If Wellington was crippled in a big earthquake, the city could lose its capital status, a report has warned. In which case, what are the alternatives? Matt Stewart reports.

Wellington has long been ingrained in the popular imagination as the home of government – full of public servants in shabby suits, or dressed head to toe in black.

But it hasn’t always been that way. It’s actually the third capital New Zealand has had – and proud Northlander Winston Peters is all for going back to the first one, in Russell, in the Bay of Islands.

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