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Crowds flock to U-20 matches

Hamilton recorded the largest crowds, not involving the New Zealand team, on the opening match day of the Fifa U-20 World Cup.

Academy sees success

A trades academy course is being credited with helping Maori and Pasifika achievement at a Hamilton school. Brooke Brightwell, 18, took part through Fairfield College and has gone on to study for a certificate in building.

6:53 PM  A Hamilton college doubled the school's NCEA achievement levels for Maori and Pasifika

El Nino to persist over winter

An El Nino event is looking likely to persist over winter, says Niwa.

Water education a priority

6:27 PM  Water meters have been rolled out and more are coming, but according to an expert, education is the best way to manage use.

Schools locked down

2 min ago  Schools were locked down as police arrested a man for allegedly making firearm threats.

Have you seen this bike or helmet?

Police hope images of a bike and helmet will lead to clues about death of a Rotorua man.

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News

Final sprint to Fieldays start-line

Eric Tomlinson from On site concrete in Cambridge levels out concrete, part of the free stall barn display at GEA's exhibit at the Mystery Creek Fieldays.

The last dash to finish exhibits for the Southern Hemisphere's largest agribusiness event is on.

Taupo to Wellington touches down video

Sounds Air made its inaugural flight from Taupo to Wellington on Tuesday.

Huntly community misses social services trust

Severe weather watch for Waikato

Business

Final sprint to Fieldays start-line

Eric Tomlinson from On site concrete in Cambridge levels out concrete, part of the free stall barn display at GEA's exhibit at the Mystery Creek Fieldays.

The last dash to finish exhibits for the Southern Hemisphere's largest agribusiness event is on.

New tax rules for farmers

OPINION: Inland Revenue has clarified the method dairy farmers should use to claim tax deductions for interest on loans from New Zealand Dairy Farming Trusts.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown meets Taupo Mayor David Trewavas, who took the inaugural Taupo-Wellington flight with Sounds Air.

Taupo to Wellington touches down video

Sounds Air made its inaugural flight from Taupo to Wellington on Tuesday.

Sport

Portugal, Colombia look to secure progress

Portugal's Nuno Santos is swamped by his team-mates after scoring his side's third goal against Senegal.

5:59 PM  Portugal will look to secure safe passage to the knockout stages of the Fifa U-20 World Cup when they take on Qatar in Hamilton on Wednesday evening.

A lot more Magic needed for playoffs

Waikato-BoP Magic need vast improvement for trans-Tasman netball league knockouts.

Chiefs lock Matt Symons is set to return against the Reds after a three-week stand-down due to concussion.

Symons says concussion serious issue for Chiefs

Chiefs lock Matt Symons says the Chiefs have come down strongly on concussion this season, hence his three weeks out of the game.

Opinion

IOC cleaned act but not Fifa

Re-elected Fifa president Sepp Blatter is a master at covering his tracks.

Fifa has taken corruption to new extremes in the sporting world, leaving the IOC behind, says Joseph Romanos.

Chinese dairy factory sign of things to come?

OPINION: The brutality of international commodity markets – and perhaps our naivety for entering them without adequate protection for home agricultural industries and our right to make our own laws – was clearly demonstrated this past week.

National MP Chester Borrows signs Stratford mother Hillary Kieft's family petition seeking a change to the law that allows teenagers to have abortions without their parents' knowledge.

Don't dump life's big decisions on kids

OPINION: There's a particularly unpopular fact of life that too many of us seem bent on ignoring these days.

Life & Style

Rapana's recognition long overdue

Te Wahapu Rapana has been named an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Maori.

Te Wahapu Rapana has been named an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Maori.

South Africans to sing at gospel festival

Four South African Gospel singers are set to perform in Hamilton next month.

Elder Jenks and his wife Marilyn have both been awarded a Queen's Service Medal after they have put their hearts and souls into the welfare of wild horses. Their horse Misty is one of the first Kaimanawa horses they saved, from the 1997 muster.

Horse lovers humbled by honour

Marilyn and Elder Jenks hope the Queen's Service Medals they have received will work in the Kaimanawa horses' favour.

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