Earthworks are happening as construction gets under way on the Victoria on the River project.

Earthworks start on city park

Construction on a new Hamilton park by the river in the central city is well under way.

Tourists' $160m bill

District health boards spent about $160 million treating patients ineligible for public healthcare between 2013 and 2016.

Crook overseas visitors put the squeeze on health budgets. And a third of the bills are written off as bad debt.

Four Square jumping video

Four Square owner Sukhpal Singh could not be happier after selling a $27 million Powerball ticket.

How to spend $27m in Thames

You could buy a lot with that cash. How about an air hangar, and a plane to put in it?

Predicting the unpredictable

Trauma specialists are turning to metadata to help keep people safe.

Vehicle in ditch closes SH39 lane

Crash in ditch closes one lane of State Highway 39 near Pirongia.

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Mystery bang jolts Tauranga

MetService says the loud bang was probably thunder, but not all locals are convinced.

4:17 AM  Was it a thunderclap, or something else? Residents are divided over the loud noise that woke them at 3am on Sunday.

Calls to tweak DHB smoking policy

A blanket smoking ban at hospitals is putting some vulnerable patients at risk, says a health board member.

House 'unoccupiable' after fire

Woman rescued from floods

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Work underway for new canoe racing home

Canoe Racing CEO Mark Weatherall

Canoe racing high performance athletes will transition to their new headquarters in Cambridge starting pre-Christmas.

Pay off from indigenous conference

University of Waikato Dean of the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies Professor Brendan Hokowhitu says being chosen ...

The largest group of indigenous experts will meet in Hamilton bring almost $2 million into NZ.

Making effluent storage look easy

Anton Meier is smiling because he has the answer to making effluent storage compliant.

Anton Meier heard how European farmers store effluent and water, now he ihas imported the idea into New Zealand and dairy farmers are loving it.

Maitland's Top 5

Katchafire are back in the Tron Friday night, playing at Altitude bar.

Concerts and performances, netball and a food fundraiser. This is your Top 5.

Contractor considering legal options

The earthworks that cost a South Waikato excavation company $19,000.

The owner of an excavation company pinged for breaching the Resource Management Act is considering his legal options

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Jury faces a different challenge

Kelly Jury has stepped up big in her third season with the Magic.

When Kelly Jury defends in the ANZ Premiership, she usually has a height advantage, but that won't be the case on Monday.

Wanderers concede seven

Birkenhead United 's Yuki Ohtsuka celebrates putting his side 4-1 up right on halftime against Hamilton Wanderers.

Hamilton Wanderers' 7-1 loss to Birkenhead United on Saturday was their worst league defeat since 2008.

The King closes in on 2000

Michael Coleman is just one win away from becoming the seventh jockey to bring up 2000 wins in New Zealand.

Five years ago jockey would have laughed if someone said he could ride 2000 winners now it's just one win away.

Fresh thinking for dogs

A new match racing concept will take place in July in a bid to attract new punters to greyhound racing.

New ideas to grow its audience could bring big boosts to greyhound racing turnover in New Zealand.

Six sin-binnings as Panthers down COB

There were a remarkable six sin-binnings in the match between the Ngaruawahia Panthers and College Old Boys.

A remarkable six sin-binnings, as the Ngaruawahia Panthers defeat College Old Boys.

opinion

Capitalism, poverty and theft

People shouldn't live like this.

OPINION: It seems screamingly obvious that a cap needs to be placed on rents, writes Peter Dornauf. A cap on house prices is also necessary, as is an immediate capital gains tax.

City of trees

A drive into Hamilton East shows the city changing its clothes of many colours in preparation for the winter ahead.

OPINION: This time of year shows Hamilton at its best, but as Max Christoffersen was reminded, there is much more to this city than its beautiful trees.

Exceptional behaviour

Shane Reid in the dock for sentencing in the Hamilton District Court.

OPINION: Good things don't always come in small packages, writes Richard Swainson.

Life of service

Marie Panapa shared a vision of better outcomes for casualties of  mainstream education.

OBITUARY: When she died earlier this month Marie Panapa was the widely revered and respected matriarch of an education success story, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Bully or victim?

Andy and Craig from Married at First Sight were married in one of the gardens at Queenstown's Stoneridge Estate.

OPINION: At first glance, it seemed clear cut. Victimised couple versus bullying religious bigot. But, as Narelle Henson writes, a second glance is more revealing.

Life & Style

Meteor shining bright again

Madison Hughes is one of the choreographers of Bodies Entwined, a new dance production being staged at the Meteor Theatre.

A trifecta of productions will add intrigue, drama and comedy to Hamilton's theatre scene.

Four-year term for Government needed

Former National MP John Luxton, during a recent visit to Cambridge in the Waikato, hopes families will take time to ...

Former National MP reckons Winston Peters 'holds the cards' to next election.

Maitland's Top 5

Katchafire are back in the Tron Friday night, playing at Altitude bar.

Concerts and performances, netball and a food fundraiser. This is your Top 5.

A homely village

Maungakawa residents Pat and Marie Coles have watched the growth of houses in their village but the sense of community ...

It might be a bit wide eyed, but this small Waikato village thinks they have it all.

From horse stables to successful restaurant and winery

Ohinemuri Winery has six varities of wine on offer.

Humble beginnings - Ohinemuri Winery & Restaurant was built in a horse stable.

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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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