Death

Man who died while Freediving in Wellington named

The man who died while diving off the Wellington coast on Christmas Eve has been named. Photo: Worser Bay, Seatoun Photo: Supplied / Wikimedia Commons / Pseudopanax He was 58-year-old Gary Hibbs, from Upper Hutt. Emergency services were called to Seatoun on Monday shortly after 4pm when the man – who it’s believed was free diving – …

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Candlelight vigil in Te Ngākau Civic Square for Grace Millane

Wellingtonians are invited to gather in Te Ngākau Civic Square tonight from 7.00pm to express grief at the murder of British tourist Grace Millane and send her family a message of love. The vigil will be held in solidarity with an Auckland event at the same time. Organisers said on Facebook that “many of our …

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Man charged with murder after Petone decapitation

A man has appeared in Lower Hutt District Court charged with murder in relation to the death of a 71-year-old man in Petone on Friday night. Police confirmed speculation in the Petone community yesterday that the homicide involved a decapitation. Police have confirmed that the deceased was Francis Tyson, of Petone. Police are continuing to …

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New Zealand film pioneer Geoff Murphy dies

New Zealand film director Geoff Murphy has died in Wellington at the age of 80. Story from Wellington.Scoop Geoff Murphy (centre) with fellow 2013 recipients of the Arts Foundation Icon Awards, (from left) Cliff Whiting; Jacqueline Fahey, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Ian Athfield Murphy is best known for his 1980s features Goodbye Pork Pie, …

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Decapitation confirmed in Petone homicide

Police have confirmed speculation in the Petone community that the homicide of a 71-year-old man on Friday involved a decapitation. Detective Inspector Shane Cotter said that Police were called to a Jackson Street address around 9.50pm on Friday, where a 71-year-old man was found dead. A 41-year-old man was arrested on unrelated matters and appeared …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 24 and 25 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Lambton Quay is closed to …

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Business and sporting leader Sir John Anderson dies

Prominent business and sporting leader Sir John Anderson has died at the age of 73. Story by RNZ Sir John Anderson died at his home in Wellington last night. Photo: Photosport Sir John Anderson was one of New Zealand’s top bankers and was prominent in public service. Born in Wellington, he was educated at Christ’s College …

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Pedestrian dies after being struck by train in Wallaceville

Police are attending an incident where a person has died after being struck by a train in Wallaceville, Upper Hutt, at about 11:15am today.

Capital commemorates centenary of city’s worst natural disaster

The influenza pandemic that started in 1918 killed 757 people in Wellington. with most of those people buried in Karori Cemetery. This Sunday at the cemetery the 1918 Influenza Project will acknowledge of the centenary of this momentous event in the capital’s history. Ambulances in front of Town Hall REF: natlibgovtnz:emu:PAColl-748969 The 757 people killed …

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Denis Adam: a powerful force for the arts

Last week we heard the sad news that Denis Adam, prolific philanthropist and inaugural recipient of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award for Patronage, had died. Our heartfelt best wishes to Verna Adam and all who loved him. Obituary by Simon Bowden Denis Adam (pictured second from left) at the 2006 Award for Patronage at Government …

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Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love dies

Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love died on Wednesday in his Korokoro home, his family have confirmed. Story by RNZ Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love has died. Photo: Facebook / Ngatata Love Ngātata Love, 81, led Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development, and was an Emeritus Professor at both Massey University and Victoria University …

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Wellington philanthropist Denis Adam dies

Denis Adam, CNZM, OBE, a major contributor to the arts in Wellington and New Zealand, died in hospital yesterday at the age of 94. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester acknowledged the philanthropy of Denis Adam and his wife Verna, particularly their generosity to the arts. “The sector we know today would be quite different without their …

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Listen to Martyn Pepperell on the Sweetman Podcast

Martyn Pepperell is a Wellington-based DJ, broadcaster, publicist, promoter and writer. Most recently he’s been directly involved with the reissue of Our Garden Needs Its Flowers by Jess Sah Bi and Peter One on the Awesome Tapes From Africa label. Martyn Pepperell talked to Simon Sweetman, who has known him for over ten years, for …

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200 seconds to die, if you don’t have a plan

You all know what to do to prevent yourself dying in a fire, right? You may have your photoelectric smoke alarms up to date (daylight saving this weekend, good time to check the batteries), and know that if you have the misfortune to be caught in a house fire, you need to dial 111, get …

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Capital Football mourns death of president John Beldham

John Beldham, president of Capital Football since its inception in 2001, died this last Wednesday aged 89. “John was an extremely active and beloved member of the Football community, spending countless hours being involved with the game,” Capital Football said in a statement. “John’s continued commitment and contribution to Football in Wellington and his passion …

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