Foundryman Jonathan Campbell didn't know Hairy Maclary existed until he had kids.
Saxophonist Andre Paris has just returned a tour with Roger Fox for the Air Force Proms concert.
TAREN STEVENS - Hutt NewsTaita College teacher Alice Wilson wanted to do something to improve the school's image.
Charlotte Wright's has performance at an international Irish dance competition means her future is looking very bright.
The Hutt Valley needs more laughs, a new resident comedian says.
MARY NICHOLS - Hutt NewsAn exhibition that combines the contrasting styles of Chinese brush painting with western acrylic and stained glass- inspired art opens at the Odlin Gallery next week.
Hutt NewsCategory Five, a wind ensemble that takes its name from the meteorological scale for hurricanes, blows into town this weekend.
Transferring talents from mischief to art has resulted in a sell-out exhibition for a Naenae alternative school.
Graham Wolf says poetry is an expression of the soul, just like music, and should be fostered in everyday life.
Material success has its cost, and so does every other aspiration in life.
Sacred Heart College drama teacher Jack Boyle says audiences were moved and delighted by performances of The Battalion this week.
A musical by one of the city’s youngest directors, Acacia O’Connor, is about to hit the stage.
KAROLINE TUCKEY - Hutt NewsAn art book produced by a partnership including the Dowse has been shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Awards.
Hutt NewsThe New Zealand International Film Festival has screenings in the Hutt Valley for the first time, and it's an event Light House Petone owner Simon Werry wants to grow.
David Skinner is having a lot of fun playing a count in the Wellington Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Society's latest production.
Chelsie Preston Crayford imposed the discipline of a very tight deadline on herself for her first short film, Right Here, Right Now.
Outlook fine: Cobar Restaurant's Davey Howarth won the dinner/fine dining section of the 2013 NZ Vegetarian Dish Challenge.Spectacular: Davey Howarth's winning vege combo.
NICHOLAS BOYACK - Hutt NewsThere has been a taste of Cambodia lately at the Petone Workings Men's Club.
Hutt NewsNature highlights: Jonas Henehan hopes a darkened exhibition space, with his photographs placed against light boxes, will make the colours in his landscape and macro (close up) images pop.
SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt NewsAn opera with pirates, sultans and harems, sounds like a dream job for a costume designer, but budget constraints bring a dose of reality.
SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt NewsMichele Elenio says you know you're at an Italian dinner table when, as you finish the meal, a hot topic of discussion is what should be on the menu the next night.
SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt NewsA group of 40 teenagers are gaining insights into the world of professional theatre, and also the sacrifices made by World War II soldiers not much older than themselves.
SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt NewsA Taita College band that formed only this year and didn't even have a name until the MC gave them one has ended up winning Wellington's Pacifica Beats vocals award.
Hutt NewsTUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
Lower Hutt dancer Olivia McGregor will be one of five taking Kiwi greats to a hotel as part of new Wellington show.
SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt NewsA cracking good play at Taita College this week doubles as a big NCEA test for senior drama students.
Hutt NewsIn connection with a murder, the police are anxious to interview a man seen in the vicinity wearing a dark overcoat and light scarf and a soft felt hat, but don't worry, it is not a real crime, it is a stage play.
Hutt NewsIn 25 years of singing and directing choirs, Petone resident Antony Currington says he can't remember a time barbershop and chorus groups have been stronger.
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BY SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt NewsChildren have taken over the curating reins for a new exhibition at the Dowse.
BY LEE-ANNE EDWARDS - Hutt NewsJune Tilley has been painting and drawing for as long as she can remember.
Hutt NewsUNTIL JULY 7
BY SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt NewsCould a play ever capture the power and emotion of Patricia Grace's award-winning novel Tu? The answer is yes, and the proof is on show for the next fortnight at Wellington's Circa Theatre.
BY LEE-ANNE EDWARDS - Hutt NewsIt's not open yet but Jackson St's latest dining choice, Taylor's On Jackson, will join the five other Hutt entrants in this year's Wellington On A Plate festival.
BY LEE-ANNE EDWARDS - Hutt NewsHigh adrenalin indoor go kart racing has returned to the Hutt with the opening of Revolution Raceway in Wingate.
BY SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt NewsThe Christchurch earthquakes denied Kiwis the first look at a major retrospective of more than six years' output of Shane Cotton's paintings, but now they hit the capital.
BY LEE-ANNE EDWARDS - Hutt NewsA national tendency to "get on with it" extends to women who find they have a very high risk of contracting breast and ovarian cancer.
BY KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON - Kapi-Mana NewsREVIEW: It's exciting to see Will Smith, the undisputed king of sci-fi action movies, return to the multiplex with After Earth.
REVIEW: When F Scott Fitzgerald created the ultimate social climber Jay Gatsby and his feckless love Daisy Buchanan in 1925, he captured the dark side of the American Dream.
BY JIM CHIPP - Hutt NewsThree former Tawa College mates with a common interest in rock'n'roll have made it to the Australasian final of the Global Battle of the Bands.
UNTIL JULY 7
BY LEE-ANNE EDWARDS - Hutt NewsFans of all things retro will be spoilt for choice at Vintage- Orama, a vintage lifestyle expo in Wellington on Saturday.
A "mini debate" between Ikaroa Rawhiti Maori electorate candidates from Labour, Greens and Mana is one of the features of Te Ra o Matariki Puanga.
BY LEE-ANNE EDWARDS - Hutt NewsOutrageous rent increases and the fear of being evicted could soon be a thing of the past for a group of Nepalese orphans.
UNTIL JUNE 15
REVIEW: Shopping (R16) (98min)
REVIEW: Spring Breakers shines a light on the hedonistic world of American college students, but is not what you would expect.
Hutt NewsThe chance to perform with an acclaimed dance company has also allowed Hutt dancers to learn about their Indian culture.
Hutt NewsUNTIL JUNE 11
BY LEE-ANNE EDWARDS - Hutt NewsShe was a champion of Wainuiomata for the many years she lived there.