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Maori café opens nights as it reaches second birthday

Open mic nights and live entertainment at Kotuku Cafe add to Waiwhetu’s life.

German language and culture growing on New Zealanders

More than 30,000 Germans live in NZ, and the Goethe Institut supports the language and culture.

Wrights Hill Fortress open day an Anzac Day activity for families

Volunteers ensure World War 2 history is not forgotten by maintaining the old Karori gun fortress.

Wainuiomata’s annual ANZAC parade to go ahead

Community rallies to make sure the annual ANZAC day parade takes place in Wainuiomata.

Lawrence leads Johnsonville to resurgence in Club Rugby

In 12 months, new Johnsonville rugby coach Mason Lawrence has improved team performances.

New Zealand waves goodbye to the Royals

The damp weather doesn’t deter crowds as popular British royals say goodbye to Wellington and NZ.

School, MClass help parents learn English to join community

Parents drop their their kids at Miramar’s Holy Cross school and then stay to learn English.

Churton Park retailers bring community together

Successful festival puts paid to claims that Wellington’s Churton Park is a suburb without a heart

Rising star Tuitama aiming for U20 World Rugby Championship

Northern United and Hurricanes Academy player Aukuso Tuitama in NZ Under-20s training group.

Kiwi women told they need to spend more time being gorgeous

Stylist and motivator Lisa O’Neill talks about how kiwi women need to love their bodies more.

Locals look to ‘Shyft’ Wellington’s attitude to car ownership

Locals eye Wellington as the perfect city to get their car share company ‘Shyft’ into gear.

Photographer’s new book celebrates being 60

Turning 60 was the catalyst behind Jenny O’Connor’s new book ‘Visible’. A record of 60 women at 60.

Wainuiomata River contaminated by E. coli … again

Councillor wants to get to bottom of whatever is regularly polluting a community asset.

Trelissick Park faces fight against council and pests

The Trelissick Park Group has had regional funding cut and wants city council to make up the shortfall.

Blundell’s class beginning to shine for Firebirds

Injury and illness have not stopped breakthrough first-class season for wicket keeper and batsman.

Karori West Normal School proud to promote Maori culture

Principal Janice Shramka is enthusiastic about her school’s role in the community.

New principal loving community support at Greenacres

Greenacres School principal is implementing much needed change in the school and the community.

New phase of positive learning for St Anthony’s School in Seatoun

St Anthony’s School in Seatoun reaping the results after adopting a new learning scheme.

Strength in small numbers for country school in the city

Totara Park School principal is hoping the roll won’t grow too much saying its size is its strength.

Murrihy ensures Amesbury School on right track

Amesbury school is a school of the future with no desks and 21st century technology.

New programmes get Naenae on the right track

Naenae Primary School is looking to the future after striking a perfect harmony of education and positivity.

No hair but Wainuiomata teen has a big heart

After grieving the loss of a family friend and mentor 15 year old Conan Burt shaved his head for cancer.

Murrihy ensures Amesbury School on right track

Amesbury school is a school of the future with no desks and 21st century technology.

Newtown School planning for the future

Newtown Primary School is developing its learning environments to better suit kids in modern society.

Caffeine lovers in the capital try out a new event

It’s Caffeine Awareness month and one of the events was Caffienation on the waterfront.

Sun shines down on Aro Valley festival-goers

Soon solar panels could be powering the local school thanks to the fair’s fundraising.

PHOTO ESSAY: Wellington football tournament still going strong

Football tournament ‘Culture Kicks’ still continues to be a big success after eight years.

PHOTO ESSAY: Starlight Outdoor Cinema a big hit

Wellingtonians brought their rugs, bean bags and picnics to Waitangi Park for a movie under the stars.

Outdoor sculptures go on show during Shapeshifter

Hutt City Council and Hutt Rotary Club combine resources to put on an outdoor sculpture show.

Online bullying making its presence felt in Hutt Valley school ground

School yard bullying is no longer the biggest problem schools face. Social media abuse has arrived.

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: All the fun of Kilbirnie’s annual fair

Thousands of Wellingtonians squeeze into Kilbirnie for a day in the sun

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.

Riders saddle up for Special Olympics competition

Riding for the Disabled prepare to host event in Upper Hutt for first time.

Black romantic comedy creates a meeting of two art forms

One hour, two shows, four actors and many laughs as performing arts student take to BATS.

PHOTO ESSAY: More than a walk through the park

Wellington’s Botanic Garden has been lit up for the New Zealand Festival.

Council backs Culture Kicks 2014 to help rebuild team numbers

MORE than 32 teams are expected at the eight annual multicultural football tournament on Saturday.

Acting novice lands major role in popular show

Wainuiomata Little Theatre has a new leading man for its production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Aikido club kicks off in Belmont with training for beginners

Lessons give potential members a taste of defensive martial art.

Fizz free, smoke free, alcohol free Creekfest attracts thousands

Porirua’s annual Creekfest health festival brought 25,000 people together.

‘Passion’ separates Wellington from the rest say local baristas

Wellington’s coffee is in the world’s top 10, according to a CNN rating.

Museum wants refurbishment out of city council purse

Wellington Museum of City and Sea is looking for $1.6 million in council plan pitch.

Whanau and community message gets across in Creekfest 2014

Public and organisers give at this year’s Creekfest thumbs up at day-long festival.

Cannon’s Creek ratepayers, council team up at festival

Tent gives Creekfest visitors about local initiatives, and gets feedback on what public want.

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.

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.

Students nail it with their own furniture exhibition

Victoria University School of Architecture and Design students show their creations from 300 hours of work.

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.

Group formed to save Wainuiomata Anzac Day parade

The Wainuiomata Community Board is helping form a group to fill the void left by the RSA closure last year.

Wellington welcomes sevens superstars in streets.

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

Kids to learn good internet safety practice from OWLS

An internet safety programme has been launched for primary and secondary children around the country.

Drawing the line in Wellington bars gets creative juices flowing

A Wellington illustrator, animator and designer organises meet ups for local artists to network.

From Masterton to Mars – Kiwi woman on a quest to red planet

Countdown to 2024 lift-off after beating 199,000 others to still be in running for space trip.

Wainuiomata’s 100,000 visitors are untapped, says councillor

In her second term, the ward councillor wants to draw on Wainuiomata’s translation of ‘big water’.

Brannigan Kaa back on stage again for Hutt festival

Performer pays tribute to iwi radio’s part in giving Maori music a place to be heard.

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.

Taranakitanga being brought to Wellington descendants

Te Reo Taranaki Charitable Trust has already put 120 people in the region through its courses.

Students feeding kapa haka crowds at Waiwhetu to raise $5000

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

PHOTO ESSAY: A day at the Trentham races in photos

Horses, hats and heels at Wellington Cup day are captured through photos.

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.

Community board talks to locals via video blog

Wainuiomata Community Board is hoping to connect to a wider audience.

Festival to drum up an audience in Civic Square

On February 21 hundreds of performers fill Civic Square for a massive party and everyone is welcome.

Birdman about to make a splash on Wellington Anniversary day

Wellington’s waterfront will be lined with crazy costumes on Monday for the annual 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.

Mathematics a thing of beauty for Victoria University’s Dr Whittle

Professor is drawn to the beauty and aesthetic appeal of maths, rather than its usefulness.

Council accused of being Christmas Grinch with decorations

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

Samoan women sewing their way to language confidence

Wairarapa REAP has helped a group of women with their sewing skills and also their English.

Tuning in for community board decisions being considered

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

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.

Five Mile Town hits LaDeDa from Auckland via Melbourne

Thousands will flock to the Wairarapa for this year’s LaDeDa festival at Daisybank Farm.

Growing Upper Hutt community encouraged to have their say

Upper Hutt City Council is consulting the community on where to house an increasing population.

Time for secret garden to have management make-over

A hilltop site in Melrose has been described as Wellington’s best kept secret garden.

Young cycling champions enjoy the ride to their dreams

Cycling is a way of life for Ione Johnson and Eden Cruise, who have bigger goals.

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.

Nature shows its colour in Thistle Hall art exhibtion

Artist Sarah Matthew returns to New Zealand for art exhibition inspired by remote environment.

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