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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.

Students nail it with their own furniture exhibition

Victoria University School of Architecture and Design students show their creations from 300 hours of work.

Artist-in-residence moves into Toi Poneke

Natalie Smith is the 2014 Whitireia-Toi Poneke Artist in Residence. As she settles into her space, she talks with MIKE METCALFE about the year ahead, and her work.

Group formed to save Wainuiomata Anzac Day parade

The Wainuiomata Community Board is helping form a group to fill the void left by the RSA closure last year.

Basin and social media celebrate Brendon McCullum’s 302 runs

A late cut to the boundary at backward point put New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum’s 302 in the record books.
SAM BRODIE reports that at the same time, related hashtags dominated social media in New Zealand and India.

Anna Guenther has plenty of stories to tell about her journey

Anna Guenther, co-founder of Pledgeme talks about the road to the website’s success. MIKE METCALFE reports.

Wellington welcomes sevens superstars in streets.

Wellington came alive for the annual sevens Parade which welcomes the international teams to the city.

PHOTO ESSAY: Bowl-A-Rama grabs skate fans

Brazilian Pedro Barras took out last week’s international skateboard competition in Wellington’s Waitang Park. ELLIOT PARKER captured the action in photos.

Young Warkina finding his roots and making a difference in Africa

Warkina Tujuba is heading to Africa on voluntary work thanks to a big fundraising effort. KHALID AHMED met the 17 year-old who talks about why he is making the journey back to where he was born, and where he will walk in his late father’s footsteps.

Drawing the line in Wellington bars gets creative juices flowing

A Wellington illustrator, animator and designer organises meet ups for local artists to network.

From Masterton to Mars – Kiwi woman on a quest to red planet

Countdown to 2024 lift-off after beating 199,000 others to still be in running for space trip.

Wainuiomata’s 100,000 visitors are untapped, says councillor

In her second term, the ward councillor wants to draw on Wainuiomata’s translation of ‘big water’.

Brannigan Kaa back on stage again for Hutt festival

Performer pays tribute to iwi radio’s part in giving Maori music a place to be heard.

Singer-songwriter tries her hand at English album

Kirsten Terito is about to release her first album in English, but another te reo one is on the way.

Taranakitanga being brought to Wellington descendants

Te Reo Taranaki Charitable Trust has already put 120 people in the region through its courses.

Valley comes alive with Haka in the Park

Te Ra o Te Raukura festival’s was dedicated to the regional kapa haka contest today, which included the pan-tribal Nga Taonga Mai Tawhiti. SAM BRODIE captured some of the action.

Kapa haka in the park a first for Waiwhetu in Lower Hutt

Kapa haka teams from around Wellington region are at Te Whiti Park in Lower Hutt today to compete in the Wellington Kapa Haka Championships. SAM BRODIE reports from Waiwhetu.

Students feeding kapa haka crowds at Waiwhetu to raise $5000

New kapa haka uniforms the goal for St Bernard’s and Sacred Heart students.

PHOTO ESSAY: A day at the Trentham races in photos

Horses, hats and heels at Wellington Cup day are captured through photos.

Beware of toxic algae in Hutt River, say council warnings

Upper Hutt and Hutt City Councils alert for algae levels which can be fatal to dogs.

History repeats, as the art of Hoppertainment comes to bay

Island Bay man John Shorland is again outside his comfort zone as he turns to a 100 year old art form.

Taking a walk down Laneway 2014 at Auckland’s Silo Park

In a roundup of Laneways in Auckland, LIAM MACANDREW features six of the more prominent acts, and photos

PHOTO ESSAY: Drag racing on nitro

Flames shoot from the exhaust of a nitro-fuelled dragster at Fram Autolite Dragway, Meremere. CAMERON MASSEY captures the action on camera.

Stories shared at Museum of City and Sea popular part of exhibition

Locals and visitors have written their personal stories for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui exhibition.

Community board talks to locals via video blog

Wainuiomata Community Board is hoping to connect to a wider audience.

Festival to drum up an audience in Civic Square

On February 21 hundreds of performers fill Civic Square for a massive party and everyone is welcome.

Birdman about to make a splash on Wellington Anniversary day

Wellington’s waterfront will be lined with crazy costumes on Monday for the annual event.

A taste of Ethiopia in Wellington

Wellington’s first full time Ethiopian restaurant has opened in Tory St. KHALID AHMED attended the historic event.

Superhuman Trek attack forecast for Frank Kitts Park

Khan will have to deal with female Star Trek leads and picnic baskets in the park.

Climate change job also has economic demands, says new councillor

As he prepares to tackle the climate change portfolio in 2014, new Wellington City Councillor David Lee intends to address the role from an economic perspective, instead of environmental. He talks to JULIE TAYLOR.

Mathematics a thing of beauty for Victoria University’s Dr Whittle

Professor is drawn to the beauty and aesthetic appeal of maths, rather than its usefulness.

Council’s Brooklyn property sale excluded public, say locals

Building has started on a Brooklyn property which was sold by the Wellington City Council, and locals say they are angry about a process. Meanwhile a social housing trust building on the site is caught in the middle. ANNEKA PAUL reports.

Archie has his nose in travellers’ bags

Biosecurity beagle Archie is the newest addition to Wellington International Airport, where he has a nose for trouble. JOHANNA CLELAND reports.

Council accused of being Christmas Grinch with decorations

Newswire took to the streets to see what Wellington thinks of not refreshing Christmas decorations.