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Top five things to do this weekend

Raglan surfer Jessica Santorik going vertical on her way to making the final of the Women's Division at the Rip Curl Pro in 2009.

Foodie heaven, family bike fun, surfing and football. Here are this week's top five picks.

Travels in Africa

Cape Town's iconic backdrop Table Mountain is lit up with red lights

Danielle Heyns and Pietie Janse van Rensburg visit South Africa, where they’re both from, for the first time in years. Danielle shares their experiences.

Judges cast their eyes over Waikato homes

House of the Year judge Scott Jury inspects a Chartwell home entered in the 2015 Registered Master Builder competition.

What makes an award-winning home stand out above the rest?

The Budget: What are we happy to pay for? video

Brian Izzard shares his views on the upcoming Budget.

With the Budget coming up on Thursday we ask people in the Waikato what they think of the way the government manages their money.

Filling a gap video

Lynette Taiapa with part of her mega sandwich line up at Maggy's Catering.

Maggy's Catering make 300 sandwiches a day for hungry kids, and they need some help.

NZSO celebrates Sibelius

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra violinist Anna van der Zee.

Thursday's NZ Symphony Orchestra concert Into The Storm will be a homecoming for violinist Anna van der Zee.

A goodly helping of value

Duck pancakes at Mavis Made to Order are beautifully plated.

Here are five dishes at $14 and under that are easy on the palate and the budget.

Top five things to do this weekend

Full contact armour display will be available for visitors to see at the Waldorf Medieval Carnival Centre.

Kapa haka, Zinefest, medieval warriors. Here are this week's top five things to do this weekend.

Real food, real people

Grading potatoes at the Wilcox plant at Pukekohe.

Denise Irvine reports from a road trip where food is the focus.

Brave battler needs our help

Kate Diprose's family have set up a givealittle page to raise money for medical needs, and pay for the costs of being with her while she battles cancer for the second time.

After beating cancer once, Matamata resident Kate Diprose, 7, has cancer again.

Avoiding the "archer's kiss"

Cambridge Edition reporter Emma James tries her hand at archery

Reporter Emma James learns it's not as easy as it looks to shoot a straight arrow.

Meet the Rutherfords

The Rutherford family has five games to get to each Saturday - one for each child and one for mum Pania. Pictured are (back, from left) Kayla, 12, dad Terry, mum Pania, Keriana, 14, and (front, from left) James and Blair, both 14.

While some folk are thanking god it's Friday, thousands of Waikato parents are gearing up for a sport-filled Saturday.

Mother to 61 kids

Browynne Hutching will be having a quiet Mother's Day even though she has fostered 56 children and has five of her own. Some of the fostered kids, like Shaun Kingi (pictured) still keep in touch.

When you've fostered children for 27 years, you'll have stories to tell.

Thanks for everything, Alison

Dame Alison Holst, the gracious, capable guide for many Kiwi cooks.

Denise Irvine remembers the woman who introduced her to the pleasures of soy sauce, paprika, a particularly good egg custard, and a lot more.

Last-minute Mother's Day ideas

High tea & bubbles at Batch Winery Waiheke.

Need some ideas for Mother's Day?

Great family weekend in Rotorua

Family Fishing Holiday, Rotorua

Rotorua fishery was an eye opener for its quality and management but it was Michael, Harvey, Gordon and my thrill-seeking buddy Emily who made it a great family escape.

Brooke Tyson's Winter 2015 collection

New Zealand designer Brooke Tyson’s Winter 2015 collection, ‘‘Rambling’’, is inspired by a collaboration with southwest style artist Floyd Perry.

Fresh musical talent at The Meteor

People wondering who the Waikato's next musical luminary might be have a chance to find out this month with a series of events helping mark New Zealand Music Month.

NZ String Quartet to perform in Hamilton

The New Zealand String Quartet. From left, Helene Pohl, Douglas Beilman, Gillian Ansell and Rolf Gjelston.

Chamber Music New Zealand is celebrating New Zealand Music Month with three events in Hamilton.

Top five things to do this weekend

Jamie McDell will play Hamilton's Meteor Theatre on Friday night.

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

Top songstresses have Waikato dates

Mel Parsons is coming to the Waikato on her New Zealand tour of her new album Drylands.

Two of New Zealand's best singer-songwriters are on their way to the Waikato.

What's On in May

Waikato Mini X Champs will be held in Tokoroa on May 31.

An array of events will be held in the South Waikato over May.

The transition into motherhood

It's only a few months away when Caitlin Wallace will transition into motherhood.

South Waikato News journalist will soon take on motherhood and in the process has found a greater appreciation for her own Mum.

From shy girl to McDell's opening act

Pukekawa's Natasha Galvin will open for Jamie McDell in her concert in Hamilton on Friday.

Always a shy girl at school, Natasha Galvin even surprised herself when she stepped on stage and sing in front of a crowd.

Review: University orchestra warms up winter

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REVIEW: Student performers deliver a polished concert.

Neighbourly keeps people connected

Te Kowhai resident Amanda Schaake with her daughter, Georgia. Schaake is a lead on and has worked tirelessly to keep her community connected.

Gone are the days of signing up to a local club as a means of getting involved in the community.

5 things to do in Hamilton

Kiwi singer-songwriter Mel Parsons is heading to Hamilton in May.

What's happening in Hamilton during May.

Getting back in the saddle

Cyclists at  the Summit Tunnel on the Rimutaka Rail Trail.

Even an anxious novice cyclist can meet the challenges of terrain and elements on the Rimutaka Rail Trail and beyond.

Pilates takes woman to ultra marathons

Mimi Robbins watches over Jenni Hoogeveen as she works out.

One Cambridge woman knows more about reforming her health and fitness levels than most.

Free comic book day

Mark 1 owner, Chris Lander, is getting ready for Free Comic Book day on Saturday.

Darth Vader is coming to Hamilton on Saturday.

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