Upper Hutt Leader

Cuddle cot to help grieving parents

Megan McMillan: "Knowing they only get a short time with their 'angel' before saying their final goodbyes breaks my heart."

When a baby dies, time stands still for those parents.

Speedway drivers take rule changes in their stride

Speedway drivers spoken to at a meeting at the Te Marua track last Sunday say they supported changes made to safety rules following a fire which left a driver with serious burns in October.

Speedway drivers have been quick to accept rule changes following a fire which left a driver with serious burns in October.

Food for Fines at Hutt City Libraries

Donations gathered by Hutt City Libraries after two days of their December-long Food for Fines promotion.

Hutt City Libraries will wipe $5 worth of fines for every food donation in December.

Imaginary worlds fill Upper Hutt arts centre

Two of the works in the new Expressions exhibition Imaginary Worlds - Tanya Marriott's 'Dolls', and Gus Hunter's 'Battle'.

 The most fantastic of art exhibitions was launched in appropriate style at Expressions on Friday evening.

Tempers rise over Pinehaven flooding

Flooding in the Pinehaven area, 1976.

Tempers flared at a regional council meeting discussing a plan to deal with flooding in Pinehaven.

King: Labour would consider fizzy tax

A tax on fizzy drinks and other sugary foods may be needed if we're to tackle obesity, Labour's health spokesperson Annette King told an Upper Hutt audience.

The Labour Party would not rule out a tax on fizzy drinks, Annette King says.

Lee's hope for health lies in Mexico

Long-time Upper Hutt car enthusiasts Lee and Pete Thompson hope Lee can resume driving after undergoing a stem cell procedure in Mexico next year that could halt the progression of her multiple sclerosis.

Lee Thompson's hope for continued health lie with a stem cell procedure at a clinic in Mexico.

HIBS knocks up third Wellington title

Troy Johnson, the top performing captain and all-rounder in the champion HIBS 's cricket side.

A third title in a row has confirmed the powerhouse status of Hutt International Boys School in Wellington secondary school cricket.

Setting table for Te Omanga's future

Artist Michel Tuffery's pohutukawa design Christmas ornament, which is being sold in Farmers stores as a fundraiser for hospices.

Ten Christmas tables are set to sparkle for Te Omanga Hospice.

Plugging in to electric vehicle trend

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has an electric Mitsubishi Outlander SUV as his mayoral car, and the charging point outside the council building is also available to other EV owners.

Wellington region electric vehicle owners - and others keen to plug-in to the environment-friendly transport trend - are being invited to a get-together in Upper Hutt this Sunday.

Corrections leader excels on netball court

2015 National Umpire of the Year winner Gareth Fowler, 32, from Netball Hutt Valley.

Award-winning umpire compares high-level netball to corrections work.

H20 roof goes its own way

Contractors inspect the H20 roof after its skylight blew off in big winds on Friday morning. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS

Big winds lifted off part of the roof at Upper Hutt’s H2O Xtream recreation centre on Friday.

Wellingtonian bursts into tears over return of stolen trailer

Wellingtonians Simon and Sophie Legge were delighted police returned their stolen trailer. And this time about four years ago, their van got pinched.

Police returned a family's livlihood and brought them to tears.

Wanted: A few good men

Wellington's new Big Buddy mentoring co-ordinator Dave Burcher.

Dave Burcher is looking for a bunch of good Kiwi blokes.

Peace message hits the road

One of the 2015 White Ribbon Riders watches on as Hutt International Boys' School students perform a haka at Davis Field, Trentham.

The White Ribbon riders who rolled up to Davis Field yesterday were a motley crew.

Kids' gifts cheer burglary victim

Melby Scott, 92, sat outside his home and gave Avalon Primary School children chocolate fish to thank them for their kindness.

A 92-year-old's home was burgled by teens pretending to be looking for work.

Rapist set for jail again

Convicted sex offender Daniel Livingstone, 28, turned his back to the media in court.

A convicted sex offender who sparked a manhunt may go back to jail.

Spinner, gardener Lalla marks 100 years

Upper Hutt resident Lalla Parsons slices into her 100th birthday cake on Saturday, with her little brother Eric joining the celebrations.

Lalla Parsons credits health living for reaching her 100th birthday, but she was never going to cut out butter and full-cream milk.

Ashley racks up 50-yr firefighting milestone

Ashley Bennett, who is to be ecognised for 50 years' service as a volunteer fire fighter, all served at the Trentham station.

Ashley Bennett’s unrivalled achievement of 50 years as a volunteer fire fighter will be celebrated on Saturday.

Electronic board battlers invited to live action

Upper Hutt Chess Club champion Gerald Carter (on left) vs Nick Kananghinis.  Handicap, rapid chess and other formats ensure a level playing field at club nights.

Chess fans who play on their laptop or cellphone are being challenged to duel against a fellow human being.

GPs offer more women's health services

The Mirena: a hormone-releasing IUD now available for insertion from some Hutt Valley GPs.

Changes to gynaecological services in the Hutt Valley will see more GPs performing procedures that gynaecologists had previously done the majority of.

Cute or cruel? Vet's warning over craze video

A cat leaps into the air in terror after noticing a sneaky long green thing lying behind it.

A viral video craze has revealed a surprising cat behavior, but pet owners should think twice.

Seeking descendants of WWI railwaymen

Unfurling of an Australian flag on Anzac Day, 1916, at the Petone Railway station.  The flagpole was established by NZ and Australian railwaymen to mark rail workers killed in the war.  Another flagpole, with a New Zealand flag, was established in New South Wales, Australia.

Rail enthusiasts preparing for a Petone ANZAC centennial want to hear from the families of railwaymen killed in WW1.

Courts issued 40,000 warrants to arrest last year

The problem of people failing to appear is a regular feature at the Hutt Valley District Court; excuses vary but many are mundane.

Judges issued almost 40,000 warrants to arrest over the past year.

Sex ed 'too much too soon'

Konini Primary School principal Andrea Scanlan welcomed parent feedback on sex ed classes.

Lower Hutt mum takes 9-year-old out of classes in protest over content.

Peter Jackson buys former car plant

The former General Motors property in Trentham, which has been bought by the Weta Group of Companies. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS

The former General Motors building in Trentham has been sold to Peter Jackson’s Weta group of companies.

Folding maestro tackles Origami Olympiad

Origami insect, by Joseph Sime.

A 12-year-old has mastered the ancient art of creating three-dimensional sculptures from a single sheet of paper.

Berketts' lifetime in racing recognised

Noeline and Jeff Berkett with Go Haylee, a former galloper. The Whiteman’s Valley couple have been made life members of the Wellington Racing Club. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS

Jeff and Noeline Berkett were recently awarded life membership of the of Wellington Racing Club.

Harrison tells stories from the graves

John Harrison with his book Stories from the Graves, a collection of pen portraits of some of the people buried in the St John's Church graveyard, Trentham.

They've long ago left the cares of this world, but they had stories to tell and John Harrison enjoys telling them.

Police catching plenty failing roundabouts rules

Police say the emphasis is on educating drivers not handing out infringement notices at roundabouts in Lower Hutt.

Police have started early on their indicate roundabout campaign.

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