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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

Gold medalist Joseph Sullivan has “epic” experience inspiring kids

Olympic gold medalist James Sullivan takes time out of his job as a fire fighter to spend time with kids.

Volleyball hopes first sports festival will bring players to the game

National organisation gets hands on with schools at regional sports event.

Sports kids get to meet their peers from around Wellington region

The Wellington Regional SportsFest has brought together schools which would not normally meet.

Creative leader predicts new campus centre will light up Wellington

THE man who lit up Wellington’s 150th birthday is excited about the creative possibilities of the new polytechnic arts and performance centre on Cuba Street. Construction has just began following a ceremony led by Te Ati Awa iwi in late August. EMMA MOODY reports.

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Kapiti meeting pines for the way journalism used to be

Panel and audience representing older population remember ‘the golden days’.

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.

Big dreams for Bigfoot Music’s website launch

Andy Mauafua hopes with the launch of his website can create a community space for Kiwi music.

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.

Long list of flag designs fail to get people excited about change

‘No’ was the most popular answer on the streets of Wellington when people were asked for their opinion after the release of the ‘long list’ of flags. More than 100 people were spoken to, and 63% of them were not interested in changing flags. NEWSWIRE TEAM reports.

Toa rugby has hopes for future despite not fielding a team in 2015

Porirua club is not in the Horowhenua/Kapiti competition for the first time in 18 years.

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.

Cold facts show work needed before everyone has Warm Fuzzies

With some of the worst statistics for poorly insulated housing in New Zealand, Wellington is struggling to meet the demand to fit out homes with proper heating. COLIN ENGELBRECHT looks at the statistics, and talks to an organisation which is part of the solution.

Higher life expectancy for Maori not good enough

The gap between Maori and non-Maori life expectancy has narrowed, but ARANA KENNY finds there is more work to be done.

Statistics show marriage may be back in vogue after long decline

More New Zealand couples tying the knot, and it was not all about same-sex marriage legislation.

International visitors rise boosting Hawke’s Bay economy

A rise of international visitors to New Zealand is flowing through to regions such as Hawke’s Bay.

Employed Kiwis happier – but it has to be the right job

The annual social survey says jobs make us happy, but New Zealanders say you have to like that job.

Super city gone, but Wellingtonians still want change for local economy

However, neither Auckland nor Wellington economies are starring in the unemployment figures

Porirua schools work smart with funding to plug in digital learners

Porirua schools are part of the spend-up on electronics through smart use of grants and funding.

Drivers adjusting their travel as fuel prices start to bite

Fuel spending is at its highest in 12 months after fuel prices rebound from drop at the end of last year.

Amnesty urges NZ government to open its heart for Syrians

Amnesty International members gathered outside Parliament to encourage the Government to increase the refugee quota.

COLIN ENGELBRECHT talked to organisers at the protest.

International exhibition attracts thousands

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

Upper Hutt City Council helps speed railway station upgrade

Work on a $3.5 million upgrade has begun at the Upper Hutt railway station.

PHOTO ESSAY: Memphis Belle Cafe a capital coffee hot spot

TE HUIA MOKE visits a community based cafe situated in Dixon Street, central Wellington, to capture the culture in pictures.

Karori’s local library may be getting more than a new coat of paint.

The library reopens on May 25 after the 10-year-old building gets its first make-over.

City cyclists in for safer ride, but there’s still more talk before action

Wellington City Council has proposed a new cycle framework in Wellington. JAMES LOBBAN checks in with the cycling lobby and a councillor, who are hopeful this finally means action for dedicated city cycle lanes, after years of talking.

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.

New theatre company aims to help bring life to Hutt city centre

NextStage, is using the old Little Theatre as its home and its well known founders have clear aims.

PHOTO ESSAY: Hurricanes closing in on finals appearance

Hurricanes victory at Westpac Stadium captured by JAMES LOBBAN

Kiwi wins sci-fi trip to US for L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of Future

Three years of self taught illustration work has paid off for Amit Dutta after winning a dream prize for amateur artists in the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of The Future competition. He talks with COLIN ENGELBRECHT after returning from Los Angeles.

Hawaiian group feel right at home in NZ

Pūpūkahi I Ke Alo O Nā Pua were hosted at Maraeroa Marae in Porirua and performed at Te Papa.

Police deploying more officers to high risk areas across region

Police resources are being moved away from community based constables in areas such as Porirua.

Anzac weekend chance to get on war footing in Wrights Hill tunnels

Karori fort took six years to build and was designed to foil Japanese invasion during World War 2.

Principal of Porirua’s Ngati Toa Primary School gets to walk the talk

Kaye Bruntonspent five years advising other people on running a school, and is now running her own.

Council happy to know students are aware of The Pack app for partying

Survey shows app designed to keep students safe is still on their minds – even if they do not use it.

Wellington gets jazzed up for its annual music festival

Capital Jazz festival will have about 100 local and international acts in June.

Cuba container cafe helping hospitality students

The café is a social enterprise and is run by the not for profit organisation Zeal.

Wellington children learn about the life of a World War I soldier

Wellington children discover ANZAC history at the local library and community centre.

WATCH: Financial aftershocks of the Christchurch quake in capital

Property owners are struggling to fund multi-million-dollar building upgrades.

Small school’s big visit from Phoenix football players

Three Wellingotn Phoenix players visited Linden School as part of their ‘Phoenix in Schools’ programme.

Students benefit from Rangikura School programme

A programme created at a Porirua school is achieving results for Maori and Polynesian students .

Outsourcing Maori programming still raw, but the show goes on

Last year’s decision left many Maori outraged, while others took the opportunity. LIAM CAVANAGH reports.

Porirua icons to inspire student collaboration with renown artist

Michael Tuffery to work with student’s from Porirua secondary schools.

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.

Work to be done at grass roots in fight against bullying

Lisa Gembitsky is leaving her Konfident Kidz programme. She reflects on her work with AMANDA CARRINGTON.

Inequities in health linked to high stomach cancer rates for Maori

An Otago University stomach cancer report highlights over-representation of Maori in stats. FINN RAINGER reports.

WATCH: Capital bus shelters gets eye-catching makeovers

Kapiti artist Ellen Coup paints a Khandallah bus shelter as part of the council’s mural project.

WATCH: Helen Henderson is one of Hutt Valley’s local hero

Lower Hutt is home to the exceptional Kara Hands, a place that’s especially fond of special needs children

WATCH: Definitely Not Witches at the Fringe Festival

Definitely Not Witches is a new Wellington-based improvised comedy group.

Behind the smile, your lattes and lagers can have a human toll

TESS NICHOL speaks with some of the capital’s young workers to find out what it’s really like “working hospo.”

Maori and Brazilian ‘chucked in a pot’ for Cuba Dupa festival

Tutakitaki blends Maori and Brazilian music for the Cuba Dupa street festival.

WATCH: Volunteers keeping Lyall Bay’s coastline litter free

Every months locals get down to Lyall Bay beach for the monthly rubbish clean-up.

Angry Wellington voices join chorus against X Factor

X FACTOR was dismissed and disparaged on the streets of Wellington after bullying of a contestant.

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Chef, foodie, writer: David Burton

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

Meet the people who find joy in a YMCA dance, or a clap of hands

HAYLEY GASTMEIER talks to three New Zealanders who care for people with intellectual disabilities.

WATCH: Ceramic artist Nicola Dench opens doors to her studio

Seventeen Miramar Peninsula artists opened their studios for the annual Artists in Action event.

Māori students still struggling with stereotypes, racism

Not enough focus on how Maori are taught, right down to pronouncing names correctly.

Peninsula wants Fort Ballance to be a showcase, not an enigma

Site has changed over years from an army base to an abandoned concrete playground for graffiti artists.

Cricket World Cup fever sweeps schools as NZ makes quarter-finals

Aspiring young cricket stars have a chance to pick up a bat and learn the basics at Kelburn Park.

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.

Neither spit nor spare change are what capital beggars really need

A begging culture appears to be growing visibly on the streets of Wellington.

JONTY DINE visits the home where some of the beggars live together, to try to understand some of the issues.

Pannett juggles environment and development

Development issues facing Wellington city are a challenge for a councillor holding key positions.

Bringing te reo back to life – three takes on te reo

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

Melanesians using local festivals to keep culture alive in NZ

Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands gave a strong presence at capital’s Pasifika Festival.

‘Knee-jerk’ prisoner voting law damages society, say advocates

A High Court action has thrown the focus on the law which bans prisoners from voting. Campaigners say the law disconnects prisoners from society when they need to be re-connecting, and there will be consequences. TESS NICHOL reports.

Safety and freedom a Wellington drawcard for international students

Universities, Polytechnics, training providers and schools in aiming to double international numbers.

Wellingtonians with Chinese roots celebrating Year of the Sheep

Chinese New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar.

Politics, bureaucracy stop Island Bay cyclists in their new bike track

A new year was supposed to bring an upgraded commuter cycleway to Island Bay, but politics and red tape have cast doubt overthe project. After receiving the go-ahead at the beginning of December, behind-the-scenes politiking has resulted in another meeting in February likely. YC LEE reports.

Fraser puts a face to the ability of artists, not the disability

Through Wellington’s creative spaces Fraser Hoffe says he has found his reason for living,

Next stop Samoa for Upper Hutt student traveller

After visiting 10 countries, Jess Thompson is looking forward to making Samoa her eleventh.

McDonalds Young Entertainers star guiding the next generation

Ainslie Allen has gone through several stages of performing life since the 90s hit TV show.

Vegan athlete fuelled by nature and vegetables for his marathons

An Englishman sets out to challenge the assumption that you need to eat meat to be an athlete.

Popular kids author has kids up and dancing at Te Papa

Craig Smith and his wife Margaret Amor take singalong tour around the country.

WATCH: Petone twinkles in twilight Christmas parade

The first twilight Christmas parade to be held in Petone attracted big crowds. SUE TEODORO filmed the event.

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.

Wellingtonians ask: Is Jesus still the reason for the season?

Over 80% of those questioned in a Wellington street poll feel Christmas is too commercial. Only two of those questioned mentioned the birth of Christ.

FRANCESCA JAGO has the details.

Wellington shoppers leave gift buying until last minute

Wellingtonians leave shopping to the last minute with many stores only just experiencing a Christmas rush.

Council answers critics of pop-up beach

Wellington City Council defends its use of almost $20,000 to build a pop-up beach in Civic Square .

Spreading the love at Christmas.

Capital E has partnered with Foster Hope to pack kits for children entering foster care.