Tuakau's Grahams Funeral Services' Lynne Graham, her son Mark Graham and his son Jared Graham proudly celebrate the family-operated business' 80th anniversary.

Funerals are a family affair

10:41 AM  It's not everyone's dream job but for the Graham family, looking after funerals is their calling.

'No dogs' policy upsets

300415 News Photo, Petrice Tarrant/Fairfax Media, South Waikato News

Barry Stevens and Jean Glendinning are furious they have been told they can no longer walk their dogs on the Waikato River Trails.

10:51 AM  "No dogs" signs on the Waikato River Trails have upset Arapuni residents.

Fatal shooting shock video

A couple with "front row seats" say it was impossible to tell if armed man shot first.

Man charged over alleged stabbing

Tauranga police have charged a 32-year-old man after an alleged stabbing.

School's Anzac memorial vandalised

Pukekohe school principal left horrified after finding Anzac memorial desecrated.

Teen injured in horse riding fall

Teen airlifted to hospital after falling from a horse while riding in Urewera National Park.

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New Chum Beach hearing on hold

11:30 AM  A hearing into plans to subdivide New Chum Beach is on hold at the request of the applicants.

Power pole collision traps man

11:14 AM  A man was trapped in his ute after striking a power pole and knocking out power in parts of Hamilton.

Severed finger reattached

Morrinsville woman heads into Nepal


Dairy award "icing on the cake"

The 2015 New Zealand Dairy Awards Winners, from left, Dairy Trainee of the Year James Davidson, Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year Melissa  and Justin Slattery and Farm Manager of the Year James Foote.

Canterbury and Waikato-Hauraki farmers were the big winners at the NZ Dairy Industry Awards.

Fieldays eyes up red meat sector

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

New Chum Beach at Whangapoua, Waikato.

Squabble over New Chum access

Squabbling developers have asked a public hearing regarding a controversial subdivision on a pristine Coromandel coastline to be suspended until they can sort out their differences. 


Chances squandered results in draw


10:03 AM  The Waikato Junior football season began last weekend, meaning Matamata Swifts teams were in action across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region, travelling as far as Ngongotaha, Otorohanga, Raglan and Huntly.

King bags local win ahead of trip abroad

New Zealand's top women's player wins at home ahead of the British Open.

Melbourne Rebels flanker Colby Fainga'a celebrates after his team upset the Chiefs in Melbourne.

Chiefs sure they can turn it around against Canes

Dave Rennie's team will have a few days off in their bye week before preparing for must-win showdown with the Hurricanes.


Bali Nine, mercy and the drug trade

A vigil held before Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed on Wednesday.

OPINION: Justice is a harsh thing sometimes. Never is it harsher than when crime meets the ultimate punishment, as it did this week in Indonesia.

It's not sport, it's chasing birds with guns

OPINION: It’s that time of year when grown men play dress ups with loaded guns.


Celebrate Orson Welles on his 100th

OPINION: Growing up, while contemporaries indulged every ghastly musical trend of the moment, my attention was on the movie stars of yesteryear.

Life & Style

Pilates takes woman to ultra marathons

Mimi Robbins watches over Jenni Hoogeveen as she works out.

One Cambridge woman knows more about reforming her health and fitness levels than most.

Cat show comes to Ngaruawahia

Purring pussies of every colour and size, both long and short haired, will be putting their best paw forward at Ngaruawahia's first cat show.

Mark 1 owner, Chris Lander, is getting ready for Free Comic Book day on Saturday.

Free comic book day

Darth Vader is coming to Hamilton on Saturday.

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