STEMM in the Seaview Business Community

As part of the 2015 STEMM Festival (Science, Technology, Manufacturing and Mathematics), Seaview/Gracefield hosted a student tour on 3rd June.  75 secondary school students in years 9 to 11 visited local businesses, for a look at industry from the perspective of science, technology, manufacturing and mathematics as applied in the workplace.  There were seven different tours over the course of the morning, with 16 local businesses participating.

The Business Student Tour programme was designed to give students a first-hand view of industry in action before they decide on their senior-school subjects.  Most businesses involved their younger staff with the guided tours, which ensured a good flow of information and a lot of questions about career progression directed at staff just a few years older. (more…)

Hands-on Science at STEMM Festival

Hutt News, June 2, 2015

With topics such as robotics, engineering and Life on mars, the inaugural Hutt STEMM Festival is offering plenty to think about and do.

The programme includes more than 30 events from June 2 to 7 and many are free or entry by koha.

STEMM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Manufacturing. (more…)

Hutt Science festival gathering momentum

Hutt News, May 19 2015

Organisers of the inaugural STEMM festival say the focus will be local this year, but the scope of the event will broaden in the future to build the Hutt Valley’s reputation as a hub of science, research and high-tech industry.

The festival, running June 2-7, will deliver a range of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing (STEMM) events aimed at students, business industry and the community. (more…)

Pitched in to aid marae

Hutt News, May 19, 2015

Marae flooding

Kokiri Seaview is still counting the cost of flooding from last Thursday’s deluge but a marae spokesperson was proud of the way young and old pitched in to help.

“It knitted the marae and whanau together,”  Tina Ratana said on Friday.

On Thursday afternoon, the water was knee deep in parts of the marae complex. (more…)

Link road seen as vital for Hutt

Hutt News, May 5th, 2015

Hutt may Ray Wallace is optimistic about the prospects of the Cross Valley Link (CVL) despite it falling from No 8 to No 11 on the latest transport wish list.

The regional transport committee, which has mayors and transport representatives from across the region on it, last week drew up a list of transport priorities.

The list goes to the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) for consideration as part of the national Land Transport programme.

Wallace says he was able to successfully argue that the CVL should be considered alongside the Petone Grenada Link (PGL), which is No3 on the list. (more…)

Carpet firm lays off 32 Seaview staff

Hutt News, April 28th, 2015

Another thirty two manufacturing jobs have been lost in Lower Hutt.
The workers were told of their redundancies as they turned up to their shifts last week at carpet manufacturer Canterbury Spinners’ Seaview site.

Canterbury Spinners is owned by Australian carpet manufacturer Godfrey Hirst.  The cuts are the latest in a series of workforce reductions the company’s New Zealand subsidiary has undertaken since the Canterbury earthquakes.  In July 2013 it laid off more than 50 workers at its Dannevirke plant.

Workers made redundant at the company’s Seaview site were told at recent meetings that the company would be reorganising its shift hours and would be seeking redundancies. (more…)

Seaview Marina fishing for new users

Hutt News, April 28th, 2015

Seaview could become the home for fishing boats currently based in Picton.

The suggestion is contained in Seaview marina’s business plan for future development.

The company has run the marina for the council since 2003 and councillors were discussing a performance review.  There was frustration over the time it was taking to complete the facility.

Marina manager Allan McLellan said the plan had always been to develop it to where it delivered the maximum return to council.  Once finished, the council would be able to decide what it wants to do with the marina, he said.  One option was to sell it. (more…)

Jobs lost at Wellington carpet manufacturers

The Dominion Post, April 22nd, 2015

Thirty-four Lower Hutt yarn factory workers face an uncertain future after losing their jobs.

The Canterbury Spinners employees were told in a group meeting on Wednesday the Seaview-based company was cutting almost one-fifth of its factory floor staff. Len Welsh, of Lower Hutt, who worked for the company for the past 13 years, first in Christchurch and then in Wellington, was one made redundant. (more…)

Call to speed up harbour path

Hutt News, April 21, 2015

Backers of the Great Harbour Way see a "one -off opportunity" to give the cycleway-walkway around the inner edge of Wellington harbour a massive tail wind.

Backers of the Great Harbour Way see a “one -off opportunity” to give the cycleway-walkway around the inner edge of Wellington harbour a massive tail wind.

Graeme hall and Allan Brown of the Great Harbour Way Trust, are chasing a chunk of the $100 million Urban Cycling Fund.

Last week they issued a call for people from throughout the region who believe in the project to send in submissions to their councils’ annual ad long term plans, ranking the shared path as a priority.

In particular, they want Hutt people to tell Hutt City Council the Eastern Bays section of the Great Harbour Way deserves to be accelerated. (more…)

US study validates Wellington climate change research

Hutt News, April, 2015

Core samples from deep in the Antarctic ice by a Wellington based research team have confirmed climate change models predicting rapidly rising sea levels.

Furthmore, a research paper released by the University of California, San Diego, on March 26, supported the local researchers work and found that Antarctic ice melt has accelerated rapidly since 2003. (more…)