Hutt News

Bike barriers on trail

Council addition blocks national cycleway

Regional council has added barriers to the Hutt River trail - now a part of the national cycleway network.

BMI barrier to surgery

New Health Board rules have denied a woman post-cancer breast reconstruction due to her weight.

Hutt Council debt, rates to rise

Hutt City Council may increase rates by 1.8 per cent and increase its debt projections to pay for planned projects.

ICY app helps vision-impaired

Smartphones give voice to street info

WelTec students devise a smartphone app to help the visually impaired get information on their surroundings.

Medieval mayhem hits town

Wellingtonians are heading back to medieval times for some jousting and armoured combat.

WWII code-breaking role revealed

Jeanne Sampson's code-breaking work at Bletchley Park during World War II was a secret for 30 years.

Style icon's advice for bogans

Holden an appropriate name for one's first-born? Or Falcon? What should be worn to set off ugg boots? Quirky chef Peta Mathis answers these and other important questions.

Hutt Valentines ideas impress


Watch out Casanova - you've got competition from the Hutt.

Karapoti Classic race a wheely interesting ride

A new exhibition in Upper Hutt shows the history behind one of the country's premier mountain biking events.

Banks abandon Naenae

Naenae in Wellington is to lose its only bank, and NZ Post wants to franchise out its services.

Hospital's plastics unit stretched

A shortage of plastic surgeons at Hutt Hospital has led to a stricter referral criteria being put in place.

Violence up in the Hutt

Hutt Valley had the highest rate of family violence in the Wellington district in December.

More than vinyl laid down in store

The well-worn grooves of Hutt Valley hearts are being broadcast from a vinyl wonderland deep in Wainuiomata.

The mighty Morris minor

The love of the famous Morris Minor car is an enduring and lifelong thing.

Curtains up for Upper Hutt cinema

A newly refitted movie theatre will open in Upper Hutt, more than a year after the Ascot Cinema closed.

Imitation pistol used in Wainui robbery


A Wainuiomata dairy owner is in shock this week after being robbed at gunpoint.

Petone historian unhappy with apartment plan


Petone historian Warwick Johnston is unhappy with plans to build apartments in the historic Evening Post building in Jackson St.

Hutt family goes on-line to shame burglar


A Hutt mother has made her son return stolen heirlooms after news of the burglary hit Facebook.

Hutt friends go cow crazy


Roz King and Marianne Mulholland's ''cow war'' stepped up a notch last week.

Driven to restore Daimlers

An obsession with old British cars lead to an Upper Hutt man restoring two Daimler saloons.

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.

He went from 8XL to 3XL

A healthy change in lifestyle has seen Rawiri Nathan's shirt size shrink and his happiness soar.

Dangerous roof ride

A video showing three youths hanging out of the sunroof of a car on a dangerous Lower Hutt road has gone viral.

Councils clash over 'mistruths' in ad

The relationship between the Hutt City Council and its regional counterpart has turned sour.

Town hall plan changes hike price

The cost of the proposed Lower Hutt events centre and town hall upgrade is rising fast.

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.

Petone burglars tracked down using Facebook


Police were too busy to attend a burglary in the early hours of this morning.  So a Petone business owner got on Facebook to track down the alleged offenders himself.

Brooke Fraser's homecoming

Brooke Fraser achieved her biggest international success with Flags in 2010, but it left her feeling creatively stale and "a little bit too comfortable".

Walk-in health clinic on the books

A Hutt Valley medical centre is planning "walk in" clinics.

Melling Bridge replacement likely

There are plans to replace Melling bridge within a decade.

All frocked up

Dressing in dresses on stage

Actor Gavin Rutherford began the year in a frock, ascended to the heights of tragic drama and slipped into yet another dress to see the year out.

Beer makes DIY more pallet-able

An event built on the Kiwi traditions of DIY and drinking beer is finding plenty of takers.

Gavin prepares for panto role as Dame


Actor Gavin Rutherford began this year in a frock, ascended to the heights of tragic drama and slipped into yet another dress to see the year out.

Schoolyard bruises costly

Schoolyard accidents in the Hutt Valley cost ACC nearly $750,000 in payouts last year.

Hutt council: Light up safely and remember the liquor ban


Hutt City Council is urging people to be safe with their fireworks celebrations tonight and to remember the liquor ban areas.

No pooh-poohing being well-prepared

Matt King

When ya gotta go, ya gotta go . . . but what happens if an earthquake has smashed the sewerage network?

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.

Mergers not so super survey shows

Super city map

A large majority of residents across the Wellington region don't want any change to council boundaries, a new survey shows.

Panelbeaters say they are being squeezed on rates


A local panelbeater has complained he is still out of pocket despite New Zealand's dominant insurance company increasing its payment rates.

What's left for a Wgtn super city to do?


Councils cooperating to manage water, regional transport and economic development have made any local authority amalgamations pointless, according to some politicians.

Empty HNZ stock for sale

Hutt state houses for sale

Kiwi families deprived of opportunities to own homes, says Labour MP Trevor Mallard.

Dog owners warned on dead possums in Hutt River


Toxic possum carcasses poisonous to dogs may have floated down the Hutt River into Wellington Harbour.

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.

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.

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''.

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