Councillor David Bassett tendered his resignation in June 14 to the CEO of Hutt City Council Jo Miller.
At the time there was little knowledge as to the reason such an experienced councillor of 14 years had taken this course of action.
There is no doubt there is dysfunction at the council table, about how things are being managed, but to take the step of standing down and causing a By Election in the Central Ward is a last resort to express ones disappointment the direction the sitting council is taking.
The following post from Facebook is a group letter from Councillors sent to the Mayor requesting he stand down and provides some insight into this level of disagreement that is occurring at the Hutt City Council table – basically older councillors versus the new – Whatever way it is viewed the ratepayers deserve a functioning council that takes all points into consideration, without the need for a $50,000 (estimated) By Election in the Central Ward.
My, what a difference a week makes. The social distancing now required due to COVID – 19 alert, means the week proceeding which had a host of large scale events in the Hutt Valley, will no longer occur as residents distance themselves from social interaction to avoid the virus.
The Weetbix Tryathlon was held at the Hutt Receation Ground on 11th March. The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon helps kids stay active and healthy through a programme of participation. It’s about getting out there, giving it a TRY, achieving a personal best, improving confidence and self-esteem. Numbers were huge as footage of the bike area alone indicates level of participation. Unfortunately the swim leg was cancelled due to a power outage Hutt Valley wide on the morning, closing the pool.
COVID -19 caused panic buying across Supermarkets chains for toilet rolls and hand sanitisers, but calm prevailed later in the week.
Local MP Chris Bishop incurred wrath of residents as he put himself into self isolation following a weekend trip to Australia. One would question the prudence of this trip given the world wide travel and health alerts, as comments on his Facebook page illustrate.
Street artist Block Vandal has paid tribute to the Islamic community & Police by installing 2 further murals in memory of the Christchurch shooting one year ago.
Wainuiomata Pool had a dogs allowed day on Sunday 15th March opening it’s doors to the local K9s after closing for the season to the human swimmers. Set in a beautiful backdrop amongst rose gardens and surrounded by native bush the event was very popular with locals.
The Great Petone Beach Dig was held on Saturday 7 March. Hosted by Petone Beach Clean Up Crew and supporting HuHaNZ (Helping you Help Animals NZ) Animal Welfare group. Participants paid $5 for a chance to win great family prizes.
The great Wellington Truck and Transport Show was held on Sunday 24 February at Trentham Memorial Park. Hosted by the Silverstream Lions, saw 175 Rigs pre register for the day. Gold coin donation for entry, and prizes for the top Rigs from throughout NZ. Earlier in the day a convey from Gracefield to Trentham Memorial Park was staged by a drive through the Hutt Valley enjoyed by many residents and children.
Empire Skate hosted its 2020 competition at Riddiford Gardens Park on Saturday 22 February. Great crowd in attendance each year gets stronger this being the third time the event has been held.
Bike the Hutt 10 days of biking events throughout the Hutt Valley, hosted 2 events, a cycle race in Upper Hutt, Tour de Hutt a 25km, 50km, and 100km option and each 25km lap will include a start at Brewtown. The roadrace goes through Silverstream, over to the Whitemans Valley and back over Wallaceville Hill. A more family orientated activity is Bike the Trail an opportunity to ride the beautiful Hutt River trail with great company, and really is a family activity. You follow the flow of the water to the mouth of the Hutt River at Seaview. In all there are in all 20 events, covering all form of bicycle activites and learning opportunties.
Petone Rotary Fair was held on Jackson Street on Saturday 15 February from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Lots of stalls and entertainment for the family. As always a popular fair drawing people from around the region.
Local residents whose property has been purchased as part of the Melling Interchange development are upset that local MP Chris Bishop released a newsletter, while they remain unaware as to the next step from government agencies involved. Mr Bishop has undertaken to contact residents directly impacted.
Christopher BishopHi there. I’ve been keeping people informed through letters for two years, this was the 4th one that went out.
Absolutely no intention to be insensitive to anyone impacted by the project. My office has been helping people affected by the project for over four years now. Always ready and willing to assist and I’ll be sitting down with Chanelle soon
Facebook Comment on HuttNZ 14 Feb 2020
No doubt Chanelle will be awaiting to hear from her local MP
Tiny house builder loses court battle. In a ruling on Jnuary 31 by the Environment court the tiny house requires a building consent, as it could not be easily moved. However the HCC also “mucked up” by not giving the owner Jono Voss enough time to remove the tiny house
By their nature, residential property rates are always a point of contention but an increase of this size has lite up local social media, with residents questioning how this has come to pass, and how unacceptable this is to many.
Wellington Water has asked residents to conserve water. One could suggest that given infrastructure projects are on the long term HCC agenda meeting today, than an approach to Wellington Water (Wellington Water is jointly owned by the Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils, South Wairarapa District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council) about residential water capacity needs to be asked, given the so called growth of both Hutt cities.
Ever February we hit a water hump, yet in 20 weeks time it all will be pouring down our drains. We are missing something here.
Sunday February 9th night saw the most beautiful Super moon rise over the Hutt Valley.
And finally, as they say “Only in the #Hutt” this bloke found the best way to move his sofa was via shanks pony – on his back – to the err of many motorists in Eastbourne.
Te Rā o te Raukura 2020 held at Te Whiti Park. on Saturday 1 February. For 27 years this event has been held at this location. It is the premier cultural experience on the Wellington calendar and celebrates a strong community spirit. It featured a whole array of arts and crafts, health and education exhibitions, live bands, cultural and dance groups, amusements rides as well as a huge range of food stalls. Full video coverage of the stage events can be found here
$30m sports science and training facility with the opening of Upper Hutt’s NZCIS development. Based out of the previous CIT Campus at Trentham and purchased by developers in 2015, has been extensively renovated. Wellington Rugby Football Union will be shifting to the hub in 2021. Wellington Phoenix said the club had a memorandum of understanding with the NZCIS and planned to base its operations out of the hub pending finances.
The hub provides an opportunity for different sporting brands to interact, it would not only cater for traditional sports but would have applications for the rapidly growing e-sports, or video game, industry.
American Vehicle Day 2020 was held at Trentham Racecourse on Sunday 2 February.
Lower Hutt will need to spend an estimated $270 million over the next decade on its aging water infrastructure. Wellington Water’s report completed at the request of Mayor Campbell Barry following his election last year, showed 60 per cent of the city’s water infrastructure needed to be renewed in the next three decades – in which time the population is expected to grow by 20 per cent.
Roughly 108,000 people live in the Hutt Valley region, and with a steady increase in population, a more resilient transport system is vital for the region’s continued urban and economic growth, Melling interchange is an essential part of that.
The Melling Interchange is but one part of the RiverLink programme, which is a multi-organisation programme of three separate but interdependent projects relating to flood protection, urban development and transport improvements. Together this project will spend around $260 million. This is the biggest development project in the Hutt Valley, I believe. The flood protection that goes hand in hand with the Melling bridge intersection with this project is paramount, and we need protection from the river, as the Hutt Valley is one of the largest urban areas in a flood plain.
Of course everyone is claiming political mileage out of this spend, and given the size of the project it is no wonder, after all with nothing else on the horizon this is the number one issue, front and centre.
Weekly video review of Upper & Lower Hutt activities and events via HuttNZ for January 28 2020.
Six60 played to a crowd of 20,000 at the start of their summer tour at the Hutt Rec Lower Hutt on Saturday January 25th. Great event, warm evening and a chill crowd.
Public transport to and from the venue needs to be sorted the only downside with some paying Uber fares of $70 to Maungareki (surge pricing).
Unfortunately not every local was impressed with having an event at Hutt Rec that went to 11pm
or the rubbish and rowdy concert goers following the event
HardPark 2020 was over Wellington Anniversary weekend at the Riverbank carpark. Largest park up of cars in New Zealand.
Imperial Tobacco to close
Tobacco plant plans to close Petone factory. Imperial Tobacco has announced plans to close its factory in Lower Hutt , which would axe 122 jobs. One of the largest employers in the valley, and has been here since the 1930s. Surprising that the local MP Chris Bishop (Hutt South) has had nil to say about this, given the loss of jobs. But given his past career, it is something that no doubt would make him uncomfortable to speak about, in case it refreshes voters memories come the election this year. He does find time to comment on other potential hot stuff (really!) but not everyone has forgotten his previous occupation.
Campbell Barry the Mayor showed a far greater understanding of the situation
Homicide Enquiry Taita
Police continue to conduct a scene examination and homicide enquiry following a 56 year old man’s death in Taita, Lower Hutt on Sunday morning January 26.
Emergency services were called to the scene near the intersection of Futter Grove and Hughes Crescent just after 5.30am. The man died a short time later and a cordon was set up.
Weekly video review of Hutt Valley activities and events via HuttNZ for December 17 2019
No video next 2 weeks – Its Christmas and New Year, but will bring you anything important if it breaks and also look out for the show on Dec 31 as we look back at the highlights since we started this year!!
Hutt City Council to install another 20 charging stations for EVs across eight locations in Lower Hutt.This is above the six fast charging units already in place.The project will cost $740,000 50 percent will be co-funded from the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund
Infamous Silverstream Steamroller Incident of July 2019 – 2 men have pleaded guilty to charges resulting from the nights activities in Upper #Hutt with sentencing in August – I know a while ago but Covid has put paid to the court system in the interim
Lorde announces concert in Days Bay March 1 – #Hutt CC will have traffic plans in place but Eastbourne residents will face traffic disruption given Concert appeal says Mayor Barry – a little price to pay