Wellington new has cool names for its councillors – there’s a city scientist and a Wellington ambassador.
The two new portfolios are among new Mayor Justin Lester’s major revamp of councillor responsibilities. SHAR DAVIS talks to councillors about their new roles.
Scrapping the council’s “slush fund” would deal a blow to Wellington’s arts and culture activity, says long-time councillor and mayoral candidate Andy Foster. He talks to ANGELA REID about the role in plays in the cultural capital.
Tempers flared when Wellington mayoral hopefuls asked for opinions on financial transparency.
Wellington city councillors should be shut away together for a weekend to thrash things out, according to a candidate for the Eastern Ward. ANGELLA REID reports on a candidates meeting in Hataitai.
Volunteers are cleaning up after a Wellington non-profit was burgled and vandalised on Tuesday night. The second-floor office of Dress for Success on Boulcott Street was broken into and cash, jewellery, and electronics were stolen. LAURA KEOWN reports.
Porirua College whanau spent a long time looking for the right principal to build on the legacy Susan Jungerson. This week they welcomed Ragne Maxwell to the role. KATENI SAU reports.
New Zealand journalists keep the profession in “good shape” despite challenges, says an editor of a new book. Barnaby Bennett joined three panelists and over 60 guests to discuss and launch the book, Don’t dream it’s over: Reimagining journalism in Aotearoa. PATRICK FRENCH reports.
The twice-daily traffic jam outside Raumati Beach School might be getting sorted out after years of public frustration – hopefully this summer. The plan will ease congestion and make the area safer for students. DAN MAGEEAN reports.
Wellington’s fascination with the new David Jones store was enough for the doors to be closed for a short time because of opening day crowds.
Store management introduced NewsWire’s PATRICK FRENCH to one of the company’s new local employees, retail assistant Molly Brain (19) to talk about the experience.
New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity will brings together more than 1000 students each year in one creative space on the corner of Cuba and Dixon streets, Wellington. James Lobban (video), Larissa Toelupe (interview) and Colin Engelbrecht (story) report.
Students and graduates showed off their creative skills for gala launch of $22.5 million centre.
The launch included live performances from the new institute’s programmes, plus speeches from Minister for Tertiary Education Skills and Employment Steven Joyce and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry.
Advisory groups engaging families are raising Maori and Pacific achievement at Postgate School in Whitby.
ZARIUS SAMUEL reports it is all part of what principal Adam Campbell says involves seeing learning through children’s eyes.
An abandoned looking Ako Pai Marae on Victoria University’s campus typifies the value that locals see in the former education facilities.
AMY MCEWEN reports on local reaction and the meeting.
Stokes Valley residents have only a week left to submit their views on council’s $5 million community hub project.
The project will be finalised soon after April 29, which marks the last day submissions will be accepted. KEENAN MAY reports.
The idea of doing away with the decile system for rating schools has found favour with a school which has had to fight against the inequities of the current system.
Tayla Shortland reports on Te Aro School’s battle.
ENROLMENTS for the second flag vote close on Wednesday , and while there has been a push for enrolments, history suggests Maori will be under-represented. About 27 per cent of all voters from the seven Maori electorates cast their vote last year. EMMA MOODY reports.
With two giant attractions side by side, Wellington Museums Trust Director Brett Mason wonders if tourists explore the city enough to visit Wellington’s other museums.
KEENAN MAY reports.
Hutt Valley residents have two hearings where verbal submissions will be made about a proposed new dog reserve which is worrying locals.
The public reserve on Pohutukawa Street has been selected a year-long trial. MATT TSO reports.
Domestic violence within the queer community is being tackled head on by a new organisation.
Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence recognises the different issues queer and transgender people face within violent relationships. ALIA OVEREND reports.
LISTEN: THE GOVERNMENT’S received a could do better card from Wellingtonians following news that its increasing our refugee intake. New Zealand will accept another 250 a year on top of the current 750 over the next 3 years.
LISTEN: PRIME MINISTER John Key will this afternoon announce the government’s response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Europe. Germany is currently bearing the brunt and Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for other countries to step up and help. ANDREW JOHNSEN reports.
THE man who lit up Wellington’s 150th birthday is excited about the creative possibilities of the new polytechnic arts and performance centre on Cuba Street. Construction has just began following a ceremony led by Te Ati Awa iwi in late August. EMMA MOODY reports.
‘No’ was the most popular answer on the streets of Wellington when people were asked for their opinion after the release of the ‘long list’ of flags. More than 100 people were spoken to, and 63% of them were not interested in changing flags. NEWSWIRE TEAM reports.
With some of the worst statistics for poorly insulated housing in New Zealand, Wellington is struggling to meet the demand to fit out homes with proper heating. COLIN ENGELBRECHT looks at the statistics, and talks to an organisation which is part of the solution.
Amnesty International members gathered outside Parliament to encourage the Government to increase the refugee quota.
COLIN ENGELBRECHT talked to organisers at the protest.
Wellington City Council has proposed a new cycle framework in Wellington. JAMES LOBBAN checks in with the cycling lobby and a councillor, who are hopeful this finally means action for dedicated city cycle lanes, after years of talking.
Three years of self taught illustration work has paid off for Amit Dutta after winning a dream prize for amateur artists in the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of The Future competition. He talks with COLIN ENGELBRECHT after returning from Los Angeles.
A begging culture appears to be growing visibly on the streets of Wellington.
JONTY DINE visits the home where some of the beggars live together, to try to understand some of the issues.
A High Court action has thrown the focus on the law which bans prisoners from voting. Campaigners say the law disconnects prisoners from society when they need to be re-connecting, and there will be consequences. TESS NICHOL reports.
A new year was supposed to bring an upgraded commuter cycleway to Island Bay, but politics and red tape have cast doubt overthe project. After receiving the go-ahead at the beginning of December, behind-the-scenes politiking has resulted in another meeting in February likely. YC LEE reports.
Over 80% of those questioned in a Wellington street poll feel Christmas is too commercial. Only two of those questioned mentioned the birth of Christ.
FRANCESCA JAGO has the details.
A woman who escaped the prostitution industry now wants Wellington City Council help to fund a haven.
JONTY DINE reports on Rosalie Batchelor’s appeal, and what councillors thought.
Wellington and Lower Hutt ratepayers are being unfairly charged for expensive rail costs in the wider region according to independent research. FINN RAINGER talks to Tony Randle who has done the numbers and wants them changed.
Hutt Valley residents have the chance on Thursday and Saturday this week to find out about the council’s infill housing proposals. Proponents say it will revitalise a tired inner-city, while others say the type of housing is not what people want. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.
Jo Alderdice and Little Sprouts charity has gone from making one baby care pack to becoming one of Wellington’s Local Heroes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A traditional auction business believes new laws will lead to more dumping.
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.
Ongoing sex assaults prompt student call for safer pathways around Wellington city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.