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Stokes Valley: Serious armed attack overnight

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Stokes Valley was in lockdown mode last night as Police were hunting for at least two armed offenders after the pair stormed into a Stokes Valley home and shot one man and bashed a woman with a gun early this morning.

“The intruders kicked in the door and fired at least two shots in the house, striking the male victim in the leg. His female partner was struck over the head with the gun, police said.

At least three children were in the house at the time.

The male victim, 37, suffered serious gunshot injuries to his leg. He was flown by Westpac rescue helicopter to Wellington Hospital after the armed invasion about 9.40pm.

The woman was able to call for an ambulance, as did neighbours who heard the shots. She was taken to Hutt Hospital with moderate head injuries. The victims’ car was also shot at and damaged.

Stokes Valley was in lockdown last night as police cordons prevented anyone from entering the entrance to the suburb and a helicopter circled overhead.

The two offenders wore balaclavas and black hooded sweatshirts when they entered the Amundsen Grove home and started shooting. Police believed they had a sawn-off shotgun.

Four men were in a red, four-door sedan that left after the shooting. A red car was found a short time later burnt out at Taita Bowling Club.

Police are investigating whether it is connected to the incident.

Armed police were still searching for the offenders early this morning.

Inspector Mike Coleman said the home invasion was premeditated. “It was obviously a planned attack. It’s possible they have mistaken the address and got the wrong people.”

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November 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Naenae: A lick of fresh paint

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The Naenae shopping centre is looking great following the Big Splash Naenae Paintathon held today when locals picked up their brushes to add more shine to the Cambridge Terrace side of the Naenae shopping centre.

Local personality Billy Graham was to the for again, the atmosphere was fantastic, and in the video below you can see Billy in his whites contributing on the scaffold.

Thanks must go Hutt City Council’s retail coordinator Joanna van Walraven, Resene local paint manufacturer who generously supplied paint and Brian Ross who supply painting equipment.

Don’t forget to visit Billys event at the Naenae Community Hall tomorrow night starting at 5pm “How to punch above your weight”.

A great community effort everyone, and it looks great as the video shows.

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November 7, 2009 at 3:52 am

Wainuiomata: Car rolls on Hill road

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A car rolled on the Wainuiomata Hill road at approximately 12 o’clock. The accident was believed to be caused by a diesel spill on the road. Traffic was held up at the time, but is now clear following the accident scene been cleared by Police.

At this stage no serious injuries have been reported.

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November 6, 2009 at 12:48 am

Pomare: Farmer Cres the never ending story

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Well I had my walk around Farmer Crescent as I said I would, and my opinion is the same as I had before I went, a pocket of forgotten people. But now todays headline shows the continuance of the story around the HNZ eviction which by now in my opinion has reached the point of a legal never ending story, how long can this saga go on             (via Stuff)

Gang-linked families in Lower Hutt’s Farmer Cres will get to stay in their homes for a few more days, as another round of legal wrangles begins.

For three months Housing New Zealand has battled to evict three women residents and their 13 children through the Tenancy Tribunal, district court and the High Court – costing the government department tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

The residents’ lawyers were now trying to go to the Court of Appeal, and there was the possibility they could go all the way to the Supreme Court.

Though the women – who have partners in the Mongrel Mob – were ordered to leave their homes by midnight yesterday, the evictions were put on hold for a hearing in the High Court at Wellington on Wednesday.

Farmer Cres resident Patria Tamaka, whose sister Huia Tamaka was one of the women facing eviction, said they were expecting police or the army to turn up any time to remove them. But they had not started packing.

“We’ll keep going and going until we get to the Supreme Court. The girls all know that. [Housing NZ] are not backing down and we don’t want to leave.”

I think most people are well over this story and I was aghast at the cost for this saga  put at $250,000 before they went to the High Court, now it will reach epic proportions. It shows again, the tolerance of our legal system or the incompetence. Other NZers are more deserving of this legal aid, after all, when all said and done its about moving house. Go figure!  

 

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October 30, 2009 at 8:13 pm

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Hutt Valley: Fish and Chip Fridays where is the Best?

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New Zealands best top chip shop has been annonced it was won by Oceanz in Silverdale, located 35km north of Auckland, in this year’s best chip shop competition. Chip shops were judged on the freshness and colour of their chips, shop cleanliness and customer service. Regional finalists were decided through public text voting, mystery judging and chip fat analysis across New Zealand before the six regional winners and the overall winner were then chosen by a panel of judges. Not every F & C shop entered but it gives a pretty clear indication of quality.

But how did the Hutt Valley fair, and where is your local?

The regional finalist for Wellington was from the Hutt Valley and was So Fine Seafood at 2 Tennyson Avenue, Avalon, Lower Hutt.

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I have freqented here and must say while not highly visible to the public being off High Street it certainly draws the crowds come Friday. Disappointingly they dont have EFTPOS which I always find annoying, and has caused me to travel further afield on occasion.

As for the rest of the Valley, finalists were:

Moby Dick’s Fish & Chip 51 Witako Street, Lower Hutt

Samo’s Seafood 52 Holdsworth Ave, Upper Hutt

Waterloo Fisheries 1 Hardy Street, Lower Hutt

Blue Island Seafood 131 Randwick Road, Lower Hutt

All competitions aren’t created equal and remember it was for the best chip not the fish, but great result for the Valley.

Whats your favourite?

My winner would be Ocean Blue Seafoods, the most cleanest, polite, prompt service I have had in the Valley. They are at 812 High Street corner of High Street and Park Road.

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October 30, 2009 at 1:06 am

Hutt Valley: Stormy Spring weather hits the Valley

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Thursday night brought heavy downpours across the entire Hutt Valley with surface flooding in several areas including the old Hutt Road reported from early morning. The Open Polythechnic was hit by two slips during the night which sent dirt and trees into the building on its eastern side. Lower Hutt experienced the highest recorded rainfall in the region with 69mm from 8pm last night to 8am this morning. Further heavy rainfall was experienced in late morning as well.

Conditions are not expected to improve tonight with further heavy rainfall forecast in the Tararuas and again across the Valley, late Saturday also has more of the same predicted.

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Several events have been moved in anticipation of the weather including the Upper Hutt Highland Gathering a national Scottish festival has moved already to the wet weather alternative at Heretaunga College.

 At this stage there is no news on alternative arrangements for the Belmont Spring Festival (returning after a 10 year hiatus) but the wet weather alternative day is 31st October.

Share photos on twitter with Twitpic Waiwhetu stream hit 2 year flood levels early Friday morning, but had abated by noon.

Eastbourne flooding earlier in the morning.

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October 16, 2009 at 2:44 am

Lower Hutt: Two armed robbeies. Robber sort by Police (Update)

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Update

A man who carried out aggravated robberies at two Lower Hutt services stations early today is being hunted by police.

Detective Sergeant Dean Simpson said about 3:52am a lone man entered the BP Waiwhetu service station on Whites Line East at Woburn. He confronted the two staff attendants, demanding money and cigarettes at knife point.

The attendants complied with his demands and he made off with an undisclosed sum of money and several packets of cigarettes.

At 4:28am the same man entered the Caltex service station on the corner of High Street and Brunswick Street, Lower Hutt.

“He again confronted the sole staff attendant demanding money and cigarettes at knife point,” Mr Simpson said.

“The staff member complied with his demands and he made off with an undisclosed sum of money and several packets of cigarettes.”

No one was harmed in either robbery.

The male offender is described as a light skinned Maori, aged in his early 20s, of slim to medium build, clean shaven and 1.67m to 1.72m tall.

He was wearing a dark coloured jacket with the hood up, a black baseball cap underneath the hood and a black scarf around his face. He also wore black jeans and black and white sports shoes.

Mr Simpson said Lower Hutt police wanted to speak with anyone in those areas at the time of the robberies, and who may have seen a man fitting the description or witnessed any suspicious activity.

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Lower Hutt police are investigating armed robberies at two service stations overnight Friday.

The BP Connect and the Caltex in Lower Hutt were targeted within half an hour of each other at around 4am.

Inspector Marty Parker says a man bearing the same description at both robberies threatened staff with a knife and made off with cash and cigarettes.

He is described as Maori, aged about 22 and 165 centimetres tall. He was wearing a black hoodie, black beanie and scarf and had a small moustache.

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July 31, 2009 at 8:07 pm

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