Hutt News

Odd couple comedy on Hutt stage

21042015  It's hardly camping though, is it dear?  Geraldine Brophy ( Barbie, left)  and Carmel McGlone (Jen) rehearse a scene for Brophy's new play, Sleeping Around.  Photo: Simon Edwards, FAIRFAX

Expectations of a smooth relationship collapse as quickly as the wonky deck chair.

Hutt's national gymnastics champ to take on Aussies

21052015 Supplied. It is the sheer joy of competing that drives Maggie Dolstra to compete in rhythmic gymnastics.

Maggie Dolstra is looking to make a name for herself in the tough world of rhythmic gymnastics.

Spreading word on pain relief to India's dying

Raelee Jensen, a Te Omanga Hospice palliative care nurse educator, has volunteered in different hospices in India over the past 12 years.

It's hard to imagine looking after someone who is terminally ill but has little or no access to pain relief.

Lisa White leads Naenae's bowling charge

14052015 Fairfax Media NZ, Hutt News: Lisa White is hoping for better weather to enable Naenae to win promotion to the top echleon of women's bowls.

Former international Lisa White has had a bowls season to remember, going through interclub competitions unbeaten.

Tight race in annual Hutt City Sports Awards

02112014 Sport Photo: Ross Giblin/Fairfax NZ
Sports Persons of the Year winners, TJ Va'a, Scot's College, rugby and Julianne Alvarez, Sacred Heart College, golf at the College Sport Awards dinner, Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua.

Rugby could be set to do well at the 2015 Hutt City Sports Awards.

Migrant teens giving tips on Kiwi way of life

21052015 fairfax NZ, Hutt News: Six countries featured in a group of young refugees who attended a course run by Ignite Sport. Front row from left 
Katia Restom Aghia, 17, (Syria),  Usanthini Saikumar,16, (Sri Lanka), Babara Asra (Congo),  Isbella Joyce, 13, (Sudan). Back row Ali Razah Ismatullah,14, (Afghanistan), Maher Abboud, 16, (Syria), Amir Andres Romero Lopez ,13, (Columbia)  and Duh Ceu Thang, 14, (Myanmar).

Four Syrian teenagers were part of a group of refugees who attended a life skills course in Lower Hutt last week.

Russian violinst at home in Hutt Valley

14042015  Photo: Chris Waind.  Yury Gezentsvey, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra  Principal First Violinist.

April marks the 30th anniversary of Yury Gezenstvey joining NZSO. He's now their principal first violinist.

Community facilities better than memorials

Robert Frater, in a photograph taken before he left his home in Milford, Auckland, to serve in WWI. He was wounded on the day of the landing of Gallipoli, and died a few days later on the ship Seang Bee.

OPINION: John Horrocks prefers memorials that depict the values threatened by war, or provide a community facility.

Hopstock fest keeps it fresh

Kereru Brewery's assistant brewer Alex Bartley Nees with their 2015 Hopstock beer, an English-style bitter.

Craft breweries have paired with Wellington bars to celebrate the New Zealand hop harvest.

Anzac Lawn to be unveiled

Artist's impression of new Anzac wall feature, as part of the new Anzac Lawn near Lower Hutt's cenotaph.

Symbolic coloured panels are being inset into a stone wall at Lower Hutt's new Anzac Lawn.

Raising funds by raising glasses

Baylands Brewery owner Aidan Styles with Queen of Jackson owner Alex Henderson are raising money for charity with a weekly pay-what-you-want brew.

Forget sausage sizzles - charities can raise by the pint at Queen of Jackson in Petone, Wellington.

A night at Hutt Hospital ED

Head of emergency at Hutt Hospital Richard Makower.

It came as no surprise Friday night was a busy one for doctors and nurses at Hutt Hospital's emergency department.

New classrooms for leaky school

LIBRARY NO MORE: Koraunui School pupils, from left, Isabella Candy, 9, Sam Williamson, 10, Keira Flitchcroft, 10, Jason Scanlon, 10, Keiva Ralph, 10, Boston Doherty, 9, celebrate new beginnings at their school, starting with the destruction of their leaky library.

A leaky Hutt Valley school is to get two new classrooms.

Seaview Marina's future reviewed

UNCERTAIN FUTURE:  Seaview Marina, with Pt Howard in the background.

Seaview Marina in the Hutt Valley could go under the hammer.

Dog ban to be reinforced

CANINE COMPANIONS: Dog lovers have completely different social rules to those accepted in regular human society.

Man's best friend is not welcome on Petone's main street.

Bikes blocked out on river trail

Jane Mehaffey's bike wedged between the cycleway barriers at Silverstream bridge.

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

BMI barrier to surgery

Hutt Hospital guidelines refuse reconstructive surgery to those with a body mass index of 32 or higher as well as smokers and those aged over 70.

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

Hutt Council debt, rates to rise

Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace argued that the $100 million debt limit was arbitrary.

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

VOICED VISION: Genevieve McLachlan, with seeing-eye dog Pedro, has been helping Stacy McLean, Ernest Cunningham and Daniel Grey trial their iSee system in Petone, which provides information about Jackson St and could be applied elsewhere.

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

Medieval mayhem hits town video

Just jousting: Harcourt Park is the venue for 14th century jousting and, for the first time, full contact armoured combat in an action-packed weekend of medieval mayhem.

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

WWII code-breaking role revealed

SPY: Jeanne Sampson worked at Bletchley Park in WW11.

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

ASK AWAY: Peta Mathias plays the Agony Aunt with an audience member in Ashburton.

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.

Karapoti Classic race a wheely interesting ride

THEN: The very first Karapoti classic bike race gets underway in 1986.  Photo to be displayed in a new exhibition on Karapoti at Expressions.

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

Banks abandon Naenae

LAST POST:  NZ Post sold the distinctive brick 1959 Naenae post office building last year and announced on Friday it would close its Kiwibank branch and franchise out postal services.

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

Hospital's plastics unit stretched

Hutt Valley District Health Board, Hutt Valley DHB

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

TOP TUNES: Wonderland Records, Wainuiomata music store.
Owner Kevin Shaw, left, with Verner Nowitzki recording a piece for their in-store Access radio show.

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

The mighty Morris minor

DRIVING FORCE: Morris Minor car club members Bill Slater and Steve Rogers with some of the cars that will be on show at Trentham. m

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

Curtains up for Upper Hutt cinema

Cinema projection

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

Driven to restore Daimlers

Ian Price, right, and step-son Matthew with Ian's Daimler SP250 (Dart) and Daimler 250.

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

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