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St Columba's School Rifle Range RD
Leanne Sailsbury enrolled her kids at a Catholic School
despite not being Catholics.
With Kids Caleb 14 from St Johns and Anika 11 from St Columba's

Church schools boost

Waikato's Catholic schools say they can't keep up with demand.

iPads affecting kids 

Schools across the Waikato are adopting the use of devices, such as iPads, in school.

Parents concerned iPads in classrooms are affecting their children's basic literacy skills.

Young farmers 'shattered'

Best lads in the land go to town for showdown at Young Farmer Contest's grand final.

Cemetery won't get lounge

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

Centenary for winery video

Community pitches in to help family of an iconic fire-razed Waikato winery in the clean up.

Dairy slump a concern, says English

Price falls aren't bottoming out, and some farmers will need big overdrafts, finance minister warns.

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Robotics camp breeds future champs

Kiwibots New Zealand held a bootcamp for gifted young children at Waikato University on the weekend. Sam Smart, 8, from Island Bay School in Wellington and Theo Kraayenhof, 10, from Taranki Explorers test out their robot.

A robotics boot camp over the weekend took kids out of their comfort zone.

Fire guts school classroom

Whakatane Intermediate classroom gutted as school holidays begin.

Home damaged by fire, smoke

Caution urged after spate of crashes


Farm passes wow test

Catherine and John Ford, owners of Highland Station near Rotorua and winners of the Ballance Farm Environment Award for 2015.

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

Going the extra mile for sustainability

Charlie Lea farms in a traditional but his rural environmental business is anything but.

Who knows what the future will hold...

Snowball Effect and NXT: The New markets

The Waikato branch of the New Zealand Shareholders Association will host an event looking at new equity markets accessible by Kiwi investors and businesses.


Tigers hammer Hukanui

Tigers players, from left, Sam Pritchard and Nick Read tackle Hukanui's Beau Thompson at Resthills Park on Saturday.

Statement made on the field as appeal against suspension looms.

Midlands women begin u-18 title defence with win

Midlands under-18 women have started their under-18 national regional championship defence with a victory over Northland.

Emily Farr rode West End to perfection in the hurdles at Te Aroha on a day to remember.

Farr and Phelan on fire

Craig Phelan took four horses to Te Aroha and combined with Emily Farr for a 100 per cent strike rate.


Cold, mouldy homes a scandal


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

Top five things to do this weekend

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

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

Lovebirds' tale began at The Outback

Tash Sprout is grateful she had a bit of "liquid courage" when she first asked out her fiance.

The spherical Acer platanoides 'Globosum' and low camellia hedge surround the structure.

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.

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