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Recycled fashion hits Hutt catwalk


New Zealand's eco fashion week, NZ Eco Fashion Exposed, opened in Lower Hutt last night with an intimate Buyers & Media event, showcasing looks from a selection of NZ and international eco designers.

$68,000 in library fines owed

library book

Book, film and music lovers owe Hutt City Libraries a collective total of almost $68,000 in overdue fines.

Clamp down on roadside car sales

roadside car sales

Hutt City Council is moving to tighten rules around cars for sale being parked on local roads.

Council to sell Maidstone land


City-owned land next to Maidstone Park in Upper Hutt will be sold for housing.

Council sets rules for legal highs sales

Legal Highs

Hutt City Council has agreed on two areas where legal synthetic drugs can be sold.

Hutt pulls out of regional IT sharing


Hutt City has declined to work with other councils in the region on a system to share information and technology.

$5m for 'destination' playground

Avalon playground

Hutt City Council has confirmed a $5 million revamp of Avalon Park.

Ale and hearty in Petone

Petone ale trail

Brewers, publicans and restaurateurs are raising a glass to the establishment of the Petone ale trail.

$43m for Hutt's hard-up suburbs

hutt valley

Some of the most deprived areas of Lower Hutt are to get a $43 million boost.

Fraser Park upgrade gets $6m boost

Fraser Park


Fraser Park was the big winner in Hutt City Council's annual plan, with $6m set aside for developing the ground.

Time to bring back... the moa

Trevor Mallard

Trevor Mallard defends moa de-extinction idea, despite his leader saying the "moa is not a goer".

Problem gamblers stealing from parents

Pokie machines

Gamblers stuffed more than $8 million into Hutt Valley pokie machines in just three months and addiction services are warning some of it may have been stolen from their elderly parents.

Backlash leads to red card for arena

petone arena

Like England in the FIFA World Cup, the Petone Arena always looked unlikely to go very far and city councillors last week gave it the red card.

Great-uncle's bravery acknowledged in trip

James Fraser Craig

A Lower Hutt man says he had "the most emotional weekend of my life" being welcomed to the small French village where his great-uncle gave his life, to protect it from the Nazis.

Hutt Valley fines add up to $15 million-plus


The single biggest fine handed out by the Hutt Valley District Court since it opened last year was $105,000 for misleading a social welfare officer, records show.

Madness to demolish halls

lower hutt town hall

The Petone Arena appears to be a dead duck but the campaign to save at least one of the city's historic civic halls may yet fly.

State homes may go up for sale

state housing

A group of six Timberlea state houses may be sold to first home buyers.

Good Tours serve up ethics


An Eastbourne woman is inviting travellers to tuck into exotic foods and experiences in Peru, while helping out local firms with a social or ecological conscience.

Lack of seatbelts lead to death

Hutt crash

A teenage driver who died after crashing a stolen car in the Hutt Valley was not wearing a seatbelt, police say.

What a day for a hill climb

Hutt hill climb

A stunning Wainuiomata day made the inaugural King of the Hill memorable.

Ex-parks boss blasts arena

petone arena

The Petone arena and Hutt civic halls dominate the 1800 submissions made to Hutt City Council's annual plan.

Telling the real story behind Beatles tour


When Beatles drummer Ringo Starr faced a traditional Maori welcome at Wellington airport 50 years ago, he joked: "We come in peace!"

Naenae pool shut till July

swimming generic

Naenae Olympic Pool will be closed for the next four weeks at least after tiles cracked and lifted off the main pool.

Bulldozer time for HNZ units

Jackson St HNZ block

Did Housing New Zealand learn nothing from the Pomare experience?

Retirement village build under way

Ryman health

Work is under way on the biggest construction project Petone has seen in decades.

Driver caught after SH2 crash

Hutt Crash

Police have arrested a man who led them on a three-hour high-speed chase then fled the scene of a crash.

Driver flees Kelson crash site

A driver has fled from a crash that closed both State Highway 2 lanes northbound through the Hutt Valley.

Board does speed U-turn on busy road

Seaview Rd

Safety ruled over convenience in the Petone Community Board's decision to back reducing the speed limit on Seaview Rd to 50kmh.

Cheat stats reveal referencing errors

Classroom, students, pupils, learning, high school, secondary school

International tertiary students statistically outweigh their domestic peers when it comes to cheating, as some struggle to adapt to Kiwi classrooms.

Hutt councillors unanimous against amalgamation

Super city map

Hutt City councillors have voted unanimously to petition against the forced creation of super cities.

Petone Arena strongly opposed

petone arena

Residents have swamped Hutt City Council with feedback on its 2014-15 spending plans.

$30k research to understand concussion injuries

Concussion device

An emergency department nurse is hoping his ground breaking research will help people better understand concussion.

Dumped Hutt kittens flown to Chathams

Kittens go island hopping


It's a long way from Kelson to the Chatham Islands but that is the journey two kittens will be making today.

Hutt seeks amalgamation vote change


In its latest move to block the proposed creation of one council to cover all of Wellington, Hutt City councillors have voted unanimously to petition against forced creation of super-cities.

Back from the brink and thinking of Dad

Katie Jane-Brown

A brave woman who nearly died in a motorbike crash will cycle a 200-kilometre journey to fundraise for people fighting cancer, which killed her father while she was recovering.

Phoenix Foundation moves up-tempo

Phoenix Foundation

Phoenix Foundation's new EP, marks a move to up-tempo from than their customary melancholic ambience.

Providing hospital care for growing region

Hutt Hospital

A growing population and the need to cater to returning servicemen were reasons Hutt Hospital was given the green light.

Major development to kickstart Hutt cbd

Hutt post office building

Plans are being finalised to redevelop Lower Hutt's heritage-listed Post Office building into apartments.

Petone Arena: Sorting the facts from fiction

petone arena

The Petone Arena has been the focus of much debate. Nicholas Boyack tries to answer some of the questions.

Young, drunk and messy

Hutt Hospital

Drunk children soiling themselves in Hutt Hospital's emergency department are making life difficult for staff.

Back-breaking work to clean stream

Waiwhetu Stream

It has taken 1400 back-breaking hours for volunteers to remove the last clumps of weeds from a Hutt stream.

Ringing alarms on spate of break-ins


Police are urging residents to use alarms in their homes as a spate of burglaries sweeps the Hutt Valley.

Throwing punches for mental health


A Maungaraki man will be stepping out of his office and into the boxing ring on Saturday night to fight for positive mental health in New Zealand.

$65,000 wanted for Hutt events

Lower Hutt generic

Hutt City Council's arts advisory group wants $65,000 to bring more events to the city.

Civic ban protested


A man trespassed by Hutt City Council from the central library, main council building and Taita community services office says he is being picked on for standing up for his rights.

Pokie sites under scrutiny

Hutt City Council is reviewing its rules governing where pokie machines can be installed.

Epilepsy support group gets the nod


The public should not be afraid of helping people having epileptic seizures - just don't try to restrain them.

Secret Level centre to prove its worth

Secret Level

Lower Hutt's youth centre says it will take up the council's challenge, and look at ways to provide more services and activities in the city's "high deprivation areas".

Retirement complex under way

Retirement village

Groundwork will begin next month on a $120 million retirement village at the old Petone College site, after the Environment Court approved a deal brokered between Ryman Healthcare and affected neighbours.

Naenae's role in ban recognised

Trevor Mallard

Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard says people in Naenae can take credit that their "intense and early effort" to stop the sale of legal highs has helped force government action.
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