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. 

Upper Hutt State Of Mind – brilliant parody

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

Upper Hutt

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.

Rimutaka Hill Road upgrade: Muldoons corner now gone

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.

AmeriCarna hits the Hutt Valley

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.

Upper Hutt: Space Station photo from Pinehaven

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!

International Space Station over Upper Hutt, 30-Jan-10 by lancea.

The ISS traces a bright trail even though the sky is quite bright due to a full moon. The exposure is 161 seconds at f/6.3, ISO 400 with a 35mm lens. Image centre is looking SE to the Southern Cross and pointers. The ISS path starts at 22:38:50 NZDT (elevation about 40 degress to the SSE) and ends to the SE when it goes behind the hill.

Hutt Radio and others

Its been a while since I updated on Hutt Radios progress. This project has developed over the last 4 months from their requests for announcers to their first public meeting and earlier developments .

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

The Cheese
Frequency: 88.4 FM
Broadcast Area: Wellington, Wainuiomata
Description: The Cheese is commencing broadcast shortly. Covering a base of music from the 80s, 90s and Today.
Contact: Grant Thoms (Email: thecheese@paradise.net.nz)

Grant of the The Cheese is also on Twitter as http://twitter.com/zollymonsta

Upper Hutts River FM
Frequency: 88.1 FM
Broadcast Area: Wellington, Upper Hutt
Description: The station has been broadcasting since Feb 2009. It is a community station broadcasting community information and interviews as well as a wide range of music.
Phone: 0274367890
Website: http://upperhuttsriverfm@gmail.com
Contact: Craig (Email: upperhuttsriverfm@gmail.com)

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?