Upper Hutt Leader

B Block bites the dust

Classroom crashes down for new rec area

College crush

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

Upper Hutt workers worst paid i

cash in hand

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

Concern over Hutt River stopbank

Hutt River

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

Upper Hutt council borrows to boost CBD growth

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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

Pak'n'Save

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

Drive-in on course for summer

Drive-in

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

Rimutaka candidates

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

College moves to themed English, maths subjects

School classroom

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

$3.5m for new Upper Hutt train station

Upper Hutt train station

A new Upper Hutt railway station will open early in 2016 and cost $3.5 million.

Shaky Hutt buildings 'not dangerous'

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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

Harcourt Holiday Park

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

Skatepark petition wins supporters

Maidstone skate parkl

An online petition calling for improvements to the run down and outdated Maidstone Max Skatepark has attracted more than 100 supporters.

Bea shoots her own brand of story

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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

Upper Hutt land

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

Upper Hutt railway station

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 interest in ukuleles

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.

Police helmet returned 33 years later

Protest helmet's journey to Canada and back

Police helmet

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

Ascot Cinema

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.

Controversial Hutt levy to spur on city

WAYNE GUPPY

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

Len Cook

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

Duck in and secure a race entrant

Duck race

The ducks are all in a row for Upper Hutt's inaugural duck race for charity.

Everyone should pay for city plans, says chamber

Upper Hutt generic

The $4 million city spend on economic development is supported by the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, chief executive Mark Futter said.

Remutaka correct spelling, says iwi

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It's only one letter, but it's likely to inflame passions on both sides of the Remutaka hill.

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

Police

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

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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

Silverstream

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

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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

Police

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

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.
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