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Eastbourne butcher sizzling over beef sausage gold


Eastbourne butcher Barry Spooner says beef sausages are ''the every day, working men's sausage but one that everyone likes - it goes right across the socio-economic boundaries''.

Hutt council prepares to ramp up borrowing


With increased borrowing on the horizon, Hutt City Council has re-written its treasury risk management policy.

Hutt council challenges LGFA directors on their fees


The NZ Local Government Funding Agency was hailed as a ''resounding success'' at a meeting last night but Hutt councillor Max Shierlaw wants its directors' fees investigated.

Cardboard desks earn $43,000 and rising

Cardboard desks

Kickstarter for "Refold" cardboard desks has earned $43,490 in backing, with 20 days still to go.

Foster home raised the roof

House floor

Gillinghams lift the lid off century-old house to build a replica ground-floor for foster children.

Hutt eateries put on notice

Knife and fork

More than 20 Hutt eateries have been labelled "not up to standard", but none have been forced to close.

Teen wins top lyric title

Elsie Whelan

Petone teenager Elsie Whelan won the APRA lyric award at the national Smokefreerockquest finals.

Exports spice up chippie company

Mexican chippies

Mexican corn chips made in New Zealand are spicing up the market in Japan.

Low-cost housing to replace convent


A former convent in Taita will be moved to make way for low-cost housing.

Tea time for cocktail-maker


Lorietta Bahr is hoping South American drink Yerba Mate tea will help her become a champion cocktail-maker

Getting a buzz out of school

Avalon pupils' bee video

Avalon Intermediate pupils are buzzing about their hip hop themed videos - shot from a bee's perspective.

Courthouse sentenced to demolition

Petone courthouse

WelTec plans to demolish the old quake prone Petone courthouse and turn it into a park.

Call for change of Heart

Heart of the Hutt

The Heart of the Hutt group is calling for action to change plans for the city centre's revamp.

Trackside exits Avalon, 19 jobs go

Avalon Studios

Nineteen staff will be made redundant when production of the Trackside television channels shifts from Avalon.

Police candid about speed camera

Wainuiomata speed camera

Police have explained the reason for Wainuiomata Hill speed camera, after the Hutt City mayor labelled it ''a bit extreme''.

Kelson pupils sell art for sunshade


Kelson School students can boast of selling their first paintings.

Bodies turned into art: Dowse hosts BodyFX event



Two-legged artworks filled the Dowse Art Museum over the weekend, when human bodies became canvasses and were transformed into breathing masterpieces.

Brewers tap into Petone 'vibe'

Baylands beer

Craft beer brewing has returned to the Hutt Valley, with Baylands ramping up production in Petone.

Coro St housing for Lower Hutt?

Coro St

Terraced houses, similar to those in TV's Coronation St, could be a feature of Lower Hutt in the future.

Taking on Hutt South's big issues

Hutt candidates

Hutt South candidates talks about the biggest issues facing locals, and what they would do about them. Here are their responses:

Hutt Valley faces truancy problem

School classroom

Nearly 400 cases of children in the Hutt Valley who have stopped attending school have been investigated.

Gabriella's home-made home


Plenty of people can only dream of their first home, but 18-year-old Gabriella Williment has built hers, and it's on wheels.

Ngata lectures bound to inspire, says Wainui's Aunty Parae

Ngata lectures bound to inspire, says Wainui's Aunty Parae


If you want to be inspired, then catch this year's 31st anniversary Ngata Memorial Lecture at Te Papa on Friday.

$30m rest home needs cheap land

rest home

Approval for a new $30m rest home in Wainuiomata could finally get the green light with cheaper land prices.

Lower Hutt car yard pays out on vehicle

tdn holden strap

A Lower Hutt used-car salesman who turned a quick buck off a solo mum with a brain injury has been pressured into coughing up a fair price.

Astrologer denies extra fees

Astrology predictions for 2014

A man who says he is a famous Indian astrologer is denying accusations that he tries to spring large additional prayer fees on clients at the end of their consultation.

Retirement village's future in doubt

Ropata Village

A Lower Hutt retirement village is facing closure due to dwindling resident numbers.

Foodbank's future uncertain

Lower Hutt foodbank

Lower Hutt Foodbank is calling for funds to help with rent.

Congestion driving retailers mad

Jackon St Petone

A container truck smashing smashing a store canopy is the latest incident driving Jackson St retailers to demand actionl.

Barking mad over dog registration fees

Oskar the dog

A dog owner is angry with plans to triple dog registration fees if they are not paid by the end of the month.

Tower block planned for High St

Hutt tower block planned

There are plans to turn the former BNZ building in Lower Hutt's High St into a multi-story apartment block.

Hutt eco fashion event showcases upcycled fashion


New Zealand's eco fashion week, NZ Eco Fashion Exposed, opened in Lower Hutt last night with an intimate Buyers & Media event, showcasing looks from a selection of NZ and international eco designers.

$68,000 in library fines owed

library book

Book, film and music lovers owe Hutt City Libraries a collective total of almost $68,000 in overdue fines.

Clamp down on roadside car sales

roadside car sales

Hutt City Council is moving to tighten rules around cars for sale being parked on local roads.

Council to sell Maidstone land


City-owned land next to Maidstone Park in Upper Hutt will be sold for housing.

Rules set for sale of legal highs

Legal Highs

Hutt City Council has agreed on two areas where legal synthetic drugs can be sold.

Hutt pulls out of regional IT sharing


Hutt City has declined to work with other councils in the region on a system to share information and technology.

$5m for 'destination' playground

Avalon playground

Hutt City Council has confirmed a $5 million revamp of Avalon Park.

Ale and hearty in Petone

Petone ale trail

Brewers, publicans and restaurateurs are raising a glass to the establishment of the Petone ale trail.

$43m for Hutt's hard-up suburbs

hutt valley

Some of the most deprived areas of Lower Hutt are to get a $43 million boost.

Fraser Park upgrade gets $6m boost

Fraser Park


Fraser Park was the big winner in Hutt City Council's annual plan, with $6m set aside for developing the ground.

'The Moa will be a goer'

Trevor Mallard

Trevor Mallard defends moa de-extinction idea, despite his leader saying the "moa is not a goer".

Problem gamblers stealing from parents

Pokie machines

Gamblers stuffed more than $8 million into Hutt Valley pokie machines in just three months and addiction services are warning some of it may have been stolen from their elderly parents.

Backlash leads to red card for arena

petone arena

Like England in the FIFA World Cup, the Petone Arena always looked unlikely to go very far and city councillors last week gave it the red card.

Great-uncle's bravery acknowledged in trip

James Fraser Craig

A Lower Hutt man says he had "the most emotional weekend of my life" being welcomed to the small French village where his great-uncle gave his life, to protect it from the Nazis.

Hutt Valley fines add up to $15 million-plus


The single biggest fine handed out by the Hutt Valley District Court since it opened last year was $105,000 for misleading a social welfare officer, records show.

Madness to demolish halls

lower hutt town hall

The Petone Arena appears to be a dead duck but the campaign to save at least one of the city's historic civic halls may yet fly.

State homes may go up for sale

state housing

A group of six Timberlea state houses may be sold to first home buyers.

Eastboure residents serves up ethics through food tours


An Eastbourne woman is inviting travellers to tuck into exotic foods and experiences in Peru, while helping out local firms with a social or ecological conscience.

Lack of seatbelts lead to death

Hutt crash

A teenage driver who died after crashing a stolen car in the Hutt Valley was not wearing a seatbelt, police say.

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