Animated Waipa mayor Jim Mylchreest looks official in a suit and mayoral chains.

Animated mayor promotes Plan

Council communications team show why they're up for LGNZ award.

Hoaxer a 'loser' gallery video

Police were called to Gower Park in Melville, for the third time in two weeks after a suspicious package was found.

6:43 PM  A leading criminologist says the person behind the spate of bomb hoaxes is most likely a "loser in society".

Budget passes by one vote

Hamilton City Council adopts its long-term plan, confirming a yearly rates increase of 3.8pc.

Unapologetic for putting family first

A senior city councillor accuses some colleagues of inflicting a political low blow.

One dead, two injured in crash

7:35 PM  One person is dead after a two-car crash, south of Turangi.

Road safety top of NZTA agenda

$400m will be spent on improving safety and reducing deaths and crashes on Waikato roads.

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News

Seal spotted swimming down Waikato River

A seal was spotted in the Waikato River on Tuesday.

6:54 PM  The seal was seen in Featherstone park, Hamilton.

Historical day for Tuwharetoa iwi

IT was an historical day for Ngati Tuwharetoa representatives on Tuesday when they gathered at Turangi's Rongomai Marae for the official purchase of 8500 hectares of Crown land as part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Road safety top of NZTA agenda

Pressed into action once more

Business

Cushion the blow of winter

Some of Curtain Creations’ Eunice Taylor lampshades and an assortment of designers’ cushions.

With New Zealand shivering at the hand of record low temperatures, now is a good time to ask yourself if you have done everything you can to protect yourself and your family from the cold by insulating your home.

Waiariki fined $40,000 after forestry accident

Waiariki Institute of Technology has been ordered to pay $40,000 after a tutor was seriously injured during a forest operations course. 

Paramount Scaffolding owner/operator Matt Ring.

Reaching great heights with new business

Matt Ring felt starting Paramount Scaffolding was a "great opportunity".

Sport

Carter stable eyes spring attack

Farm Boy ridden by Vinnie Coglan, second from left, wins the Avondale Gold Cup.

Group I performers return to Carter stable in anticipation of an exciting spring and summer.

Horsemen take on challenge

Cambridge horsemen are preparing to tackle the dangerous Mongol Derby.

Brad Weber views Maori All Blacks selection as a chance to showcase his skills on the international stage.

Weber keen to seize Maori All Blacks chance

Chiefs and Waikato halfback Brad Weber eyes Maori All Blacks selection as a chance to prove his ability at international level.

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

Lovebirds' tale began at The Outback

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.

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

Ducking in for icecream

Hamilton East's Duck Island icecreams go boldly into sweet new territory.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in his home at Bag End on the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Director Sir Peter Jackson has his own replica of Bilbo's house under his Wairarapa home.

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.

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