Life & Style

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.

Battle for lake space

Hamilton's yachting and waka ama communities are struggling for space around Hamilton Lake.

'There's going to be confrontation,' Hamilton Yacht Club warns.

Bridge with migrants and refuegees

Jane Stearns and Ayako Imahashi play bridge at the Cambridge Bridge Club.

A game of cards is being used to help migrants learn English.

Boot camp to beat neuroblastoma

Filipo Fifita, 28, is a personal trainer and wants to use fitness as a fundraiser to help a little girl with neuroblastoma.

For Filipo‚Äč Fifita, a random act of kindness was what it took to realise a true passion.

Esk Valley's taste enough to satisfy the palate

Simon Wood continues his column, Wood on Wine and Beer.

Opinion: Old-world wines of Esk Valley prove to be popular option for those looking for something new and different.

Clarity rules in night of classic opera

Elaine Wogan, Clinton Fung and Pamela Wallace performed numbers from Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, and the Marriage of ...

The electric piano grates, but everything else was great, writes Sam Edwards.

Psychedelic Shakespeare is groovy fun

"If music be the food of love, play on," wrote William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night - and there is plenty of love for ...

This version of famous comedy is one you will really dig, writes Mike Mather.

Father's drowning death drives teen

"[Dad] would be really proud because I know that he wanted the best for us as his kids - he'd be over the moon," Matt ...

Thriving teenager says his dad understood the importance of education and would be proud of him.

Amanda Ratuki's Waikato highlights

Amanda Ratuki from The Village Farm Shop in Whatawhata, Waikato.

Trips to an orchard shop with her grandparents when she was a child, were Amanda Ratuki's inspiraton for her Whatawhata business, The Village Farm Shop.

Shakespeare gets a '70s update

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was first performed in February, 1602.

One of The Bard's better-known comedies features in the ongoing Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

Twirling good fun with rock 'n' roll

Emma and her partner Jerran Carroll attempt rock 'n' roll dancing in Cambridge.

When it comes to dancing, a lot of people panic and think they have two left feet.

Snug roadster on show at open day

Veteran and Vintage Car Club (Waikato) member Vince Gabelich with his 1935 MG.

MG heads out on the road, destination: Cambridge.

A unique and in tents experience

To attempt to describe the way The Floating Theatre works would be to assassinate the experience for those yet to ...

One-of-a-kind show defies analysis and description in this spoiler-free review.

From puffed to conquering 10km

North Waikato News reporter Caitlin Wallace has started  training for the 10km run in the Huntly Half Marathon.

Reporter Caitlin Wallace plots her journey from unfit to tackling the Huntly Half Marathon's 10km challenge.

The Big Hug a special balloon

The Big Hug balloon is a polar bear and an elephant embracing.

The Big Hug, an elephant and a polar bear embracing, is the new special shape coming to Balloons Over Waikato.

Share your own style of fashion at races

Racewear blogger Elizabeth Charleston.

Fashion in the Field - it's for those who want to stand out from the crowd.

Review: A Viennese Midsummer Night

The Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra, pictured here with the Hamilton Festival Chorus, "nailed" their performance on ...

Vienna was the guide to style and the symphony orchestra followed its lead during their Arts Festival performance.

Woman's potting mix coma

Susan Dromgool, with daughter Zoe, 11.

She was just potting up succulents, but the homely task would nearly cost Susan Dromgool her life.

Thousands turn up to Tryathlon

Jayda Herbert, 10, shows off her medal after finishing.

The rain proved no barrier for thousands of kids at the Hamilton event.

Dummies' antics anything but garbage

The Trash Test Dummies - Jamie Bretman, Jack Coleman and Simon Wright - worked up a sweat in the Crystal Palace ...

The laughter was constant as soon as the the bin men arrived on stage.

Review: My Son Pinocchio Jr

My Son Pinocchio Jr is being performed on Saturday and Sunday at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

My Son Pinocchio Jr a spectacular arts festival offering, guaranteed to spellbind the kids.

Mysterious artwork wins

New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award judge Roger Boyce with Rose Meyer's winning artwork Journey and, to its left, ...

Journey by name, journey by creation for this years Painting and Printmaking Award winner.

Mansion made from containers

David Wade and son Tom in their shipping container home being built in Ohaupo, Waikato.

David Wade knew what he wanted, he just needed to find someone game enough to build it.

Maitland's Top 5

The band Helter Skelter will perform at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival on February 17 at 9pm.

Forget the possible wild weather this weekend. This is your Top 5!

Barnstay wins award

Graeme and Linda Roil own the Fencourt Barnstay in Cambridge.

A Cambridge accommodation lodge has won the Guest Review Award.

Coming home to discover craft beer nation

Simon Wood continues his column, Wood on Wine and Beer.

Opinion: New Zealand turning into a national of craft beer advocates.

No show for Ky-Mani Marley

Ky-Mani Marley, son to Bob Marley and table tennis champion Anita Belnavis, was meant to be performing in Hamilton at a ...

A Visa mishap has cost Ky-Mani Marley from performing at the Marley All Star tribute concert.

Julia Shields' Waikato highlights

The Crazee Cow's Julia Shields had told her husband that if the cafe ever went on sale, they would buy it.

How do you make your way from County Antrim, Ireland to Morrinsville, New Zealand? Via a circuitous route if you're Julia Shields.

Review: Tauranga's delicious newbie

Tauranga's hip new eatery Maude boasts al fresco style seating and all-day food and drink options.

This Tauranga newbie boasts all day food and drink and lake views.

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