Two Australians were rescued after going to see Mt Doom, or as New Zealanders know it - Mt Ngauruhoe.

One ring saves Mt Doom tourists

4 min ago  Aussie pair found lost in the dark surrounded by snow after LOTR jaunt goes awry.

Cars collide after chase

Police amid the aftermath of a crash on Peachgrove Rd  about 1pm on Wednesday.

7 min ago  Traffic diverted after Hamilton crash blocks road.

Tears, hugs, 'a happiness jiggle' video

Family's stress disappears after woman responsible for slapping father is charged.

Con found in cupboard

Man on the run goes from wardrobe hideout back to prison after cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet.

Heavy rain on the way for Waikato

Wet weather gear needed for the next two days in the Waikato.

Held at (plastic) gunpoint

A tourist out for a stroll was left shaken after what he thought was an armed robbery.

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Ohope home goes up in blaze

Ohope and Edgecumbe firefighters helped Whakatane crews deal with a building on fire on Wairaka Rd, Whakatane on ...

An ambulance was called to treat one person who suffered burns when a house went up in flames in Ohope.

Waipa mayoralty race underway

A retired sport and gun shop owner and a former property manager are going head-to-head for Waipa's top political job.

Hamilton's million-dollar playground

Stop-go murder latest: Hooves and bullet grooves

business

Staff morale, productivity improves and accidents reduced

Gavin Haddon, director CooperAitken, Kristine Gibbons, director Gibbons Engineering and Robyn Pickett, ACC Administrator.

Health and safety practices at the forefront of business.

Popular spring shut after 'hammering'

The South Waikato District Council are discouraging swimming at the Te Waihou walkway blue spring.

Once this secret spot was revealed the crowds arrived and "the impact is extremely clear".

Cambridge charter set guidelines for development

The Cambridge Growth Strategy Committee wants to retain the central business district as the centre of the town and ...

Moving Cambridge from a town to a small city, but retaining that village feel, is going to be a mission.

King Country battle for electricity

King Country power consumers are taking their battle for better prices to court.

Electricity consumers fed up with their current pricing regime are taking their battle to court.

Building in holiday hot spot in the market

The property includes two upstairs apartments and commercial space on the ground floor.

A multi-tenancy commercial and residential building in the heart of one of the Coromandel's biggest towns has been placed on the market for sale.

sport

Kopua back for Magic

Casey Kopua will be back on the court for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic next year.

After taking this year off due to pregnancy, Casey Kopua has confirmed she will be back on the court for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic next season.

11-year-old designs medal

Alex Dickson, 11, has designed the medal for the Round the Bridges event in November.

It's big, shiny, you wear it around your neck, and it is designed by an 11 year old.

Players return to boost Swamp Foxes

Kent McFarlane catches the ball for Waihou during a recent club match. Mcfarlane is in the Thames Valley team to play ...

The Swamp Foxes open the Heartland Championship rugby season in Paeroa this weekend.

Serepisos lands knockout blow

Alexi Serepisos secured victory in the main event of the Young Blood 11 show in Auckland.

Hamilton-based kickboxer secures victory in Auckland with heavy knockout blow.

Welcome home party for Olympians

New Zealand's Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown win silver in the womens rowing pair at the Rio Olympics. Behrent  ...

Cambridge gets its chance to celebrate its olympians this weekend.

opinion

Predator-free NZ achievable

Stoats are one of the most difficult animal pests to control.

Predators kill an estimated 25 million native birds a year. If current trends continue, our national icon the kiwi will disappear from areas with no predator control.

Chlorinate the water

Campylobacter - Stock image

OPINION: The contamination of the water supply in Hawke's Bay should spur the central government into action over mandatory chlorination.

Sacred cows and sacrifices

A man kissing a window of a bus finds out "she is a he" in an ad that has since been taken down by Auckland Transport.

I suppose every generation has  sacred cows. But no religious lot can compare with a secular society when it comes to the sheer number of sacred cows rambling around.

No Ali, don’t say it

Alison Mau says she wouldn't encourage her kids into journalism or broadcasting.

It all unfolded in slow motion.

Film festival line-up

Agyness Deyn in Sunset Song.

Richard Swainson outlines the must-see films in the festival.

Life & Style

Popular spring shut after 'hammering'

The South Waikato District Council are discouraging swimming at the Te Waihou walkway blue spring.

Once this secret spot was revealed the crowds arrived and "the impact is extremely clear".

11-year-old designs medal

Alex Dickson, 11, has designed the medal for the Round the Bridges event in November.

It's big, shiny, you wear it around your neck, and it is designed by an 11 year old.

Cello Fest begins on perfect note

The Waikato International Cello Fest runs August 21-28, 2016

Sam Edwards finds the first note from Santiago Canon Valencia's bow on the cello was perfection.

State Highway 48 a cracker

Shane Cortese stars in State Highway 48.

REVIEW: Russell Armitage says Cortese and Hannah are fabulous in State Highway 48 and urges everyone to go see it.

Vox Baroque captivates

Hamilton-based baroque vocal ensemble Vox Baroque performing in St Peter's Cathedral in 2015.

REVIEW: Sam Edwards finds Vox Baroque to be in even better form than usual.

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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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