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Medal honours people behind Wellington’s beloved baby care packs

WITHIN a year Jo Alderdice and her Little Sprouts charity have gone from making one baby care pack to being one of 20 Wellington Local Heroes for the year. YC LEE talks to the Whitby woman who has channeled her corporate experience into a much-loved charity in a short time.

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Chocolate maker wants Kiwis to help poor Bougainville growers

WATCH: Organic, Fairtrade Wellington Chocolate Factory maker this week launches a Kickstarter campaign for a Bougainville cocoa grower. Financing the improved processing will eventually mean cocoa beans can be shipped direct from Bougainville to New Zealand. LIZE IMMELMAN reports.

Island Bay mood about new seawall and traffic may be changing

Debate in the community meetings considering the council’s five options are beginning the shift local feelings about some of the issues, says Councillor Paul Eagle. However traffic changes are still the biggest sticking point if the coast road is closed. HAYLEY GASTMEIER attended two of the meetings.

Legal highs are on their way back, but public can have their say

Psychoactive drugs and legal highs are scheduled for a comeback in May 2015. Senior policy advisor at the Wellington City Council Mark Jones says whether we like it or not, the drugs may come back and be sold. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.

Whitireia performers warm up for cultural tour to Taiwan festival

Nan Ying Folk Festival is the destination next week for the annual Whitireia Performing Arts Wananga. In the final stages of preparations, the degree students visited Karori West Normal School and wowed hundreds of students. MATTHEW LAU, who will be reporting on the tour, was at Karori.

Key more years, Peters party foiled, and Harawira blind-sided

After one of the most divisive election campaigns in New Zealand history, NewsWire reporters TESS NICHOL and SUE TEODORO reflect on the big winners and losers of New Zealand’s 2014 General Election.

One in five Kiwi voters cast their ballot in early polling record

Most Kiwis are voting today, but the Electoral Commission early voting marketing has made a difference. More than 20% or New Zealanders who are eligible to vote had done so by yesterday. JONTY DINE reports.

Wellingtonians are not totally convinced about Greens transport spend

The Greens Party has announced a half-billion-dollar public transport spend for Wellington if it gets into power. Most locals think the ideas have merit, but decisionmakers expect more communication, and trolley buses are not popular. SARAH WILSON reports.

Pokie machines split Hutt council, mayor refuses casting vote

One side says getting pokies out of high deprivation areas is the answer, the other says enforcing a sinking lid policy is more important for problem gamblers. AMANDA HERERRA attended this week’s long and passionate debate.

Bashed manager of gay bar humbled by group hugs and support

Following a week-long social media campaign crowds packed Ivy Bar and Caberet for a show of solidarity against homophobic violence. JONTY DINE reports on the group hug and singing.

Crowd funding gets serious, but there is still chance of potato salad

Kiwi entrepreneurs can now crowd fund through licences issued by the Financial Markets Authority to the likes of PledgeMe. However, FRANCESCA JAGO found there is still the potential for a $55,000 potato salad fundraiser.

Bowling club sale to benefit community but some locals unhappy

Vogelmorn Bowling Club is on the market and could put about $1 million into a foundation for the community but some residents are not ready to let the club go. LIAM CAVANAGH reports of the community debate.

Caring sharing city gets big thumbs up from Wellington beggars

Generous locals are attracting beggars from Auckland and Christchurch. However JONTY DINE reports the easy money can be destructive. Also, NewsWire team asked Wellingtonians how they felt about the increasing in begging on the street.

Families who drink raw milk wanted for study into health benefits

Raw milk stirs emotion from both sides of the debate, but Massey University is looking to find some answers and researchers are recruiting families who drink raw milk for a study into potential health benefits. LIAM CAVANAGH reports.

Wellingtonians and visitors get excited for FIFA World Cup final

In homes, bars and businesses across greater Wellington, football fans gathered to watch the FIFA World Cup final. The NEWSWIRE TEAM ventured to different venues across the city to cover the event.

Lower Hutt residents and landlords are ignoring free insulation

Council officers are trying to get the message through about the Warm up New Zealand project offering free home insulation for home owners with eligible tenants. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.

‘Highway robbery’ fuel tax more of same for frustrated motorists

The first of three annual petrol tax increases, which will add nine cents a litre to the price of fuel, this week hit the pumps around the country. The NewsWire team went to the streets of Wellington to gauge reaction.

Warning new auction laws will lead to waste, but Trademe happy

A traditional auction business believes new laws will lead to more dumping.

$80 million Cuba St creative hub plan to house 1000 students

A Cuba St building will be the first major programme related project for Wellington’s Whitireia and WelTec polytechs, which are governed by the same council. NEWSWIRE TEAM reports on the launch.

Students want co-ordinated response to sex assaults

Ongoing sex assaults prompt student call for safer pathways around Wellington city.

Landslip still causing problems for Kingston residents

Kingston residents affected by a landslip last year say they are still facing problems, and a report shows that homeowners in the area have cause for concern.

Pacific Advisory Group needs more time, money, says chair

Nominations are open for new members, and the outgoing group has recommended to Wellington City Council that the number of seats be increased to 19 so smaller Pacific Island groups are represented. JULIE TAYLOR reports.

Entrepreneurs look to beat the winter chill with solar energy

Local entrepreneurs are launching a new product that could help thousands of Kiwis during winter months. Their Solar Space Heater uses solar power to provide heat to houses during sunshine hours. JOSH PRICE talked to the co-founders.

Migrant volunteers to be recognised for their work in capital

New migrants will celebrate their volunteering achievements in a special awards ceremony this week. ANNEKA PAUL reports on how volunteering has connected the recent arrivals to their new home.

Footy food and cold beer to get upgrade at Westpac Stadium

Stadium-goers sick of standard footy food will be able to swap hotdogs and chips for steak sandwiches, vegetarian burritos and even Yorkshire puddings. LAUREN MANN reports.

Mayor buzzing about beekeeping initiative led by Te Aro School

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown this week visited Te Aro School, the first Wellington primary school to keep beehives. JOSH PRICE reports on students getting back to nature.

Capital bike fans want European cycleways through Newtown

Plans for a safe cycle-way network through the southern suburbs will be revealed at the Newtown Residents’ Association community meeting in Newtown on March 17. FINN RAINGER reports.

Street poll: Minimum wage rise great, but it should be more

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.

Marie Shroff bids farewell to a decade of privacy

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.

Basin and social media celebrate Brendon McCullum’s 302 runs

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.

Young Warkina finding his roots and making a difference in Africa

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 in the park a first for Waiwhetu in Lower Hutt

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.

Climate change job also has economic demands, says new councillor

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.

Council’s Brooklyn property sale excluded public, say locals

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.

Opportunities for young seen as key to football’s future in NZ

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.

New Zealand reacts to census data – STORIFY

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.

Bianca van Dyk selected for Netball NZ elite development camp

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.

Mixed views on city council’s freedom camping plan

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.

Worldwide Hobbit fan event still no reason for Jackson to wear shoes

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.

Lost Maori land could be returned to Te Atiawa after 70 years

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.

New technology raises hopes for night surfing at Lyall Bay corner

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.

Voting time may be shorter, and online pushed in review

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.

Trentham Racecourse site for region’s first drive-in cinema

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.

Wade-Brown lays out vision for her second term as capital’s mayor

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 split about online voting in future

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.

Cannons Creek in final push on eve of tavern liquor licence hearing

Porirua mayoralty candidates have varying views on the contentious liquor licensing application for a tavern in
Cannons Creek. CAMERON MASSEY reports.

Cells from breast cancer inspired design being auctioned for charity

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.

Healthy crowd eyes up 23 candidates standing for Capital and Coast

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.

Mixed reviews from Lambton voters after inner city meeting

Lambton Ward’s inner city meeting last night gave an opportunity for residents to grill candidates on issues they face living in Wellington City. ANNEKA PAUL and ZAK GERRATY were at the meeting.

Labour pledges good news for Living Wage campaigner

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.

Late night bars brace for worst as council drinking vote looms

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.

Mayoral hopeful Collins would throw out Porirua’s $18m face-lift

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.

Joyce dismissal of runway not end of battle for Evans Bay

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.

Porirua Mayor Leggett accused of putting his career above his city

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.

Earthquake brings out the caring best in Stokes Valley locals

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.

Chairman accused of “mediocre aspiration” for Petone community

Gerald Davidson fights back over council officer’s comments and says he will take the battle into the local body elections. JENNIFER McILROY reports.

GPs urged to look for symptoms as gout catches up with society

Kiwi men, especially Pasifika and Maori, have high rates of gout, a painful condition with links to heart disease and diabetes. ANNEKA PAUL reports.

Vic Uni buys a music label to add to its creative businesses

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.

Quakes scare needed, says Civil Defence head

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.

Evans Bay group will fight runway extension

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.

Mayoral election apathy gives Celia early lead

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.

City’s south coast cops worst of big storm

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.

Mobile internet on rise, but not ruling web yet

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.

Cool-down in Australia timely, says recruiter

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.

Meth users as bad as meth labs for landlords

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.

Seating signs cause confusion on buses

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.

School, community join up to fight vandalism

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.

Quay like missing tooth says yacht club boss

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.

Reaction to young drunks annoys youth

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.

“Ex-psychiatric patient” tag for Studylink client

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.

More bush track traffic splits valley opinion

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.

Bypass heritage buildings left empty

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.

Restaurant owners pushed off by Hobbit

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.

NZ could play a role in stabilising US economy

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.

Hundreds throng city’s waterfront to see royals

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

Rise in animal abuse sign of the times, says Wellington SPCA

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.

China trade an issue for NZ with tougher talking Republican Romney

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.

Obama’s handling of Sandy in contrast to Bush and Katrina

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.

Poll: New Zealanders would vote Obama to landslide victory

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.