Homegrown festival warned of dangerous fake ecstasy drug

Wellington's biggest music festival, Homegrown, is being encouraged by experts to have testing available next month to screen for a dangerous drug being sold as ecstasy. N-Ethylpentylone is three times more potent than ecstasy, also known as MDMA,...... Read More

Lucky Powerball player wins $12.5 million

A Powerball player has 'the luck of Irish' this St Patrick's Day after scooping $12.5 million with Powerball First Division in tonight's live Lotto draw. The total prize of $12.5 million is made up of $12 million from Powerball First...... Read More

Porirua puppy goes from streets to bomb detection

A Porirua pound puppy has officially graduated as an explosive detector dog. After two years of training, Chevy the black Labrador mix dog will start work at Wellington Airport with his handler Sean Bennett on Monday. But things haven't always...... Read More

Fire at Wellington primary school

Firefighters put out a blaze at a Wellington primary school this morning. Crews were called to Westmount school in Johnsonville about 8.45am to find part of the front of a building on fire. It was not yet known what caused the fire, but an investigator...... Read More

Lower Hutt to ‘buzz’ with electric vehicles

A convoy of electric vehicles are buzzing into Lower Hutt this month as part of the #LeadingTheCharge country wide road trip. The exhibition will arrive at Dowse square on Thursday 22 March after having travelled roughly half of their journey...... Read More

Kāpiti council takes action on airport service

Kāpiti Coast District Council chief executive Wayne Maxwell says the Council is solutions focussed and taking action, following last week’s announcement by Air New Zealand to suspend flights between the Kāpiti Coast and Auckland. “We...... Read More

Te Papa’s new $8.4m gallery revealed

Te Papa's new $8.4 million art gallery, Toi Art, which is part of the museum's biggest revamp in 20 years, will be open to the public from Saturday. It features work from prominent New Zealand artists including C.F. Goldie, Rita Angus and Ralph...... Read More

Students demand end to Russell McVeagh’s govt contracts

Hundreds of university students, lawyers and academics have marched through Wellington, asking for under-fire law firm Russell McVeagh to be suspended from all government contracts. Russell McVeagh is in the spotlight over serious sexual misconduct...... Read More

Kennel gift means refuge for pets

When a family is in crisis it can make all the difference to know their best friend is being looked after. Wellington Police’s Dog Section has given Porirua Women’s Refuge - Te Whare Tiaki Wahine - a refurbished kennel and run for times...... Read More

Homicide inquiry launched for Wainuiomata death

Hutt Valley Police have launched a homicide investigation following the discovery of a man’s body at an address in Wainuiomata late on Wednesday night.  The man has been identified as 40-year-old, Paul Te Hiko, from Wainuiomata. Emergency...... Read More