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Starving kids used in attack ads designed by iwi/kiwi campaign man

John Ansell designed National’s divisive Iwi/Kiwi billboards in 2005 and this election he and backers The Opinion Partnership have been using billboards and other advertising to scare voters about a Labour-Greens alliance. TESS NICHOL reports.

Students offer passionate election messages

Students at Victoria University gathered in The Hub to challenge on student issues for the election. AMANDA CARRINGTON asked some of the students what they thought.

Are New Zealanders resigned and accepting about being spied on?

NewsWire asks Wellingtonians what they thought about being spied on, and for many it is just part of life.

Election workers gearing up for voting on the big day – and earlier

About 18,500 people will be working at more than 2500 places set-up for New Zealanders to vote.

National billboards take such a hammering

National party billboards in the Wellington Central electorate take a hammering in the run-up to the election. SUE TEODORO reports.

Politicians want to make the world a better place – just in different ways

A passionate and at times unruly crowd grilled Rongotai candidates in Miramar.

Fifty shades of grey turn up in Upper Hutt for NZ First leader

The threat of super city amalgamation was the meeting issue, but it became all about Winston Peters.

Wellingtonians are not totally convinced about Greens transport spend

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.

Online voting tool a big hit for people ‘On the Fence’

NewsWire asks five voters to get On The Fence, a simulation tool is being used by kiwi’s worldwide.

Laundry list outside Parliament calls for cleaner politics

Young and old gathered in their hunders at Parliament calling for cleaner politics.

WATCH: Wellingtonians rally for cleaner politics with laundry list

Wellingtonians tired of the shady dealings highlighted in Nicky Hagar’s book, rallied at Parliament on Wednesday.

Homelessness and living costs for students dominate housing debate

People sleeping on the street and tertiary students struggling to pay the rent are big issues.

Electorate change rattles Mallard, but he is winning social friends

Longstanding MP skyrockets on the social media popularity scale

Crowd warms to passionate Ginny in Ohariu gathering

Labour’s Ohariu candidate Virginia Andersen finds warmer response than Peter Dunne in Wadestown.

Church niceties observed on altar of polite politics

A crowd of about 50 people took a pew at Central Baptist Church in Wellington for local candidates.

Hager wants strong media, transparent government

Nicky Hager calls for more money for public broadcasting to guard against right wing bloggers.

Climate change hot Wadestown topic – too hot for some

Wadestown residents meet the candidates, including two new “young thrusters”.

Wet and wild Aro Valley gives candidates a political spray

Hundreds of Wellington residents all crammed into the Aro Valley Community centre for iconic debate.

Chicken joins politicians for election debate on factory farming

Hettie the hen on the hustings with five election candidates in Wellington.

World Suicide Day time to set goals as Samaritans short on listeners

Samaritans Wellington needs funding to train for helpline service which averages 52 calls a day.

Gareth Watkins says Farewell as Nga Taonga launches new era

The merged national media archive’s first Curator-at-Large talks with YC LEE about his love of sound and vision.

Newtown voters can be a trusting bunch -but they want answers

Rongotai candidates on health issues among other things at a packed meeting in Newtown.

Mark says he has “blown it wide open” with his late entry

Ron Mark says getting 11% support in 10 days electioneering is just the start.

National candidate says Wairarapa should unite behind Key

Alastair Scott’s message for undecided voters is to back the PM.

Labour’s McAnulty not surprised by undecided voters

Door knocking suggests many National and Green voters will give him their electorate vote.

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.

Mark the most popular choice for voters clear about change

About a quarter of changing voters are clear about their new electorate candidate choice.

First he beat cancer, now he’s knocked off Mt Fuji

Nick White has had the chance to give something back to the surgeon who operated on him.

Pokie machines split Hutt council, mayor refuses casting vote

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.

Urban hazard for native birds lead to hundreds of cases each year

DoC, Zealandia experts want people to be aware of preventable injuries.

Kids get a kick out of learning karate

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

Crowd funding gets serious, but there is still chance of potato salad

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.

Builder puts heart on the pavement in search for true love

A Wellington builder looks for love in unusual places.

Bella Kalolo draws on the soul of Whitireia musicians for big gig

Award-winning soul musician Bella Kalolo is guiding Whitireia music students and will join them on stage. MATTHEW LAU 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.

Bright new books for bright new minds in Porirua

Pupils at Ngati Toa given the gift of words by Wellington Rotary Club.

A growing thirst for craft beer more than just a trend

More than just a trend, craft beer is changing the way we enjoy beer according to retailers.

Peanut butter-stuffed, choc-dipped huhu grubs wriggling onto plates

It’s not only the CBD dining out on Wellington on a Plate – go foraging in Karori.

Wellingtonians lit up by city’s latest art festival sensation

In the space of three years Lux festival has gone from four installations to 32.

Any questions for your politicians? Ask Away thanks to Meg Howie

Online political engagement site Ask Away is proving popular with curious young voters.

Chris Bishop reckons he has youth and a positive message on his side

National candidate upbeat despite facing practiced campaigner Trevor Mallard.

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.

Waiting list grows in Hutt Valley as houses remain empty

The future of Lower Hutt’s boarded up state houses remains unclear as the debate continues between the city council and Housing NZ.

Dumpling Queen to expand her Wellington empire

Dumpling queen Vicky Ha is opening two new pop up shops in the CBD .

Fundraiser for her dog blows away Ailsa as Wellingtonians give $1400

Ailsa Lipscombe’s chronic pain is being helped as she edges toward the $20,000 she needs.

Tai Chi a gentle, and cheap, way to keep fit in Wellington

Presbytarian Support Central invests in Enliven programme to help elderly.

Newtown push to prepare locals for the worst

Civil defence wants to help Newtown become the latest community with a plan for a natural disasters.

Book fair raises $100,000 and they are planning a 20th birthday

Downtown Community Ministry’s annual event in Wellington draws generous crowds.

Bowling club sale to benefit community but some locals unhappy

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.

Political pledges to support a review of student benefits

Six of eight political parties have agreed to review system as student body pushes election issue.

One year on, same-sex couples find some churches happy to wed

This week marks a year since same-sex marriage became law, and some churches are welcoming.

Airport security breach forces hundreds to be re-screened

Passenger returning to plane for item sets off scare, but airport happy with just 30-minute delay.

Fashion passion started in South Korea, now in Cuba Mall

Moah Lee was inspired by her parents and encouraged by her husband Paul.

Eco friendly fabrics leave small footprint

A local Owhiro Bay artist has created a business
which puts the enviroment first.

St Pauls in Wellington hosts 1000 at Forum on Child Poverty

A 10-year-old girl who challenged a politician to help her friend out of poverty typifies passionate crowd.

Hiding breastfeeding in Kiwi culture does not help new mums

Breastfeeding mum Lucy says Kiwis should understand how tough it is for new mums.

Caring sharing city gets big thumbs up from Wellington beggars

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.

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.

Futsal fans can follow national team on YouTube next week

Wellingtonians can look forward to more international futsal in city after successful tournament.

Principal’s first year a cultural experience

Learning from the diverse cultures at St Teresa’s School in Karori suits Mary-Angela Tombs.

Here’s to 25 years of speaking at Cook Strait Toastmasters

Kilbirnie club’s celebration dinner will include 15 founding club members

Phoenix optimistic about reaching A-League finals

Wellington Pheonix manager Ernie Merrick speaks after team training ahead of the inaugural FFA Cup.

Cuba street rally wants factory farming phased out

A national day of action against factory farming sparks rally in Wellington.

VIDEO: Journalism students thrown curve ball for World Cup

LIAM CAVANAGH and HAYLEY GASTMEIER report routine was ditched when Whitireia Journalism students covered World Cup final.

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.

Students to help owners by assessing quake prone buildings

Newtown shaky heritage buildings will have plans drawn to encourage owners to strengthen them.

Hutt Repertory Theatre gets nostalgic for its 70th birthday

The Hutt Repertory Theatre members are bringing back one act plays to celebrate.

Families who drink raw milk wanted for study into health benefits

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.

Solomon Islands day celebrations a milestone in capital

Strengthening of relationships between Solomons and NZ on agenda for both countries. SUE TEODORO reports.

First female high commissioner up for challenge in her new role

Her Excellency Joy Kere, is not intimidated by her position or the tasks that lie ahead.

Independent cinema still a hit with Wellington audiences

Wellington cinema managers not worried about a rise in online piracy.

Pan pipers perform a skill their leader wants to preserve

Paul Lincoln may be living in New Zealand, but he is committed to preserving iconic Solomons sound.

Bertos was close to Thai deal before signing to play in India

Leo Bertos earns marquee status in league rated higher than Aussie

Petone will be an art gallery for the work of Thumbs Up artists.

Young artists with disabilities are creating pieces which will be displayed around cafes and shops.

Squeezed Victoria students say new science space overdue

University investment in science facilities excites students and staff.

Grease lovers hopelessly devoted to musical theatre

MATTHEW LAU goes backstage to meet the cast of the show and tell their stories in words and photo essay.

Geordie’s welcoming Geordies as football takes over capital

Publican has seen Kiwis embrace football as rugby watching wanes.

Big crowd challenges candidates on social justice issues

Greens, Labour, Mana and National candidates and representatives attended Wellington Young Feminist’s forum.

Rare Beatles album snapped up before book fair even starts

More than 90,000 books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, puzzles, games await buyers, and more are welcome.