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Annah Stretton's Morrinsville

Annah Stretton is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, writer and philanthropist.

Annah Stretton shares some of her favourite things about Morrinsville, Waikato.

Orchestra's future in good young hands

British virtuoso cellist Laura van der Heijden

REVIEW: Cello soloist captures the beauty of top concerto.

REVIEW: Woodlands Cafe a peaceful retreat

Woodlands Cafe is on the edge of a grassy cricket oval and caters for kids well.

Spacious surroundings, friendly service and a rural setting make the Waikato cafe a relaxing choice.

Filming begins at Tauwhare Museum

Tauwhare Museum owner Andy Moreland with Hertiage Rescue presenter Brigid Gallagher.

Tauwhare Museum became a film set for a week after it was chosen for a revamp as part of a television show.

Festival One hits Mystery Creek video

Festival One's Market Place on Friday, where festival-goers listened to acts on the Market stage, surrounded by stalls and even a General Store.

Festival One is rocking out in beautiful weather.

'Not aircraft, not birds, what were they?'

Daniel Ubertini's shot taken in late January at a marae in Rotorua – with the largest of the three unexplained objects circled. Two smaller, similarly-shaped objects were at the far left of the image.

Visiting French photojournalist captures 'other-worldly' image over Waikato.

Glen Murray's horse trekking paradise

Brent Marshall and his mount Haze lead the way at Marshall Equine Park.

Brent Marshall relaxed back in the saddle like it was an armchair.

Menzshed launches in Huntly

Committee members John Cope, Jim Coleman and chairman Andrew Price are looking for a suitable workshop space for their new Huntly Menzshed.

Menzshed New Zealand has come to Huntly, to offer the community a workshop space. But the hunt is on to find an appropriate location.

REVIEW: Frittering away in the kitchen

Christel Yardley finds that corn fritters can be both expensive and rather filling.

Speeding boaties endanger lives on Waikato River

Speeding boaties are putting other Waikato River users at risk.

Boaties are being asked to slow down on the Waikato River after three close calls with swimmers and kayakers.

Defence force leaves live ammo in park

Gary Hampson-Tindale found live ammunition at a campsite in Kaimanawa Forest Park.

At least 28 live blanks have been left by the Defence Force in the Kaimanawa Forest Park

Babies encouraged to get in the water video

Waterworld in Hamilton offers a range of swimming lessons to encourage safety in and out of the water for infants and young children. Riley, 8, and Jen Reid with baby Jake.

Parents are being encouraged to take the plunge and get their babies in the water early.

Cambridge man helps Hamilton homeless

Kyle Marshall hands over $1000 to Authentic Church pastor Dennis McCaskill.

A Cambridge man is doing his bit to help Hamilton's homeless people.

Waikato band releases music videos

Hamilton band Date Month Year has three new music videos thanks to independent filmmakers in Hamilton. Pictured from left are band members Tyler Leet, Brooke Baker, Emma Koretz and Trevor Faville.

Three independent filmmakers were given free rein to tell the story how they saw fit.

Living the cuisine dream at the Port

Chef Sylvia Dwen has transformed the old fish and chip shop at Sunset Beach into a boutique cafe/restaurant, inspired by the River Cottage ethos of traceable cuisine.

Punters can’t get enough of Sylvia Dwen's delicious home cooked kai and the cafe’s relaxed ‘beach’ vibe, where four-legged friends are welcome and it’s OK to drag in a little sand in from the beach.

Swift winner from Hamilton

Graham and Christine Wilson picked up their brand new Swift Plus from Michael Bryant, right, at Winger Motors after winning the Fairfax Swift Getaway competition.

A Waikato woman will drive off with a brand new Swift Plus after winning a Fairfax competition.

A taste of... Joe's Garage

The Friday Flash - delicious fish, but those sides stole the show.

Grab yourself a spot outside at Joe's Garage and make sure you sample the slaw everyone's talking about.

Being kind in a world full of hate

Philip Hands wanted to inject some kindness into a world of hate. So he started a Facebook group which now has over 2000 members.

"I just want the world to change, one act of kindness at a time."

Lunch and a recipe from the Raglan Social Club

The Raglan Social Club's vegan bruschetta is pretty on the plate.

It's no wonder that this Waikato cafe is going gangbusters.

How to pick perfect fruit

Pears ripen from the inside out - by the time the outer flesh is ripe, it will have a mushy interior.

A fruit tree is not like the supermarket - when fruit is perfect, pick it.

A taste of... Paddock

The T.A.B bagel from Paddock.

Serving up chef Al Brown's bagels, Paddock in Cambridge is sure to please.

Richard O'Brien not fussed over Rocky Horror remake

Victoria Justice will step into Susan Sarandon's shoes as Janet in the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show remake.

Rocky Horror creator is not exactly awaiting an upcoming star-studded remake with antici ... pation.

Top young classical musicians to perform

British virtuoso cellist Laura van der Heijden

A young but very accomplished British cellist will take centre stage with some of this country's top talent next month.

Cambridge St John shuttle logs landmark journey

Naomi MacDonald and Health Shuttle volunteer Jos Jongelegen pictured shortly after Naomi logged the Cambridge St John Health Shuttle service's 1000th client journey.

Cambridge St John's health shuttle marks a milestone

Keep things simple for summer

Scones can brighten a rainy day at the beach.

Summers at the bach are an ideal time for old-school favourites, like scones served with onion confit and salad.

New Year baby born at Pohlen Hospital

New Year's Day baby Molly Nelis with her sisters, from left, Harriet, 3, Meah, 7, and Elsa and mum Rose.

Little Molly Nelis was waiting for a special day to arrive.

Artist makes statement with typographical computer app

Artist/entrepreneur Joshua Drummond, left, and computer programmer Lee Reid have invented and are marketing a computer program called Worde, allowing people to create wall art out of words.

Those frustrated by the lack of personality in those wordy artworks now have a solution.

Tali and Georgie Fisher hit the road

Australian Georgie Fisher has spent the last two years in Europe and is strongly influenced by the street music community in Berlin.

Two top female artists are touring the country, bringing harmony despite their diverse styles.

A taste of... Central Cafe, Te Awamutu

Central Cafe Alexandra St Te Awamutu

A Taste Of Central Cafe, Te Awamutu 

Relaxed vibe at Raglan's Soundsplash music festival

Soundsplash Music Festival in Raglan.

Everyone from tots with earmuffs to beachy teens and parents could be found at a Raglan music festival.

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