Rain and wind are never the best combination.

Wild weather rolling in

9:56 AM  Keep a tight grip on your umbrella - an angry storm is blowing in from the Tasman.

Farmers' 50c boost

New Zealand milk collection is running 4 per cent lower than last year.

9:37 AM  An extra $1 billion will be pumped into NZ's economy if Fonterra sticks to its higher forecast payout.

City clan lab uncovered

10:45 AM  Early morning search of a Hamilton property uncovers a clandestine drug operation.

Alleged rest home abuser in court

10:23 AM  A caregiver allegedly caught on camera slapping an elderly man appears in dock.

City growth demands a must

Mayoral candidate says we need more than 1500 new houses every year.

Shots fired after suspicious fire

9:30 AM  Gun shots heard after a house burst into flames in suspicious circumstances.

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Wetlands track signs latest target of vandals

What's behind the vandalism attack on signs at the wetlands in Te Aroha?

11 min ago  The signs at the Wetlands track in Te Aroha have been vandalised.

Volunteers needed to help protect kokako

10:29 AM  More people needed to protect of one of New Zealand's threatened birds.

Seabed mining second crack

Sir Edmund Hillary used to ride this bike

business

Students, bakers, chocolate makers

Rachael Wilson, Tara McGill, Yasmin Kingi, makers of 'Naturally Delish' chocolate.

It looks, smells and tastes like chocolate, but there's a twist.

Meridian Energy to pay special dividend

Meridian boss Mark Binns says shareholders will be paid a special dividend.

Meridian Energy sells more power at higher prices in New Zealand and Australia.

Meeting city growth demands a must

Hamilton mayoral candidate Chris Simpson says city infrastructure needs a closer look.

Hamilton might have to build more than 1500 new houses every year to cater for growth.

Staff morale, productivity improves and accidents reduced

Gavin Haddon, director CooperAitken, Kristine Gibbons, director Gibbons Engineering and Robyn Pickett, ACC Administrator.

Health and safety practices at the forefront of business.

Popular spring shut after 'hammering'

The South Waikato District Council are discouraging swimming at the Te Waihou walkway blue spring.

Once this secret spot was revealed the crowds arrived and "the impact is extremely clear".

sport

Swamp Foxes and Rams aiming high

James Hemara, who last year made the Heartland XV, will again be a key man in the backline for King Country in the ...

Thames Valley and King Country are the only teams not to have made the Meads Cup semifinals of the Heartland Championship. They are intent on changing that.

Kopua back for Magic

Casey Kopua will be back on the court for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic next year.

After taking this year off due to pregnancy, Casey Kopua has confirmed she will be back on the court for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic next season.

11-year-old designs medal

Alex Dickson, 11, has designed the medal for the Round the Bridges event in November.

It's big, shiny, you wear it around your neck, and it is designed by an 11 year old.

Players return to boost Swamp Foxes

Kent McFarlane catches the ball for Waihou during a recent club match. Mcfarlane is in the Thames Valley team to play ...

The Swamp Foxes open the Heartland Championship rugby season in Paeroa this weekend.

Serepisos lands knockout blow

Alexi Serepisos secured victory in the main event of the Young Blood 11 show in Auckland.

Hamilton-based kickboxer secures victory in Auckland with heavy knockout blow.

opinion

Obituary: Harry Manley, 1923-2016

Harry Manley

OBITUARY: Harry Manley was a quiet man who never sought the limelight.  Of an even disposition, he had a strong work ethic and loved his family dearly.  Generous, modest in his achievements and disinclined ever to say a bad word about anybody, Harry did his duty.  He lived through and bore witness to some of the most significant events of last century.

Predator-free NZ achievable

Stoats are one of the most difficult animal pests to control.

Predators kill an estimated 25 million native birds a year. If current trends continue, our national icon the kiwi will disappear from areas with no predator control.

Chlorinate the water

Campylobacter - Stock image

OPINION: The contamination of the water supply in Hawke's Bay should spur the central government into action over mandatory chlorination.

Sacred cows and sacrifices

A man kissing a window of a bus finds out "she is a he" in an ad that has since been taken down by Auckland Transport.

I suppose every generation has  sacred cows. But no religious lot can compare with a secular society when it comes to the sheer number of sacred cows rambling around.

No Ali, don’t say it

Alison Mau says she wouldn't encourage her kids into journalism or broadcasting.

It all unfolded in slow motion.

Life & Style

Ag day needs more judges

Cambridge is in dire need of Ag Day judges.

Agricultural days at school are always popular among children, but finding judges can be hard.

Sir Edmund Hillary used to ride this bike

Cambridge man Tony Jecks with a bicycle that was ridden by Sir Edmond Hillary and his good friend Julian Godwin.

A bicycle ridden by Sir Edmund Hillary has made its way to the Waikato.

Popular spring shut after 'hammering'

The South Waikato District Council are discouraging swimming at the Te Waihou walkway blue spring.

Once this secret spot was revealed the crowds arrived and "the impact is extremely clear".

11-year-old designs medal

Alex Dickson, 11, has designed the medal for the Round the Bridges event in November.

It's big, shiny, you wear it around your neck, and it is designed by an 11 year old.

Cello Fest begins on perfect note

The Waikato International Cello Fest runs August 21-28, 2016

Sam Edwards finds the first note from Santiago Canon Valencia's bow on the cello was perfection.

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Trust Waikato chairman Niwa Nuri and Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker discuss artist Dick Frizzell's work Pile of Stumps.

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