Tyler Te Ata Vardon Jones drowned in a pool when he was 17 months old.

Son's death my fault - mum

9:36 AM  A mother whose toddler son drowned while she was on the phone knows she is to blame for his death.

Raglan bar tips boat

Coastguard helped tow a capsized boat back to shore at Raglan.

Rescue operation launched after a boat up-turned attempting to cross the Raglan bar.

Old-fashioned Valentines Day

Valentines Day is a throwback to a more traditional time, figures suggest.

'She's just laying there'

Raewyn Green was unconscious and gasping on the floor of her home when her partner ran to get help.

Future for Frankton 

It seems a phoenix could be pulled from the ashes if the retailing giant of Forlongs closes.

Forlongs'  legacy gallery

When Ralph and Evelyn Forlong started, their aim was to make just £40.

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news

Cursed ring claims first victim

The ring had a curse placed on it after Gertrude Christina Nohl and Martin Johann Wagner were married in 1906.

The ring hexed with a 100-year-old curse has claimed its first victim: the guy who allegedly stole it.

Surfing Iran and Papua New Guinea

An Irish surfer has shared her passion with women in Iran and Papua New Guinea.

A new farming model video

Conservative MP Macindoe backs flag change

business

Old-fashioned Valentines Day

She gives him a card. He gives her balloons. Men outspend women on Valentine's Day.

Valentines Day is a throwback to a more traditional time, figures suggest.

BusinessNZ boss' weekend rituals

Hope heading out on a surf mission with daughters Orla, 5, and Mika, 11.

Newly appointed chief executive Kirk Hope loves surfing, soccer, and spinning discs.

Economic reality is hitting home

Business commentator Rod Oram.

OPINION: Prime Minister John Key paints a pretty picture but misses the point.

Hamilton retailer could leave a big gap

Forlong's huge store in Hamilton could present either a problem or an opportunity if it closes.

Prospect of store closure could add hugely to the city's vacant commercial property space.

Food warehouse, health board 'go green'

Ceres Organics says getting a green star rating was about "walking the talk".

Two buildings from very different sectors take the lead in sustainability.

sport

Gatland's Wales edges Cotter's Scots

Wales' George North (centre) celebrates his try in a 27-23 win over Scotland in Cardiff.

Warren Gatland's Wales beat Vern Cotter's Scotland as two Kiwi coaches clashed in Sunday's Six Nations rugby round.

Wood won't be rushed back

Chris Wood remains on the sidelines due to an ongoing hamstring problem.

Leeds assistant coach says All Whites striker Chris Wood won't be rushed back.

Double success at Porritt

Julia Ratcliffe, pictured at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, easily won the women's hammer throw at the Porritt Classic on Saturday.

Tauranga sprinter Joseph Millar completed the 100-200 double at the Porritt Classic on Saturday.

Xtravagant leaves fans awestruck

Xtravagant blitzed his top class rivals in the NRM Sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Xtravagant awesome in Te Rapa sprint.

World champs own team pursuit

From left; Jason Allen, Dylan Kennett , Marc Ryan and Hayden Roulston won the team pursuit title for Mid South Canterbury.

Mid South Canterbury's world champs put on a show in the team pursuit.

opinion

Waist trainers: investing in eating disorders

Kim Kardashian may have single-handedly ignited the waist training trend, with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney quickly getting in on the action.

OPINION: The stomach cinching contraption from a bygone era, the corset, has made a comeback.

The gentlemen's game has feet of clay

NZ Captain Brendon McCullum talks to Mitchell Marsh as he leaves the field on his way back to the dressing room on Monday.

OPINION: Cricket was never, really, the sport of gentlemen.

Doing everything yourself - it's not just a problem for women

Figure out what you can do, and what you can't, then develop a list of trusted tradespeople.

OPINION: The other morning, I was standing in my office with a Phillips screwdriver in my hand, and beside me my printer was purring sweetly, spitting out paper as it went about its business.

Tertiary leaders let Hamilton down

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is running of a platform of free tertiary education in the United States.

OPINION: When both the Labour Party and Bernie Sanders talked about the value of free tertiary education, it was a chance for Waikato's tertiary leaders to step up.

Lack of hard data on TPP comes back to bite

A firebomb failed to ignite in Anne Tolley's Whakatane office after the TPPA was signed in Auckland.

OPINION: In the absence of information, rumour will fill the vacancy.

Life & Style

History of the Pureora Forest

Pureora Forest is famous for its kokako population.

Neville Ritchie talks about the rich history of the Pureora Forest, as outlined in his new book.

Pedalling for the people

Paul Carrick is cycling to raise money for two charities.

A Cambridge man is doing his bit to support two health organisations by cycling 125 kilometres.

Cambridge course to bring families closer

A six-session course starting in Cambridge next week is aimed at making family life easier

Cambridge-based course aimed at helping families navigate parenthood

Marae's kai success in Cambridge

About 160 people turned out to the Christmas Day lunch at the Cambridge Community Marae - their biggest turnout yet.

The big Christmas Day lunch at the Cambridge Community Marae hit a record number last year.

No nonsense go-to-guy at the Franklin show

John Fleet is the familiar face of the Franklin A&P Show, which is on in Pukekohe February 20-21.

He’s a little bit abrupt, sometimes direct, and on occasions a tad curt - but that is how John Fleet gets things done.

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