HuttNZ Weekly Video Review 18 February 2020

HuttNZ Weekly Video Review 18 February 2020

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 Bishop Hi 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

HuttNZ Weekly Video Review 11 February 2020

HuttNZ Weekly Video Review 11 February 2020

British and European Car Rally 2020 was held at Trentham Memorial Park on Sunday 9 February. This is the largest gathering of these cars both modern and vintage in the North Island.

Hutt City Council is predicting a rate increase of 8% for residential properties. With some areas looking at 15% (Wainuiomata). This is after years of low increases from 2000-2018. The council is trying to reduce a $17.9 million budget deficit. 

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.

HuttNZ Weekly Video Review 4 February 2020

HuttNZ Weekly Video Review 4 February 2020

Melling Interchange development announced.

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.

Melling Interchange Project and Debate

Melling Interchange Project and Debate

Well at last the funding for the Melling interchange has been approved as part of the Labour infrastructure spend up announced yesterday.

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.

Chris Bishop National MP for Hutt South , while at the front in his eyes of this campaign to progress the Melling interchange, no doubt will have a somewhat hard pill to swallow, now that the green light has been given by Labour, and to be honest has little in the can, now this has occurred for his upcoming election campaign this year.

There is no debating the issue that this spend was under Labours watch, no matter how Mr Bishop views it. Pledges by previous governments carry no weight, as they simply are promises if elected.

Both the people protests and no doubt the work behind the scene by all concerned has ensured that the NZTA changed its view.

This is great for the Hutt Valley, but it is a long way to completion in 2026.

HuttNZ Weekly Video Review 28 January 2020

Weekly video review of Upper & Lower Hutt activities and events via HuttNZ for January 28 2020.

This week:

Six60 Concert

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

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.

HuttNZ Weekly Video Review 21 January 2020

Weekly video review of Hutt Valley activities and events via HuttNZ for January 21 2020.

This week: Wellington Racing Club – Cup Day 2020 – Upper Hutt

Paetutu Taranaki Whānui’s latest housing development is ready for handover to the Iwi – 56 Houses in Jackson Street Petone

Stone Carving Display – Brewtown Upper Hutt

Waterloo Pumping Station Jan 14 1980

HuttNZ Weekly Video Review 14 January 2020

Weekly video review of Hutt Valley activities and events via HuttNZ for January 14 2020.

Welcome back and Happy New Year, to you all, and all the best for this year.

Very quiet as we all know everyone is still on Summertime break, enjoy the sun and the BBQs, when the weather is warm enough 🙂

This week:

Trentham Rail underpass completed

Hutt Valley Health Hub opens

Days Bay wharf renovation hit by vandalism

Wellington Golf Club 1907