Posts Tagged ‘Upper Hutt’
Credit, where credit is due, this parody by former Upper Hutt college students Vinny Rittossa and Emma Judd of Jay-Z song “Empire State of Mind featuring Alicia Keys’ is important for anyone to see if Upper Hutt was your stomping ground in your youth, past or present. In fact the contemporary take on Upper Hutt will have some realising it’s all too true.
The Chorus below so you can sing along
Suburban town where dreams don’t come true
There’s nothin you can do
now you’re in Upper Hutt
Homeless people will try to mug you
McDonalds will employ you
Lets hear it for Upper Hutt, Upper Hutt, Upper Hutt.
I’m sure Mayor Guppy, will be hoping like hell that this parody doesn’t go far,that is nationwide, but its a great piss take by the two, and excellent production from the team involved, if there was a New Zealand Saturday Live, it would be top material. Chrrrr
Final word goes to OoshMultimedia
The video was produced entirely over a 2 week period, including writing, shooting, audio production, and editing. By basing the video around common associations with Upper Hutt in a light hearted and self deprecating manner, we have been able to successfully appeal to a youth audience and get them involved and interested in The Hutt City. This controversial approach is more meaningful to many youth, as they can relate to what is being said, when opposed to an ‘Upper Hutt is so wonderful’ form that they would take little notice of.
It’s great that so many people have taken an interest in the product, and are willing to voice their opinions.
NZTA opened up the $16.5 million developments at the top of the Rimutakas to two way traffic last week. With a weekend in the Wairarapa it was a chance to capture developments in this ongoing project.
This work has seen the removal of the notorious hairpin Muldoon corner (so named because of how tight it is), don’t think I followed politicians when I use to regularly take the motorbike over the hill for a blat. The Tin Hut wasn’t as posh either (normal watering hole)
But certainly from a travellers perspective whilst the works only shave seconds of the trip, it will make the journey a lot safer, with clear visibility to oncoming traffic, and most certainly for the large rigs.
The job is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.
This weekend sees the AmeriCarna car carnival arrive. AmeriCARna will bring in excess of 400 American cars, along with drivers, passengers, supporters, and enthusiasts for four days. A celebration of the American car by enthusiasts from around New Zealand. The event will see cars in various places this weekend, road closures are here and events schedule here
The video below shows the numbers and types that are visiting the valley this weekend after yesterdays registration. If you get a chance take an opportunity to have a look at these cars at one of the scheduled events.
International Space Station over Upper Hutt taken by Lance Andrewes in Pinehaven on the 30 January. Details below of photo taken on the beautiful clear night yesterday with the full moon. The original photo (link) highlights star formations eg Sth Cross. Great work!
But I am happy to release the latest news following their early hard work and funding issues:
Hutt Radio, the new community station now on 106.1 FM,
hopefully has most of the inevitable teething problems solved.
The Trustees are pleased to finally have BBC World on-air,
24 hours a day. Technically, this is the “test broadcast” phase.
It won’t be too long before some live local content is inserted
on a regular basis, in partnership with the BBC World Service.
Current coverage is the whole of the Hutt Valley from the
southern end of Upper Hutt, right down the valley to Petone.
Until the Trust can afford to site the transmitter on a hilltop,
some areas in the Western Hills will be unable to pick it up.
The transmission is from a NaeNae rooftop. FM radio is a
“line of sight” signal, so houses tucked behind a bit of hillside
won’t receive it. Nor will steel-reinforced concrete buildings.
Cars with Japanese radios will need to insert an expander.
Hutt Radio should eventually cover the entire Hutt Region.
via Hutt Radio
Congratulations all around to those involved as the continuing hard work is paying dividends. I look forward with interest to their continuing development in 2010.
Network radio is the current business model but I for one would like to see Hutt Radio succeed if only to provide a conduit for local voices, that seems to have been lost in the drive for commercial success.
As a sidebar the development of this community asset piqued my interest in the history around earlier radio broadcasting in the Hutt Valley (does anyone remember KIX FM?) but also similar activities already underway.
Several other broadcasters exist in this area that I have uncovered (albeit LPFM and/or internet based) which while limited in their range and coverage show the desire of others to express themselves via broadcasting. Whilst not all about community some show interest, and with the desire to broadcast on a network basis by the bigger radio stations the role of a community station servicing only the Hutt community is novel in todays world.
Visiting the NZ LPFM website provides insight into a list of 29 stations within Wellington of which 7 are in the Hutt region. Registration is voluntary and there could be more, but does show the diversity of people wishing to pursue their avenue of broadcasting, some with local content.
My chance to plug two that I have listened to (and know they are around) and like
These guys are also on YouTube
No doubt they have other social media addresses and I apologise if they are not your best avenues or are out of date.
Does anyone else have any favourites that are out there?
I recently visited a little known cafe – local favourite of mine – The Short Straw Cafe.
It is a delight to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city cafes and find somewhere that has some outside area – with grass and a country view.
The Short Straw has all of this in bucket loads and more. You have to travel over to Whitemans Valley and to 50 Johnsons Rd (well sign posted from top of Blue Mountains Rd Silverstream, map here) but worth the drive.
This cafe was built of straw bales and then plastered (hence the name) – Eco Friendly and so are the staff. Always willing to go the extra mile to ensure you get what you want.
The food selection is great and very generous. The berry cake is to “die for” and they serve some of the best coffee around the area. They have a menu for Adults and Kids – licensed as well.
You really do feel that you get country hospitality when you dine here.
The kids (and parents) love this place as it has lots of areas for the kids to play outside (sandpit – slides – swings and lots of grass). A quick look over the fence and you can chat with the local animals.
Inside also has an area for kids with lots of toys. I know I have mentioned kids a lot in this article and with good reason – This cafe will do kids birthday parties with small tables and an area set aside just for the littlies.
You just need to ring them to discuss what you want and they will oblige – much better than a McD party and then they can play outside and wear off all that sugar.
A wonderful place to go now that the weather is improving…..Even the adults can come here and enjoy themselves – without the kids.
The Short Straw Cafe
50 Johnsons Road
Whitemans Valley Upper Hutt
A review courtesy of one of our readers Thanks Nola
see here previous review here
Fire appliances and emergency services attended a serious fire at Kiwi Race Cars an automotive Repair Workshop in Goodshed Road Maidstone Upper Hutt around lunchtime. Damage to the race car workshop was extensive. The workshop was divided into two areas, the section in which the fire started was seriously damaged along with two vintage cars. The other area containing several cars suffered light damage.
For more details checkout details and photos, click here courtesy of Hutt Valley Fire Police Unit who attended.