Simon Barnett detailed his terrifying experience with More Fm listeners on Tuesday morning.

Simon Barnett describes rescue video

The Dancing With the Stars winner and radio host describes the moment he pulled a screaming woman from a wrecked car near Taupo.

Theatre momentum 

Momentum Waikato would oversee the building of a new theatre if Hamilton City Council approves a partnership.

"We could just about get a new theatre for the cost of refurbishing the old one."

Plea for help after spate of fires

Turangi's volunteer firefighters are struggling to keep up after a spate of fires.

Blitz tests 5869 drivers

A teen on a learner licence tried to claim he was his shorter brother when found drunk behind the wheel.

Container beating the crisis

A property investor says save money and think small to beat the housing crisis.

Chase ends in spikes

Teenages led police on a 40 minute pursuit in Hamilton before the car finally stopped with spiked tyres in the grass.

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Rape complainant: I was relenting, I was not consenting

Northern Districts cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn leaves the Hamilton District Court following an earlier appearance.

Alleged victim adamant 'social pressures' were not reason sex took place.

Arts in-fighting ends in argy-bargy

The country's oldest arts society has been riven by conflict.

Race building to burn

Gareth Green appointed Taupo District Council CEO


Backpackers doing jobs for a bed

Argentinian tourist Maria Arcos has worked in several New Zealand backpacker hostels in return for free accommodation.

The growing practice of trading a bed for menial work is under investigation.

Sixth safe house for Women's Refuge

Roni Albert, chief executive of Waikato Women's Refuge, in one of the bedrooms in the new safe house.

The sixth safe house run by Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women's Refuge has opened in Hamilton for women and children in need.

Maths tutoring top-up

Students in need get half-price maths tutoring sessions through a business sponsorship programme.

"I just wanted to be able to help somebody else's children," says sponsor.

3-D reality for lens tests

Paterson Burn optician, Brian Dover shows off his newest piece of equipment to Waikato Times reporter, Te Ahua Maitland.

Choosing the right lens for your glasses is about to get easier.

Office sector tipped to outperform

Property developer Matt Stark says his desire to develop office spaces was driven more by the ability to be more creative

Investors think the office sector will outperform others over the next 12 months.


Kiwi refs overlooked for semis

Jaco Peyper, right, standing with Chiefs' flanker and co-captain Sam Cane, will control the Lions versus Highlanders ...

Kiwi whistleblowers consigned to assistant referee and TMO duties in Super Rugby semis.

Magic exit in disappointing fashion

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic's disappointment was clear to see in the wake of Monday's semifinal loss.

Coming out for the second half trailing by nine, they didn't have enough hunger, says captain Leana de Bruin.

Magic thrashed in semifinal video

Laura Langman was huge for the Swifts as they beat the Magic in her hometown of Hamilton.

Big loss to the NSW Swifts in Hamilton means an all-Australian final for the fourth year in a row.

5 ways Magic can upset Swifts

Leana de Bruin's experience will be vital in the defensive circle for the Magic.

Can the Magic shock the Swifts and book a spot in the trans-Tasman netball league final?

Southern back in top flight

Southern's Owen Pomare runs the ball up on attack against Morrinsville, during their 10-3 win on Saturday.

A victory over Morrinsville put the south Waikato club back into the premier division after an eight-year absence.


Fixing our murder law stuff nation

The 17-year prison sentences for the manslaughter of Moko Rangitoheriri drew a public outcry as some thought the two ...

OPINION: This is why we need "degrees" of murder and corporate manslaughter charges.

No friends in trade matters

Prime Minister John Key says he has heard nothing about potential retribution if we impose sanctions on China for ...

OPINION: To not thoroughly investigate the accusations of dumping poor-quality steel here would be to engage in the politics of appeasement and that will be a tragic first for New Zealand.

Singlet a fraud, but Snell isn't

Peter Snell pictured at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics alongside the singlet that turned out to be not his.

OPINION: Peter Snell's offer to gift his medals more generous than most people understand.

Old boys' clubs and diversity

Even kids can spot the difference between boys and girls.

OPINION: Why can't we have single-sex institutions?

Hillary Barry the pioneer has done her job

Hillary Barry should, perhaps, just let the next generation get on with it.

OPINION: Perhaps Hillary Barry should just disappear, the way Belinda Todd did.

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Sixth safe house for Women's Refuge

Roni Albert, chief executive of Waikato Women's Refuge, in one of the bedrooms in the new safe house.

The sixth safe house run by Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women's Refuge has opened in Hamilton for women and children in need.

Cyclists have ride stuff

Some of the fashionable cyclists taking part in the Tweed Ride assembled to check out each other's bikes and clothes, ...

The Hamilton Tweed Ride gives the more genteel an opportunity to look good on a bike.

Prepared for Swift vengeance

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic players celebrate their 59-57 win over the Southern Steel at Invercargill's Stadium ...

Magic supporters are prepped for Monday night's semifinal clash.

Te Kuiti: flying under the radar video

Christo and Marinda de Beer went from paying $620 a week in rent on the North Shore, Auckland, to owning their own home ...

Houses are cheap, the community is friendly, the job market is steady. Why aren't we all living there?

Getting girls to the ball

Rosalind Arnott and Chloe Oldfield have had a promising start to their free ball dress hire initiative, aimed at  ...

Two friends are making sure every Kiwi girl gets their Cinderella moment with a free dress hire service.

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