Putaruru Blue Spring is one of the nation's best kept secrets according to locals who walk it frequently.

No to cafe, yes to restaurant

But the battle to build a cafe at the Blue Spring near Putaruru continues.

Boy, 12, arrested

Stirling Sports was hit by thieves who drove a car through the shop front windows on Sunday night.

4:10 PM  Three stolen carloads of youngsters may be behind a ram raid and armed robbery.

Tokoroa dairy robbed

4:47 PM  Police are seeking help after an aggravated robbery at a dairy.

Car-into-house charges

4:01 PM  The house on Clarkin Road was badly damaged after a car allegedly driven by Che Cooper crashed into it.

Alleged motel burglar in court

3:55 PM  Police alleged burglar fooled motel staff into letting him have access to couple's room.

A wonderful tree grew here

Loss of historic maple tree like 'losing an elderly grandmother' for couple.

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Student's body found in lake

The Waikato University student - a 21-year-old man - disappeared beneath the surface of Lake Karapiro while out swimming ...

A trip to escape the heat ends in police divers recovering a body from lake floor.

Hamilton's ED the worst

Waikato lags behind the rest of the country in waiting time targets for emergency departments.

Tiny home on wheels

Bach burns in Waikato

business

Crowing about Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster celebrations boosted tourism growth from China.

Chinese New Year contributed to the record 381,100 visitors who arrived in January.

Taxpayers' motel madness

A shortage of housing in Hamilton is keeping people trapped on an emergency housing roundabout, including Natalie Reese ...

 Emergency housing in Waikato motels is costing taxpayers thousands.

Stinky water turns off tourists

Overseas visitors are not impressed to find warning signs like this one at Canterbury's Coes Ford.

Overseas visitors expecting pristine countryside are being put off by NZ's pollution.

Fish kill firm: 'We got it wrong'

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

Lots of distressed and dead eels and fish were seen after Hamilton firm's chemical spill.

Healthy Rivers amendment call

Farmers know the hotspots and want support to clean them up

Worked-up farmers petition regional council over plan to clean up the region's waterways.

sport

Caps bowling 'reasonably well' to AB

Mitchell Santner has been the most economical of the Black Caps bowlers against AB de Villiers.

AB de Villiers may have played a big part in the Proteas' two wins, but he hasn't yet got out of hand.

Black Caps spinning a yarn

Ish Sodhi has seen plenty of game time as part of spin-heavy attacks in this series.

NZ's bowling attacks so far against the Proteas have been unusually spin-heavy, and that's set to continue.

Cambridge push well clear

Cambridge have pushed themselves well out in front at the top of the Champions Trophy standings.

With two rounds to play in Waikato Valley's Champions Trophy competition, Cambridge are sitting pretty.

Third hockey turf possible

There's a 10.15pm or later finish for some training sessions at the Gallagher Hockey Centre, a coach's submission said.

Hamilton's Lake Domain could host extra playing space.

ND, Otago in Shield grind

Derek de Boorder made 89 for Otago against ND in their Plunket Shield match in Whangarei.

Honours even after two testing days of red-ball cricket in Whangarei.

opinion

Spoilt for choice

Yvonne Todd's signature style is to dress up young women in stereotypical 1970s' style, looking like something straight ...

OPINION: The visual arts are in good health and Hamilton has again showcased a selection of the best, writes Peter Dornauf.

I heart humanities

I can remember walking past the library at university and catching my breath every single time  at the thought of all ...

OPINION: Narelle Henson couldn't support the Love Humanities day this week – you see, the humanities have let her down.

Women 'on their moons' do not approach

Film-maker Claire Ashton lives in Te Aroha and has worked as a film location scout.

Opinion: Waikato writer, film-maker Claire Ashton gives readers an insight into New Zealand's movie industry.

Film society milestone

Film

OPINION: Squash club's loss was the film society's win when Richard Swainson switched "codes" 30 years ago.

Jersey man through and through

Don Ferguson leading Follys Lucy, one of the jerseys he had shares in with the Queen.

OBITUARY: Renowned jersey cow breeder Don Ferguson from Otorohanga could count Queen Elizabeth II as a friend.

Life & Style

A wonderful tree grew here

Garry and Jewel Casey are sad to say goodbye to the 95-year-old tree.

Loss of historic maple tree was like 'losing an elderly grandmother' for couple.

How patches became hip

Sarah Lancaster and her Sew Love touring van.

Sewing and mending are coming back in fashion, as the repair movement gains momentum.

A very civilised gathering

26022017 News Photo: Mark Taylor/Fairfax NZ .
from 90 years ago - at the Mansfield Garden Party. The event was held on ...

The well-heeled headed to the Hamilton Gardens for a day of fashion, fun, and fine food.

Ruby and Gwen are garden gems

Gwen and Ruby Lyon performed a selection of classical, pop and musical theatre numbers in the Victorian Garden Conservatory.

This was not merely a couple of local girls earning a buck busking at a festival, writes Sam Edwards.

Maitland's Top 5

It's O Week in Hamilton.

A mixed bag this weekend, even bargain-hunting artsy people! This is your Top 5.

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Trust Waikato chairman Niwa Nuri and Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker discuss artist Dick Frizzell's work Pile of Stumps.

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