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Susan Teodoro

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Popular boutique town isn't just a summer hotspot

The rarefied air of Martinborough has a wintry kick to it right now, but as former Stuff reporter Sue Teodoro discovers, the town doesn't fall asleep when the sun gets low. There's more to Martinborough than vineyards in summer.

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Finding your feet in Tokyo

As the Rugby World Cup gets into swing, with high-profile games in Tokyo and nearby Yokohama, the city and its attractions will likely be the second hottest ticket in town - after an All Blacks game. Sue Teodoro explores. Even as a first-time visitor, I was confident I'd get around Tokyo with no problem.

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Climbing Mt Fuji worth the effort

Watching the sun rise from the summit of Mt Fuji is an unforgettable experience and getting to the top isn't as difficult as you might expect. Former Manawatū Standard reporter Sue Teodoro shares her top tips for taming the mountain. The climbing season on Mt Fuji in Japan is in full swing, but can anyone climb Japan's tallest peak?

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Watch: White-knuckle landing in windy Wellington

An Air NZ pilot has handled Wellington's classic windy weather with nerves of steel after a rocky white-knuckle landing in the capital. Sue Teodoro caught the dramatic landing from Wellington Airport today as strong winds belted the city. It shows the small plane coming into land and rocking side to side several times before getting onto the tarmac.

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Stewart Island's natural beauty and birdlife an incredible draw

Stewart Island is one of the most remote places in New Zealand and almost certainly one of the most pristine, writes Sue Teodoro. Stewart Island isn't easy to get to, but those who make the effort will be rewarded with a uniquely New Zealand experience.

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► VIDEO: Hundreds form human chain around New Zealand mosque

Hundreds of people have gathered together to form a human chain around a mosque in Wellington, New Zealand, protecting Muslims attending Friday prayers in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack. Video: TVNZ/Rachel Watson/Sue Teodoro

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Over 1,000 people formed a human chain around a mosque in Wellington, New Zealand during Friday prayers, holding a moment of silence for the 50 victims of mosque shootings last week. (Photos: @SueTeodoro, @AndyBurt2012)

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Vegemite beer: 'lovely alcoholic beverage'

With Australians reportedly making home-brew from Vegemite, we asked experts if it could become the next big craft beer thing. With whitebait, banana and even roast lamb and veggie beer brewing up a storm, why not make one from the contents of the humble jar?

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$9 airfares spark price war

ROSS GIBLIN/Dominion Post Bargain hunters snapped up more than 15,000 airline tickets at $9 each on new regional routes announced by Jetstar, during a four-hour sale on Monday. Air New Zealand hit back, releasing hundreds of $9 fares to and from Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga and Invercargill, which it said had been "left out" of Jetstar's plans..

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Streetwise coffee wins big

Murray Wilson/ Fairfax NZ Palmerston North has brewed up the best Streetwise franchisee in the business. Streetwise coffee Palmerston North owner Rod Te Whatu was named 2015 Franchisee of the Year at the company's annual awards. He won ahead of 14 other operators, who run18 outlets between them.

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Bars open for early games

GRANT MATTHEW / FAIRFAX NZ Palmerston North rugby fans can head to the pub to watch Rugby World Cup games as a number of bars make use of a law allowing extended trading hours.

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Bunnings workers strike

Murray Wilson/ Fairfax NZ Bunnings workers in Palmerston North and Feilding walked off the job on Friday in protest against what they said were unfair contract changes. More than 40 employees joined the picket line outside Bunnings in Palmerston North's Tremaine Avenue between 2 and 4pm.

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Palmerston North SPCA re-opens

Murray Wilson/ Fairfax NZ An upgraded and bigger cattery, brighter and warmer kennels, better facilities for sick creatures and more storage are just some features of the made-over SPCA. The bright and spacious new Palmerston North SPCA has welcomed its first furry guests.

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Jo Guy shares survival story

The mother of slain Feilding farmer Scott Guy has shared how she got through the dark days after her son's death. Jo Guy spoke to a crowd of more than 200 at Palmerston North's Downtown Cinema complex for the launch of Destination Manawatu's signature magazine ' The Page'.

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Manawatu property market spikes

New figures show the number of properties sold in Manawatu/Whanganui in the three months to August has risen sharply, which could spark an increase in house prices. The figures, released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), showed property sales in Manawatu were up 36 per cent up for the three months to the end of August, compared to the same period in 2014.

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Historic hotel on market

The historic Commercial Tavern in Ashhurst was destroyed by fire and has seen death, tragedy and celebrations in its 114 years. But now it is empty and has been put on the market by its Auckland based owner. The historic building with its pub and five bedrooms is for sale for $250,000, which is less than its registered value of $320,000.

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'Satanic attack' re-enacted in docu-drama

A dramatisation of a Palmerston North police officer's bizarre faking of a Satanic attack on himself and his home will feature on television on Sunday night. In the early hours of October 18, 1996, the home of Detective Brent Garner burst into flames and the bound and gagged officer was found nearby doused in petrol.

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Outpouring for brave mother

Friends of a brave mother-of-two battling a brain tumour have held a fundraiser for life-saving treatment for her. Kelly McNabb, a 36-year-old former intensive care nurse, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour late last year. More than 60 people attended a $60 dollar a head dinner on Thursday night at Palmerston North's Cafe Brie.

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A 'lovely act of kindness'

A customer was left teary after a supermarket employee whipped out his eftpos card to pay for groceries she could not afford. When on Wednesday a woman in the check out queue at Palmerston North Pioneer New World started putting essential groceriers back on the shelf because she was struggling to pay the bill, cashier John Matheson paid for them from his own pocket.

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Say goodbye to cold phone-fingers

Have you ever tried to use your phone or iPad with gloves on, only to find you can't? If an idea from a group of school students gets wings, tearing gloves off in frustration and applying frozen fingers to a touchscreen will be a thing of the past.

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Schools kapa haka festival

Hundreds of school children have got behind this year's kapa haka festival, Te Pai Tamariki. The festival for primary and intermediate schools in the region has more than 20 schools taking part at the Regent Theatre on Broadway Avenue event.

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Five-year-old farewelled

A crowd of around 400 mourners sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Skinny Marinky Dinky Dink as they farewelled five-year-old Kaide Preston at the Salvation Army Worship Centre in Levin.. Kaide was injured when a car he was travelling in crashed in Levin on 29 May, two days after his fifth birthday.

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Manawatu/Whanganui best-priced hotels

The best prices for hotels in New Zealand are right here in Manawatu/Whanganui, according to the world's biggest online accommodation search engine, Trivago. The 2015 New Zealand Hotel Price overview prepared by the online bookings giant ranks Manawatu/Whanganui as the cheapest place in New Zealand for accommodation at an average of $121 per night.

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First Originair flight lands

The red carpet was rolled out for passengers arriving in Palmerston North as the first Originair flight landed at the city's airport. The inaugural flight from Nelson on Wednesday was given a VIP welcome on the runway by Mayor Grant Smith and Palmerston North Airport chief executive David Lanham.

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'Hackathon' to boost community engagement

SUSAN TEODORO John Nicholson/Fairfax NZ It sounds like a shadowy group of cyber crims, but Hack Miramar is actually a community engagement project that aims to connect ideas with experts, data and technology. It is the second civic hackathon event, run by eastern suburbs residents Mike Riversdale, Ian Apperley, and Ben Wilde, all with IT backgrounds.

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Vaughan King opens bar

SUSAN TEODORO Cameron Burnell/Fairfax NZ A ground-breaking new club, VK's Comedy and Blues Bar, will soon open its doors in central Wellington. It's intended to breathe new life into the 60 Dixon St venue, which has previously been home to The Big Kumara and the temporary Bats "Out of Site" Theatre.

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Digger driver's flood escape

A man narrowly escaped a capsized vehicle after the road underneath it gave way in floodwaters, while his injured colleague waited nearby. Keven Roberts, owner of Roberts Contracting, had been called out by Horizons about 1.30am to help fix a breached stopbank in paddocks about 10 kilometres west of Palmerston North.

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Living the hip-hop dream

SUSAN TEODORO High-energy, multi-talented Wellington hip-hop duo Kid'n'Rei are about to turn a dream into reality. The pair have just released their second EP (extended play) and are on the bill to perform at Homegrown on March 7.

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Street 'looked like a river'

Palmerston North residents are in cleanup mode as most of the floodwater in the worst-hit areas recedes. Cedar Gr was flooded on Saturday night, with residents waking up to knee-high water and taking to the street in a dinghy. Resident David Iwikau, said the water stretched from one end of the street to the other.

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Call to register lost pets after flood

Whanganui's SPCA is calling for people to let them know if pets have gone missing since the floods. Whanganui SPCA administrator Shannon Langridge said pets would probably have left flooded property looking for higher ground, but would return as the water receded.

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Ditching the CV for FB

SUSAN TEODORO Once upon a time, handing in your CV and waiting for "the call" was just about all that was required when applying for a job. Today, some people are turning to social media in an effort to stand out from the crowd.

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Puppy mills 'rife'

Manawatu and Horowhenua appear to be at the centre of a major puppy farming industry selling hundreds of dogs a year. The industry was highlighted this week in a Campbell Live programme featuring Himatangi woman Pamela Russell and raising questions about her dogs' welfare and care.

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Tsunami lines for eastern suburbs

SUSAN TEODORO Tsunami escape routes and safety markers will soon be commonplace for Miramar Peninsula residents as part of Wellington's emergency preparations. Blue warnings are being painted on peninsula roads over the next few weeks.

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Community centre celebrates centenary

SUSAN TEODORO Ashten Macdonald/Fairfax NZ. A grand old lady of Newtown is turning 100 and celebrating with an all-inclusive birthday bash. The building, on the corner of Rintoul and Colombo streets, houses the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, also used by NiuHUB Pasifika, a budgeting and advice service, the Newtown Citizens' Advice Bureau and the Wellington Timebank.

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Fun in the mud for 900

About 900 people got down and muddy at Linton army camp on Saturday at the fifth annual Tough Guy and Gal extreme fitness challenge. The weather was kind to competitors, who slogged through a wet and muddy military-style obstacle course under cloud and in temperatures of about 14 degrees Celcius.

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Combining beer and biking

SUSAN TEODORO When it comes to her twin passions of craft beer and biking, Carrie McLachlan couldn't think of a better city to live in than Wellington. The 27-year-old downhill champion and craft beer brewer has left Melbourne to return to her childhood home after securing a position as second in charge of brewing at Garage Project in Aro Valley.

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Manawatu homes among most affordable

Manawatu and Whanganui homes are becoming more affordable to buy, figures released this week show. The latest Massey University Home Affordability Report rates the region 48 per cent more affordable than the national average, and the second most affordable region.

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Cafe of the Year contest heats up

SUSAN TEODORO A popular Lyall Bay eatery has made the finals of the New Zealand Cafe of the Year competition for the second year in a row. Elements Cafe, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, will be joined by fellow Wellington regional finalists Sweet Vanilla Kitchen, of Lower Hutt, and Karori Park Cafe.

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Consumers take freebies and run

Have you ever signed up for a free trial not intending to become a regular customer? You aren't alone, according to the findings of Research Professor of Marketing at Massey University, Harald van Heerde The new study, 'The challenge of retaining customers acquired with free trials', appears in the April Journal of Marketing Research published by the American Marketing Association.

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Aucklanders look to Manawatu

New figures show around 15,000 Aucklanders looked at properties in Manawatu/Whanganui online in May, a 123 per cent increase on the same month last year. The data from realestate.co.nz shows Aucklanders are interested in properties outside their area, with Manawatu/Whanganui high on the online shopping list.

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Wild about Massey

An internationally acclaimed conservationist and geneticist has praised Massey University's work with endangered species during a visit to the Wildbase veterinary hospital. "Here we have talented staff and dedicated professionals using state-of-the-art technology to help reverse some of the calamities that affect these species," Dr Stephen O'Brien said on Tuesday.

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Oil trail extends 10km

A cleanup on a 10km stretch of beach in Manawatu has begun following an oil spill from an unknown source. The oil has been found along the coastline between Foxton Beach to just north of Himatangi Stream. A Horizons Regional Council incident response team was alerted to the spill and mobilised about 2pm on Monday.

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Vets take the lead from top dog

SUSAN TEODORO Wellington veterinary institution Central Vet Hospital is going through some big changes - not that its furry patients will notice much. After 30 years at the helm, founder and director Michael Lyon is stepping into a consulting role, handing the reins to fellow vets Kerry Burke, Nick Pallin and newcomer Aaron Ruck.

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Zoo wants to breed tigers, and good consumers

A new male Sumatran tiger from Brisbane's Australia Zoo is expected within the next few months, says Paul Horton, Wellington's carnivores and primates life sciences manager. The zoo will celebrate International Tiger Day on July 29 by preparing for the arrival of the tiger, who will form part of a breeding pair.

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Under the Same Moon

SUSAN TEODORO Organisers of Wellington's Chinese New Year celebrations and the Fringe Festival are joining forces with a play about an unexpected visit by a Chinese grandmother to her Kiwi family. Under the Same Moon is a bittersweet comedy written by Renee Liang, a Hutt Hospital paediatrician, mother of two and award-winning playwright.

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Street food worth a stop and sample

Visitors to Wellington waterfront this summer will find food trucks serving gourmet options and Kiwi classics at a range of prices. Susan Teodoro has a second helping at checking out what is on offer.

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Giving back in stand-up at gay festival

SUSAN TEODORO Ashten Macdonald/Fairfax NZ. Waitangi Park will sparkle on Valentines Day as Wellington celebrates this year's Out in the Park. The annual festival is a day-long celebration of colour, music, food, fun and gay pride, held in Waitangi Park for the first time. New York comedian Neil Thornton will perform a stand-up show tomorrow afternoon.

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Quake costs squeeze

A Wellington city councillor has called for the government to set up a fund of half a billion dollars to help pay for earthquake strengthening of inner-city buildings. Iona Pannett says her heart goes out to the hundreds of apartment owners in central Wellington who are struggling to stay afloat as they face rising bills for repairs and insurance.

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Urban hazard for native birds lead to hundreds of cases each year

Megan Sellars, of Wellington Zoo, says in the year to June more than 200 injured birds were treated at the Zoo, with over 380 the previous year. Megan says they see all kinds of injuries. Raewyn Empson, Conservation Manager at Zealandia, says "Obviously being in an urban area is risky for birds."

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Fire danger stalks Newtown kitchens

Call-out times show an increase in calls at meal times. Newtown Station recorded 581 incidents from more than 1200 calls in the 12 months to August, making it the 11 th busiest fire station in the country. Well over half of the serious incidents were caused by carelessness, with more than 30 related to kitchen fires, says senior station officer Michael Dombroski.

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Red Cross App will save lives

Sep 25th, 2014 | By Susan Teodoro | Category: Latest News Would you know what to do if someone has a heart attack, if you are first on the scene of a serious accident or caught up in a major disaster?

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Wine and food extravaganza

SUSAN TEODORO Wellington inaugural Wine and Food Festival will bring some of the region's best eating and drinking together at Frank Kitts Park this month. Event organiser Damien Hochberg has rallied more than 35 local cafes, restaurants, wineries and craft beer producers in what he hopes will be the first of many such festivals in the capital.

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Returning Kiwis more at ease

Kiwis overseas often postpone coming home because of worries about not finding a job, the cost of living or difficulties establishing a social network. Kiwi Expat David Ellis has recently completed his Massey PhD on what coming back is really like.

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Hot yogis rise to 40-day physical and mental challenge

Nov 6th, 2014 | By Susan Teodoro | Category: Latest News ALMOST forty hot yogis sweated their way to yoga nirvana as part of Hot Yoga Wellington's 40 day Challenge which ended last week. Around 75 people signed up for the challenge, with only half finishing.

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Fair's fare when it comes to Newtown

SUSAN TEODORO Eighty thousand people are expected to hit the main streets of Newtown on March 8 for the annual Newtown Fair, the highlight of the Newtown Festival. More than 100 performers on 12 stages will come together for the day, featuring international musicians The Courtneys from Canada, Younglife from Vanuatu, and a host of locals including King Kapesi.

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Glorious food at the waterfront

Wellington's waterfront will be dotted with trucks selling affordable food this summer, from Sichuan specialties to empanadas and sandwiches. Susan Teodoro takes a looks at the menu. NOMADIC KITCHEN Type: Varied Price: $10-$12 Where: Frank Kitts Park Chef Richard Samways found a 1971 converted campervan in Masterton, painted it bright yellow and now uses it as a mobile kitchen.

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Pub walk to show off craft beer scene

SUSAN TEODORO Local enthusiasts have seen an opportunity in Wellington's booming craft beer scene, and will be guiding their first walking tour of popular, inner-city breweries and craft beer bars. The tour, organised by the Craft Beer College, starts at Garage Project in Aro St tomorrow.

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Kakapo support is more than skin deep

SUSAN TEODORO When Sally Millar decided to ditch her corporate career and open a tattoo studio, shifting from Melbourne to Wellington was a no-brainer. Millar, her Kiwi partner Sam, and dog Tank made the move six months ago to set up Kakapo Ink in Cambridge Tce, which opened last week.

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Late mail woes

Manawatu and Horowhenua residents are annoyed about delays receiving their mail. New Zealand Post has apologised for the delays, attributing them in part to a new mail processing system. The teething problems have caused complaints. Christina Paton of Foxton Beach said it had taken six days for a letter to reach her from Palmerston North.

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Crowd-funding to get kids to shows

SUSAN TEODORO People can get on board with Capital E over the next week with a crowd-funding campaign to raise money to help children attend its National Children's Arts Festival in March. The aim is to raise $5000 through Boosted.org.nz by February 12, which will go towards transport for children from selected Wellington schools who otherwise could not afford to get to the shows.

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National billboards take such a hammering

HITLER moustaches, zombie eyes, twisted slogans and smashed frames are just some of the ways many National Party election hoardings in Wellington Central have been ruined. By comparison Labour and Green billboards have suffered minimal damage There has been so much damage to National's billboards that yesterday the party was unable to say how many it had replaced or how much had been spent on repairs.

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Fire kills birds in aviary

Farm sheds on a property near Palmerston North have been destroyed by fire, killing birds in an aviary. Fire fighters battled the blaze at a Hamilton's Line, Tiakitahuna, property for about six hours on Tuesday night. Palmerston North Fire Service station officer Bevan Clarke said they were called to the property about 8pm Tuesday and stayed until 2.30am Wednesday.

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Greens' James Shaw expects to be one of new MPs

JAMES SHAW, Green Party Candidate for Wellington Central, is quietly optimistic about his chances of becoming one of New Zealand's newest MPs. "The balance of probability is looking quite good," Mr Shaw says. The No. 12 candidate on the party list, is this evening at the Green Party post-election bash at Bar Bodega in Wellington.

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SPCA the winner at house auction

The generous bequest of an animal lover has resulted in an unexpected windfall for the SPCA after the auction of her home pulled in a huge crowd. About 100 people crowded into the Professionals Broadway offices in Palmerston North on Thursday afternoon for the auction of Pamela Baddiley's former home at 41 Ruamahanga Cres.

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Coffee's surge to the top

SUSAN TEODORO Wellington's coffee culture has once again attracted New Zealand's biggest coffee show to the city. The capital is set to host Caffeination, a celebration of all things coffee, for the second time. Last year more than 6000 people attended. The event includes competitions such as the barista championships, brewers cup, tasters championships and the latte art championships.

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See Miramar artists in action

SUSAN TEODORO Curious art enthusiasts have the chance to scope out the nooks and crannies of Miramar artists' workspaces this weekend. Artists on the Miramar peninsula will be taking part in the collective open-home Artists in Action, showing off their homes, galleries and studios to the public.

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Glimpses of our great city

SUSAN TEODORO A local street photographer has captured moments in the heart of Wellington in his new book, Wellington Streets. Julian Ward, with 40 years of photography behind him, says his latest book is a collection of quirky and humorous glimpses of the inner city and its inhabitants.

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Award-winning artist prepares for London with Wellington auction

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed local artist Jane Kellahan is holding an auction of her most recent work in Wellington on 21 November. Jane has called the collection to be sold at the auction Release. Fifteen vibrant paintings in greens, orange-pinks, neutral earthy tones and reds will go under the hammer.

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Solomon Islands day celebrations a milestone in capital

The first Solomon High Commissioner to New Zealand, Her Excellency Joy Kere hosted the independence anniversary celebrations. The gathering brought together local dignitaries, Solomon Islanders from around New Zealand, members of the Pacific community and senior representatives of the New Zealand Government.

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