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After four years away in South America and London working in banking, Soph Grr is back in Wellington and says she is "hell bent on staying away" from that industry. Instead, she decided to invest in turning her passion for great food, music and events into a business venture and so The Epicurean Dining Club was born.

The Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS) Committee has teamed up with Victoria University and Grow Wellington to introduce a new initiative that will see students gain onsite industry experience as part of their studies by interviewing the region’s top business minds.

Architecture

It’s probably safe to say Wellington Airport’s new international terminal, dubbed 'The Rock', has now picked up enough awards to give the big finger to its critics. Having in the past being likened to a pair of giant pumpkins and even a piece of anatomy belonging to the nether regions, the airport keeps finding awards favour, most recently winning the Transport category at the inaugural Inside awards in Barcelona, part of the prestigious World Architecture Festival.

Architecture

This year's entry numbers for the Wellington Architecture Awards may have been down, but the architecture which was "reassuringly high". All up 16 projects were bestowed with an award, among them the 1950s-designed Lower Hutt Civic Precinct and the already award-laden Wellington Airport international passenger terminal.