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Bringing te reo back to life

HAYLEY GASTMEIER speaks to three Kiwis helping to revitalise te reo Māori after more than 150 years of decline.

WATCH: Wellington open for Christmas

After a 2013 grinch-like Christmas, Wellington City Council got back into the spirit in 2014, including a Courtney Place tree. FRANCESCA JAGO films the lights going on.

Welly Winner still making her mark in the city

Former Wellingtonian of the Year Ruth Gotlieb is busy as ever four years after officially retiring. TESS NICHOL sits down in her living room for a chat.

Karori downhill tough, but tamed by national champ Sarah Atkin

Lower Hutt’s Sarah Atkin challenges an all-male line-up in the Wellington Mountain Bike Club Downhill Series.

Māori learn about their culture in Hawaii

FRANCESCA JAGO meets Māori students in Hawaii learning more about themselves and their culture than they did growing up in NZ.

Double accolade in Taiwan

Whitireia Polytech’s Maori performing art opens show for final event of Nan Ying International Folklore Festival. MATTHEW LAU reports.

Student fights for a personal cause

Andrew Weston needs your votes to win a scholarship to study strokes – and help his dad. FINN RAINGER reports.

Youth Olympian didn’t stop at white lines

A dislike of stopping at the lines in netball led Bridget Kiddle to hockey and to China this year. ASHLEIGH MANNING talks to her about the Youth Olympics and the future.

NewsWire’s live coverage of the 2014 General Election

NewsWire’s team provides a constant stream of updates on election results and commentary.

WATCH: Voting begins with rain and wind

FRANCESCA JAGO and LIZE IMMELMAN report visited the Kelburn School which was one of the Wellington polling stations today.

Swinging voters may decide Wairarapa

Almost one third of Wairarapa voters don’t know who they will vote for according to a phone poll by the NewsWire Team.

Kids get a kick out of learning karate

Children were inspired by their peers at a karate camp in Karori. FRANCESCA JAGO reports.

Fire danger stalks Newtown kitchens

Newtown firefighters (from left) Alan Ormiston, Mike Dombrowski and Michael Fleming work in one of the busiest stations in the country. SUSAN TEODORO reports.

Producers “live and breathe” their craft

The capital celebrates the crème de la crème of food producers in the region during Wellington On A Plate. MATTHEW LAU was at the awards and talked to a talented lot.

Pacific poet draws giant squid from ocean

VIDEO: Daren Kamali launches his second book of Pacific poetry with inspirational readings to a Wellington audience. FRANCESCA JAGO reports.

Chinese take protest to street in Newtown

Falun Gong practitioners are protesting outside a Chinese community newspaper which they say has defamed them but the editor is not backing down. FINN RAINGER reports.

Beers, tears and cheers for World Cup final

WATCH: Argentinian and German fans endure an emotional rollercoaster ride, as they watch the FIFA World Cup final in Wellington.

‘Nurdle’ pollution hits beaches, wildlife

Clean up volunteers are finding small plastic balls washed up on Wellington beaches and experts say they are likely to be harming marine life. FINN RAINGER reports.

OE tales told in new play opening in capital

A new play by rookie writer and director Chris Swney puts the spotlight on the Kiwi backpacker experience. STEVEN READ reports. IMAGES: Josh Price.

Polytechs join forces for creative city campus

WATCH: An $80 million investment is planned for a creative Cuba St campus for Whitireia and WelTech polytechs. Newswire team reports.

A day at The Barking Lot

IN PICTURES: Dog daycare facility opens in Wellington, allowing pets to be pampered as their owners go to work.

PHOTO ESSAY: A day in the life of a midwife

A day in life of a midiwfe, following Jill Adamson around as she completes her daily routine in Lower Hutt.

What’s on your mind when you cross the street?

WATCH: Wellington City Council’s new Think, Look, Cross campaign will cost rate-payers up to $100,000.

Back to the roots

Family and friends share the Easter weekend on Waiheke Island and FINN RAINGER documents the experience in a photo essay.

Photo Essay: A day in the life of a deputy mayor

Newswire reporter JOSHUA PRICE spent the day with Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester and captured some of his duties in a photo essay.

On the hunt for the Purrfect feline

Some cats such as this one were shy, but AMANDA HERRERA found plenty to purr about in an afternoon with some of the country’s top felines.

Lower Hutt footballer slims his way to big break

It took self determination and regular weigh ins, but Lower Hutt striker Hamish Watson has been signed to the Wellington Phoenix for the remainder of the 2014 season.

PHOTO ESSAY: Surf-lifesavers take over Ohope

EACH year surf lifeguards from around the country compete in their national champs. NEWSWIRE reporter LAUREN MANN was there to capture the action.

Unwelcome southerly storm slams capital

Severe southerly winds of 120km kept ferries tied up and closed roads in the capital.

REVIEW: DJ Stickybuds rocks the boat

Stickybuds entertained crowds at Wellington’s Tugboat, and having experienced him live once before, OREN OAARIKI went along for more.

PHOTO ESSAY: Bowl-A-Rama grabs skate fans

Brazilian Pedro Barras took out last week’s international skateboard competition in Wellington’s Waitang Park. ELLIOT PARKER captured the action in photos.

Valley comes alive with Haka in the Park

Te Ra o Te Raukura festival’s was dedicated to the regional kapa haka contest today, which included the pan-tribal Nga Taonga Mai Tawhiti. SAM BRODIE captured some of the action.

PHOTO ESSAY: Drag racing on nitro

Flames shoot from the exhaust of a nitro-fuelled dragster at Fram Autolite Dragway, Meremere. CAMERON MASSEY captures the action on camera.

A taste of Ethiopia in Wellington

Wellington’s first full time Ethiopian restaurant has opened in Tory St. KHALID AHMED attended the historic event.

Archie has his nose in travellers’ bags

Biosecurity beagle Archie is the newest addition to Wellington International Airport, where he has a nose for trouble. JOHANNA CLELAND reports.

School kids to go on Zoofari at Wellington Zoo

Children from low decile schools will be able to visit Wellington Zoo for a fun learning programme in a new partnership with The Warehouse. JULIE TAYLOR reports.

Chef Abdelghani’s cookbook dream a reality

Moroccan chef Abdelghani El Adraoui has always dreamed of writing his own cookbook and finally has one. He talks to KHALID AHMED about what inspired him.

Absolutely positively growing – Census VINES

WELLINGTONIANS are more educated, earning more and have greater access to internet than in 2006, according to the latest census results.

Foods of many flavours at school’s carnival

Clyde Quay School pupils, whose annual carnival was held at the weekend. JOHANNA CLELAND reports.

Rongotai’s ethnic food fair welcomed back

Rongotai College staff sell smoothies at the fair. KHALID AHMED reports from the school’s fundraiser.

Parfumier is living his dream at top of cable car

Francesco van Eerd has set up a mini museum which shows off his perfume passion. KHALID AHMED reports on his new shop in Kelburn.

Beer in the park has a smooth introduction

There have been ‘no dramas’ with beer drinkers in bean bags taking over Glover Park in Wellington’s Cuba precinct. JESSE CLARK reports.

Top photographers coming together in city show

The Photo School is bringing student work to the city, including NZ Institute of Professional Photography award winning pieces. LIAM MACANDREW reports.

NewsWire’s coverage of council elections

Labour MP Kris Faafoi congratulates Nick Leggett, right, on his re-election as Porirua’s mayor on Saturday. Click on the headline for NewsWire’s coverage of national media.

Young Fijians target of language week

The inaugural Fijian Language Week was launched on Monday and aims to encourage Fijians living in New Zealand to reconnect with and celebrate their culture. CALLY MARTIN reports.

Cyclists push for cycle lanes through elections

The Cycle Advocates Network are giving away bike plates to get their message across, CHRIS WILLIAMS reports.

Petone locals pitch in to replant sand dunes

Hutt City Council provided the plants and shovels, and residents provided the muscle to repair storm damage to Petone beach. HOANI HOTENE reports.

Kahurangi School officially opens

Miramar South and Strathmore schools are laid to rest as the final stage of the merger in Wellington’s eastern suburbs is completed. KHALID AHMED was at the event.

Khandallah celebrates library milestone

The Khandallah community held an event to celebrate its library’s diamond jubilee – and keeping the opening hours in a budget cut battle with council. YONG-CHOO LEE reports.

Petone patients rally against loss of their clinic

A medical centre in Petone has found strong local opposition to the idea of merging with another centre in Pomare. HOANI HOTENE reports.

Stokes Valley pupils on the road to Japan

In a couple of weeks’ time, eight pupils from Tui Glen Primary School will be going off to Japan. MIKE METCALFE reports.

Excitement building up for Polynesian festival

Students from around the Porirua region are preparing to show off their Pasifika cultures, reports CAM MASSEY.

Temporary chocolate factory pops up in Welly

Chocoholics can make their own treats in the run-up to the Chocolate Festival, reports CHRIS WILLIAMS.

Young Phoebe knows how to shelter in quakes

For a child’s eye view of earthquake etiquette, BETHANY PEARSON interviews a couple of quake-savvy sisters.

Cricketer tells of road to redemption

Wellington cricketer Ili Tugaga talks to LAUREN MANN about making amends and working his way back into the Wellington cricket team.

Chipped, broken…but not down (mostly)

WELLINGTON streets were littered with glass and rubble after parts of the city tumbled to the ground during the weekend’s flurry of earthquakes.

‘Visionary art’ exhibition makes Daniel happy

In August Daniel and other artists go on show at ROAR Gallery.

Going animal for the animals at charity gig

Wellington musicians are flocking to raise money for Wellington Zoo’s animal hospital, reports LIAM MACANDREW.

Going animal for the animals at charity gig

Wellington musicians are flocking to raise money for Wellington Zoo’s animal hospital, reports LIAM MACANDREW.

Malaysian games at Vic Uni helping community

Playing sports in the hijab is no problem for New Zealand’s Malaysian students, reports BETHANY PEARSON.

Explosion averted at Cuba St cafe

Firefighters ensure a fire is well and truly out in Cuba St. SAM DUFF and SAM BRODIE report.

The day the city nearly closed

NewsWire’s Liam Macandrew and Oren Oaariki went to Wellington’s south coast to report on some of the storm’s worst damage. See their photos in the LEAD STORY.

Hot dogs, cherry picker used in ACC protest

Hot dogs and a cherry picker were used to disrupt the footpath outside ACC head office in Wellington this week to publicise a $4.6 million claim. YONG-CHOO LEE reports.

Tunes of I making most of NZ Music Month

After starring in awards in 2012, the Wellington student band is well on the way to ticking all the boxes for success. RYAN ABRAHAM reports.

Volunteers dig dirt to ease bush trail traffic

A new dedicated downhill mountainbike track will be ready by summer. ANNEKA PAUL talks to Kevin O’Donnell, above, about Brooklyn Trail Builders’ new Wellington project.

Movie and book on way for Wahine disaster

Kiwi-raised Sharon Barbour is hoping her screen play for a drama-enacted film will get noticed, reports KAWE ROES.

Jamming with Anika at the Big Day Dowse

Thousands turned out for the fun and entertainment at the Big Day Dowse in the Hutt Valley. EMILY LIPSYS checks out the action.

Arts and craft market raises funds for school

The Made in Petone market and car boot sale proved a colourful fundraiser for the local primary school. EMILY LIPSYS caught the day in photos.

Whenua burial revives connection to land

Earth mothers all over Aotearoa are reviving the practice of whenua burial, reports MELISSA WASTNEY

Students raise alarm over polluted stream

HEALTH RISK: A sign tells people to stay out of the Wainui Stream at Paekakariki.

Dragons and dancing welcome Year of the Snake

Wellingtonians turned out in droves to enjoy Chinese New Year celebrations, which mixed the traditional with the modern.

Anti-asset sales petition nears its goal

All sorts turned out to the protest at Wellington’s Frank Kitts Park against the Government’s proposed asset sales.

Salsa at Sunset a hit on Valentine’s Day

Wellington locals break out their best moves at Cuban-style dance lessons on the waterfront on Valentine’s Day.

PICTURES: Roaring final for Island Bay Festival

The Ribble Street downhill kart race was a celebration of Kiwi ingenuity that finished off the annual Island Bay Festival. MEGAN SMYTH captured the competition on camera.

PICTURES: Waitangi Day draws crowds into city

Ladi6, above, was part of the entertainment which attracted hundreds of people to the Wellington waterfront yesterday. KAT DUGGAN captured the activities on camera.

PHOTOS: Warm welcome for sevens teams

New Zealand player Lote Raikabula and son Emanuel enjoy the parade which kicked off Sevens Weekend in Wellington. KRISTEN PATERSON recorded the event in photos.

Programme to lift confidence in kids

Confidence4Kids is a programme being introduced by three Wellington women to help kids relax, concentrate and have better self-image.

Volunteers needed for disabled riders

RIDING for the Disabled is celebrating 50 years in New Zealand and it needs volunteers to keep going for another 50. NICOLE BAXTER reports.

Santa swaps his sleigh for a chopper

Hundreds turn out to see Santa Claus star at Wellington’s carols by candle-light.

Young Lyall Bay DJs make their voices heard

MARANUI FM’s DJs are charming and articulate, have local knowledge and varied musical tastes – and they are only nine to 11 years old. ERIN KAVANAGH-HALL reports.