Hutt News

Rugby 'crash course' for Osaka teens

Tamaki Poki of Hutt International Boys tackles an Osaka opponent with fellow HIBS players Jack Whiteman and Rielly Edwards also looking to close down the attack.  
Japan Team v HIBS at Petone Recreation, Lower Hutt, New Zealand on Sunday 26 July 2015.Photo by Masanori Udagawa. www.photowellington.photoshelter.com.

Former All Black fullback Christian Cullen is helping give teens from Osaka, Japan, a taste of New Zealand-style rugby.

Latch-On to support

The cakes for a shared morning tea were decorated appropriate at the combined Upper Hutt Parent Centre/Wharekai Pepe gathering at Koraunui Marae, Stokes Valley, for the national 'Big Latch-On' breastfeeding promotion event on July 31.

Anna Tapine is still breast-feeding her daughter Elise, 3, because she knows her milk is so good for the youngster.

$2m Avalon Park upgrade starts soon

An artist's impression of the new Avalon park playground.

Avalon Park is about to get a $2 million upgrade, aimed at making it a regional attraction.

Pioneering Petone scientists remembered

Among those at a ceremony to unveil a plaque recognising New Zealand's first 'Government Scientist' James Hector are, from left, Peter Hector,  MP Chris Bishop, Chris Hector, David Hector, GNS Science Chief Executive Mike McWilliams, and Science NZ Chief Executive Anthony Scott. The plaque is at the site of the old 1865 colonial museum, behind the Beehive and opposite the Reserve Bank.

A renowned Petone resident has been honoured with a brass plaque in Wellington.

Good-sort still a mystery

The Chaston children, from left, Savannah, 4, Deegan, 2, Dantae, 7, and up front stacking cans from the mystery food box is Logan, 2, with Kirsty Crane and Kevin Chaston.

A mysterious good-sort has been delivering food parcels to families needing a bit of help.

Hutt town hall costs rise again

The horticultural hall (left, in this 2013 photo), has already been bowled to make way for a new events centre.  The town hall and clock tower will stay, but costs to upgrade and earthquake strengthen them are rising.

The cost of the Hutt City Council's upgraded Town Hall and new events centre continues to rise.

Fresh take on globalisation

Waiwhetu photographer Dionne Ward has had to learn the brush and glue techniques of billboard pasting as she has mounted around town her documentary/constructed still life images exploring the theme 'globalisation'.

A photographer has focused on Lower Hutt's Riverbank market in a project to emphasise the connection between global forces and our local lives.

A glamorous gap year in show business

Disney on Ice skaters Kristy Wright of Fairport, New York, and  Laura Monachino of Auckland.

Kristy Wright and Laura Monachino have real world careers on hold while they tour as ice performers with Disney On Ice.

Petone dog row likely

Hutt City Council is calling for submissions on whether dogs should be allowed on Jackson St, Petone, and whether the city needs fenced dog parks.

A scrap seems inevitable over possible changes to Hutt council rules over dogs.

Chasing ghost in post-apocalyptic Wellington

Writer Hamish Clayton, whose second novel, The Pale North, is set in an earthquake-ravaged Wellington.

Hamish Clayton's second novel is a romantic ghost story set against the backdrop of an earthquake-devastated capital city.

Aqua-jogger catches clothes thief

Naenae Olympic Pool was opened in 1956 by then-Lower Hutt mayor Percy Dowse.

An aqua-jogger caught a thief trying on her clothes in a public swimming pool carpark.

Seeking ID for 1928 team?

Winners of Hutt Valley League Championship and Telford Cup, 1928.

Does anybody know what club or school this team represented?

Mystery good-sort delivers the goods

Stokes Valley family Kerry Totua and Owen Warren with children Ilyria Totua, 6, and Aries Totua, 4, could not believe it when a food parcel was left at their door sometime on Sunday, July 26.

A family in need of help woke to a food box on their doorstep from a mystery good-sort.

Barmy for buttons

A collection of Ruth Meier's Art Deco, buttons, currently being showcased as an exhibition at the Dowse.

A 3000-strong button collection is behind a new art exhibition.

The best steak and cheese pie

Pak N Save Petone owner Leo O'Sullivan and baker Roger Cathro.

New Zealand's best steak and cheese pie has been found in a Petone supermarket.

Women's refuge trials male facilitator

Kokiri Marae Maori Women's Refuge family violence therapist Kerri Donoghue-Cox with budding social worker Barrie Walker.

A support service for abused Maori women is welcoming male facilitators into group sessions.

Teacher discharged without conviction after assaulting teen

Hutt Valley District Court house

A Wellington primary school teacher has avoided an assault charge after lashing out at a girl in a moment of stupidity.

Mentally ill criminal's father speaks out

Hutt Valley District Court house

The father of a mentally ill criminal spoke out about his struggle to get help at his son's sentencing.

Medal theft disappoints

Service medals taken along with other items during a burglary at a Lower Hutt home in early-June.

The theft of hard-earned service medals from a Lower Hutt home has left the owner feeling bloody disappointed.

Knocking off salespeople

A Consumer NZ Do Not Knock sign similar to the stickers delivered by Genesis Energy.

Kiwis are sick of salespeople knocking on their door at dinner time, according to energy company research.

Keeping Active in Hell

Active in Hell graduates Rene Bunker, left, and Jasmin Waetford with Hell Pizza's Petone store owner Rob Lindsay.

Naenae's Rene Bunker loved every minute in Hell.

Brooke Fraser dresses raise $1800

Brooke Fraser shared this photo on her Facebook page less than an hour before the auction closed on her custom-designed Stolen Girlfriends Club dress which sold for $705.

Dresses worn by Brooke Fraser on her Brutal Romantic tour of raised $1800 for charity.

Twice bashed: Evidence overlooked

Andrew Rowe was assaulted while on his way to hospital, having already been attacked by someone.

Three people who know how a Palmerston North man ended up needing facial surgery will not talk.

Hutt: The unhealthy valley

Residents of the Hutt Valley are more likely to have health problems.

Hutt Valley adults are more likely to be smokers, obese, asthmatic or in chronic pain.

Trailer: Exorcism documentary video

Wainuiomata mother Janet Moses, 22, died in a bizarre makutu ritual in 2007.

Watch a preview of film that claims to 'lift the veil of secrecy' on one of Wellington's most bizarre manslaughter cases.

Child arsonist torches haunted house

Halloween decorations were set on a fire at a property down Stokes Valley Road in Lower Hutt at about 1pm on July 16.

A child arsonist has turned a couple's community haunted house project into a real-life nightmare.

Building bridges for 40 years

James and Duncan McLennan in front of one of their company's air bridges.

 Lower Hutt company J & D McLennan has been building air bridges for more than 40 years.

Drunk groper gets home detention

Hutt Valley District Court

Man who gave girls booze, groped them at a bus stop given three-strikes warning.

Employer tracked worker's car

Randwick Meats wholesalers in Lower Hutt.

A former meatworker who had his work car secretly tracked has gone to the Employment Court.

Court releases prisoner from Corrections error

Justice David Collins said the "challenges" of administering sentences could not outweigh individuals' liberty.

A drug offender could have spent 17 months longer in jail because of a sentencing error.

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