Upper Hutt Leader

Rays to oust Kitts from lagoon

Frank Kitts Lagoon in Wellington could soon have a new name.

Frank Kitts Lagoon has never had an official name. That could all soon change.

Council urged to buy Trentham house

Trentham Community House trustees Chris Carson and Jessica Setu in front of the house, which may have to be sold.

A final, direct request for Upper Hutt city to take ownership of the insolvent Trentham Community House has been made by its trustee Chris Carson .

Indoor bowls pair make their mark

Upper Hutt and New Zealand indoor bowls couple Ashley Diamond and Sheree Holmes.

The Upper Hutt indoor bowls couple Ashley Diamond and Sheree Holmes played a big part in New Zealand’s recent beating of Australia.

Special needs funding 'a spit in ocean'

Paul Patterson wonders why charter schools continue to feel the love more than state schools.

An increase in funding for special needs students is a "spit in the ocean" according to Fergusson Intermediate principal Paul Patterson.

World class images draw big crowd

New Zealand National Geographic co-founder Kennedy Warne stands next to his favourite photo at the National Geographic Photograph Exhibition at Upper Hutt???s Expressions Art Centre. Photo: ANDREW TURNER

The internationally renowned 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic exhibition from Washington DC was revealed at an opening night in Upper Hutt on May 23. 

Helping to rebuild Cheboche

Katy Austin is raising money through the Cheboche Area Trust to help the post-earthquake rebuild in Nepal.

Hutt Valley woman Katy Austin was one week into a seven-week holiday in the UK last month when a devastating earthquake hit Nepal.

Jason makes the Junior Black Sox

Upper Hutt's Jason Tanirau, broken arm and all, is Australain bound with the Junior Black Sox softball team. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS

Jason Tanirau’s softball career is on a roll — broken arm and all.

Rockers fight way to regional final

18052015. BRUCE POOL. UPPER HUTT LEADER/FAIRFAX NZ. Upper Hutt College student Lochie Noble performs solo at the Smokefree Rockquest 2015 local heat held at Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt, on May 16.

Upper Hutt College student Lochie Noble performs solo. Noble made headlines as a thirteen-year-old in July last year after he hit the streets busking to raise money for Bob Dylan concert tickets.

Trentham community house threatened

Chris Carson and Jessica Setu worry the Trentham Community House may have to be sold.

Trentham Community House's trustees have come forward with a dire warning - without an imminent financial shot in the arm, the house will have to be placed on the market.

US semiconductor firm chases CIT site

The CIT (Central Institute of Technology) campus in Upper Hutt, a photograph from the Ministry of Education tender document for the 18ha of land and buildings.

An announcement on a new owner for the former Central Institute of Technology (CIT) campus at Heretaunga is expected next week.

Cosslett lands top education role

Graeme Cosslett. CEO at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research

Upper Hutt’s Graeme Cosslett is the new chief executive of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool at Expressions

Birth of the Cool album cover.

An extra special feast awaits music lovers next Thursday evening with the Birth of the Cool' show at the Queens Birthday Jazz and Blues Festival at Expressions.

City's Lichtwark in World Cup

Cushla Lichtwark, Upper Hutt City Football rep selected for New Zealand

Cushla Lichtwark’s football World Cup journey has begun.

Valley speedsters skate to gold

Antony Nalder (left) leads out in inline skating competition.

A eight-strong team of speed skaters from Upper Hutt has glided to a big haul of medals.

Troll perspective helps kids' empathy

20052015   Author and illustrator Bevan Connell (left) with Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins at the book launch of Jacob the Troll and the Three Impatient Goats.   Anna Whyte, journalism student

When Trentham author Bevan Connell decided to write a book to help children understand that people have different points of view, he incorporated three goats and a troll. 

BurgerFuel firing up in Upper Hutt

On the tools, BurgerFuel owner Matt Kingi is busy at the Upper Hutt store at its opening today, May 18.

BurgerFuel is fired up in Upper Hutt, with a financial incentive packaged from the city council sealing the deal.

Madeline Anderson 108 years young

Upper Hutt woman Madeline Anderson celebrated her 108th birthday last week.

Madeline Anderson has seen it all.

Calls to saddle up with bridleway vision

Jim Hoddinott, who was thrown by his horse when it was spooked by a vehicle, is among a group of Upper Hutt rural residents.lobbying the city council for a bridleway.

A trail riders group's submission to Upper Hutt City Council to improve safety for horse riders using the verges of rural roads has drawn strong support.

Councillor loves her new name

’’New’’ city councillor Mary Amour (formerly Archibald) said changing her name by deed poll was satisfying and easy.

Mary Amour could not be happier. Well known in the community, the city councillor recently changed her name from Archibald to Amour by deed poll.

Apa Heemi's century has happy ending

UpperHutt rugby prop Apa Heemi celebrates his 100th premier game and a last play win over Norths in Swindale Shield rugby.

Apa Heemi’s hundreth game for the Upper Hutt rugby premiers packed in plenty of drama and, in the very last seconds, delivered the best of endings.

Upper Hutt City men looking for first win

Upper Hutt City goalkeeper Sam Martin saves an attack from Lower Hutt in Chatham Cup football.

A late goal to in a 1-0 loss ended any hopes Upper Hutt City may have held in the national knockout Chatham Cup on Saturday.

Move from Auckland to Upper Hutt and bank half a million

A house in the market in Sandringham, Auckland, for over $700,000.

Can't afford to buy in Auckland? Struggling to gather a big enough deposit to live in Wellington or Christchurch?

Drawing his way to Hollywood

An illustration by Upper Hutt artist Amit Dutta.

It's not every day a Hutt Valley artist is flown to Hollywood to receive an award named after the founder of Scientology.

Garcias resigns as frustration creeps in

Pedro Garcias was Upper Hutt's player-coach last season.  He has just stepped down as coach.

Pedro Garcias has resigned as coach of the Upper Hutt City mens’ football team.

Upper Hutt's controversial fantail statue touches down soon

Upper Hutt City Council's plans to erect a metal sculpture, said to resemble the tail feathers of a fantail, off SH2 near the Silverstream entrance to the city, are close to fruition.

The arrival of the controversial fantail statue at Upper Hutt’s southern motorway entrance to Upper Hutt is not far away.

Paddle for dad, son hit by cancer

Upper Hutt's Jacob Comerford, with his father Brendan and mother Ruakawa at Christchurch Hospital.  Jacob has a brain tumour.

The Comerford family of Upper Hutt have had their life turned upside down by cancer.

Shared care records can enhance patient safety

The shared care record system launched in the Hutt Valley means clinicians at Hutt Hospital and the After Hours clinic will be able to call up medication and diagnoses data records from a patient's GP.

An electronic patient shared care record system has been picked up by 19 of the Hutt Valley's 24 general practices.

Rimutaka prisoners complete practical construction course

Rimutaka Prison deputy manger Audrey Koti and WelTec tutor Rawiri Whare with a garden chair made by prisoners who completed a National Certificate in Building Construction.

Twelve Rimutaka prisoners have completed a WelTec managed 12-week practical course in construction.

Canheads the face of Panhead's new beers

Two of Panhead's new Canhead beer characters, Lola Deville and Johnny Octane.

Mike Neilson thinks it's time New Zealanders gave canned beer a second chance.

Taylor makes the cut for national Maori netball team

Heretaunga College's Taylor Green is ready to step up to the next level of netball.

Heretaunga College netballer Taylor Green has been selected in the Aotearoa Maori Secondary Schools side.

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