Raglan's Dave Williams, left, and Matamata policeman Mike Boston are tackling South American peak Mt Aconcagua in January as part of the sea2summit7 campaign.

Mates tackle world first

1:55 PM  Pair to take on the world's highest summits to raise awareness for men's mental illness.

Bomb hoax alleged

Stacey Anthony Spinks

2:11 PM  Stacey Spinks is accused of phoning in a bomb threat about Hamilton Central Police Station.

Man dies after explosion

2:42 PM  Man dies from burns following a fuel tank explosion in Waikato.

Westfield Chartwell sold

Three major Westfield shopping malls, including Chartwell, are likely to be rebranded.

Held up at gunpoint

A gun-wielding thief demanded cash from a store worker manning a Waikato Pricecutter.

Aussie no longer the lucky country

Australia's gloss wearing off for more and more Kiwis.

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Man dies after explosion

A man has died after a fuel tank exploded at a workplace in Otorohanga.

1 min ago  Man dies from burns following a fuel tank explosion in Waikato.

Sign lit, sprinkler activated

3:04 PM  Drunk man creates flood at police station.

Drone found in Morrinsville

Mates tackle world first


Top honour for female winemaker

Pask Winery head winemaker Kate Radburnd.

Pask Winery's head winemaker Kate Radburnd wins the NZ Wine Growers Fellowship.

Westfield Queensgate and Chartwell sold

Shoppers at Westfield Mall mob Prime Minister John Key during the 2014 election campaign.

Three major Westfield shopping malls in Lower Hutt, Hamilton and Auckland are likely to be rebranded after being sold by the properties' Australian owners.

Getting a small business started

Chris Morrison is the owner of start-up Four Leaf Furniture.

We get some tips from the owner of a one-year-old business on what you need to know.

Hobbiton's unexpected visitor

Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi peers out of the front door of a hobbit hole at Hobbiton.

Visiting Doctor swings by Middle-earth for a house call.

Ferrybank design finalists revealed

Hamilton City Council chief executive Richard Briggs and Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker with concept designs depicting a redeveloped Ferrybank precinct.

Three distinct and bold plans to reimagine Hamilton's Ferrybank precinct will be unveiled today.


Rasa Lila to bypass Zabeel Classic

Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie have Rasa Lila ready to strike in major 1600m races over the next few weeks.

Eagle Technology run convinces connections to stay at 1600m with Rasa Lila.

Boxing quartet punching their way to Serbia

Lani Daniels, Mckeilah King and Cara Wharerau head to Serba next month.

Four female boxers will be leaving Hamilton for Serbia in January, competing in the Fifth Nations Cup in Ruma as they plot a path towards the world championships.

Lugton Park stay in contention

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Rotorua remain top of the table but Lugton Park keep themselves in the hunt for the semifinals.

Soldier marching back to peak

Sakhee's Soldier (inner) fighting tenaciously to hold out Rising Romance in the Group I New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie last season.

Three runs back have Sakhee's Soldier ready for Captain Cook Stakes.

Back on track and ready for season

Central Rugby League Club want you to join the team.

After years of financial struggle, the Rotorua Central Rugby League Club are back in the green and looking for players to take back to premier status.


Opinion: Committing crime free of charge

People gather to lay flowers and light candles at La Belle Equipe restaraunt on Rue de Charonne the terrorist attack in Paris.

Opinion: Taking religion to the extreme.

Hamilton the city of grandiose visionaries

Let's hope Mayor Julie Hardaker's plans for the river fare better than some other visions for the city's future.

Pipe dreams aren't new for Hamilton politicians.

Watching the watchdogs

Accountability is critical for any healthy society.

OPINION: None of us is above being held accountable for our actions - not even the Police.

Opinion: Finally flying the flag for change

he five flags options on display outside a business in Nelson.

Opinion: Let's flag Prince Charles and go our own way.

Obituary: Life spent solving mysteries for New Zealanders

Dr "Whit" Russell, for many years pathologist at Waikato Hospital. He was lead pathologist in the Royal Commission into the July 3 1963 Air New Zealand DC3 crash in the Kaimai ranges. Obit. Whitworth Athol (Whit) Russell, 1918-2015

Obituary: Whit Russell was the man police called to identify dead bodies.

Life & Style

Christmas floats kept secret

Tibor Horvath and Amanda Griffiths have been working on their Christmas float under the cover of darkness.

Businesses are working under the cover of darkness to keep their ideas hidden.

Lights on Sunday night for Christmas tree

Last year's Christmas tree all lit up.

Hamilton's Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been pushed back.

How life has changed in 50 years video

Beverley and Barry Woolcott married in October 1960. In those days, people took the vows literally and divorce was rare.

Three generations of one family reflect on how life, love and death have evolved in half a century.

Orchestra and choirs combine for Messiah concert

Hamilton soprano Madison Nonoa will perform with Opus Orchestra, the Hamilton Civic Choir and the Rotorua District Choir.

Some top talent are coming together to perform one of the world's oldest and most recognisable works.

Daredevil pilot pens children's book

Bernie Haskell with his two flying-centric books.

Daredevil pilot writes book for children

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