Upper Hutt Leader

Lying racer spared

The 24-year-old's car was snapped speeding through Lower Hutt at up to 210kmh. He later lied to police about his car being stolen.

Man who raced at 210kmh then lied to police can keep his name secret.

'Welcome to the hood, lady'

Riverside Gardens resident Christina Gillmore has said she wants more done to support residents dealing with crime in the Pomare subdivision.

New Pomare homeowners told: Get involved before you complain about the neighbours.

A Kat who loves dogs

Kat Davey and her dogs make quite a splash where ever they go.

Upper Hutt dog walker Kat Davey gets noticed where ever she goes.

Dragon costume scales new heights

Lorina Nisbet of Upper Hutt won the 'best single woman' costume at the Wellington Sevens with a dragon outfit she made from non-slip mats.

Non-slip mates helped Lorina Nisbet go to the Sevens as a dragon.

'Free' tuition is future investment - MP

Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins flanks, Labour's education spokesman, flanks leader Andrew Little as he speaks to reporters about the three years' free tuition policy announced at the weekend.

A better education workforce is better equipped to support future retirees, MP Chris Hipkins says.

Former undertaker's driving left cyclist with brain damage

Former Lower Hutt funeral director Darryl Angus in 2002.

Gary Manson describes devastating effects from the accident.

Capital boaties well behaved

Senior Sergeant Dave Houston is the officer in charge of the Police's Wellington maritime unit. Behind him is the unit's main vessel, the Lady Elizabeth IV.

Boaties taking to Wellington Harbour over summer have been pretty well behaved, according to the head of Wellington's police maritime unit.

Gentle giant a future canine companion

Former pound dog Holly, a Neopolitan Mastiff/Labrador cross, with Amanda Oatham.

Former pound dog Holly - a "gentle giant" - may have a future role visiting the elderly.

Grisly sheep deaths prompt dog warning

This ewe was attacked and drowned by a dog or dogs on land the council allows lifestyle block owners to graze stock on near the Totara Park drainage channel.  A lamb was also killed.

The grisly death of a ewe and a lamb near Totara Park has prompted a warning.

Stone carvers make their mark

Stone carver Tim White with his Rings of Spirit work. ''I do it because it's a real pleasure.'' Photo: PETER McDONALD

Upper Hutt’s Stone Carving Symposium finished up on Wellington Anniversary Day with Mary Amor, its long time organiser, claiming it as a success

Not all are in tune with Main St music

Liberty Books' Rhys Pasley has had enough of the noise on the Main St from a stereo at the entrance to the Noel Leeming store opposite his business. ‘‘It’s not the music, it’s the volume and that constant thudding bass.’’ Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS

Main St businesses appear to have shut Noel Leeming up.

New Birchville bridge nine months away

The damaged bridge at Birchville with service pipes in place. Temporary support of the  water and sewer services will be arranged during the building of a new steel bridge expected to be opened for traffic in October. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS

A flood-damaged bridge at Birchville will be replaced by October.

Wargamers lock, load for battle

Glacier King, a figure from the Hordes war game, which will feature at the Hutt Miniature Wargames Club ValleyCon 2016 meeting on January 30 and 31.

The battles by wargamers in Upper Hutt this month will range from historical to fantasy.

Compost gives people pneumonia

There has been a significant spike in the number of cases of legionellosis cases so far this year, with most sufferers having caught it after breathing in dust from compost or soil while gardening.

Legionnaires' disease cases are on the rise in the Wellington region.

Teen suffers brain injury from rolling car

Hutt Valley District Court.

Teen suffers brain injury after car rolls while she hung out a window.

Young quick makes his mark

Ben Sears is currently representing New Zealand at the Under 19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh.

Quick bowler Ben Sears is chasing a career as a cricket professional.

High-rev Panhead adds cylinders

Panhead owner Mike Neilson.

Panhead Custom Ales hit its red line over the Christmas break.

Meros follows footsteps of Monica Lewinsky

Richard Meros, aka Arthur Meek, thinks the free world needs Hillary Clinton to take him as her lover.

After offering to salvage Helen Clark's faltering career by becoming her young lover, Arthur Meek moves on to Hillary Clinton.

Algae back, dog owners warned

Toxic algae in Tasman district rivers.

Warm temperatures cause toxic algal mats to return to the Hutt River.

Wellington Cup dusted off

Wellington Racing Club marketing manager Julia Shardlow discovered the Wellington Cup in a cabinet at the Welly City and Sea museum.

Friday night will be polishing night for rediscovered 121-year-old trophy.

Teen accused of rolling car onto passenger

Ethan Tyler Clarke is accused of causing a car to roll onto a passenger that was hanging out the vehicle's window.

Teen accused of causing a car to roll onto a passenger enters no plea.

Taramai takes his game to North Harbour

Heading away . . . Murphy Taramai is turning his back on sevens rugby —  and Sir Gordon Tietjens — to concentrate on his 15-a-side game with North Harbour.

New Zealand Sevens representative Murphy Taramai is leaving Wellington rugby.

All creatures great and small

Ben the pony was the centre of attraction at the new Farmyard Preschool's open day on Friday, January 15. Sophie Edhouse (5), left, is in the saddle with owner-director Christine Williams, teacher Mary McFlinn, trainee teacher Josh Fagen and a visiting Maida Goza (3). Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS

Upper Hutt’s newest childcare centre has an obvious point of difference.

Council spends $375,000 inviting businesses

Stores inside The Mall are just some of the Upper Hutt businesses to receive funding from the council.

Upper Hutt ratepayers have forked out more than $375,000 in the past two years to help businesses set up shop in the city.

Gospel singing at prison lifts confidence

Members of the Kapiti Gospel Choir accompanied by Corrections Department staff.

Choir hopes prisoner gospel singers will join their group after release.

Dope grower stole $15,000 of electricity

A man ordered to repay $15,240.72 worth of electricity at $20 per week in the Hutt Valley District Court may take about 14 years to do so.

A dope-grower who pinched $15000 of electricity was a rare glitch according to power companies.

Safety tips with free sizzlers

Throwing water onto a fat or oil fire on a stovetop is not a good idea, as firefighter Phil Soal demonstrated when Housing NZ held a Summer Safety House event in Naenae last November. Smothering that kind of fire, if it's not too large, is a better idea.

Have a sausage with some safety advice.

Search on for Taylor's lost murals

1962 mural by E Mervyn Taylor, which was once on display at the DSIR soil bureau in Taita, Lower Hutt, and is now lost.

What happened to Mervyn Taylor's 'Kumara god' mural?

Wellington crowned craft beer capital

Garage Project brewery founders (from left) Jos Ruffell, Pete Gillespie, and Ian Gillespie. The brewer has been again crowned best brewery in the 2015 Society of Beer Advocates Awards.

Any doubts that the capital produces the best craft brews have been put to rest in latest beer society awards.

New Lifestyle uses liquidated gym's gear

Amie Jane, left, and Emma Bunny, co-owners of the new and soon-to-open Lifestyle Health and Fitness gym in Queen St, Upper Hutt. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS

The partner of All Black Cory Jane is behind a new gym in Upper Hutt.

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