Upper Hutt Leader

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.

Prisoners building on solid ground with qualifications

A prison graduate of WelTec's Building Construction Allied Trade Skills course holds a hand-crafted tool used to safely work wood into a cutting machine.

Prisoners are learning to build futures on solid ground with qualifications.

Rubbish and cats ruling Bridge Rd

The Bridge Rd bridge, off Akatarawa Rd in Birchville, Upper Hutt, on October 29: the day it "slumped" in the middle.

"It's been a forgotten bridge and a forgotten road," one Upper Hutt resident says.

Staff panel to curb prison violence

Rimutaka Prison director Chris Burns with deputy director Viv Whelan in front of a prisoner's artwork.

Top staff will discuss different aspects of Rimutaka Prisoner's lives to curb violence.

Plays spark gender, consent conversations

Rehearsing Jody Burrell's piece from the stage production A Stage of One's Own are, from left, Drew Brown,  Lewis McLeod, Hannah Kelly, Donald James,  Kelly Moen, Amy Griffin-Browne and Rosie Cann.

Issues around consent, body image and gender identity are explored by four young directors in a stage event coming to Lower Hutt next week.

Sports official avoids being grounded

Hutt Valley District Court.

Frequent-flying sports official avoids drink-drive conviction.

Key steps to the tee for Royal Wellington

Prime Minister John Key swings into action at the opening of the Royal Wellington Golf Club’s new practice and teaching facility at Heretaunga. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS

The Prime Minister John Key swung into action at the Royal Wellington Golf Club’s new practice and teaching facility.

Army dental unit marks century of military drills

The Royal New Zealand Dental Corps marked its 100th anniversary at Trentham Camp last weekend. Its newest member, Private Ashish Bisht shares a laugh with its oldest veteran, Alan Cull and the Corps' longest serving member, Warrant Officer Denise Mariu


Hutt DHB's early adoption blows out software costs

Hutt Valley DHB chief executive Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the board isn't worse off because of its early uptake of an expensive financial software package.


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