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‘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.

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.

Wellington protest march for Maui’s dolphin with message for minister

Nick Smith target after oil exploration raised dismissed as threat to dolphins in marine reserve.

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

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

New Zealand consumers to benefit more from extended warranties

Changes to the Fair Trade Act 1986 positive for consumers purchasing extended warranties.

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.

$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.

Push to Attract More Visitors From Different Places

Why Tourism New Zealand is targeting India, Indonesia and Latin America for the next three years.

What could the future hold for Wellington’s public transport?

WATCH: The future options for how much you pay and the type of bus you catch in Wellington under review

More female same-sex couples exercising their right to marry

More female couples have chosen to tie the knot since the Marriage Equality Bill was passed early last year.

Is Wellington the country’s clever capital?

Wellington has the highest percentage of people with degrees in New Zealand – does this make it the ‘clever capital’?

Is it too soon to make a movie about flight MH370?

Your View: Wellintonians not ready for a film about flight MH370, student straw poll reveals.

‘No religion’ is now capital’s most popular

The latest census shows there are now more people living in Wellington City without religion than there are who believe in Chrisianity.

More people living in Wellington’s Northern Suburbs

Statistics show Wellington’s Northern Suburbs experiencing a population growth since the 2006 census.

New Zealand birthrate slowly declining

New Zealand women seem to be giving birth later in life, is this contributing to the birth rate falling?

Fewer Maori speaking te reo Māori

The 2013 census shows that the amount of Maori speaking te reo Māori is on the decline.

NZ boys born in 2012 can expect to live to eighty

New Zealand placed in top ten of life expectancy for baby boys in global league table.

Students want co-ordinated response to sex assaults

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

Porirua hoping for Gigatown win

Mayor hopes the Wellington region will support Porirua’s bid to win the “Gigatown” competition .

A great day for Whitireia and AMA University

Whitireia Polytechnic and the AMA University of the Philippines agree to student and teacher exchanges.

New airport proposal fizzles out

Proposed plans for an airport located in the northern suburb of Hunters Hill have been abandoned.

Capital Coffee in Crisis?

WATCH: A disease known as coffee rust is destroying plantations in South America. Could it change the way we enjoy coffee in New Zealand?

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.

Young Achievers to be recognised

Upper Hutt recognises its young achievers at the annual Civic Awards.

Bright future for Aro Valley community centre

Local group successfully fundraises to get solar panels installed on the local community centre.

‘Best news ever about legal high ban’ for Cuba Street Retailers

Cuba Street Retailers are hoping the legal high ban will have a positive effect on their business and the area.

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.

New coach spurs renewed interest in Johnsonville club rugby

A change in fortunes for the Johnsonville rugby club is being attributed to the new coach.

Toilet upgrade just the start of an image upgrade for Petone

The local community is to play a major role in the transformation of Petone’s Jackson Street toilets.

Karori’s free community bus service looking for more exposure

Karori’s free community bus service has been operating for 20 years but many locals don’t appear to know it exists.

Sam Duff wins top Whitireia Journalism award

Whitireia Journalism School Diploma students celebrate the end of their course.

Maori café opens nights as it reaches second birthday

Open mic nights and live entertainment at Kotuku Cafe add to Waiwhetu’s life.

German language and culture growing on New Zealanders

More than 30,000 Germans live in NZ, and the Goethe Institut supports the language and culture.

Wrights Hill Fortress open day an Anzac Day activity for families

Volunteers ensure World War 2 history is not forgotten by maintaining the old Karori gun fortress.

Wainuiomata’s annual ANZAC parade to go ahead

Community rallies to make sure the annual ANZAC day parade takes place in Wainuiomata.

Prince William answers royal baby rumour

WATCH: Prince William hints at future new baby in exclusive video captured by Whitireia Journalism student MARK BISHNELL.

New Zealand waves goodbye to the Royals

The damp weather doesn’t deter crowds as popular British royals say goodbye to Wellington and NZ.

School, MClass help parents learn English to join community

Parents drop their their kids at Miramar’s Holy Cross school and then stay to learn English.

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.

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.

Churton Park retailers bring community together

Successful festival puts paid to claims that Wellington’s Churton Park is a suburb without a heart

Accessibility to Parliament a topic for election year

Candidates in wheelchairs may find it easier to win a seat than get into the building, or even vote. CALLY MARTIN 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.

Locals look to ‘Shyft’ Wellington’s attitude to car ownership

Locals eye Wellington as the perfect city to get their car share company ‘Shyft’ into gear.

Photographer’s new book celebrates being 60

Turning 60 was the catalyst behind Jenny O’Connor’s new book ‘Visible’. A record of 60 women at 60.

Wainuiomata River contaminated by E. coli … again

Councillor wants to get to bottom of whatever is regularly polluting a community asset.

Trelissick Park faces fight against council and pests

The Trelissick Park Group has had regional funding cut and wants city council to make up the shortfall.

Blundell’s class beginning to shine for Firebirds

Injury and illness have not stopped breakthrough first-class season for wicket keeper and batsman.

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.

Caffeine lovers in the capital try out a new event

It’s Caffeine Awareness month and one of the events was Caffienation on the waterfront.

Sun shines down on Aro Valley festival-goers

Soon solar panels could be powering the local school thanks to the fair’s fundraising.

PHOTO ESSAY: Wellington football tournament still going strong

Football tournament ‘Culture Kicks’ still continues to be a big success after eight years.

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: Starlight Outdoor Cinema a big hit

Wellingtonians brought their rugs, bean bags and picnics to Waitangi Park for a movie under the stars.

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.

Outdoor sculptures go on show during Shapeshifter

Hutt City Council and Hutt Rotary Club combine resources to put on an outdoor sculpture show.

Online bullying making its presence felt in Hutt Valley school ground

School yard bullying is no longer the biggest problem schools face. Social media abuse has arrived.

VIDEO: French traveller snaps Wellingtonians in global project

The ‘Inside Out’ project has gone from Ecuador to Nepal, Mexico, Palestine and now Wellington.

PHOTO ESSAY: All the fun of Kilbirnie’s annual fair

Thousands of Wellingtonians squeeze into Kilbirnie for a day in the sun

PHOTO ESSAY: Tongariro Crossing brings out walkers

Day trek takes between six and eight hours, and is one of New Zealand’s nine great walks.

The resurrection of tā moko raises questions for Maori

Maori tattoos is displayed on the bodies of many New Zealanders. But as JANELLE CHEESMAN found, it is not tā moko.

Riders saddle up for Special Olympics competition

Riding for the Disabled prepare to host event in Upper Hutt for first time.

Black romantic comedy creates a meeting of two art forms

One hour, two shows, four actors and many laughs as performing arts student take to BATS.

Council backs Culture Kicks 2014 to help rebuild team numbers

MORE than 32 teams are expected at the eight annual multicultural football tournament on Saturday.

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.

Aikido club kicks off in Belmont with training for beginners

Lessons give potential members a taste of defensive martial art.

Fizz free, smoke free, alcohol free Creekfest attracts thousands

Porirua’s annual Creekfest health festival brought 25,000 people together.

‘Passion’ separates Wellington from the rest say local baristas

Wellington’s coffee is in the world’s top 10, according to a CNN rating.

Eliza’s passion for costuming leads to stage and screen

Recent production Broken River a new experience for local designer. JACOB CHANDLER reports.

Museum wants refurbishment out of city council purse

Wellington Museum of City and Sea is looking for $1.6 million in council plan pitch.

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.

Whanau and community message gets across in Creekfest 2014

Public and organisers give at this year’s Creekfest thumbs up at day-long festival.

Cannon’s Creek ratepayers, council team up at festival

Tent gives Creekfest visitors about local initiatives, and gets feedback on what public want.

Capital’s new south coast sea walls get their first work-out

The latest storm hit the capital’s south coast soon after locals got to take part in The Great Seawall Debate.

Unwelcome southerly storm slams capital

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

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.

Special Olympics champion swam for his cousin in Australia

Richard Bruce represented New Zealand at the first Asia Pacific Games in Australia. He talks to PAUL ORDISH about his motivation.

Campaign begins to win public support for $25m stadium spend

An open letter to residents this week kicks off a drive to win the hearts and minds of Lower Hutt ratepayers.