Amber Allott and Jonathan Guildford Lack of housing, low wages and benefits and polluted waterways were the key concerns for voters on the streets of Masterton, Carterton and Featherston. The electorate is home to more than 67,000 people, with more than 50,000 over the age of 18.
The immense strength of women's high school softball in Wellington has been showcased at the most recent division one and two national secondary schools tournaments. Wellington East Girls' College (division one) and Sacred Heart College (division two) won both of the tournaments last month.
A Christchurch woman has opened a community fridge to help those struggling on low incomes. Trudy Burrows, along with husband Terry, son Kieran, and Terry's cousin, Glen Ruderford, have paid for and installed a community fridge inside a kitset shed in New Brighton, on the St Faith's church grounds.
An old Masonic lodge and former studio for Canterbury artist Bill Hammond could become a micro-brewery, offices or shops after it goes through a massive restoration. Work is finally under way to restore the historic Kilwinning lodge in Canterbury St, Lyttelton, after it was significantly damaged in Canterbury's earthquakes.
Wellington club rugby kicked off its season on Saturday with a gala day in Upper Hutt. All seven Swindale Shield games were played at Awakairangi and Maoribank Parks, with Marist St Pats avenging their 2016 Jubilee Cup final loss to Tawa, while there were strong wins for the likes of OBU, Upper Hutt and Norths.
Too many young people in custody have found themselves in trouble because that is how they were brought up, a student involved in a new report says. St Thomas of Canterbury College students launched their latest National Youth Custody Index at the Nga Hau E Wha National Marae in Aranui, Christchurch, on Wednesday.
Battle lines have been drawn outside Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown during the annual anti-abortion protest. Wellington High School Feminist Club members and supporters of 40 Days for Life are facing off outside the hospital on Riddiford Street until Easter, in an attempt to rally support for their cause.