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Hutt High toxic mould a system of chronic underfunding of education: meeting told

Students shut out of their classrooms because of toxic mould say the problem is a symptom of chronic underfunding for the upkeep of public schools.

May 6, 2021

Art attack: Israeli ex-sniper blasts paint in mental health message

Former Israeli army sniper David Roytman has turned his hand to action painting, using guns and live-fire ranges instead of brushes and studios to blast colours onto canvases.

May 5, 2021

Wellington Better Home & Living Show 2021

Get tomorrow’s ideas today! A Wonderful range of exhibitors, ‘Ask an Expert’ sessions, latest trends, innovations and exclusive show specials it’s the place to be for solutions for sustainable homes, gardens and better living.

May 3, 2021

Climate change summit glitch cuts off Macron, puzzles Putin

A technical glitch at a U.S. climate summit cut off French President Emmanuel Macron mid-speech and left Russian President Vladimir Putin puzzled, demonstrating that virtual meetings can be as awkward for world leaders as they are for the rest of us.

April 29, 2021

Wellington, Porirua best for quality of life, according to survey by councils

The proportion of people who feel their quality of life worsened in the last year rose significantly over 2020, according to a survey conducted every two years by eight of New Zealand’s councils.

April 27, 2021

Inaugural Jane’s Walk

Te Whanganui-a-Tara – Join to explore the city you love – Wellington!

April 25, 2021

Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

The American space agency has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars.

April 21, 2021

Skincare workshop

If you are interested in learning to make your own unique organic skincare products? This workshop is for you.

April 19, 2021

Listen to the music of a spider’s web. Tell me what do you hear?

It is an eerie, foreboding, reverberating tune, enough to send a tingle down your spine.

April 15, 2021

Thorndon Quay cycling improvements could go ahead despite Let’s Get Wellington Moving delays

Frustrated at a lack of progress from Let’s Get Wellington Moving, Wellington City Councillor Teri O’Neill will attempt to push through urgent safety changes to Thorndon Quay without the programme’s involvement.

April 13, 2021

Experience Asado

Join for this unique dining experience, Friday & Saturday nights, where you’ll experience endless bites from Asado Grill. Enjoy the fire, the smell of the barbecue and the taste of a delicious smoky eats.

April 12, 2021

Covid-19: Flu vaccine delays add pressure as GPs ramp up for Pfizer vaccine

Flu vaccinations, delayed by manufacturing issues, will add pressure to general practices as they ramp up to administer Covid-19 vaccinations to the public from July, doctors say.

April 8, 2021

Say cheese! Cyprus’s halloumi gets EU protected status

Cyprus is getting protected status for its prized halloumi, giving its producers the sole right to sell the rubbery cheese in the European Union.

April 7, 2021

Wana Ake Festival

Create! Look! Explore! Celebrate summer at Te Papa with a dynamic festival of events, activities, exhibitions, and fun.

April 5, 2021

Minimum wage rise, and a new top tax rate – changes coming on April 1

A raft of significant tax changes, and alterations to income, on Thursday will leave some people better off and others possibly scratching their heads.

March 30, 2021

Peachy Keen Music Festival

Wellington will host one of Aotearoa’s newest and most exciting festival line-ups this summer – Peachy Keen presents Peachy Keen Festival!

March 29, 2021

Egyptian Messi lookalike thrills soccer-loving orphans

They may not be meeting the real Lionel Messi, but Islam Battah’s resemblance to the Barcelona footballer is so uncanny, that the children at an orphanage in the Egyptian city of Zagazig swarm around him in delight anyway.

March 25, 2021

Metlink will remove cash payments from some bus services

Cash fares will be removed from some Metlink express bus services in the Wellington region starting in June.

March 24, 2021

Hong Kong emigration wave takes toll on its least political residents – its pets

Aircraft mechanic Don Yip is one of many thousands leaving Hong Kong after the imposition of a new security law last year and 2019’s pro-democracy protests. Unlike many others, he won’t leave without his pets.

March 18, 2021

Concerns raised about lack of safe drinking spaces as council cracks down on Wellington’s bottomless brunches

The decision to crack down on Wellington’s bottomless brunches has raised concerns for a Wellington city councillor, who says these events offer people a safe drinking space.

March 17, 2021

Strathmore Park Play Day

Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of playful fun and games in the Kahurangi School Grounds. Eat, drink and enjoy a range of child-friendly play activities from 3-6.30pm, at no cost!

March 15, 2021

More than 200 buses a week cancelled in Wellington as driver shortage causes chaos

More than 200 buses a week are being cancelled in Wellington as driver shortages cause chaos for the public transport network.

March 11, 2021

Faceplanting to fame: New Zealand livestream catches albatross in awkward landing

A livestream camera at a New Zealand nature reserve has caught a Royal Albatross making an awkward landing, with the video of the faceplanting now propelling the bird to fame.

March 10, 2021

Aro Valley Fair 2021

Aro Fair 2021 promises another glorious, family-friendly day of entertainment and community spirit with the main live music stage in the park and an acoustic stage and Foodcourt on the basketball court.

March 8, 2021

Wellington Airport ‘mystified’ by council’s decision to scrap $76 million loan for seawall upgrade

Wellington Airport chief executive Steve Sanderson says he is “mystified” by the city council’s decision to remove $76 million of funding for the airport’s seawall upgrade.

March 4, 2021

Crafty Stained Glass for Tamariki

Children’s Day – Te Rā O Te Tamariki provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to share time with children. It takes place every year on the first Sunday of March and is a chance to celebrate how special and important our children are.

March 1, 2021

MP says heritage-listed Gordon Wilson flats are a symbol of Wellington’s problems

A Wellington-based MP says the newly heritage listed Gordon Wilson flats have become a symbol of the problems the city faces.

February 25, 2021

Jab but no tab: Israeli bar offers free drinks with vaccine shots

An Israeli bar doubled as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Thursday, with free drinks given to those who got the shots.

February 24, 2021

Wana Ake Festival

Create! Look! Explore! Celebrate summer at Te Papa with a dynamic festival of events, activities, exhibitions, and fun.

February 23, 2021

Mask use drops with alert level changes, despite official advice

It was back to alert level 1 on Thursday, and it was estimated about 80 per cent of commuters were wearing masks on the region’s trains.

February 18, 2021

Spanish chess board sales soar after ‘Queen’s Gambit’ cameo

A Spanish chess board maker discovered by chance that its products played a cameo role in hit Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit”, and its sales have since soared.

February 16, 2021

The Garden Party

Verb Wellington and The Spinoff present a weekend of food, music and talks!

February 15, 2021

COVID maths: All the virus in the world would fit in a coke can

All the COVID-causing virus circulating in the world right now could easily fit inside a single cola can, according to a calculation by a British mathematician whose sum exposes just how much devastation is caused by minuscule viral particles.

February 11, 2021

Só Samba presents Carnaval 2021

The most anticipated event of the year is here! Carnaval 2021 with beat maestros Só Samba, Wellington’s first authentic roots samba band, bringing the real Brazilian Carnaval vibe to the capital since 2013!

February 9, 2021

Depression, anxiety and panic attacks: Students’ demand for mental health support rising

Concerns over exam results, job uncertainty and the ongoing impact of Covid-19 will result in more young people seeking help for a range of mental health issues, a New Zealand support service says.

February 8, 2021

France’s Macron: I will not surrender my umbrella

French President Emmanuel Macron was so determined to hold his own umbrella at a rain-dampened event outside the Elysee Palace on Wednesday that he shooed away aides three times when they tried to take it from him.

February 4, 2021

Wellington flat compared to ‘dungeon from Parasite’

A social media post about a $495 a week underground flat in Central Wellington has sparked outrage from Wellington renters, who have described the unit as “like a dungeon” and something from “the set of Parasite”.

February 2, 2021

Cool is uncool, Wellington warned a decade after embracing coolness

Wellington has worn the title of the coolest little capital proudly since 2010 but is now being told it just ain’t cool to call yourself cool.

February 1, 2021

Leatherwork, Chainmaille & Film Effects Tour

Learn about props, costumes and creatures created for your favourite films, at this special tour space on Park Road, Miramar.

January 28, 2021

Unknown condition of wastewater pipes a ticking time bomb for Wellington

The next sewage pipe to burst in Wellington could be one we don’t even know is there.

January 27, 2021

Scowling Bernie Sanders happy his mittened meme may raise millions for charity

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the famed curmudgeon photographed at President Joe Biden’s inauguration wearing mittens and a scowl behind his facemask in an image that instantly became a meme, said on Sunday he was happy it may help raise millions for charity.

January 25, 2021

Indoor playground job ad asks applicants to clean up after ‘annoying little kids’

A Porirua business owner whose job advertisement asked for applicants to “be kind to” and “clean up” after “annoying little kids” says he doesn’t regret the phrasing, despite receiving a barrage of online criticism.

January 22, 2021

Gin Fest

This Gin Fest are partnering with Curiosity Gin to bring you A Gin Blending masterclass where you can blend your own gin, your way, to your own taste!

January 17, 2021

Waterfront Pop Up Village

The Waterfront Pop-up Village is a unique retail precinct in Wellington, New Zealand featuring shipping containers turned into the cutest little boutiques you’ve ever seen, filled with local art, design and innovation.

January 17, 2021

Hunters terrified as bear joins them in tree

This crazy video captured in May last year shows the moment two hunters sitting in a tree stand were unexpectedly joined by a bear…

January 15, 2021

Driving offences most common among 63 prosecutions of police officers

Sixty-three police officers, mostly constables, have been prosecuted in the past five years.

January 14, 2021

My Walk In Wardrobe – Sustainable Fashion Markets

My Walk In Wardrobe is Wellington’s own sustainable fashion markets. Preloved, upcycled, vintage, hand made, locally made – clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories.

January 11, 2021

Toxic algae returns to Wairarapa and Hutt rivers as weather heats up and water levels drop

Swimmers and dog owners are being warned to keep clear of the water at some Wellington region rivers following the detection of toxic algal blooms.

January 8, 2021

Malaysian team transforms pineapple leaves into drones

It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s a drone – made partly from pineapple leaves.

January 5, 2021

Clay Succulent Pot Workshop- Hosted By Dripped With Honey

Nothing spices up a room like a tiny friendly succulent and a colourful little home to plant it in! Dripped With Honey workshops are back to show you how to make your very own polymer clay planter!

January 3, 2021