Life & Style

Weather delays Christmas celebrations

Last year's Christmas tree all lit up.

Hamilton's Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been pushed back.

How life has changed in 50 years video

Beverley and Barry Woolcott married in October 1960. In those days, people took the vows literally and divorce was rare.

Three generations of one family reflect on how life, love and death have evolved in half a century.

Orchestra and choirs combine for Messiah concert

Hamilton soprano Madison Nonoa will perform with Opus Orchestra, the Hamilton Civic Choir and the Rotorua District Choir.

Some top talent are coming together to perform one of the world's oldest and most recognisable works.

Daredevil pilot pens children's book

Bernie Haskell with his two flying-centric books.

Daredevil pilot writes book for children

Operation: success for overseas

Cambridge High School students Emma Morely and Eden Lawrence sort through boxes for Operation Christmas Child in Auckland.

A task that was originally set up for junior Cambridge High School students turned into a big community initiative - one to help third world countries.

Godspell a joyous romp

Director Derek Kingsbury with the Godspell cast.

Godspell a triumph at Cambridge's Gaslight Theatre

Biggest Xmas tree rises

Last year's Christmas tree all lit up.

The nation's tallest Christmas tree stands more than six storeys high.

Waikato's Christmas parades

Crowds line the streets to see Santa at the Christmas parade.

Santa's parade coming to a town near you.

The long way round to Waiuku

Steven Prescott found that the Uzbekistan desert was very unforgiving during his cycling travels with his wife from London to New Zealand.

Steven Prescott left the quiet surrounds of Waiuku to go to London on his two-year OE. Twelve years on and he is due back.

Hundreds turn out for TriMaori video

The TriMaori Series event was held at Lake Karapiro's Mighty River Domain on Saturday, attracting hundreds of participants across a range of individual and team categories.

Despite the rain, hundreds competed in the annual TriMaori event in the Waikato.

Virtuoso pianist to play Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

Musician Jamie MacDowell and "human beatboxer" Tom Thum are also on the billing of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

Virtuoso pianist to take centre stage in packed festival line-up.

St Peter's Cathedral century celebrated

Ann Harlow shows off Cecil Cherington's  the first Anglican Bishop of Waikato, century old Holy Communion vestment.

Exquisite embroidery takes pride of place in cathedral centenary arts festival.

Top five things to do this weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out this week's top picks.

Flowers, food, fundraisers and crafty fairs.

Guides gear up for name change

Attending the recent Guiding Waikato Regional Awards were, from left, Jean Reid, David Bennett (National MP for Hamilton East), Lorraine and Michelle Agnew, Steve Donnelly, Vina Hira, and Tim McIndoe (National MP for Hamilton West).

Waikato Guides meeting last under the old name

Guiding leaders presented with awards

Fern Award recipient Jeanette Hobern, front, with the Girl Guides Zone Regional Advisor Heather Kinloch.

Cambridge guide leaders given top awards

Cambridge Flower Festive set to enchant

The three wise men were crafted by Ngaire Bisset.

Cambridge Flower Festival takes Christmas theme

University: More than just students video

Salon owner Brenda Allinson has owned and operated Hillcrest Hair Design on Knighton Rd for 47 years.

This week's Community Profile sees another side to the Hamilton East area.

Rotary pledge to give Nepalese their eyesight back

Rotarian Graeme Guilford wants you to give the gift of eyesight this Christmas.

Matamata Rotarian Graeme Guilford wants you to give the gift of eyesight this Christmas.

Foundation aims to spread the gift of giving

John and Bunny Mortimer have created a permanent fund through Momentum Waikato to ensure the future development of Taitua Arboretum.

On the fringe of Hamilton's urban spread, a beautiful vision has seeded and taken hold.

Top five things to do this weekend

Thousands of runners and walkers are expected to take part in this year's Round the Bridges.

Roses, running and an arty party. Here are this week's top picks.

Reaping what is sewn

Sarah Lancaster owns Sew Love Tea Do, the pop-up sewing workshop with the ethos of sewing, giving love back to the earth, sharing sugar for a neighbour's tea and using crafty hands to do some good.

Life is about being resourceful, sustainable and determined, along with a cup of tea.

Recognising the unsung hero

One of the 30 or so costumes and history that will be on display at the Women of Empire exhibition being held at the Thames War Memorial Hall from next week.

Thames will be one of only three places in New Zealand to host an international exhibition highlighting the efforts women made during World War I.

More than a little food for thought

The staff add the extra special touch at Food For Thought cafe in Thames. Helen Baars, left, stands with owner Bervi Ea at the end of another busy day.

It all comes down to service with a smile and a wide variety of fresh food.

Ember rises from the ashes

Ember co-owners, from left, David and Lisa Kerr and Ryan and Jody Ladbrook, celebrate the opening of their new restaurant in Te Rapa, Hamilton.

Rising from the ashes, Hamilton's newest restaurant is already creating excitement.

Review: Blue Stockings excellent theatre

Gaye Poole, director of Blue Stockings.

Early female scholars' tale educates and entertains.

Final Soundsplash line-up

Anna Coddington

Raglan's bohemian atmosphere will get an added buzz in the form of a summertime music festival.

Huntly the next Parnell? Maybe

Waves from the main street of Huntly.

Huntly's future could be very different as people abandon the big smoke of Auckland for a better lifestyle.

Rocky Horror maestro is a tran with a plan

He has his own statue in central Hamilton, and now Rocky Horror maestro has a new one-man - or should that be one tran - show at the Clarence Street Theatre.

"A little piece of fabulousness" is on its way for theatre audiences in Hamilton.

Housing not handouts key to ending rough sleeping

The People's Project lead Julie Nelson said homelessness is a complex issue and requires a multi-agency approach.

Hamilton's streets could be rid of rough sleepers by the end of the next year.

Twins times two for Hamilton family

Marie and Mike Wells said they "kind of expected it" when they found out they were pregnant with their second set of twins, just over a year after their first set was born.

When the Wells fell pregnant the second time, they were not surprised by the two blobs on the scan.

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