Hutt Valley

DHB cuts stressful

Hutt Hospital

Cost-cutting at Hutt Valley District Health Board has left staff stressed and confused.

The Kiwi car-do attitude

How to fit a fridge into a boot

fridge strap

Customer elects not to pay delivery fee, so packs stand-up fridge into the boot of his small sedan.

Skatepark petition wins supporters

Maidstone skate parkl

An online petition calling for improvements to the run down and outdated Maidstone Max Skatepark has attracted more than 100 supporters.

Whanau helping hospital

Reminders help turn diabetic's life around

Linda Ratana

At the rugby, at church, or on Facebook Maori and Pacific Island patients cannot avoid reminders of their Hutt Hospital appointments.

Barking mad over dog registration fees

Oskar the dog

A dog owner is angry with plans to triple dog registration fees if they are not paid by the end of the month.

Party host jailed

Man who hosted a party where a woman drowned jailed for methamphetamine dealing.

Tower block planned for High St

Hutt tower block planned

There are plans to turn the former BNZ building in Lower Hutt's High St into a multi-story apartment block.

Rat numbers rocket


Rat numbers have exploded in Rimutaka Forest Park, threatening native wildlife, local conservationists say.

Ex-air force chief dies

Sir Richard Bolt

The man regarded as the “father of the air force” has died in Lower Hutt, at the age of 91.

Conflict fears over housing plan

Business owners Chris Mills, left, and Natasha Dahlberg of Kereru Brewing Company, and Steve Matthews, of Rubber Solutions

Upper Hutt businesses fear a housing development bordering industrial land will jeopardise employment and industry.

Cannabis in train driver

Melling train crash removal

The driver of a train that crashed in Lower Hutt two months ago tested positive for cannabis use.

Elderly man missing


Police are anxious to locate a sick elderly Petone man who has been missing for over a week.

Share offer for chunk of Petone site

Petone Countdown

The massive Countdown Petone building is being offered to investors as a syndication opportunity.

Lack of care killed baby


Lack of communication by medical staff about a baby's deteriorating condition led to her death.

Road-rage witnesses sought

Car strap

Police say anyone who saw the two cars driving around the Upper Hutt CBD yesterday.

Police seek evasive man

Peter Taueki

Peter Taueki is wanted by Hutt Valley police for breaching his post-release conditions.

$68,000 in library fines owed

library book

Book, film and music lovers owe Hutt City Libraries a collective total of almost $68,000 in overdue fines.

Clamp down on roadside car sales

roadside car sales

Hutt City Council is moving to tighten rules around cars for sale being parked on local roads.

Mother swept away

Northland flooding

The woman who died after being swept away by flood waters in Northland was a mother from Upper Hutt.

Mall's major revamp

Wainui mall

Re-development of Wainuiomata mall has got the nod, but locals are saving their enthusiasm until builders are on site.

Army's new trucks too heavy for roads

New army trucks costing a combined $135 million are too heavy for New Zealand roads when bearing a full load.

Fire crews attend Wainui blaze


Four fire crews are at the scene of a house fire in Wainiomata this morning.

Petone Rec fix a 'waste of time'

Petone Rec

Hutt athletes and spectators may be stuck with a minimally safe Petone Rec grandstand.

The boss of the car park


A parking warden attacked outside court turned the tables on his assailant, who was taken to hospital.

Rules set for sale of legal highs

Legal Highs

Hutt City Council has agreed on two areas where legal synthetic drugs can be sold.

Hutt pulls out of regional IT sharing


Hutt City has declined to work with other councils in the region on a system to share information and technology.

$5m for 'destination' playground

Avalon playground

Hutt City Council has confirmed a $5 million revamp of Avalon Park.

Ale and hearty in Petone

Petone ale trail

Brewers, publicans and restaurateurs are raising a glass to the establishment of the Petone ale trail.

Pong puts off Petone shoppers

stormwater drain

Raw sewage is causing a stink for Petone business owners, the body corporate and the council.

Hospital wired for success

Hutt Hospital

A visit to the Unilever soap factory has revolutionised patient care at Hutt Hospital.

Bullied teen to meet net giant

Bullying vid

A homeschooled Hutt teen's anti-bullying video has got the attention of Google bosses.

$43m for Hutt's hard-up suburbs

hutt valley

Some of the most deprived areas of Lower Hutt are to get a $43 million boost.

Fraser Park upgrade gets $6m boost

Fraser Park


Fraser Park was the big winner in Hutt City Council's annual plan, with $6m set aside for developing the ground.

Man falls off roof, hits head

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The man was flown to Wellington Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries after 2m fall.

Prison intruder found trapped

rimutaka prison hare

Prison staff led on a chase in "no man's land" by the furry little creature they were trying to save.

Bus drivers back trolleys


Bus drivers have overwhelmingly thrown their support behind keeping the city's trolley buses.

Councillor breaks ranks

Hutt City Council 3F

Lower Hutt is amassing a multimillion-dollar "war chest" by vastly overtaxing residents, a councillor claims.

Stop-work meeting


Bus services in Wellington and the Hutt Valley will be "severely affected" on Wednesday.

Missing tourist found safe and well


A Chinese tourist who went missing yesterday evening was found in Trentham last night.

Biker hurt in Hutt crash

bike crash Lower Hutt

A motorcyclist suffered a suspected broken ankle and back injury after a collision with a car in Lower Hutt this afternoon.

Little blue takes a bath


It had the whole sea to swim in, but this little blue penguin ended up stuck in an empty bath.

Cyclist injured in accident

Traffic Wellington

A cyclist has an injured hip and traffic into Wellington is delayed after an accident in Petone.

Hutt Valley commuters rate buses

Go Wellington bus generic

Bus passengers have revealed the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to bus services.

Call for $1m parking fine refund


A man who successfully challenged a $12 parking fine says council should refund over $1m to others.

Man dies in fireball

fire crew, fire fighters

With a huge explosion and a ball of fire, a man's home went up in flames with him inside.

Hall escapes bulldozer

hutt hall

Lovers of Lower Hutt's 1950s town hall have rescued the modernist jewel from the wrecking ball.

Seven bonus years with daughter

Kaylene Tareha-O'Reilly

A family got to spend seven bonus years with their eldest daughter after she was given up for dead.

Hutt top for rates value

hutt cbd

Hutt Valley ratepayers may not get a better deal if they end up joining a Wellington super-city.

Arena a non-starter?

petone arena

The Petone Arena appears to be on its deathbed, because of overwhelming public opposition.

Hutt halls confusion

'Appalling campaign of misinformation'

 Alisa Hogan and Lindsay Ferguson

Most Lower Hutt residents want to demolish their city's historic halls, a council survey has revealed, but annual plan submissions tell a different story.

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