Transport minister Simon Bridges and Whatumoana Paki, Maori King Tuheitia's son, turned the first sod on the Huntly Expressway project on Friday morning.

Sod turned on Huntly expressway

Transport minister Simon Bridges has turned the first sod on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway.

Quad bike death

Police investigate a quad bike death on a Puketaha farm, near Hamilton

1 min ago  Family are at the scene where a farm worker has died after rolling his quad bike.

Man dies in one-car crash

A man has died after his car mounted a curb, hit a wall and then crashed into a signpost.

Pool of blood sparks investigation

18 min ago  Hamilton police are investigating a potential assault after human blood was found behind a church.

First home buyers tap into grants

More than 100 Hamilton first home buyers have tapped into government support.

Cycle lane retrial faces hurdles

As NZTA apologises for an ill-conceived cycle lane trial, they advise of a new one.

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Artist experiments with new art forms

Artist Jan Shoemark in her Waitoa studio.

1:29 PM  What started out as a hobby has now become a decade long journey for artist Jan Shoemark.

Crown approach to overlapping claims put to test

1:21 PM  Ngati Whatua head to court to protect settlement from overlapping interests.

Council votes for online voting

Donations made for Daffodil Day cupcakes

business

First home buyers tap into grants

Hamilton first home buyers have been taking advantage of KiwiSavers HomeStart loan.

More than 100 Hamilton first home buyers have tapped into government support.

On a right royal roll

Co-owners of Cambridge catering company Gourmet Delicious, Kim Lee and Ali Foers.

A year after feeding the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Gourmet Delicious is still on a high.

Smart approach leaves some waiting

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore will be in New Zealand next week.

Some personal computers are still awaiting a free Windows 10 upgrade a month after it launched.

Coromandel heritage proposal faces opposition

There are plans to register the Coromandel as a heritage park to attract more people to natural treasures like Cathedral Cove.

The Thames Coromandel District Council's plan to register the region as a heritage area faces oppostion.

Not just a McJob

You can now create your own gourmet burger at McDonald's Frankton, owned by Debi and Mark Rush.

A Hamilton restaurant has embraced new technology as well as investing in new staff to improve casual dining experience for customers.

sport

Langman leads University to title

Silver Ferns star Laura Langman was pivotal to University's title win.

The experienced international was instrumental for her club side.

Beaver comeback must wait

Co-captain Brad Weber is back in the starting lineup for Waikato's NPC clash with Bay of Plenty this weekend.

Returning World Cup hero not selected for this weekend.

Hukatai itching for game time

Ngataua Hukatai was a member of the 2014 National Youth Competition (NYC) champion Junior Warriors before he signed with the Counties Manukau Steelers.

League convert Ngataua Hukatai will try his hand at sevens if a Super Rugby contract does not come his way.

Punters ponder Makfi form

Foxbridge winner Addictive Habit has continued to please Lee Somervell in preparation for the Makfi Stakes.

Residual fitness versus fresh form adds to Makfi puzzle for punters.

Club calling for volunteers to prevent closure

Tuakau Athletics Club is calling for new committee members to take over the club.

Tuakau Athletics Club has more than 50 years' history, but if no one puts up their hand to help, 2015 could see the death of the club.

opinion

The Auckland effect

QV Registered value Chris Price.

OPINION: By now, we have all heard Auckland house prices are rising to record highs and there seems to be insatiable demand which is fuelling further increases.

Opinion: Tuheitia steps out of the shadows

Maori King Tuheitia's bid for greater Auckland his moment to shine.

OPINION: Maori King Tuheitia's claim a stand for his iwi.

Tainui claim process will air fascinating history

King Tuheitia at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia on Friday, Maori King Tuheitia has launched a claim for Auckland extending to the Mahurangi Peninsula and down the Firth of Thames and across to the Manukau Harbour and Piha.

OPINION: Put aside the redneck brigade's response and look into what's really behind King Tuheitia's claim of Auckland.

Road riding - yay or neigh?

Cambridge equestrian Toni O'Regan on the new Peake Rd bridge.

OPINION: Tensions rise between horse riders and motorists in Cambridge.

'Into the River' and other unwise things

24062013 NEWS Photo:SUPPLIED
 A teen novel that begins its dramatic journey on New Zealand's East Coast has picked up the top prize at this year's New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.
Ted Dawe's book Into the River won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and was also the winner of the Young Adult Fiction category.

OPINION: There may be many justifications for making children read adult books, but wisdom will not be one of them.

Life & Style

Quilts a treasure for kids

Hellen Borrington has been making quilts for children in care.

Crafting good for the soul.

Lost and found in Italy

Passport, credit card, phone, the Holy Trinity of travel.

Travel is full of heart-stopping moments, not all of which are about ogling scenic wonders.

Guide biscuits gifted to local Foodbank

Cambridge Salvation Army envoy Jillian Smith with some of the local Brownies, from left, Caitlin Hill, Lucy Eastwood and Ella Welford. In the front is Sophie Howard.

Guide biscuits gifted to Cambridge Foodbank

Top five things to do this weekend

Classical Trumpeter Bill Stoneham and organist Myles Hartley.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out this week's top five picks.

Facing demons and heros

Former Thames High teacher John Allum encouraged Jacqui Barrett to write as a teenager, a skill she used to exorcise her demoms as an adult.

Dealing with demons and facing heros on her journey of self discovery and healing.

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