The raft was made up of a trampoline, a basketball hoop and an awning.

20 go overboard on Waikato River

The group's raft consisted of a trampoline and a basketball hoop, with a number of smaller rafts attached.

Motel room emptied

The couple's car was parked outside their Angelsea Motel room all day.

Thief scams a motel worker and walks off with a room full of belongings.

Mum's fears for baby realised video

Crystal Gillies knew something was wrong with her baby daughter but had to fight for a diagnosis.

Five hurt in smash

Five people have been injured in a head-on crash on SH1 south of Atiamuri.

Motel madness

Emergency housing in Waikato motels is costing taxpayers thousands.

Fishing pair found

The 73-year-old man and his daughter failed to return from a day out on the Firth of Thames on Friday.

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Car and motorcycle crash

Police recommend motorists take an alternative route, as serious delays are expected.

Motorcyclists injured following crash in Huntly, with traffic delays expected for a long time.

What is consent?

Consent is a tricky thing, especially when a jury has to make a call on whether it was given, law lecturer says.

Ruby and Gwen are garden gems

Maitland's Top 5

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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.

Business summit on growth

Mayor Andrew King said transport issues were the "big elephant in the room" for Hamilton.

The business community has been chastised by city officials for failing to contribute to growth discussions.

sport

Rangiora to Randwick

La Diosa, racing as La Bella Diosa across the Tasman, has won her first start in Australia.

Guineas winning filly shocks Australian punters in her first start across the Tasman.

Seifert's near-ton leads ND effort

Northern Districts opener Tim Seifert made 97 against Otago on day one of their Plunket Shield match in Whangarei.

The ND opener made 97 while teenager Nathan Smith took five wickets for Otago.

Rennie not smiling despite win video

Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie slips an Aaron Smith tackle attempt.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie seeking improvement despite ending Highlanders' hoodoo.

Casey Kopua back on court

Casey Kopua will return to a netball court for the first time in 16 months on Saturday.

The 101-cap Silver Fern will play netball for the first time in 16 months on Saturday.

Ngaruawahia leave northern league

After a 45-year run, Ngaruawahia United has withdrawn from the Northern Region Football League

Ngaruawahia United's 45-year run in the Northern Region Football League has come to an end.

opinion

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.

Film society milestone

Film

OPINION: Squash club's loss was the film society's win when Richard Swainson switched "codes" 30 years ago.

Jersey man through and through

Don Ferguson leading Follys Lucy, one of the jerseys he had shares in with the Queen.

OBITUARY: Renowned jersey cow breeder Don Ferguson from Otorohanga could count Queen Elizabeth II as a friend.

Game over

Thousands of empty yellow seats showed fans weren't buying the glitz of the Wellington Rugby Sevens any more.

OPINION: It's time for a change, writes Max Christoffersen, and Hamiltonians could be the game-changers.

Life & Style

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.

Maitland's Top 5

It's O Week in Hamilton.

A mixed bag this weekend, even bargain-hunting artsy people! This is your Top 5.

Battle for lake space

Hamilton's yachting and waka ama communities are struggling for space around Hamilton Lake.

'There's going to be confrontation,' Hamilton Yacht Club warns.

Bridge with migrants and refuegees

Jane Stearns and Ayako Imahashi play bridge at the Cambridge Bridge Club.

A game of cards is being used to help migrants learn English.

Boot camp to beat neuroblastoma

Filipo Fifita, 28, is a personal trainer and wants to use fitness as a fundraiser to help a little girl with neuroblastoma.

For Filipo​ Fifita, a random act of kindness was what it took to realise a true passion.

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Waikato treasures gifted to museum

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

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