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Wellington shoppers leave gift buying until last minute

Wellingtonians leave shopping to the last minute with many stores only just experiencing a Christmas rush.

Korean Christmas inspires window display, and the people love it

Childhood memory inspires the winner of the people’s choice award in the capital’s display awards.

Council answers critics of pop-up beach

Wellington City Council defends its use of almost $20,000 to build a pop-up beach in Civic Square .

Spreading the love at Christmas.

Capital E has partnered with Foster Hope to pack kits for children entering foster care.

Taking the stress out of the season to be jolly

Wellingtonians not up for the Christmas dinner challenge will be well catered for on December 25th.

WATCH: Guide dog Gina set to venture off with new partner

Blind Foundation graduates Gina and friends from guide school.

WATCH: Rabbit’s tale of survival in the coffee capital.

Red Rabbit Co Coffee manager Baptiste Kreyder talks about carving out a niche in Wellington.

Cartoonist finds his voice again in new graphic novel

Dylan Horrocks new graphic novel Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen is a personal journey.

WATCH: Emotional homecoming for Maori ancestors

After a century abroad Maori ancestral remains return home to Te Papa.

Old heritage building rejuvenated with craft beer on city bypass

Negotiating old building issues with council rules one of challenges for Tuatara.

Capital’s heritage fund needs strengthening.

Councillor questions whether the capital’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund needs more funding.

WATCH: Pints going to the dogs as profits given to SPCA

Wellington’s Blackdog Brewery released a new beer and all proceeds from it donated to the SPCA.

Bigger parking fines wanted for illegal use of disability parks

Wellington council’s Accessiblity Advisory Group says more parks are great, but increase the fines.

Tattoo studio with a difference

Sally Millar, her partner Sam and their dog cross the Tasman to set up an alternative tattoo studio.

Handball champs hit capital

The IHF trophy Oceania championship made its Wellington debut this week with the sport rapidly gaining national popularity.

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.

Johnsonville will know what its new library looks like later next year

Council signs off on new building to integrate community services and facilities.

Capital makes soothing noises, but some are wary of housing review

Wellington City Council reviews as central government looks set to get rid of state housing.

Cafe hopes it will be second time lucky for national award

Three Wellington cafes will be vying for Cafe of the Year honour.

Owhiro friends to know by Christmas if stream battle won

Friends of Owhiro Stream hope council plans to extensions the Southern Landfill are altered.

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.

Rejection pays off for award winning Toi Whakaari actor

Olivia Mahood was rejected four times by drama school, now she’s one of their top students.

Medal honours people behind capital’s beloved baby care packs

Jo Alderdice and Little Sprouts charity has gone from making one baby care pack to becoming one of Wellington’s Local Heroes.

New economic development head gets convention centre to market

Peter Biggs expects Wellington’s new asset to become economic drive like Melbourne centre.

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.

Award-winning artist prepares for London with Wellington auction

Jane Kellahan preparing for trip to London Biennale in January.

Toi Māori Art Market woven in Wellington

Trailblazers of traditional craft and cultural art from NZ, Hawaii and Canada are celebrated in Toi Maori.

Hot yogis rise to 40-day physical and mental challenge

Annie Fitzmaurice talks about how Wellingtonians devoted their time to 40-day yoga challenge.

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.

New novel gives Iraqi people a human face

Kate Carty’s book Run Thomas Run follows an Iraqi family living in fear under Saddam Husain’s regime.

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.

Remember, remember…why in November?

Guy Fawkes celebrations go off in Wellington this weekend, but who remembers why?

Creative writers come to the party for 2014 Fourth Floor Journal

Editor says taking on the project is like throwing a party and hoping the guests turn up.

Hundreds converge on dead whale washed up on Waikanae Beach

School’s out for dead humpback whale, which gets a karakia from local Maori.

Tsunami warnings draw line in Miramar Peninsula

Tsunami escape routes and safety markers for Miramar Peninsula help residents prepare for worst..

WATCH: Whitireia flash-mob haka hits Singapore

Performers end their wānanga to Taiwan with Ka Mate to the surprise of airport travellers.

Texas inspiration for free yoga day in Wellington

A local yoga enthusiast has organised free yoga classes on Labour Day for the Wellington region.

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.

Nurse shortage fears prompt call for mentored programs

An SOS from nurses who say they can’t find work and fear future shortages. FRANCESA JAGO reports.

A street level look at Wellington’s World War 1 history

Locals come face-face with stories and images of Wellingtonians who left 100 years ago to fight in WW1.

WW1 commemorations in the capital

Commemorations kick off in Wellington to mark 100 years since New Zealand soldiers left to fight in WW1.

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.

Thousands entertained and scared by haka in Taiwan streets

A Taiwanese tour guide joins NZ performing for haka Ka Mate during the opening of festival.

Kiwi performers from Wellington and Waikato form alliance in Tainan

Wellington’s Whitireia Performing Arts and Waikato’s Tamaki-Hauraki Kowhao Rau join forces overseas.

WATCH: Bump or be bumped in latest sporting craze

Have a look at a different way people play the most watched sport in the world right here in Wellington.

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.

Video stores feeling the digital pressure as young go for “free stuff”

The digital world of online streaming, movie rental and film piracy is turning local video stores into the walking wounded.

Red Cross App will save lives

Red Cross launches a potentially life saving First Aid and Emergency app. SUE TEODORO reports

Couple’s costume hobby puts WOW factor on show in Plimmerton

The Haydocks’ outrageous outfits, made in their spare time, are on display at Emerging Light Gallery.

NewsWire’s live coverage of the 2014 General Election

NewsWire’s team provides a constant stream of updates on election results and commentary.

Dunne and dusted for 11th term in Parliament

Peter Dunne has been an MP since 1984, and he’s been given another three years.

History repeats itself – and Paul Foster-Bell’s happy

Losing in Wellington Central once again is easy to take when you are basking in National glory.

Andersen upbeat as Labour licks its wounds

At the Labour Party Wharewaka gathering, candidates reflect on their performance.

Greens concedes defeat at Bodega as 15% vote target is missed

JONTY DINE caught the reactions at the Greens election night party as they concede defeat.

Buttoned-down Finalyson team tight-lipped in cinema one

National Party faithful celebrate at the Penthouse in Brooklyn while the media are put in their place.

Wellington streets not too concerned about election result

NICOLE ADAMSON and SARAH WILSON hit Wellington streets on election night to talk to voters.

Word on the street says inequality on voters’ minds tonight

Newswire hits the Wellington streets – JONTY DINE and YC LEE ask voters for their thoughts.

National Party on the “cusp of greatness,” says Hekia Parata

Hekia Parata awaits the election results at the Mana Cruising Club in Paremata.

Chris Bishop surrounded by supporters on nerve-wrecking day

The National candidate for Hutt South nervously awaits the election results at Chappelli’s Bar and Eatery.

Greens’ James Shaw expects to be one of new MPs

The Wellington Central Greens candidate is quietly optimistic of becoming one of the country’s new MPs.

Election in “God’s hands now,” says Kris Fa’afoi

Labour candidate Kris Fa’afoi and his team are waiting anxiously in Titahi Bay for the results to drop.

Paul Foster-Bell quietly confident at the Backbencher

National party candidate Paul Foster-Bell spent the day with a sleep in and then helping people vote.

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

A political social media specialist rates the work of the Greens as the best in a truly social election.

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.

Beans predict National win in coffee vote – and they’ve been right before

Coffee beans have been used to predict the outcome of the election.

Wellington voters unimpressed with Conservative comments on poverty

Conservative candidate Gordon Copeland ruffled feathers with his comments about poverty.

Cunliffe outshines off-key Prime Minister according to punters

What influence has the final leaders debate had on voters? Social media and streets opinion offer clues.

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.

Are New Zealanders resigned and accepting about being spied on?

NewsWire asks Wellingtonians what they thought about being spied on, and for many it is just part of life.

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.

Putting the 9/11 tragedy under the microscope

An exhibition in Wellington puts the events of September 11, 2001 under close scrutiny.

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.

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.