Upper Hutt Leader

$3.5m for new train station

Upper Hutt train station

A new Upper Hutt railway station will open early in 2016 and cost $3.5 million.

Shaky buildings usable

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Two Upper Hutt council-owned community buildings serving as the homes of the Citizens Advice Bureau and Read Write Plus are earthquake risks.

Holiday park last resort for homeless families

Harcourt Holiday Park

A holiday park has become the last port of call for families trying to avoid homelessness in Upper Hutt.

Skatepark petition wins supporters

Maidstone skate parkl

An online petition calling for improvements to the run down and outdated Maidstone Max Skatepark has attracted more than 100 supporters.

Bea Joblin shooting Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Hutt Valley

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Who needs ''middle men'' dictating how a project runs?  If you have the idea, the gumption and the friends to help, just get on with it.

Army's new trucks too heavy for roads

New army trucks costing a combined $135 million are too heavy for New Zealand roads when bearing a full load.

Submissions run hot against sale of land

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The sale of bushland near the entrance to Upper Hutt should not go ahead, residents have told the city council.

3.15% rates rise for Upper Hutt

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Upper Hutt residents will face a rates rise of about 3.15 per cent for the coming financial year.

Resident frustrated by lack of information

Upper Hutt land

A Silverstream resident fighting to stop the sale of Duncraig St parkland said the city council had been poor in its communication on the proposal.

Pinehaven school celebrates with birthday bash

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

It's back to the future at Pinehaven School this Friday, with a 1950s theme as pupils and teachers mark the school's 60th birthday.

Council threatens to pull the brake on station work

Upper Hutt railway station

Upper Hutt council has threatened to withdraw $1 million in funding for the upgrade of the city's main train station.

Wasteful water use sparks warning

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If water meters are ever introduced to Upper Hutt, resident will only have themselves to blame, says a council officer.

Library strums up new business

Ukes for hire

One Wellington library is lending out not just books, magazines, dvds and cds, but ukuleles.

Risky prison buildings to be levelled

Rimutaka prison buildings

Asbestos was removed from one of two buildings set for demolition outside Rimutaka Prison last week.

Demolition of state houses under way

Trentham state houses

Contractors have started work demolishing 28 state homes in Trentham.

Having a head for history

Protest helmet's journey to Canada and back

Police helmet

A helmet lost while policing the Springbok tour protest wound up in Canada, but is now back in Wellington.

10% of calls to Housing NZ not answered

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One in ten calls to the Housing New Zealand 0800 number are going unanswered.

Theatre workers finally paid

Ascot Cinema

Former workers at the Ascot Cinema have received some of the wages they are owed.

Relief at legal high crackdown

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An Upper Hutt man who says synthetic cannabis made his housemates act like "zombies" has welcomed a government crackdown on the drugs.

Levy needed to spur on city - mayor

WAYNE GUPPY

An economic "game-changer" is needed for Upper Hutt and the city council's planned $4 million development package is about encouraging this, mayor Wayne Guppy says.

Uncle's WWII letters inspire book

Jill Harris

Long lost letters from an uncle who flew with Bomber Command are the inspiration behind a book for young adults.

Flat feet stood in the way of service

Len Cook

Len Cook has one of the more unusual Anzac Day stories.

Duck in and secure a race entrant

Duck race

The ducks are all in a row for Upper Hutt's inaugural duck race for charity.

Everyone should pay for city plans, says chamber

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The $4 million city spend on economic development is supported by the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, chief executive Mark Futter said.

Remutaka correct spelling: iwi

Rimutaka Hil

It's only one letter, but it's likely to inflame passions on both sides of the Remutaka hill.

Healthcare behind bars

Inside Rimutaka's care for elderly and disabled

Rimutaka Prison

A high dependency unit for the elderly and disabled at Rimutaka Prison is to expand at the end of this year. Selina Powell pays a visit.

Glitch blamed from drop in crime stats

Police

A reporting glitch is to blame for a drop in the number of crimes solved at Upper Hutt Police Station, police say.

Possible sale of council land questioned

Upper Hutt land

The proposed sale of 25 "parcels" of council-owned land has been questioned.

5.03% rates rise for Upper Hutt

A total rates rise above five per cent is planned for Upper Hutt residents.

Thunderbolt riders tune up for BMX Nationals

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Tips from one of New Zealand's top BMX coaches will help the 29 riders from the Hutt Valley Thunderbolts heading to the 2014 BMX NZ Nationals in Tauranga over Easter.

Caffeine hit helps community

Awaken Cafe

Buying a coffee at Awaken Cafe will also give you a warm feeling that you're helping the community.

Historic Blockhouse building to be upgraded

Blockhouse Building

The heritage-listed Upper Hutt Blockhouse is to be earthquake strengthened.

Silverstream project delay

Silverstream

Approval for new housing on industrial land in Silverstream is on hold until detail on how its contaminated soil will be removed is provided to the city council.

King Toyota placed in receivership

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High profile car dealership King Toyota is in receivership, with creditors owed an estimated $5 million.

Police spread credit for 10pc reduction in crime rate

Police

A focus on working with justice and community groups to prevent crime helped police lower the Hutt Valley's reported crime rate by more than 10 per cent last year.

Fare go in transport plan

Tranz Metro

The regional council is looking at cutting fares on off-peak bus and rail services by 25 per cent, and investigating building public transport costs into the ticket price for major sport and cultural events.

Liquor store turned down

Regional Public Health has hailed rejection of a proposed new bottle store in central Upper Hutt as a win for the community.

Intersection the region's riskiest

Crash River Rd

The intersection between River Rd and Whakatiki St has been named the riskiest in the Wellington region.

Fire brigade turns 100

Upper Hutt fire brigade

There will be a touch of the old and the new at Upper Hutt Fire Brigade centenary celebrations this Saturday.

Volunteer numbers no concern for Age Concern

Age Concern

Ron Powell, the Age Concern co- ordinator for the Hutt Valley, has, arguably, the best of problems.

Family frightened for dog's safety

Police

Police say there is little evidence to back up Upper Hutt dog theft claims.

Lookout gets touch-up Tracks to be improved

Rimutaka Hil

Modest improvements to the viewing area and land at the summit of Rimutaka Hill Rd are continuing to take place.

Million-dollar commitment to railway station

Upper Hutt railway station

Just over $1 million is to be set aside to replace Upper Hutt's dilapidated railway station in the new financial year.

Duck race migrates north

Hutt duck race

A flotilla of thousands of ducks will float down the Hutt River from Moonshine on Sunday, April 27.

A century on from a tragic fire

Benge and Pratt fire

The centenary of Upper Hutt's worst tragedy is to be be officially remembered later this month.

$4m to lift Upper Hutt's game

Upper Hutt

A $4 million spend on improving Upper Hutt's poor-performing economy is the stand-out initiative in the city council's plan for the next financial year.

Right mix for TV pressure-cooker

MasterChef Hutt pair

Mother and daughter Nikki and Jordan Shearer are thriving on the pressure-cooker show MasterChef New Zealand.

Village extension under way

The first: Wallaceville, Upper Hutt, closed in 2008 and its land is now for sale.

The first phase of development in a plan that will see an Upper Hutt retirement village double in size is to begin next month.

Crematorium construction to start soon

akatarawa crematorium

COLIN WILLIAMS - Upper Hutt Leader

Construction of a long anticipated new chapel and crematorium at Akatarawa Cemetery will begin shortly and is expected to take 16 weeks.

Diamond pair mark 60 years of life and love

Gibbs

With plenty of ups and downs behind them, Diamond wedding couple Colin and Maureen Gibbs say they're glad to be in good enough health to enjoy more adventures to come.

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