Forlongs staff were called into the store for a meeting after hours on Tuesday.

Axe falls for Forlongs' staff

12:15 PM  Retail operation considers closure after 70 years after staff meeting confirmed what many feared.

Hospo faces hefty bill

Council staff is recommending a two-metre-wide clearway be enforced along all central city footpaths including Victoria Street.

A council rule change could cost Victoria Street bars and restaurants thousands of dollars.

SPCA needs your help

"We can't take any more animals than what we've got."

Friends pay tribute at fatal site video

Richard Keremeta's friends have gathered at the bridge where his life was cut short on Monday.

Offender's 'desire for vengeance'

"Recidivist sexual predator" deemed too risky to be allowed back into the community.

Surcharge sting over long weekend

Hamilton woman annoyed with the surprise surcharge on the Saturday of Waitangi weekend.

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Raglan lifeguards rescue 11

Raglan's Ngarunui Beach was closed for half an hour on Sunday after a mass rescue.

12:30 PM  Raglan lifeguards rescue 11 people in quick succession on Sunday.

Hamilton's lake a survivor

12:27 PM  It's a glorified pond, but it's famous in Hamilton and its days are far from numbered.

Loss of Neal Webb felt acutely

'Fake' psychiatrist denied bail

business

Forlong's can't compete with malls

Succession issues and competition may have taken their toll on Hamilton retail stalwart, Forlong's.

The possible closure of one of Hamilton's oldest and biggest retailers is a sign of the times, a retail consultant says.

Competition prompts Forlongs demise

Hamilton retailer Forlongs is considering closing after 70 years, citing competition from multi-store operators.

Staff called to a meeting at short notice

SPCA needs your help

SPCA Waikato staff members Steph Hunt, left, and Debbie Kornman with puppy Luna and three-month-old kitten Maggie, who are both looking for new homes.

"We can't take any more animals than what we've got."

Hospo owners face hefty furniture bill

Council staff is recommending a two-metre-wide clearway be enforced along all central city footpaths including Victoria Street.

A council rule change could cost Victoria Street bars and restaurants thousands of dollars.

What happens to your money if your bank fails?

Frustrated Greek bank customers wait to get into a branch after a three-week account freeze. The OBR is designed to avoid such lengthy freezes for Kiwis should a bank collapse here.

There are no easy solutions and when a bank goes under, somebody is going to lose money.

sport

Turn Me Loose ready for Orr

Opie Bosson and Turn Me Loose return to Melbourne chasing more Australian spoils this weekend.

Barrier 10 for Turn Me Loose in Aussie Group I.

All Waikato final in women's IP

Jaime Nielsen of Waikato Bay of Plenty has made the individual pursuit final.

Friends become foes as Nielsen and Buchanan will battle for gold on their home track at the national track cycling championships.

Kavanagh denies deflecting cobalt blame

Trainer Sam Kavanagh is all smiles after Midsummer Sun wins.

Kavanagh says he just wants to tell the truth.

NZ have confidence: Hesson

After the heated ODI in Hamilton it's back to the Basin Reserve and test cricket for the two-match series against Australia.

Black Caps coach wants to keep the pressure on Australia's batsmen in upcoming test series.

Rennie feeling Pulu's pain

Augustine Pulu was set to rejoin the Chiefs for Super Rugby but will now miss eight to 10 weeks with his broken arm suffered at the Sydney Sevens.

It's another injury in the Chiefs ranks, but their stocks are still healthy.

opinion

Waist trainers: investing in eating disorders

Corsets belong in a bygone era, according to student journalist Louise McNally.

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

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.

Annah Stretton's Morrinsville

Annah Stretton is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, writer and philanthropist.

Annah Stretton shares some of her favourite things about Morrinsville, Waikato.

Orchestra's future in good young hands

British virtuoso cellist Laura van der Heijden

REVIEW: Cello soloist captures the beauty of top concerto.

REVIEW: Woodlands Cafe a peaceful retreat

Woodlands Cafe is on the edge of a grassy cricket oval and caters for kids well.

Spacious surroundings, friendly service and a rural setting make the Waikato cafe a relaxing choice.

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