The toga party for O Week in Hamilton was a big hit, with thousands of students flooding the city on Wednesday night.

Hamilton's O week gears up

So how much do students actually spend on the week-long party?

Tyre kingpin closed video

Alvin Cobb has been ordered by the Waikato Regional Council to stop collecting tyres.

3:00 PM  Alvin Cobb has been ordered by the Waikato Regional Council to stop collecting tyres.

Waterworld closure possible

Hamilton's Waterworld might have to close for earthquake strengthening.

Car rolls on Desert Road

Emergency services have freed a woman from a car that rolled and partially blocked State Highway 1.

Psychedelic Shakespeare is groovy

This version of famous comedy is one you will really dig, writes Mike Mather.

Bulldozers move in

HNZ properties in Hamilton East were demolished earlier this month but plans to replace them are still not formed.

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Stolen cars used in raid

The Mobil in Huntly was ram raided while a worker was inside stacking shelves.

10 min ago  A silver Mazda Familia Hatchback and a silver Mazda Familia Sport car were used in the ram raid on Wednesday.

Closing statements in Kuggeleijn trial

11 min ago  Jury in a rape trial will soon decide whether sexual intercourse between cricketer and a woman was consensual.

Road reopens after car crash

Complainant's clothes 'provocative'

business

Fish kill costs firm $39,000

A culvert pouring toxic chemicals into the small waterway in Paeroa.

Chemwash Hamilton Ltd released toxic chemicals into the Paeroa stormwater system, killing eels and banded kokopu.

Tyre kingpin restricted video

Alvin Cobb has been ordered by the Waikato Regional Council to stop collecting tyres.

Alvin Cobb has been ordered by the Waikato Regional Council to stop collecting tyres.

Father's drowning death drives teen

"[Dad] would be really proud because I know that he wanted the best for us as his kids - he'd be over the moon," Matt ...

Thriving teenager says his dad understood the importance of education and would be proud of him.

Costs for transparency 'obese'

Cost of proposed Healthy Rivers plan at $14.8 million and counting

Collaboration on the Healthy Rivers plan has come at considerable cost to ratepayers.

More visitor beds for Cambridge

Still a work in progress, Kelly Road Cambridge Lodge providing 22 tourist beds is due to be completed mid-April.

More visitor accommodation is expected to come online for Cambridge in 2017.

sport

Weight right for Turn Me Loose

Kerrin McEvoy rides the Kiwi galloper Turn Me Loose in the Futurity at Caulfield.

Star Cambridge galloper Turn Me Loose out to turn tables at Caulfield.

Chiefs development squad named

Samisoni Taukei'aho, who will make his Super Rugby debut on Friday night, is part of the Chiefs' development squad named ...

A 41-man squad has been named for a couple of local derbies, and another trip to Hong Kong.

Paeroa mum takes on wrestling champs

Wrestler Sarah Hills and daughter Bianca, 9.

Paeroa woman heading for Oceania Wrestling champs in Tahiti.

Stevenson eyes ABs jersey

Shaun Stevenson was named MVP as the Chiefs won the Brisbane Global Tens.

Shaun Stevenson is oozing confidence and he's targeting the top ahead of a big year with the Chiefs.

Janaye's unstoppable in the pool

Janaye Burns came away with eight medals, three Counties Manukau records and nine personal bests on the weekend.

Janaye Burns is a young swimming star who continues to shine.

opinion

'What would it be like to live in a car?'

Peter Humphreys.

Opinion: Children put to the test over reality of homeless people in the city.

Black Ferns fly rugby's flag

Selica Winiata of the Black Ferns runs in for a try during the international women's test match between the New Zealand ...

OPINION: Where once we exchanged jerseys with a gallant opponent at the end of a hard game, some players now exchange blows on the field and accusations of cheating and poor referees afterwards. Thank goodness for the Black Ferns, writes Tom O'Connor.

Beauty to behold

Colour of summer - a flowering gum in full resplendent bloom, the rival to any pohutukawa.

OPINION: Old trees and old classic buildings lend character, charm, dignity and beauty as well as a sense of the gravitas of history to a place, writes Peter Dornauf.

I've been hacked

Don't invite them in, be careful what you click on when you're online.

OPINION: Narelle Henson learns firsthand how easy it is to invite hackers into your home.

Arts on a roll

Fittingly, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is on the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival programme.

OPINION: There is much to look forward to as the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival kicks off, writes Richard Swainson.

Life & Style

Psychedelic Shakespeare is groovy fun

"If music be the food of love, play on," wrote William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night - and there is plenty of love for ...

This version of famous comedy is one you will really dig, writes Mike Mather.

Father's drowning death drives teen

"[Dad] would be really proud because I know that he wanted the best for us as his kids - he'd be over the moon," Matt ...

Thriving teenager says his dad understood the importance of education and would be proud of him.

Amanda Ratuki's Waikato highlights

Amanda Ratuki from The Village Farm Shop in Whatawhata, Waikato.

Trips to an orchard shop with her grandparents when she was a child, were Amanda Ratuki's inspiraton for her Whatawhata business, The Village Farm Shop.

Shakespeare gets a '70s update

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was first performed in February, 1602.

One of The Bard's better-known comedies features in the ongoing Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

Twirling good fun with rock 'n' roll

Emma and her partner Jerran Carroll attempt rock 'n' roll dancing in Cambridge.

When it comes to dancing, a lot of people panic and think they have two left feet.

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