The great Wellington Truck and Transport Show was held on Sunday 24 February at Trentham Memorial Park. Hosted by the Silverstream Lions, saw 175 Rigs pre register for the day. Gold coin donation for entry, and prizes for the top Rigs from throughout NZ. Earlier in the day a convey from Gracefield to Trentham Memorial Park was staged by a drive through the Hutt Valley enjoyed by many residents and children.
Empire Skate hosted its 2020 competition at Riddiford Gardens Park on Saturday 22 February. Great crowd in attendance each year gets stronger this being the third time the event has been held.
Bike the Hutt 10 days of biking events throughout the Hutt Valley, hosted 2 events, a cycle race in Upper Hutt, Tour de Hutt a 25km, 50km, and 100km option and each 25km lap will include a start at Brewtown. The roadrace goes through Silverstream, over to the Whitemans Valley and back over Wallaceville Hill. A more family orientated activity is Bike the Trail an opportunity to ride the beautiful Hutt River trail with great company, and really is a family activity. You follow the flow of the water to the mouth of the Hutt River at Seaview. In all there are in all 20 events, covering all form of bicycle activites and learning opportunties.
By their nature, residential property rates are always a point of contention but an increase of this size has lite up local social media, with residents questioning how this has come to pass, and how unacceptable this is to many.
Wellington Water has asked residents to conserve water. One could suggest that given infrastructure projects are on the long term HCC agenda meeting today, than an approach to Wellington Water (Wellington Water is jointly owned by the Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils, South Wairarapa District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council) about residential water capacity needs to be asked, given the so called growth of both Hutt cities.
Ever February we hit a water hump, yet in 20 weeks time it all will be pouring down our drains. We are missing something here.
Sunday February 9th night saw the most beautiful Super moon rise over the Hutt Valley.
And finally, as they say “Only in the #Hutt” this bloke found the best way to move his sofa was via shanks pony – on his back – to the err of many motorists in Eastbourne.
Te Rā o te Raukura 2020 held at Te Whiti Park. on Saturday 1 February. For 27 years this event has been held at this location. It is the premier cultural experience on the Wellington calendar and celebrates a strong community spirit. It featured a whole array of arts and crafts, health and education exhibitions, live bands, cultural and dance groups, amusements rides as well as a huge range of food stalls. Full video coverage of the stage events can be found here
$30m sports science and training facility with the opening of Upper Hutt’s NZCIS development. Based out of the previous CIT Campus at Trentham and purchased by developers in 2015, has been extensively renovated. Wellington Rugby Football Union will be shifting to the hub in 2021. Wellington Phoenix said the club had a memorandum of understanding with the NZCIS and planned to base its operations out of the hub pending finances.
The hub provides an opportunity for different sporting brands to interact, it would not only cater for traditional sports but would have applications for the rapidly growing e-sports, or video game, industry.
American Vehicle Day 2020 was held at Trentham Racecourse on Sunday 2 February.
Lower Hutt will need to spend an estimated $270 million over the next decade on its aging water infrastructure. Wellington Water’s report completed at the request of Mayor Campbell Barry following his election last year, showed 60 per cent of the city’s water infrastructure needed to be renewed in the next three decades – in which time the population is expected to grow by 20 per cent.
The proposals are outlined in papers issued under the Official Information Act to Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins, and would have wide-ranging consequences for the Hutt Valley, Waiouru, Porirua and Wellington.
As many as 1000 more defence staff could be moved to Upper Hutt, as the Defence Force considers spending up to $110 million to redevelop the old Central Institute of Technology campus at Trentham.
The establishment of Trentham army camp last century certainly has heralded development opportunities for Upper Hutt for many years. This latest news will no doubt bring broad smiles to the UHCC, firstly that the old CIT buildings are been reused for a practical purpose and secondly the influx of people and families to Upper Hutt city as a direct result of this relocation.
The economic benefit to Upper Hutt is vast with the number involved around 1000, and the relocation of high paid defence personal from Wellington to Upper Hutt alone being significant.
No doubt a fair piece of logic was applied in this move, given Trentham Army base across the road. Unfortunately no time line is placed on this development and a lot of work will have to be undertaken on the old CIT campus to bring it up to speed, having been vacant for many years.
Upper Hutts gain unfortunately comes at other regions loss, but the benefits ongoing in the years ahead is vast, something that could only be akin to the old manufacturing factories that populated the city in the seventies which in recent years have closed down, downsized or moved away, General Motors and Pacific Tyres (Dunlops) coming to mind.
All we need now is confirmation, but Upper Hutt will be a buzz over this news.