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Food for Fines at Hutt City Libraries

Donations gathered by Hutt City Libraries after two days of their December-long Food for Fines promotion.

Hutt City Libraries will wipe $5 worth of fines for every food donation in December.

Prisoner in serious condition

A prisoner is in a serious condiotion after reportedly being assaulted in Rimutaka Prison.

A prisoner is in a serious condition after being injured at Rimutaka Prison.

King: Labour would consider fizzy tax

A tax on fizzy drinks and other sugary foods may be needed if we're to tackle obesity, Labour's health spokesperson Annette King told an Upper Hutt audience.

The Labour Party would not rule out a tax on fizzy drinks, Annette King says.

HIBS knocks up third Wellington title

Troy Johnson, the top performing captain and all-rounder in the champion HIBS 's cricket side.

A third title in a row has confirmed the powerhouse status of Hutt International Boys School in Wellington secondary school cricket.

Council floats idea of marina apartments

Alan McLellan, chief executive of Seaview Marina.  He said the marina land was too valuable to only use for parking boats on.

Seaview Marina could one day include apartments as well as boats.

Setting table for Te Omanga's future

Artist Michel Tuffery's pohutukawa design Christmas ornament, which is being sold in Farmers stores as a fundraiser for hospices.

Ten Christmas tables are set to sparkle for Te Omanga Hospice.

Plugging in to electric vehicle trend

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has an electric Mitsubishi Outlander SUV as his mayoral car, and the charging point outside the council building is also available to other EV owners.

Wellington region electric vehicle owners - and others keen to plug-in to the environment-friendly transport trend - are being invited to a get-together in Upper Hutt this Sunday.

Corrections leader excels on netball court

2015 National Umpire of the Year winner Gareth Fowler, 32, from Netball Hutt Valley.

Award-winning umpire compares high-level netball to corrections work.

Tournament in balance after theft

Pelorus Trust Sportshouse staff declined to comment on a burglary while police are investigating.

Burglars pinched a laptop needed to access the programme ahead of a national football tournament.

Wellingtonian bursts into tears over return of stolen trailer

Wellingtonians Simon and Sophie Legge were delighted police returned their stolen trailer. And this time about four years ago, their van got pinched.

Police returned a family's livlihood and brought them to tears.

Wanted: A few good men

Wellington's new Big Buddy mentoring co-ordinator Dave Burcher.

Dave Burcher is looking for a bunch of good Kiwi blokes.

Sending Antarctic ice to the world

Rebecca Pyne's job involves dispatching Antarctic ice core samples to far-flung destinations for analysis.

One woman's job entails packing up priceless samples of Antarctic ice and sending them across the world.

Council directors win 17 per cent fees increase

Avalon Intermediate pupil Stean✓ Te Huna-Wilson helped Mayor Ray Wallace open the new $12m Walter Nash Centre in October.  Wallace is vowing to fight extra fees being paid to council company directors.

Hutt City Council directors get pay increase.

Formula 1 of windsurfing arrives at Eastbourne

Laurence Carey, current New Zealand Slalom Champion and competing this week in the PWA event in Noumea, has also entered the windsurfing slalom event off Eastbourne on December 5 and 6.

The windiest city in the world is once again hosting New Zealand’s fastest windsurfers.

Award commemorates a life in speech, drama

The first Berywn Gibbons Award was presented to Toi Whakaari graduate  Ella Hope-Higginson, right, by Berwyn's daughter Rosemary Gibbons.

Berwyn Gibbon's legacy of fostering speech and drama talent has stepped up a notch.

Kids' gifts cheer burglary victim

Melby Scott, 92, sat outside his home and gave Avalon Primary School children chocolate fish to thank them for their kindness.

A 92-year-old's home was burgled by teens pretending to be looking for work.

Orienteer learns harsh insurance lesson

Tim Robertson won a world orienteering title but ended the season requiring surgery after dislocating his shoulder three times.

Orienteer Tim Robertson has learned an expensive lesson -  get insurance sorted out before competing overseas.

Retailers upset over Saturday Petone Fair

The Hutt News Petone Rotary Fair, with Jackson St jam-packed with more than 300 stalls.

Retailers who say the Petone Fair costs them thousands in lost turnover will have to wait until 2017 for change.

Rapist set for jail again

Convicted sex offender Daniel Livingstone, 28, turned his back to the media in court.

A convicted sex offender who sparked a manhunt may go back to jail.

Pupils' green efforts show bee-autiful results

Wainuiomata Primary School wins EnviroSchool Silver and Keep Hutt City Beautiful bee-friendly garden awards.  Sport a fine crop of green hair himself, Daniel Porter-Samuels, 9, gives a drink to potato plants in the tyre growing beds.

Wainuiomata Primary School pupils have earned awards for their environmental initiatives.

Alternate educators win Wellingtonian award

Wellingtonian of the Year Youth Award 2015 winners  Lucy Carver and Skye Chadwick with their mentor Doris Zuur.

Two young women who offer young people an alternative to mainstream education which values developing relationships over imparting information have been named Wellingtonian of the Year Youth Award winners.

Thieves help themselves from unlocked cars in Kelson

Opportunistic thieves are driving up car crime from unlocked vehicles in Kelson, Lower Hutt.

Burglars have been helping themselves to unlocked cars in Kelson.

Sallies promotes 'adopt a family'

Lower Hutt Savlation Army  Major Denise Crump and Liz Wolstenholme sort Christmas presents in 2014.

Without the Salvation Army's Adopt a Family scheme, Christmas would be a bleak time for some..

GPs offer more women's health services

The Mirena: a hormone-releasing IUD now available for insertion from some Hutt Valley GPs.

Changes to gynaecological services in the Hutt Valley will see more GPs performing procedures that gynaecologists had previously done the majority of.

Dragster a champion at age 14

Sarah Ward, 14, with the Datsun 120Y she races around the corners and turns of circuits such as the Port Rd Sprints, and the junior dragster she won a national junior title with, and will race again at the Port Rd Drags on November 29.

Sarah Ward's success at motor racing might be considered a collision of three factors.

Labour has no Hutt council ambitions - MP

Cheers from National list MP Chris Bishop, left, and Labour's Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard, who made beers for a charity event earlier this month.  Mayor Ray Wallace said it was a bonus for the city as the two political rivals get stuck into local issues in a bid to raise their profiles.

Labour will not contest Hutt City Council elections, MP Trevor Mallard says.

Cute or cruel? Vet's warning over craze video

A cat leaps into the air in terror after noticing a sneaky long green thing lying behind it.

A viral video craze has revealed a surprising cat behavior, but pet owners should think twice.

Seeking descendants of WWI railwaymen

Unfurling of an Australian flag on Anzac Day, 1916, at the Petone Railway station.  The flagpole was established by NZ and Australian railwaymen to mark rail workers killed in the war.  Another flagpole, with a New Zealand flag, was established in New South Wales, Australia.

Rail enthusiasts preparing for a Petone ANZAC centennial want to hear from the families of railwaymen killed in WW1.

Courts issued 40,000 warrants to arrest last year

The problem of people failing to appear is a regular feature at the Hutt Valley District Court; excuses vary but many are mundane.

Judges issued almost 40,000 warrants to arrest over the past year.

'Time poor' mayor backs cashless trades

As part of a Hutt South Timebank exchange, Mayor Ray Wallace offered transport to permaculture-based garden specialist Leila McBeth as she picked up buckets of coffee grounds from Petone's Go-Bang Cafe.

Lower Hutt's Mayor Ray Wallace is backing the city's Timebank.

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