Flames from a classroom at Whakatane Intermediate School.

School classroom fire suspicious

An investigation into a fire that gutted two Whakatane Intermediate School classrooms is underway.

MP charged in fight

NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell: "I've been to many picnics where they've been serving up knuckle sandwiches".

Clayton Mitchell reveals fight with gang member 18 years ago.

Shoplifters have a crack at safe

11:59 AM  A store safe was one of a number of commercial scale items people tried to steal over the weekend.

Teens ditch car, flee police

11:23 AM  A car-load of teens are facing police action after they ran from a routine traffic stop.

Lost tramper's social media rescue

10:57 AM  A woman was successfully rescued from bush after sending a Facebook message.

Are classroom iPads affecting kids?

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

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News

Ciggie butt sparks garage fire

A cigarette caused a house fire in Alexandra today.

12:21 PM  A discarded cigarette butt sparked a fire in the garage of a Hamilton home.

Christmas festival a huge success

12:04 PM  Matamata was abuzz with Christmas joy last week as the town celebrated its Mid Winter Christmas Festival.

Fire hero recovers

Busy weekend for chopper

Business

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.

Sport

Khemosabi follows familiar trail

11 min ago  Grey gelding, Khemosabi, will follow a familiar winter path.

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.

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

Tigers hammer Hukanui

Statement made on the field as appeal against suspension looms.

Opinion

Cold, mouldy homes a scandal

Opinion

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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