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

Mindlords, a mid-winter festival and an exhibition exploring the human body.

Brother in court

Police at the scene of a homicide in Blundell St, Kawerau on Friday.

2:04 PM  The brother of a man killed with an axe has been charged with his murder.

Search on for tramper 

Search and rescue are back in Coromandel bushland looking for a missing Auckland man.

Cyclist and car collide in Hamilton

Witness says driver, possibly blinded by morning sun, failed to see a cyclist.

Possum hunter found near home

A missing possum hunter was found dead at the bottom of a bluff  Waikato police say.

Tauranga raid nets chemicals

Man arrested after a suspected meth lab was discovered by police north of Tauranga.

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News

Putaruru College opens $1.3 million building

Celebratory trees were planted in front of the new Putaruru College classrooms by teacher Mike Grayburn and deputy principal Dave Shaw.

5 min ago  More than $1 million has been spent on refurbishing an asbestos-ridden, Putaruru College, classroom block.

Time to get checked

12 min ago  Mangakino women are in for free mammograms starting July 9.

Roundabout proposed to connect Hamilton's ring road to Cobham Drive

Students chop locks for a good cause

Business

Snowball Effect and NXT: The New markets

Who knows what the future will hold...

2:21 PM  The Waikato branch of the New Zealand Shareholders Association will host an event looking at new equity markets accessible by Kiwi investors and businesses.

Funding boost for tourism

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

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

Going the extra mile for sustainability

Charlie Lea farms in a traditional but his rural environmental business is anything but.

Sport

Midlands set for under-18 title defence

240614 SPORT Andy Jackson / Taranaki Daily News. A Good Life sports profile series.  Stratford Hockey player Lara Williams, 17, training at the TET Hockey turf in Stratford.

2:34 PM  A title defence is on the cards for the Midlands under-18 women's hockey team heading to the national tournament on Saturday.

Schoolboy apprentice studying Staccato's form

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

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

Weight a Thorn in Prince's side at Taumarunui

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

Opinion

Cold, mouldy homes a scandal

Opinion

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.

Life & Style

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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