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.

Teens ditch car, flee police

14 min ago  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 lost in the bush was successfully rescued after sending a Facebook message.

Are classroom iPads affecting kids?

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

Young farmers 'shattered'

Best lads in the land go to town for showdown at Young Farmer Contest's grand final.

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Busy weekend for chopper

Westpac rescue helicopter.

Injured people in the Coromandel kept the Westpac Rescue Helicopter busy over the weekend.

Council pressure for government levy

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

Cemetery won't get new reception and lounge

Robotics camp breeds future champs

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

Tigers hammer Hukanui

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

Statement made on the field as appeal against suspension looms.

Midlands women begin u-18 title defence with win

Midlands under-18 women have started their under-18 national regional championship defence with a victory over Northland.

Emily Farr rode West End to perfection in the hurdles at Te Aroha on a day to remember.

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.

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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