HuttNZ Weekly Video Review 28 January 2020

Weekly video review of Upper & Lower Hutt activities and events via HuttNZ for January 28 2020.

This week:

Six60 Concert

Six60 played to a crowd of 20,000 at the start of their summer tour at the Hutt Rec Lower Hutt on Saturday January 25th. Great event, warm evening and a chill crowd.

Public transport to and from the venue needs to be sorted the only downside with some paying Uber fares of $70 to Maungareki (surge pricing).

Unfortunately not every local was impressed with having an event at Hutt Rec that went to 11pm

or the rubbish and rowdy concert goers following the event

HardPark 2020

HardPark 2020 was over Wellington Anniversary weekend at the Riverbank carpark. Largest park up of cars in New Zealand.

Imperial Tobacco to close

Tobacco plant plans to close Petone factory. Imperial Tobacco has announced plans to close its factory in Lower Hutt , which would axe 122 jobs. One of the largest employers in the valley, and has been here since the 1930s. Surprising that the local MP Chris Bishop (Hutt South) has had nil to say about this, given the loss of jobs. But given his past career, it is something that no doubt would make him uncomfortable to speak about, in case it refreshes voters memories come the election this year. He does find time to comment on other potential hot stuff (really!) but not everyone has forgotten his previous occupation.

Campbell Barry the Mayor showed a far greater understanding of the situation

Homicide Enquiry Taita

Police continue to conduct a scene examination and homicide enquiry following a 56 year old man’s death in Taita, Lower Hutt on Sunday morning January 26.

Emergency services were called to the scene near the intersection of Futter Grove and Hughes Crescent just after 5.30am. The man died a short time later and a cordon was set up.

Silverstream – 47yr old Man arrested after rampage with Road Roller

A 47 year old man accused of using a road roller to damage vehicles in an incident that injured a number of people in Wellington overnight has appeared in Hutt Valley district court today

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The man was charged with interfering with motor vehicles with reckless disregard for persons and property, and driving with excess breath alcohol. A steamroller’ was being used to damage vehicles that had congregated at an industrial site in Eastern Hutt Road.

Road Roller at site

According to court documents police alleged his breath alcohol was 560mcg per litre of breath.

He successfully applied for interim name suppression, and he was remanded on bail to reappear in court on August 15.

One other man was arrested, but has been released from custody. 

Lower Hutt: Second Scrub fire in two weeks

A small fire started in the eastern hills around 5pm today in the area between Naenae and Fairfield the closest houses being around Summit Road. It started near a water reservoir about 1/2 km up the fire break.
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The small fire was quickly contained by emergency services and the fire was out by 6.30pm.

This follows the more substantial fire two weeks ago in Wingate and the large one in Titahi Bay last week.

Thanks to Steve for footage below

Wingate: Scrub Fire

Emergency services arrived at the blaze just after 2.30pm above Pick-A-Part Wingate.

The fire while initially small increased in size as a strong breeze picked up from the south. The Eastern Hutt Road, Peterkin Street and Cambridge Terrace were closed as the fire increased.

Wingate bridge was also closed.

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A helicopter from Helipro and eight fire appliances were at the scene fighting the blaze.

By 7.30pm the fire is still been attended to.

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No houses were being threatened by the flames.

A large crowd watched throughout the afternoon.

Thanks to Megan Leith for Photos

More comprehensive coverage here from Hutt Valley Fire Police Unit

Hutt Valley: Car Chase last night ends in arrests

Well there was a lot of drama last night as noted from Twitter over Police cars moving at high speed.

It started with a police chase through the streets of Wellington and ended in the Hutt Valley with five arrests.

The chase began late last night in central Wellington, when an officer on foot patrol tried to get the driver to pull over on Tory Street, but the driver ignored him, and sped off down Aotea Quay. A police patrol gave chase, but had to abandon the pursuit because of the number of pedestrians leaving the AC/DC concert outside Westpac Stadium.

The offender drove onto the motorway, and sped towards the Hutt Valley, where he exited at the Petone off-ramp. Police say officers rejoined the pursuit at this point, and continued through the streets of Petone and Lower Hutt.

It eventually ended in Manor Park where the five male occupants of the vehicle were arrested. The driver is likely to face charges of dangerous driving, failing to stop and excess breath alcohol.

Naenae: Friday Car crash update

The police say the driver of a car that crashed into a house in Naenae on Friday night was just 16 years old and had only a learner’s licence.

Two men were hurt, one seriously, and three passengers fled the scene after their vehicle failed to take a corner and ploughed into a brick house in the suburb of Naenae.

Mary Boyle was alone in the house at the time when she heard tyres screeching, and a huge crash. It felt like an earthquake, she says, but luckily she was unharmed.

She says her granddaughter Caitlin, aged five, sometimes stays in the room where the car hit, but was not there at the time.

The police are waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test before deciding whether to lay charges against the driver.

The house was structurally damaged.

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Naenae: Car crashes into house

Last night around 9.30pm as we reported via Twitter a car crashed into a house on the corner of Naenae Road and Gibson Crescent.

A Toyota Corrolla sedan had lost control (apparently from burnouts) and hit the front of a brick house causing structual damage.

No one in the house was injured. Of the two male passengers, one has suffered moderate injuries while the driver had to be cut out from the car. It is reported that he has serious but not life threatening injuries.

The area around the incident was closed for several hours as the accident was investigated.

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