Release of list of Earthquake prone buildings in the Hutt

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.

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.