Hutt Valley

Nervous wait for Mallard

Still 'most relaxing day in six months' for MP

Trevor Mallard

Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard could have victory snatched away by 3900 special votes yet to be counted from his electorate.

Status quo in capital

Grant Robertson

Wellington's political landscape will remain unchanged for another three years.

Gloom for Labour, joy for MPs

Labour Party

Victory by Labour candidates in the Wellington region offset a dismal party vote nationally.

Labour in control in capital

Mallard

Wellington region appears to be retaining its Labour MPs as vote counts near 100 per cent.

Dunne secures 11th victory

Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne has won his Ohariu seat with a majority of 940 over Labour's Virginia Andersen.

Petone shopping complex snapped up

Petone Countdown

The Petone Countdown supermarket property has been sold to an Auckland-based group for $22.275 million.

Bomb squad called out

New Zealand Army

Army bomb squad investigating what may be old mortar rounds at historic bunkers in Lower Hutt.

Rimutaka candidates hold forth

Rimutaka candidates

Abortion, the minimum wage, state housing and even a line from House of Cards got an airing at Rimutaka's final candidates' meeting.

Brewers tap into Petone 'vibe'

Baylands beer

Craft beer brewing has returned to the Hutt Valley, with Baylands ramping up production in Petone.

Coro St housing for Lower Hutt?

Coro St

Terraced houses, similar to those in TV's Coronation St, could be a feature of Lower Hutt in the future.

Driver bounces off barrier

Police

A driver bounced off a median barrier and spun into the oncoming lane, but remained unscathed this afternoon.

Pint-sized paramedic

Lulu 1 ready to go

Olivia Wallace

Wellington's youngest paramedic is leading the charge for the Wellington Free Ambulance appeal this weekend.

New learning curve for College

School classroom

Heretaunga students will be offered themed courses, like "Maths in Hospitality" from next year.

Facing big Rimutaka issues

Candidates

We asked two more election candidates what they thought were the issues facing Rimutaka people.

Taking on Hutt South's big issues

Hutt candidates

Hutt South candidates talks about the biggest issues facing locals, and what they would do about them. Here are their responses:

Hutt Valley faces truancy problem

School classroom

Nearly 400 cases of children in the Hutt Valley who have stopped attending school have been investigated.

Gabriella's home-made home

gabriella

Plenty of people can only dream of their first home, but 18-year-old Gabriella Williment has built hers, and it's on wheels.

Mob fight led to death: prosecutor

Court

Sio Matalasi stood with Mongrel Mob when two Rogues came to make trouble, prosecutor says.

What you said about the road

Road generic

A snapshot of the public's response to the Petone-Grenada road proposals.

$30m rest home needs cheap land

rest home

Approval for a new $30m rest home in Wainuiomata could finally get the green light with cheaper land prices.

AOS call out

aos

The Armed Offenders Squad repsonded to a report of a suspected kidnapping this afternoon.

$3.5m for new train station

Upper Hutt train station

A new Upper Hutt railway station will open early in 2016 and cost $3.5 million.

Proposal for Hutt housing

Lower Hutt waterloo

ANDREA O'NEIL - The Dominion Post

Four-storey apartment buildings and densely packed infill housing could appear in Lower Hutt.

Mallard warns of link road chaos

Mallard strap

A claim by MP Trevor Mallard that 10,000 extra vehicles would travel daily along Petone Esplanade from a Grenada link road has been rejected as "scaremongering".

'Oppressive and unjust'

Gavel

Decision to drop infanticide prosecution against mentally impaired woman was made for compassionate reasons.

Shaky buildings usable

Earthquake generic

Two Upper Hutt council-owned community buildings serving as the homes of the Citizens Advice Bureau and Read Write Plus are earthquake risks.

Baby's dehydration was fatal

CYF

Infant who died in care on Christmas Day 2008 suffered a heart attack brought on by dehydration.

Retirement village's future in doubt

Ropata Village

A Lower Hutt retirement village is facing closure due to dwindling resident numbers.

Boy hit by car

St John's Ambulance

A toddler has been transferred to Wellington Hospital's intensive care unit after being hit by a car.

SH2 crash cleared

Hutt crash May 22

A ute that crashed on State Highway 2 in Lower Hutt has been cleared.

Holiday park last resort for homeless families

Harcourt Holiday Park

A holiday park has become the last port of call for families trying to avoid homelessness in Upper Hutt.

Foodbank's future uncertain

Lower Hutt foodbank

Lower Hutt Foodbank is calling for funds to help with rent.

Congestion driving retailers mad

Jackon St Petone

A container truck smashing smashing a store canopy is the latest incident driving Jackson St retailers to demand actionl.

Civic building demolition under way

lower hutt town hall

Part of Hutt's old civic administration building is being demolished to make way for a $35.7m upgrade.

All bets are off

High stakes game

rugby

They're not short of passion for their teams, but soon one of them will be short of their trousers.

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

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

Petone

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

stethoscope

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.

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