Hutt Valley

Councils clash over 'mistruths' in ad

The relationship between the Hutt City Council and its regional counterpart has turned sour.

Prisoner flees from hospital

Prisoner escapes from custody of two Corrections officers while in hospital.

Bulk retail potential recognised

Another Petone industrial property seen as a potential big box retail development site changes hands.

Town hall plan changes hike price

The cost of the proposed Lower Hutt events centre and town hall upgrade is rising fast.

Delays after train hits pole

Wellington's two main train lines are out of action after two separate problems.

MPI reveals pest hotline details

Decomposing tree frog and parasitic wasps travelled to our supermarkets on bananas from Ecuador.

Leggy invaders swarm in

Pest control professionals predict a busy summer for white-tailed spiders and Asian paper wasps.

Health review 'racist'

Planned review of Maori health providers has been labelled as racist and sparked calls for autonomy.

Cost of decile change too high

One under-privileged Hutt Valley primary school will gain $27,000 while another will lose $80,000 a year after changes to decile ratings.

Men feeling pinch go without power

Salvation Army says more single men are going without power and hot water to make ends meet.

Walk-in health clinic on the books

A Hutt Valley medical centre is planning "walk in" clinics.

Three-car crash causes SH2 delays

Drivers are being warned to expect delays after a crash on State Highway 2 into Wellington this morning.

Melling Bridge replacement likely

There are plans to replace Melling bridge within a decade.

Beer makes DIY more pallet-able

An event built on the Kiwi traditions of DIY and drinking beer is finding plenty of takers.

Crash on SH2 near Horokiwi

There has been a crash on SH2 near the BP between Petone and Ngauranga Gorge.

River plans to be revised from scratch

An eight-year process to define river flood hazard areas in Upper Hutt will start again.

Schoolyard bruises costly

Schoolyard accidents in the Hutt Valley cost ACC nearly $750,000 in payouts last year.

Drug rage led to murder


A man is jailed for murdering a young hairdresser while he was paranoid after synthetic cannabis use.

Residents slam Summerset

Summerset Boulcott retirement village

Plans for a Lower Hutt retirement village are on hold until the developer has fully consulted with residents.

Winter hits lower income households

power bill

Fewer Hutt Valley beneficiaries needed extra help to pay bills this winter but some went without hot water.

Baby brain-damaged

generic medical

Lack of proper care by senior doctors led to permanent disability of recently born baby.

Top cop to target thefts

Sean Hansen

Hutt Valley's new top policeman plans to target burglaries and car thefts in the valley.

Cycle path gets $4.2m funding


More than $4.2 million will be spent on cycle and walking paths in Upper Hutt.

Hutt City may fight super-city

Hutt City Council 3F

Hutt City Council is taking legal advice as the Wellington region braces for an amalgamation.

Empty HNZ stock for sale

Hutt state houses for sale

Kiwi families deprived of opportunities to own homes, says Labour MP Trevor Mallard.

Big plans for Seaview Marina

Seaview Marina


Work on adding 56 berths to Seaview Marina is about to get under way as part of a major development of the area.

$10m to protect Upper Hutt from flooding

Upper Hutt flooding

Wellington regional council has released plans for a $10m flood protection project for Upper Hutt.

Recalling inkwells and blackboards

Upper Hutt School 150th

One of Wellington's oldest schools is celebrating 150 years of educating young minds.

Wellpack workers' jobs to go

Wellpack workers

Rumour became reality for 40 workers at the Wellpack packaging company in Wallaceville last week.

Stockcars gearing up


Back in the day, the Wellington Wildcats dominated stockcar racing nationally - and they may do so again.

Cardboard desks earn $43,000 and rising

Cardboard desks

Kickstarter for "Refold" cardboard desks has earned $43,490 in backing, with 20 days still to go.

Foster home raised the roof

House floor

Gillinghams lift the lid off century-old house to build a replica ground-floor for foster children.

Hutt house prices up

hutt valley

The Hutt Valley continues to outshine the rest of the Wellington region, with its median house prices continuing to rise.

Under-performing Dowse under fire


The gloss is coming off Lower Hutt's Dowse Art Museum for its main funder.

Hutt eateries put on notice

Knife and fork

More than 20 Hutt eateries have been labelled "not up to standard", but none have been forced to close.

Exports spice up chippie company

Mexican chippies

Mexican corn chips made in New Zealand are spicing up the market in Japan.

Low-cost housing to replace convent


A former convent in Taita will be moved to make way for low-cost housing.

Concern over Hutt River stopbank

Hutt River

The Hutt River stopbank design has been queried by a NIWA scientist who says it could mean more floods.

Council borrows $10m

Upper Hutt generic

Loans of more than $10 million have been approved for Upper Hutt City Council this financial year.

Drone gets bird's-eye videos

Strap aerial drone video Petone

Petone photographer uses drone to capture birds' eye view videos of the Hutt Valley.

From trees to charges

Tree drugs

Man chased up a tree while fleeing a police dog will appear in court on cannabis charges.

OD an accident - coroner

Judge, court, gavel, justice

Morphine overdose that killed a Lower Hutt man last year was not deliberate, a coroner has found.

Drive-in on course for summer


Wellington's only drive-in cinema is gearing up for a busy summer ahead.

Courthouse sentenced to demolition

Petone courthouse

WelTec plans to demolish the old quake prone Petone courthouse and turn it into a park.

Gang members guilty

Shane Pierre Harrison

Two Mongrel Mob members are found guilty of murder after brutal attack between rival factions.

Flood risk higher than thought

hutt river

Risk of serious floods along the Hutt River is much greater than disaster planners calculated.

Call for change of Heart

Heart of the Hutt

The Heart of the Hutt group is calling for action to change plans for the city centre's revamp.

Trackside exits Avalon, 19 jobs go

Avalon Studios

Nineteen staff will be made redundant when production of the Trackside television channels shifts from Avalon.

Police candid about speed camera

Wainuiomata speed camera

Police have explained the reason for Wainuiomata Hill speed camera, after the Hutt City mayor labelled it ''a bit extreme''.

Council refuses to refund fines


Hutt City Council should refund more than $1 million from unlawful parking tickets, says a man whose $12 fine exposed a giant legal loophole.

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