Bands of rain start making their way down the North Island in this MetService rain radar image from 9.51am.

Heavy rain, wind, to strike

The weather gods are about to smite the Waikato.

Midwife's standing

Casey Nathan, pictured with partner Hayden Tukiri, died following the birth of her son Kymani in 2012.

A mother and baby died in childbirth, but their midwife has left the country with a certificate of good standing.

Crash closes road, cuts power

A car smashed into a power pole, cutting power to homes north of Hamilton.

City council balk at voting trial costs

Hamilton City Council has opted out of a proposed online voting trial.

Horse rescuer needs a miracle video

Second-chance horses are in danger of becoming dog tucker if their rescuer can't find grazing.

Men's group builds Angel Boxes

Neil Bruce wants help fulfilling a Waikato District Health Board order for 60 coffins.

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Book Fair grows, and grow

Philippa Robertson, Lin Ritche, Jenny Beckett and Mary Allan are more than outnumbered by the amount of books they have for sale this year at the Red Cross Book Fair.

8 min ago  Make space on your bookshelves, the annual Red Cross Book Fair will be back on Friday and it's bigger than ever.

Centenary daffodil on show

A daffodil has been specially developed to celebrate the Morrinsville Horticultural Society's 100th birthday.

Booths encourage financial check

Daffodil Day game for teacher

business

Cost of world cup hosting questioned

A colourful crowd enjoy the on-field action at Waikato Stadium in May when Colombia played Qatar during the Fifa U-20 World Cup.

Hosting football's young elite cost Hamilton ratepayers $358,000 but the true figure could be much more.

City council balk at voting trial costs

Voting returns in the 2013 local authority elections was down on average across the Waikato.

Hamilton City Council has opted out of a proposed online voting trial.

Council standoff as King refuses to withdraw allegations

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker repeatedly clashed with councillor Andrew King at Thursday's council meeting.

City councillors have clashed over allegations an elected member deliberately misled colleagues over her voting record.

Huntly development due to expressway

Transport minister Simon Bridges and Whatumoana Paki, Maori King Tuheitia's son, turned the first sod on the Huntly Expressway project on Friday morning alongside Transport Agency staff, landowners, politicians and Waikato-Tainui representatives.

'I think it's an opportunity for Huntly to develop as more than a town people just pass through.'

WKT - Smart Waikato leadership summit -

SmartWaikato chief executive Mary Jensen.

 

sport

Te Awamutu confirm cup favouritism

Stan Meads Cup was named after former King Country All Black Stan Meads.

Stan Meads Cup holders Te Awamutu have won the right to host a semifinal in this year's competition.

Pukekohe netballers keen to hold court

Pukekohe High School's premier netball team are focused on finishing in the top six at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) Tournament this week. Here Shaye Murray, back left, Geffrina Sinisa, Bailee Waller, Georgia Lusty, Katelin Bignell, coach Vicki Morgan, Ma'u Isileli-Fo'ou, front left, MaCauley Newson, Phoebe Kempton and Jojo Coleman celebrate winning the recent Counties Manukau Secondary Schools Netball Competition ahead of the UNISS tournament.

The Pukekohe High School premier netball team is pumped for the Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) Tournament which started on Monday. 

Swifts enjoy the comforts of home

Dwayne Signal (19), Jamie Baxter and Jackson Allen preparing to launch another Swifts counter-attack.

The Swifts decent home record continued after another good result at the Domain on Saturday.

Nyika brothers take Oceania titles

The Nyika brothers, David and Josh, have won Oceania titles.

The boxing Nyika brothers are now Oceania champions.

Stallions shock Counties Manukau

WaiCoa Bay Stallions player Tamati Marr takes the ball forward against Counties Manukau Stingrays in their National Premiership Rugby League upset victory at Massey Park, Papakura.

It was a 78-point turnaround from last year.

opinion

The madness of a loving family

Loving, irritating families are one of life's greatest gifts.

OPINION: Loving, irritating families are one of life's greatest gifts.

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.

How much contribution can any of us make to the nation?

We can't all be Winston Churchills - or Charles Darwins, or even part of the Swainson pantheon.

OPINION: Assessing your own historic legacy is a humbling business.

Founders Theatre deserves costly refit

Opinion

OPINION: Founders Theatre is worth every cent Hamilton ratepayers spend on it.

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.

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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