83 days ago

We need your help

The Team from Wellington District Police

Wellington District Police are investigating how two young Lower Hutt children suffered injuries so horrific that both required hospitalisation and surgery.

Police investigators believe the siblings’ injuries were inflicted deliberately and likely over a period of time. We are now asking for help from the public to uncover what happened to the four and five-year-old children.

Concerned hospital staff had alerted officers to a potential family harm incident at a residential address in Stokes Valley on Friday 8 March after a young child sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital by ambulance.

A medical assessment of the child and their sibling revealed further injuries believed to have been sustained in previous incidents.

Their injuries were so extensive one required surgery, and it has taken weeks to understand the full extent of damage to their bodies. Both have a multitude of broken bones, extensive bruising and one child had brain bleeds and severe internal injuries.

These injuries do not just happen; it’s likely someone knows something or has seen something and that’s why we need the community’s help.

The children recently moved with family to a Stokes Valley address from a Waterloo address and had been at their new home for just two nights when they were hospitalised.

Police are seeking any information around any suspicious activity seen or heard at either address, or nearby, on or prior to Friday 8 March, that may assist Police in our investigation.

Police have already conducted area enquiries and we are now reaching out to the wider community for help with our investigation.

If you have any information that may assist Police, please contact us on 105 or via 105.police.govt.nz and reference file number: 240308/4647.

Alternatively you can report any information anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Poll: Are swear words no longer?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

In 2023, Apple amended its autocorrect function to allow Iphone users to freely use their intended word without mentioning 'ducks'. Is this a sign of the times? Are swear words no longer taboo in our communities or workplaces?

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Are swear words no longer?
  • 20.3% Yes - swear words don't phase me
    20.3% Complete
  • 48.6% No - it's still inappropriate to swear
    48.6% Complete
  • 30.4% It's depends on the word
    30.4% Complete
  • 0.7% Other - I'll share below!
    0.7% Complete
2289 votes
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July School Holiday Programme: Winter Wonderland Extravaganza!

Angela Gordon from St Ninian's Uniting Parish

Embark on a four-day Winter Wonderland Extravaganza with our Kids' holiday Programme! Join us from July 15th to July 18th for days filled with frosty fun and enchanting activities designed to celebrate the magic of the season.

From immersive nature walks exploring the wonders of the winter landscape to captivating winter science experiments, there's something for every young adventurer. Unleash your creativity with arts and crafts projects inspired by the snowy scenery, and cosy up for indoor campouts complete with storytelling and s'mores. Don't miss our four-day Winter Wonderland movie marathon featuring beloved films set in snowy landscapes and hands-on winter cooking classes where kids can whip up delicious seasonal treats.

Join us for four days of frosty fun and unforgettable memories!
📣 Enrolment is now open, and close 30 June and numbers are limited to 20 kids! For ages 5 – 13 years only.
Secure your spot today! Contact St Ninian’s church office: stnup@xtra.co.nz or ph (04) 476 7137