Clandon Daffodils' Ian Riddell is doing 15 hour days during peak season.

Ugly bulb's spring beauty

Long days lay ahead for Waikato daffodil growers as spring officially arrives on Thursday.

Harsh punishment

A student claims a cigarette was put out on her hand after a teacher caught her smoking.

4:52 PM  Caught smoking, a student claims they received a scorching rebuke from a teacher.

Dodgy washers explode

3:33 PM  About 4000 of these washers are still out there, as two fires over recent days proves.

Gun found under bed

The discoveries of guns and gun cases the focus of day 18 of stop-go murder trial.

'Bold' free parking plan

Free car parking across Hamilton's CBD would send a message, political hopeful says.

'Quadzilla' to smash record video

Hamish Coulter and his 32.5-inch quads are taking on the world record.

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Young politician died in suspected suicide

The sudden death of Sarah Higgins has left the local board devastated.

4:25 PM  Auckland politician Sarah Higgins will be farewelled on Thursday. Her death is a suspected suicide. She was 25.

Silver medalists visit school

4:14 PM  Members of the NZ Women's Sevens team visited the kids at St Columba's school in Hamilton.

Man found dead in pond had mental illness

Spotlight on rail link

business

Cracks found in Dreamliner engines

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines are under spotlight over corrosion and cracking problems   ...

Civil Aviation Authority confirms Air New Zealand Dreamliners have same engines as grounded Japanese planes.

Spotlight on rail link

Supporters of a daily rail link between Hamilton and Auckland say it will ease road congestion.

​Newly-elected city leaders will debate a Hamilton-Auckland rail link.

Bold free parking plan

West Ward candidate Geoff Taylor says the city council is skirting around the vexed issue of central city parking.

Free car parking across Hamilton's CBD would send a message, political hopeful says.

Shelly Bay a step closer to Sausalito

Wellington City Council is understood to have made a deal to sell its land at Shelly Bay to  developer Ian Cassels.

Wellington City Council land sale to developer could see revamp of collection of derelict buildings.

Women-only gyms split 'amicable'

The national franchise for Configure Express says it was “mutually beneficial to part ways” with four Wellington gyms.

National chain says split will be "mutually beneficial" but neither side say why it's happening.

sport

Tucker injury a 'massive blow'

Waikato are considering cover options after James Tucker suffered a serious knee injury.

Waikato may seek replacements for James Tucker after his season-ending knee injury.

Para-swimmers dream of gold video

Howarth was inspired by 2004 Olympic champion, Sarah Ulmer.

New Zealand para-swimmers Jesse Reynolds and Nikita Howarth have high hopes for the Rio Paralympics.

Silver medalists visit school

Huriana Manuel talks to Principal of St Columba's Catholic Primary School, Gareth Duncan about her road to Rio after she ...

Members of the NZ Women's Sevens team visited the kids at St Columba's school in Hamilton.

Water sports big winners for promotional funding

Te Wananga o Aotearoa Waka Ama Sprint Nationals is to recieve a $10,000 grant from the Waipa District Council Promotions ...

Masters Games and Waka Aama were big winners for funding from te Waipa District Council Promotions Fund.

'Quadzilla' to smash record video

Coulter is heading to Serbia next month looking to claim a world title.

Hamish Coulter and his 32.5-inch quads are heading to Serbia next month to take on a world record.

opinion

Steep price for medal glory

US swimmer Ryan Lochte snared his sixth Olympic gold medal but left Rio in disgrace.

Squillions of dollars have been spent on what amounts to a 10-day bash to treat a small group of privileged people paid by the state to do what they like doing – running, jumping etc.

All work no way to live

Duncan Garner, pictured with his Story co-host Heather du Plessis-Allan, declared Kiwis a bunch of lazy sods in a recent ...

OPINION: "Lazy sods" Duncan Garner called us, but buying into the Protestant work ethic can't be good for you.

Max Christoffersen: Village delight

Produce draws the crowds to farmers’ markets but it’s the people who bring the atmosphere.

OPINION: Comfort in the company of strangers on a brisk Sunday morning at the Farmers' Market at Claudelands in Hamilton.

Land Wars were a civil war

Otorohanga College students presented a 13,000 signature petition to Parliament, in support of a national commemoration ...

OPINION: Tom O'Connor argues that the conflict variously known as the Land Wars and the New Zealand Wars was, in fact, a civil war and should be remembered as such.

Opinion: In defence of small towns

A more relaxed pace of life attracts many people to New Zealand's smaller towns such as Raglan.

OPINION: Small town New Zealand is not ready to give up the ghost just yet.

Life & Style

Take the opportunity, not the chance

Clannad Herman on duty at Waikato Stud.

Waikato Stud took the opportunity to make a difference in the life of Clannad Herman.

Roosters dumped roadside video

25082016 News Photo: CHRISTEL YARDLEY/FAIRFAX NZ
News: poultry roosters.

It's a hardscrabble life for a rooster at a rest stop – but why are they even there?

Waikato musician a top cellist

Musical prodigy takes title on home ground.

Lost knowledge of the hunter gatherer

Owen Boynton ventures around Aotearoa in his Maori Television series Toa Hunter Gatherer, looking at historical ...

Owen Boynten's new show will target historical approaches to hunting, fishing and bush craft.

Maitland's Top 5 things to do

Come to Cambridge this Saturday to welcome home our Olympic athletes. Including the New Zealand Men's Olympic Track ...

A Ranfurly Shield defence, Takes A Village night out or welcome home our medal-winning Olympians!

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