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Avis Higgs’ designs brought to life

Wellington artist Avis Higgs may have passed away but her daughter has brought her textile designs to life. JULIA STEEL reports.

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Women fly and run Wairarapa Balloon Festival

The sky’s no limit for women who have chased their dreams. SALLY HEMING talk to them about their stories.

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Black Grace Dance is students’ amazing grace

Black Grace provides workshops for Maori and Pacific dance classes at Te Auaha. NIKITA RAWNSLEY-WRATT talks with founder Neil Ieremia. Image: NICHOLAS HENDRICKS

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Silverstream 1st XV lose co-captain but coach has talent to call on

Coach Tim Mannix and co-captain Josh Southall talk to ZACHARY GRAHAM as their rugby season starts

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Wellington launch for ‘The last earth – a Palestinian story’

As Palestinians die at Israel fence a Palestinian journalist shares stories in NZ

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Angel of Grace statue may help bless Masterton with outdoor arts policy

Long fight for statue inspired by need for ‘symbol of positivity’ has made council think about public art

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From horses, carts to trucks, Garritys’ still on the road.

Garrity Bros celebrate 125 years of South Wairarapa’s transport. Generations of the family tell SALLY HEMING some tales

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Black Grace dancers try out Te Auaha – and scout talent

Neil Ieremia’s newest work will be shown in Porirua before touring the world. JAYDEN TAMARUA reports.

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Students balance violence, sex, Arabian culture

Creative scenes challenge students in the upcoming performance of The Arabian Nights. Leah Tebbutt reports

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New cakery in Johnsonville makes diet friendly desserts

The humble cakery customises cakes everyone can enjoy.  BONNIE MOSEN takes a look.

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Local portrait artists going strong a decade on

The portrait group which meets in Karori welcomes all artists, and talks to JULIA STEEL.

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Going to dark places for a theatre career all part of the training

Greer Samuel took audience, including dad, to dark places as abused child in lead role at BATS Theatre.

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Charitable Pick Me Up returns to Wellington and promises free coffee.

City Mission’s winter appeal with a caffeinated boost for low income families. SAM ROBINSON reports.

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Kiwi developer’s NZ train game goes viral thanks to NerdCubed reviewer

Kiwi developers new virtual reality game based around South Island railways shows NZ to world

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Waka Ama – the unofficial sport of New Zealand

For Māori waka ama is steeped in culture, for others it is a sporting passion. ANDREW BEVIN reports.

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NZ Music Month timely for computer musician’s first album

Lower Hutt musician grew up with piano and guitar and is now playing the computer

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Wellington app share cars can be dropped anywhere in city zone

City council joins Mevo for Australasia’s first app with what they call free-floating drop-off.

Previously Mevo users had to take the vehicle back to one of the 10 parking/charging areas. LEAH TEBBUT reports.

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Street artists encouraging others to explore street art that is Kiwi

Erica Duthie and Staun Ashby want to inspire others not interested in black or white box galleries

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Bacon and egg butties cooked for capital pedestrians on back of bike

Wellingtonians walking to work get scrumptious surprise and SALLY HEMING’s hungry for the news

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Amazing maze owner gets scarier

More haunted attractions may be coming to Wellington and possible nearby cornfields. ZOEY OFFORD talks to Hamish Williams.

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Blues music for lunch the first of regular student music in city

Te Auaha musicians held their first Wednesday gig today, the first of many open to the public

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Plummeting towards earth in a plane makes Muriel think

A flight from London to Auckland nearly ended in disaster. COURTNEY DAY sits down with a woman who was on the plane.

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Kia ora! Kia ora! Mahna! Mahna! – The Muppets take Wellington

Muppet mania marches on Wellington. BONNIE MOSEN reports.

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Blind worried public transport pets may spook guide dogs

As pet dogs take to public transport, disability assistance dog handlers fear poorly behaved animals.

BONNIE MOSEN talks with trainers of guide dogs and officials about the issue.

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Winter woollens for cold Wellington kids thanks to Marsden students

Students leading project to get warm clothing to schools talk to NIKITA RAWNSLEY-WRATT

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Whanau hope Whale Rider may swim home thanks to new doco

Artefact makers hope to connect taonga physically, and in hearts and minds. LEAH TEBBUT reports

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Wellington soaks up new production facilities at Te Auaha

Two new theatres full of mix of professional and student performances. JAYDEN TAMARUA reports.

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Schools team together on the Battalion

Jim Moriarty directs the first production combining St Oran’s and St Patricks College Silverstream. ZAC GRAHAM reports.

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Pro football vlogger from the US at home playing for Waterside Karori

US pro footballer Matt Sheldon has 170,000 YoutTube followers. NIC ORR reports.

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Jazz musician Mark Wilson turns 50 in his beloved Queenstown

Blind Queenstown musician reflects on life, love, and music at 50 with BONNIE MOSEN

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Tuakana/Our Tutors brings the art of creative teachers to life

An artist’s body twisted into typefaces will accompany carving and jewellery at Te Auaha’s second exhibition.

The exhibition will showcase the work of tutors from Whitireia and WelTec’s creative programmes at the gallery on Dixon Street. NICHOLAS HENDRICKS reports.

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Artist has an eye for painting pets

Macular degeneration almost blinded Susan Bradley – now she gets to bring cats to life artistically. She talks with COURTNEY DAY about her inspiration.

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From Cut Throat London to the barbering chairs of Wellington

The barbershop is all about the atmosphere, Te Auaha barbering tutor Daimon Johnson tells NIC ORR

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From Pinochet’s Chile to front of house in creative education

Vero’s early life marked by families living in fear, so she is happy to be in NZ

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Upper Hutt summer soccer champions get to meet the pros

Wellington Phoenix players encourage young soccer stars of the future

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Folau unlikely to be banned from entering NZ

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau will likely be able to enter the country despite saying gay people were destined to go to hell.

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Cannabis reform attracts hundreds of submissions

Parliment has been hearing from cannabis users this week over changes to laws around medicinal cannabis.
 

Hurricanes prepare for physical battle

The Hurricanes have made five changes ahead of their grudge match against the Lions in Wellington on Saturday.

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NZ Festival moves into Te Auaha

Te Auaha invites creative New Zealanders to share building to help shape the future of Kiwi innovators. NIKITA RAWNSLEY-WRATT talks to marketing co-ordinator Brianne Kerr.

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Hairdressing contributes to cosplayer’s artistic work

Chloe Syder hopes to use Te Auaha as a creative stepping stone to help pursue an artistic career

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New Weltec beauty therapy brings hydrotherapy pod to Te Auaha

A futuristic pod will be used in training with a new NZQA qualification in NZ

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Poll: Government fees free policy helpful but not a deal-breaker

Students at Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity are asked what difference the fees-free policy has made

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Lower Tory St project attracts people – but not the desired ones

The Lower Tory Street project has bought unwanted skateboarders, drunks, homeless and to the area.

NIKITA RAWNSLEY-WRATT talks to local businesses.

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Niuean congregation may be homeless

Local Presbyterians are seeking community support as regional authorities act to close the premises. LEAH TEBBUTT reports.

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Te Auaha theatres providing creative spaces for Wellington performances

Wellington Comedy Fest shows, musical events and more planned to be held in Te Auaha’s theatre spaces

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Caffeine queen serious about brews for creative students and staff

Mojo coffee cart serves up cups of creativity to Te Auaha students. BONNIE MOSEN reports.

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Escaping trauma, healing from the past in Wellington

Former Colombian refugee Yibeth Morales Ayala relives her experience and gives her view on the refugee intake system. TOM CROSKERY reports.

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Salvation Army window tells true story of grandmother’s loss

Women’s side of the story is represented in Johnsonville’s heartfelt Anzac window display. Susan Bradley was moved by the story of her own great grandmother. COURTNEY DAY reports.

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More dead rats and mice on Predator Free Northland’s agenda

Tim Trengrove, from Predator Free Northland, wants traps in every backyard and council help.

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Spate of drone issues raises questions about regulation

Photographer wants drone buyers licenced so because laws penalise responsible professionals

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Trail run raises $25,000 for Ronald McDonald House

PNBHS students, teachers have completed a Cape Reinga to Island Bay Te Araroa Trail Challenge.

NIC ORR talks to them on their arrival in Wellington.

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Solway Primary School ex-students gather for 100th party

School which survived closure threat makes it to centenary with plenty of stories

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PHOTO ESSAY: Wellington’s most popular market still booming

Wellington Harbourside market continues to draw in large crowds. SAMUEL ROBINSON took a look.

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St Oran’s girls 2018 dragon boat title all about mental toughness

Captain Alyssa Best, coach Alistair McDonald reflect on teamwork and mental strength

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NZ launches sexual harm crisis line Monday

Eva McGauley gets her wish as Ministry of Social Development set to launch online messaging service. SAMUEL ROBINSON reports.

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Former PM’s constitutional blueprint greeted with Little caution

Constitution enthusiasm dampened by minister at launch of Palmer book

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Garage Project website nominated for the internet’s highest honour

Wellington’s creative community recognised in website standing – and you can cast a vote

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Meet London’s woman in Wellington, Laura Clarke

British High Commissioner wants more diversity in diplomacy, and LAURA WILTSHIRE finds she’s leading by example

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Henson Retrospectacle stars to spend time with capital creative students

A select number of creative tertiary students from Wellington will be putting on makeup and lighting up the lights for the inaugural New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity Te Auaha Talks. SARAH McMULLAN reports.

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Haemorrhaging virus to attack Wellington rabbit population

Wellington rabbit owners should ensure their animals are vaccinated against the RHDV1 virus

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Bringing America to New Zealand on the shelves of US2U

A new store in Johnsonville offers expats a taste of home and Kiwis a taste of adventure. BONNIE MOSEN takes a visit.

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Principal prepares children for jobs that don’t exist yet

Solway Primary School’s new Principal steers school into 21st century learning

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WATCH: Radio students promote Te Auaha opening with show

ELI HILL reports on a class tasked with producing a show for the opening of their new campus in the heart of Wellington

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Cars driven out of lower Tory Street in favour of pedestrians

Locals need to get used to leaving cars home as council pushes more laneway projects

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Combat video journalist Margaret Moth remembered at Te Auaha

Kiwi-born Moth’s close friend attended the Te Auaha opening. He talks with LAURA WILTSHIRE about her legacy

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Bus and train improvement ideas from capital commuters

Snapper on all services, bike carriers, lower prices for students, and more bus-only lanes are wanted

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Ardern rekindles discussion on New Zealand becoming a republic

A pro-monarchy group says we would be giving up one of the most stable forms of democracy

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Living Wage employees get a pay rise to $20.55 this year

Kiwi’s working for living wage accredited employers will receive and extra 35c an hour from September

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Global interest in restorative justice course offered online by Victoria

Enrollments projected to climb into thousands with its free course

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Māori voters to choose their roll over the coming months

The Māori electoral option determines which electoral roll they’ll be on for the next two General Elections

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Record visitors for Homegrown provide fresh economy boost

Close to 14,000 visitors are coming to Wellington this weekend, providing a $7.2 million boost for the local economy.

ANDREW BEVIN does the numbers, and finds a “mellow” crowd has helped.

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Anzac protest call using Hit and Run book on SAS raid in poster promo

Illegal protest posters go up same day defence boss Keating steps down

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Autism – it’s time to start looking beyond the male statistics

LAURA WILTSHIRE talks to young women with Asperger’s Syndrome who represent the hidden numbers

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Deadly drug fentanyl prompts appeal for users to get $8.50 test

An $8.50 drug testing strip could save your life now that one of the world’s most deadly drugs has turned up in New Zealand’s illicit market.

However police are against the kits marketed by Know Your Stuff. LAURA WILTSHIRE reports.

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Blasphemy law on way out in time for Easter

Parliamentary vote puts anti-blasphemy law over the first hurdle

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NZ’s cultural capital debate has winner at CubaDupa: Wellington

With Auckland hitting back at the claim Wellington City Council in its latest long term draft that “Wellington is known as the culture capital of New Zealand”, the debate is not going away. So SAM ROBINSON asks the experts.

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PHOTO ESSAY: CubaDupa 2018 opens

The two-day CupaDupa 2018 party is underway. The NewsWire team of photographers captured the opening in a photo essay slideshow.

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Steampunk Aucklanders join CubaDupa party

CubaDupa has attracted festival-goers from around the country, including the Waugh family. Zac Graham reports on the start of day one in Wellington.

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Te Auaha make-up artistry team create nymph and troll

CubaDupa crowds pouring through Te Auaha got a glimpse into the creative world of make-up artistry

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Organisation key to CubaDupa success – including masonry

CubaDupa is an important date on the Wellington events calendar, and it’s on this weekend. Artistic director of CubaDupa, Drew James describes the event as ‘an arts festival on the street’. But it’s also a lot of work. SARAH McMULLAN reports.

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