Well, it arrives. The new Matangi train is not an urban myth, as footage below shows it on its first run ex Wellington 9.00am. Only two carriages, as was also expected.
Didn’t get onboard, but had a sneak peak inside from the outside. Got to laugh wondered why the door didn’t open, you need to press the button, modern.
Following on from comments yesterday on Twitter, I have compiled the developments underway, or proposed within Petone.
It is no doubt that the attraction of Petone is its village look aka Parnell, but I feel that by 2014 if some of these proceed, traffic, car parking, and in essence the character of Petone will change for good.
I am not against development, but equally, it seems that the plan for Petone is shambolic at best, and has little to do with what makes it attractive at present.
Links and the backstory here.
I wil be adding and progressing story on that link, as I’m sure there are more than I have addressed. Appreciate your inputs.
Peter Dunne of United Future released today a list of Earthquake prone buildings in Lower Hutt and Petone. Upper Hutt City council as of yet has not released its list.
No doubt all of this relevant given the recent quakes.
Follow the full story here with links to articles and peoples comments ex Twitter.
We do appreciate your comments as this issue is important certainly for the future of Petone and the issue around Jackson Streets character buildings.
This weekend sees the AmeriCarna car carnival arrive. AmeriCARna will bring in excess of 400 American cars, along with drivers, passengers, supporters, and enthusiasts for four days. A celebration of the American car by enthusiasts from around New Zealand. The event will see cars in various places this weekend, road closures are here and events schedule here
The video below shows the numbers and types that are visiting the valley this weekend after yesterdays registration. If you get a chance take an opportunity to have a look at these cars at one of the scheduled events.
Background video here from TVNZ
Dear Hutt NZ, I am trying to contact a resident of the Hutt
Valley – Phyllis Tarawhiti. She returned to New Zealand in 2008
after spending 11 years in the notorious Bangkok Hilton jail. The
following link takes you to an article on her story
http://www.stuff.co.nz/249411. The reason I would like to contact
her is that Raw Television, the television production company I
work for in London produce a National Geographic programme called
Locked Up Abroad. The show has been running for 6 series. Each
episode tells the cautionary tale of someone who has lost their
freedom through bad judgement or bad luck in a country far from
their home. I am struggling to make contact with her at the moment
but do know that she lives in the Hutt Valley – I am aware also
that this is a very large area – could you recommend any local
newspapers or organisations I could get in touch in order to find
her. If her story ends up being used on one of our programmes a
small finder’s fee could be arranged. The website for the series
has clips of past shows.
Please let me know if you would like anymore information. I look
forward to hearing from you. Many thanks Julia Julia Nottingham
Development Assistant Producer 2nd Floor Solecast House | 13-27
Brunswick Place | London | N1 6DX Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7017 1650 | Fax:
+ 44 (0) 20 7017 1651 http://www.rawtelevision.co.uk
Bit of lattitude here as it does involve some things from late 2009. Dominated by Fires, weather, and the Hutt River. This year I moved more toward Twitter rather than this blog as this does take up a lot of time.
Has links inserted into video that content can from.
Linking stories below:
Wingate Fire Feb 7th UH Farmers Market Dec 2 Farmers Cres Dec 6 Petone Fair Feb 20 Eastbourne Carnival Nov 30 The Empire Dec 12 Cadillac Dinner Dec 2 Cornwall House Fire Nov 15 Mayor Race Sept 29 Duck Race Apr 15
Best Fish & Chips Oct 09 (only because I go there)