Dr Zara Stanhope will judge the 2016 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, which comes with a $20,000 first prize

Top judge for top art award

10:58 AM  She is the head of one of the best art galleries in New Zealand and she will decide the winner of the country's top art prizes.

First school bus replica

One of these 1924 buses could soon be seen again in Piopio, in the Waikato. (Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image).

10:02 AM  They weren't much more comfortable than a cart but they were the first of their kind.

Skin removal surgery a 'blessing'

Kiwi who lost 150kg says he is one of the lucky ones to qualify for taxpayer-funded skin surgery.

Iwi consider investments

Sale of a major stake in Hamilton shopping centre is set to help iwi get confiscated land back.

Uncertain future for Huntly mines

Solid Energy's future is uncertain, but the Waikato District Mayor said there is little reason for North Waikato residents to be concerned.

New lead in missing girl case

Police searching for missing girl LA Tukerangi hunt for car sighted in Rotorua.

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Thames schoolgirl's attacker remains at large

Police have named the 76-year-old woman who died in a head-on collision near Queenstown on Friday. She was Jennifer Claire Scott, of Cromwell.

11:24 AM  Man kneed in the genitals by Thames schoolgirl during assault still to be caught.

Dirty dairy farmer fined

Farmer offends for 11 years before being fined tens of thousands of dollars.

Last remaining Dambuster dies

Hamilton house values continue to rise


Dairy prices on downward spiral

Dairy prices have fallen again at the latest dairy auction.

"Very few farmers will be able to turn a profit at such a low price," says analyst after as prices fall for a 10th consecutive time.

The Goodness Grocer reigns supreme

It hasn't taken long for The Goodness Grocer to make an impact in Pukekohe.

Hamilton house values continue to show an upward trend.

Hamilton house values continue to rise

House prices across the country have increased at the fastest rate since 2007.


Carter trialists impress

Battle Time impressed at Tuesday's Te Teko trials.

Hawke's Bay bound Carter gallopers impress at Te Teko in trails.

Mooloos to have co-captains

New coach Sean Botherway opts to split the captaincy duties.

Just Got Home is up to the Grand National Hurdles task, his trainer says.

Just Got Home good to go

Rudy Liefting hurdler primed for Grand National Hurdles challenge.


Criticism of Still Life astonishing


OPINION: When I read James Croot’s review of the movie Still Life, which he described as ‘‘emotionally powerful drama’’ and a ‘‘minor masterpiece’’, I heartily concurred.

The ref is always right on the day

OPINION: Sunday morning's epic match at Ellis Park was one I was half convinced the All Blacks would lose.

Tony Robertson was convicted of the rape and murder of Blessie Gotingco.

Why was Robertson free to kill?

OPINION: I've been to jail several times. It was all part of a learning process. At least, that's my excuse.

Life & Style

Eyecatching bags

The School Handbag from  Acquisitions breaks with the tradition of the normal purse, and makes a statement with this vibrant green.  Available for $49.00.

Statement bags can make or break your overall look. Deanna Bayley finds some stunners that will complete any outfit.

Film festival has variety and 'geysers of blood'

Hamilton film fans will be booking the best part of a month off work with the international film festival about to hit town again.

A contractor dismantles Gaye Jurisich's sculpture Passing Red alongside Hamilton's Mill Street.

Controversial Passing Red sculpture moved on

Hamilton's V8s-inspired sculpture Passing Red is on the move.

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