Stallholders will be showing off their vintage, retro and handmade wares at Market Place on Saturday. Pictured: Market organiser Kell Pike.

Top five things to do this weekend

11:00 AM  Mindlords, a mid-winter festival and an exhibition exploring the human body.

Cyclist and car collide

One person has been injured after a crash in Forest Lake.

10:56 AM  Witness says driver, possibly blinded by morning sun, failed to see a cyclist.

Kawerau axe attack deadly

10:45 AM  Man charged with murder after another was killed with an axe.

Tauranga raid nets chemicals

10:43 AM  Man arrested after a suspected meth lab was discovered by police north of Tauranga.

Possum hunter found near home

A missing possum hunter is found dead at the bottom of a bluff near his home, Waikato police say.

Guests victims of blanket fire

Two people injured when an electric blanket caught fire in their Waihi motel room.

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Massive ride for teacher

The Te kowhai School commuinty get on their bikes to raise money for  Assistant Principal Mandi Rathbone who has cancer.

12:00 PM  Whole community gets on board to help assistant principal diagnosed with cancer.

Muliaina sexual assault charge

Former All Blacks star due to appear in court after Welsh police charge him with sexual assault.

Guests victim of blanket fire

House fire in Putaruru


Going the extra mile for sustainability

The Lea family in Ratanui's Waikato native plant nursery, from left Chelsea, Charlie, Sophie, Georgia and Helen.

10:45 AM  Charlie Lea farms in a traditional but his rural environmental business is anything but.

Fonterra job cuts plan confirmed

Fonterra confirms that massive jobs cuts are underway after a series of leaks about staff meetings across the country.

The head of Hamilton and Waikato Tourism Kiri Goulter.

Funding boost for tourism

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism will receive a funding injection from local government partners.


Weight a Thorn in Prince's side at Taumarunui

Johnathon Parkes travels north for a good book of rides at Te Rapa including Thorn Prince in the big race.

The weight scale will prove a deciding factor in Saturday's Woods Group Taumarunui Gold Cup.

King mixes with men at North Island champs

Tournament will provide some valuable match-practice ahead of a busy second half of the year.

Schoolboy apprentice Ryan Elliot has a winning chance at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Schoolboy apprentice studying Staccato's form

Horse will go to barriers boasting more experience than his jockey at Te Rapa


Cold, mouldy homes a scandal


OPINION: It's 12:37 PM on a Friday. I am working from home, and I am wearing a thermal undershirt, a T-shirt, a Swanndri, a beanie, jeans, thick socks, and wool slippers.

Can't afford kids? 'Stop breeding'

OPINION: That a child should die in this country because the house it was living in was too damp and cold and a heater couldn’t afford to be run is a shocking state of affairs.

Brendon McCullum of New Zealand hits out during the 3rd ODI Royal London One-Day Series 2015 between England and New Zealand at Ageas Bowl on June 14, 2015 in Southampton, England.

England beat us at our own game

OPINION: Expectations for the New Zealand cricket tour of England were exceedingly high. But they had our number.

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The man who grew a church from trees video

The spherical Acer platanoides 'Globosum' and low camellia hedge surround the structure.

What does a gardener with a passion for ecclesiastical architecture do with 3 acres in the Waikato? Create a tree church, of course.

Opening the door to Sir Peter Jackson's house

Pull the right book in Sir Peter Jackson's house and the bookcase will open to Bag End - the home of Bilbo Baggins.

Engaged couple Tash Sprout and Arie Stokes search for ideas at the Waikato Wedding Expo. Sprout is worried Stokes won't like her dress when she turns up to the altar on the wedding day.

Lovebirds' tale began at The Outback

Tash Sprout is grateful she had a bit of "liquid courage" when she first asked out her fiance.

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