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More homes on the way for Porirua as development spreads across hill

Aotea Block Development is set to ease the housing shortage in Porirua.

WATCH: Victoria university graduates strut their stuff

Victoria University graduates paraded thought the city during graduation week two weeks ago.

African musician sings Newtown’s praises

Wellington musician Sam Manzanza keeps African music alive.

WATCH: Ethiopian coffee and vegan food popular in Newtown

The Mother Of Coffee cafe which opened early 2016 is proving to be popular with the residents of Newtown.

WATCH: Fresh Blood Wanted

Blood donation saves lives and only 4% of eligible donors donate. Do you save lives?

WATCH: DIY focus at Newtown’s Community Centre

The Newtown community centre is trying new initiatives to garner community support .

WATCH: Porirua night market a huge success

The Porirua food truck night market is held on the last Thursday of the month.

Blood donors desperately needed

The New Zealand Blood Service needs more plasma donors.

WATCH: Animals help stressed students

Baby animals ease exam nerves in students ease exam stress at Victoria University.

Te Ara school nurtures struggling students

Same education, different pathway,. Te Ara offers an alternative to mainstream schooling.

Cafe supports diversity by teaching staff to sign

Teaching sign language and barista classes is all in a day’s work for Amber Shaw

Local support for Porirua Olympic hopeful

Te Rauparaha Arena is getting behind Porirua kayaker Marty McDowell.

Te Auaha gets the thumbs up

The name of Wellington’s newest creative arts campus was well received at gala launch.

Wellingtonians run for cancer research

The Wellington Urban Ultra 2k, commonly known as WUU2K, is an ultra-marathon starting in Khandallah and ending at the Mt Victoria lookout.

Katydid star of Toi Poneke Gallery exhibit

Kate Lepper mixed nature with art for her latest work at Wellington’s Toi Poneke Gallery.

Te Auaha NZ Institute of Applied Creativity launched in capital

NewsWire.co.nz graduate and student reporters covered the event live.

PHOTO ESSAY: Women seek refuge at Awhina Society

Awhina Society offers refuge and support for women in need.

WATCH: Buses delayed by broken stay wire

Traffic at a standstill after power lines drop onto Wellington street.

The Moots collide with NZ Music Month on tour

Indie rockers say they are now writing the kind of music that they set out to.

WATCH: Inside the Hills Hats factory

Simon Smuts-Kennedy, Hills Hats General Manger, talks about the company and its history.

WATCH: Dixon St Shoe Repairs, a heritage business

Founded in 1929 meet the second and third generation family fronting the Dixon St Shoe repairs shop.

WATCH: Air Wheel the latest gizmo to hit the streets

Wellingtonians give their opinion on the Airwheel seen out and about in Wellington.

New Creekfest celebrates great year with more than 30,000 people

Event organiser Liz Kelly will be leaving Creekfest in good health after seven years.

Comedians help vulnerable kids with charitable laughter

Child refugees will be the subject of laughter on Sunday night – all for a good cause.

Newlands and Mana buses activate audio surveillance

The green buses now have active audio surveillance on board to record incidents.

Titahi Bay Intermediate thriving despite $75,000 budget cut

School’s rise from decile two to four, has its upsides and downsides, says principal.

Anzac women connected through fashion and stories

Aussie helps Kiwis remember centenary with Woman of Empire exhibition at Mansfield House

Karori public meeting to talk about empty teacher campus

University, residents association and councilors are inviting locals to a meeting on April 26

Sigmund’s last football battle has a disappointing end

Fans of the Wellington Phoenix said goodbye to a retiring crowd favourite.

New building to reflect Newtown’s multi-cultural roll

Design to incorporate art and structural qualities from different cultural groups.

Kelson balances new tech and traditional teaching

iPads and Chromebooks will not be replacing hand writing any time soon.

Karori West Normal School tackles growing roll with new buildings

Four new buildings to cater for growth which continues to reflect multi-cultural area.

Porirua people offer their thoughts about merging with Wellington

With local body elections this year, and talk of mergers going on, what do Porirua people say?

Queen Charlotte College’s new boss knows her way around the school

After spending nearly a decade in supporting roles, Betty Whyte takes over the top job this year.

Artist sets herself ‘a/part’ from the crowd with first solo show of her body

Sam Dollimore puts herself in the spotlight with a body of work that took more than 200 hours.

Thorndon School uses Tuffery art to make temporary rooms like home

Temporary premises on college grounds clears way for $9 million reconstruction.

Creekfest celebrates great year with more than 30,000 people

Event organiser Liz Kelly will be leaving Creekfest in good health after seven years.

Wellingtonians have a say in getting their city moving – but be quick

Six weeks consultation has just opened to fix Wellington’s central city traffic issues.

Promenade leads CubaDupa on a merry dance

Boulevard of Dreams a promenade performance through the streets of Wellington during Cuba Dupa.

Pōkarekare Ana turns 100 and launches this year’s CubaDupa

The Royal New Zealand Air Force will lead Pōkarekare Ana to open CubaDupa celebrations

Wellington and Porirua merger talk has people in three minds

Swinging voters could decide the outcome in a merger was put to a vote.

Second annual Holi Festival brightens up Johnsonville

Crowds not as big as hoped for, but the show went on.

Donation keeps the water flowing at performance centre.

Thanks to a classmate’s forgetfulness, Whitireia performers are keeping themselves hydrated.

Increase in volunteer English tutors needed to cope with migration

With more refugees and migrants coming to NZ, volunteers can help with language training.

Cara the capital chimp goes under knife to close off her ear

A Wellington chimp obsessed with jamming sticks in her ear has had five hours of surgery.

From wine to stone – Rumble is now in his carving element

Festival of the Elements carver Peter Rumble has never been too far from products of earth.

The Toi Two Hundy, affordable art for every day people

The Toi Two Hundy at Toi Poneke Art Centre displays resident artists’ work for no more than $200 each.

Activities, events outside peak season help Otago tourism

Accommodation businesses pinpoint regular events for driving their guest numbers.

Rugby club helps out at safe haven for women

Male volunteers were welcomed into the Wellington Women’s Boarding House for the first time.

All aboard the bus to Christmas cheer in Wellington

With Christmas fast approaching, the capital finds ways of spreading the spirit.

Youth delegate happy to accept fossil award on behalf on NZ

Government’s “hypocritical stance” earns ‘Fossil Of The Day’ and Zoe Lenzie Smith happily accepted.

Student thinks NZ education more rounded due to pressure in China

International students are a big part of the rise in permanent and long term visitor increase.

Ngati Toa hope All Blacks bring cup back for visit to Ka Mate’s home

Ngati Toa are glad the All Blacksfinally came to visit them and enjoyed teaching them about Ka Mate.

NZ’s tourism growth not necessarily heading to Hawke’s Bay

Chinese on rise, but two bay businesses still report mostly Aussie, European and US tourists.

Migrant Journeys is more than just a new book launched

Your cab driver can be doctors, architects and scientists, and author doubts many people ask why.

NCEA credits for licenses draws mixed reactions on the street

Wellingtonians agree licenses were tougher to get these days but are split about adding it to NCEA.

More Kiwis take flight in ‘golden era of travel’

Kiwis are taking advantage of lower prices thanks to competition in the air.

Puppy walkers are helping guide dogs to take their first steps

Blind Foundation puppy walkers give pups a great start before they leave to train as guide dogs.

Weekend celebrations planned for school’s 50th

Two days of celebrations will mark 50 years for Redwood School in Tawa next year.

More Kiwis take flight in ‘golden era of travel’

Kiwis are taking advantage of lower prices thanks to competition in the air.

Countries in conflict to come together at WOMAD 2016

China, Greece, USA, Mali and Syria are among the countries represented on stage at WOMAD 2016.

Professionals mobilise to fight rapid bus plan for Wellington

Fair, Intelligent Transport wants to to educate the public on issues and solutions.

Porirua People’s Library giving locals a voice in November

Creative New Zealand and Porirua City Council pitching in to help community tell its stories.

Classic children’s book retold with a kiwi twist

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has been retold with a kiwi twist with the help from Petone artist, Patrick McDonald.

Sir Ed’s adventures bought back to life in children’s book

Sir Edmund Hillary’s world first climb to the top of Mount Everest has been retold in a children’s book.

Flag flies over Eastern Hutt for the first time in 26 years

The New Zealand flag was raised over Eastern Hutt School for the first time in 26 years during the schools centenary celebrations.

Careers expo inspires students from colleges in Porirua

Mana College’s hall buzzing with hundreds of local students talking to careers advisers.

WATCH: Giant scrabble gets capital thinking about adult literacy

Literacy Aotearoa helps raise awareness at Wellington Railway Station.

WATCH: Capital park friends honoured for stream work

Friends of Central Park receive their fourth honour in a year for their work on Moturoa Stream track.

Food trucks feed Kapiti with ministry licence

Local food truckers from the coast are now feeding the hordes on Friday nights in Waikanae.

Piwi Pene mad about men’s netball 31 years after first champs

Piwi Pene has just coordinated the men’s netball nationals and has bigger dreams for them.

New Zealand parents want more quality time with their children

Statistics New Zealand reports many Kiwi parents feel they aren’t spending enough time with their children.

Red Peak, ISIL, TPP top topics for Prime Minister

John Key spoke at his regular Monday press conference about Red Peak, ISIL and the UN.

Increased school role puts pressure on Roseneath School space

Architects working on redesigning outdoor spaces, and parents get a say.

School Principal wants reduced traffic around the Basin Reserve

St Mark’s Church School principal is keen to see other options explored to reduce traffic.

Kiwi accent for hire earns Ingrid Rugby World Cup gig

Ingrid Dyer from Kapiti has scored a role acting herself in a UK Tesco’s Rugby World Cup commercial

WATCH: Special Olympics Ten Pin Bowling held in Paraparaumu

Ten Pin Bowling is part of Special Olympics and teams are working towards representing NZ.

Newtown library upgrade tackles air flow, damp, heat

Public and staff enjoy healthier surroundings after three months of work.

Travelling Books program to forge ahead despite loss of key sponsor

Literacy Aotearoa doesn’t want a loss of funding to stop new Travelling Books reaching kiwis in need.

WATCH: Anti-TPP protesters arrested in Lambton Quay

Protesters were arrested on Lambton Quay, attempting to enter the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to seize TPP documents.