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Child's play at Te Awamutu preschool

Pots and raised beds in a corner of Rosetown Preschool's outside area get a good soaking.

Nature is one of the most effective – not to mention fun, free and beautiful – of class rooms.

Whistle stop tour takes in garden sights

Travellers on the annual Dominion Post readers' train tour take in the sights of the Hamilton Gardens. From left, Jennifer Ward, Harry Ward, Pam Roselli and Gary Roselli.

Gary Roselli knew about the spectacular sights of Hamilton Gardens long before he stepped off his chartered coach.

Claudelands detractors told to 'move on'

More than 30,000 visited the Waikato Home and Garden Show at Claudelands Events Centre.

Fresh calls are being made to put Hamilton's Claudelands Events Centre on the block.

Fairfield set to thrive with new developments

Mike Rarere says with the new developments in the area, good schools and cheaper housing prices compared to other suburbs, Fairfield could become an attractive option for new families.

Could Fairfield become the next Ponsonby?

Vintage Read: Mark of the Lion, the Story of Charles Upham

Mark of the Lion was published in 1962.

Browsers bookshop owner Rachel Pope goes for a non-fiction oldie but goodie this week.

Garden Ramble on the way

Vicky Apps at one of the Garden Ramble gardens.

This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the annual Home and Garden Ramble.

Summer foodie market to launch in Cambridge

Alfresco Bites organisers Taryn Lyford, left, and Emma-Louise Sinclair (Emma's Food Bag), right, with some of the food vendors. They are, from left, Danielle Miles of Good Cake, Sacha Letford of Serenda Espresso, and John Moughan of Mizzoni Pizza.

Summertime foodie market for Cambridge

Bar owners lash door plan

Hamilton bar owners say imposing a one-way door policy would create more work for police and aggro for club door staff.

A move to introduce a one-way door policy in Hamilton would be "hammer blow" to the city's downtown.

Springtime at Hamilton Gardens

Hamiton Gardens operations manager Gus Flower says the Indian Char Bagh Garden at Hamilton Gardens was spectacular during the spring months.

Pockets of happiness have been coming into full bloom at Hamilton Gardens.

Love and drugs themes of play reading

Alice Kennedy and Dave Taylor in a scene from the Carving In Ice theatre company's latest staged reading, The Effect, a story about drugs and love.

Hamilton theatre audiences will soon be able to experience new stories about drug trials, love, death and upper class excess.

Let off some steam in Thames

Tractor artist and driver, John McKeowen (Captain Steamo) with his band of bandits are full of steam and ready to punk out at the Steampunk The Thames festival in November.

Get your punk on at Steampunk The Thames festival this November.

Top five things to do this weekend

Pirongia Clydesdales are hosting a horse shoeing day on Saturday.

Classic cars, all things home, a half marathon and horses. Here are this week's top five picks.

Woman embraces website after move

Neighbourly joined the Waikato Home & Garden Show this year.

Megan Bevan joined Neighbourly to connect with her new community.

One-way door plan proposed for city pubs

A one-way door policy for Hamilton clubs and pubs is being considered by the city council.

Punters who leave Hamilton bars and pubs an hour before closing time could find themselves shut out.

Church calls for helping hand

Pastor Murray Smith in the centre of the upstairs section of Bridges Church, with the auditorium seen through the doors behind him.

Cambridge's Bridge's Church extends hand to the community

$14,000 for 'hurt and humiliation'

A digger driver has received a payout after being made redundant.

Redundant digger driver awarded thousands for "hurt and humiliation".

New cycling pathway planned for city's south

The route for the shared cycle-pedestrian path for Hamilton's south.

Efforts to get Hamiltonians out of their cars and on to bikes have been given another boost.

Accusations fly over work of design panel

Progressive Enterprises are building a Countdown supermarket at 160 Peachgrove Road in Hamilton East. The proposal was fundamentally altered following advice from the city's Urban Design Advisory Panel.

Property owners and developers are divided over the work of a voluntary panel set up to champion good urban design in Hamilton.

Rubik's Cube enthusiasts show deft hand

More than 50 competitors gathered at Hamilton's Wintec city campus on Sunday for an officially sanctioned speedcubing event.

It took eight-year-old Angela Braganza four weeks to master the Rubik's Cube and beat her dad's best time.

A feast of classics for full house at Founders

NZSO music director emeritus James Judd took the baton for Friday's performance in Hamilton. Photo: MELINDA PARENT

Some of the best-known classical pieces of all time were given a fine outing in Hamilton.

Blueberry beer wins NZ best

Good George brewers Scott Sharp-Heward  and Brent Edwards won gold for the brewery's blueberry gose at the NZ beer awards.

Waikato blueberries in Hamilton beer has proved to be a winning combination for Good George brewery.

Top five things to do this weekend

Hamilton Model Engineers' annual night run returns on Saturday. This year's event will raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.


Pulling off a food coup

Magills slow-cooked hereford pulled beef makes a delicious ragu sauce with pasta.

Denise Irvine gets a taste of success at Magills Butchery, in Te Awamutu.

Musical collaborators' works to be performed

The many faces of Gilbert and Sullivan are coming to Hamilton on October 12.

It must be the season of comical opera in Hamilton this spring - two Gilbert and Sullivan-themed concerts are planned for the city.

Cambridge man's wishing chair

“All the things I’ve done here are happy things,” says cancer survivor Crispin Love, seen sharing his wishing chair with friend Jewel Harper.

Crispin Love and his wishing chair

Property stagers flat out

Staging stylist Nicohla Waugh and Tiffany Corbett stand in a room they staged from scratch.

Nichola Waugh and Tiffany Corbett sometimes move house three times a day.

CanTeen supporter epitomises courage

Athlete and CanTeen supporter Aodhan Hamilton is the embodiment of courage.

Cancer survivor aims to compete globally

Top musicians coming to town

Waikato singer Anna Coddington plays Nivara Lounge on Friday night.

People who complain that good bands never come to Hamilton won't have much to whinge about over the coming days...

Waikato Brownies enjoy minion-related camp

Taking a breather between activities were Isla McNulty, Matilda Millar and Noelle Pickford, all from the Taumata Brownies in Hillcrest.

Brownies enjoy minion-linked weekend camp

New maternity unit a boost mums

Cambridge's Megan and Wayne Reeves, pictured with their daughter Isla, have nothing but good to say about the new birthing centre in Te Awamutu.

New birthing unit for mums

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