Councils cooperating to manage water, regional transport and economic development have made any local authority amalgamations pointless, according to some politicians.
A local panelbeater has complained he is still out of pocket despite New Zealand's dominant insurance company increasing its payment rates.
Kiwi families deprived of opportunities to own homes, says Labour MP Trevor Mallard.
Toxic possum carcasses poisonous to dogs may have floated down the Hutt River into Wellington Harbour.
SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt News
Work on adding 56 berths to Seaview Marina is about to get under way as part of a major development of the area.
Kickstarter for "Refold" cardboard desks has earned $43,490 in backing, with 20 days still to go.
Gillinghams lift the lid off century-old house to build a replica ground-floor for foster children.
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''.
With increased borrowing on the horizon, Hutt City Council has re-written its treasury risk management policy.
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.
More than 20 Hutt eateries have been labelled "not up to standard", but none have been forced to close.
Petone teenager Elsie Whelan won the APRA lyric award at the national Smokefreerockquest finals.
Mexican corn chips made in New Zealand are spicing up the market in Japan.
A former convent in Taita will be moved to make way for low-cost housing.
Lorietta Bahr is hoping South American drink Yerba Mate tea will help her become a champion cocktail-maker
Avalon Intermediate pupils are buzzing about their hip hop themed videos - shot from a bee's perspective.
WelTec plans to demolish the old quake prone Petone courthouse and turn it into a park.
The Heart of the Hutt group is calling for action to change plans for the city centre's revamp.
Nineteen staff will be made redundant when production of the Trackside television channels shifts from Avalon.
Police have explained the reason for Wainuiomata Hill speed camera, after the Hutt City mayor labelled it ''a bit extreme''.
Kelson School students can boast of selling their first paintings.
ANNA BRADLEY-SMITH - Hutt News
Two-legged artworks filled the Dowse Art Museum over the weekend, when human bodies became canvasses and were transformed into breathing masterpieces.
Craft beer brewing has returned to the Hutt Valley, with Baylands ramping up production in Petone.
Terraced houses, similar to those in TV's Coronation St, could be a feature of Lower Hutt in the future.
Hutt South candidates talks about the biggest issues facing locals, and what they would do about them. Here are their responses:
Nearly 400 cases of children in the Hutt Valley who have stopped attending school have been investigated.
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
If you want to be inspired, then catch this year's 31st anniversary Ngata Memorial Lecture at Te Papa on Friday.
Approval for a new $30m rest home in Wainuiomata could finally get the green light with cheaper land prices.
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.
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.
A Lower Hutt retirement village is facing closure due to dwindling resident numbers.
Lower Hutt Foodbank is calling for funds to help with rent.
A container truck smashing smashing a store canopy is the latest incident driving Jackson St retailers to demand actionl.
A dog owner is angry with plans to triple dog registration fees if they are not paid by the end of the month.
There are plans to turn the former BNZ building in Lower Hutt's High St into a multi-story apartment block.
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.
Book, film and music lovers owe Hutt City Libraries a collective total of almost $68,000 in overdue fines.
Hutt City Council is moving to tighten rules around cars for sale being parked on local roads.
City-owned land next to Maidstone Park in Upper Hutt will be sold for housing.
Hutt City Council has agreed on two areas where legal synthetic drugs can be sold.
Hutt City has declined to work with other councils in the region on a system to share information and technology.
Hutt City Council has confirmed a $5 million revamp of Avalon Park.
Brewers, publicans and restaurateurs are raising a glass to the establishment of the Petone ale trail.
Some of the most deprived areas of Lower Hutt are to get a $43 million boost.
NICHOLAS BOYACK - Hutt News
Fraser Park was the big winner in Hutt City Council's annual plan, with $6m set aside for developing the ground.
Trevor Mallard defends moa de-extinction idea, despite his leader saying the "moa is not a goer".
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.
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.
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.