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Wonders of Wool

The Underground Market will play host to a large variety of stalls selling yarns, wool craft supplies and garments – it will be a one-stop-shop for all winter craft projects and clothing.

May 24, 2019

Belgian monks resurrect brewery after two century break

Belgian monks at the Grimbergen abbey are on the verge of brewing beer again after a break of more than 200 years.

May 22, 2019

Insurance in New Zealand is changing

Melissa Heath thinks her message to New Zealander homeowners is a scary one.

May 20, 2019

Correction: Costly Coffee story

In a story May 15 about a California cafe serving what it calls the world’s most expensive coffee, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the coffee beans are organic. They are not. The coffee is selling for $75 a cup.

May 17, 2019

Wellington Cocktail Week

It’s a new era for cocktails in the capital

May 16, 2019

Cheap fuel finally hits Wellington as Waitomo petrol station opens

Waitomo Group opens its first Wellington station in Upper Hutt this week, the only low-cost fuel provider to enter the capital’s market to date.

May 14, 2019

Australia takes responsibility for typos on 46M bank notes

Australia’s central bank has taken responsibility for typos on 46 million bank notes after a radio station posted an image of the microscopic error on social media.

May 10, 2019

Wellington Whisky Week

Come for a tutored tasting of some of your favourite (whether you know it or not) whiskies.

May 8, 2019

First case of measles confirmed in Wellington region since outbreak

The first case of measles has been confirmed in the Wellington region since an outbreak of the highly contagious virus began to spread across New Zealand.

May 6, 2019

Kāpiti Startup Weekend – Techweek

Don’t miss out on this great weekend event focused on fostering technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

May 3, 2019

Wandering horse: Strolling mare causes stir in Frankfurt

Not far from the glass and steel towers of Germany’s banking capital, a 22-year-old Arabian mare is causing a stir with her languid daily strolls through a Frankfurt neighborhood.

May 2, 2019

Costs rise for crumbling coastlines as council makes it clear: homeowners are on their own

As seas continues to rise, the cost to hold them back is growing.

April 30, 2019

Designers turn plastic trash into treasures

High-end designers have responded by “upcycling” discarded objects into unique, desirable design pieces.

April 25, 2019

Opposition grows to proposed increase to Wellington residents’ parking permit cost

Wellington City councillors are sticking to the script as they throw their weight behind a proposal which would see the yearly cost of residents’ parking hiked by more than 50 per cent.

April 24, 2019

The Wellington Food Show

Whether you love to cook, or simply just love to eat – The Wellington Food Show is the event for you!

April 22, 2019

Children continue to wait several months for Early Intervention Services

Children with learning difficulties are missing out on critical support as the waiting list for preschoolers needing specialist help continues to grow.

April 17, 2019

Don’t like surprises? AI predicts who survives ‘Game of Thrones’

If you are a “Game of Thrones” fan and appreciate the element of surprise, stop reading now.

April 16, 2019

Showquest – Wellington

Showquest is a new performing arts competition for schools and students years 1–13.

April 15, 2019

Police video shows robber was really robot vacuum cleaner

Authorities have released police body camera video showing the moment when officers in Oregon realized a suspected robber holed up in a bathroom was really a robotic vacuum cleaner.

April 12, 2019

Level Up at NZ Games Festival

Level Up is all about introducing people to the New Zealand and Australian games industry – creating a symbiotic relationship wherein Kiwis and our industry can grow together.

April 11, 2019

Nothing’s being done about Wellington’s plastic ‘nurdles’ problem, clean-up group says

Hundreds of kilograms of tiny plastic balls and fragments – nurdles – will keep washing up on Wellington beaches unless authorities stop fobbing off the problem, according to the Petone Beach Clean Up group.

April 9, 2019

Wellington city ratepayers facing 8.9 per cent regional rates hike

Residential home owners in the capital are facing a regional rates hike of almost 9 per cent.

April 3, 2019

3 Sumatran tiger cubs explore jungle habitat in Sydney zoo

Three boisterous 10-week-old rare Sumatran tiger cubs have play-wrestled and explored their jungle habitat in their first public appearance at a Sydney zoo.

April 1, 2019

NZTA to fix $30m compliance problems – but no end in sight

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has planned a rebuild of its $30 million regulatory functions, but investigations into its failures are far from over.

March 29, 2019

Drug suspect caught fleeing Australia by Sea-Doo

A British man wanted on drug charges has been thwarted in a daring bid to flee Australia for Papua New Guinea on a motorized personal watercraft.

March 28, 2019

Late Fridays

Ever wondered what happens at Wellington Zoo as the sun goes down? Throughout the month of March, the Zoo will remain open until 7.30pm every Friday, giving everyone an opportunity to experience the Zoo at dusk. On Late Fridays, Zoo entry will be half price* at 4pm or later.

March 25, 2019

Dozens of rattlesnakes removed from under Texas home

A Texas homeowner who reported seeing “a few” snakes under his home actually had dozens of rattlesnakes living beneath his house.

March 22, 2019

2019 NZ Art Show

The NZ Art Show is the largest exhibition and sale of original and affordable art by emerging and established New Zealand artists. There’s something affordable for everyone at the NZ Art Show.

March 20, 2019

7000 kiwis endorsed for semi-automatic guns as petitions call for ban after mosque shootings

Thousands have signed petitions calling for a ban on semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines in New Zealand.

March 18, 2019

Hip hop best bet for a cheese that will please: Swiss study

Exposing cheese to round-the-clock music could give it more flavor and hip hop might be better than Mozart, Swiss researchers said on Thursday.

March 15, 2019

Measles outbreak: What you need to know

The Measles outbreak continues to spread in Canterbury, with 28 cases confirmed on Thursday.

March 14, 2019

Quote of the Day

“One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.”

– Niccolo Machiavelli

March 12, 2019

Most expensive new car ever: Bugatti sells for $19 million

The most expensive new car ever sold is a one-off Bugatti luxury sports car that has gone for 16.7 million euros ($18.9 million).

March 7, 2019

Paint Your Own Kapu Uku

Come along and learn how to paint gorgeous reusable ceramic coffee cups.

March 6, 2019

Wellington council targets vaping as it considers more smokefree rules

Vaping could soon be banned in Wellington’s smokefree areas.

March 4, 2019

Children’s Day

This year is all about putting tamariki first, and what better way to celebrate than a free Children’s Day event at Te Rauparaha Park.

March 1, 2019

More work needed to lift 44 schools out of financial difficulty, Government says

Forty-four New Zealand schools are in financial difficulty and more work needs to be done to ensure that number does not increase, Education Minister Chris Hipkins.

February 28, 2019

Fake Kim goes as real Kim comes: Vietnam expels Kim Jong Un lookalike

An Australian comedian who impersonates North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Monday authorities were deporting him from Vietnam, some 24 hours before the real Kim was due to arrive for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

February 25, 2019

Wellington Airport refurbishment will see five food outlets close leaving some without work

The food court at the heart of Wellington Airport will close in a month, leaving those that work there facing unemployment.

February 21, 2019

We’ve got this mountain of trash – why don’t we ski down it?

What to do with the mountain of garbage a major metropolitan area produces is an age-old question. Copenhagen has come up with a brand-new answer: ski down the mountain.

February 19, 2019


Waterbourne is New Zealand’s biggest water sports festival! With live music each day, the beach activities provide all the entertainment you need for an amazing Wellington weekend.

February 18, 2019

‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love

A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle.

February 14, 2019

Capital E National Arts Festival

Created just for children and young people, the National Arts Festival will see national and international artists take over the city!

February 14, 2019

Law banning smoking in cars protects children, so it must be welcome

Smoking or vaping in vehicles carrying people aged 18 or under is set to be banned by the end of the year.

February 11, 2019

Day In the Bay

This cool free, action packed event attracts a huge crowd from all over Wellington – people who come to enjoy the hospitality of our South Coast.

February 7, 2019

Nelson bush fire: Farmers warned to ‘avoid risks

Farmers in the Nelson-Tasman area have been urged to take “extreme care” to avoid risk to life and property as the bush fire in Pigeon Valley rages on.

February 6, 2019

Who’s the daddy? Surprise in Swiss orangutan paternity test

A paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result.

February 4, 2019

Metlink staying quiet on problems that have seen Wellington train service cancelled for six weeks

There is still no word on when a Wellington train service, which has been cancelled for six weeks, will be back up-and-running.

February 2, 2019

Newtown Festival

This is Newtown’s party to which all of Wellington, all of New Zealand, indeed all of the world is invited!

January 29, 2019

Papal Swiss Guard keep cool heads with 3-D helmets

The Vatican’s Swiss Guard, the colorfully dressed mini-army that helps protect the pope, will have cooler heads now they have swapped their ancient metal helmets for ones made by 3-D printers.

January 25, 2019