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Top five things to do this weekend

Stallholders will be showing off their vintage, retro and handmade wares at Market Place on Saturday. Pictured: Market organiser Kell Pike.

Mindlords, a mid-winter festival and an exhibition exploring the human body.

The man who grew a church from trees video

The spherical Acer platanoides 'Globosum' and low camellia hedge surround the structure.

What does a gardener with a passion for ecclesiastical architecture do with 3 acres in the Waikato? Create a tree church, of course.

Lovebirds' tale began at The Outback

Engaged couple Tash Sprout and Arie Stokes search for ideas at the Waikato Wedding Expo. Sprout is worried Stokes won't like her dress when she turns up to the altar on the wedding day.

Tash Sprout is grateful she had a bit of "liquid courage" when she first asked out her fiance.

Opening the door to Sir Peter Jackson's house

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in his home at Bag End on the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Director Sir Peter Jackson has his own replica of Bilbo's house under his Wairarapa home.

Pull the right book in Sir Peter Jackson's house and the bookcase will open to Bag End - the home of Bilbo Baggins.

Ducking in for icecream

17062015 Feature. Rebekah Parsons-King/Fairfax NZ; Ice cream selection a plenty at Duck Island ice cream shop in Hamilton

Hamilton East's Duck Island icecreams go boldly into sweet new territory.

It's all about the burgers

Last year's Burger Wellington champs, Charley Noble is back with a seafood delight, the Ebisu Burger.

The quest for the perfect burger is a capital idea.

Top five things to do this weekend

A Palmerston North couple peruse dresses at the wedding expo in Palmerston North.

Weddings, burlesque and a mid-winter swim. Here are this week's top five picks.

Better than an unpaid internship

Chelsea Calvert spent a few hours a week volunteering, and now she is on the way to her dream job.

Qualifications are often not enough to help job seekers find work, so they are volunteering.

Interior designer shares top redecorating tips

Turton/Oliver interior designer Matt South talks winter trends and how to make the most of what you have.

Hamilton interior designer Matt South often draws on a person's clothing style to determine how to decorate their home. 

Gruesome scars all part of the fun for Warriors fans

Warrior Manu Vatuvei celebrates an NRL record for 10 tries in 10 seasons during the Warriors' clash with the Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

After 20 years, the Warriors' brand of high-thrills rugby league continues to draw the crowds.

Waikato designer wins three architecture awards gallery

Waikato designer wins three regional awards

A Waikato man has taken three regional awards at the ADNZ Architectural Design awards this year.

REVIEW: Mamma Mia!

Dress rehearsal of Mamma Mia stage production at Founders Theatre.

REVIEW: What: Mamma Mia!

Top five things to do this weekend

Sambatron are establishing a reputation as one of the country's most energetic and colourful percussion groups.

Street music, international food and would-be rockers. Here are this week's top five picks.

Fewer abortions in the Waikato

Abortion rates are dropping.

No one is sure why fewer abortions are being performed.

Aucklanders look to Waikato

Ann and Mike Hardman outside their Te Kauwhata home.

Aucklanders looking to escape rising house prices are driving up Te Kauwhata's once-dwindling population.

A world of music on offer on Sunday

Hamilton's Sambatron percussion band will be among the numerous bands and musicians performing in the city on Sunday.

From buskers to brass bands, Hamilton will be rocking to a multitude of rhythms on Sunday for the annual Fete de la Musique - World Music Day.

A day on the mother ship

Baby Alex sleeps peacefully during time at the Waikato Family Centre with his mum, Jenny Norris.

Denise Irvine is surrounded by mothers and babies who need a helping hand at a vulnerable time.

Coromandel great walk project gets $1m funding boost

The Coromandel great walks project has received a $1 million grant.

The Coromandel great walks project has received a $1 million boost from a Lottery grant.

Stage Challenge hype hits the Waikato video

Hands Up by Te Awamutu College looked at the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Tonight is the moment of truth for about 800 Waikato students, after months of rehearsal, and there's a buzz in the air.

Hamilton Gardens' $2.5m in growth gallery

Friends of the Hamilton Gardens get the first look at the new Tudor garden early this year.

Plans to add four more themed gardens to Hamilton Gardens are moving ahead thanks to a $2.5 million grant.

The Waikato is Aca-awesome

Marilee Matenga leads the Fraser High School boys Barbershop Quartet in "This little light".

Girls wearing glitter and boys in bow-ties took the stage at Hamilton's Activate Church to compete in the Young Singers in Harmony competition.

It's football with a bang

14062015 News Photo: Mark Taylor/Fairfax NZ .
Fifa U20 Football New Zealand
Brazil Vs Portugal.
Brazil winning 
Waikato Stadium.

As carnivals go, the afternoon party celebrating the Fifa Under 20 World Cup was a very cool one.

REVIEW: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Ben Redder (left) and Connor Maxwell star in Playbox Production, "The Picture of Dorian Gray", adapted from Oscar Wilde's only novel at Riverlea Theatre.

REVIEW: REVIEW: Hamilton has been given the story and it is a tale that should be seen, and read, by everyone.

Bowl a block and save the CBD

Shrinking Hamilton's CBD footprint has been suggested as one way to better manage the central city.

Shrinking Hamilton's central city footprint and holding back the development of new land on the city's fringes could help boost the central business district's flagging fortunes.

'Boutique' laneway planned for city

Hamilton developer Matt Stark's latest project will connect the city's main street with the Waikato River.

A stylish boutique lane-way on Victoria St will open up Hamilton's main street to the Waikato River.

New doco on Ruapehu plane crash

Descent from Disaster presenter Jim Hickey stands on Mt Ruapehu, where the Lockheed Electra 'Kaka' crashed in 1948, killing all 13 people on board.

Descent from Disaster episode will focus on history of the "Kaka" and its deadly 1948 crash.

Strong support for Project Rehome

Local film-maker Carlie Mascelle with Rotorua pound keeper Michelle Johnston and Bull dog cross, Maddie.

Film-maker trying to save Rotorua pound dogs overwhelmed by community support.

Top 5 things to do this weekend

Competitors make their way through muddy water at the Tough Guy and Gal challenge at Linton Military Camp in Manawatu.

Get down and dirty with the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge on Saturday.

Rotorua couple taste cookbook success

ROTORUA authors Gerhard and Henri Egger have won the Best Meat Cookbook in the World Award at the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Gerhard and Henri Egger scoop the Best Meat Cookbook in the World Award at prestigious Gourmand Awards.

Matariki on a plate

Matt Macaskill, of Good Neighbour, with the duck, mushroom and watercress pizza that he's entered in Tino Reka Te Kai, the Waikato's new Matariki Menu Challenge.

The Waikato's dishing up its own flavours for a new food challenge.

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