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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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New Kaikoura quake, flexible work behind Wellington region property trend

Working from home and living outside the city centre are boosting the property market thanks to CBD property issues.

ANDREW BEVIN 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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Mayor gets all dressed up for the CubaDupa 2018 party

Justin Lester dressed up to promote CubaDupa thanks to make-up artistry tutors from Te Auaha

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Kiwi attempts marathon crossing of Greenland ice cap

Explorer and serial adventurer, Brando Yelavich will be one of two kiwis attempting the crossing in May.

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WATCH: Te Auaha opens showcasing student talent

Te Kahui Auaha opened this month with a showcase of creative talent. BRONTE WILSON reports.

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Fund-razoring for blood cancer support in heart of Wellington

People have their heads shaved in shop window to raise money and awareness for leukaemia, blood

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PHOTO ESSAY: An afternoon with the vet at the Wellington SPCA

Journalist SARAH McMULLAN swapped her headphones and microphone for a surgical cap and a camera, and spent the afternoon with the SPCA Wellington’s surgical team.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Oil petition handed over

A petition was handed to parliament yesterday calling on the government to stop deep sea oil mining, BLAIR MOCKETT captures the action.

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WATCH: Creative hub lives up to its name for circus students

Circus is one of several degree programmes at Te Auaha as Sarah McMullan reports.

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Te Papa’s new gallery intends to educate and challenge

International and local icons share space in 4000-square-metre Toi Art

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Under-funding in past decade leaves polytechs in bad state, says union

Tertiary Education Union boss Sandra Grey says new review must recognise that cutting courses, facilities and tutors is bad planning in cyclical downturns.

THOMAS CROSKERY canvasses opinion ahead of review.

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Kieran McAnulty – painting a region red

Wairarapa’s new list MP is a man on a mission. He talks to THOMAS CROSKERY about the past, being in Government, and the future.

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Newtown residents fight to keep post office open

Welingtonians are expressing their anger over plans by NZ Post to close the Newtown branch. Newtown residents this week  handed in an 8,000 plus signature petition calling on the government to keep NZ Post offices open. NZ post announced the closures last year. Rongotai MP Paul Eagle says the post offices are an important social […]

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Mana Wāhine celebrate 125 years of getting vote

New Zealand’s year long celebration of women’s voting rights launched today at Government House. Laura Wiltshire reports.

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Te Papa’s new gallery intends to educate and challenge

Pacific art shares space with international icons in 4000-square-metre Toi Art

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Speed, crank, ice, uppers, meth – Salvos issue warning

In their 10th annual report on social and economic issues that need addressing, the Salvation Army fears the rise of meth. SARAH McMULLAN reports.

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Low listing numbers, but home buyers urged to keep looking

Potential home buyers need to block out all the noise they hear in the media and just keep going

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Millions for poor may be grabbed by landlords

Building more houses, rather than topping up wages, is answer says the author of the Salvation Army State of the Nation report. LAURA WILTSHIRE talks to Alan Johnson.

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Millions for poor may be grabbed by landlords

Building more houses, rather than topping up wages, is only answer says report author. LAURA WILTSHIRE talks to Alan Johnson.

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Renters in for a hell of a time in coming months and years

Homelessness predicted to rise as wage and housing cost gap widens

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This year’s rental issues the worst, says flat hunter without a home

Salvation Army report cards says rental costs are outstripping incomes for everyone

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Kiwis not sharing in their country’s economic growth

New Zealand is richer, but New Zealanders are not, according to the annual State of the Nation report produced by the Salvation Army. There are too many negative statistics that too many Kiwis fall into. LAURA WILTSHIRE reports.

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It’s fine… but – an economist explains the New Zealand economy.

The economy can be ok, but have issues on some areas, says Shamubeel Equab.

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More rentals, security of tenure, on tenant advocate’s agenda

Kiwi housing issues mean tenants have to be looked after legally, says Renters United.

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Heat to stay on housing supply as root of all the problems

Housing expected to take second public hit this week in Salvation Army report.

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Flashmob a meeting of mindfulness in Wellington

A soothing flashmob gently hits the capital’s harbor front to focus on mindful leadership

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Community hub gives more options for residents in Johnsonville

New building breaks monopoly on Johnsonville commercial real estate, says community leader

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NZ to whakatū for women’s rights 125 years after vote victory

‘Whakatū Wāhine’ to celebrate 125 years of women’s voting rights – that’s what the Ministry for Women wants Kiwis to do. The phrase means Women Stand Up and represents not just women, but all people, standing up for women’s rights. LAURA WILTSHIRE reports.

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Thousands at Porirua foreshore for Waitangi Day

Circus performance student Eli Joseph gets a bird’s eye view of the Waitangi Festival in Porirua. SARAH MCMULLAN reports the new event was a big success.

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Law professor after justice for baby name choices

Law professor offers pro bono appeal so parents can get the baby name they want.

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See you in the New Year

Merry Christmas from students and staff at Whitireia Journalism and Broadcasting everyone. Have a great break.

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WATCH: Locals flood the streets for Thorndon Fair

Forty-year-old street fair delivers the goods as a local school fundraiser

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Rail funding call should not forget road needs, says wary AA

Motorists don’t want rail investment “crowding out” roading projects, the Automobile Association says.

Reacting to a report calling for more rail investment, the AA warns against rail at the expense of road funding. THOMAS CROSKERY reports.

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Phoenix coach laments letting home games slip after taking control

Defeat to Melbourne Victory continues run of second half defensive lapses

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New Wellington bike path would avoid ‘Hunger Games’

Cycling Action Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan supports separate space for cyclists.

A shared space with pedestrians, would amount to throwing everyone together to fight it out, he said. THOMAS CROSKERY reports.

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Ans Westra’s Kiwi photo history goes on display in Cuba St gallery

Ans Westra’s Kiwi photo history on display at Suite Gallery on Cuba Street

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Police are people too – on and off the beat

The cops sometimes get a bad rap. LAURA WILTSHIRE went along for a ride along and saw the human side

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Zip-line attraction planned for Wellington hills

A scenic zip line on Hawkins Hill may be a new tourist attraction for Wellington

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WATCH: local Zinefest proves as popular as ever

Wellington’s Zinefest proved popular as ever with enthusiasts filling the hall. SAPEER MAYRON reports.

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Wellington Youth Council not on board with proposed national body

Dunedin comes up with idea of Wellington organising national body, but didn’t ask anyone in capital

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#LoveIsLove, especially for kids of Australian same sex couples

The anti-marriage equality campaign in Australia put children in at the centre of their argument.

LAURA WILTSHIRE talks to a relieved parent, and looks at claims debunked by science.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Notes from the Darkest Times

The 2017 Kristallnacht Memorial Concert was captured by photographer SAPEER MAYRON at the St James Theatre last month.

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PHOTO ESSAY: A day in the life of an SPCA volunteer

The SPCA of Wellington survives on volunteer help. LAURA WILTSHIRE visited and documented some of their work.

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PHOTO ESSAY: A day in the life of a scientist

Reporter BRONTE WILSON joins marine biologist Josh Brian in his lab for the day as he researches coral DNA.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Football fever grips Wellington

New Zealand’s football capital dresses in All White for World Cup Qualifier. THOMAS AIREY follows the crowd to the Westpac Stadium.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Wellington a year on from the Kaikoura earthquake

A year on from the Kaikoura earthquake, Wellington is still healing. ANDREW BEVIN documents the damage and recovery.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Wellington hosts Diwali Festival of the Lights

Traditional Indian festival lights up Wellington waterfront. THOMAS CROSKERY captures the event in photos.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Weapons protest comes to capital

Protesters attempted to shut down the weapons protest held in Wellington. BLAIR MOCKETT caught the action.

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Young people getting into art buying – given they can’t afford houses

The digital age is bring art collectors and artists together more easily.

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Minister rewarded for work on pay equity

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PHOTO ESSAY: Hunting, part of country life

Hunting is very much part of New Zealand culture. ELIJAH HILL joins a pig hunt excursion.

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Twilight tours launched at Zealandia

Twilight tours introduced over summer at Zealandia. ISOBELLE TOLLEMACHE reports.

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Cultural divide in Aotearoa inspires thought-provoking art

Cultural divide in Aotearoa inspires thought-provoking art. ISOBELLE TOLLEMACHE reports.

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Basin battlers wary of transport scenarios to be announced

City, regional council and NZTA will on Wednesday announce the latest blueprint to ease Wellington traffic congestion. After saving the Basin Reserve once already, defenders of the landmark are watching with interest. LAURA WILTSHIRE reports.

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Archive photo captures SPCA encounter that changed a life

SPCA annual appeal time, and Sarah McMullan tracked down a boy in 1955 photo

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Building owners can bank on council to stop bits falling on people

Developer Richard Burrell scolded Wellington City councillors for considering loaning money to building owners to stop masonry and parappets falling off – but they voted for the plan. THOMAS CROSKERY reports from the council City Strategy Committee meeting.

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The unseen faces behind the change of government

Three buidlings, three days, 700-plus people, 10,000 boxes – LAURA WILTSHIRE reports on the big move

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WATCH: Pomp and ceremony for State Opening of 52nd Parliament

The public gathered on the grounds of Parliament for Governor General Dame Patsy Reedy’s arrival.

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Locals endorse expressway as Peka Peka to Otaki stretch starts

Locals turn out to hear expressway plans at Te Horo meeting, and economic benefits are being hailed

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LISTEN: More Maori needed in journalism

Māori journalism and books were celebrated in Wellington last night. ELIJAH HILL talks to one of the award winners about her dream for Māori in mainstream news.

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Cycleways plus e-bikes mean no sweat if capital idea supported

Consultation about to close on the latest cycleway plan from Oriental Bay to Miramar

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WATCH: Stitch’n’Bitch knitting circle getting younger

Wellington’s Stitch’n’Bitch group is helping revive an interest in knitting, and many of them are younger

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Region plans get shake up as new emergency plans rolled out

As the one year anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquake approaches, Wellington Regional Emergency Management is schooling locals up on new hubs.

THOMAS CROSKERY reports on one of the meetings in Karori.

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Melbourne Cup grips Wellington

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WATCH: Sky Show off to Matariki with a bang

Wellington’s Guy Fawkes Day fireworks are no more. Next year they light up the mid-winter festival for Matariki. AIMEE EASTWOOD spoke to city councillor Jill Day about the move.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Weapons Expo Blockade 2017

On October 10th 2017, police and protesters clash at “Weapons Expo”. AIMEE EASTWOOD captured the action.

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Google YouTube is bringing kiwi horror to the world’s screens

Killer Kiwi horror films are in the spotlight thanks to a collaboration with NZ On Air

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Council questioned over waterfront building transparency

Waterfront Watch hopes submissions are impartial and independent, but many in favour are from outside city

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Tenant already lining up for proposed waterfront building

The proposed building at site 9 in Kumutoto on the Wellington Waterfront will supply much needed high quality office space to Wellington

ANDREW BEVIN reports.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Wellington a year on from the Kaikoura earthquake

A year on from the Kaikoura earthquake, Wellington is still healing. ANDREW BEVIN documents the damage and recovery.

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New leadership for student legal advocacy group

Environment, community key for the next generation of leaders of a student legal advocacy group

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