Mayor Hopeful on Cross Valley Link

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s transport committee last week ranked its 16 priority projects for the region for the period to June 2021. Ranked No 8 is the CVL, at an estimated cost of $100 million. (more…)

Project Targets Waste Heat

Hutt News, December 9, 2014

GNS Scientists Dr John Kennedy and Jerome Leveneur have received $78,000 to research generators that can convert waste heat into electricity. Their project was one of 101 nationwide to get funding from the Marsden Fund, which supports research which does not have immediate commercial applications. (more…)

Wellington industrial property thriving

The Dominion Post, November 18 2014

Industrial property vacancy rates in Wellington have fallen from the past three years and now stand at just 5.6% according to a survey carried out by Colliers International. (more…)

Marina development moves on

Hutt News

28-HUT-McLellanHarbourside destination: Seaview Marina chief executive Alan McLellan says walkers, cyclists and people looking for a pleasant spot to eat their lunch are turning up in increasing numbers.

Work on adding 56 berths to Seaview Marina is about to get under way as part of a major development of the area. The creation of 43 more 10-metre berths and 13 berths for big catamarans will take Seaview Marina a big step closer towards completing maximum development inside the breakwaters. A crane is already on site to begin work on the redevelopment of F and G Piers, marina chief executive Alan McLellan said. (more…)

Creating a market for small businesses

Village market opening






Lawn bowls, gardening and pottery may come to mind when dreaming fondly of retirement plans, but for Laurie Sanders, it was to create his own village market.

This weekend his dream will turn into reality with the opening of The Village Market in Lower Hutt, where he has moved to retire after 40 years in a timber manufacturing business in Auckland. (more…)

Back in driving seat at long last

Dominion Post, August 29th, 2014

Wellington racing car seat maker Racetech officially opened its new factory last night as it continues “heading in the right direction” a year after its Petone plant was destroyed by fire.

The company moved to the new Seaview premises in June but held its grand reopening yesterday, with speeches from managing director David Black and Kiwi motorsport legend Greg Murphy.

Black, a former rally champion himself who bought Racetech in 1998, said production was back to full capacity after its new factory opened.  To read more click here.

Day job at foundry sparked enthusiasm for sculpting

Manawatu Standard, August 29th, 2014

Brett Rangitaawa










Sculptor and foundryman Brett Rangitaawa has spent years assisting New Zealand’s most prominent sculptors but now his own art will be in the foreground at the Zimmerman Art Gallery in his Palmerston North debut.

Rangitaawa started working with metal as an apprentice when he was 15 at a metal-casting foundry and has gone on to own and operate The Heavy Metal Company in Lower Hutt. (more…)

New underpass provides secure passage in Seaview

Hutt City Council website, August 27th, 2014

Mayor and Kura

A new underpass gives cyclists and walkers in Seaview an alternative to crossing busy Seaview Road.

The sealed underpass travels under the Seaview Bridge and is accessed near the entrance to Hutt Park.

Mayor Ray Wallace attended the opening of the underpass today and said it is an example of Council’s commitment to improving cycling and walking opportunities across the city.

“Seaview Road is a busy area with lots of heavy vehicles on the road so the underpass is a fantastic option for cyclists and walkers who want to avoid this.” (more…)

Gracefield Stormwater Education Programme

Keeping the Waiwhetu Stream Pristine!

In a $15M clean-up project completed in 2012, the Waiwhetu stream was decontaminated and restored to a healthy ecosystem. Our current project and its associated visits are about what Council and nearby businesses can all do – usually at low cost, if any, to help keep it that way.

For full details on what we need to do to help download this document

Gracefield Stormwater Education Programme

Stormwater drain on Seaview Road and all this ends up in the harbour! Five bag loads of bottles each week are being cleared out of this drain as well as other pollutants.

Seaview Rd Sotrm Water drains

MP’s Petone Traffic Increase Rubbished

Hutt News, August 19th, 2014

A claim by MP Trevor Mallard that 10,000 extra vehicles would travel daily along Petone Esplande from a Grenda link road has been rejected as scaremongering by political rival.

The Hutt South MP has dropped 500 leaflets to Petone and korokoro residents warning that a Petone-to-Grenada road would increase traffic and destroy the Korokoro valley and stream.  He has posted video online making similar claims. (more…)