Local News

French village offers reward to anyone who can decode ‘mystery’ rock inscription

In the village of Plougastel-Daoulas, in northwest France, a rock has been discovered with a very strange inscription on it. So strange, in fact, that no one can figure out what it means and village officials are now offering a reward to anyone who decipher it.

August 12, 2020

COVID-19 Science and Policy Symposium

New Zealand has been one of the countries least impacted by COVID-19. Following the lockdown, life was able to return to normal in contrast to the rest of the world – although our border remained closed.

August 10, 2020

Public feedback sought after Wellington’s plans to house 74,000 more people revealed

People will get to have their say on Wellington’s controversial blueprint of its future – one that involves 74,000 more people and high-rise developments in its inner-city suburbs.

August 7, 2020

Detained ‘drug smuggler’ cat escapes Sri Lanka prison

A cat detained at Sri Lanka’s main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said Monday.

August 4, 2020

The Hazy IPA Challenge

Join this Saturday August 8 to try some of New Zealand’s best hazy’s from New Zealand’s best brewers.

August 3, 2020

‘Model’ customers keep Tokyo diners at social distance

The coronavirus pandemic might have left many restaurants empty, but one establishment in Tokyo is relying on some model customers to enforce social distancing: life-like mannequins keeping diners from getting too close.

July 30, 2020

Northern Explorer train should be subsidised to compete with flying, Minister says

An affordable intercity passenger rail network that can compete with flights should be a priority for government, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter says.

July 29, 2020

In Sweden, female priests now outnumber male ones

For the first time in history, Swedish female priests outnumber their male counterparts, sixty years after they were first allowed to don the clerical collar, the Church of Sweden said Wednesday.

July 24, 2020

Climate change will intensify cyclone risks, but a new model will help forecast their impact

A new tropical cyclone forecasting model has the potential to save lives here and in the Pacific.

July 22, 2020

Security researcher tells of ‘reaching out’ to Wellington company after finding data breach

When a security researcher in Ireland discovered an unsecured database which contained thousands of personal files, he immediately reached out to the company concerned.

July 17, 2020

Tintin and the mystery of the duelling mummies

The mummified corpse of Rascar Capac thrilled and terrified generations of young fans of the Tintin comic book story “The Seven Crystal Balls”.

July 15, 2020

The Vegan Vault

The Vegan Vault showcases local vegan restaurants and vendors, setting up from 5 to 8:30p.m. every first Saturday of the month.

July 13, 2020

Explainer: What the Government’s water reforms mean for you

The Government is pushing through a major series of reforms that pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the water system and will change the way water services are delivered to Kiwi homes.

July 10, 2020

Musk mocks Tesla short-sellers by selling short shorts

Tesla founder Elon Musk is ruthlessly mocking the carmaker’s doubters who sell the company short by selling short shorts with the company logo.

July 8, 2020

Love Welly, Ditch Plastic

To support local businesses, they’d like to dedicate Plastic-Free July to showcasing local businesses taking responsibility and doing their bit to reduce single-use plastic, and then have an awesome party to celebrate them!

July 6, 2020

Love Welly, Ditch Plastic

To support local businesses, they’d like to dedicate Plastic-Free July to showcasing local businesses taking responsibility and doing their bit to reduce single-use plastic, and then have an awesome party to celebrate them!

July 6, 2020

School Holiday Programme Wellington – Wilderkids

The outdoor adventure-based school-holiday education programme is back and better than ever!
Perfect for adventurers aged 5 to 12.

July 2, 2020

Wellington to only recycle numbers 1, 2 and 5 plastic – unless it’s a meat tray

Ones, twos, and fives are all good, while threes, fours, sixes and sevens are bad – and don’t get started on bloody meat trays.

June 29, 2020

Stranded surfer says Argentina must repatriate dogs too

An Argentine adventurer stranded in Peru because of the coronavirus lockdown says he wants to go home, but not without his dogs which he has adopted on his travels.

June 26, 2020

Unemployment doubled during lockdown, new study says

Researchers say unemployment doubled during the lockdown, and it could be higher than the Government currently reports.

June 24, 2020

Sarah Gaitanos on Shirley Smith: An Examined Life

The opening event will be “Aotearoa New Zealand, We Need to Talk” featuring three award-winning and provocative writers held over the weekend of 27- 28 June, 2020.

June 22, 2020

Vienna man fined 500 euros for deliberate ‘massive flatulence’

Austrian police fined a man 500 euros for loudly breaking wind after officers stopped him earlier this month to check his identity.

June 19, 2020

Quote of the Day

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”

– Herman Melville

June 19, 2020

Heavy rain causes slips, prompts warning for Wellington commuters

Heavy rain overnight and on Thursday morning has led to slips closing roads across Wellington, with commuters urged to take extra care.

June 17, 2020

Just a Second – Social Clothing Swap

It’s about building community, reducing textile waste and getting a ‘new’ wardrobe. This is a body-positive event and bookings will be made on a first-in, first-serve basis—only 25 spots available.

June 16, 2020

Transport and health advocacy group breathes ‘deep sigh of relief’ over decision to lower capital speed limits

The decision to lower Wellington’s central city speed limits has been greeted with a “deep sigh of relief” from a group of transport and health advocates, but they say there is still a long way to go.

June 11, 2020

Berhampore Fruit and Vege Co-op

The popular Berhampore Fruit and Vege Co-op is open to everyone. For $12 a week, you will receive a value bag of fresh fruit and vegetables, at better than market prices.

June 10, 2020

Gran Theft Auto: finger flexes keep 90-year-old gamer console-ready

Every day, 90-year-old Japanese grandma Hamako Mori flexes her fingers to keep them nimble. Not for knitting or needlepoint, but to keep them in shape for playing video games.

June 8, 2020

Berhampore Fruit and Vege Co-op

The popular Berhampore Fruit and Vege Co-op is open to everyone. For $12 a week, you will receive a value bag of fresh fruit and vegetables, at better than market prices.

June 4, 2020

Coronavirus: Hey, that’s not a metre, Covid-19 level 2 rules fly out the train doors

We hunkered down under alert level 4 and ventured out cautiously under level 3. Now, at level 2, it appears the rules are being ignored by many.

June 3, 2020

Singapore minister sheepishly admits woolly thinking over cotton

A Singaporean minister has sheepishly admitted to saying that cotton came from animals rather than plants in a slip-up during an interview that triggered bleats of mockery online.

June 1, 2020

Clock starts ticking on owners who have spent 17 years stockpiling rubbish

The clock has started ticking on the owners of a central Wellington property who have spent 17 years amassing a ‘shambolic’ pile of waste material.

May 29, 2020

Making massssks from Florida python skin

A Florida craftsman has come up with a novel way of tackling both the coronavirus pandemic and the problem of invasive pythons and iguanas that damage the state’s fragile ecosystem.

May 27, 2020

Brooklyn Community Market

Come along to the quarterly Brooklyn Markets and catch up with friends and neighbours while browsing through a variety of stalls. Everything from homemade pickles to preserves and fresh produce to indoor plants, flowers, books, crafts, jewellery, cards, clothing, CDs and lots more.

May 25, 2020

US family turns in $1 mn found on street

A sheriff’s department in the US state of Virginia praised a family who turned in two large mail bags they found in the middle of the road — filled with nearly $1 million in cash.

May 22, 2020

Kiwis willing to change transport habits, but cars still reign supreme

New Zealanders say they’re willing to give up cars and use more environmentally-friendly transport methods, but for now driving still reigns supreme.

May 21, 2020

The Vegan Vault

The Vegan Vault showcases local vegan restaurants and vendors, setting up from 5 to 8:30p.m. every first Saturday of the month. Aim to cater the best cruelty-free food and merchandise from our little cool capital, and beyond! There will also be live music for your entertainment.

May 19, 2020

Wellington e-scooter trial wins 72 per cent public support ahead of council vote

Wellington’s e-scooter trial has been deemed a success, with council officers recommending the council vote in favour of continuing e-scooter operations in the city.

May 15, 2020

Inter-species lockdown meet-up at Japan aquarium

A Japanese aquarium has come up with a wild idea to entertain the public during its temporary closure due to the coronavirus outbreak — introducing sea animals to each other and sharing the results online.

May 13, 2020

Wellington Home and Garden Show 2020

Wellington’s iconic event is celebrating 20 years in 2019! Join the fun, be inspired, and enjoy a day out at Westpac Stadium.

May 11, 2020

Welcome baby X Æ A-12: Musk and Grimes do it their way

Fans hoping for clarity and perhaps some pronunciation tips were left floundering Wednesday after Elon Musk’s girlfriend, the musician Grimes, explained their newborn son’s name — X Æ A-12.

May 8, 2020

Coronavirus: How cafes and restaurants will operate in level 2

The doors to your local will be open under level two, but not without restrictions.

May 7, 2020

Wellington Street Photography Workshop

Explore the Capital looking for interesting characters on this street photography workshop.

May 5, 2020

Two pizzas and a spliff please: Interpol warns of lockdown drug deliveries

Criminal gangs are using fast-food couriers to deliver recreational drugs to people confined at home because of coronavirus lockdowns, policing agency Interpol said Thursday.

May 1, 2020

Back to School: 40,000 students head back to class

More than 40,000 students, from early childhood centres to year 10s, are expected to return to class today for the first time in over a month.

April 29, 2020

Vision for Ageing In Aotearoa 2020 Conference

The ultimate conference on ageing in 2020 – If you plan on ageing well in New Zealand you need to be at this conference.

April 27, 2020

Social distancing takes a hit as Taiwan baseball teams brawl

Playing to empty stadiums, Taiwan has managed to keep its baseball league running during the coronavirus pandemic — but social distancing went out of the window on Sunday when a game descended into an on-field brawl.

April 24, 2020

Wellington Armageddon Expo 2020

Experience Armageddon Expo like it’s never been before. Featuring national and International Podcasters, YouTuber’s, Streamers, Cosplayers and Celebrity guests from the worlds of animation, film, TV and comics

April 21, 2020

Recipe for disaster: Vietnam embraces kitchen nightmares in lockdown

Burnt bread, collapsed cakes and inedible potatoes: the kitchen failures of Vietnamese families in self-isolation are being shared online, with hundreds of thousands joining a Facebook group to commiserate over their culinary catastrophes.

April 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Debt collection agency called on Wellington parking fine defaulters during covid lockdown

Parking fine defaulters are being sent for debt collection by Wellington City Council during the lockdown.

April 15, 2020