Transport minister Simon Bridges and Whatumoana Paki, Maori King Tuheitia's son, turned the first sod on the Huntly Expressway project on Friday morning.

Sod turned on Huntly expressway

Transport minister Simon Bridges has turned the first sod on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway.

Quad bike death

Police investigate a quad bike death on a Puketaha farm, near Hamilton

Family are at the scene where a farm worker has died after rolling his quad bike.

Man dies in one-car crash

A man has died after his car mounted a curb, hit a wall and then crashed into a signpost.

Human blood sparks investigation

Hamilton police are investigating a potential assault after human blood was found behind a church.

First home buyers tap into grants

More than 100 Hamilton first home buyers have tapped into government support.

Cycle lane retrial faces hurdles

As NZTA apologises for an ill-conceived cycle lane trial, they advise of a new one.

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Contractor injured in explosion stablised

WorkSafe NZ is investigating the incident when a badly burned in a flash fire at the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre.

A contractor burned in a flash fire at Hamilton's Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre is stable in a ward. 

Waikato's best science minds recognised

Sixteen finalists have been announced for annual prestigious Waikato science awards.

'Low risk' industry claims father

Argument wheel tug leads to crash


Huntly development due to expressway

Transport minister Simon Bridges and Whatumoana Paki, Maori King Tuheitia's son, turned the first sod on the Huntly Expressway project on Friday morning alongside Transport Agency staff, landowners, politicians and Waikato-Tainui representatives.

'I think it's an opportunity for Huntly to develop as more than a town people just pass through.'

WKT - Smart Waikato leadership summit -

SmartWaikato chief executive Mary Jensen.


House prices ignore values

Some unit-type housing is still selling close to its quotable value in Hamilton.

The upcoming valuation of Hamilton properties is unlikely to cool the heated market, experts say.

First home buyers tap into grants

Hamilton first home buyers have been taking advantage of KiwiSavers HomeStart loan.

More than 100 Hamilton first home buyers have tapped into government support.

On a right royal roll

Co-owners of Cambridge catering company Gourmet Delicious, Kim Lee and Ali Foers.

A year after feeding the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Gourmet Delicious is still on a high.


Midlands teams in top shape for NHL opener

Australian striker Des Abbott will be asked to provide goals for Midlands in 2015.

Going one better than last year is the goal for the Midlands mens hockey team when the National Hockey League gets underway on Saturday.

Hamilton Girls' tackle Opotiki in Chiefs final

Hamilton Girls' fullback Calista Wihone scores a try in the corner against Feilding High School.

Hamilton Girls' High rugby team are looking to extend their winning streak in order to get to the national final four.

Cullen nervous about debut

Christian Cullen in action for the Hurricanes back in 1996 in the inaugural Super Rugby match in Palmerston North.

If you think the players will be nervous when taking the field in the national provincial championship on Saturday night, spare a thought for the commentator.

Stallions aiming high in National Premiership

Jeremy Siulepa is back to play for the WaiCoa Bay Stallions after time with the Newcastle Knights.

Coach has big expectations of his players in 2015.

Langman leads University to title

Silver Ferns star Laura Langman was pivotal to University's title win.

The experienced international was instrumental for her club side.


The Auckland effect

QV Registered value Chris Price.

OPINION: By now, we have all heard Auckland house prices are rising to record highs and there seems to be insatiable demand which is fuelling further increases.

Opinion: Tuheitia steps out of the shadows

Maori King Tuheitia's bid for greater Auckland his moment to shine.

OPINION: Maori King Tuheitia's claim a stand for his iwi.

Tainui claim process will air fascinating history

King Tuheitia at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia on Friday, Maori King Tuheitia has launched a claim for Auckland extending to the Mahurangi Peninsula and down the Firth of Thames and across to the Manukau Harbour and Piha.

OPINION: Put aside the redneck brigade's response and look into what's really behind King Tuheitia's claim of Auckland.

Road riding - yay or neigh?

Cambridge equestrian Toni O'Regan on the new Peake Rd bridge.

OPINION: Tensions rise between horse riders and motorists in Cambridge.

'Into the River' and other unwise things

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 A teen novel that begins its dramatic journey on New Zealand's East Coast has picked up the top prize at this year's New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.
Ted Dawe's book Into the River won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and was also the winner of the Young Adult Fiction category.

OPINION: There may be many justifications for making children read adult books, but wisdom will not be one of them.

Life & Style

Quilts a treasure for kids

Hellen Borrington has been making quilts for children in care.

Crafting good for the soul.

Lost and found in Italy

Passport, credit card, phone, the Holy Trinity of travel.

Travel is full of heart-stopping moments, not all of which are about ogling scenic wonders.

Guide biscuits gifted to local Foodbank

Cambridge Salvation Army envoy Jillian Smith with some of the local Brownies, from left, Caitlin Hill, Lucy Eastwood and Ella Welford. In the front is Sophie Howard.

Guide biscuits gifted to Cambridge Foodbank

Top five things to do this weekend

Classical Trumpeter Bill Stoneham and organist Myles Hartley.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out this week's top five picks.

Facing demons and heros

Former Thames High teacher John Allum encouraged Jacqui Barrett to write as a teenager, a skill she used to exorcise her demoms as an adult.

Dealing with demons and facing heros on her journey of self discovery and healing.

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