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.