Twelve Nominations for Central Ward By-Election

Democracy at work – twelve people have put their name forward for the vacant ward seat.

Twelve, that is a huge number – are people upset at the direction the Hutt Council is taking?

Either way they all thought it was worth the $200 to put their name forward.

Voting will be by postal vote with voting papers starting to arrive in the mail to households in the Central Ward from 19 August 2021. Voting will close at noon on 10 September 2021.

The candidates are:

  • Glenda Barratt – Independent
  • Phil Caswell
  • Henry Clayton – Independent
  • Andrew Fox – Independent
  • Andrea Hilton
  • Michael Lulich – Independent
  • Simon Monrad
  • Thomas Morgan – Independent
  • Evelyn Richter
  • Ash Roper
  • Faran Shahzad – Independent
  • Colin Wilson – Independent

Lack of Confidence in Leadership of Hutt City Council – reason for Bassett resignation

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.

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.

Hutt City Council discuss Naenae Pool and impact on community at extraordinary Council meeting

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