Nicky Petry and Mike Brown have turned a cavernous old gold refinery building into a warm-hearted cafe.

Culinary gold in Paeroa

Denise Irvine enjoys a mix of good food and history at The Refinery.

'She's just laying there'

Raewyn Green died on February 11 at Waikato Hospital. A post-mortem determined her death was a homicide and police are investigating.

Raewyn Green was unconscious and gasping on the floor of her home when her partner ran to get help.

Severe thunderstorm warning off

Heavy showers and thunderstorms hit North Island but warning of severe storms called off.

Future for Frankton 

It seems a phoenix could be pulled from the ashes if the retailing giant of Forlongs closes.

Forlongs'  legacy gallery

When Ralph and Evelyn Forlong started, their aim was to make just £40.

Macindoe backs flag change

At least one conservative MP wants to ditch the Union Jack flag.

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news

Cursed ring claims first victim

The ring had a curse placed on it after Gertrude Christina Nohl and Martin Johann Wagner were married in 1906.

The ring hexed with a 100-year-old curse has claimed its first victim: the guy who allegedly stole it.

Surfing Iran and Papua New Guinea

An Irish surfer has shared her passion with women in Iran and Papua New Guinea.

A new farming model video

Fire rages beside homes

business

Old-fashioned Valentines Day

She gives him a card. He gives her balloons. Men outspend women on Valentine's Day.

Valentines Day is a throwback to a more traditional time, figures suggest.

BusinessNZ boss' weekend rituals

Hope heading out on a surf mission with daughters Orla, 5, and Mika, 11.

Newly appointed chief executive Kirk Hope loves surfing, soccer, and spinning discs.

Economic reality is hitting home

Business commentator Rod Oram.

OPINION: Prime Minister John Key paints a pretty picture but misses the point.

Hamilton retailer could leave a big gap

Forlong's huge store in Hamilton could present either a problem or an opportunity if it closes.

Prospect of store closure could add hugely to the city's vacant commercial property space.

Food warehouse, health board 'go green'

Ceres Organics says getting a green star rating was about "walking the talk".

Two buildings from very different sectors take the lead in sustainability.

sport

Double success at Porritt

Julia Ratcliffe, pictured at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, easily won the women's hammer throw at the Porritt Classic on Saturday.

Tauranga sprinter Joseph Millar completed the 100-200 double at the Porritt Classic on Saturday.

Xtravagant leaves fans awestruck

Xtravagant blitzed his top class rivals in the NRM Sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Xtravagant awesome in Te Rapa sprint.

World champs own team pursuit

From left; Jason Allen, Dylan Kennett , Marc Ryan and Hayden Roulston won the team pursuit title for Mid South Canterbury.

Mid South Canterbury's world champs put on a show in the team pursuit.

Valley Girl thrills overjoyed Hawkins family

Valley Girl and Lisa Allpress charge to an upset win in the Group I Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Filly upsets weight-for-age stars on sodden Te Rapa.

Tricky Te Rapa track traps punters

Wyndspelle and Danielle Johnson (outside) get up to win the Foster Maintain 1200 at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Track watering makes Te Rapa a punters' nightmare.

opinion

Waist trainers: investing in eating disorders

Kim Kardashian may have single-handedly ignited the waist training trend, with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney quickly getting in on the action.

OPINION: The stomach cinching contraption from a bygone era, the corset, has made a comeback.

The gentlemen's game has feet of clay

NZ Captain Brendon McCullum talks to Mitchell Marsh as he leaves the field on his way back to the dressing room on Monday.

OPINION: Cricket was never, really, the sport of gentlemen.

Doing everything yourself - it's not just a problem for women

Figure out what you can do, and what you can't, then develop a list of trusted tradespeople.

OPINION: The other morning, I was standing in my office with a Phillips screwdriver in my hand, and beside me my printer was purring sweetly, spitting out paper as it went about its business.

Tertiary leaders let Hamilton down

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is running of a platform of free tertiary education in the United States.

OPINION: When both the Labour Party and Bernie Sanders talked about the value of free tertiary education, it was a chance for Waikato's tertiary leaders to step up.

Lack of hard data on TPP comes back to bite

A firebomb failed to ignite in Anne Tolley's Whakatane office after the TPPA was signed in Auckland.

OPINION: In the absence of information, rumour will fill the vacancy.

Life & Style

History of the Pureora Forest

Pureora Forest is famous for its kokako population.

Neville Ritchie talks about the rich history of the Pureora Forest, as outlined in his new book.

Pedalling for the people

Paul Carrick is cycling to raise money for two charities.

A Cambridge man is doing his bit to support two health organisations by cycling 125 kilometres.

Cambridge course to bring families closer

A six-session course starting in Cambridge next week is aimed at making family life easier

Cambridge-based course aimed at helping families navigate parenthood

Marae's kai success in Cambridge

About 160 people turned out to the Christmas Day lunch at the Cambridge Community Marae - their biggest turnout yet.

The big Christmas Day lunch at the Cambridge Community Marae hit a record number last year.

No nonsense go-to-guy at the Franklin show

John Fleet is the familiar face of the Franklin A&P Show, which is on in Pukekohe February 20-21.

He’s a little bit abrupt, sometimes direct, and on occasions a tad curt - but that is how John Fleet gets things done.

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