Life & Style

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... chair?

Balloon builder Barb Smith's hot air balloon fits on the back of a ute.

On an antique wool classing table in Australian desert land, Barb Smith brings her sky chariots to life.

Play celebrates Hamilton hero

Actor David Sutcliffe features in a play about the life of home-grown Hamilton hero, World War I soldier and artist Sapper Horace Moore-Jones.

The life of World War I soldier and artist Sapper Horace Moore-Jones is being celebrated in a new play.

Top five things to do this weekend

House of Pain kickboxers Jordan Forlong and Carlos Hicks prepare for Knees of Fury in Hamilton on Saturday.

There's a smorgasbord of events to keep you busy this weekend in the Waikato.

Balloons' beauty wows crowd video

24032015 News Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King/Fairfax NZ. Balloons over Waikato day one.

Waikato fog may have delayed the Balloons Over Waikato lift-off but it didn't stop the graceful flyers getting in the air.

Lofty love caught in pics gallery

PHOTO OPP: An extended wedding shoot culminated in pictures taken at Balloons over Waikato.

A Malaysian couple's extended wedding photo shoot draws to a close high above Waikato in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away video

30032014. Photo: MIKE SCOTT/Fairfax NZ.  The Aoraki MET balloon piloted by Duncan Matheson of Hamilton, flies on Sunday during the final event of the Balloons over Waikato festival.

Balloons Over Waikato is an annual fixture on most Waikato people’s calendars.

Hamilton man loses 150kg

BIG ACHIEVEMENT: Wiremu Bayliss, 39, from Forrest Lake, Hamilton, has spent the last three-and-a-half years giving his all to lose 150kg. Today, he swam the State Sand to Surf swim at Mount Maunganui.

An ultimatum from his wife spurred him on, and today, a fit, healthy Wiremu Bayliss competed in the Sand to Surf Swim.

Top songwriter has winery date

Much of Greg Johnson’s music is considered to be among the finest this country has produced. The 47-year-old singer-songwriter is performing at Vilagrad Winery in Ohaupo on Sunday.

The Vilagrad Winery in Ohaupo is establishing a reputation as a performance venue for quality New Zealand musicians, with another big name performing there on Sunday.

Pianist promises superb performance

Piano maestro Jan Preston will perform at The Verandah at Lake Rotoroa on Sunday afternoon.

She helped form a Coup D'Etat in 1980 and now she is coming to Hamilton's Lake Rotoroa to play boogie woogie piano music on Sunday afternoon.

Top five things to do this weekend

Competitors in the 2014 Turangawaewae Regatta looking fierce on the Waikato River.

120 years of regatta, a doggy fun day, school gala and markets galore.

Who are these women?

Do you know any of these women? ?The portrait is on display at Waikato Museum.

Their identities are a mystery, the photographer is unknown, as is the year the portrait was taken.

A cross-dressing conundrum

IN HIS COURT: Anais Demoustier and Romain Duris in The New Girlfriend.

French director Francois Ozon talks about how he got the romantic lead his new film into a dress and heels.

Redford’s Italian connection

Leonardo's Pure Italian Restaurant owner Leonardo Baldi was thrilled to have Hollywood heavyweight Robert Redford drop by for dinner on Monday night.

You might know him as The Horse Whisperer but to Leonardo Baldi, he's a polite and obliging diner.

Fringe festivals are magical things

Dancer Rosa Strati is one of the performers in Presence, one of 23 arts events that comprise the just-started Hamilton Fringe Festival.

OPINION: I'm writing this from a high window overlooking the Pacific Ocean, whipped up by a storm.

Could be Friends for life

A selection of dishes from Friends Cuisine of India:Lamb rogan josh, dal fy with yellow lentils and butter chicken.

I wish I lived handier to Friends Cuisine of India, because I think I could become a regular.

Dougall barks in the park

DOG DAY: "Bark in the Park" where families and their dogs gather.

It was a dogs' day out in Chartwell on Saturday.

Fringe offers smorgasbord of arts

Dancer Rosa Strati is one of the performers in Presence, one of 23 arts events that comprise the just-started Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Cheap, quality entertainment featuring some of the big names of tomorrow.

Top five things to do this weekend

Claudelands Arena was packed with fans at last year's Armageddon expo.

Fringe festival, Armageddon, cricket and a colour dash. Here are this weekend's top picks.

Waste not, want not

PLUM WONDERFUL: Sione Tu'akoi, left, from Vincent de Paul, and Simon Gascoigne, of Kaivolution food rescue, during handover of mesclun salad greens and Luisa plums.

A new Waikato food rescue service is fighting poverty with surplus fresh produce from local businesses.

Top five things to do this weekend

SUPER KIDS: Waikato youngsters are gearing up for a Children's Day Superhero Carnival. Pictured are Sienna Watson, 3, Marcae Te Hau, 4, Rene Mackenzie, 6, and Chelsea Whitaker, 4, from Little Pre Schoolers.

Cheese rolling, international food market, superheroes - here are this week's top picks.

Art just for intellectuals not really art

Hamilton artist Joshua Drummond redecorated this fibreglass cow for the Hamilton Arts Festival.

OPINION: For the last few weeks, I have been painting a cow.

Top talent to perform best of Beethoven

SOUND CAREER: Kirston Eade, associate principal flute in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, grew up in Hamilton. The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s piano concertos.

One of the Waikato's most accomplished musicians will play the best music by arguably the world's greatest composer.

Shedmen hankering for more room

25022015  News Photo Kelly Hodel Fairfax NZ
Work area busy with everyone working, Neil Bruce (Shed Trust Chairman) working in the front.
Mens Shed is looking to move to a larger premises, they are currently at  No2 Seddon Rd.

Planning has started to relocate the Hamilton Men's Shed, with backers wanting to focus on providing learning opportunities for the city's retiring baby boomers.

Top five things to do this weekend

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Children take part in the the Rev Cycle Race in Cambridge.

Rugby, RVs, the Rev and a rail trail - here's what you can look forward to this weekend.

City needs to 'step up'

AND STILL THEY CAME: The Trust Waikato Sunset Symphony was one of the very few Hamilton Garden Arts Festival shows affected by inclement weather, yet even it was well attended.

It's the flagship arts event in Hamilton and it is simply not sustainable.

Good cast battle through the cliches

.. 2015 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival director Becks Chambers

REVIEW: Depression, a black dog that follows you around, shading your every move. That was the job of Will Colin.

Gifted artists bring folk flavour

GOOD FOLKS: Scottish folk singer, pianist and accordion  player Emily Smith, along with multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan, will perform at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

A troop of travelling troubadours are the next must-see performers as arts festival continues.

Waikato boy rescues elephant

Jack Lanting and Elephant Nature Park founder Lek Chaillert, in the river at the park after the rescue of Sook Sai.

Jack Lanting loves elephants. He hates it when they are abused and he is determined to do something about it.

Musical craft a labour of love

SIGNATURES: What started as a hobby has now become 'a passionate addiction' for Rodney Stedall, who completes guitar orders from around the country.

Cambridge's Rodney Stedall has just completed a special order for a seven-string classical guitar commissioned by the New Zealand Guitar Quartet.

Review: For Your Future Guidance

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: For Your Future Guidance felt so true to life that it felt like being at a very, very bad seminar.

An interactive play set up in the style of a self-help seminar relying heavily on audience participation, it’s an interesting take on the conventional ‘‘show up and watch’’ approach to theatre.

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