Hamilton's Christmas Tree in Garden Place was lit up on Sunday night to a large crowd.

Christmas spirit lights up

7:02 AM  The country's largest Christmas tree is shining bright in Hamilton's centre.

Aussie dream darkens

Family was Sarah Smith's reason for moving home but job security gave her the nudge.

Australia's gloss wearing off for more and more Kiwis.

Aggravated robbery in Ngaruawahia

Money is believed to have been stolen in an robbery in Ngaruawahia.

Our tribute to Jonah Lomu video

As the country comes together to pay tribute to All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu, some rugby identities pay their respects to the great man.

Spooked horses buck riders

7:34 AM  Pair hospitalised after horses spook and buck them off.

Director struggles to make Rent

A struggling artist is fighting to stage a musical about struggling artists as funding has collapsed.

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Gunpoint robbery shocks staff

Police are investigating the robbery of Pricecutter in Ngaruawahia.

4 min ago  A gun-wielding thief demanded cash from a store worker manning a Waikato Pricecutter.

Thirty years service, no fuss

7 min ago  Joss Annandale disliked school as a child, but ended up working for one thirty years ago and never left.

Spooked horses buck riders

Christmas lights on


Westfield Queensgate and Chartwell sold

Shoppers at Westfield Mall mob Prime Minister John Key during the 2014 election campaign.

Three major Westfield shopping malls in Lower Hutt, Hamilton and Auckland are likely to be rebranded after being sold by the properties' Australian owners.

Getting a small business started

Chris Morrison is the owner of start-up Four Leaf Furniture.

We get some tips from the owner of a one-year-old business on what you need to know.

Hobbiton's unexpected visitor

Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi peers out of the front door of Bag End at Hobbiton.

Visiting Doctor swings by Middle-earth for a house call.

Ferrybank design finalists revealed

Hamilton City Council chief executive Richard Briggs and Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker with concept designs depicting a redeveloped Ferrybank precinct.

Three distinct and bold plans to reimagine Hamilton's Ferrybank precinct will be unveiled today.

One-way door plan voted down

Hamilton City Council's provisional Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) excludes one-way door restrictions for city bars and pubs despite police backing the move.

Hamilton City Council has called time on a proposal to introduce a one-way door plan for city pubs and bars.


Hamilton fall just short of thrilling comeback win


It was a tremendous fightback but wasn't quite to be, amid a controversial finish.

WaiBop United youth still in hunt for title

Paul Clout is the WaiBop United youth team's top scorer this year, but only has three goals.

Travel troubles couldn't keep WaiBop United down as they beat Heartland Wairarapa 3-2 on Saturday.

Johnson dances away in stakes race

Stolen Dance was too good in the Group III Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Stolen Dance and Johnson too good in Technology Stakes.

Lang and Alamer shock Ellerslie punters

Alamer and Sam Collett score in the Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO at Ellerslie for trainer Roger Lang.

Alamer shocks Ellerslie in Eagle Memorial.

Mooloos youths dominate national under-20 camp

Waikato players dominate the list of trialists for the NZ under-20 rugby team.

Seventeen Waikato players are chasing a spot in the national under-20 side.


Opinion: Committing crime free of charge

People gather to lay flowers and light candles at La Belle Equipe restaraunt on Rue de Charonne the terrorist attack in Paris.

Opinion: Taking religion to the extreme.

Hamilton the city of grandiose visionaries

Let's hope Mayor Julie Hardaker's plans for the river fare better than some other visions for the city's future.

Pipe dreams aren't new for Hamilton politicians.

Watching the watchdogs

Accountability is critical for any healthy society.

OPINION: None of us is above being held accountable for our actions - not even the Police.

Opinion: Finally flying the flag for change

he five flags options on display outside a business in Nelson.

Opinion: Let's flag Prince Charles and go our own way.

Obituary: Life spent solving mysteries for New Zealanders

Dr "Whit" Russell, for many years pathologist at Waikato Hospital. He was lead pathologist in the Royal Commission into the July 3 1963 Air New Zealand DC3 crash in the Kaimai ranges. Obit. Whitworth Athol (Whit) Russell, 1918-2015

Obituary: Whit Russell was the man police called to identify dead bodies.

Life & Style

Christmas floats kept secret

Tibor Horvath and Amanda Griffiths have been working on their Christmas float under the cover of darkness.

Businesses are working under the cover of darkness to keep their ideas hidden.

Lights on Sunday night for Christmas tree

Last year's Christmas tree all lit up.

Hamilton's Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been pushed back.

How life has changed in 50 years video

Beverley and Barry Woolcott married in October 1960. In those days, people took the vows literally and divorce was rare.

Three generations of one family reflect on how life, love and death have evolved in half a century.

Orchestra and choirs combine for Messiah concert

Hamilton soprano Madison Nonoa will perform with Opus Orchestra, the Hamilton Civic Choir and the Rotorua District Choir.

Some top talent are coming together to perform one of the world's oldest and most recognisable works.

Daredevil pilot pens children's book

Bernie Haskell with his two flying-centric books.

Daredevil pilot writes book for children

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