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WATCH: Taking on the crossfit world

Luke Fiso is rising to the top of crossfit success in New Zealand with an eye on the world. SHAR DAVIS reports

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Quake felt across New Zealand

Newswire spoke to people throughout New Zealand for their reactions to the quake. SHAR DAVIS reports.

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Cat owners cash in on SPCA chips

Moggli is chipped and ready to be adopted at the SPCA, which has been in the middle of a microchipping and desexing frenzy thanks to a big discount. SHAR DAVIS reports.

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Tears in Wellington after Trump takes Florida

From left Elizabeth Marshall, Tara Brannigan, Corey Johnson and Lynn Abate-Johnson in a sad JJ Murphy’s bar in Wellington. SALLY MUYOMA and KATENI SAU report.

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Blind leading the blind to the White House

NewsWire has made it into the famous Washington Post website, thanks to blind cat Murdock picking the US election winner.

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Donald Trump spotted in Wellington

Upper Hutt’s own Donald Trump impersonator is bringing the US presidency, and media, to New Zealand. HUGO HUNTINGTON meets Alexander Sparrow.

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Top Ticket to the White House

A woman today may be in the most powerful position in world politics. MARGO NEAS and SHAR DAVIS look at what it has taken to break down barriers. IMAGE: Margot Neas

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Playing the 2016 US Presidential election

Want to play politics? Video game reviewer DAN MAGEEAN and fellow journalism student BLAIR MOCKETT delved into election gaming.

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Aussies give cup money to Womens Refuge

Money raised at the Australian High Commission’s Melbourne Cup event will go to the Wellington Womens Refuge this year. SALLY MUYOMA reports.

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Kapiti coffee drinkers get flavour added

Café owner Matthew Payne has made Kapiti the place for his new coffee roasting project after coming from Melbourne to the coast three years ago. DAN MAGEEAN reports.

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Hundreds take advantage of Free Yoga Day

Wellingtonians donated their old yoga mats to a worthy cause this Labour Day. Sally Muyoma reports.

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Wellington has deep pockets and big heart

The capital city gave over half of what the country raised sponsoring people to sleep rough for the night. SHAR DAVIS joined the event, and spoke to participants.

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Council processes under fire in mayoral debate

Mayoral hopefuls attack each other over council fund process that led to Singapore Airlines being given $800,000 a year. LAURA KEOWN reports.

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Lesson in empathy for Thorndon school children

A seven-month-old baby is teaching primary school students about empathy as part of an international programme. SALLY MUYOMA reports.

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Strathmore gets to play on hillside super slide

Kahurangi School has been working with community on projects such as a super slide. SHAR DAVIS sits down with principal Kyran Smith (above) to talk about the school.

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Te Auaha new home for creative capital

Whitireia Journalism and Broadcasting will be part of the new Te Auaha centre of applied creativity in the heart of Wellington. JOANNA PIATEK’s images capture the future.

Junk Free June is back

Cancer Society fundraiser Junk Free June returns to the capital this month.

WATCH: Te Auaha facts and figures

Gino Acevedo, Te Auaha ambassador and Weta Digital creative director, with student Orama Fisher made up for the launch. Image, Joanna Piatek; Video, James Lobban

PHOTO ESSAY: Day in life of tattoo artist

Marking clients with custom tattoo art is all part of a day’s work for Katy Hayward in a studio which is also an art gallery. JADE WINTON-LOWE reports.

Young and restless for mayoral future

With 2016 another local body election year, Wellington’s Nicola Young is making her second tilt for the capital’s mayoralty. DOMINIC GODFREY reports.

Cook Islands Anzacs remembered with service

Sandra Tisam looks at Michel Tuffrey’s work honouring the Cook Island’s World War 1 legacy, which is remembered each year in Porirua. MATT TSO reports.

Achievement rates on the rise at Windley School

Teacher Alex Hamilton with Ocearny Kaiwhata at Windley School where new teaching practices are making a difference. KATENI SAU reports.

Local talent wows alongside NZ’s biggest stars

Le ART, from left Anastasia Sirila, Tiresa Fomai, Rosetta lopa were buzzing among the young bands sharing a stage with professionals at Creekfest. KEANU HEAD reports.

Young Maori mum not a victim of statistics

Teenage mothers are nearly three times more likely to be uneducated and unemployed. LEAH FLYNN talks to Terihia Trillo who bucks the trend.

Young women a hit in the stock-car world

One in ten stock car racers are female, and 15-year-old Amy Eckersley is one of them. JAMES BAKER catches up with her about her love for racing.

Write, voice, or video your call for more refugees

Amnesty International has set up a website for Kiwis to send their message to government to lift New Zealand’s intake. COLIN ENGELBRECHT reports.

Celebrating 10 years with cultural awareness

Porirua Strong Pacific Families celebrate 10 years by putting on a cultural exhibition and film night. TYRAN HEAD reports.

Beer launch for cheetah charity

Meet the zoo brew crew who are mixing beer and animals to raise money for cheetahs in the wild. JAMES BAKER reports.

PHOTO ESSAY: Paris, we stand with you

The French Ambassador speaks to hundreds of people in Wellington’s Civic Square this week. EMMA MOODY captured the emotional vigil marking the Paris terrorist attack.

Cafe Day will be sorely missed

Budding barista Rachel Kennedy- Good showcases her skills at Whitireia’s final Cafe Day of the year. Larissa Toelupe reports.

Brighter banknotes help people with low vision

The new New Zealand banknotes are assisting the low-vision community with their brighter colours and clearer designs. Matt Tso reports.

‘No thinking about anything else when you fight’

Fighting is all about solving problems, says Muay Thai kickboxer Angus Lindsey. JOANNA PIATEK talks to him about his sport and his latest bout.

Short story award winner publishes first novel

Award winning short story writer, Sue Orr, publishes her first novel with help from the characters in her head. Clemetine Smart caught up with the author to find out more.

The future is looking bright for Wellington’s Lux Festival

With crowds increasing each year the future is looking bright for Wellington’s Lux Light festival.

Eastern Hutt School readies for 100th birthday

Eastern Hutt School prepares to celebrate 100 years of educating generations of students in Hutt Valley.

Agencies will need support for new Syrian Kiwis

Getting refugees to New Zealand is only the beginning and support organisations will need more funding to service the upcoming increase in refugees. ALIA OVEREND reports.

Wellington is ready to welcome refugees

Kiwi Syrians Sunil Matloub and Feras Aslan happy the New Zealand Government is taking in more refugees. VIRGINIA FALLON reports that Wellington has room for the newcomers.

Rippa rugby teaches kids discipline

RIPPA rugby is more than just sport for the Porirua’s Tairangi Typhoons. ALIA OVEREND talks to coach Lucho Arca

Windley basketballers join 2200 in Sportsfest

The Wellington Regional Sportsfest provides a break from routine and promotes healthy activities for the Windley School basketballers. MATT TSO reports.

St Pat’s First XV champion after 20 long years

A prayer for the late Jerry Collins, a member of the last winning St Pat’s Town team, was one of the inspirations for victory this week. ARANA KENNY reports.

McCullough makes jump to world champs team

Nikau McCullough at his Porirua chapel basketball court where he plays with his friends – in contrast to the world stage he climbed up to this month. ARANA KENNY reports.

International exhibition attracts thousands

National Geographic’s 50 greatest photos are drawing large crowds to an Upper Hutt gallery.

Crowds still pouring into Te Papa for Anzacs

Haunting, emotional and stunning are some of the words being used by the thousands of people lining up to see the ‘The Scale of Our War’ exhibition. JADE MAISEY reports.

CubaDupa crowds dance in the rain

In the spirit of the street, Cuba crowds flocked in the rain to Wellington’s new festival. NEWSWIRE TEAM captures the vibe.

Chef, foodie, writer: David Burton

Budding food writer MATTHEW LAU speaks with Wellington’s most influential restaurant critic and food feature writer David Burton.

From the dark to the light

William Matangi knows he has done a lot of good things. JONTY DINE talks to him about life as a Black Power boss, finding God, and now making a difference for young people.

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.