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WATCH: RSA’s 100th centenary at the National War Memorial

The RSA celebrated its centenary at the Pukeahu War Memorial in Wellington.
COLIN ENGELBRECHT reports.

Comedians help vulnerable kids with charitable laughter

Child refugees will be the subject of laughter on Sunday night – all for a good cause.

Newlands and Mana buses activate audio surveillance

The green buses now have active audio surveillance on board to record incidents.

CEO Ian Turner said the decision was made in the interests of public safety. JEMMA COTTERALL reports.

Hills Hats anything but old hat

Headgear is becoming so popular that Hills Hats is opening a factory shop in Petone. Matt Tso talks to Hatman Simon Smuts-Kennedy.

Titahi Bay Intermediate thriving despite $75,000 budget cut

School’s rise from decile two to four, has its upsides and downsides, says principal.

Last chance for public to influence Stokes Valley Community Hub

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.

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.

Anzac women connected through fashion and stories

Aussie helps Kiwis remember centenary with Woman of Empire exhibition at Mansfield House

Te Aro wins back school decile six rating after ministry raises it to 10

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.

Karori public meeting to talk about empty teacher campus

University, residents association and councilors are inviting locals to a meeting on April 26

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.

New building to reflect Newtown’s multi-cultural roll

Design to incorporate art and structural qualities from different cultural groups.

Kelson balances new tech and traditional teaching

iPads and Chromebooks will not be replacing hand writing any time soon.

Karori West Normal School tackles growing roll with new buildings

Four new buildings to cater for growth which continues to reflect multi-cultural area.

Porirua people offer their thoughts about merging with Wellington

With local body elections this year, and talk of mergers going on, what do Porirua people say?

Queen Charlotte College’s new boss knows her way around the school

After spending nearly a decade in supporting roles, Betty Whyte takes over the top job this year.

Artist sets herself ‘a/part’ from the crowd with first solo show of her body

Sam Dollimore puts herself in the spotlight with a body of work that took more than 200 hours.

Thorndon School uses Tuffery art to make temporary rooms like home

Temporary premises on college grounds clears way for $9 million reconstruction.

Creekfest celebrates great year with more than 30,000 people

Event organiser Liz Kelly will be leaving Creekfest in good health after seven years.

Wellingtonians have a say in getting their city moving – but be quick

Six weeks consultation has just opened to fix Wellington’s central city traffic issues.

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.

Promenade leads CubaDupa on a merry dance

Boulevard of Dreams a promenade performance through the streets of Wellington during Cuba Dupa.

Pōkarekare Ana turns 100 and launches this year’s CubaDupa

The Royal New Zealand Air Force will lead Pōkarekare Ana to open CubaDupa celebrations

Wellington and Porirua merger talk has people in three minds

Swinging voters could decide the outcome in a merger was put to a vote.

Donation keeps the water flowing at performance centre.

Thanks to a classmate’s forgetfulness, Whitireia performers are keeping themselves hydrated.

Maori unlikely to bother with flag vote based on history

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.

Increase in volunteer English tutors needed to cope with migration

With more refugees and migrants coming to NZ, volunteers can help with language training.

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.

Paraparaumu teaching legend reflects on 40 years with teenagers

Chrissie Jorgenson says kids have not changed, despite all of the technology. VIRGINIA FALLON reports.

Cara the capital chimp goes under knife to close off her ear

A Wellington chimp obsessed with jamming sticks in her ear has had five hours of surgery.

The Toi Two Hundy, affordable art for every day people

The Toi Two Hundy at Toi Poneke Art Centre displays resident artists’ work for no more than $200 each.

WATCH: The big history of a little street

LEEDS STREET is one of Wellington’s little laneways tucked away in the city’s Te Aro precinct. Andrew Johnsen reports on its revitalisation.

Activities, events outside peak season help Otago tourism

Accommodation businesses pinpoint regular events for driving their guest numbers.

Rugby club helps out at safe haven for women

Male volunteers were welcomed into the Wellington Women’s Boarding House for the first time.

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.

All aboard the bus to Christmas cheer in Wellington

With Christmas fast approaching, the capital finds ways of spreading the spirit.

Youth delegate happy to accept fossil award on behalf on NZ

Government’s “hypocritical stance” earns ‘Fossil Of The Day’ and Zoe Lenzie Smith happily accepted.

Student thinks NZ education more rounded due to pressure in China

International students are a big part of the rise in permanent and long term visitor increase.

Ngati Toa hope All Blacks bring cup back for visit to Ka Mate’s home

Ngati Toa are glad the All Blacksfinally came to visit them and enjoyed teaching them about Ka Mate.

Film attraction could have impact on capital’s smaller museums

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.

NZ’s tourism growth not necessarily heading to Hawke’s Bay

Chinese on rise, but two bay businesses still report mostly Aussie, European and US tourists.

Migrant Journeys is more than just a new book launched

Your cab driver can be doctors, architects and scientists, and author doubts many people ask why.

NCEA credits for licenses draws mixed reactions on the street

Wellingtonians agree licenses were tougher to get these days but are split about adding it to NCEA.

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.

More Kiwis take flight in ‘golden era of travel’

Kiwis are taking advantage of lower prices thanks to competition in the air.

WATCH: A stitch in time could help Porirua

Hopes Porirua people will change the way they see clothing stores after visiting a TEZA week project called Sharemart.

Puppy walkers are helping guide dogs to take their first steps

Blind Foundation puppy walkers give pups a great start before they leave to train as guide dogs.

Weekend celebrations planned for school’s 50th

Two days of celebrations will mark 50 years for Redwood School in Tawa next year.

More Kiwis take flight in ‘golden era of travel’

Kiwis are taking advantage of lower prices thanks to competition in the air.

Countries in conflict to come together at WOMAD 2016

China, Greece, USA, Mali and Syria are among the countries represented on stage at WOMAD 2016.

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.

Professionals mobilise to fight rapid bus plan for Wellington

Fair, Intelligent Transport wants to to educate the public on issues and solutions.

Porirua People’s Library giving locals a voice in November

Creative New Zealand and Porirua City Council pitching in to help community tell its stories.

Mental health worker uses his own journey to help others

Familiarity with mental health events helps a worker in the field do his job, and reflect on his role with EMMA MOODY.

Whippy chases dream long way from Fiji, Porirua, family

Basketball star Letava Whippy’s heart is split between Porirua and Fiji, but her head is at Long Island University in the US.

Hutt locals question proposed dog park

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.

Careers expo inspires students from colleges in Porirua

Mana College’s hall buzzing with hundreds of local students talking to careers advisers.

WATCH: Giant scrabble gets capital thinking about adult literacy

Literacy Aotearoa helps raise awareness at Wellington Railway Station.

WATCH: Capital park friends honoured for stream work

Friends of Central Park receive their fourth honour in a year for their work on Moturoa Stream track.

‘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.

Food trucks feed Kapiti with ministry licence

Local food truckers from the coast are now feeding the hordes on Friday nights in Waikanae.

Piwi Pene mad about men’s netball 31 years after first champs

Piwi Pene has just coordinated the men’s netball nationals and has bigger dreams for them.

Former refugees know how fleeing Syrians are feeling

Two Wellingtonions, who came to New Zealand as refugees, share their perspectives with DOMINIC GODFREY.

New Zealand parents want more quality time with their children

Statistics New Zealand reports many Kiwi parents feel they aren’t spending enough time with their children.

Red Peak, ISIL, TPP top topics for Prime Minister

John Key spoke at his regular Monday press conference about Red Peak, ISIL and the UN.

Increased school role puts pressure on Roseneath School space

Architects working on redesigning outdoor spaces, and parents get a say.

School Principal wants reduced traffic around the Basin Reserve

St Mark’s Church School principal is keen to see other options explored to reduce traffic.

Kiwi accent for hire earns Ingrid Rugby World Cup gig

Ingrid Dyer from Kapiti has scored a role acting herself in a UK Tesco’s Rugby World Cup commercial

WATCH: Special Olympics Ten Pin Bowling held in Paraparaumu

Ten Pin Bowling is part of Special Olympics and teams are working towards representing NZ.

Newtown library upgrade tackles air flow, damp, heat

Public and staff enjoy healthier surroundings after three months of work.

Travelling Books program to forge ahead despite loss of key sponsor

Literacy Aotearoa doesn’t want a loss of funding to stop new Travelling Books reaching kiwis in need.

Standing up for victims of rainbow violence in New Zealand

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.

WATCH: Anti-TPP protesters arrested in Lambton Quay

Protesters were arrested on Lambton Quay, attempting to enter the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to seize TPP documents.

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.

Vista Club name for combined Kapiti clubs

Members from both clubs say they are pleased with the amalgamation of the RSA and Kapiti Club

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.

Keep Newtown Clean

The first ever quarterly clean-up aimed at rekindling original spirit of monthly event that died.

Bridging the age gap in Karori through a love of cards

More young people are getting into Bridge – and winning. Alia Overend reports.

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.