Wellington

Powerco upgrading Hutt Valley gas supply

A section of the gas network that supplies the Hutt Valley is going underground. Powerco will start work mid-January to replace the existing 40-year-old gas regulating station on Riddlers Crescent with modern, underground equipment. Powerco Gas Operations...... Read More

Further support for struggling farmers

Drought stricken farmers in the Lower North Island and South Island’s West Coast will have access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) Acting Social Development Minister Peeni Henare has announced. The drought across Taranaki, western parts of...... Read More

Trademe reveals soaring Wellington rental demand

Rental prices in Wellington for December have risen about $30 since October, Trade Me figures show. The Trade Me Property Rental Index said the median price had risen from $450 to $480 since October, peaking back up to match the record set last January. The...... Read More

Tax relief for drought affected farmers

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed tax relief measures will be extended to farmers in drought areas. In late December and early January the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor classified the drought as a medium-scale...... Read More

’Harmless’ sharks spotted in Wellington Harbour

Dozens of sharks have been spotted closer to shore than usual in Wellington's Oriental Bay. The rig sharks were spotted yesterday and can grow up to 1.5 metres long. NIWA principal scientist Dr Malcolm Francis says the sharks come in every...... Read More

Missing Lower Hutt woman found

UPDATED 8.11AM: The 55-year-old woman who was reported missing in the Eastbourne area of Lower Hutt overnight has been found. She arrived at her home safe and well at around 7.30am, says Sergeant Matthew Wheble. "She had become lost in nearby...... Read More

James finishes the job for drift team

  Pro-Sport Series outfit Central Drift Team have come away from the opening round of the Link ECU D1NZ National Drifting Championship on top.  The Central Equipment Movers and AUTOSERVE backed drifters Taylor James and Ra Heyder dominated...... Read More

Dogs die in worst year for Hutt River blooms

Two dogs have died this year after consuming toxic algae from the Hutt River. Wellington Regional Council said swimmers and dogs should avoid parts of the river at Silverstream where high levels of the algae have been detected. The algae can kill...... Read More

Man in hospital after Lower Hutt shooting

A Lower Hutt street has reopened after a man was shot near Pharazyn street in Melling just before midday. The victim has been taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police say a firearm has been recovered and they were making enquiries. A...... Read More

Ready to use, straight out of the printer

A new lab in Lower Hutt, north of Wellington, is helping businesses build things like satellite components, sensors for robots and medical devices almost as soon as they are designed. The AdLab specialises in "additive manufacturing" - making...... Read More