the connection to her famous mother will always be there. JESSE CLARK talks with the pair about the expectations.

VIDEO: Who needs a publisher these days anyway?

Wellington Zinefest 2013 showcased 50 DIY creatives on Saturday. OREN OAARIKI captured the activity on video.

Kaibosh aims to save Hutt Valley food from the bin

Wellington’s not-for-profit food rescue organisation seeks funding to expand operations.

Sore feet to support young people

WHELDON Curzon-Hobson will walk 180 kilometres around Wellington and then to Palmerston North this month to help change the lives of young people. Mr Curzon-Hobson, 45, said the purpose of the walk was for young people to share inspirational stories with him. “I meet a whole lot of young people in our area who are […]

Artists drawn from the cities to the Wairarapa life

Wairarapa artists Barry Saunders and Megan Campbell talk to LAUREN HERTZBERG about their move from city to country.

Basketball fans hope their video will get them to New York

Wellingtonians attempt to ‘trick shot their way to the NBA’ with extreme beer pong shots.

Wellington landscape designer wins silver award in world cup

Landscape designer continues his winning streak at the Gardening World Cup in Japan.

Mixed views on city council’s freedom camping plan

Wellington City councillors will meet this month to consider freedom camping, and to hear oral submissions before making a final decision next month. JESSE CLARK reports on the issue, and talks to locals in the areas identified.

Wellingtonians eat more fair bananas than other kiwis

An Ecuadorian Fair Trade banana farmer made the rounds in Wellington last week.

Research project a time machine for pre-European Maori

Victoria University is taking a garden back in time, using it to research pre-European New Zealand.

Excited Hobbit fans quiz the stars of Desolation of Smaug

Hobbit fans lined Kent Terrace today to catch a glimpse of Peter Jackson’s latest film in the trilogy.

Spying, inequality lead Anonymous in masks to Parliament

March the first of 447 around the world the be staged on November 5.

Lost Maori land could be returned to Te Atiawa after 70 years

A Hutt City Council rezoning hearing could result in Te Atiawa iwi getting back a patch of land taken more than 70 years ago, reports HOANI HOTENE.

Skilled and qualified refugees stacking shelves at supermarkets

It can be hard settling in to a new culture, especially getting a job. SAM DUFF looks at services that smooth the way for refugees.

New technology raises hopes for night surfing at Lyall Bay corner

Text-to-pay lights in fake rocks and portable night lights are two of the latest options in a proposal which is close to being presented to Wellington City Council. ELLIOT PARKER talks to Russell Millar of Lyall Bay Board Riders about the idea.

Trentham Racecourse site for region’s first drive-in cinema

Pre-sale tickets are moving fast for Wellington region’s first drive-in movie cinema – and they only went on sale yesterday.

LAUREN MANN talks to one of the entrepreneurs behind the summer idea.

Traditions of Pahiatua children live on at Polish School

Wellington’s Polish School celebrates it’s 60th anniversary, and LIAM MACANDREW learns their cultural story in a strange land.

Wade-Brown lays out vision for her second term as capital’s mayor

CELIA WADE-BROWN pulled dead heads out of flower pots while awaiting the mayoral election results, but she had no need for nerves thanks to a majority of more than 2500.

JULIE TAYLOR reports on her winning words.

NewsWire’s coverage of council elections

Labour MP Kris Faafoi congratulates Nick Leggett, right, on his re-election as Porirua’s mayor on Saturday. Click on the headline for NewsWire’s coverage of national media.

Video: Wellington voters turned away in final rush to lodge papers

A woman tossed her papers from a car to a stranger as NewsWire Team watched a frenzied last hour of voting.

Thorndon operators want council to change angled parking

The incoming council needs to adress the parking layout in Thorndon if they want to satisfy Thorndon businesses.

Local businesses look for action from the incoming mayor

Local businesses say they are looking for the new council to actively address problems with the CBD.

Who stole my sign? It’s the latest electioneering slogan

Eastern Ward councillor Swampy Marsh finds tongue in cheek response to election theft.

Mayoral hopefuls angry at being dismissed by academic

Management lecturer’s comments in story described as irresponsible and a disservice to democracy.

Almost half of ward candidates don’t bother showing to meeting

Large public turn-out to Ngaio’s western ward meeting not reciprocated by some candidates.

Cannons Creek in final push on eve of tavern liquor licence hearing

Porirua mayoralty candidates have varying views on the contentious liquor licensing application for a tavern in
Cannons Creek. CAMERON MASSEY reports.

Media coverage of mayoral race unfair, says candidate Goulden

The former councillor takes time to attack the media and other candidates during his bid to lead capital.

Petone residents fighting to keep their medical centre score a win

Poor people will suffer, a meeting about the possible closure of a health centre was told.

Traffic cones prove popular targets for pranksters

Taken from work-sites all over the city, traffic cones are appearing in unreachable locations. PAUL ORDISH reports.

Design students litter Bowen House with petals and glass for art

An exhibition is showing works on the environment and the bottom line. CAM MASSEY went for a look.

Labour pledges good news for Living Wage campaigner

LIVING Wage Aotearoa tries to stay apolitical, but has welcomed the issue’s entry into the Labour leadership battle of the past week. Organisers also know where to buy their bread now after a Miramar bakery pledges support. KHALID AHMED.

John Key the target as Labour leader hopefuls campaign in Wellington

David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson continue to make commitments to a living wage of $18 an hour.

Kahurangi School officially opens

Miramar South and Strathmore schools are laid to rest as the final stage of the merger in Wellington’s eastern suburbs is completed. KHALID AHMED was at the event.

Featherston resident’s idea to help puzzled tourists pleases council

Featherston Community Board takes up local’s suggestion of pointing visitors in the right direction.

Former Whitireia journalism student wins New Horizons Award

Liz Wylie worked in many fields before deciding to pursue journalism as a career.

Late night bars brace for worst as council drinking vote looms

One September 12 Wellington City Council will decide new rules for licenced premises. Bar owners feel they were not listened to at hearings on the rules, but the council describes the rules as permissive. OREN OAARIKI reports.

Peekaboo app designed by Wainuiomata dad launched by Plunket

The idea for a new app to encourage children’s brain development was inspired by the designer’s daughter.

Victoria researcher and team solve 40-year-old maths problem

A Victoria University professor is part of a team that have finally cracked a problem posed in 1970.

Early Sunday start for pupils learning about financial literacy

Young students from St Mark’s Church School have been learning about finance and entrepreneurship.

Anti-nuclear past the subject of radioactive art exhibition

New Zealand’s defiant nuclear history proves inflammatory at a new art exhibition.

Food science panel dish up their thoughts on the future of food

Top foodies formed a panel to discus developments in eating on Tuesday night.