Petone Winter Carnival 2010

Well I have been decidedly slack of late posting on HuttNZ, as a new business venture takes off and my focus is on that.
But I would be rather remiss in not posting about last weeks annual Winter Carnival at Petone. Whilst I did not attend the days events, the buzz was that it was just as much fun as previous years for family entertainment, followed by the specatular fireworks show off Petone wharf.

Words don’t do justice to this carnival so courtesy of the web, here is a visual representation of what occurred, with the focus this time on nightime activities.

Follow the links from below, and thanks immensly to those that took these pictures

 Omega Photography (Facebook) of the days activities

KiwiFrenzy’s Photostream (Flickr Slideshow) of Fireworks at night

And from HuttScene  the video of the fireworks display

Petone Fair 2010

Today is the 19th annual Hutt News Rotary Fair held at Jackson Street Petone.

Over 300 stalls offering everything from delicious food to an array of merchandise was on display.

Pictures below  (slideshow here) and video

Huge crowd, great weather, bit blustery but fun for the family the photos and video are just a little insight into some of what happened.

Click through to the photos.

Petone Fair 2010

Petone: Orca visit Petone Foreshore (Video Footage)

Friday brought an Orca pod of roughly six whales into Wellington Harbour. They entertained lots of people for around 9 hours, but put on a very grand show at Petone beach from 3pm as they moved gradually around to Days Bay. There were literally hundreds of people following them.

Fortunately I have secured some video footage, so sit back and enjoy if you missed it.

Courtesy of Benjamin Fellows.

Petone: The Empire, Jackson Street

Formerly the Empire Hotel, now ‘The Empire’, the new gastro-pub on Jackson Street (opposite Murphy’s Bar) is ‘O for awesome’. 

Paul Rowan, of Mange Tout fame, has opened this new establishment in time for Christmas.  The place looks amazing and the garden bar  is a real feature. In fact for summer days this will be the place. The short video gives a quick insight, but you must visit it yourself. Interested in the backstory over the demise of the old Empire Hotel check here and here. Its a credit to Paul in the quick turnaround and changing a blot on Jackson Street to what will be an entertainment asset.

We had lunch there today (opening day) – the burger was good and the chicken and cider pie was very tasty.  If you like the food at Lonestar and Speights Ale House, then you’ll like The Empire.  The food is somewhere in between the two places, with meal prices under $20 for the burger or pie – and a bit more for the stonegrill.  They’ve got Macs range of beers and Stella on tap, with others in the fridge.  I had the Oyster Bay sav which is always good.  We also spotted a couple getting the platter, so we’ll be back again over Summer – maybe next time we’ll sit in the garden bar if the weather behaves!! 

The private function room out the back is an ideal venue for a Xmas party, or office function.  And if gaming is your cup of tea, the pokies return to The Empire in late January. 

The Empire, 175 Jackson Street, Petone.  Call 589 5502.

Petone: Community Board Concert tomorrow

For the victims of the recent disasters in Samoa, Tonga, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Starring local bands and musicians and organised by the Petone Community Board.
A collect will be taken.
For more information please call Gerald Davidson at 938 3723 or Gerald.davidson@paradise.net.nz
 
Where: Central School Hall, Britannia Street, Petone
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00 PM

Petone: Community Board utilizing YouTube

Since the beginning of this year the Petone Community Board has started uploading video clips to YouTube.

The guiding and main provider is Mason Branch, who says promoting the area in his spare time is a worthwhile pursuit and an opportunity to show off whats going on there.

The conscious decision is to cover material appropriate to the geographical area of the Community Board, hence Korokoro, Petone and Moera feature and include people or activities appropriate to those areas.

No doubt a growing resource (4 so far) and appropriate to building community identity. Credit to Mason for voluteering his time and effort to give such polished productions that offer value back to the community.

Subscribe and watch at PCBonthetube

I include one below on Jackson Street Fiesta from earlier this year.

Petone: Sentencing in following accident at roundabout in June

This was an ugly accident on a busy intersection in Winter, even though it was a fine day.

No doubt new road improvements at this intersection at Petone will hopefully protect cycle accidents in this area. The issue around access to SH2 both on and off should be alleviated by this new entrance, thank god. The real issue is around cyclist protection on NZ roads, and the current disrespect that the major of motorists have toward them.

This incident continues to affect all those involved.

 A truck driver who ran over and killed a senior Wellington police officer has been ordered to pay $2000 emotional reparation and disqualified from driving for nine months.

Steve Fitzgerald, a 41-year police veteran and former head of the road policing unit, was cycling home from work when he went under the wheels of an articulated truck at the roundabout intersection of The Esplanade and Hutt Rd in Petone in June 2008.

The driver, Desmond Wilson, 46, had pleaded not guilty to a charge of careless driving causing death.

However he was found to be at fault in a ruling issued last month.

via Stuff