Bands of rain start making their way down the North Island in this MetService rain radar image from 9.51am.

Heavy rain, wind, to strike

The weather gods are about to smite the Waikato.

Used as 'racetrack'

Police say the Waikato expressway is not a 'racetrack' and drivers need to slow down.

A man drove at 191kmh on the Waikato expressway while almost four times the legal alcohol limit.

Hay fever season here month early

Noses and eyes begin running a month early for hay fever sufferers.

Tyres used in school blaze video

Tyres from a school's garden were used to ignite a fire outside two Hamilton classrooms.

Sex-site users extorted for cash

Two Waikato users of online sex sites have been extorted for cash.

Midwife's standing

A mother and baby died in childbirth, but their midwife has left the country with a certificate of good standing.

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Final four flag designs gallery

Final four flag designs have been chosen.

6 min ago  The final four contenders replacement flags have been revealed.

Man assaulted during break-in

10:39 AM  Man assaulted by intruders who broke into home in Matamata.

Toilet killing: Guilty plea

Lewis Rd Creamery releases two new milk brews

business

Farm's $5.25m sale seen as confidence sign

This South Waikato rural property recently sold at auction for $5.25 million.

A recent $5.25m sale price for a large Waikato rural property seen as continued resilience in the dairy sector.

Lewis Rd Creamery releases two new milk brews

Lewis Road Creamery chief executive Peter Cullinane.

The company that created consumer hysteria with its chocolate milk is back for another round, and reckons it might even have something better on the cards.

Mileage rate change may increase tax obligations

The new mileage rate could see you pay more tax.

OPINION: Inland Revenue's new mileage rate may see you pay more tax.

City council to rethink options for prime inner-city site

An artist's impression of an office development once pitched for the Victoria on the River site.

Structural concerns have been flagged about a riverside car park once earmarked for a multimillion-dollar development in central Hamilton.

Diane Foreman on botulism, business and making mistakes

Diane Foreman

She's on holiday, technically, but Diane Foreman is still ready to sell.

sport

Waikato Stadium to host WaiBop

Waikato Stadium hosted the Fifa under-20 World Cup quarterfinal between Brazil and Portugal.

The region's football side will play four ASB Premiership matches this summer at Waikato Stadium.

Second triumph for St Peter's

St Peter's were convincing winners of the national title in Wellington.

Waikato and NZ representative Sam Vincent helped St Peter's win the national schools title.

Cambridge close on title

Cambridge's win over Papamoa drew them nearer to the WaiBop Premiership crown.

Cambridge draw one step nearer to the Northern Region playoffs.

Agony and ecstasy for Kerr-Barlow

Tawera Kerr-Barlow, pictured just days before he suffered a horrific leg injury in Johannesburg last year, has played 15 tests for the All Blacks.

Almost 11 months have passed since All Black Tawera Kerr-Barlow was told he wouldn't be fit for the World Cup.

Speed skate track approved for city park

The Hamilton Roller Skating Club has been given approval to build a speed skate track in Melville Park alongside the club's current skating facility.

A proposal to build a world-class speed skate track in Hamilton has the go-ahead.

opinion

Economic crisis is looming for New Zealand - and not just the farmers

More and more dairy farmers will hedge their economic bets by raising their own bobby calves - which will have an effect downstream.

OPINION: The economic crisis that few New Zealand politicians want to admit is looming could eventually force a refocussing of our trade negotiations offshore and our farms at home.

The madness of a loving family

Loving, irritating families are one of life's greatest gifts.

OPINION: Loving, irritating families are one of life's greatest gifts.

The Auckland effect

QV Registered value Chris Price.

OPINION: By now, we have all heard Auckland house prices are rising to record highs and there seems to be insatiable demand which is fuelling further increases.

How much contribution can any of us make to the nation?

We can't all be Winston Churchills - or Charles Darwins, or even part of the Swainson pantheon.

OPINION: Assessing your own historic legacy is a humbling business.

Founders Theatre deserves costly refit

Opinion

OPINION: Founders Theatre is worth every cent Hamilton ratepayers spend on it.

Life & Style

Quilts a treasure for kids

Hellen Borrington has been making quilts for children in care.

Crafting good for the soul.

Lost and found in Italy

Passport, credit card, phone, the Holy Trinity of travel.

Travel is full of heart-stopping moments, not all of which are about ogling scenic wonders.

Guide biscuits gifted to local Foodbank

Cambridge Salvation Army envoy Jillian Smith with some of the local Brownies, from left, Caitlin Hill, Lucy Eastwood and Ella Welford. In the front is Sophie Howard.

Guide biscuits gifted to Cambridge Foodbank

Top five things to do this weekend

Classical Trumpeter Bill Stoneham and organist Myles Hartley.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out this week's top five picks.

Facing demons and heros

Former Thames High teacher John Allum encouraged Jacqui Barrett to write as a teenager, a skill she used to exorcise her demoms as an adult.

Dealing with demons and facing heros on her journey of self discovery and healing.

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