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Lower Hutt: Second Scrub fire in two weeks

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A small fire started in the eastern hills around 5pm today in the area between Naenae and Fairfield the closest houses being around Summit Road. It started near a water reservoir about 1/2 km up the fire break.
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The small fire was quickly contained by emergency services and the fire was out by 6.30pm.

This follows the more substantial fire two weeks ago in Wingate and the large one in Titahi Bay last week.

Thanks to Steve for footage below

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February 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Petone Fair 2010

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Today is the 19th annual Hutt News Rotary Fair held at Jackson Street Petone.

Over 300 stalls offering everything from delicious food to an array of merchandise was on display.

Pictures below  (slideshow here) and video

Huge crowd, great weather, bit blustery but fun for the family the photos and video are just a little insight into some of what happened.

Click through to the photos.

Petone Fair 2010

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February 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Lower Hutt: Old Waterloo Fire Station what to do?

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There has been a lot of talk lately around the disused Fire Station in Waterloo Road and the vandalism occurring.

The back story is that the Fire Station once decommissioned has not ended up in Fire Service hands but is now part of the Office of  Treaty Settlement.

This and more addressed by Dave and Camille Breakfast show yesterday on

90FM Classic Hits including the problem at the old Petone Tech as well.

Both hosts on Twitter Dave and Camille so follow them.

Audio below:

ch90fm David Ogden on Waterloo Road Fire Station

I will post some photos of the dragons round the back via Twitter soon. (lol)

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February 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Lower Hutt: Fire evacuation at Queensgate

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A small fire occurred at Westfields Queensgate  today.

The fire began near the foodcourt just before four this afternoon and the entire mall was evacuated, as a safety measure.

Westfield’s spokeswoman Bev McGee says the fire was put out as the mall was being evacuated as standard practice and management is now investigating the cause of the fire.

Ms McGee says there were no injuries and no damage to the surrounding area.

via Newstalk ZB

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December 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Lower Hutt: New Health Centre opening next year

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I heard on the radio the other day about the opening of a new Health Centre for Lower Hutt.

A general practice is to open in Lower Hutt early next year to accommodate a growing number of residents who are unable to see a local family doctor.

The Hutt Valley District Health Board says the situation has occurred as doctors have closed their books to new patients.

via Radio NZ

This situation in the Hutt Valley has been dire for a number of years. 

The problem which hit the headlines last year is that we have one of the worst ratios of GPs per head of population of any urban area in New Zealand. Overwhelmed practices were unable to enrol new patients. It was estimated last year that  around 3,000 people couldn’t enrol with a GP in the Hutt Valley and people were using Hospital Emergency Departments as their primary access to health services.

Currently there are around 120 odd GPs practicing in the Valley. Local MP Chris Hipkins also shows concern on this matter last year before election.

It is great to see a solution being addressed along with the timing which is before winter, when demands on GPs are at the highest.

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November 30, 2009 at 11:41 am

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Lower Hutt: Three car crash at Avalon turnoff.

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A serious car accident occurred last night  involving three cars at the intersection of State Highway 2 and Fairway Drive, Avalon. Six people were taken to hospital, one serious.

Emergency services attended the crash which occurred about 7pm.  As a result of the accident the Kennedy Good Bridge remained closed till about 10pm, as the Police conducted an accident investigation.

Police are also seeking witnesses to the accident. Please call Detective Sergeant Steve Harwood at the Lower Hutt police station on 560-2674, if you can help.

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November 26, 2009 at 8:39 am

Eastbourne: Car in water by Days Bay.

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Lower Hutt police said they received a call at 1.00pm after a passerby spotted a car with a man sitting on its roof in the harbour just north of Eastbourne.

A white Nissan Cefiro stationwagon had fallen more than two metres on to rocks near Days Bay Eastbourne.

The crash was caused by driver inattention and speed was not a factor.

The driver, in his 40s, was heading north along Marine Drive when he was distracted and his car left the road at a point before Days Bay. The driver got out of the upturned car himself with only a small cut or bruise on his face, and it is likely he will face charges.


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November 25, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Petone: Just another morning

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This is nice, an appreciation of what a great region we do live in, when mother nature smiles.

Credit to Alexander Efimov his other photography work can be seen here along with his details.

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November 24, 2009 at 5:57 pm

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Lower Hutt: Gas leak in Hutt Road

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Three people have been treated after inhaling a poisonous gas in Lower Hutt.

The XL Corporation building in Hutt Park Rd had been cordoned off after a chemical spill.

Three fire engines attended the incident, along with ambulance staff who treated the people at the scene.

Fire Brigade staff contained the spill and area is now open to traffic.

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November 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

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Lower Hutt: Alphashift wins NZ Global Battle of the Bands final.

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As you may, or may not be aware last Wednesday at Bar Bodega in Wellington the New Zealand finals for the Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) were held.

 A local hard rock band called Alphashift composed of four members from Lower Hutt  took out first place and are now preparing to take on the Aussies in the Australasian finals in Sydney next week, November 27th.

We wish Dene Patton, Fred Glover, Innes Hutchison, Trevor Molloy all the best as they go for the goal of winning the Global Battle of the Bands .

The final is played in London and has a $100,000 grand prize.


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