Welcome to Stokes Valley News Online
- December 2002

Welcome to the December issue of the Stokes Valley News Online. This is our twelfth issue, which makes us a year old! It has been a great year and we wish to thank all those who supported us, contributed copy, or who advertised with us during 2002. We couldn't have done it without you!

We'll be taking a break over Christmas, but we'll be back in two months with our February 2003 issue. We'll see you all then. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and those around you, and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

If you'd like to advertise with Stokes Valley News Online, please see the options outlined in our Advertising Policy, and either call Steve Ritchie on 566-0474 / 025-249-6568 or email adverts@svn.co.nz.

December's stories and other features are all linked to from the navigation frame on the left. Simply click the story of your choice to move from one to another.

This Month!

This month we bring you the following news and features:

A Motorway Bridge for Stokes Valley?
The Robson Street Action Group has called for a bridge across the Hutt River at the entrance of Stokes Valley. Spokesperson Steve Ritchie says that the Regional Council is considering spending $7 million upgrading the Silverstream Bridge...
Possum Busters Wanted
Disappearing roses and damaged native trees in Stokes Valley aren’t the work of ghosts, they’re the work of possums,
Stokes Valley History Part 12
We continue with the twelfth in our series of short articles on the history of Stokes Valley. This month we feature the second of two sections on early education.
Stokes Valley Crime Report
Community Constable Keith Wright updates us on the latest crime figures for Stokes Valley.
Stokes Valley Christmas Parade
12 Nooon 7 December. Entertainment from 10 a.m. onwards .
Christmas Carols in the Park
7 December Speldhurst Park 7 p.m.
Stokes Valley Library Report
Coralie Walton provides recent news from the Stokes Valley Library.
Lions Aid Burns Unit
The Lower Hutt Lions Club has donated a new washing machine to the Hutt Hospital Burns Unit.
NPC WIN for Hutt City Mayor
Hutt City's Mayor John Terris has chosen Kiwi Can Wellington as the local children's related organisation to gift the $5000 worth of Air New Zealand travel he won...
Rotary News
The Stokes Valley Rotary Club is looking for families interested in hosting exchange students.
Stokes Valley Regional 1 Tennis News
Having surpassed our expectations last year by coming runner up in the regional competition, we believe this year we are fielding our strongest team ever.
Pregnancy and Childbirth in First Time Mothers Research
Doctorate student Jessica Shaw is doing research at Victoria University that is looking at New Zealand women’s experiences of pregnancy and childbirth and she is looking for women who are pregnant to participate.
Hutt Corridor Plan
A paper went before the last meeting of the NWC with recommendations for changes to the Hutt road structure that included a "H.O.T. Lane" into Wellington.
Gardening with Rosey M
Reproduced from the November issue of The Taita Times.
Northern Ward Committee News
It's Your Right to Decide?
The Hutt City Council, by not making any decision on whether Lower Hutt City should decide whether it adopts Single Transferable Voting or retain First Past the Post...
Moving Tip Update
A large turn out of Robson and Kinglsy Street residents presented Hutt City Council's Divisional Manager of Street Services with some tough questions at a site meeting on 30 October.

Our Comments section includes the following:

I have spent the last couple of weeks looking at the possibility of having a bridge constructed at the entrance of the valley, one that would link us directly with State highway 2.
View from the Terris
Coming Soon
Hon. Paul Swain
Coming Soon
Cr Julie Engelbretsen
Cr Julie Engelbretsen writes about her local council activities
Rev Heather Macdonald
Rev Heather Macdonald of St Philips Anglican Church provides thoughtful spiritual comment.
Letters to the Editor
See what others have had to say. Use the online form to write a letter yourself.

Our Other Regular Features include:

Use this section to sell your items in Stokes Valley. It's free! Click the link in the banner bar above for the Submit Classifieds online form.
Stokes Valley Weather
We are grateful to Derek Chapman of Stokes Valley for providing us with up-to-the-minute weather reports and forecasts.
Check our up and coming events! Use the online form to submit publicity about your event - ideal for sports clubs and charities.
Business Directory
An online collection of Stokes Valley business addresses and phone numbers. Many of the online business pages change each month so be sure to check them out regularly!
Community Information
An online collection of Community Information, including schools, clubs, health services and more
Stokes Valley Pictorial
A small section of Stokes Valley images - We'd be interested in receiving your special photos for publication. We make every effort to update this section each time. This month we include two shots of the roundabourt sculpture taken at night by Stuart McKenzie.
Stokes Valley Links
A small selection of links to other sites of interest to Stokes Valley residents. We're open for suggestions for inclusion.
SVN Archives
Each issue of Stokes Valley News Online will be archived here.

So that's it for this month. Once again we hope you will enjoy Stokes Valley News Online and we look forward to receiving your comments or suggestions.