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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.

Futsal fans can follow national team on YouTube next week

Wellingtonians can look forward to more international futsal in city after successful tournament.

Principal’s first year a cultural experience

Learning from the diverse cultures at St Teresa’s School in Karori suits Mary-Angela Tombs.

Here’s to 25 years of speaking at Cook Strait Toastmasters

Kilbirnie club’s celebration dinner will include 15 founding club members

Phoenix optimistic about reaching A-League finals

Wellington Pheonix manager Ernie Merrick speaks after team training ahead of the inaugural FFA Cup.

Cuba street rally wants factory farming phased out

A national day of action against factory farming sparks rally in Wellington.

Students to help owners by assessing quake prone buildings

Newtown shaky heritage buildings will have plans drawn to encourage owners to strengthen them.

Hutt Repertory Theatre gets nostalgic for its 70th birthday

The Hutt Repertory Theatre members are bringing back one act plays to celebrate.

First female high commissioner up for challenge in her new role

Her Excellency Joy Kere, is not intimidated by her position or the tasks that lie ahead.

Independent cinema still a hit with Wellington audiences

Wellington cinema managers not worried about a rise in online piracy.

Pan pipers perform a skill their leader wants to preserve

Paul Lincoln may be living in New Zealand, but he is committed to preserving iconic Solomons sound.

Bertos was close to Thai deal before signing to play in India

Leo Bertos earns marquee status in league rated higher than Aussie

Petone will be an art gallery for the work of Thumbs Up artists.

Young artists with disabilities are creating pieces which will be displayed around cafes and shops.

Squeezed Victoria students say new science space overdue

University investment in science facilities excites students and staff.

Geordie’s welcoming Geordies as football takes over capital

Publican has seen Kiwis embrace football as rugby watching wanes.

Big crowd challenges candidates on social justice issues

Greens, Labour, Mana and National candidates and representatives attended Wellington Young Feminist’s forum.

Rare Beatles album snapped up before book fair even starts

More than 90,000 books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, puzzles, games await buyers, and more are welcome.

Zoo wants to breed tigers, and good consumers

Wellington Zoo is awaiting the arrival of a male Sumatran tiger to join existing female tiger, Senja.

Peace rallies for Israel and Palestine take to Wellington streets

As Israel enters Gaza, white doves and loudspeakers highlight the conflict in Wellington.

Porirua kids get a kick out of computer coding

At Coder Dojo, E-Learning Porirua is offering free sessions on computer coding for children and parents

Teams up for ultimate challenge at frisbee world champs

Two Ultimate Frisbee teams from Wellington have made it to the Wolrd Championships in Italy

All Whites veteran rejuvenates defeated Futsal Whites

LEO Bertos makes his international futsal debut, but still wants to be an All White

Mega fun for school holiday kids

Children had a blast at the Mega Inflatable Day hosted at the Kilbirnie Recreation Center on Friday.

Readers have thousands of titles to choose from at Karori Book Fair

Proceeds will go to disabled, and to language schools for migrants.

Secret to success of Brooklyn’s school holiday programme

‘Celebrity’ Matt’s formula means parents are struggling to get their kids in.

International flavour as capital enjoys football final

When a Thai, a Zimbabwean and a German walk into a bar it’s no joke, it’s World Cup fever.

Passionate Argentinians brought to tears in their Messi shirts

Supporters in Wellington brave the early morning cold to support their team – with dissapointing results

German ambassador celebrates World Cup win

The German community in Wellington cheers as their team scores an historic World Cup win

Wellington protest march for Maui’s dolphin with message for minister

Nick Smith target after oil exploration raised dismissed as threat to dolphins in marine reserve.

New Zealand consumers to benefit more from extended warranties

Changes to the Fair Trade Act 1986 positive for consumers purchasing extended warranties.

Tawa rugby on the rise

Tawa rugby has come a long way in 18 months, and according to Tawa RFC’s chairman, Dave Banks, that’s down to some changes in key areas.

Push to Attract More Visitors From Different Places

Why Tourism New Zealand is targeting India, Indonesia and Latin America for the next three years.

More female same-sex couples exercising their right to marry

More female couples have chosen to tie the knot since the Marriage Equality Bill was passed early last year.

Is Wellington the country’s clever capital?

Wellington has the highest percentage of people with degrees in New Zealand – does this make it the ‘clever capital’?

Is it too soon to make a movie about flight MH370?

Your View: Wellintonians not ready for a film about flight MH370, student straw poll reveals.

‘No religion’ is now capital’s most popular

The latest census shows there are now more people living in Wellington City without religion than there are who believe in Chrisianity.

New Zealand birthrate slowly declining

New Zealand women seem to be giving birth later in life, is this contributing to the birth rate falling?

Fewer Maori speaking te reo Māori

The 2013 census shows that the amount of Maori speaking te reo Māori is on the decline.

NZ boys born in 2012 can expect to live to eighty

New Zealand placed in top ten of life expectancy for baby boys in global league table.

Porirua hoping for Gigatown win

Mayor hopes the Wellington region will support Porirua’s bid to win the “Gigatown” competition .

A great day for Whitireia and AMA University

Whitireia Polytechnic and the AMA University of the Philippines agree to student and teacher exchanges.

New airport proposal fizzles out

Proposed plans for an airport located in the northern suburb of Hunters Hill have been abandoned.

Capital Coffee in Crisis?

WATCH: A disease known as coffee rust is destroying plantations in South America. Could it change the way we enjoy coffee in New Zealand?

Yeastie Boys brewing up a storm

WATCH: Yeastie Boys Brewers are looking to expand their business throughout Europe after a great showing at a recent beer festival in the UK.

Location Location Location

Lower Hutt’s foodbank is searching for a permanent home as its current premises goes up for sale.

Young Achievers to be recognised

Upper Hutt recognises its young achievers at the annual Civic Awards.

Have you enrolled to vote?

Young people committed to bringing about change in the 2014 election, campaign to boost enrollments.

Bright future for Aro Valley community centre

Local group successfully fundraises to get solar panels installed on the local community centre.

New coach spurs renewed interest in Johnsonville club rugby

A change in fortunes for the Johnsonville rugby club is being attributed to the new coach.

Toilet upgrade just the start of an image upgrade for Petone

The local community is to play a major role in the transformation of Petone’s Jackson Street toilets.

Karori’s free community bus service looking for more exposure

Karori’s free community bus service has been operating for 20 years but many locals don’t appear to know it exists.

Sam Duff wins top Whitireia Journalism award

Whitireia Journalism School Diploma students celebrate the end of their course.

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.