Hutt Valley

BMI barrier to surgery

New Health Board rules have denied a woman post-cancer breast reconstruction due to her weight.

Cat tagging mulled

Move could be 'quite emotive'

Lower Hutt is looking at taking a leaf from Gareth Morgan's book. Will cat owners rise up?

Hutt Council debt, rates to rise

Hutt City Council may increase rates by 1.8 per cent and increase its debt projections to pay for planned projects.

Woman injured in reservoir fall

A 25-year-old woman is being rescued after she fell into a water reservoir in Upper Hutt.

Scrub fire near Upper Hutt

A scrub fire is burning in Upper Hutt tonight, with a large number of firefighters at the blaze.

ICY app helps vision-impaired

Smartphones give voice to street info

WelTec students devise a smartphone app to help the visually impaired get information on their surroundings.

Driver rolls ute

A man flips his ute three times then smashes into an unoccupied former dairy in Stokes Valley.

28 jobs to go

A Lower Hutt circuit board manufacturer is to close, union says.

Fire destroys house

A family home has been destroyed by a fire in Lower Hutt.

Banks abandon Naenae

Naenae in Wellington is to lose its only bank, and NZ Post wants to franchise out its services.

Hospital's plastics unit stretched

A shortage of plastic surgeons at Hutt Hospital has led to a stricter referral criteria being put in place.

Violence up in the Hutt

Hutt Valley had the highest rate of family violence in the Wellington district in December.

More than vinyl laid down in store

The well-worn grooves of Hutt Valley hearts are being broadcast from a vinyl wonderland deep in Wainuiomata.

Naenae has special place in urbanism

Historian Ben Schrader is convinced it is only a matter of time before people will come to recognise Naenae's unique heritage.

Bus users face longer walks

Residents of more than 400 Hutt Valley homes face longer walk to the bus, as service cuts recommended.

Man killed in Lower Hutt

Neighbours report seeing a man dead in a driveway in Lower Hutt, as homicide inquiry gets underway.

Building activity high in Lower Hutt

Building activity has gone into overdrive in Lower Hutt.

Curtains up for Upper Hutt cinema

A newly refitted movie theatre will open in Upper Hutt, more than a year after the Ascot Cinema closed.

Snapped seven times in a month

A Wainuiomata driver is crying foul after being snapped by a speed camera seven times in less than a month.

Stevens death: Sobs at 'not-guilty'

Woman pleads not guilty to murder of Lower Hutt man Matthew Stevens, eliciting sobs in court.

Hutt crash causing delays

A three-car nose to tail crash in Upper Hutt is slowing commuter traffic to Wellington this morning.

Hutt River algae forces swim ban

Toxic algae has spoiled the plans of those wanting to cool off with a dip in the Hutt River.

Kitten left to bake

5-week-old cat passes out in carer's arms

People are calling this act of animal cruelty "shocking stuff", "gutless" and "pretty stupid".

Toxic algae found in Hutt River

Dog owners have been warned to keep their animals away from the Hutt River after toxic algae were found in it.

Upper Hutt rail station upgrade under way

Work has started on replacement of the Upper Hutt railway station.

Pete's Dragon flies in to Upper Hutt

Hollywood has been in Upper Hutt for initial shooting for of Disney production Pete's Dragon.

Road death fuels call

Demand for more patrols on rural road after crash kills 19-year-old Antonio Puhia, injures three others.

Kiwi hunts down 79,000 likes

When Ben Tumata set up a Facebook page to share a passion for hunting, he never expected almost 80,000 followers.

Back in the saddle

Knights and knaves, the time hath cometh for ye to assemble yonder at Harcourt Park, for 'tis the season for jousting.

MPI's new state-of-the-art lab

A $65-million laboratory for the Ministry for Primary Industries is under construction in Upper Hutt.

Petone's history attracts thousands

Thousands of people thronged Petone’s foreshore to enjoy a little bit of history today.

Grubby hands at Hutt Hospital

Hutt Hospital staff have the dirtiest hands in the country, coming last again in a national hygiene audit.

Festival honours settlers

Petone celebrates 175 years since ship landed

Petone's first settlers would recognise the hoop skirts and horse-drawn carts to be seen on the foreshore on Monday.

Baby born in the drive way

Night-time drama involved a screaming mum, sleepless neighbours and a mad dash by ambulance staff.

Man injured in Lower Hutt explosion

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A battery explosion has left one person with burns at an auto shop in Lower Hutt.

Couple hurt in hit-and-run

The culprits behind a hit-and-run could walk away scot-free after leaving a fit middle-aged woman with serious injuries.

Former prisoners help teens carve out future

Two former prisoners have created a woodworking art studio to encourage troubled teenagers to cut crime.

Further disruption on Hutt rail line

Further disruption for Hutt Valley rail commuters as engineers work to repair bridge damage.

Oil slick covers Eastern Hutt Rd

Police are warning drivers to take caution after oil spilled on a road in Lower Hutt.

Reinventing haunt in name of art

Notorious den of teenage lust and milkshakes recreated as art performance in Lower Hutt this summer.

Arrest after New Year's Eve bashing

Police arrest man who had been on the run following a New Year's Eve bashing.

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.

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