David Vetter

David Vetter is a senior reporter on the Hong Kong desk. David joined the Post in 2016 as editor of HK Magazine following 10 years of reporting and editing for publications in Hong Kong, China and the UK. He holds a master's in international journalism.
David Vetter
David Vetter is a senior reporter on the Hong Kong desk. David joined the Post in 2016 as editor of HK Magazine following 10 years of reporting and editing for publications in Hong Kong, China and the UK. He holds a master's in international journalism.

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How campaigners helped save Hong Kong’s unique post-war State Theatre from wrecker’s ball – and why majority owner New World Development had a rethink

New World Development changed its plan following a public awareness campaign and representations from government departments.

2 Feb 2019 - 10:03AM

New World Development changed its plan following a public awareness campaign and representations from government departments.

How campaigners helped save Hong Kong’s unique post-war State Theatre from wrecker’s ball – and why majority owner New World Development had a rethink
Playgrounds in Hong Kong are uninspiring, but one NGO is trying to change that with an area that hits all the right notes

The size of a football pitch, Tuen Mun Park was designed with children in mind, and unlike some other city parks, it isn’t in the least bit dull.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:02AM

The size of a football pitch, Tuen Mun Park was designed with children in mind, and unlike some other city parks, it isn’t in the least bit dull.

Playgrounds in Hong Kong are uninspiring, but one NGO is trying to change that with an area that hits all the right notes
How Hong Kong’s public housing system works: costs, waiting times and sales

Almost 45 per cent of population live in public housing, but with city’s notorious lack of land, sky-high property prices and long waiting periods for rental homes for those with low income, relief not likely to be soon.

19 Jan 2019 - 11:29AM

Almost 45 per cent of population live in public housing, but with city’s notorious lack of land, sky-high property prices and long waiting periods for rental homes for those with low income, relief not likely to be soon.

How Hong Kong’s public housing system works: costs, waiting times and sales
HK$8 meals served with a side of job coaching at this Hong Kong lunch club with a difference

Four centres run by French Chamber Foundation aim to help unemployed people and low-income workers find new jobs and improve their lives.

12 Jan 2019 - 11:06AM

Four centres run by French Chamber Foundation aim to help unemployed people and low-income workers find new jobs and improve their lives.

HK$8 meals served with a side of job coaching at this Hong Kong lunch club with a difference
Renting in Hong Kong? Here’s what you need to know

City’s red-hot property prices may be cooling down but there’s no relief in sight for rents as demand is still strong.

22 Dec 2018 - 10:00AM

City’s red-hot property prices may be cooling down but there’s no relief in sight for rents as demand is still strong.

Renting in Hong Kong? Here’s what you need to know
The Cirque de Soleil star who found rejuvenation and inspiration among the peace and creativity of Hong Kong’s Lamma Island

From the lows of having her Macau show cancelled, mezzo soprano Rose Winebrenner is back performing again and credits one of Hong Kong’s most laid-back places with her artistic rebirth.

15 Dec 2018 - 2:57PM

From the lows of having her Macau show cancelled, mezzo soprano Rose Winebrenner is back performing again and credits one of Hong Kong’s most laid-back places with her artistic rebirth.

The Cirque de Soleil star who found rejuvenation and inspiration among the peace and creativity of Hong Kong’s Lamma Island
Beyond mopping floors and renovations: Hong Kong elderly and young volunteers connect through Habitat for Humanity’s home services

Global NGO’s efforts centre on providing visits and free home improvement services for needy in Hong Kong, where ‘everyone deserves a decent place to live’.

13 Dec 2018 - 3:30PM

Global NGO’s efforts centre on providing visits and free home improvement services for needy in Hong Kong, where ‘everyone deserves a decent place to live’.

Beyond mopping floors and renovations: Hong Kong elderly and young volunteers connect through Habitat for Humanity’s home services
More Hong Kong couples turning to IVF treatment as late marriage trend and work, money constraints delay baby-making

4,000 to 5,000 embryo implants done each year, with couples prepared to pay up to HK$200,000 to have a baby.

8 Dec 2018 - 10:46AM

4,000 to 5,000 embryo implants done each year, with couples prepared to pay up to HK$200,000 to have a baby.

More Hong Kong couples turning to IVF treatment as late marriage trend and work, money constraints delay baby-making
Biggest source of air pollution in Hong Kong? It’s shipping, not cars, or mainland China

An in-depth look at the sources of harmful gases and particles that are choking the city.

3 Dec 2018 - 10:27AM

An in-depth look at the sources of harmful gases and particles that are choking the city.

Biggest source of air pollution in Hong Kong? It’s shipping, not cars, or mainland China
How ethnic minority workers are shunned in Hong Kong, and whether a new equality charter for companies will change this

Twenty major firms have signed up for first initiative of its kind in city, based on research showing population segment face widespread job challenges.

1 Dec 2018 - 10:30AM

Twenty major firms have signed up for first initiative of its kind in city, based on research showing population segment face widespread job challenges.

How ethnic minority workers are shunned in Hong Kong, and whether a new equality charter for companies will change this
Facebook could face Hong Kong prosecution over failure to hand over information on racist users

As equality watchdog weighs taking the case to the Department of Justice for prosecution, the company says its request needs to comply with law in Ireland, where the data is held.

26 Nov 2018 - 3:47PM

As equality watchdog weighs taking the case to the Department of Justice for prosecution, the company says its request needs to comply with law in Ireland, where the data is held.

Facebook could face Hong Kong prosecution over failure to hand over information on racist users
Jane Goodall on calling Interpol, the far right and eating your fingernails

Best known for her work with chimpanzees, renowned animal expert and activist says hope for planet lies in educating young to be stewards.

17 Nov 2018 - 10:55PM

Best known for her work with chimpanzees, renowned animal expert and activist says hope for planet lies in educating young to be stewards.

Jane Goodall on calling Interpol, the far right and eating your fingernails
Hong Kong urged to control rising car numbers and traffic congestion with cohesive transport policies

Vehicle ownership increasing seven times faster than population, with buyers undeterred by exorbitant costs of parking space.

17 Nov 2018 - 9:47AM

Vehicle ownership increasing seven times faster than population, with buyers undeterred by exorbitant costs of parking space.

Hong Kong urged to control rising car numbers and traffic congestion with cohesive transport policies
Classical musician develops chart-topping apps to teach kids conservation – then gives them away for free

Shirley Choi harnesses the power of mobile technology to revolutionise the way children learn about a subject close to her heart.

10 Nov 2018 - 12:31PM

Shirley Choi harnesses the power of mobile technology to revolutionise the way children learn about a subject close to her heart.

Classical musician develops chart-topping apps to teach kids conservation – then gives them away for free
Pink Season event highlights call of Hong Kong’s LGBT community to lawmakers: we’re ready for equal rights, listen to society

Five weeks of events raise discussion of recent legal milestones and progress made to pave way for spousal rights of same-sex partners.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:18AM

Five weeks of events raise discussion of recent legal milestones and progress made to pave way for spousal rights of same-sex partners.

Pink Season event highlights call of Hong Kong’s LGBT community to lawmakers: we’re ready for equal rights, listen to society
Shark fin: Cathay Pacific among major Hong Kong firms uniting in pledge to end global trade

Four Seasons Hotel, Shangri-La Group, Conrad Hong Kong and Star Ferry Company some of the big names promising to put pressure on other businesses.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:52PM

Four Seasons Hotel, Shangri-La Group, Conrad Hong Kong and Star Ferry Company some of the big names promising to put pressure on other businesses.

Shark fin: Cathay Pacific among major Hong Kong firms uniting in pledge to end global trade
From haunted houses to abandoned villages: seven scary sites in Hong Kong to get spooked out by this Halloween

From haunted buildings that legend has it were once military brothels or mental institutions to foreboding abandoned villages and sites of ghostly visitations, there are plenty of spots to get terrified in Hong Kong

30 Oct 2018 - 3:32PM

From haunted buildings that legend has it were once military brothels or mental institutions to foreboding abandoned villages and sites of ghostly visitations, there are plenty of spots to get terrified in Hong Kong

From haunted houses to abandoned villages: seven scary sites in Hong Kong to get spooked out by this Halloween
‘Indonesian helpers are thieves’: shocking statements of prejudice toward ethnic minorities exposed by charity’s campaign to tackle racism in Hong Kong

Hong Kong describes itself as Asia’s World City, but charity’s social media movement shows attitudes to race are mired in the past

27 Oct 2018 - 1:18PM

Hong Kong describes itself as Asia’s World City, but charity’s social media movement shows attitudes to race are mired in the past

‘Indonesian helpers are thieves’: shocking statements of prejudice toward ethnic minorities exposed by charity’s campaign to tackle racism in Hong Kong
How the humble Hong Kong identity card got smart and became vital for life in the city

Modest piece of plastic due for next microchip renewal at annual recurring cost of HK$84 billion from 2019 onwards.

21 Oct 2018 - 9:34AM

Modest piece of plastic due for next microchip renewal at annual recurring cost of HK$84 billion from 2019 onwards.

How the humble Hong Kong identity card got smart and became vital for life in the city
Wildlife fights back in Hong Kong’s concrete jungle

Attitudes to nature have changed, conservation worker Paul Crow says, and the whole city seems to have embraced an increasing biodiversity.

20 Oct 2018 - 10:02AM

Attitudes to nature have changed, conservation worker Paul Crow says, and the whole city seems to have embraced an increasing biodiversity.

Wildlife fights back in Hong Kong’s concrete jungle
Educating Hong Kong youth key to stopping ivory trade, elephant charity says

A tour of local schools featuring those who see illegal poaching and its effects up close in Africa could help reduce the demand endangering the species.

13 Oct 2018 - 4:02PM

A tour of local schools featuring those who see illegal poaching and its effects up close in Africa could help reduce the demand endangering the species.

Educating Hong Kong youth key to stopping ivory trade, elephant charity says
Song dynasty fidget spinners and scholarly playthings: a history lesson from a Hong Kong-based art dealer

Taiwanese Maria Kiang had Hollywood dreams but a career detour to explore her roots landed her in the ancient Chinese fine art business.

13 Oct 2018 - 11:01AM

Taiwanese Maria Kiang had Hollywood dreams but a career detour to explore her roots landed her in the ancient Chinese fine art business.

Song dynasty fidget spinners and scholarly playthings: a history lesson from a Hong Kong-based art dealer
Animal welfare in Hong Kong: veteran campaigner hopes ‘duty of care’ law protecting pets will be fitting legacy after nearly 40 years in the city

Jacqui Green is a household name on Lantau Island, and among the city’s animal welfare community, Now she’s heading back to Britain and hopes the government is finally listening to calls for a law protecting pets.

7 Oct 2018 - 10:07AM

Jacqui Green is a household name on Lantau Island, and among the city’s animal welfare community, Now she’s heading back to Britain and hopes the government is finally listening to calls for a law protecting pets.

Animal welfare in Hong Kong: veteran campaigner hopes ‘duty of care’ law protecting pets will be fitting legacy after nearly 40 years in the city
‘Giving feels good’: Briton’s Lamma Island Facebook project capitalises on generosity to build communities in Hong Kong

Social media group Buy Nothing looks to tackle the city’s growing mountains of waste, and in the process help Lamma residents build bonds.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Social media group Buy Nothing looks to tackle the city’s growing mountains of waste, and in the process help Lamma residents build bonds.

‘Giving feels good’: Briton’s Lamma Island Facebook project capitalises on generosity to build communities in Hong Kong
Former Hong Kong policeman seeks baby he saved in tragic 1980 incident at sea that claimed lives of 48 illegal immigrants

Leslie Bird was highly commended for his bravery that cold February night, but he could not rescue child’s mother from sinking boat, a fact which has haunted him through the decades.

30 Sep 2018 - 1:17PM

Leslie Bird was highly commended for his bravery that cold February night, but he could not rescue child’s mother from sinking boat, a fact which has haunted him through the decades.

Former Hong Kong policeman seeks baby he saved in tragic 1980 incident at sea that claimed lives of 48 illegal immigrants
What is Mid-Autumn Festival all about? Chinese legends, lanterns, and mooncake mountains in Hong Kong explained

Ancient event was held to celebrate family while giving thanks to crop harvest, and its spirit lives on, albeit altered to suit contemporary culture.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Ancient event was held to celebrate family while giving thanks to crop harvest, and its spirit lives on, albeit altered to suit contemporary culture.

What is Mid-Autumn Festival all about? Chinese legends, lanterns, and mooncake mountains in Hong Kong explained
Hong Kong-based UFC referee who holds black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu knocks out toughest opponent ever: cancer

Briton Thomas Fan tapped into mental toughness from years of training while battling disease, as community worldwide came together for fight of his life.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Briton Thomas Fan tapped into mental toughness from years of training while battling disease, as community worldwide came together for fight of his life.

Hong Kong-based UFC referee who holds black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu knocks out toughest opponent ever: cancer
Hong Kong sociologist behind charity Teen’s Key aims to offer a way out for young women ensnared in sex trade

Bowie Lam prefers to influence lives on the ground after a stint with an NGO fighting for prostitutes’ rights.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Bowie Lam prefers to influence lives on the ground after a stint with an NGO fighting for prostitutes’ rights.

Hong Kong sociologist behind charity Teen’s Key aims to offer a way out for young women ensnared in sex trade
The Sai Kung community in Hong Kong with a swashbuckling Frenchman for village head

Hervé Henri Bouvresse, 57, came to Hong Kong in 1988 and is leading a fight to protect his rural way of life in Sai Kung.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Hervé Henri Bouvresse, 57, came to Hong Kong in 1988 and is leading a fight to protect his rural way of life in Sai Kung.

The Sai Kung community in Hong Kong with a swashbuckling Frenchman for village head
Can Hong Kong charities be trusted? Here’s how to donate your money with care

With loopholes in rules governing organisations, City Weekend reviews an official guide on ‘good giving’.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

With loopholes in rules governing organisations, City Weekend reviews an official guide on ‘good giving’.

Can Hong Kong charities be trusted? Here’s how to donate your money with care