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'Came out of nowhere': Night out turns to tragedy for new dad
Nick Crosby was put in an induced coma after two men allegedly attacked him.
Student's song about Titanic becomes competition finalist
"I wrote it on my bedroom floor, when I was 14 years old, for fun..."
Neglected pianola transformed back to its former glory
Registered piano technician Stephen Powell restores old pianola
Getting ready for the Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge
Conquering the Sky Tower climb is 'basically mind over matter', says a three-time entrant.
First Kāpiti Coast Youth Careers Expo attracts many
An important time for students to think about their future.
Kāpiti Carers co-founder signs off after 50 years involvement
"You meet so many interesting people."
Help is at hand for grandparents raising grandchildren
'The support group is held to share, support, and inspire each other.'
One week this 14yo was playing rugby. The next he's in an induced coma after body shuts down
'Without a doubt the hardest thing we've been through.'
The grand final winning LEGO Masters NZ build that nearly wasn't
Late change of concept reaps reward for winning LEGO Master NZ team.
World class: Prestigious gold medal for Totara Tunnel olive oil
'It doesn't get much better than that in the world for olive oil'
Family, then and now, key part of honour for recipient
Honour about others, not self.
Funeral director humbled by honour, pays tribute to others
Queen's Birthday accolade "complete surprise..."
Waikanae Beach mini tornado: 'It was like a bomb going off'
"Who would think your house would be hit by a tornado?"
Surplus apples leads to long-term business venture
The story behind a successful apple cider vinegar company.
Back-to-back wins for duo in epic horse riding endurance event
Lots can happen in 160km horse riding endurance event.
Kāpiti Carers need more drivers before 'floodgates' open
The drivers "absolutely love it" while clients are "so happy" a service like this exists.
Changing people's mindsets key to new dyslexia book
"Dyslexia is a difference, not a disability."
Black Ferns outside back delighted at selection despite toe injury
"It's my first time to be selected for an international series."
Slam dunk: Major book chronicles New Zealand's basketball history
The most authoritative book on basketball in New Zealand.
Controversy after Paraparaumu Anzac Day service 'hijacked' by group
"...the actions of a few were clearly unacceptable."
College students' hands-on conservation experience
Students embrace four-day conservation programme at Nga Manu Nature Reserve.
Paekākāriki Escarpment Track slip proving challenging fix
Major work continues to fix slip along popular coastal walk.
Through the lens: Photographer pays homage to Sweden's kindness to refugees
Photographer highlights Sweden's kindness to Ukraine refugees.
Great mate of basketball icon reflects on long-lasting friendship
'Not one thing he told me didn't come true' - Angelo Robinson on his mate Kenny McFadden.
Hammer-wielding robber targets Paraparaumu jewellery shop
"It's like when someone breaks into your house – it's so invasive."
Ōtaki College commemorates fateful World War II Merchant convoy
College remembers shipping convoy that was ruthlessly cut down during war.
Renowned writer's memoir among book award finalists
Patricia Grace's memoir is one of Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalists.
College trio's first time at track and field champs
Ben Lambert, Lucas Lambert and Niamh Gedye, who were part of the Wellington team.
Airstream trailer key part of new dining experience
"It's a crazy time to be opening anything now...but I think it will work."
'Huge' sigh of relief for Kāpiti mayor as nephew flees Ukraine
Software engineer describes life in Ukraine before evacuating.
Dedicated youth gains second Taekwon Do black belt
"I was over the moon," said Tom Meyer.
Enterprising youth invents vaccine pass scanning machine
Youth's vaccine pass scanning machine proves a hit.
Significant award for former Paraparaumu College student
"I was totally surprised."
Just the tonic: Gin company raises much-needed funds for animal charity
"So we came up with The Happy Pug gin where $25 of every bottle sold goes to Huha."
Delight as landmark Paekākāriki building gets makeover
"The owners have done a hell of a lot of work."
Beefed-up Covid mask mandate poses challenges for deaf community
The red light system creates extra challenges for people who are hard of hearing.
More information about rare sighting of black tern
"It is the first confirmed record in New Zealand."
New product aims to help break down learning and teaching barriers
All-in-one computer, coding and robotic educational system hits the market.
Important Paraparaumu Beach stream upgrade taking shape
"It's great to see this section of Tikotu Stream being redeveloped."
Present wrapping donations aid Cancer Society Kāpiti
"We just want to say a big thank you to the community..."
New measures bolster Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve protection
A review has led to increased protection measures in Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve.
Award recognises help in improving our resilience to natural disasters
"This is a tremendous honour and one that I'm very proud to receive."
New Year Honours: Alistair MacDougall given Queen's Service Medal
"It was such a surprise."