Life & Style

'One of the best' reflects on three decades of photography

Waikato Times Chief Photographer Peter Drury has hung up his news camera.

For more than 30 years, Peter Drury has been Waikato's eyes on the world.

Top five things to do this weekend

This year's Red Cross Book fair will have three quarters more than last year's event. Picutured: Philippa Robertson, Lin Ritche, Jenny Beckett and Mary Allan.

It's a busy weekend in the Tron, with comedy battles, glow in the dark golf, thousands of books and a crafty fair.

Big win for Cambridge teacher

Cushla Hounsell, her husband Pat and daughter Regan, 7, share their delight at the unexpected windfall.

Cushla Hounsell found it hard to keep her nose-crinkling delight under wraps on Monday afternoon.

Flag debate puts Hamilton in a flutter

A tino rangatiratanga flag was put in the hands of the sculpture Sapper Horace Moore-Jones in Hamilton.

A flag associated with Maori sovereignty flew briefly in Hamilton's main street.

Quilts a treasure for kids

Hellen Borrington has been making quilts for children in care.

Crafting good for the soul.

Lost and found in Italy

Passport, credit card, phone, the Holy Trinity of travel.

Travel is full of heart-stopping moments, not all of which are about ogling scenic wonders.

Guide biscuits gifted to local Foodbank

Cambridge Salvation Army envoy Jillian Smith with some of the local Brownies, from left, Caitlin Hill, Lucy Eastwood and Ella Welford. In the front is Sophie Howard.

Guide biscuits gifted to Cambridge Foodbank

Top five things to do this weekend

Classical Trumpeter Bill Stoneham and organist Myles Hartley.

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

Beefing up on skills

Beef medallions and seasonal vegetables, cooked by Mat McLean at Palate.

Denise Irvine spends a pleasant Sunday afternoon watching an expert perform magic with meat.

Facing demons and heros

Former Thames High teacher John Allum encouraged Jacqui Barrett to write as a teenager, a skill she used to exorcise her demoms as an adult.

Dealing with demons and facing heros on her journey of self discovery and healing.

Fine Homes Tour returns to city

The tour raises money for a selection of charities.

Hamilton's Fine Homes tour is back, with 10 of the city's dazzling homes opening their doors to the paying public.

Vilagrads to fire back into life with music festival

Tauranga-based musician
Tiki Taane was quick to offer his help to the team at Vilagrad Winery.

The Black Seeds, Tiki Taane and Coral are among the acts performing at a music festival at Vilagrad Winery on October 31.

Proposed eco-centre can coexist with other conservation projects

Fairfield Project spokesman Vic Arcus is seeking "in principle" support from Hamilton City Council for a sustainable education centre at Fairfield College.

Plans to build a sustainable education centre at Fairfield College won't detract from other environmental projects, backers say.

Planting the past: medical stories from early New Zealand

Medicine has changed markedly since colonial times.

Historian Dr Joanna Bishop, of the University of Waikato, examines New Zealand’s colonial medical culture in her fortnightly column.

Supermodel ready for South Africa

Hamilton girl Zara Gilbert wins NZ Teen Supermodel 2015 in Auckland.

"It's about the person themselves, about your personality and the change you can make in the world."

Funding package for Age Concern, but wider concerns linger

City councillor Leo Tooman said the deal struck with Age Concern could open the "floodgates" as other groups seek special treatment.

The development of Hamilton's showpiece Ferrybank precinct could see older residents pushed out of the Celebrating Age Centre.

City backs Rugby World Cup booze plan

Hamilton City Councillors have backed a plan to extend bar opening hours during the Rugby World Cup.

Hamilton rugby fans wanting to toast an All Blacks' triumph with an early-morning pint have the backing of the city council.

Man drinks 77 beers on pub crawl

John Lovegrove raises a 1oz beer glass on his 77 brewery pub crawl in Portland, Oregon, USA.

"I started to feel a little happy after the pint at 50," said pub crawler.

Hamilton's main street to get makeover

Jason Harrison, Hamilton City Council's city transportation unit manager, stands on a Victoria Street median strip earmarked for replanting.

Hamilton's main drag is set for a spruce up.

Hamilton not cheater-friendly

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: A detail of the Ashley Madison website on August 19, 2015 in London, England. Hackers who stole customer information from the cheating site dumped 9.7 gigabytes of data to the dark web on Tuesday fulfilling a threat to release sensitive information including account details, log-ins and credit card details, if Avid Life Media, the owner of the website didn't take Ashley offline permanently.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Local politicians defend their patch after data from cheating website Ashley Madison reveals Waikato like to share the love.

Lots of horses, too few trails

Jenny Chandler and her horse Lace and Fineness at an endurance competition in Kentucky in 2010.

For an area known for its strong equine focus, there are too few bridle trails in the Waipa area.

Top five things to do this weekend

Catch some live action at Fraser High School on Saturday night as the Hellmilton Ghouls take on the Sulphur City Steam Rollers.

Netball, innovative students, and live roller derby. Here are this week's top five picks.

Road riding - yay or neigh?

Cambridge equestrian Toni O'Regan on the new Peake Rd bridge.

OPINION: Tensions rise between horse riders and motorists in Cambridge.

Plans drawn up for parks

A concept plan for Te Manatu Park (9ha).

A Hamilton site once earmarked as a possible "Home of Football" has been reimagined as a multi-function park.

An evening of edible nonsense

Nicoise salad with tomato jelly, duck spud, olive, basil, beans and parmesan Yes, that is a raw egg you see and it was delicious.

Four hours of "edible nonsense" in the form of a nine course degustation.

A quilter's haven

Grandmother's Garden owner Hazel Wolff.

Hazel Wolff sold her home in Hamilton to set up Grandmother's Garden.

Spicy working lunch

The excellent cornbread, roasted cauliflower and black bean salad at Mexico, Hamilton.

Denise Irvine reports on the new menu at Mexico, with a little help from her colleagues.

Waikato's own renaissance man

Dr Michael Easther has been compiling cryptic crosswords for the Waikato Times for 38 years. At 88, he's finally retiring.

Waikato Times wordsmith and local legend Michael Easther has written his last lines for this newspaper. Denise Irvine reports.

Playground fun a nod to area's racing days gallery

Izzie Molloy, five, and sister Maddy, seven, test out the play equipment at Hamilton's Lake Rotokaeo playground as stilt walker Clare McDonald looks on.

After eight weeks of construction and a $350,000 injection, Hamilton's newest destination playground has opened.

A slice of Hahei for $13.25m

The Hahei Holiday Resort has been sold to a group of New Zealand investors.

An iconic holiday resort in the Coromandel Peninsula is to remain in Kiwi hands.

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