The remains of a house in Turangi where a family of four escaped as fire took hold about 2.15am on Friday.

Ammo, gas cylinders in fire

Firefighters forced to attack blaze from outside as house had gas cylinders and ammunition inside.

Bashed, left in ditch

Alistair McEwen and his family had recently moved to Whitianga.

A night of celebration turned nasty for a father who was seriously beaten and left fighting for his life.

Anti-vaccinators on 'flat earth'

A Canadian paediatrician says denying children immunisation, is like denying them the right to grow up.

It's more than a game

A world champion girls rugby team lines up this weekend at the culmination of a big season.

Cheeky billboard riles rugby fans

A cheeky billboard from a rival rugby team in the heart of the Waikato has raised some eyebrows.

Coromandel cottage fire

Blaze rips through meditation retreat cottage.

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Voting opens for business awards

John Anderson, the founder of Contiki Holidays.

3:14 PM  Nominations are┬ánow open for the 2015 Business Awards.

Serenade in the city

3:13 PM  Former Hamilton lad brings song back to Hamilton for a one off performance.

Taekwondo black belts achieved

Book fair sisters never say die

business

New earthquake proposal welcomed in Waikato

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker said the city council supported any moves that would make buildings safer.

A proposal seeing councils prioritise buildings for earthquake remediation is being welcomed in the Waikato.

Spending habits begin at home

Teaching children how to manage their money needs to begin in the home.

Creating healthy money habits needs to begin in the home.

Mosquitoes as DNA drones

Mosquito feeding: Microsoft's Project Premonition is using the insect to predict the spread of diseases.

Microsoft's Project Premonition is using the insect as a biological drone to predict the spread of diseases.

HoloLens for hyper-conferencing

The Jedi Council meets via HoloNet in Star Wars: Episode III.

Microsoft's mixed reality technology will allow Jedi-like holographic calls between offices.

Simcro adds more businesses to its books

A Simcro drench gun in action

Simcro seeks aggressive growth as it buys up two businesses.

sport

Read loving Stallions' brotherhood

Nick Read, in action against the Counties Manukau Stingrays last weekend, is looking to be a big force for the WaiCoa Bay Stallions on his return this season.

After time playing in Australia and then a break from rep footy, Nick Read is back looking to make an impact with the Stallions.

Three main venues for Knights

Hamilton's Seddon Park will host a number of night-time Twenty20 matches for the Northern Knights.

Hamilton, Mt Maunganui and Whangarei will share hosting duties for the Northern Knights.

Coach brings wealth of experience

The St Peter's School netball team competing at the NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga next week, from left, Ally Sciascia, Jorja Metcalfe, Zoe Fraser-Campin, Lucy Sidwell, Samara Mockford, coach Amigene Metcalfe, Madison Van Kerkhoff, Zara Gray, Molly Simes and Emily Parker.

Amigene Metcalfe wants her team to enjoy the buzz of the week-long tournament.

Waikato to defend unbeaten record

Stacey Waaka has scored five tries in two games for Waikato women's rugby team.

Waikato women are seeking their third victory in a row in the Women's Provincial Championship.

Beaver back for Waikato

Stephen Donald will return to the Waikato NPC side via the bench this weekend.

World Cup hero returns to NZ rugby via bench for Saturday clash with rivals Auckland.

opinion

A life without credit cards

Reporter Rachel Thomas is averse to credit cards.

OPINION: To me, credit cards are tiny plastic reminders you've spent money you don't have.

Economic crisis is looming for New Zealand - and not just the farmers

More and more dairy farmers will hedge their economic bets by raising their own bobby calves - which will have an effect downstream.

OPINION: The economic crisis that few New Zealand politicians want to admit is looming could eventually force a refocussing of our trade negotiations offshore and our farms at home.

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.

Life & Style

Top five things to do this weekend

This year's Red Cross Book fair will have three quarters more than last year's event. Picutured: Philippa Robertson, Lin Ritche, Jenny Beckett and Mary Allan.
Hamilton.

It's a busy weekend in the Tron, with comedy battles, glow in the dark golf, thousands of books and a crafty fair.

Big win for Cambridge teacher

Cushla Hounsell, her husband Pat and daughter Regan, 7, share their delight at the unexpected windfall.

Cushla Hounsell found it hard to keep her nose-crinkling delight under wraps on Monday afternoon.

Flag debate puts Hamilton in a flutter

A tino rangatiratanga flag was put in the hands of the sculpture Sapper Horace Moore-Jones in Hamilton.

A flag associated with Maori sovereignty flew briefly in Hamilton's main street.

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.

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