The Esplanade in Island Bay was littered with rocks and logs after the ocean came over the sea wall on Tuesday night. The storm hit soon after locals got to take part in The Great Seawall Debate. LIAM MACANDREW reports.
The minimum wage is going up 50 cents to $14.25, and many of those spoken to on the streets of Wellington this week say it should be more. The NEWSWIRE TEAM asked people for views on the rise, and whether it would affect them.
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff is leaving after more than ten years in the job.
She sat down with CALLY MARTIN to reflect on her career, and privacy issues in New Zealand.
A late cut to the boundary at backward point put New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum’s 302 in the record books.
SAM BRODIE reports that at the same time, related hashtags dominated social media in New Zealand and India.
Warkina Tujuba is heading to Africa on voluntary work thanks to a big fundraising effort. KHALID AHMED met the 17 year-old who talks about why he is making the journey back to where he was born, and where he will walk in his late father’s footsteps.
Kapa haka teams from around Wellington region are at Te Whiti Park in Lower Hutt today to compete in the Wellington Kapa Haka Championships. SAM BRODIE reports from Waiwhetu.
As he prepares to tackle the climate change portfolio in 2014, new Wellington City Councillor David Lee intends to address the role from an economic perspective, instead of environmental. He talks to JULIE TAYLOR.
Building has started on a Brooklyn property which was sold by the Wellington City Council, and locals say they are angry about a process. Meanwhile a social housing trust building on the site is caught in the middle. ANNEKA PAUL reports.
FOOTBALL talent goes unnoticed in New Zealand, according to social players surveyed in Wellington.
ANNEKA PAUL asked players what they thought needed to happen after NZ’s World Cup exit.
The 2013 New Zealand census results have been released, with initial figures shedding light on population growth, housing and education.
The figures, released yesterday, showed about a quarter of New Zealanders are born overseas.
Irene’s daughter wants to make her own way in netball, but she accepts the connection to her famous mother will always be there. JESSE CLARK talks with the pair about the expectations.
Wellington City councillors will meet this month to consider freedom camping, and to hear oral submissions before making a final decision next month. JESSE CLARK reports on the issue, and talks to locals in the areas identified.
The Embassy Theatre in Wellington played host to a global fan event for the second movie in The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, today. Fans joined actor Jed Brophy, director Peter Jackson – who of course was barefoot – and JULIE TAYLOR.
A Hutt City Council rezoning hearing could result in Te Atiawa iwi getting back a patch of land taken more than 70 years ago, reports HOANI HOTENE.
Text-to-pay lights in fake rocks and portable night lights are two of the latest options in a proposal which is close to being presented to Wellington City Council. ELLIOT PARKER talks to Russell Millar of Lyall Bay Board Riders about the idea.
Local body expert Dr Mike Reid addressed lack of voter turnout and gave insight into reasons behind it in a public lecture in the week after the elections.
LAUREN MANN reports on what the future might hold.
Pre-sale tickets are moving fast for Wellington region’s first drive-in movie cinema – and they only went on sale yesterday.
LAUREN MANN talks to one of the entrepreneurs behind the summer idea.
CELIA WADE-BROWN pulled dead heads out of flower pots while awaiting the mayoral election results, but she had no need for nerves thanks to a majority of more than 2500.
JULIE TAYLOR reports on her winning words.
VOTERS and candidates at Wellington City Council today were evenly divided on the possibility of online voting in future elections.
LIAM MACANDREW and ELLIOT PARKER spoke to some of them during last minute voting this morning.
Porirua mayoralty candidates have varying views on the contentious liquor licensing application for a tavern in
Cannons Creek. CAMERON MASSEY reports.
FRIENDS with breast cancer inspired World of WearableArt designer Fifi Colston to auction her piece Vena Immaculata at Roxy Cinema in Miramar. KHALID AHMED reports that the Breast Cancer Foundation will receive all proceeds.
IDEALISM came head-to-head with funding constraint issues at the Capital and Coast District Health Board candidate meetings. About 100 voters packed a hall at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. BETHANY PEARSON reports.
LIVING Wage Aotearoa tries to stay apolitical, but has welcomed the issue’s entry into the Labour leadership battle of the past week. Organisers also know where to buy their bread now after a Miramar bakery pledges support. KHALID AHMED.
One September 12 Wellington City Council will decide new rules for licenced premises. Bar owners feel they were not listened to at hearings on the rules, but the council describes the rules as permissive. OREN OAARIKI reports.
Brian Collins says the majority of ratepayers will get no benefit from Saatchi plan which will see the city centre marketed as distinct quarters. SAM DUFF talks to one of the three mayoral contenders about why he is standing.
Guardians of Evans Bay expect council, business to keep pushing for extension of Wellington airport runway, and they are mobilising for the fight. CALLY MARTIN reports.
Incumbent Porirua mayor denies using the chains of office just to pull himself up into Parliament, although the idea has support in Porirua. SAM DUFF reports.
Staff at the local supermarket help evacuate more than 40 customers, comfort senior customers, children and each other before preparing for the supplies rush. SAM BRODIE reports.
Gerald Davidson fights back over council officer’s comments and says he will take the battle into the local body elections. JENNIFER McILROY reports.
Kiwi men, especially Pasifika and Maori, have high rates of gout, a painful condition with links to heart disease and diabetes. ANNEKA PAUL reports.
Victoria University expects its purchase of a record label to give students a richer arts experience. BETHANY PEARSON attends a celebration concert to hear about the deal.
WELLINGTON needs this quake swarm shake-up to wake up, says Dave Butcher, the Upper Hutt Civil Defence team leader.
Mr Butcher says having an earthquake kit is essential and Wellington should be learning from the Christchurch disaster. JANELLE CHEESMAN reports.
People living in Wellington’s Evans Bay and nearby Hataitai are gearing up to oppose plans to extend the airport runway to take long-haul international flights.
Some 50 Wellingtonians have formed the Guardians of Evans Bay to prepare a case against extending the runway’s northern approaches, reports CALLY MARTIN.
Who do Wellingtonians want to be their mayor? In the lead-up to this year’s elections, the Newswire team took to the streets to find out.
They talked to about 60 people, more than half of whom were undecided, knew nothing about the local body elections in October – or simply didn’t care.
Wellington South Coast residents faced a big clean-up after the biggest storm in decades tore down fences, flooded houses, and ripped apart sections of the road.
They joined city council staff in a bid to clear the coastal road of debris washed in by huge seas overnight. The road was expected to be closed for 24 hours.
KIWIS are getting more mobile via broadband, but maybe not as fast as we may think, or as fast mobile marketers of broadband services would like.
A third of all households used a mobile phone to access the internet last year, according to a Statistics New Zealand report. YONG CHOO LEE reports.
A cooling off in Australia’s mining has helped recruiters for Christchurch’s rebuild, says a recruiter placing workers in the city.
Recruiters such as Coverstaff have noticed the change, says its sales and marketing director Clive Murden. SHARN CROSSLING reports.
DRUG-USING tenants have cost two Wellington families potentially $65,000 on the sale of an investment property.
The couples have found that P users can do as much damage as P labs following the sale of the house, and they are warning others to be vigilant. ANNA FERRIER-KERR reports.
BUS USERS in Wellington can be forgiven if they are confused by signs for elderly and disabled seating.
Signs state that the four seats at the front are for the elderly, disabled and those with young children, but Metlink’s website says otherwise, reports SAMMI ABBOTT.
Beating vandalism by having his school as a community hub is the vision of Wainuiomata Primary School principal Neil Worboys, reports AARON MEREDITH.
“I’m wanting the school’s facilities to be used in the weekends,” he says, citing the field and playground as examples.
CLYDE Quay Boat Harbour could be the jewel in Wellington’s crown, but Dean Stanley says it looks more like the missing tooth in Wellington’s smile.
The chief executive of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club is spearheading a push to redevelop the wharf. ALASTAIR REITH looks at the issues involved.
The city council is currently asking Wellingtonians for their views about alcohol related behaviour in the city before forming its strategy.
It’s Youth Council is urging young people to be part of the decision making process, citing the outcry over Homegrown music festival drunks as unfair. TAREN STEVENS reports.
Studylink Wellington has labelled a client “ex-psychiatric patient” without his knowledge or permission.
JEAN ELTRINGHAM looks at how the student’s privacy was breached and why it shouldn’t have been.
A NETWORK of bush tracks just minutes from the city is proving so popular that a new track may soon be added.
The plan has, however, been met with opposition from some local residents, VICKY COTTERELL reports.
Heritage buildings on Willis St, owned by the New Zealand Transport Agency, are still empty five years after the inner-city bypass opened.
While some bypass buildings are finally showing signs of life, KRISTEN PATERSON reports the Willis St corner remains unloved.
While thousands expected for the world premiere of The Hobbit appears to be good for Wellington business, council regulations are frustrating some.
LAURA MACDONALD talks to bar and restaurant owners who are losing outdoor seating during the event.
This country’s leadership in the Pacific will be used by America to anchor free trade agreements.
JAMES PAUL talks with Stephen Jacobi, a former diplomat and head of the NZ-US Council, about the importance of this region to economies, jobs, and the push for the Trans Pacific Partnership.
There didn’t seem to be any republicans about when New Zealand’s future monarch and his wife took a promenade on Wellington’s waterfront to the joy of hundreds of onlookers.
Crowds waving flags serenaded the birthday prince, reports ANTHONY SCADDEN
The city’s SPCA is highlighting animal cruelty during its annual Paws Appeal, reports LAURA MacDONALD
It says rising numbers of animal abuse cases are a sign of the times, and disappointing for the charity.
NEW ZEALAND is on the verge of teaming up with America to break down trade barriers – but a new US President may mean a different agreement. JAMES PAUL finds while Obama and Romney’s policies look similar, the reality may not be so clear.
Two New Zealand politics lecturers say the signs are already there that Obama is acting like a President in his disaster management and it may help in the polls – unless frustration sets in. ANTHONY SCADDEN reports.
IF New Zealanders could vote in the American presidential election, they would overwhelmingly vote for Obama. A phone poll shows more than three-quarters would vote for Barack Obama, while only 6% preferred Mitt Romney.
A nationwide film contest tells young Kiwis to get involved in their communities to make a difference, reports VICKY COTTERELL.
This year’s entries explored the theme, ‘Young Kiwis making a difference’ and were particularly impressive.
Shipwreck fans descended on Patea Beach to document a wreck which has been emerging from dunes for the past two years.
The S.S. Waitangi drew the 15 amateur maritime archaeologists from around the lower North Island.
NewsWire’s ANTHONY SCADDEN reports.
Two fires started along Lyall Bay Parade early on Sunday morning are the latest in occasional spates of arson in recent years.
Locals have been told to keep rubbish bins away from buildings to minimise risk. LAURA MACDONALD reports.
Council officers have been challenged to admit they were wrong last year to reject pedestrian barriers on Wellington’s Golden Mile.
City councillors were briefed on pedestrian safety proposals, some of which they say were suggested and rejected in meetings last year. The Newswire team reports.
A Newtown community group refuses to accept the health board’s silence over a funding cut to the local clinic.
Pleas for information from Capital and Coast District Health Board have failed, but now TV3′s Campbell Live may be taking an interest, reports VOMLE SPRINGFORD.
Few graduates of this year’s Whitireia National Diploma in Multimedia Journalism were able to attend their graduation ceremony this week – but for a respectable reason, reports KEZIA BENNETT.
Nearly 90% already have jobs working at various news organisations outside Wellington.
PEOPLE angered by cuts to front line health services are taking their protest to the next Capital and Coast District Health Board meeting.
Cuts to the Newtown Union Health Service (NUHS) funding has sparked the anger. VOMLE ANTAS reports.
People power has pushed Foodstuffs Wellington to collaboration over the design or re-location of a new Whitby skate park.
It follows anger from skaters, who met draft plans for the supermarket redevelopment spin-off with hostility. JAMES PAUL reports.
LOOMING budget cuts have student activists preparing to campaign against government reforms they say will make education less accessible.
However differences have emerged between the established student bodies and new, more militant forces. ALASTAIR REITH reports
That is the effect Wellington City Council is having on inner city residents, says Chrissie Hill. She says council has stickered her building in such a visible way at the entrance that it frightens visitors and tenants.
KRISTEN PATERSON reports on an angry residents meeting.
It’s been described as the Amazon of acid and the E-bay of ecstasy – and it ships to New Zealand.
CALLUM VALENTINE reports on the rise of digital drug deals and reveals how a Kiwi gets his drugs delivered to a post office box.
Final studies came to an abrupt end at one of New Zealand’s biggest journalism schools today when it was closed because of earthquake risk.
Students and staff at Whitireia NZ’s newly refurbished Media Training Centre in Wellington’s Cuba St were told today must vacate until about half a million dollars in strengthening work is done.
When John Key and Phil Goff delivered their election night speeches, a clearly articulated vision for the next term was nowhere to be heard, writes NATALIE FINNIGAN.
She talks to political observers about why we rarely see the sort of rhetoric delivered by David Lange and the Kennedys.
THE Greens look set to storm into office this election – at least according to an unscientific poll of the NewsWire team’s family and friends.
NewsWire students elbowed, cajoled and annoyed their contacts into telling us what they will do at the ballot box on Saturday, and the results are, well, interesting.
The Electoral Commission is warning people using social media they could be fined up to $20,000 if they post anything on polling day that influences voters.
Most non-media people are unaware of the risk, according to a NewsWire survey. TESSA JOHNSTONE and RODNEY BROWN report.
A Facebook inspired Manu Samoan flash mob haka may involve more than 700 participants taking over part of Wellington’s top retail street at lunchtime tomorrow.
Organisers are hoping to get at least 50 people performing two hours before Samoa plays Namibia. JOSH HYDE reports
Tragic aftermath from Strathmore stabbing incident.
Meantime a temporary sign will say ‘All Blacks’.
Some WINZ clients have had enough of listening endlessly to the same old tunes while waiting for a human voice.
Their new Facebook page calls for Work and Income NZ to change the music on its phone lines, reports CALLUM VALENTINE.
Men taking photos of Slut Walk marchers exemplified how women are often treated, report SIENA YATES and ABBY BROWN.
The photo is one of two taken by Alister Grant at the opening of Waiwhetu Marae in 1960.
His family found them while sorting through his possessions after he moved into a retirement home, and decided to return them, reports GARETH WALLACE.
Animal welfare supporters say that proposed changes to battery farming will give hens ‘little more than an extra credit card or so of space’.
GRANT ELLEN reports on a draft code that proposes ‘enriched’ cages for battery hens, for which submissions close on April 29.
The ACT party’s Freedom of Association bill – heading into its final stages in Parliament – could destroy student unions as we know them.
JONATHAN CHILTON-TOWLE talks to both sides of a debate about the world’s last surviving compulsory unions.
KARORI cricket captain Simon Baker achieves his cricketing dream this weekend when he plays cricket at the Basin Reserve.
Karori meets Eastern Suburbs in the final of the Pearce Cup on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. CHRISTINA HYDE reports.
Noise complaints are rising 3% a year in central Wellington as apartment dwellers take issue with music, partying and construction work.
People living in the city centre are complaining at a rate of 480-600 incidents a year, reports ALICE PETRIE.
Niu FM has begun a re-launch in the Capital by moving into the new NZ Whitireia Media Training Centre in Cuba St.
Whitireia CEO Don Campbell and National Pacific Radio Trust chairman Tino Pereira have signed a collaboration deal.
WELLINGTONIANS must rely on their own judgement when deciding whether the food they are being served is safe.
Most of Wellington’s 1200 food providers can operate without the public knowing whether they are hygienic, reports AARON VAN DELDEN.