Charlie Lackner was sentenced to life imprisonment in April 2015 after pleading guilty to murdering his infant son Cassius.

Baby murderer appeals sentence

A man jailed for murdering his infant son is seeking a reduction of his minimum non-parole period.

Fraud accused named

Loraine Anne Jayme stands in the dock during her appearance in the Hamilton District Court on Wednesday. Jayme, 35, is facing 284 charges relating to the obtaining work visas for immigrant Filipino dairy workers by allegedly fraudulent means.

Woman charged with conducting a massive farm worker visa scam named.

Forlongs can't compete

Possible closure of long-standing Hamilton retailer is a sign of the times, a retail consultant says.

Customers share memories video

Frankton shoppers spanning a few generations remember doing business with Forlongs.

Hamilton's lake a survivor

It's a glorified pond, but it's famous in Hamilton and its days are far from numbered.

GP involved in misconduct named

The Waikato doctor admitted professional misconduct after prescribing addictive drugs to patients with drug dependency problems.

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news

$7.1m Tauranga Lotto win

$7.1m has been won in Wednesday night's powerball draw.

It's the third time Powerball has been struck so far this year.

City councillors at odds over legal action

A spat has broken out among the city's politicians.

Marae gear up for Tainui Games

Leads needed on Tuakau jet ski accident

business

Loyal Forlongs customer hopes store won't close

The pushbike, mohawk helmet and even carpet at Amanda Fitzpatrick's Patetonga home are from Waikato retailer Forlongs, her latest purchases after decades of loyalty.

A customer remembers decking out her first flat and still has an account 30 years later.

Bell Tea humming with Hummingbird

Bell Tea and Coffee Company boss Mark Hamilton says Bell and Hummingbird have complimentary expansion ambitions.

Bell Tea and Hummingbird coffee look to expand together.

Forlong's can't compete with malls

Succession issues and competition may have taken their toll on Hamilton retail stalwart, Forlong's.

The possible closure of one of Hamilton's oldest and biggest retailers is a sign of the times, a retail consultant says.

Competition prompts Forlongs demise

Hamilton retailer Forlongs is considering closing after 70 years, citing competition from multi-store operators.

Staff called to a meeting at short notice

SPCA needs your help

SPCA Waikato staff members Steph Hunt, left, and Debbie Kornman with puppy Luna and three-month-old kitten Maggie, who are both looking for new homes.

"We can't take any more animals than what we've got."

sport

Hansen grabs national record

London Olympian Natasha Hansen set a new national record in the 500m time trial.

Despite a slow track, sprinter Natasha Hansen set a New Zealand record in the 500m time trial.

Bad news for What's The Story

Sam Spratt won aboard Lilyput at Avondale on Wednesday but couldn't score a critical win aboard stablemate What's The Story.

Derby hopes revived at Avondale

Marae gear up for Tainui Games

Kathy Tukiri, left, Eric Bennett, Robert Clark, Owen Bennett, Rosie Walker and Sally Astle will represent their Marae at the Waikato-Tainui Games.

Competitors from Franklin are ready make their marae proud at the seventh Waikato-Tainui Games.

Stars excited by new event

Dressage expert Brett Parbery will be one to watch at Riding With The Stars.

Riding With The Stars will provide a different showcase for top equestrians.

Familiar rival for Laurie

Clem Hill (riding Delilah) and Katie Laurie (riding Dustan Breeze) will be two of the main attractions at Riding with the Stars on Friday and Saturday.

Clem Smith's Delilah was bred and produced by his opponent.

opinion

Waist trainers: investing in eating disorders

Kim Kardashian may have single-handedly ignited the waist training trend, with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney quickly getting in on the action.

OPINION: The stomach cinching contraption from a bygone era, the corset, has made a comeback.

Lack of hard data on TPP comes back to bite

A firebomb failed to ignite in Anne Tolley's Whakatane office after the TPPA was signed in Auckland.

OPINION: In the absence of information, rumour will fill the vacancy.

Waitangi Day: a good outcome for all

The original Treaty of Waitangi document on display at The National Archives.

OPINION: The Treaty of Waitangi, in the end, has proved a cohesive document.

Country's full of grey men in grey suits

Rene Magritte's The Pilgrim - the epitome of the grey-suited man, visually, anyway.

OPINION: Shallow people make shallow decisions.

An educated answer to the national health crisis

Greg Smith, Wintec's Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance director.

OPINION: Wintec's Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance director has a plan to tackle a looming national health crisis.

Life & Style

Marae's kai success in Cambridge

About 160 people turned out to the Christmas Day lunch at the Cambridge Community Marae - their biggest turnout yet.

The big Christmas Day lunch at the Cambridge Community Marae hit a record number last year.

No nonsense go-to-guy at the Franklin show

John Fleet is the familiar face of the Franklin A&P Show, which is on in Pukekohe February 20-21.

He’s a little bit abrupt, sometimes direct, and on occasions a tad curt - but that is how John Fleet gets things done.

Annah Stretton's Morrinsville

Annah Stretton is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, writer and philanthropist.

Annah Stretton shares some of her favourite things about Morrinsville, Waikato.

Orchestra's future in good young hands

British virtuoso cellist Laura van der Heijden

REVIEW: Cello soloist captures the beauty of top concerto.

REVIEW: Woodlands Cafe a peaceful retreat

Woodlands Cafe is on the edge of a grassy cricket oval and caters for kids well.

Spacious surroundings, friendly service and a rural setting make the Waikato cafe a relaxing choice.

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