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Stolen motorbike was catalyst for flying Jamie’s world adventures

Kapiti Coast downhill mountain biker Jamie Lyall has been around the world racing and building tracks.

Toi Māori Art Market woven in Wellington

Trailblazers of traditional craft and cultural art from NZ, Hawaii and Canada are celebrated in Toi Maori.

Hot yogis rise to 40-day physical and mental challenge

Annie Fitzmaurice talks about how Wellingtonians devoted their time to 40-day yoga challenge.

Epuni St locals filling up their new compost bin

A compost bin was set up to benefit community and council hopes it will inspire more local bins.

The relief and elation of freediving 70 breathless metres below Pacific

The water is warming up and Wellington freediving club members are getting back in the ocean.

New novel gives Iraqi people a human face

Kate Carty’s book Run Thomas Run follows an Iraqi family living in fear under Saddam Husain’s regime.

Green MP says being the newbie is like jumping on a moving train

After turning Green at college, James Shaw has played a long game in his route to Parliament.

Remember, remember…why in November?

Guy Fawkes celebrations go off in Wellington this weekend, but who remembers why?

Creative writers come to the party for 2014 Fourth Floor Journal

Editor says taking on the project is like throwing a party and hoping the guests turn up.

Hundreds converge on dead whale washed up on Waikanae Beach

School’s out for dead humpback whale, which gets a karakia from local Maori.

Tsunami warnings draw line in Miramar Peninsula

Tsunami escape routes and safety markers for Miramar Peninsula help residents prepare for worst..

WATCH: Whitireia flash-mob haka hits Singapore

Performers end their wānanga to Taiwan with Ka Mate to the surprise of airport travellers.

Texas inspiration for free yoga day in Wellington

A local yoga enthusiast has organised free yoga classes on Labour Day for the Wellington region.

Aussies break NZ hearts in World Cup indoor cricket in Petone

Hutt Valley Indoor Sports hosts Indoor Cricket World Cup and NZ wants to stop Aussie dominance.

Nurse shortage fears prompt call for mentored programs

An SOS from nurses who say they can’t find work and fear future shortages. FRANCESA JAGO reports.

A street level look at Wellington’s World War 1 history

Locals come face-face with stories and images of Wellingtonians who left 100 years ago to fight in WW1.

WW1 commemorations in the capital

Commemorations kick off in Wellington to mark 100 years since New Zealand soldiers left to fight in WW1.

Fraser puts a face to the ability of artists, not the disability

Through Wellington’s creative spaces Fraser Hoffe says he has found his reason for living,

Wellington to welcome New Zealand’s first Syrian refugees

Wellington’s first Syrian refugees need the help of volunteers to show them the Kiwi way.

WATCH: Whitireia group earn Taiwan honour

Performers chosen to end Nan-Ying Cultural Festival opening ceremony.

New Wainuiomata rifle range on target with community board vote

A new rifle range at the valley’s old landfill has been backed by the community board.

Thousands entertained and scared by haka in Taiwan streets

A Taiwanese tour guide joins NZ performing for haka Ka Mate during the opening of festival.

Kiwi performers from Wellington and Waikato form alliance in Tainan

Wellington’s Whitireia Performing Arts and Waikato’s Tamaki-Hauraki Kowhao Rau join forces overseas.

WATCH: Bump or be bumped in latest sporting craze

Have a look at a different way people play the most watched sport in the world right here in Wellington.

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.

Video stores feeling the digital pressure as young go for “free stuff”

The digital world of online streaming, movie rental and film piracy is turning local video stores into the walking wounded.

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 hundreds 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.