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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.

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February 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Wingate: Scrub Fire

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Emergency services arrived at the blaze just after 2.30pm above Pick-A-Part Wingate.

The fire while initially small increased in size as a strong breeze picked up from the south. The Eastern Hutt Road, Peterkin Street and Cambridge Terrace were closed as the fire increased.

Wingate bridge was also closed.

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A helicopter from Helipro and eight fire appliances were at the scene fighting the blaze.

By 7.30pm the fire is still been attended to.

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No houses were being threatened by the flames.

A large crowd watched throughout the afternoon.

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More comprehensive coverage here from Hutt Valley Fire Police Unit

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February 7, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Hutt Valley: Car Chase last night ends in arrests

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Well there was a lot of drama last night as noted from Twitter over Police cars moving at high speed.

It started with a police chase through the streets of Wellington and ended in the Hutt Valley with five arrests.

The chase began late last night in central Wellington, when an officer on foot patrol tried to get the driver to pull over on Tory Street, but the driver ignored him, and sped off down Aotea Quay. A police patrol gave chase, but had to abandon the pursuit because of the number of pedestrians leaving the AC/DC concert outside Westpac Stadium.

The offender drove onto the motorway, and sped towards the Hutt Valley, where he exited at the Petone off-ramp. Police say officers rejoined the pursuit at this point, and continued through the streets of Petone and Lower Hutt.

It eventually ended in Manor Park where the five male occupants of the vehicle were arrested. The driver is likely to face charges of dangerous driving, failing to stop and excess breath alcohol.

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January 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm

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Naenae: Friday Car crash update

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The police say the driver of a car that crashed into a house in Naenae on Friday night was just 16 years old and had only a learner’s licence.

Two men were hurt, one seriously, and three passengers fled the scene after their vehicle failed to take a corner and ploughed into a brick house in the suburb of Naenae.

Mary Boyle was alone in the house at the time when she heard tyres screeching, and a huge crash. It felt like an earthquake, she says, but luckily she was unharmed.

She says her granddaughter Caitlin, aged five, sometimes stays in the room where the car hit, but was not there at the time.

The police are waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test before deciding whether to lay charges against the driver.

The house was structurally damaged.

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January 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Naenae: Car crashes into house

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Last night around 9.30pm as we reported via Twitter a car crashed into a house on the corner of Naenae Road and Gibson Crescent.

A Toyota Corrolla sedan had lost control (apparently from burnouts) and hit the front of a brick house causing structual damage.

No one in the house was injured. Of the two male passengers, one has suffered moderate injuries while the driver had to be cut out from the car. It is reported that he has serious but not life threatening injuries.

The area around the incident was closed for several hours as the accident was investigated.

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January 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Stokes Valley: Kindergarten damaged by fire

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Last Thursday night a Stokes Valley kohanga reo (Maori language school) was been badly damaged in what police say is a suspicious fire.

Lower Hutt CIB said today they wanted to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area at the time.

Photos and other details here courtesy of  Hutt ValleyFire Police Unit.

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December 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

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

Silverstream: Liquor off-licence granted

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Well as I mentioned in an earlier post, unfortunately under current legislation in NZ, the LLA can only consider applications based upon the context of the Liquor Act., the result an off-licence granted.

Approval has been given for an off-licence alcohol business to open in Silverstream, despite the Liquor Licensing Authority recognising “clear evidence that public antipathy to the proposal was endemic”.

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Mrs Patel is doing no wrong under this act, and as such has made a consideration for her licence application by closing her shop doors in the period raised by objectors, something she did not have to do, but no doubt to appease those greatly concerned.

The Judge as I mentioned was faced with the context of the law, and while aware of objections I believe had no other position available than to grant the application with provisos of the applicant, that is closing in the period she mentioned. He has a number of discretionary conditions he can put on the application as well. The Police and other agencies are also tied by the fact that the applicant is doing no wrong in applying and not breaking any rules, just applying for a commercial licence to sell liquor as is allowed in NZ.

“It is our view that we have no option other than to grant the application. The company fulfils all the criteria …
“However, we do have the right to fix the days and hours of trade … we believe that we have a duty to take into account the likely impact of this new business on the neighbourhood. In doing so we must consider the effect on young people who are attending the nearby schools,” Judge Unwin’s decision says.

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The fault is fact lies with current legislation that does not take into consideration public concerns around liquor distribution, and the current backlash against liquor outlets that has increased in recent times. New legislation is before Parliament in May next year I think, to change the context of the act, but that could take several months knowing legalisation.

Judge Unwin acknowledged the community response and the objectors presenting “as a cohesive body who were very concerned about what they saw as a detrimental impact that the proposal would have on the current village culture of Silverstream”.

The “close knit and engaged community did not want the proposal to proceed”.

“The impact of the evidence was such that the application might well have been refused, had there been the power to do so,” Judge Unwin’s decision says.

“However, the application has to be determined on the criteria set out in the Sale of Liquor Act 1989, and not on the wish of the people. The fact that a new bottle store is unwelcome in a community is not a ground for refusing to grant a licence.”

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Take heed that the Police are actively managing bad outlets to combat problems in this area,  very strongly in the Hutt Valley. If you are caught selling to underaged or other infringements under the act it is highly unlikely your licence will not be renewed. Unfortunately current crap legislation opened the gate to the growth of suburban liquor outlets, without input from the community. We were suppose to be a mature nation around liquor consumption. The concession over the opening hours does go some way to meeting Silverstream community concerns, but I doubt strongly with legislation akin to Pokies licences, which is advocated in liquor discussion document that this outlet would have gone ahead. Timing is everything.

 

 

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November 26, 2009 at 7:21 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

Lower Hutt: Police recover car stolen in Avalon home invasion

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Police have found a car stolen in an Avalon home invasion and aggravated robbery on Saturday morning.

The blue BMW was recovered in Lower Hutt, two days after four men forced their way into and took the vehicle’s keys from occupants of a house on Charleston Avenue, Avalon.

Police appealed for anyone who had seen the BMW, registration ZX9069, on the roads over the past few days to contact them.

Police still are not ruling out the robbers were the same ones who staged a home invasion last Wednesday, in Stokes Valley in which a man was shot in the leg and a woman repeatedly bashed with a shotgun butt.

Police have urged Hutt Valley residents to be security conscious, telling them to lock their doors and report any suspicious behaviour following these two attacks.

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November 17, 2009 at 1:41 am

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