Hutt News

Council adds bike barriers to national cycleway network trail

Council addition blocks national cycleway

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

Woman refused post-cancer breast reconstruction on basis of weight

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

Hutt City Council debt, rates set to rise

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 connect with the world

Smartphones give voice to street info

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

Jousters at the ready to do battle

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

Hutt woman's WWII code-breaking role revealed

Jeanne Sampson's code-breaking work at Bletchley Park during World War II was a secret for 30 years.

Peta Mathias' advice for bogans

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.

Romance alive and well in the Hutt


Watch out Casanova - you've got competition from the Hutt.

History of Karapoti Classic on show in Upper Hutt

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

Naenae PostShop and KiwiBank to close

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

Hutt hospital plastics surgery unit stretched

A shortage of plastic surgeons at Hutt Hospital has led to a stricter referral criteria being put in place.

Increase in Hutt Valley family violence

Hutt Valley had the highest rate of family violence in the Wellington district in December.

More than vinyl laid down in Hutt Valley store

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

The mighty Morris Minor on show in Trentham

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

The cinema returns to Upper Hutt

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

Robbery shakes Wainuiomata dairy owner


A Wainuiomata dairy owner is in shock this week after being robbed at gunpoint.

Petone heritage building change criticised


Petone historian Warwick Johnston is unhappy with plans to build apartments in the historic Evening Post building in Jackson St.

Udderly oneupmanship: mates wage cow war


Roz King and Marianne Mulholland's ''cow war'' stepped up a notch last week.

Facebook helps spark return of heirloom


A Hutt mother has made her son return stolen heirlooms after news of the burglary hit Facebook.

Driven to restore Daimlers

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

Couple hurt in hit-and-run

The culprits behind a hit-and-run could walk away scot-free after leaving a fit middle-aged woman with serious injuries.

Former prisoners help teens carve out future

Two former prisoners have created a woodworking art studio to encourage troubled teenagers to cut crime.

Rawiri: How he went from 8XL to 3XL

A healthy change in lifestyle has seen Rawiri Nathan's shirt size shrink and his happiness soar.

Dashcam films dangerous sunroof ride in Lower Hutt

A video showing three youths hanging out of the sunroof of a car on a dangerous Lower Hutt road has gone viral.

Councils clash over 'mistruths' in ad

The relationship between the Hutt City Council and its regional counterpart has turned sour.

Town hall plan changes hike price

The cost of the proposed Lower Hutt events centre and town hall upgrade is rising fast.

MPI reveals pest hotline details

Decomposing tree frog and parasitic wasps travelled to our supermarkets on bananas from Ecuador.

Leggy insect invaders swarm in

Pest control professionals predict a busy summer for white-tailed spiders and Asian paper wasps.

Maori health providers review by DHB 'racist'

Planned review of Maori health providers has been labelled as racist and sparked calls for autonomy.

Cost of decile change too high

One under-privileged Hutt Valley primary school will gain $27,000 while another will lose $80,000 a year after changes to decile ratings.

Petone burglars tracked down using Facebook


Police were too busy to attend a burglary in the early hours of this morning.  So a Petone business owner got on Facebook to track down the alleged offenders himself.

Brooke Fraser's homecoming

Brooke Fraser achieved her biggest international success with Flags in 2010, but it left her feeling creatively stale and "a little bit too comfortable".

An appointment with walk-in health clinic

A Hutt Valley medical centre is planning "walk in" clinics.

Melling Bridge replacement likely

There are plans to replace Melling bridge within a decade.

The man who wears a frock

Dressing in dresses on stage

Actor Gavin Rutherford began the year in a frock, ascended to the heights of tragic drama and slipped into yet another dress to see the year out.

Beer makes DIY more pallet-able

An event built on the Kiwi traditions of DIY and drinking beer is finding plenty of takers.

The man who wears a frock


Actor Gavin Rutherford began this year in a frock, ascended to the heights of tragic drama and slipped into yet another dress to see the year out.

Schoolyard bruises costly

Schoolyard accidents in the Hutt Valley cost ACC nearly $750,000 in payouts last year.

Fireworks safety issue sparks up again


Hutt City Council is urging people to be safe with their fireworks celebrations tonight and to remember the liquor ban areas.

No pooh-poohing being well-prepared

Matt King

When ya gotta go, ya gotta go . . . but what happens if an earthquake has smashed the sewerage network?

Winter hits lower income households

power bill

Fewer Hutt Valley beneficiaries needed extra help to pay bills this winter but some went without hot water.

Mergers not so super survey shows

Super city map

A large majority of residents across the Wellington region don't want any change to council boundaries, a new survey shows.

Rates up but panelbeaters still unhappy


A local panelbeater has complained he is still out of pocket despite New Zealand's dominant insurance company increasing its payment rates.

What's left for a Wellington super city to do?


Councils cooperating to manage water, regional transport and economic development have made any local authority amalgamations pointless, according to some politicians.

Empty former state homes finally for sale

Hutt state houses for sale

Kiwi families deprived of opportunities to own homes, says Labour MP Trevor Mallard.

Dog owners warned on dead possums in Hutt River


Toxic possum carcasses poisonous to dogs may have floated down the Hutt River into Wellington Harbour.

Big plans for Seaview Marina

Seaview Marina


Work on adding 56 berths to Seaview Marina is about to get under way as part of a major development of the area.

Standing up for innovation

Cardboard desks

Kickstarter for "Refold" cardboard desks has earned $43,490 in backing, with 20 days still to go.

Bigger house vital for foster kids

House floor

Gillinghams lift the lid off century-old house to build a replica ground-floor for foster children.

Eastbourne butcher sizzling over beef sausage gold


Eastbourne butcher Barry Spooner says beef sausages are ''the every day, working men's sausage but one that everyone likes - it goes right across the socio-economic boundaries''.
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