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Erskine College revamp may add 1000 traffic movements daily

Island Bay residents have been given a chance to talk about the $30 million apartment development earmarked for Erskine College – and they are not happy with potential traffic issues. CHRIS VISSER reports.


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Crafty way to make new friends is attracting crowds in Miramar

The Makery is building a creative craft and DIY community in Miramar


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Onslow step up to face Naenae in college Premier 3 rugby final

After beating Hutt Valley high, Onslow will play Naenae for Paul Cameron Cup

Poetry slam sees people turned away from Wellington venue

A form of poetry relatively unknown in New Zealand attracted a sell-out crowd in Wellington last weekend.

Volleyball teaches more than winning or losing

KATENI SAU meets a team from Holy Family School in Porirua experiencing the spirit of Wellington region’s second annual Sportsfest.

Nine-year-olds should start student-athlete journey says coach

McFadden eyeing up next generation of basketball talent at Sportsfest

Capital coffee shop almost roasted thanks to fire in chimney

Gentleman’s Beans chimney catches fire and stops traffic on the corner of Courtney Place.

Tawa stage comeback to snatch Jubilee Cup in tough conditions

Coach puts victory down to fitness and finding the gaps out wide

Street poll: Wellington has a heart, and so should councils

Homelessness, housing and social issues concern people in the coming council elections

Job-seekers flock in their hundreds to Porirua’s newest event

Organisers Partners Porirua happy with launch of initiative and will be back for more

David Jones wows crowd and employee

Wellington’s fascination with the new David Jones store was enough for the doors to be closed for a short time because of opening day crowds.

Store management introduced NewsWire’s PATRICK FRENCH to one of the company’s new local employees, retail assistant Molly Brain (19) to talk about the experience.

Te Auaha new home for creative capital

Whitireia Journalism and Broadcasting will be part of the new Te Auaha centre of applied creativity in the heart of Wellington. JOANNA PIATEK’s images capture the future.

Tasman region sheep numbers jump as other regions suffer

Drought major driver behind fluctuating sheep fortunes reflected in Statistics NZ numbers

More homes on the way for Porirua as development spreads across hill

Aotea Block Development is set to ease the housing shortage in Porirua.

PHOTO ESSAY: Road to new beginnings for Quake City

The road to new beginnings for Christchurch after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

WATCH: Victoria university graduates strut their stuff

Victoria University graduates paraded thought the city during graduation week two weeks ago.

African musician sings Newtown’s praises

Wellington musician Sam Manzanza keeps African music alive.

WATCH: Ethiopian coffee and vegan food popular in Newtown

The Mother Of Coffee cafe which opened this year is proving popular with Newtown residents

WATCH: Fresh blood wanted, particularly plasma donors

Blood donation saves lives and only 4% of eligible donors donate. Do you save lives?

Junk Free June is back

Cancer Society fundraiser Junk Free June returns to the capital this month.

WATCH: DIY focus at Newtown’s Community Centre

The Newtown community centre is trying new initiatives to garner community support .

WATCH: Porirua night market a huge success

The Porirua food truck night market is held on the last Thursday of the month.

Blood donors desperately needed

The New Zealand Blood Service needs more plasma donors.

WATCH: Animals help stressed students

Baby animals ease exam nerves in students ease exam stress at Victoria University.

Graduating students break records

The largest number of graduating students ever, celebrate their success with friends and family.

Te Ara school nurtures struggling students

Same education, different pathway,. Te Ara offers an alternative to mainstream schooling.

Cafe supports diversity by teaching staff to sign

Teaching sign language and barista classes is all in a day’s work for Amber Shaw

Local support for Porirua Olympic hopeful

Te Rauparaha Arena is getting behind Porirua kayaker Marty McDowell.

PHOTO ESSAY: All in a days work for tattoo artist

Custom tattoo designs brings tattoo ideas to life. IRELAND HENDRY-TENNENT finds out how.

Te Auaha gets the thumbs up

The name of Wellington’s newest creative arts campus was well received at gala launch.

PHOTO ESSAY: Wellington Zoo benefits from public support

ZARIUS SAMUEL visits Wellington Zoo to see how it benefits from public support.

WATCH: New age of creative education launched with Te Auaha

New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity will brings together more than 1000 students each year in one creative space on the corner of Cuba and Dixon streets, Wellington. James Lobban (video), Larissa Toelupe (interview) and Colin Engelbrecht (story) report.

WATCH: Te Auaha facts and figures

Gino Acevedo, Te Auaha ambassador and Weta Digital creative director, with student Orama Fisher made up for the launch. Image, Joanna Piatek; Video, James Lobban

Te Auaha NZ Institute of Applied Creativity launched in capital graduate and student reporters covered the event live.

PHOTO ESSAY: Women seek refuge at Awhina Society

Awhina Society offers refuge and support for women in need.

PHOTO ESSAY: Day in life of tattoo artist

Marking clients with custom tattoo art is all part of a day’s work for Katy Hayward in a studio which is also an art gallery. JADE WINTON-LOWE reports.

Seeing school through eyes of kids, families lifts Postgate

Advisory groups engaging families are raising Maori and Pacific achievement at Postgate School in Whitby.

ZARIUS SAMUEL reports it is all part of what principal Adam Campbell says involves seeing learning through children’s eyes.

WATCH: Redevelopment of Eva and Leeds Streets

Wellington’s laneways are getting an upgrade and JAMES LOBBAN reports on one that is leading the way to reshape the city.

PHOTO ESSAY: Playshop Live

Playshop Live has people laughing from improvised comedy. AMY MCEWEN follows the actors at the rehearsals of the latest show.

WATCH: Buses delayed by broken stay wire

Traffic at a standstill after power lines drop onto Wellington street.

The Moots collide with NZ Music Month on tour

Indie rockers say they are now writing the kind of music that they set out to.

PHOTO ESSAY: Prince Charles Royal Tour to Tawa College

Colin Engelbrecht follows Prince Charles around his tour of Tawa College during the Royal visit.

WATCH: Inside the Hills Hats factory

Simon Smuts-Kennedy, Hills Hats General Manger, talks about the company and its history.

WATCH: Dixon St Shoe Repairs, a heritage business

Founded in 1929 meet the second and third generation family fronting the Dixon St Shoe repairs shop.

Karori crowds determined to save uni campus for community

An abandoned looking Ako Pai Marae on Victoria University’s campus typifies the value that locals see in the former education facilities.

AMY MCEWEN reports on local reaction and the meeting.

Young and restless for mayoral future

With 2016 another local body election year, Wellington’s Nicola Young is making her second tilt for the capital’s mayoralty. DOMINIC GODFREY reports.


Wellington protesters march towards the Beehive against the Trans-Pacific-Partnership agreement.

PHOTO ESSAY: Special Olympics power lifter Alex Johnsen

An inside look at the training of a Special Olympics power lifter. ANDREW JOHNSEN captured the intense session at Morrinsville Fitness Centre.

WATCH: Air Wheel the latest gizmo to hit the streets

Wellingtonians give their opinion on the Airwheel seen out and about in Wellington.

PHOTO ESSAY: Angus Lindsay – Muay Thai Wellington boxer

Angus Lindsay 24, prepares for “Capital Punishment”, a Muay Thai boxing event held in Wellington September 2015.

New Creekfest celebrates great year with more than 30,000 people

Event organiser Liz Kelly will be leaving Creekfest in good health after seven years.

WATCH: RSA’s 100th centenary at the National War Memorial

The RSA celebrated its centenary at the Pukeahu War Memorial in Wellington.

Comedians help vulnerable kids with charitable laughter

Child refugees will be the subject of laughter on Sunday night – all for a good cause.

Newlands and Mana buses activate audio surveillance

The green buses now have active audio surveillance on board to record incidents.

Hills Hats anything but old hat as popularity inspires factory shop

Headgear’s popularity is on the rise. Matt Tso talks to Hills Hatman Simon Smuts-Kennedy.

Titahi Bay Intermediate thriving despite $75,000 budget cut

School’s rise from decile two to four, has its upsides and downsides, says principal.

Last chance for public to influence Stokes Valley Community Hub

Stokes Valley residents have only a week left to submit their views on council’s $5 million community hub project.

The project will be finalised soon after April 29, which marks the last day submissions will be accepted. KEENAN MAY reports.

Cook Islands Anzacs remembered with service

Sandra Tisam looks at Michel Tuffrey’s work honouring the Cook Island’s World War 1 legacy, which is remembered each year in Porirua. MATT TSO reports.

Anzac women connected through fashion and stories

Aussie helps Kiwis remember centenary with Woman of Empire exhibition at Mansfield House

Te Aro wins back school decile six rating after ministry raises it to 10

The idea of doing away with the decile system for rating schools has found favour with a school which has had to fight against the inequities of the current system.

Tayla Shortland reports on Te Aro School’s battle.

Karori public meeting to talk about empty teacher campus

University, residents association and councilors are inviting locals to a meeting on April 26

Achievement rates on the rise at Windley School

Teacher Alex Hamilton with Ocearny Kaiwhata at Windley School where new teaching practices are making a difference. KATENI SAU reports.

New building to reflect Newtown’s multi-cultural roll

Design to incorporate art and structural qualities from different cultural groups.

Kelson balances new tech and traditional teaching

iPads and Chromebooks will not be replacing hand writing any time soon.

Karori West Normal School tackles growing roll with new buildings

Four new buildings to cater for growth which continues to reflect multi-cultural area.

Porirua people offer their thoughts about merging with Wellington

With local body elections this year, and talk of mergers going on, what do Porirua people say?

Queen Charlotte College’s new boss knows her way around the school

After spending nearly a decade in supporting roles, Betty Whyte takes over the top job this year.

Artist sets herself ‘a/part’ from the crowd with first solo show of her body

Sam Dollimore puts herself in the spotlight with a body of work that took more than 200 hours.

Thorndon School uses Tuffery art to make temporary rooms like home

Temporary premises on college grounds clears way for $9 million reconstruction.

Creekfest celebrates great year with more than 30,000 people

Event organiser Liz Kelly will be leaving Creekfest in good health after seven years.

Wellingtonians have a say in getting their city moving – but be quick

Six weeks consultation has just opened to fix Wellington’s central city traffic issues.

Local talent wows alongside NZ’s biggest stars

Le ART, from left Anastasia Sirila, Tiresa Fomai, Rosetta lopa were buzzing among the young bands sharing a stage with professionals at Creekfest. KEANU HEAD reports.

Promenade leads CubaDupa on a merry dance

Boulevard of Dreams a promenade performance through the streets of Wellington during Cuba Dupa.

Pōkarekare Ana turns 100 and launches this year’s CubaDupa

The Royal New Zealand Air Force will lead Pōkarekare Ana to open CubaDupa celebrations

Wellington and Porirua merger talk has people in three minds

Swinging voters could decide the outcome in a merger was put to a vote.

Donation keeps the water flowing at performance centre.

Thanks to a classmate’s forgetfulness, Whitireia performers are keeping themselves hydrated.

Maori unlikely to bother with flag vote based on history

ENROLMENTS for the second flag vote close on Wednesday , and while there has been a push for enrolments, history suggests Maori will be under-represented. About 27 per cent of all voters from the seven Maori electorates cast their vote last year. EMMA MOODY reports.

Increase in volunteer English tutors needed to cope with migration

With more refugees and migrants coming to NZ, volunteers can help with language training.

Young Maori mum not a victim of statistics

Teenage mothers are nearly three times more likely to be uneducated and unemployed. LEAH FLYNN talks to Terihia Trillo who bucks the trend.

Paraparaumu teaching legend reflects on 40 years with teenagers

Chrissie Jorgenson says kids have not changed, despite all of the technology. VIRGINIA FALLON reports.