Jos Reekers lends a helping hand to clean up after the Vilagrad fire. As a youngster he worked at the winery.

Fire ignites spirit video

Debris from a fire that ravaged Vilagrad Winery is cleared for a new era.

Tramper found near Thames

James Bright being helped off RNZAF Iroquoi helicopter after his rescue in October in Thames.

9:44 PM  A personal locator beacon helped teams find a missing tramper in Coromandel bush.

Roundabout proposed

Transport bosses recommend a roundabout to link Hamilton's ring road to Hamilton Gardens.

Virtual look at school gallery video

Rototuna Junior High will have to be big if the attendance at the school's first information evening is anything to go by.

Brother in court

The brother of a man killed with an axe has been charged with his murder.

Blanket ignites motel bed

Two people were injured when the bed of their motel room caught fire from an electric blanket.

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Creative flare on show

Seana Crosby from Sacred heart Girls College gets throwing during the challenge.

9:38 PM  Secondary school students got their creative juices flowing at the annual Waikato Culinary Fare.

Guests injured when blanket ignites motel bed

Electric blanket users are being urged to bin their old weathered blankets or get them checked after two people were injured when the bed of their motel room caught fire. 

Critical condition after water incident in Rotorua

Muliaina to plead not guilty


Snowball Effect and NXT: The New markets

Who knows what the future will hold...

The Waikato branch of the New Zealand Shareholders Association will host an event looking at new equity markets accessible by Kiwi investors and businesses.

Funding boost for tourism

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism will receive a funding injection from local government partners.

The Lea family in Ratanui's Waikato native plant nursery, from left Chelsea, Charlie, Sophie, Georgia and Helen.

Going the extra mile for sustainability

Charlie Lea farms in a traditional but his rural environmental business is anything but.


Former Hamilton junior rises to top of the world

Former Hamiltonian Mark Hadley, pictured here with mixed doubles partner Ana Salas-Lozano,  is now living in London and has a world No 1 ranking in his age-group.

Having taken up tennis again, Mark Hadley has reached a significant milestone.

Weight a Thorn in Prince's side at Taumarunui

The weight scale will prove a deciding factor in Saturday's Woods Group Taumarunui Gold Cup.

240614 SPORT Andy Jackson / Taranaki Daily News. A Good Life sports profile series.  Stratford Hockey player Lara Williams, 17, training at the TET Hockey turf in Stratford.

Midlands set for under-18 title defence

A title defence is on the cards for the Midlands under-18 women's hockey team heading to the national tournament on Saturday.


Cold, mouldy homes a scandal


OPINION: It's 12:37 PM on a Friday. I am working from home, and I am wearing a thermal undershirt, a T-shirt, a Swanndri, a beanie, jeans, thick socks, and wool slippers.

Can't afford kids? 'Stop breeding'

OPINION: That a child should die in this country because the house it was living in was too damp and cold and a heater couldn’t afford to be run is a shocking state of affairs.

Brendon McCullum of New Zealand hits out during the 3rd ODI Royal London One-Day Series 2015 between England and New Zealand at Ageas Bowl on June 14, 2015 in Southampton, England.

England beat us at our own game

OPINION: Expectations for the New Zealand cricket tour of England were exceedingly high. But they had our number.

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Top five things to do this weekend

Stallholders will be showing off their vintage, retro and handmade wares at Market Place on Saturday. Pictured: Market organiser Kell Pike.

Mindlords, a mid-winter festival and an exhibition exploring the human body.

Lovebirds' tale began at The Outback

Tash Sprout is grateful she had a bit of "liquid courage" when she first asked out her fiance.

The spherical Acer platanoides 'Globosum' and low camellia hedge surround the structure.

The man who grew a church from trees video

What does a gardener with a passion for ecclesiastical architecture do with 3 acres in the Waikato? Create a tree church, of course.

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