Fire investigators wearing protective clothing sift through the remains of a house fire on Rimu St, Mangakino.

P lab turns rental into a ruin

Their guests gave references and paid up front but now landlord's bach is destroyed.

Jail for taxi heist

The taxi robbers took their ill-gotten transport on a high-speed ride from the Waikato to the Bay of Plenty. (File photo)

Taxi driver punched in head as three teens rob then trash his source of income during joyride.

Fatal farming accident

A man has died at a rural property in the Waikato, after an accident involving farming equipment.

Chain cut, sheep slaughtered

The littlest one, an eight-week-old lamb called Daisy, was left in the grass to die after its throat was cut.

Hipkins backs Ardern at uni visit

Hipkins said Ardern has a real connection with young voters.

$6000 smokefree gift to family

He had a very public battle with smoking on Facebook, but won.

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Surf 2 Firth attracts international adventurers

American marathon "addicts", John Edmundson and Shanen Aranmor, during their Antarctica challenge.

0 min ago  The Surf 2 Firth Bush Marathon has attracted the attention of two American marathon "addicts".

Cat got your tongue?

Roaming cats are causing neighbourhood tiffs across the country but no one wants to own the issue.

Crash near Tirau

Director leaves farm empire for prison ministry

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App' helps visitors to understand Kiwi attractions

Kawana Wallace now has spare time to finish off his prototype.

Kawana Wallace had a passion to share his heritage with tourists so he's designed a free app for visitors to use.

Time to haggle for houses

House prices are still up 16 per cent on last year, but the last three months has seen the increase halt. (File photo)

The art of the deal returns as home-buying power balance tips back to buyers.

Crowing about Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster celebrations boosted tourism growth from China.

Chinese New Year contributed to the record 381,100 visitors who arrived in January.

Taxpayers' motel madness

A shortage of housing in Hamilton is keeping people trapped on an emergency housing roundabout, including Natalie Reese ...

 Emergency housing in Waikato motels is costing taxpayers thousands.

Stinky water turns off tourists

Overseas visitors are not impressed to find warning signs like this one at Canterbury's Coes Ford.

Overseas visitors expecting pristine countryside are being put off by NZ's pollution.

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Surf 2 Firth attracts international adventurers

American marathon "addicts", John Edmundson and Shanen Aranmor, during their Antarctica challenge.

The Surf 2 Firth Bush Marathon has attracted the attention of two American marathon "addicts".

ODI 'final' looms at Eden Park

Kane Williamson knows his side will have to make adjustments for Saturday's decider.

Wednesday's win was nice for the Black Caps, but their focus is now on Saturday in Auckland.

Guptill's 180 'his best' - Kane video

Martin Guptill's unbeaten 180 won the fourth ODI for the Black Caps.

Normally it's Kane Williamson receiving the plaudits. On Wednesday night, it was his turn to hand them out.

Guptill smashes 180 not out, NZ win video

Martin Guptill after hitting 180 not out.

Martin Guptill's unbeaten 180 leads the Black Caps to a series-equalling win against South Africa in Hamilton.

Leitch returns for Chiefs

Michael Leitch returns for the Chiefs in a re-shuffled back row.

The Chiefs make changes across the board with Aaron Cruden set for his 100th Super Rugby match when the Blues visit Hamilton.

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Minding our own business

Official thinking now says that people have the right to choose to use the dunny of the sex they identify with, as ...

Amid the tricky politics of genderless toilets, Rosemary McLeod writes there's nothing wrong with wanting privacy.

A love letter to Palmerston North

Sitting in the centre of Palmerston North is The Square complete with its clock tower, duck pond and multiple sculptures.

OPINION: People scoff at Palmerston North, but here I've found my Kiwi dream.

Cleaner water's what matters

Water quality is a talking point again since the Government unveiled its Clean Up Our Waterways Scheme recently.

OPINION: There is a danger that attempting to restore waterways to some imagined pristine condition of days gone by will suffocate any attempt to make improvements, writes Tom O'Connor.

Spoilt for choice

Yvonne Todd's signature style is to dress up young women in stereotypical 1970s' style, looking like something straight ...

OPINION: The visual arts are in good health and Hamilton has again showcased a selection of the best, writes Peter Dornauf.

I heart humanities

I can remember walking past the library at university and catching my breath every single time  at the thought of all ...

OPINION: Narelle Henson couldn't support the Love Humanities day this week – you see, the humanities have let her down.

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Labour MP Chris Hipkins backs Ardern

Chris Hipkins was visiting Waikato University on Wednesday during O-Week festivities and said he would be supporting ...

Hipkins said Ardern has a real connection with young voters.

Maree Harris' Waikato highlights

Raglan woman Maree Harris creates exciting and unique icy treats called Dizzy Blocks.

Dizzy and Lola sit on the pavement in Raglan's main street devouring multi-coloured ice blocks, blonde heads still, brown eyes dreamy, silent now they've each been allowed their favourite chocolate and caramel flavour.

Review: The Kirk Cafe

Drool at the Creme Brulee French Toast from the new cafe in Hamilton, The Kirk Cafe. With salted caramel mascarpone ...

Hidden over the bridge in Hamilton is a peaceful new eating spot with a delicious menu.

Couple promise never to get divorced

Bev and Keith Illingsworth have been married for 70 years.

Going through 'thick and thin' together the secret to 70-year marriage.

Oldest Japaneser maple tree in Cambridge

Garry and Jewel Casey are sad to say goodbye to the 95-year-old tree.

NZ's oldest Japanese maple gets an annual trim in Cambridge.

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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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