Upper Hutt Leader

Caring for the elderly 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


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


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


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.

Hutt Valley King Toyota placed in receivership


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


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.

Upper Hutt 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

SELINA POWELL - Upper Hutt Leader

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

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

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.

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.

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


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.

IRD workers return to Upper Hutt

IRD Hutt

More than 375 IRD workers have returned to a a refurbished and strengthened Upper Hutt site.

Cinema workers' claim probed

Ascot Cinema

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is investigating a complaint about the underpayment of Upper Hutt cinema workers.

Black Stump solution a roaring success

Black Stump

The controversial leasing of Kaitoke's Black Stump building to a social motorcycle club is being touted as a success.

Ascot Cinema staff waiting to be paid

Ascot Cinema

Former Ascot Cinema workers are still waiting to be paid, a month after the cinema closed for a second time.

Sick children priority for HNZ housing

HNZ Tenants

Families with children at risk of rheumatic fever will move to the top of the Housing New Zealand waiting list.

Upper Hutt rugby clubs join forces

Rams rugby jersey

The Rimutaka and Upper Hutt Rugby clubs have merged to become the Rams.

Caution advised on plan for new stadium

Petone stadium

JIM CHIPP - Hutt News

Promotors promoters are cool on the idea of 12,000 seat stadium for Petone.

New principal settles into school role

Hutt International Boys' School has welcome a new principal, Mike Hutchins.

Older inmate numbers rise

prison warden

More elderly inmates are facing the prospect of spending their last days in New Zealand prisons.

Mayor angry SH58 'ignored' again


Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy wants improvements made to SH58 rather than building the proposed Tawa link road.

Train guard's life back on track

Shawn Bates

After two near-death experiences and weeks in hospital, Shawn Bates can now be seen fighting fit at the gym.

Rimutaka summit to get a smart new look

Rimutaka Hill Road

After sitting empty for five years, the Rimutaka Hill Rd summit will finally get a spruce up.

Rush to help collapsed boy


The practical and speedy assistance of Hutt Valley Gliding Club members was appreciated by a father whose son collapsed at the weekend.

Cleanfill site plans "fundamentally flawed"

timaru rubbish bins

Upper Hutt Leader

Plans for a proposed cleanfill on State Highway 58 have been described as "fundamentally flawed" and a danger to traffic safety.

Cinema's sad saga continues

Ascot Cinema

The curtains have again come down again at Ascot Cinema and staff have been left out of pocket.

Views sought for rural plan

COLIN WILLIAMS - Upper Hutt Leader

Liz Hutson has long been waiting for a city council review of Upper Hutt's rural area and its future.

US internet entrepreneurs buy church

Whitemans Valley Church

Two successful internet entrepreneurs have bought a 121-year-old church in Whitemans Valley.

Carving a new career from limestone rock

Stone carver

Brett Keno has exchanged suits and meetings for days spent whittling away stones that are millennia old.

Octogenarian flying high


At 80 Neil McCabe has become the country's second-oldest licensed helicopter pilot.

State-of-art gym to meet sports needs

St Pats Gym

A $5.2 million gymnasium at St Patrick's College Silverstream is set for an April opening.

Flat hunters risk being scammed

Rental property

January and early February is flat hunting season for students and others making a start in a new place and that means scammers are also active.

Residential development for AgResearch site

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

Up to 700 residential homes are planned for fifty-four hectares of former AgResearch land.

Upper Hutt buildings shaken but safe


There are no reports of damage to Upper Hutt City Council property following a magnitude 6.2 earthquake on Monday.

Model plane strays into jail

model plane

A rogue model plane has crashed into a high security unit at Rimutaka Prison, prompting concerns cellphone- jamming technology is to blame.

Lifesaver in store at hardware shop


A new machine to help heart attack victims has been installed outside Mitre 10 Mega in Upper Hutt.
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