Upper Hutt Leader

Men feeling pinch go without power

Salvation Army says more single men are going without power and hot water to make ends meet.

Upper Hutt visitor's mobile home stolen

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Phillip Freeman's question for sharp-eyed locals is: ''Have you seen my home?  It was stolen on Monday.''

Armed intruders break into care facility

Armed offenders allegedly threatened night staff and stole drugs at a care home for people living with disabilities.

Walk-in health clinic on the books

A Hutt Valley medical centre is planning "walk in" clinics.

River plans to be revised from scratch

An eight-year process to define river flood hazard areas in Upper Hutt will start again.

Cycling for a better life

Biking to the top of Blue Mountains Rd in Upper Hutt was an overwhelming experience for Rawiri Nathan.

Fantail sculpture to welcome visitors to Upper Hutt

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A giant fantail sculpture will be placed on State Highway 2 as a welcome sign to Upper Hutt.

Council orders review of Mangaroa flood maps

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A process to define Mangaroa River flood hazard areas on Upper Hutt's District Plan that has already taken eight years will start again.

Living the sweet life - Upper Hutt's bee man

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Ivan Pedersen steals for a living.

Top cop to target thefts

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Hutt Valley's new top policeman plans to target burglaries and car thefts in the valley.

Cycle path gets $4.2m funding

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More than $4.2 million will be spent on cycle and walking paths in Upper Hutt.

$10m to protect Upper Hutt from flooding

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Wellington regional council has released plans for a $10m flood protection project for Upper Hutt.

Recalling inkwells and blackboards

Upper Hutt School 150th

One of Wellington's oldest schools is celebrating 150 years of educating young minds.

Forestry firm branches out

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Forestry company IFS Growth has chosen Upper Hutt at its North Island base.

Wellpack workers' jobs to go

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Rumour became reality for 40 workers at the Wellpack packaging company in Wallaceville last week.

Stockcars gearing up

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Back in the day, the Wellington Wildcats dominated stockcar racing nationally - and they may do so again.

B Block bites the dust

Classroom crashes down for new rec area

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Upper Hutt College's original two-storey Nelson Block classroom buildings come crashing down.

Upper Hutt workers worst paid i

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Upper Hutt workers are among the lowest paid in the country, according to a quarterly survey by TradeMe Jobs.

Concern over Hutt River stopbank

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The Hutt River stopbank design has been queried by a NIWA scientist who says it could mean more floods.

Council borrows $10m

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Loans of more than $10 million have been approved for Upper Hutt City Council this financial year.

Foodstuffs HQ to stay put for now

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Foodstuffs has backtracked on a decision to move from it's Silverstream headquarters in mid-2015.

Drive-in on course for summer

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Wellington's only drive-in cinema is gearing up for a busy summer ahead.

Hutt Hospital refers privacy breach to police

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A breach of privacy by a patient in Hutt Hospital's emergency department has been referred to police.

Wallet thefts anger Upper Hutt supermarket bosses, shoppers

Wallet thefts anger Upper Hutt supermarket bosses, shoppers

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An Upper Hutt businessman is calling for a community meeting on petty crime after two purses and a handbag were stolen at Pak 'n Save Upper Hutt in the space of a week.

Rimutaka candidates hold forth

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Abortion, the minimum wage, state housing and even a line from House of Cards got an airing at Rimutaka's final candidates' meeting.

New learning curve for College

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Heretaunga students will be offered themed courses, like "Maths in Hospitality" from next year.

$3.5m for new train station

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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

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

Skatepark petition wins supporters

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Duck in and secure a race entrant

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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.