Forlongs opened in Frankton in 1946.

Forlongs' seven-decade legacy gallery

When Ralph and Evelyn Forlong started their aim was to make just £40.

Ring's curse works

The ring had a curse placed on it after Gertrude Christina Nohl and Martin Johann Wagner were married in 1906.

The ring hexed with a 100-year-old curse has claimed its very first victim: the guy who stole it.

Fire rages by homes

Emergency services battled a scrub fire that broke out north of Huntly on Friday afternoon.

Spider monkey born at zoo

Hamilton Zoo's newest baby coincides with the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey.

Cyclist hurt in horse float crash

SH1 was closed in both directions at Turangi and the cyclist suffered moderate injuries.

Surfing Iran

An Irish surfer has shared her passion with women in Iran and Papua New Guinea.

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Frankton after Forlongs: The future looks bright

Tim Macindoe: Not keen to speculate.

It seems a phoenix could be pulled from the ashes if the retailing giant closes.

A new farming model video

Dan Steele has a vision for the future, and it doesn't look like its past.

Conservative MP Macindoe backs flag change

Missing Hamilton toddler found

business

What will Business NZ do this year?

Kirk Hope has big plans for small business.

Newly appointed chief executive Kirk Hope runs through his goals and priorities for the busy year ahead.

The price of cage-free eggs video

Animal rights campaign group SAFE wants to end the housing of layer eggs in cages.

Banning eggs laid by hens in cages would hit the poor hard.

Retail icons shut up shop

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The Boxing Day Sales continue at ReStart container mall in Christchurch. Although the weather has put a dampner on things.
Colin Johnson of Johnson's Grocery

OPINION: Institutions like Wellington's Kirkcaldie and Stains, and Johnson’s Grocery in Christchurch struggled in the modern retail world.

Ruakura the 'premiere hub', Tainui says

Tainui Group Holdings chief executive Chris Joblin expects consents for the Ruakura project in February.

Ruakura consents due in February, as Waikato's logistics credentials grow.

Combining tea and coffee

Bell Tea and Coffee Company boss Mark Hamilton says Bell and Hummingbird have complimentary expansion ambitions.

Bell Tea and Christchurch coffee roaster Hummingbird look to expand together.

sport

Sheath, Hansen in the gold again

Aaron Gate celebrates winning the points race.

Racquel Sheath has added to her points race gold with a fine ride in the scratch race.

WaiBop seek miracle

WaiBop's defenders, led by centreback Tyler Lissette, haven't been at their best in their last two games.

Remedying their recent defensive woes is the first step WaiBop must take as they seek a miracle.

Chiefs beat Waratahs, suffer more injuries

Chiefs winger Glen Fisiiahi on his way to the try-line against the Waratahs at Rotorua.

Late try secures scrappy win for the Chiefs, who suffer more injury setbacks.

Most famous goat in world rugby dies

Poppy the goat, pictured with owner Stephanie Lee, left, and Counties Manukau Rugby chief executive Andrew Maddock in 2012, has died.

Poppy the goat, Counties Manukau Steelers' unofficial mascot, has passed away.

Ratcliffe in fine form for Porritt

Julia Ratcliffe is feeling strong ahead of the Porritt Classic.

Julia Ratcliffe will attempt to close in on an Olympic qualifying mark.

opinion

Waist trainers: investing in eating disorders

Kim Kardashian may have single-handedly ignited the waist training trend, with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney quickly getting in on the action.

OPINION: The stomach cinching contraption from a bygone era, the corset, has made a comeback.

Lack of hard data on TPP comes back to bite

A firebomb failed to ignite in Anne Tolley's Whakatane office after the TPPA was signed in Auckland.

OPINION: In the absence of information, rumour will fill the vacancy.

Waitangi Day: a good outcome for all

The original Treaty of Waitangi document on display at The National Archives.

OPINION: The Treaty of Waitangi, in the end, has proved a cohesive document.

Country's full of grey men in grey suits

Rene Magritte's The Pilgrim - the epitome of the grey-suited man, visually, anyway.

OPINION: Shallow people make shallow decisions.

An educated answer to the national health crisis

Greg Smith, Wintec's Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance director.

OPINION: Wintec's Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance director has a plan to tackle a looming national health crisis.

Life & Style

History of the Pureora Forest

Pureora Forest is famous for its kokako population.

Neville Ritchie talks about the rich history of the Pureora Forest, as outlined in his new book.

Pedalling for the people

Paul Carrick is cycling to raise money for two charities.

A Cambridge man is doing his bit to support two health organisations by cycling 125 kilometres.

Cambridge course to bring families closer

A six-session course starting in Cambridge next week is aimed at making family life easier

Cambridge-based course aimed at helping families navigate parenthood

Marae's kai success in Cambridge

About 160 people turned out to the Christmas Day lunch at the Cambridge Community Marae - their biggest turnout yet.

The big Christmas Day lunch at the Cambridge Community Marae hit a record number last year.

No nonsense go-to-guy at the Franklin show

John Fleet is the familiar face of the Franklin A&P Show, which is on in Pukekohe February 20-21.

He’s a little bit abrupt, sometimes direct, and on occasions a tad curt - but that is how John Fleet gets things done.

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