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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.

WATCH: Food for fines early Christmas present at library

Library users get to waive their fines and support the community in a Food for Fines amnesty.

WATCH: Library book sale full of bargains

Twice a year Wellington Central Library sells off old books to make room for new stock. TESS NICHOL finds out what is involved.

WATCH: Guide dog Gina set to venture off with new partner

Blind Foundation graduates Gina and friends from guide school.

WATCH: Rabbit’s tale of survival in the coffee capital.

Red Rabbit Co Coffee manager Baptiste Kreyder talks about carving out a niche in Wellington.

Cartoonist finds his voice again in new graphic novel

Dylan Horrocks new graphic novel Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen is a personal journey.

WATCH: Emotional homecoming for Maori ancestors

After a century abroad Maori ancestral remains return home to Te Papa.

Old heritage building rejuvenated with craft beer on city bypass

Negotiating old building issues with council rules one of challenges for Tuatara.

Capital’s heritage fund needs strengthening.

Councillor questions whether the capital’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund needs more funding.

Sex worker sanctuary is Rosalie’s mission, and she needs help

A woman who escaped the prostitution industry now wants Wellington City Council help to fund a haven.

JONTY DINE reports on Rosalie Batchelor’s appeal, and what councillors thought.

WATCH: Pints going to the dogs as profits given to SPCA

Wellington’s Blackdog Brewery released a new beer and all proceeds from it donated to the SPCA.

Bigger parking fines wanted for illegal use of disability parks

Wellington council’s Accessiblity Advisory Group says more parks are great, but increase the fines.

Handball champs hit capital

The IHF trophy Oceania championship made its Wellington debut this week with the sport rapidly gaining national popularity.

Capital, Hutt millions go to regional trains, buses says campaigner

Wellington and Lower Hutt ratepayers are being unfairly charged for expensive rail costs in the wider region according to independent research. FINN RAINGER talks to Tony Randle who has done the numbers and wants them changed.

More homes coming for Hutt, but it may not address the real need

Hutt Valley residents have the chance on Thursday and Saturday this week to find out about the council’s infill housing proposals. Proponents say it will revitalise a tired inner-city, while others say the type of housing is not what people want. NICOLE ADAMSON reports.

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.

Johnsonville will know what its new library looks like later next year

Council signs off on new building to integrate community services and facilities.

Capital makes soothing noises, but some are wary of housing review

Wellington City Council reviews as central government looks set to get rid of state housing.

WATCH: Titanium can drive fans crazy just like Bruno and Beyonce

Boy band Titanium stopped in the capital for their Take Us Back tour and spoke to ASHLEIGH MANNING.

Cafe hopes it will be second time lucky for national award

Three Wellington cafes will be vying for Cafe of the Year honour.

Owhiro friends to know by Christmas if stream battle won

Friends of Owhiro Stream hope council plans to extensions the Southern Landfill are altered.

Vogelmorn Foundation to decide the future of bowling club

After failing to sell in August, the Vogelmorn Bowling Club has a chance to be retained for wider community.

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 see future careers in performing arts

Māori of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes come to Wellington to study the art of performance. MATTHEW LAU reports.

Rejection pays off for award winning Toi Whakaari actor

Olivia Mahood was rejected four times by drama school, now she’s one of their top students.