Hutt Valley

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.

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

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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

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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.

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