Taita: Hutt City Council brings childrens ideas to life

The inspiration for a new play area at Walter Nash Park in Taita came from a passionate group of community-minded young people.

The children and their parents presented their idea for a new playground during the annual plan process and work has now begun at the park.

Mayor David Ogden says “the young people made a really compelling case for the park when they spoke to the Community Plan Committee. They even brought along their own pictures of what they’d like to have in their area. It’s great to see their ideas coming to life”.
The community has been involved in the park design, which includes a deck, picnic tables, chairs, and a playground with a fort, slide, merry-go-round, and swings.

New garden areas are being created and the park will be fronted by feature poles up to three metres high. The recycled hardwood telegraph poles will feature carvings created by Taita locals.
Next Wednesday, school children and members of the Taita community will join local councillors and Council staff at 10am to plant the new garden areas. The kids will be kept entertained by activities including a bouncy castle and all the volunteers will enjoy a barbeque lunch.

The playground equipment will be installed in November and the feature poles will be in place by Christmas.

Wingate: Firearm charges result from Wednesday night Checkpoint

Two people are due to appear in the Lower Hutt District court next Friday following an assault on Wednesday night at an alcohol checkpoint at Wingate Crescent Taita.

Police say the car was stopped for a routine breath test at Wingate overpass about 7pm. They say the driver 22 was arrested on a fines warrant and his passenger 17 was detained after punching one of the arresting officers several times. Firearms & ammunation were also found in the vehicle. Both men were remanded and will appear on a variety of charges relating to assault, drugs and offensive weapons.

Several other related incidents occurred as the result of the strong Police present, including drink driving evasion resulting in cars being pulled over at NaeNae Shopping Centre. (see below)

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Taita: House on Fire

Update

All occupants uninjured after fire at 48 Moleswoth St Taita

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The fire started in the Kitchen
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Emergency services are at the scene of a house fire in Lower Hutt.

Police said all occupants of the house on Molesworth St in Taita were believed to be accounted for.

Molesworth St was closed to traffic and pedestrians between Cooper St and Tocker St.

Taita: Police investigating childs death not suspicious

Update

The death of a two-month-old girl in a Taita house this morning is not being treated as suspicious.

Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Braybrook said an autopsy would determine the cause of death.

It was not believed to be suspicious.

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Lower Hutt police are investigating the death of a child at a Taita house this morning.

No details were available on the age or sex of the child and Lower Hutt CIB were not available for comment.

Police, ambulance and firefighters were called to the Taita house just after 1.30am.

Taita Walter Nash Stadium

It will take $11.1 million for an upgrade to Walter Nash Stadium. That will incorporate a 3 court extension for netball, seating for 3000, and see a new Taita Community Hall become part of the complex.

The proposal is one of the largest and biggest financial decisions placed in front of councillors in recent years.

The future of the stadium has been debated for more than a decade without any progress being made.

The current proposal requires sponsorship funding $4.4 million. Council will require to fund $6.7 million.
If the $4.4 million isn’t found the deal is off.

If the council goes forward with this proposal several other projects are in jeopardy like refurbishing the Eastbourne Bus Barn and upgrading the McKenzie Pool in Petone.

The council has some hard decisions over the future use of this complex, but to put at jeopardy other projects hardly seems warranted given that $4.4 million sponsorship money in the current economy is but a pipedream.

This issue needs to be resolved, there is no doubt the popularity of the Taita Netball courts and the interest in this area on any winter Saturday, the contentious issue is that is the Walter Nash stadium a go forward project for the Hutt and beneficial to the community at large. $4.4 million of sponsorship money is a tad rich I feel.