Hutt News

Tawhai kids 'fizzing' after Royal encounter


For Prince William they were probably only more smiling Kiwis in a sea of faces he'll greet during his visit, but it was an unforgetable moment for pupils from Tawhai School.

Quake-prone New World to close


New World Naenae will close at the end of the month with the loss of about 25 jobs.

King Toyota placed in receivership


High profile car dealership King Toyota is in receivership, with creditors owed an estimated $5 million.

Power out after truck crash

Power lines down

More than 1000 homes in the Stokes Valley area are without power after a truck brought down lines this morning.

Removal from executive upsets



Lower Hutt Memorial RSA members are "sad and disappointed" by a decision to remove their two representatives from the Petone Working Men's Club (PWMC) executive committee.

Is it time to cut back on pokies?

Pokie machines

A council review of the pokie machines and TABs is under way.

Poppies extra special this year


In the build-up to Anzac Day the Lower Hutt Memorial RSA sells around 24,000 poppies but president Alison Sexton is anticipating extra interest this year.

Supermarket closure will hurt many


The closure of New World Naenae shows a lack of commitment to low- income communities, MP for Hutt South Trevor Mallard said.

Cancer survivors win national dragon boat title

Cancer survivors dragonboat win

A team of Wellington breast cancer survivors have captured the dragon boating national title that had eluded them for years.

Harbour contamination persists

Harbour contamination

Rainwater-born heavy metals and pesticide have contaminated Wellington Harbour's floor to levels above national guidelines.

Police spread credit for 10pc reduction in crime rate


A focus on working with justice and community groups to prevent crime helped police lower the Hutt Valley's reported crime rate by more than 10 per cent last year.

Fare go in transport plan

Tranz Metro

The regional council is looking at cutting fares on off-peak bus and rail services by 25 per cent, and investigating building public transport costs into the ticket price for major sport and cultural events.

SH2 crashes cause commuter delays

Belmont crash

Wellington-bound commuters faced delays today after two crashses in the Hutt Valley. 

Fakery claims close competition


A Facebook game has been shut down after promoters accused members of cheating.

Volunteer numbers no concern for Age Concern

Age Concern

Ron Powell, the Age Concern co- ordinator for the Hutt Valley, has, arguably, the best of problems.

Falling cones a danger


The smashing of a car rear window by a falling seedpod from one of two council-protected trees has prompted calls for their removal.

Fan wants to start Petone conversation

Guy Smith

Guy Smith is pleased Hutt City councillors have agreed to take a detailed look at the $48 million Petone Arena.

Hutt child abuse cases on the rise

Child abuse

The number of child abuse cases in Lower Hutt requiring further action increased 18 per cent between 2009 and 2013.

Smart crossing makes street safter

Puffin crossing

Alicetown residents say the construction of a $100,000 Puffin pedestrian crossing at the north end of Victoria St is "long overdue," after many near-collisions on the busy road.

Hutt foodbank may close

Hutt foodbank

The future of the Lower Hutt Foodbank is uncertain, with those running it disagreeing over where is should be based.

Hutt fire caused by meat smoker


A central city fire turned out to be hogwash for fire fighters in Lower Hutt.

Today's kids jump into traditional ki-o-rahi


There is still a debate in Maoridom just how long the game ki-o-rahi has been around - it may be decades or even centures. However old it is, kids at a tournament in Alicetown on Wednesday clearly relished getting stuck in.

Big Day Dowse pulls in more than 8000


Blue skies, local bands and fun activities drew a crowd of more than 8000 to the Big Day Dowse on Sunday.

Masterpet twins ready for new adventures


The Wootton twins, Gael and Faye, are leaving Masterpet, joking that they'd rather exit as swans than old dragons.

US education officials call in on Hutt pupils


Visiting senior US officials were given a warm Kiwi welcome by students of a Lower Hutt preschool and primary school yesterday.

Faeces pollution closes Wainuiomata swimming spot


Human and animal faeces pollution in the Wainuiomata River at Richard Prouse Park has seen authorities issue a warning for people to stay clear of the spot.

Save the town hall, heritage trust says

lower hutt town hall

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust has come out in support of the latest redevelopment plan for the Lower Hutt's two main halls.

Public asked to make call on Petone Arena

petone arena

Ratepayers will get their say on the $48 million Petone Arena.

An unlikely education hero battles hard for qualifications

Rangitaara Wana

Rangitaara Wana is an unlikely education hero.

Oil thieves slip away


Jeremy Girling says he cannot work out why two people he alleges could send his business to the wall haven't been arrested.

Residents stand up against arena

petone arena

Petone residents have come out swinging against the arena proposed for the Petone Recreation Ground.

Banded dotterel baby boom


An intensive protection programme for banded dotterel at Pencarrow has been richly rewarded with a big increase in breeding numbers.

Drift trikes open up new thrills

Drift Trikes


Drift trikes look dangerous, but a group of enthusiasts believe they will be the next big sport.

Historic fire station remains empty

Hutt Historic Fire Station

The future of the former Hutt Central Fire Station has stalled due to parliamentary process.

Heritage vs modern: it's your call

Hutt Town Hall

A fortnight ago, the Hutt News story about the Town and Horticultural Halls debate asked how much ratepayers would be prepared to cough up to support heritage.

HOBM retain Spillane Cup

Spillane Cup

Hutt Old Boys Marist have retained the Spillane Cup title with a decisive 30-7 win over Christchurch Marist Albion.

Preferred route Tawa link has less impact

Tawa link road

The preferred route for the new Petone-Grenada Link Road recognises the environmental, community and social value of the Korokoro Valley, NZ Transport Agency Wellington highways manager Rod James says.

Sale of council housing units proposed

Lower Hutt generic

Hutt City Council housing units could be sold to pay off debt.

Life-saving heart machine to be installed


The death of a Petone identity has sparked a drive to raise money to install a lifesaving defibrillator on Sydney St.

Family tired of torment

Raj family

An Indian family have suffered years of harassment and police say it is hard not to conclude it is racially motivated.

Council water offer met with cynicism

water generic

Deep suspicion permeated the Hutt City councillors' debate about the future of water supply company Capacity.

Hosts seek fifth straight Spillane title


JOHN SHEEHAN - The Wellingtonian

Defending champions Hutt Old Boys Marist will host the 83rd Spillane Cup rugby tournament in this weekend.

Tree issue needles manager


Ten massive trees bordering the astro turfs at Maidstone Park are to be cut down.

Petone pastor says yes to gay marriage

gay wedding

American couple Paul Evensen and Mark Barlow travelled to Wellington to get married.

Steeper rates rise on the cards

rates rise

Ratepayers have been presented with a lolly scramble as the city council looks to boost the local economy.

Dog park has potential


The firm rejection of plans to sell part of the Copeland St Reserve for housing could see some of the space used for a dog park.

Confusion over new halls' name

Hutt Town Hall

A curious aspect of the debate on the future of the two halls is the name of the new facility.

Preview: Power Plant


Strange things are going on in Wellington's Botanic gardens.

Street closed after house fire


Emergency services have put out a fire in a Lower Hutt street where a home was "well alight."

Sick children priority for HNZ housing

HNZ Tenants

Families with children at risk of rheumatic fever will move to the top of the Housing New Zealand waiting list.

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