Wakeboarder Anthony East (12) loves hitting the water.

Hamilton kid takes on the best video

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

Why are results up? video

NCEA grade inflation graph

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

Fire damages home gallery

What wasn't damaged by fire is damaged by smoke and water, leaving family looking for a new home.

Council pressure for bag levy

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

Library inspired by concept plan

Education, culture and recreation at the heart of Te Awamutu concept plan

Kayaker's body found

A friend helping coastguard and police search for a capsized kayaker has found his body. 

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Community service a big part of life

Nga Rau Tatangi, Maori Housing Foundation, community project manager Yvonne Wilson.

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

Skin specialists have called for more dermatologists in the public health sector or risk incorrect diagnosis and treatment.

An NCEA transformation

Missing kayaker's body found


Cemetery won't get new reception and lounge

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

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

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.

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

Farm passes wow test

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


Umaga advice leads to debut video

Auckland-born Tim Nanai-Williams will make his test debut for Samoa against the All Blacks on Wednesday.

Auckland-born Chiefs utility Tim Nanai-Williams talked to former ABs skipper before switching to Samoa.

Lee's Rotorua club unrolls welcome mat video

PGA Tour winner hasn't forgotten the small Rotorua golf club from where he emerged.

Waikato-Bay of Plenty off to flying start with win over Mainland

Quest for hat-trick starts in positive fashion with a comfortable win over Mainland on Monday afternoon.


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.

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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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