There are three types of class clown and they all think teachers don't like them as much as the other students, a study says.

Send in the (class) clowns video

Being the class clown isn't as simple as it used to be, new studies show.

Police car rammed

A man abandoned a Nissan Primera on Pembroke St, outside Waikato Hospital, before being tackled by police in the bushes.

One person has been arrested after a dramatic police chase through Hamilton.

Defining debate looms

The mayoral candidates are primed for one of the showpiece debates of the campaign.

Rescuers: 'We won't stop looking' video

The police dive squad is being brought in to search waterways for missing teenager Lucas Cochrane.

Posse's Facebook fury

Online anger morphed into violent retribution involving four woman, scissors and a vacuum cleaner pipe.

Epic adventure for albino woman video

Shannon Cleave has never let low vision slow her down. Now she's embarking on an epic 700km adventure.

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Fatal accident near Rotorua

One man was killed when a car and motorbike crashed south of Rotorua on Tuesday evening.

An accident south of Rotorua has claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

Hefty fine for waitlist blowout

DHB stands to lose $2.7m after waiting lists got too long.

Sending Christmas joy to third world countries

Growing property market forces elderly out

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Pay to be locked up

Steve Mead locks people in a room for a living.

Fancy paying to get locked in a room with only an hour to escape?

$150m Johnsonville revamp

The redeveloped Johnsonville Shopping Centre will cost more than $150m and include space for 120 retailers, a cinema and ...

Tenants feared the shopping centre was dying a slow death but 'game-changing' plans are back on track.

Tauranga Crossing shopping centre open

Tauranga Crossing is designed to create an exciting hub for the growing Tauranga community in the coming years.

The first stage of Tauranga Crossing shopping centre opens its doors to the public this week.

Otorohanga feels halo effect

Otorohanga District Mayor Max Baxter says the area is desperate for more housing.

District Council proposes a $4 million subdivision.

Former town council chambers on the market

The building housed Morrinsville Town Council staff and council meetings between 1934 and the early 1990s.

From the mayor’s gavel to the auctioneer’s gavel – the former Morrinsville Town Council municipal chambers are going up for auction.

sport

Swifts players go close in Player of Year awards

Jacob Fouhy goes in hard against his Papamoa opponent.

Matamata Swifts players have been voted the second best in their respective football leagues.

One 'hell of a game' forecast

Hame Faiva and Jordan Manihera celebrate with the famous Log o' Wood.

Waikato's dogged defence of the Ranfurly Shield faces the ultimate test, as Canterbury come to Hamilton.

Langman 'sad' but respects rules

Laura Langman will be ineligible to play for the Silver Ferns next year.

Inspirational Silver Fern Laura Langman signs with Aussie team, making her ineligible to play for NZ.

Pacorus leading Wood's revival

Chris Wood and Viktoria Gatu after winning the Interprovincial at New Plymouth with Pacorus recently.

Egmont Cup on cards for NZ Cup-bound Pacorus.

Crunch on Sofia Rosa inTurnbull

Sunday's Turnbull Stakes is a crunch race in the spring campaign of Sofia Rosa.

Make or break time is looming for Sofia Rosa in Australia

opinion

Beware witch doctors

When people become frightened they are particularly vulnerable to exploitation by all manner of self-proclaimed miracle ...

OPINION: It's surprising how easily many of us fall for the messages shared by self-proclaimed astrologers and soothsayers, Tom O'Connor writes.

Million-dollar painting

Colin McCahon in his studio in 1982.

OPINION: Colin McCahon was booed and hissed at when he first started exhibiting in the late 1940s, Peter Dornauf writes. Now one of his paintings has sold for $1 million.

'The ultimate gentleman'

There was standing room only at Bill Costelloe’s funeral in St Peter’s Catholic Church, Cambridge.

OBITUARY: William Joseph Costellow OStJ, March 7, 1929 – September 1, 2016

Quantity or quality?

The battle for seats on the Hamilton City Council is heating up.

OPINION: Engagement with the issues and effectiveness in decision making are better measures than 100% attendance at council meeting, Richard Swainson writes.

A simple thank you

Larger than life, Pauline (Polly) Gillespie with her now ex-husband Grant Kereama on a billboard advertising their radio ...

OPINION: Max Christoffersen "remembers the days of the old school yard", and a girl who made an indelible impression on him.

Life & Style

Woman with albinism in epic adventure video

Shannon Cleave is not going to let low vision stop her.

Shannon Cleave has never let low vision slow her down. Now she's embarking on an epic 700km adventure.

Sending Christmas joy to third world countries

Cambridge High School is kicking off Operation Christmas Child again this year, joining with St Peter's Catholic and ...

For some it might be too early to think about Christmas - but not those wanting to help children in third world countries enjoy the holiday.

Pay to be locked up

Steve Mead locks people in a room for a living.

Fancy paying to get locked in a room with only an hour to escape?

Hearty reunion for dog, owner

Carolyn Smith has been reunited with her British Bulldog, Hearty, who was was taken from her kennel four months ago.

Family's British bulldog went missing months ago. They'd given up hope, but then came a phone call that made their day.

Rotorua designers shine at Te Puia

A model takes to the runway wearing Leilani and Anastacia Rickard.

Rotorua's fashionistas were out in force on Saturday night as sell out crowd of 500 people took in the sights and sounds of Te Puia's inaugural Tiki Ahua fashion show.

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Trust Waikato chairman Niwa Nuri and Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker discuss artist Dick Frizzell's work Pile of Stumps.

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