Local News

Swiss president celebrates 60th with anyone born on same day

Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga is turning 60 on May 14 and is planning a party with a difference by inviting along all Swiss citizens who share her birthday.

February 21, 2020

Under pressure: Wellington water woes ‘widespread and fundamental’

Wellington’s wastewater system is failing after years of under-investment – and the overdue repair bill for the city’s leaky plumbing may end up costing ratepayers.

February 20, 2020

2020 Writers Programme – NZ Festival of the Arts

Writers are artists who create worlds with words drawn from their experiences and imaginations. They pull us through time and space, hold up revealing mirrors, refigure the way we live and question the DNA of our every day.

February 18, 2020

World’s oldest man crowned in Japan aged 112

A 112-year-old Japanese man has been crowned the world’s oldest male, claiming that smiling is the key to longevity.

February 13, 2020

National promises ‘revamped’ Let’s Get Wellington Moving package

A second Mt Victoria tunnel and a revamped Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme will be at the top of National’s 2020 agenda as it seeks to make Wellington infrastructure a major election issue.

February 12, 2020

Wellington Lantern Festival 2020

The Wellington Lantern Festival is back for its 5th year and bigger, brighter and better than ever before!

February 10, 2020

Quote of the Day

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

– Zora Neale Hurston

February 7, 2020

Chemist Warehouse set to open Wellington outlet

Australian retailer Chemist Warehouse is set to open an outlet on Lambton Quay in Wellington.

February 7, 2020

Brazil mistakenly publishes robbed tourist’s rant

A tourist who was robbed while vacationing in Rio de Janeiro posted a disgusted message online… only to have Brazil’s national tourism board post it to its official Instagram account by mistake.

February 6, 2020

Island Bay Festival Day in the Bay 2020

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 4, 2020

Goodbye Mr Bean: EU missing Britain’s ‘sense of humour’

With Britain Brexiting, a lot of things are changing in the EU. But the absence already keenly felt in Brussels’ halls of power is the British wit made famous around the world by Monty Python and Mr Bean.

January 31, 2020

First Responders Festival

All you have to do to help is chill out on the waterfront, listening to local bands, sipping on a colab brew. How cool is this!

January 29, 2020

Damned either way: Wellington street where you can’t park legally but get fined if you don’t

Imperial Terrace in the eastern suburb of Kilbirnie is a loop road with a catch-22.

January 27, 2020

Turkey delivery man risks 18 years for spitting on pizza

A Turkish prosecutor called for a sentence of up to 18 years for a delivery man who spat on a customer’s pizza before handing it over, local media reported Thursday.

January 24, 2020

Wellington Wine & Food + Craft Beer Festival 2020

The festival brings together the best of local cuisines, matched with local wineries and breweries that reflect the best of summer – sun, outdoors, fine wine, delicious food, great music and fun with friends.

January 23, 2020

Millions of visitors flock to New Zealand zoos, but are they best way to save animals?

For a 50-kilogram cat evolved to wander the Himalayas, the journey to Wellington will be long and arduous.

January 21, 2020

Interislander Capital Classic

The Interislander Capital Classic gears up for its 14th epic event with our home base of Oriental Bay playing host to one of the most popular events in the Series.

January 17, 2020

More than $7m boost for Wairarapa water projects

Water infrastructure in the Wairarapa region is receiving a more-than-$7 million-boost courtesy of the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund.

January 15, 2020

Two WWII bombs made safe in Germany

Two World War II-era bombs were made safe in the western German city of Dortmund after around 14,000 people were evacuated, the city said Sunday.

January 13, 2020

Battle Hill Farm Day

Ever wanted to get up close and personal with some of our woolly neighbours? Or see a farmer work their magic in a dog trial? Travel out and experience rural life at Battle Hill Farm Day!

January 10, 2020

McDonald’s won’t have recycling in-store until 2025

It could take until 2025 for some of the country’s fast food giants to sort out their waste.

January 9, 2020

Going meme: Thai shoppers get creative after plastic bag ban

Thai shoppers grabbed baskets, buckets and even a wheelbarrow to skirt a new ban on single-use plastic bags at big retailers, with many posting images of their efforts online.

January 7, 2020

Australian bush fires cause air pollution spike across Wellington region

Wellington’s air pollution levels are spiking as some of the worst bush fires in history rage across the Tasman.

January 3, 2020

Ballooning dispute: America’s giant inflatable rats under attack

New Yorkers are used to seeing rats on the street but they are not always small, furry ones. Sometimes they are inflatable and taller than giraffes.

January 2, 2020

Cheesed-off neighbour kicks up stink in Alpine village

A woman who lives above a cheese shop in a German Alpine village has kicked up a stink over the smells wafting up to her apartment, forcing a judge to step in on Tuesday.

December 20, 2019

Transmission Gully motorway 80 per cent complete, new footage shows

Motorists won’t be driving it for at least another year but they can now catch a birds-eye view of Transmission Gully.

December 18, 2019

College St Christmas Party

Every year in College St we like to celebrate Christmas with something a little special. So join for a holly jolly, bubbles drinking and nibble eating College St Christmas Party.

December 16, 2019

Over the Limit: ‘Nothing good happens after 3am’: Alcohol’s part in assaults

It’s there in the hundreds of assaults taking place in the hours when “nothing good happens”.

December 14, 2019

Brief encounter: fighter wins SEA Games gold after underwear row

A Filipino martial artist was prepared to give up his chance of winning a Southeast Asian Games title because he didn’t want to wear underpants beneath his traditional loincloth.

December 12, 2019

The Wellington Christmas Markets

This annual event is always a buzz. Shoppers not only love the huge variety of unique gifts on offer but to know their money is going to support local small business is truly a win-win for everyone.

December 10, 2019

Japanese man, 71, arrested for ‘making 24,000 complaint calls’

A Japanese pensioner has been arrested after ringing a phone company 24,000 times to complain they had violated his contract, police and local media reported.

December 6, 2019

New Zealand top-end in OECD’s latest PISA report but drop in achievements ‘worrying’

Disproportionate rates of bullying, poor classroom environments and truancy could be reasons student achievements are in a “worrying” decline.

December 5, 2019

Bay Christmas Bazaar – A Low-Waste Fundraiser Market

Fundraiser for Predator Free Lyall Bay.

December 2, 2019

Dutch supermarket drops staff underwear photo request

The Netherlands’ top supermarket chain said Tuesday it has ditched plans to ask staff to upload photos of themselves in their underwear to work out sizes for new uniforms.

November 28, 2019

No plans to merge Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards

Despite having one chief executive between them, combining the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards is off the cards.

November 28, 2019

Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays

The Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays event is Wellington’s iconic fun run/walk.

November 26, 2019

A Very Welly Christmas 2019

It’s time to deck the halls because Christmas is coming to the capital!

November 22, 2019

No immediate plans to fix Wellington’s ‘poorly functioning’ Civic Square

Two years on from Wellington’s Civic Square being labelled a “poorly functioning public space” with an out-of-date development plan, there are still no immediate plans to draw people back to the area.

November 20, 2019

Wellington Wine & Food + Craft Beer Festival 2020

The festival brings together the best of local cuisines, matched with local wineries and breweries that reflect the best of summer – sun, outdoors, fine wine, delicious food, great music and fun with friends.

November 18, 2019

Chinese tourists say ‘I do’ to Serbia

A “bride” in a pretty white dress and trainers runs through a field, her long white veil fluttering behind and her “groom” in hot pursuit.

November 15, 2019

How choosing a low-carbon commute can slash personal emissions

Biking, walking or living closer to work may be the commute of the future if we want to cut our emissions entirely.

November 14, 2019

Beers at the Basin 2019

Hosted at one of Wellington’s iconic venues, Beers at the Basin is a one-day event showcasing some of the best Craft Breweries, Local Wineries, Street Food and Music that NZ has to offer.

November 12, 2019

Early childhood teachers deserve more cash – and kudos

A teacher in an early childhood centre, after three years’ study, can be paid as little as half as much as essentially the same person, with the same qualification, teaching children barely a few weeks and months older at a primary school.

November 8, 2019

Boat stuck above Niagara Falls for over a century moves downriver

An iron boat stuck above Niagara Falls for more than a century has moved because of severe weather, a park official said.

November 7, 2019

Hutt Japan Day

A mini-festival full of Japanese cultural and sporting performances, language, dance, food-trucks and your chance to share in the culture of our sister city Minoh in Osaka, Japan.

November 3, 2019

‘Justice for Jerry’: Runaway bull charms Croatia

The plight of a fugitive one-year-old bull named Jerry has won hearts in Croatia after the animal escaped from a slaughterhouse last Friday and has been on the lam ever since.

November 3, 2019

Pharmacies step in to offer measles vaccinations

New Zealanders will soon be able to get measles vaccines from about 450 pharmacies around the country.

October 30, 2019

Urban Wine Walk

It’s time to gather your friends because Urban Wine Walk is back!

October 29, 2019

Almost 150 bag ban breaches, zero consequences for retailers

Hundreds of New Zealanders have been dobbing in businesses disobeying the country’s new plastic bag ban.

October 25, 2019

Facebook post lands Sri Lanka motorist in hot water

A Sri Lankan motorist risks jail for complaining on Facebook that he had been given a traffic ticket because he is Buddhist.

October 23, 2019