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.

Death a homicide

A woman has died of injuries in Waikato Hospital.

10:57 AM  Police launch a homicide investigation after a woman dies in Waikato Hospital.

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.

Farmer helpline needed

Farmers need access to a 24/7 helpline for mental health support.

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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

What will Business NZ do this year?

Kirk Hope has big plans for small business.

Newly appointed chief executive Kirk Hope runs through his goals and priorities for the busy year ahead.

The price of cage-free eggs video

Animal rights campaign group SAFE wants to end the housing of layer eggs in cages.

Banning eggs laid by hens in cages would hit the poor hard.

Retail icons shut up shop

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The Boxing Day Sales continue at ReStart container mall in Christchurch. Although the weather has put a dampner on things.
Colin Johnson of Johnson's Grocery

OPINION: Institutions like Wellington's Kirkcaldie and Stains, and Johnson’s Grocery in Christchurch struggled in the modern retail world.

Ruakura the 'premiere hub', Tainui says

Tainui Group Holdings chief executive Chris Joblin expects consents for the Ruakura project in February.

Ruakura consents due in February, as Waikato's logistics credentials grow.

Combining tea and coffee

Bell Tea and Coffee Company boss Mark Hamilton says Bell and Hummingbird have complimentary expansion ambitions.

Bell Tea and Christchurch coffee roaster Hummingbird look to expand together.

sport

Sheath, Hansen in the gold again

Aaron Gate celebrates winning the points race.

Racquel Sheath has added to her points race gold with a fine ride in the scratch race.

WaiBop seek miracle

WaiBop's defenders, led by centreback Tyler Lissette, haven't been at their best in their last two games.

Remedying their recent defensive woes is the first step WaiBop must take as they seek a miracle.

Chiefs beat Waratahs, suffer more injuries

Chiefs winger Glen Fisiiahi on his way to the try-line against the Waratahs at Rotorua.

Late try secures scrappy win for the Chiefs, who suffer more injury setbacks.

Most famous goat in world rugby dies

Poppy the goat, pictured with owner Stephanie Lee, left, and Counties Manukau Rugby chief executive Andrew Maddock in 2012, has died.

Poppy the goat, Counties Manukau Steelers' unofficial mascot, has passed away.

Ratcliffe in fine form for Porritt

Julia Ratcliffe is feeling strong ahead of the Porritt Classic.

Julia Ratcliffe will attempt to close in on an Olympic qualifying mark.

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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