Marlene Sturm can't believe how black everything looks after the fire.

Searching for a new home gallery

A Waikato family must find a new place to live after fire took hold of their house damaging almost everything inside.

Boy attacked by dog

270614 news photo. Whangarei Hospital emergency department entrance.

9:55 AM  A Tauranga toddler has been hospitalised with facial injuries following an alleged dog attack.

Crash cuts power near Te Awamutu

9:46 AM  A farm contracting truck has crashed into a powerpole and landed in a paddock.

Why are NCEA results rising? video

Dramatic increases in NCEA pass rates "clearly indicate grade inflation".

Hamilton kid takes on the best video

Anthony East, aged 12, will represent NZ at the World Wakeboarding Championship in Mexico.

Council pressure for bag levy

Collaboration between local councils to push for government action on plastic shopping bags.

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All in your mind

Meditation is not for everyone.

The trendy cure-alls of meditation and mindfulness can come with a few downsides.

Community service a big part of life

How do some people do it? That's the question that could be asked about Yvonne Wilson.

Patients' at risk if more skin specialists not found

Multi-million dollar library inspired by town concept plan

Business

Waikato Times prepares for move

The Waikato Times' new building on the corner of Rostrevor and Anglesea Streets is expected to be fully operational by September.

9:00 AM  Construction of the Waikato Times new building in Hamilton's city centre is two months away from completion.

Farm passes wow test

Winning the nation's top farming award has special significance for a Rotorua couple.

Plans for a reception and lounge at Hamilton Park Cemetery would be against Maori custom, says former cemetery manager Peter Forman.

Cemetery won't get new reception and lounge

Plans for a new reception and lounge at Hamilton Park Cemetery would break the law, council advice says.

Sport

Van Lieshout puts on try-scoring masterclass

Patumahoe wing Josh van Lieshout is the top try-scorer in Counties Manukau premier club rugby.

10:06 AM  Josh Van Lieshout has shot to the top of the Counties Manukau premier club rugby tryscoring ladder after crossing the line four times during Patumahoe's 59-10 demolition of Waiuku.

Fifita stars in comfortable win

10:02 AM  Pukekohe has put itself in the box seat for a home semifinal in Counties Manukau Rugby's McNamara Cup with a 37-6 win over Onewhero.

Karaka captain Jamie Gilbert-Clark has been in top form.

Karaka secures top spot

10:04 AM  Karaka has secured a home semifinal in Counties Manukau Rugby's McNamara Cup with a 21-15 win over Bombay.

Opinion

Cold, mouldy homes a scandal

Opinion

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.

Life & Style

All in your mind

Meditation is not for everyone.

The trendy cure-alls of meditation and mindfulness can come with a few downsides.

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.

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

Top five things to do this weekend

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

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