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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.

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.

Fifty shades of grey turn up in Upper Hutt for NZ First leader

The threat of super city amalgamation was the meeting issue, but it became all about Winston Peters.

Online voting tool a big hit for people ‘On the Fence’

NewsWire asks five voters to get On The Fence, a simulation tool is being used by kiwi’s worldwide.

Laundry list outside Parliament calls for cleaner politics

Young and old gathered in their hunders at Parliament calling for cleaner politics.

WATCH: Wellingtonians rally for cleaner politics with laundry list

Wellingtonians tired of the shady dealings highlighted in Nicky Hagar’s book, rallied at Parliament on Wednesday.

Homelessness and living costs for students dominate housing debate

People sleeping on the street and tertiary students struggling to pay the rent are big issues.

Electorate change rattles Mallard, but he is winning social friends

Longstanding MP skyrockets on the social media popularity scale

Crowd warms to passionate Ginny in Ohariu gathering

Labour’s Ohariu candidate Virginia Andersen finds warmer response than Peter Dunne in Wadestown.

Church niceties observed on altar of polite politics

A crowd of about 50 people took a pew at Central Baptist Church in Wellington for local candidates.

Hager wants strong media, transparent government

Nicky Hager calls for more money for public broadcasting to guard against right wing bloggers.

Climate change hot Wadestown topic – too hot for some

Wadestown residents meet the candidates, including two new “young thrusters”.

Wet and wild Aro Valley gives candidates a political spray

Hundreds of Wellington residents all crammed into the Aro Valley Community centre for iconic debate.

Chicken joins politicians for election debate on factory farming

Hettie the hen on the hustings with five election candidates in Wellington.

World Suicide Day time to set goals as Samaritans short on listeners

Samaritans Wellington needs funding to train for helpline service which averages 52 calls a day.

Newtown voters can be a trusting bunch -but they want answers

Rongotai candidates on health issues among other things at a packed meeting in Newtown.

Call for action against ISIS atrocities in Syria and Iraq

Marchers call on parliament to voice opposition to ISIS atrocities in the Middle East.

Rongotai candidates get a grilling with good humour

A boisterous crowd puts Newtown candidates through their paces at election meeting in church hall.

Mark says he has “blown it wide open” with his late entry

Ron Mark says getting 11% support in 10 days electioneering is just the start.

National candidate says Wairarapa should unite behind Key

Alastair Scott’s message for undecided voters is to back the PM.

Labour’s McAnulty not surprised by undecided voters

Door knocking suggests many National and Green voters will give him their electorate vote.

Mark the most popular choice for voters clear about change

About a quarter of changing voters are clear about their new electorate candidate choice.

First he beat cancer, now he’s knocked off Mt Fuji

Nick White has had the chance to give something back to the surgeon who operated on him.

Revealed. The artist behind Wellington’s coastal sculptures.

An Island Bay man’s enviromental sculptures withstand Wellington’s wild weather.

Urban hazard for native birds lead to hundreds of cases each year

DoC, Zealandia experts want people to be aware of preventable injuries.

18th century violins centre stage in lunchtime concert

Concert showcases a couple of rare violins.

3D pop out dress wins supreme award at wearable art show

Wearable art awards showcase college talent.

Builder puts heart on the pavement in search for true love

A Wellington builder looks for love in unusual places.

Bright new books for bright new minds in Porirua

Pupils at Ngati Toa given the gift of words by Wellington Rotary Club.

A growing thirst for craft beer more than just a trend

More than just a trend, craft beer is changing the way we enjoy beer according to retailers.

Poetry and coffee prove a winning combination

Whitireia creative writing students and local writers create book of poetry to hold while drinking coffee.

Peanut butter-stuffed, choc-dipped huhu grubs wriggling onto plates

It’s not only the CBD dining out on Wellington on a Plate – go foraging in Karori.

Wellingtonians lit up by city’s latest art festival sensation

In the space of three years Lux festival has gone from four installations to 32.

Any questions for your politicians? Ask Away thanks to Meg Howie

Online political engagement site Ask Away is proving popular with curious young voters.

Chris Bishop reckons he has youth and a positive message on his side

National candidate upbeat despite facing practiced campaigner Trevor Mallard.

Waiting list grows in Hutt Valley as houses remain empty

The future of Lower Hutt’s boarded up state houses remains unclear as the debate continues between the city council and Housing NZ.

Dumpling Queen to expand her Wellington empire

Dumpling queen Vicky Ha is opening two new pop up shops in the CBD .

Artist with A Careful Eye returns to the Hutt

After a four decade hiatus, award winning photographer Peter Peryer returns to The Dowse .

Fundraiser for her dog blows away Ailsa as Wellingtonians give $1400

Ailsa Lipscombe’s chronic pain is being helped as she edges toward the $20,000 she needs.

Tai Chi a gentle, and cheap, way to keep fit in Wellington

Presbytarian Support Central invests in Enliven programme to help elderly.

Newtown push to prepare locals for the worst

Civil defence wants to help Newtown become the latest community with a plan for a natural disasters.

Book fair raises $100,000 and they are planning a 20th birthday

Downtown Community Ministry’s annual event in Wellington draws generous crowds.

Political pledges to support a review of student benefits

Six of eight political parties have agreed to review system as student body pushes election issue.

One year on, same-sex couples find some churches happy to wed

This week marks a year since same-sex marriage became law, and some churches are welcoming.

Airport security breach forces hundreds to be re-screened

Passenger returning to plane for item sets off scare, but airport happy with just 30-minute delay.

National standards don’t reflect student improvement

The merit of national standards is still the subject of debate among educators.

Children’s sculpture exhibition is about to hit the road

An exhibition of sculptures inspired by the books of a popular New Zealand author,are about to go on tour.

Fashion passion started in South Korea, now in Cuba Mall

Moah Lee was inspired by her parents and encouraged by her husband Paul.

Eco friendly fabrics leave small footprint

A local Owhiro Bay artist has created a business
which puts the enviroment first.

Popular Aro Street bakery celebrates a milestone birthday

Freshly baked bread key to the success of a popular Aro street bakery celebrating its 25th birthday

St Pauls in Wellington hosts 1000 at Forum on Child Poverty

A 10-year-old girl who challenged a politician to help her friend out of poverty typifies passionate crowd.

Hiding breastfeeding in Kiwi culture does not help new mums

Breastfeeding mum Lucy says Kiwis should understand how tough it is for new mums.

School and University join forces for children’s opera.

Kelburn Normal School is teaming up with Victoria University to stage the children’s opera Brundibar.