Steve Russell will get a gold star as a reward for 25 years service

Long years recognised

12:55 PM  Twenty five years of battling heat, smoke and flames has earned a Cambridge fireman special recognition.

Man dies in raid

A man has died in police custody in the Western Bay of Plenty.

1:53 PM  A man collapsed and died after being handcuffed by police in Te Puke.

Rotorua bar robbed

A knock at the door revealed a thief on a mission. 

Iwi suffer colossal netball defeat

1:23 PM  When facing Maramarua 1, teams need to bring their A game. Unfortunately Iwi United Kotare did not, resulting in a 48-goal punishment.

Girl's attacker remains at large

Man kneed in the genitals by Thames schoolgirl during assault still to be caught.

Kathmandu ram raided

1:39 PM  Police have arrested two teenagers after they ram raided Pukekohe Kathmandu.

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News

New craft beer bar to support local suppliers

SkyCity Hamilton general manager Michelle Baillie and Good George director Darrel Hadley are gearing up to bring local craft beer to a redeveloped SkyCity precinct.

7 min ago  SkyCity Hamilton is partnering with Hamilton, Coromandel and Rotorua breweries for its new craft beer bar.

Kathmandu ram raided

1:39 PM  Police have arrested two teenagers after they ram raided Pukekohe Kathmandu in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Top judge for top art award

Waipa Business Awards bring surprises

Business

New craft beer bar to support local suppliers

SkyCity Hamilton general manager Michelle Baillie and Good George director Darrel Hadley are gearing up to bring local craft beer to a redeveloped SkyCity precinct.

8 min ago  SkyCity Hamilton is partnering with Hamilton, Coromandel and Rotorua breweries for its new craft beer bar.

Waipa Business Awards bring surprises

12:42 PM  The team at Cambridge’s Rob May Building was fizzing with excitement at Friday’s Waipa Networks 2015 Business Awards.

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis says a discussion needs to be had over whether the GDT should be temporarily suspended in the wake of falling dairy prices.

Calls made to suspend Fonterra's GDT

1:02 PM  Another fall on Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade prompts call to temporarily suspend the auction process.

Sport

Francis' eyes on Super Rugby contract

Piers Francis played for the Counties Manukau club premiership champions Bombay in 2015.

1:48 PM  The promising rugby career of Piers Francis was looking in danger of derailing but the English-born playmaker is determined to get it back on track with Counties Manukau.

Smart back on track

1:27 PM  It was a collective sigh of relief for Smart Monarch Prems who finally put together the precise, defensive game they are known for.

22052015 Sport Photo Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ.  Taranaki Premier 1 netball, Tysons V NPGHS at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth, generic netball pic.

Disappointing loss for Te Kohanga

1:29 PM  Te Kohanga 1 were hanging their heads after Saturday's premier gold game at Pukekohe Netball Centre.

Opinion

Criticism of Still Life astonishing

Opinion

OPINION: When I read James Croot’s review of the movie Still Life, which he described as ‘‘emotionally powerful drama’’ and a ‘‘minor masterpiece’’, I heartily concurred.

The ref is always right on the day

OPINION: Sunday morning's epic match at Ellis Park was one I was half convinced the All Blacks would lose.

Tony Robertson was convicted of the rape and murder of Blessie Gotingco.

Why was Robertson free to kill?

OPINION: I've been to jail several times. It was all part of a learning process. At least, that's my excuse.

Life & Style

Eyecatching bags

The School Handbag from  Acquisitions breaks with the tradition of the normal purse, and makes a statement with this vibrant green.  Available for $49.00.

Statement bags can make or break your overall look. Deanna Bayley finds some stunners that will complete any outfit.

Film festival has variety and 'geysers of blood'

Hamilton film fans will be booking the best part of a month off work with the international film festival about to hit town again.

A contractor dismantles Gaye Jurisich's sculpture Passing Red alongside Hamilton's Mill Street.

Controversial Passing Red sculpture moved on

Hamilton's V8s-inspired sculpture Passing Red is on the move.

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