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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.

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.

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.

Vista Club name for combined Kapiti clubs

Members from both clubs say they are pleased with the amalgamation of the RSA and Kapiti Club

The future is looking bright for Wellington’s Lux Festival

With crowds increasing each year the future is looking bright for Wellington’s Lux Light festival.

Eastern Hutt School readies for 100th birthday

Eastern Hutt School prepares to celebrate 100 years of educating generations of students in Hutt Valley.

Keep Newtown Clean

The first ever quarterly clean-up aimed at rekindling original spirit of monthly event that died.

Bridging the age gap in Karori through a love of cards

More young people are getting into Bridge – and winning. Alia Overend reports.

Descendants of Pahiatua support New Zealand’s newest refugees

Middle-Eastern refugees in Europe face a similar experience to the refugees from Europe in the 1940s.

Refugees can have their voices heard on Wellington Access Radio

Partnership with ChangeMakers Refugee Forum latest initiative on air.

New Zealanders get behind refugee crisis on Facebook

Plenty of beds available as social media campaign invites people to open their doors.

New Kiwis will have a peaceful life in a safe land

One Syrian migrant says NZ a fantastic place to live andhopes more of his countrymen can enjoy it.

New Zealand response to refugee quota announcement mixed

New Zealander’s divided in response to announcement of a emergency refugee intake.

NZ eyes in Syria, and they’re looking at life differently now

Emma Beals went to study in Syria, but stayed to write about the conflict for Vice magazine.

Wellingtonians happy to have more refugees making their home here

NewsWire asked the people on the street about Syrians, and what they were doing to help.

Parents help make basketball possible for St Teresa’s students

Parents at St Teresa’s School Karori help make basketball a more accessible sport for their kids.

Gold medalist Joseph Sullivan has “epic” experience inspiring kids

Olympic gold medalist James Sullivan takes time out of his job as a fire fighter to spend time with kids.

Volleyball hopes first sports festival will bring players to the game

National organisation gets hands on with schools at regional sports event.

Sports kids get to meet their peers from around Wellington region

The Wellington Regional SportsFest has brought together schools which would not normally meet.

Miramar Central School dominates badminton on day one at SportsFest

Fair play abounds at badminton, and Patrick Elsis from St Benedict’s is fairest.

Kapiti meeting pines for the way journalism used to be

Panel and audience representing older population remember ‘the golden days’.

Thousands of kids converge for inaugural sports festival

Schools from across Wellington took part in Wellington Regional Sportsfest this week.

Big dreams for Bigfoot Music’s website launch

Andy Mauafua hopes with the launch of his website can create a community space for Kiwi music.

Toa rugby has hopes for future despite not fielding a team in 2015

Porirua club is not in the Horowhenua/Kapiti competition for the first time in 18 years.

Statistics show marriage may be back in vogue after long decline

More New Zealand couples tying the knot, and it was not all about same-sex marriage legislation.

International visitors rise boosting Hawke’s Bay economy

A rise of international visitors to New Zealand is flowing through to regions such as Hawke’s Bay.

Employed Kiwis happier – but it has to be the right job

The annual social survey says jobs make us happy, but New Zealanders say you have to like that job.

Super city gone, but Wellingtonians still want change for local economy

However, neither Auckland nor Wellington economies are starring in the unemployment figures

Porirua schools work smart with funding to plug in digital learners

Porirua schools are part of the spend-up on electronics through smart use of grants and funding.

Drivers adjusting their travel as fuel prices start to bite

Fuel spending is at its highest in 12 months after fuel prices rebound from drop at the end of last year.

Residents in ‘best place to live’ happy with branding change

A street poll finds the majority of Upper Hutt residents like the city’s new slogan.

Cossie Club still thriving after 10 years in new building

Upper Hutt’s popular Cossie Club will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday June 13.

Art through the eyes of young people used to mark Porirua milestone

A local artist and college students band together to create art to celebrate Poriruas 50th anniversary..

Upper Hutt locals use library to post memories online

The Upper Hutt library is using an internet programme to update the city’s history.

International exhibition attracts thousands

National Geographic’s 50 greatest photos are drawing large crowds to an Upper Hutt gallery.

Upper Hutt City Council helps speed railway station upgrade

Work on a $3.5 million upgrade has begun at the Upper Hutt railway station.

Community support key to brewing success story

The Upper Hutt community bands together to help a small business find success.

Council funding new businesses in Upper Hutt

The first business to take advantage of an Upper Hutt Council funding package has opened on Main Street.

PHOTO ESSAY: Memphis Belle Cafe a capital coffee hot spot

TE HUIA MOKE visits a community based cafe situated in Dixon Street, central Wellington, to capture the culture in pictures.

PHOTO ESSAY: NZ Athlete Ashleigh Sando

An insight into New Zealand athlete Ashleigh Sando’s training. Captured by JADE MAISEY.

PHOTO ESSAY: Harbourside market draws crowd

Harbourside market, the oldest and most popular market draws large crowds every Sunday morning. Captured by COLIN ENGELBRECHT.

PHOTO ESSAY: Rock climbing at Fergs Kayaks

Fergs Kayaks rock climbing wall on Wellington’s Waterfront is an attraction for people of all ages.

Karori’s local library may be getting more than a new coat of paint.

The library reopens on May 25 after the 10-year-old building gets its first make-over.

New theatre company aims to help bring life to Hutt city centre

NextStage, is using the old Little Theatre as its home and its well known founders have clear aims.

PHOTO ESSAY: Hurricanes closing in on finals appearance

Hurricanes victory at Westpac Stadium captured by JAMES LOBBAN

Hawaiian group feel right at home in NZ

Pūpūkahi I Ke Alo O Nā Pua were hosted at Maraeroa Marae in Porirua and performed at Te Papa.

Police deploying more officers to high risk areas across region

Police resources are being moved away from community based constables in areas such as Porirua.

A Victorian Gaiety raising funds for the The Basin Reserve appeal

Dress up as a servant, maid, low society or high society to fight Transit in High Court

Anzac weekend chance to get on war footing in Wrights Hill tunnels

Karori fort took six years to build and was designed to foil Japanese invasion during World War 2.

Principal of Porirua’s Ngati Toa Primary School gets to walk the talk

Kaye Bruntonspent five years advising other people on running a school, and is now running her own.

Council happy to know students are aware of The Pack app for partying

Survey shows app designed to keep students safe is still on their minds – even if they do not use it.

Wellington gets jazzed up for its annual music festival

Capital Jazz festival will have about 100 local and international acts in June.

Cuba container cafe helping hospitality students

The café is a social enterprise and is run by the not for profit organisation Zeal.

Wellington children learn about the life of a World War I soldier

Wellington children discover ANZAC history at the local library and community centre.

WATCH: Financial aftershocks of the Christchurch quake in capital

Property owners are struggling to fund multi-million-dollar building upgrades.

Small school’s big visit from Phoenix football players

Three Wellingotn Phoenix players visited Linden School as part of their ‘Phoenix in Schools’ programme.

Students benefit from Rangikura School programme

A programme created at a Porirua school is achieving results for Maori and Polynesian students .

Karori school wants community input in future planning

Karori Normal school principal a firm believer in sending local children to local schools.

New principal brings fresh ideas to Linden School

The new principal of Linden Primary is briging years of experience to the school.

New Kelburn Normal School principal has an exciting year.

One year into his new job, the principal of Kelburn Normal School is celebrating an exciting year.

School prepares its pupils for 21st century jobs

Kilbirnie School gets funding of $200,000 and half will be spent on preparing pupils for jobs not yet invented.

Clyde Quay School celebrates 125 years with reunion

Clyde Quay School celebrates a special milestone in the school’s history with a weekend reunion.