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Car Supermarket for Petone (Part of changing face of Petone come 2014)

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September 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Release of list of Earthquake prone buildings in the Hutt

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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.

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March 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Stokes Valley property developer and the Hutt City Council

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February 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Hutt Valley: Brother Christmas Spectacular at Fraser Park next Saturday.

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Well next Saturday 5 December the Christmas Spectacular will be held at Fraser Park. It has moved from Avalon Park this year, as Fraser Park provides better viewing and security.

Remember no Christmas Parade this year, so this is the only chance to get to a family orientated event to celebrate Christmas as a community.  

The non-alcoholic event is being organised by Hutt Impact and has a variety of acts culminating in a fireworks display between 9.30pm and 10pm.

Visit the site to gain an appreciation of the entertainment and view last years video

Not to be a Grinch but I’m away next weekend, the dogs in the kennel, so looking forward to readers contributions if you attend.

 

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November 28, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Pomare evictions (Farmer Cres) to appeal Court decision

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Three Lower Hutt families with gang connections have filed appeals against a Tenancy Tribunal decision that would see them evicted from their state houses.

They are fighting moves to get them kicked out of the suburb of Pomare after neighbours complained about intimidation, threats and burglary.

In March, five households in Farmer Cres with Mongrel Mob links were issued 90-day notices terminating their tenancies after “severely disturbing the community”.

Two of the families moved before their notices expired. But Billy Taylor, Robyn Winther and Huia Tamaka appealed to the tribunal to have the orders overturned.

The trio lodged appeals in Lower Hutt District Court this morning. The court confirmed the appeals had been lodged but no dates had yet been set for hearings.

The Tenancy Tribunal would not comment further on the matter.

In February police arrested and charged several Mongrel Mob members, some of whom were partners of the tenants in question.

In a reserved decision released yesterday, the tribunal ruled in favour of Housing NZ, after the government agency argued it was simply seeking possession of its units, as it – and any other landlord – was entitled to do as long as correct procedures were followed.

Tribunal adjudicator Karun Lakshman said a landlord had no obligation to give a reason for 90 days’ notice.

“In the present case, the reasons given by the corporation, even if unlawful, do not make the notice bad.”

Robert Lithgow, QC, who represented the women at the tribunal hearing, argued the evictions were discriminatory and breached the Bill of Rights Act.

He said his clients would appeal the decision to the District Court and this morning said the women had already drafted appeals and would seek a stay on their eviction.

He said the Government had a plan.

”They are going to have a go at the Mongrel Mob and they don’t care who they hurt on the way,” he told Radio New Zealand.

Housing NZ chief executive Lesley Turk said it was pleased to be granted the possession orders. It encouraged tenants to be good neighbours. If they chose not to their tenancies would be terminated.

Dr Turk said state tenants, like any tenants, had an obligation to abide by the tenancy agreement and “avoid disturbing the harmony of their neighbourhood”.

“If they fail to do this, then they risk losing the opportunity of living in a state home.”

The families will be given time to leave but Housing NZ said it would enforce the possession order if necessary.

It was willing to help the families find new accommodation but “to date, they haven’t taken up this offer”.

“We can now focus on making Pomare a better place to live for the 100 or so Housing NZ tenants who live there.”

 

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July 31, 2009 at 2:52 am

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Petone Winter Carnival 2009

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Just some of the festivities at the Petone Winter Carnival on the foreshore. Attended by many old and young alike and blessed with the joy of a Winters day of sunshine. Thanks to the key sponsors Leisure Active, Hutt City Council and the rest for the effort to put on this event
 

 Circus Training taken advantage of by the young

Unicycles, Hula Hoops and Juggling 

 48 Metre new mural by artist Daniel Mills depicting “The Legend of Te Whanganui a Tara”

Fun Rides on the Petone foreshore 

E Tu (Stand Up) Fire Sculpture Construction for that nights bonfires and fireworks. 

Potty Training! 

There are more photos on my twitter account www.twitter.com//HuttNZ or sidebar following twitter

Cheers to David St George for providing photos from Fireworks and Sculpture display that night, make sure you check out his profile and other photos on his site  great work.

Petone Winter Carnival 2009 David St George Photography

 Petone Winter Carnival 2009 David St George Photography

 

and also  thanks to www.twitter.com/Greeenapple

fireworks from the Petone Winter Carnival.  on Twitpic

and an awesome sequence from Matt Oliver  a series of photos taken from Korokoro Road

Great work

Thanks to everyone for responding and your contributions

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July 18, 2009 at 5:29 am

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Hutt Sewage Pipe – Update

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The man in charge of Lower Hutt’s trunk main outfall remains confident it is in good condition, and won’t need replacement in the short-medium term.

Councillors rattled by a stress fracture in the pipe in the heart of Eastbourne, forcing another month of discharge of treated sewage into the harbour while it’s repaired, said last week that it’s bad for the Hutt’s reputation.

This latest shutdown of the trunk main comes on top of a six-week, $500,000 repair job on 11 joint seals along the 18km pipeline and led Cr Ross Jamieson to query if the city is being too optimistic on the robustness of the outfall.

City Services general manager Bruce Sherlock admitted that the fact the latest leak is due to a crack in the pipe rather than a joint failure “is a concern”. That’s why, as an extra precaution, during this forced shutdown E Carson & Sons contractors will walk the entire length of the pipeline to inspect its internal integrity. Previously, CCTV cameras had been used for the inspection.

As at last Friday, contractors had inspected 9km of the outfall  including random checks on joint seals  and had found no other problems. They’re mystified as to what caused the stress fracture near the corner of Muritai Rd and Rimu St.

The rest of the pipe will be inspected this week but the outfall is expected to be out of action for another three weeks because of a delay over parts needed to repair the fracture.

Mr Sherlock said he’d be able to assure councillors “with more confidence” when the inspection is complete. But he reminded them a 2004 in-depth investigation, including core sampling, found the 1960-commissioned main trunk to be in good condition, with an anticipated useful life of another 30 years or so.

Replacing the pipeline would cost about $30 million, but a government subsidy of 28% would be available. It’s a possibility any new pipeline would be laid under the harbour.

The council has put in its 10-year budget a $30 million contingency, mostly coming into effect from 2019.  Mr Sherlock says an upgrade to the capacity of the outfall will be necessary if the resource consent allowing discharge of treated sewage overflow into Waiwhetu Stream in times of heavy rain is not renewed in 2013 (though he’s confident it will be renewed), or if growth in the city requires a bigger/better pipe from Korohiwa to the outfall (the section where pressure is the highest).

He said if it was found necessary, some of that money could be diverted to replace all 4,000 of the joint seals along the pipeline at a cost of $3,000 each.

 

Cr Jamieson said the pipe shutdowns annoy fishers and other harbour users, cause traffic disruption while repairs are done, and – despite the assurances that the material being released into the harbour is secondary treated sewage from the Seaview plant, with a quality and appearance close to water – ”Waiwhetu Stream stinks. It does!”

Fellow Eastbourne councillor Joy Baird said the pipe shutdowns damage council’s credibility but Mayor David Ogden said he refuted that.  The Hutt Valley had spent $60 million on a modern treatment plant at Seaview that it could have built out at Pencarrow Heads.  It had taken all the care it could to inspect the main trunk pipeline, ”and I have said consistently if we need to build a new pipeline, we will”.

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June 10, 2009 at 10:10 pm

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