Hutt News

'Omata Angel' makes final journey video

Krystal Nikara and Ataahua in 2014 when she was just four months old.

Two-year-old Ataahua's life was brief, but she managed to touch a whole community.

New Pomare residents face harassment

Riverside Gardens resident Christina Gillmore wants more done to support the residents in the Pomare sub-division. The level of crime is making life tough for residents.

Riverside Gardens residents want more done to stop harassment in Pomare sub-division..

A Kat who loves dogs

Kat Davey and her dogs make quite a splash where ever they go.

Upper Hutt dog walker Kat Davey gets noticed where ever she goes.

Mallard supporting illegal racer's court case

Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard: "I think it is important to provide some support for [the man], who has entirely through his own poor judgement and panic, got himself into, what he knows, is a very serious situation".

MP Trevor Mallard asked court to allow a man caught at 210kmh to escape conviction for lying to police.

Playcentre turns 75 amidst organisational shake-down

Taita College dux Nathan Cross, 18, brings a volcano to life with a little vinegar as Tane Mitchell, 7, sits in close and Relik Teariki-Whatarau, 3, stands over at Naenae Playcentre.

Playcentre reaches 75 years amidst organisational shake-down.

Budget campers enjoy Belmont

Sven Nickels was with two other Germans camping in Dry Creek on Friday. His compatriots refused to be photographed and were aware of the bad publicity budget campers have attracted.

A camping ground charging $6 a night is proving very popular with budget campers.

'Free' tuition is future investment - MP

Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins flanks, Labour's education spokesman, flanks leader Andrew Little as he speaks to reporters about the three years' free tuition policy announced at the weekend.

A better education workforce is better equipped to support future retirees, MP Chris Hipkins says.

Seclusion unit set alight

Hutt Hospital's Te Whare Ahuru mental health inpatient unit has one of the highest rates of seclusion in the country.

A patient locked away in seclusion at Hutt Hospital's mental ward managed to set his room on fire last Thursday.

John Russell in line for seniors' gong

Naenae College principal John Russell says the school has come a long way since he took the reins 10 years ago.

Naenae College principal John Russell is surprised to be in the running for Senior New Zealander of the Year.

When good bunnies go bad

02022016  News, Simon Edwards, Fairfax.  One of the bunnies in Wellington Rabbit Rescue's care at their base in Maungaraki, Lower Hutt.

Two young women have set up a rescue centre for sick and abandoned pet rabbits.

Profitable Save the Children shop faces chop

Long-term volunteers, from left, Pam Davis, shop manager Ethne Rhodes-Robinson and Cyrienne Robertson are among those upset by a decision by Save the Children's national board to close all retail shops, including Lower Hutt's, which has made a profit of more than $20,000 in each of the last three years.

A Lower Hutt charity shop that made $24,000 profit for each of the last three years will be closed.

Former undertaker's driving left cyclist with brain damage

Former Lower Hutt funeral director Darryl Angus in 2002.

Gary Manson describes devastating effects from the accident.

Capital boaties well behaved

Senior Sergeant Dave Houston is the officer in charge of the Police's Wellington maritime unit. Behind him is the unit's main vessel, the Lady Elizabeth IV.

Boaties taking to Wellington Harbour over summer have been pretty well behaved, according to the head of Wellington's police maritime unit.

Petone businesses want land certainty

Leasing the old Motor Corp site in Petone is challenging due to uncertainty over the final design of the Petone Grenada Link road.

The planned Petone-Grenada road is making it hard to lease industrial land by SH2.

Rugby paddock ditched for paddling

Ethan Moore has given up rugby to concentrate on kayaking and one day reach the Olympics.

Ethan Moore has given up rugby to concentrate on becoming a professional kayaker.

Gentle giant a future canine companion

Former pound dog Holly, a Neopolitan Mastiff/Labrador cross, with Amanda Oatham.

Former pound dog Holly - a "gentle giant" - may have a future role visiting the elderly.

Youngster aiming high in golf

Despite playing for less than two years, Darae Chung's handicap is 1.8. Her dream is to be the world number one.

Darae Chung is burning up the golf greens - and she's only 11.

Body-builder Mailo has growing reputation

Carolyn Mailo, left, gets ready for the NABBA Wellington Bodybuilding Championships at The Little Theatre, Lower Hutt.

Body-builder Carolyn Mailo doesn't let her age or arthritis become obstacles in her chosen sport.

Reward to catch alleged parcel thieves video

Ozzy Osbourne, left, with Wellington concert promoter Phil Sprey.

A top promoter needs help tracking down a pair of alleged parcel thieves.

Life's too short to drink cheap wine

First-time winner Madeleine Gannon with the Western Hills Wine Society trophy.  The glass she favours is engraved wtih the words "Life's too short to drink cheap wine."

Wine knowledge is not a pre-requisite to joining the Western Hills Wine Society activities.

Skier aiming for Youth Olympics

Jackson Rich training in September last year.

Watching the sunrise from on top of a mountain is one thing, but Jackson Rich's newest opportunity is something he is seriously looking forward to.

Dive into beach volleyball

Julia Tilley, left, and Shaunna Polley are chasing qualification for the Olympics in Rio.  They'll be digging and spiking again this weekend at beach volleyball courts created at Avalon Park.

Avalon Park will hot Pro Tour beach volleyball this weekend.

Wargamers lock, load for battle

Glacier King, a figure from the Hordes war game, which will feature at the Hutt Miniature Wargames Club ValleyCon 2016 meeting on January 30 and 31.

The battles by wargamers in Upper Hutt this month will range from historical to fantasy.

Compost gives people pneumonia

There has been a significant spike in the number of cases of legionellosis cases so far this year, with most sufferers having caught it after breathing in dust from compost or soil while gardening.

Legionnaires' disease cases are on the rise in the Wellington region.

Faster, cheaper to do playground revamp now

Avalon Park playground has been stripped of its play equipment while earthworks are done prior to installation of new gear.

There were good reasons for closing Avalon playground now, the Hutt council says.

Teen suffers brain injury from rolling car

Hutt Valley District Court.

Teen suffers brain injury after car rolls while she hung out a window.

Young quick makes his mark

Ben Sears is currently representing New Zealand at the Under 19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh.

Quick bowler Ben Sears is chasing a career as a cricket professional.

Pioneer church spruced up for its 150th anniversary

The 1866 Pioneer Church on Coast Rd, Wainuiomata.

Volunteers have worked hard to restore an 1866 church on Wainuiomata's Coast Rd.

Meros follows footsteps of Monica Lewinsky

Richard Meros, aka Arthur Meek, thinks the free world needs Hillary Clinton to take him as her lover.

After offering to salvage Helen Clark's faltering career by becoming her young lover, Arthur Meek moves on to Hillary Clinton.

Algae back, dog owners warned

Toxic algae in Tasman district rivers.

Warm temperatures cause toxic algal mats to return to the Hutt River.

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