Hutt News

Seal 'on the loose' in Lower Hutt

A seal relaxes along the Waiwhetu Stream in Lower Hutt.

Lower Hutt's young seal pup is better behaved than one causing commotion up north.

Big scrum sets up HOBM win

HOBM fullback Blake McGregor evades a Tawa defender. HOBM won the match 28-22.

A big scrummaging effort gave Hutt Old Boys Marist the momentum to beat Tawa 28-22 on Saturday.

Sex education for generation Grindr

The AIDS Foundation’s Shaun Robinson is proud of the progress the Love Your Condom campaign has made.

An AIDS Foundation safe anal sex video guide has gone viral.

Colonoscopy waiting list bottoms out

Gastroenterologist Dr Jeffrey Wong tries to convince health reporter Blake Crayton-Brown that there is nothing to fear when getting a colonscopy.

Two years ago, Hutt Valley residentd requiring a colonoscopy faced a very slowly moving queue. It's much better now.

The apprentice with the Golden Gun

Wainuiomata resident Luke Tahurangi won the 2014 CRA Apprentice of the Year, Golden 
Gun award.  He works at Larsen's Panel & Paint in Wainuiomata.

Wainuiomata man Luke Tahurangi has won the 2014 CRA Apprentice of the Year, Golden Gun award.

Bird's eye view for Hutt drone rangers

Land Information NZ's drone Manu was busy out of Wellington last week but Hutt professional photographer Brady Dyer brought in his drone so the Waterloo School year 6 pupils could see one.  From left are pupils Lauren Grigsby, Holly Devos and Anna Wilson, with National list MP Chris Bishop, Brady Dyer and Land Information Minister Louise Upston.

Pupils from around New Zealand have gone high-tech as ‘drone rangers’.

Hutt post boxes get the chop

Lest we forget: veterans' adventures recorded

Lt General Giorgious Paraschopoulos, left  (Chief of Staff of the Hellenic Defence Force, who is here for the Battle of Credte anniversary) and George Neonakis (President of the Greek Association of Wellington) examine the olive tree from Crete, planted as a seedling about 10 years ago, outside the Lower Hutt War Memorial Library.  Photo: Supplied.

Lest people forget, a former Hutt mayor has put together a set of DVDs featuring interviews with Hutt-based World War II veterans.

Protesters in council scrap

Greg Rzesniowiecki, seen here at a protest in Nelson, is fighting the Hutt City Council over the right to protest. The council is billing him for the cost of removing psoters advertising ant free trade rallies.

Hutt City Council staff and a protest group are stuck in a fight over the right to glue posters to public property.

Kiwi black comedy nets NY awards

Killer part - Hutt actor Geraldine Brophy has won the Best Supporting Actress award from the New York City International Film Festival for her role as Betty Benning in the New Zealand-made black comedy How to murder your wife.

Playing a murdered wife has netted Hutt actress Geraldine Brophy a shiny golden statue.

Shining as bus driver in second career

Valley Flyer bus driver Paul Annear has won a Bus Driver of the Year award from NZ Bus.

Paul Annear has the perfect job for a man who loves meeting new people.

Petone sneak home

Avalon lock Akuila Alatini gets lowered in a tackle by Petone's Nick Grigg. Petone won 25-23.

Rugby and clichés often go together and the Avalon Petone encounter was the classic game of two halves.

Petone crew realises Henley dream

This Petone rowing four will soon be swapping the choppy waters of Wellington Harbour for a stretch of the Thames River in Oxfordshire, England.  Heading for the Henley Regatta on July 1 are, from left, Ed Cade, 27, Patrick O?Reilly, 24, Jamie Saunders, 27, and Troy O?Reilly, 22.  Photo: TOMMY LIVINGSTON

For the first time in its more than 100-year history the Petone Rowing Club is sending a team to take part in the most prestigious rowing competition in the world.   

Thrush on song for awards

All Black Jeremy Thrush took out the top prize at 2015 Hutt City Sports Awards. He received the award from former All Black captain Andy Leslie and Hutt News manager Grant Davidson

All Black lock Jeremy Thrush took out the big prize at the 2015 Hutt City Sports Awards.

Umaga legacy on firm footing

Former All Black captain  Tana Umaga had the honour of being the first person recognised in the Dowse Sports Precinct.

Tana Umaga looks like he could still be playing rugby. On Saturday May 16 he made a welcome return to Lower Hutt to launch the Dowse Sports Precinct.

Hubs will change face of Hutt sport

Fraser Park Sportsville is one of three major council projects underway, which will transform sport in Lower Hutt.

Sport in Lower Hutt is set to change forever with three large developments well under way.

Vinyl music club spins pub following

Ryan Gray and Pat McIntosh, members of the Petone pub Sprig & Ferns Sunday afternoon Vinyl Record Club, get ready to spin some tracks. Photo: SIMON EDWARDS, FAIRFAX

A Petone pub's 'bring your own music on Sunday evening' invitation has spun into an active vinyl record club.

Flooding draws Seaview whanau together

19052105  Kokiri Marae Seaview staff, visitors and students bailed with buckets and whatever else they coudl use to try to keep stormwater out of the main building during the May 14 deluge.

Kokiri Seaview is still counting the cost of flooding from last Thursday's deluge but a marae spokesperson was proud of the way young and old pitched in to help.

A Call to Men to unclench fists

Making a stand against family violence, and helping host a regional hui on the issue, are Kokiri Marae Seaview youth worker Taina Keelan and social services senior practitioner Reo Va'a.  Photo: SIMON EDWARDS, FAIRFAX

A topic at a men's anti-violence hui in Wainuiomata is the potential for a male 'safe space', where they could take time out to re-gain control of themselves.

Flu nothing to sneeze at

Gloria Mugiraneza,7, uses bubbles to demonstrate to her classmates how far germs can travel from a sneeze.

Pupils at a Hutt school have been learning how to prevent the spread of the flu, and adults should take heed.

Students go hi-tech for profit

Showing off the GoPro camera accessories they make on a 3D printer are Wainuiomata High School student company LittleBitz directors, back from left, Vicki Krech, Kazmia Morgan, Pearl Philavong, Ruby Gardender and, front, Damien McDonald.  Photo: SIMON EDWARDS, FAIRFAX

A Wainuiomata student firm is selling camera gadgets made on a classroom 3D printer.

Lower Hutt streets turn into lakes

Bruce Adam, who works at Professionals Lower Hutt, had to lose his shoes and socks to escape the real estate agency's building in Cornwall St, where surface flooding was lapping at the windows.

Many Lower Hutt streets have been turned into lakes as stormwater drains can't cope with the deluge.

Step up to help Joss walk

Joss Patel, 7, from Eastbourne, at a Hurricanes match.  Joss has cerebral palsy and a fundraising campaign is underway to buy him a $10,000 Hart Walker.  Photo: SUPPLIED

'Walk so Joss Can' is a fund-raiser to help an Eastbourne boy get on his feet.

Hutt science festival gathers momentum

utt student Joshua Ngan-Boyle tries out a science experiment devised by Anne Ryan of Lower Hutt's new Science Centre. Photo: MARK TANTRUM

A new festival in June will showcase Lower Hutt's science and high-tech manufacturing credentials.

Stoke Valley rugby aiming high

Vio Ugone wants to see Stokes Valley return to premier rugby. He is part of a group of new administrators looking to rejuvenate the club.

Plans to rejuvenate Stoke Valley premiere rugby are proving to be a tough challenge.

Stokes Valley boy hits it for six

A video of Stokes Valley three-year-old Brooklyn Wratt has gone viral with over 200,000 views on Facebook.

Brooklyn Wratt doesn't quite understand what it means when a video goes viral on social media. But that's alright, because the three-year-old Stokes Valley boy knows he's the star.

Dewar the difference in footy

Lower Hutt midfielder Malcolm Finnie gets a 'helping hand' from Upper Hutt's Pedro Garcias. Lower Hutt won the Chatham Cup encounter 1-0.

Sam Dewar grabbed a late goal to help Lower Hutt claim a 1-0 victory Upper Hutt in the Chatham Cup.

Hammer comes down on long career

Phil Jensen in 2014 with his 20 medals for winning the national hammer throw title.

Phil Jensen has brought down the hammer on one of the most impressive careers in the history of New Zealand athletics.

Rapping their way to literacy

Avalon Intermediate teacher Paascalino Schaller with students Jovie Andrews and Laiman Tuilagi.

Paascalino Schaller wants to start a revolution. A music video revolution.

Sissons grew Weltec from brink of closure to thriving institute

Dr Linda Sissons, who is leaving WelTec (formerly Hutt Valley Polytechnic) after 15 years as chief executive.  Photo: NiCHOLAS BOYACK, FAIRFAX

The sight more than 25 years ago of hulking workmen reduced to "quaking jellies" by the prospect of having to re-enter a classroom had a lasting impact on Dr Linda Sissons.

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