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Tournament in balance after theft

Pelorus Trust Sportshouse staff declined to comment on a burglary while police are investigating.

Burglars pinched a laptop needed to access the programme ahead of a national football tournament.

Staying alive with exercise

Kerrie-Lynn Kerr gets her heart rate checked by Nathan Martin. Kerr has increased her life expectancy by walking 10,000 steps a day for 12 weeks.

Kerrie-Lynn Kerr takes some big steps towards living longer.

H20 roof goes its own way

Contractors inspect the H20 roof after its skylight blew off in big winds on Friday morning. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS

Big winds lifted off part of the roof at Upper Hutt’s H2O Xtream recreation centre on Friday.

Drowning prompts plea for safe drinking

Matthew Hakes at a ride at Karapoti, Upper Hutt, in December 2013. He died near the area five months later.

Matthew Hakes drowned after binge-drinking and taking a magic mushroom.

Wellingtonian bursts into tears over return of stolen trailer

Wellingtonians Simon and Sophie Legge were delighted police returned their stolen trailer. And this time about four years ago, their van got pinched.

Police returned a family's livlihood and brought them to tears.

Wanted: A few good men

Wellington's new Big Buddy mentoring co-ordinator Dave Burcher.

Dave Burcher is looking for a bunch of good Kiwi blokes.

Sending Antarctic ice to the world

Rebecca Pyne's job involves dispatching Antarctic ice core samples to far-flung destinations for analysis.

One woman's job entails packing up priceless samples of Antarctic ice and sending them across the world.

Council directors win 17 per cent fees increase

Avalon Intermediate pupil Stean✓ Te Huna-Wilson helped Mayor Ray Wallace open the new $12m Walter Nash Centre in October.  Wallace is vowing to fight extra fees being paid to council company directors.

Hutt City Council directors get pay increase.

Man drowns after wild night

Matthew Hakes at a ride at Karapoti, Upper Hutt, in December 2013. He died near the area five months later.

He drank five shots, wine and 18 bourbon mixes, but mate believes magic mushroom killed him.

Formula 1 of windsurfing arrives at Eastbourne

Laurence Carey, current New Zealand Slalom Champion and competing this week in the PWA event in Noumea, has also entered the windsurfing slalom event off Eastbourne on December 5 and 6.

The windiest city in the world is once again hosting New Zealand’s fastest windsurfers.

Peace message hits the road

One of the 2015 White Ribbon Riders watches on as Hutt International Boys' School students perform a haka at Davis Field, Trentham.

The White Ribbon riders who rolled up to Davis Field yesterday were a motley crew.

Award commemorates a life in speech, drama

The first Berywn Gibbons Award was presented to Toi Whakaari graduate  Ella Hope-Higginson, right, by Berwyn's daughter Rosemary Gibbons.

Berwyn Gibbon's legacy of fostering speech and drama talent has stepped up a notch.

Harbour ferry smashed and stricken

A passenger was swept overboard after The Dominion Post East by West Ferry was swamped by a freak wave in March 2011.

Chaos ensued when Wellington's East by West Ferry was swamped by a rogue wave

Kids' gifts cheer burglary victim

Melby Scott, 92, sat outside his home and gave Avalon Primary School children chocolate fish to thank them for their kindness.

A 92-year-old's home was burgled by teens pretending to be looking for work.

Orienteer learns harsh insurance lesson

Tim Robertson won a world orienteering title but ended the season requiring surgery after dislocating his shoulder three times.

Orienteer Tim Robertson has learned an expensive lesson -  get insurance sorted out before competing overseas.

Retailers upset over Saturday Petone Fair

The Hutt News Petone Rotary Fair, with Jackson St jam-packed with more than 300 stalls.

Retailers who say the Petone Fair costs them thousands in lost turnover will have to wait until 2017 for change.

Rapist set for jail again

Convicted sex offender Daniel Livingstone, 28, turned his back to the media in court.

A convicted sex offender who sparked a manhunt may go back to jail.

Alternate educators win Wellingtonian award

Wellingtonian of the Year Youth Award 2015 winners  Lucy Carver and Skye Chadwick with their mentor Doris Zuur.

Two young women who offer young people an alternative to mainstream education which values developing relationships over imparting information have been named Wellingtonian of the Year Youth Award winners.

Ashley racks up 50-yr firefighting milestone

Ashley Bennett, who is to be ecognised for 50 years' service as a volunteer fire fighter, all served at the Trentham station.

Ashley Bennett’s unrivalled achievement of 50 years as a volunteer fire fighter will be celebrated on Saturday.

Electronic board battlers invited to live action

Upper Hutt Chess Club champion Gerald Carter (on left) vs Nick Kananghinis.  Handicap, rapid chess and other formats ensure a level playing field at club nights.

Chess fans who play on their laptop or cellphone are being challenged to duel against a fellow human being.

Slices of happiness rewarded

Nicole Murray, left, and Marie Fitzpatrick have won a Kiwibank Local Hero award for setting up a baking charity that delivers homemade goods to people in need.

Two Wellingtonians have won a Local Hero award for delivering home baking to people going through a rough time.

Patient complaints increasing

The Health and Disability Commissioner has received a record number of complaints about treatment in the first half of 2015.

The first half of this year saw a record number of complaints about public healthcare.

Natural champ proud she did it drug-free

Kristi Tungatt turned a New Year's resolution into a world body building title.

Kristi Tungatt turned a New Year's resolution to get to the gym more into a world body building title.

Hutt fire station sale surprises council

In April, local historian Graeme Ross and Mayor Ray Wallace urged the government to make a decision on the future of the Lower Hutt Fire Station. It was recently sold to a developer.

Sale of the historic Lower Hutt Fire Station surprises Mayor Ray Wallace.

Thieves help themselves from unlocked cars in Kelson

Opportunistic thieves are driving up car crime from unlocked vehicles in Kelson, Lower Hutt.

Burglars have been helping themselves to unlocked cars in Kelson.

Sallies promotes 'adopt a family'

Lower Hutt Savlation Army  Major Denise Crump and Liz Wolstenholme sort Christmas presents in 2014.

Without the Salvation Army's Adopt a Family scheme, Christmas would be a bleak time for some..

GPs offer more women's health services

The Mirena: a hormone-releasing IUD now available for insertion from some Hutt Valley GPs.

Changes to gynaecological services in the Hutt Valley will see more GPs performing procedures that gynaecologists had previously done the majority of.

Scrub fire in Stokes Valley

About half a kilometre of bush was burned in the fire.

Fire fighters battled a scrub fire in Lower Hutt.

Industrial site snapped up for $8.5m

Building Solutions have snapped up a Hutt Park Rd site from a group of private investors.

A large industrial site in Lower Hutt has been bought back by its former owner for $8.5 million.

Power lines down over truck

Police are at the scene of downed power lines in Wainuiomata.

Driver stays in cab after downed power lines fall on truck.

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