"Question after question, I realised how little I knew."

She won't be right video

Blasé Kiwi attitude makes us sink rather than swim as one intrepid reporter discovers.

Heroes' efforts praised

Rebecca Johnson and Dannielle Buckton jumped in to help the six-year-old.

Pair who jumped in to help a child hit by a boat and trailer acknowledged during a special assembly.

Being stabbed 'saves' man

Drunken knife attack was turning point for pair of 'pathetic' alcoholics.

How not to drown video

We don't teach them to swim pretty, we teach them to survive.

Risk of storms ahead

There's a risk severe thunderstorms and downpours could interrupt a mostly fine day.

Ants stop march of time

When did the ants going marching in? At 10:28 according to the town clock.

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Tauranga man hit by car

The man has been flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

8:15 PM  A 26-year-old Papamoa man is in a critical condition after being hit by a car while trying to cross an expressway.

Stormy weather on its way video

It might be time to get the brolly out of storage.

Pinetree's statue shaping up

Shops set to trade over Easter in Hauraki


Crowing about Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster celebrations boosted tourism growth from China.

Chinese New Year contributed to the record 381,100 visitors who arrived in January.

Taxpayers' motel madness

A shortage of housing in Hamilton is keeping people trapped on an emergency housing roundabout, including Natalie Reese ...

 Emergency housing in Waikato motels is costing taxpayers thousands.

Stinky water turns off tourists

Overseas visitors are not impressed to find warning signs like this one at Canterbury's Coes Ford.

Overseas visitors expecting pristine countryside are being put off by NZ's pollution.

Fish kill firm: 'We got it wrong'

A culvert pouring toxic chemicals into the small waterway in Paeroa.

Lots of distressed and dead eels and fish were seen after Hamilton firm's chemical spill.

Healthy Rivers amendment call

Farmers know the hotspots and want support to clean them up

Worked-up farmers petition regional council over plan to clean up the region's waterways.


Victoria Square cricket pavillion to be upgraded

Cambridge Cricket Association Chairman Simon Dodds reckons the Victoria Square pavilion needs to be upgraded to cater ...

A $300,000 revamp to the home of Cambridge cricket is in the offing.

Kitchen sinks ND in Shield

Otago opening batsman Brad Wilson played a big hand in his side's win over Northern Districts in Whangarei.

Otago chased down 289 against the table-toppers with some ease in Whangarei.

Karpik has qualities like Cane

Chiefs flanker Mitch Karpik (with the ball) impressed on his Super Rugby debut in Dunedin.

Their hairstyles might differ, but Chiefs coach Dave Rennie sees a lot of Sam Cane in Mitch Karpik.

Guptill back in the nick of time

Martin Guptill is back in the Black Caps for Wednesday's fourth ODI.

The return of Martin Guptill from injury gives the Black Caps a big boost for their must-win ODI in Hamilton on Wednesday.

Rabada ready for whatever

South Africa quick bowler Kagiso Rabada

He may not play, and if he does, the pitch might not be to his liking, but Proteas quick Kagiso Rabada isn't fazed.


A love letter to Palmerston North

Palmerston North isn't such a bad place to live, says Greer Berry.

OPINION: When love lured me to Palmerston North, some friends and family enjoyed a scoff at my 'downgrading' of location.

Cleaner water's what matters

Water quality is a talking point again since the Government unveiled its Clean Up Our Waterways Scheme recently.

OPINION: There is a danger that attempting to restore waterways to some imagined pristine condition of days gone by will suffocate any attempt to make improvements, writes Tom O'Connor.

Spoilt for choice

Yvonne Todd's signature style is to dress up young women in stereotypical 1970s' style, looking like something straight ...

OPINION: The visual arts are in good health and Hamilton has again showcased a selection of the best, writes Peter Dornauf.

I heart humanities

I can remember walking past the library at university and catching my breath every single time  at the thought of all ...

OPINION: Narelle Henson couldn't support the Love Humanities day this week – you see, the humanities have let her down.

Women 'on their moons' do not approach

Film-maker Claire Ashton lives in Te Aroha and has worked as a film location scout.

Opinion: Waikato writer, film-maker Claire Ashton gives readers an insight into New Zealand's movie industry.

Life & Style

Couple promise never to get divorced

Bev and Keith Illingsworth have been married for 70 years.

Going through 'thick and thin' together the secret to 70-year marriage.

A wonderful tree grew here

Garry and Jewel Casey are sad to say goodbye to the 95-year-old tree.

Loss of historic maple tree was like 'losing an elderly grandmother' for couple.

How patches became hip

Sarah Lancaster and her Sew Love touring van.

Sewing and mending are coming back in fashion, as the repair movement gains momentum.

A very civilised gathering

26022017 News Photo: Mark Taylor/Fairfax NZ .
from 90 years ago - at the Mansfield Garden Party. The event was held on ...

The well-heeled headed to the Hamilton Gardens for a day of fashion, fun, and fine food.

Ruby and Gwen are garden gems

Gwen and Ruby Lyon performed a selection of classical, pop and musical theatre numbers in the Victorian Garden Conservatory.

This was not merely a couple of local girls earning a buck busking at a festival, writes Sam Edwards.

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