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StudyLink worker stole students' payments

Hutt Valley District Courthouse

A StudyLink worker stole student financial support payments to fund his gambling addiction.

Sweet spin-offs from school's hives

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This Honey Bee is checking out a Red Hot Poker flower for nectar and honey on the Oreti Plains

Epuni Primary pupils are buzzing about a new outdoor education opportunity.

Dai's Eastbourne gig sells out

Comedian Dai Henwood will do a stand-up show at Brew'd in Eastbourne on September 3.

Dai Henwood's return to the Hutt Valley stomping ground of his early years has proved a success.

Taita centre keeps Walter Nash name

The upgraded and expanded Walter Nash Centre is set to open in October.

It was inevitable that one group of submitters was going to leave Monday night's extraordinary Hutt City Council meeting unhappy.

PM launches post site revamp

Prime Minister John Key presses the ominous big red button, with Acting Hutt Mayor David Bassett looking on.

A retail and office development on a prime Petone site will involve hundreds of jobs.

Cyclist 'neglected' in hospital

Ian Lewis and wife Trish say they went through hospital hell after Ian was hit by a truck while cycling to work.

A man injured in a truck crash says Wellington Hospital staff ignored his head injury.

Emergency call to save fire engines

Matt Silver has to find a new home for his collection of 20 historic engines, or they may all have to be sold.

A slice of Wellington's fire service history could be about to go up in smoke.

Upper Hutt's fantail statue has landed

The new fantail themed welcome to Upper Hutt sculpture is put into place.

Upper Hutt’s controversial fantail statue at Upper Hutt's southern entrance is taking shape.

Plumber captures man's confession gallery video

Wellington plumber Hillary Stowers confronts an alleged thief.

A plumber hunted down an alleged thief and captured his ''confession'' on video.

Mechanic wrongfully sacked

Auto Super Shoppe Maidstone in Upper Hutt.

The sacking of a local mechanic was linked by his boss to a drop in WoF inspections but it was still ruled unjustified.

Cancer bucket list now all ticked

Upper Hutt woman Leanne Collins has been breast cancer free for three years.

Being diagnosed with breast cancer came as a huge shock for Leanne Collins.

Abuse survivor's autobiography to help others

Childhood sex abuse survivor Christina Gillmore in Wellington.

An abuse survivor needs help publishing her autobiography.

Key admires Aussies' health insurance model

Rebecca Shepherd from Econoheat, left, and Adila Bejema from Aspeq, right, were keen for photos with Prime Minister John Key after his speech.  List MP Chris Bishop was happy to do the honours.

Prime Minister John Key does not favour tax breaks for those with private health insurance.

Silverstream IT man is charity heavy hitter

Silverstream IT professional and volunteer firefighter Mike Dawes is a heavy hitter for the mental health awareness charity Key to Life.

Persuading fellow IT professionals into the boxing ring has put Mike Dawes in the running for a national fundraiser award.

Super-sizing arts ideas

Dowse Director Courtney Johnston is to visit American museums and galleries to see what ideas they have that she could adapt for the Lower Hutt art museum.

Dowse director expects to gather a lot of ideas from three-week tour of galleries and museums in the USA.

You shall go to the ball

Girls limbo at the Winter Wonderland Princess Ball 2015.

Naenae boxers show grit in the ring

Keegan O'Kane-Jones, 18, from the Naenane Boxing Academy, holds the Most Scientific Boxer trophy from the weekend champs.

Saturday's Wellington boxing championship bout was just the workout Keegan O'Kane-Jones needed on the eve of the Youth Commonwealth Games.

Early growls about fenced dog park

Becks Entwhistle is fine with her 4-month-old Pitbull cross Poppy on the eastern end of Petone beach but if a new policy is passed, dogs will be banned from nearby McEwan Park.

Lower Hutt is proposing adding more dog exercise areas but adding restrictions in others.

Divided on Taita centre name - student survey

Students who carried out a survey on the perferred name for the new Taita community centre included Aimee Woodall and, from left, Ben Guillonta, Kian McHardy and Josh Boyd.

A classroom of year 10 students at Taita College who delved into the Walter Nash/Te Mako name debate learned lessons about surveying, statistics, and culture.

Verdict in pastor sex trial

Pastor Jone Conikeli

A Wellington jury has found a Fijian pastor guilty on three of seven charges of sexual offending charges.

D-day on Taita centre name

The name for the $12m Taita community centre, due to open in October, is still causing ructions.

Hutt councillors want the Taita community centre name argument settled once and for all on Monday.

A taste of something different

Holding a tray of goodies from Zany Zeus, Baylands Brewery and Ripe Coffee that will feature in Our Lady of the Rosary School's upcoming Taste and Tales event are, from left, Andrew Breen, Marie Simmons, PTA member Jan Simmons, Nicholas Breen, Danny Earle and Rebecca Purification.

Not another sausage sizzle or gala......Our Lady of the Rosary School is trying something completely different as a fundraiser.

Making it big in world of sumo

Emilio Soane and Toni Toka did well at the recent Oceania Sumo Championship. Toka is looking to continue that success at the world championship later this month.

Toni Toka has represented New Zealand in three highly divergent sports –softball, darts and sumo.

Decibels ding-dong: council outlines its policy

Residents don't have to put up with loud music or other noise from neighbours, but as standard practice the Hutt City Council won't engage with landlords until a number of desist notices have been issued within a short time frame.

Persistence with complaints to council's Noise Control section appears to be the key to getting action.

Final arguments in pastor sex trial

Paster Jone Conikeli who is facing Sex Charges in Wellington District Court.

Lawyers make closing statements in the trial of pastor accused of sex abuse on underage girls.

'Empty' carbs are new food villains

Young children, such as 4-year-olds Fesa Nua and Arabelle Eslera, of Cottle Kindergarten in Upper Hutt, are being encouraged to ditch white bread for brown, and enjoy vegetables as well as fruit.

White bread and cereals get blame for childhood obesity in new study.

Bracelet-tamper accused pleads

Daniel Patrick Livingstone.

Sex offender who allegedly escaped electronic monitoring will face another charge.

Pastor denies underage sex claims

Hutt Valley Pastor Jone Conikeli who is facing Sex Charges in Wellington District Court.

Wellington pastor was not present when alleged offences happened, he tells court.

Overwhelming support for Hutt flood plan

Flooding of the Hutt River in 2009. New proposed flood protection works would require the acquisition of 75 properties along the right hand side leading up to Ewen Bridge.

Public coming out in support on getting on with Hutt flood protection work.

Hot choc hero: Gotham's sweet success

Lower Hutt's Gotham Cafe won the city's inaugural Sweet As Hutt Hot Chocolate Challenge.  The cafe team is, from left, owners Isabella and Steve Wang, Danielle Patterson, Jordan Miller and Tyla Greenwood.

Hot chocolate with a butterscotch twist has taken out the inaugural Sweet As Hutt Hot Chocolate Challenge.

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