Manuel Schedel picks up his belongings after his rental van crashed.

Backpackers' narrow crash escape

4:22 PM  Two tourists had a shaky start to their holiday when their rental van rolled on the way to Rotorua.

Hamilton boy found

Police are appealing for information about a missing schoolboy who failed to return home after school.

A missing seven-year-old boy has shown up at school safe and sound.

Fire destroys Whakatane home

Twenty firefighters and five crews spent the morning battling a house fire in Whakatane.

Taumarunui crash victim dies

The 34-year-old woman injured in a crash in King Country last week has died in hospital.

Name deal for stadium

Waikato Stadium is to be renamed FMG Stadium Waikato.

Councillors vote for water plan

City councillors support the creation of ratepayer-owned company to manage water. 

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Surfer saves man, another perishes

Surfer Dave Haskell, also the manager of Eight Ball snooker bar in New Plymouth, paddled out to rescue two men who had been thrown from their boat on the Waitara river, on Thursday.

4:38 PM  Dave Haskell is "no bloody skipper", but he paddled out to a boat and worked out the controls to get to one of two men overboard.

Kitchen in the planning

4:28 PM  Business owners wait on resource consent for own premises.

Axe attack accused in court

Taupo cafe robbed in early morning


United Sweets of New Zealand placed into liquidation

Finn Puklowski stands inside a United Sweets store in 2012, when business was looking up.

3:53 PM  The national franchise and chain United Sweets of New Zealand has been placed into liquidation owing thousands.

Rich Lister calls out super wealthy

The gap between rich and poor is growing. According to Sir James Wallace, it's the rich people's fault.

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Sir James Wallace, pictured with some of Toss Woolaston's paintings at The Pah Homestead in Hillsborough in Auckland which is now a gallery for the arts which Sir James is heavily involved in.

Waikato's rich list revealed

The National Business Review's rich list is out. So where do Waikato's wealthy rank?


Umaga names five Steelers debutants

Jared Page scored 33 points in his Counties Manukau debut against Thames Valley last year.

3:59 PM  Five players will make their Counties Manukau debuts in the side's first pre-season hit out of the year against Taranaki in Otorohanga on Saturday.

Downs wants Muay Thai world title

3:24 PM  Having conquered New Zealand five times, Hamilton Muay Thai fighter Melody Downs is heading to the world championships with a bigger title on her mind.

Matamata College first XV captain Ben Brady was involved in the Chiefs U18 development camp during the school holidays.

Brady makes mark with Chiefs franchise

3:41 PM  Spending five days within the Chiefs camp was an "intense" experience for rugby player Ben Brady.


Morality, religion and what we teach our children


OPINION: Do we really need religion to teach children what is right and wrong?

Waikato Maori to be congratulated

OPINION: Waikato Tainui are finally making the dream of the first two Maori kings a reality.

Market-watchers now see the Australian dollar slipping below US76¢ in coming days or weeks, and then towards US75¢ as divergent monetary policies and growth patterns between the US and Australia drive investor capital away from the Aussie towards the greenback.

GST import threshold could drop

Could New Zealand's GST import rules be up for change if our Australian counterparts change their rules?

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Top five things to do this weekend

I Am Giant will rock the stage at Altitude Bar at Friday night.

Rock, blues, theatre and kung fu - here are this week's top five picks.

City kids shun bikes for car comfort

Hamilton kids are ditching their bikes in favour of a car ride to school, and it's causing traffic headaches across the city.

New pop-up shop in Centre Place

Deanna Bayley finds a great little pop-up shop in Centre Place. She quizzed owner Tonimarie Hood on her plans for Hamilton.

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