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Public input vital for Ferrybank development: mayor

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker overlooks the city's Ferrybank area by the Waikato River.

Hamiltonians will get their first look at concept plans for Hamilton's Ferrybank area by the end of the year.

Top five things to do this weekend

I Am Giant will rock the stage at Altitude Bar at Friday night.

Rock, blues, theatre and kung fu - here are this week's top five picks.

New pop-up shop in Centre Place

Pop up shop StyleXLab -  Toni Marie (artist and designer) has created a temporary store in Centre Place to see what the market is like. 
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Deanna Bayley finds a great little pop-up shop in Centre Place. She quizzed owner Tonimarie Hood on her plans for Hamilton.

City kids shun bikes for car comfort

About $12m will be spent on cycling initiatives in Hamilton over the next decade.

Hamilton kids are ditching their bikes in favour of a car ride to school, and it's causing traffic headaches across the city.

Band competition excites

Cambridge Middle School bands Blue Night and Undecided are going to sing original songs.

Cambridge school bands are ready to rock.

Bogan's Heroes

Stand and deliver: heavy metal bogan Olen Flolicsen, "Fro" to his mates.

Over ten half-hour episodes, new TV2 series Bogans looks at many stereotypical bogan enthusiasms in considerable depth.

Waikato winner of House of the Year announced gallery

Waikato house of the year

A "cleverly designed" new build in Hamilton has been named as Waikato's top home.

Hunting bumps in the night

Josh Carroll is a paranormal investigator and leads the Midnight Paranormal Hamilton group.

If there's something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Midnight Paranormal Hamilton.

First home buyers out in the cold

Hamilton couple Richard and Rohani Alexander say the Hamilton market is a "tough ask".

Auckland buyers and investors with cheap loans push houses out of reach for Waikato first home-buyers.

Music lovers take note: Here come the bands

Tommy Emmanuel performs at Founders Theatre in Hamilton on August 19.

Music fans get out your diaries - there are plenty of gigs in Hamilton to look forward to.

Funding injection more good news for Hamilton Gardens

An artist's impression of the planned Mansfield Garden which recreates the famous fictional garden in Katherine Mansfield's short story The Garden Party.

Hamilton Gardens notched up another milestone after a $2.5m lottery grant was signed off.

Top five things to do this weekend

Cyclists compete in the Karioi Classic, making their way up Te Hutewai road in Raglan.

Retro wares, a gruelling cycling challenge and netball. Here are this week's top picks.

Rugby hardman's softer side

Onosa'i Auva'a has been a marriage celebrant since 2010.

Onosa'i Auva'a is known for his exploits on the rugby field but for his teammates, his relationship guidance in the locker room could be more significant.

Tasting Croatia

Culinary tour guide Lucija Plestina with a fishmonger selling tuna at the Split fish market, Croatia.

Embarking on a culinary marathon is a Split decision.

Selling Sex

Blue Liason co-owner Allan Sherson and Mercedes, one of the 19 sex workers who work at the brothel.

Both legalisation and the internet are changing the sex industry - in Hamilton and beyond. Florence Kerr reports.

Renovate for comfort, not money

Xtend NZ founder Martin Fleetwood says renovating an existing home can sometimes be a better option than building a new home.

If the price looks too good to be true, home renovation hopefuls should stay away, says expert.

Hamilton Gardens $100k boost

Hamilton Gardens manager Peter Sergel, left, with former Hamilton mayor David Braithwaite and his sister Marjorie Dyer. Braithwaite has donated $100,000 toward the gardens' development project.

The city's award-winning gardens received a six-figure donation from former Hamilton mayor David Braithwaite.

Dance competition

Two Cambridge children got their boogie on last week and attended three dance competitions, qualifying them for nationals in Australia.

Enjoying expert interpreters

There was power and passion aplenty when the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra came to perform at Hamilton's Founders Theatre on Saturday night, writes Sam Edwards.

Weird and wonderful showjumping bunnies video

Colin, a Flemish giant X rex rabbit, with his friend Jordie Nicholls, 9.

Whenever Basil gets loose in the garden, he goes looking for things to jump over. 

Cool kids rooms

Little Bedside Toadstool, $39, Flat Out Frankie, www.flatoutfrankie.com

If you’re sprucing up the space a child occupies, Deanna Bayley has found just the thing.

Umbrellas for any occasion

Ubu sunflower umbrella, $29.90 Whitcoulls

Why limit yourself to the standard black umbrella, when you can make a statement? Deanna Bayley finds some colourful looks to perk up the next rainy day.

Subtle homewares

Lotus Flower small 6 pack candles, $16.50, The Importer Hamilton

Sometimes you don't want flash in the pan - you want subtle style that oozes a quiet, classic feel. Deanna Bayley finds the perfect answers.

Best bassoonist takes stage

Top bassoon player Preman Tilson will perform with Hamilton's Opus Orchestra for three special concerts.

One of the country's best bassoon players will take to the stage with the Opus Orchestra for three concerts in Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua.

Top five things to do this weekend

Brydie Colquhoun and Kosta Bogoievski perform Revilery by Natalie Maria Clark in Footnote New Zealand Dance's Now 2015 season.

Chase those winter blues away with this week's top five picks.

Hot meals for cold nights

Roast leg of lamb is a fine treat.

Denise Irvine dishes up some winter favourites.

A townie spends a day calving on a Cambridge farm

Owl Farm.demonstration manager 
Doug Dibley with the newborn girls, who aren't due for death row.

Every year around this time, farmers turn into midwives. Hundreds of heifers and cows are ready to drop their little bundles on to the ground. And with all those births, one can imagine the number of placentas littering the paddocks. It’s not a pretty sight, but a townie ventures out to a farm near Cambridge to learn about calving.

Country musicians plan third charity concert

Musicians Ashley and Michael Tipping are planning a third charity country concert in Cambridge.

Femme fatales take centre stage

The early music ensemble Affetto will perform a concert at St Peter's Cathedral in Hamilton, appropriately titled Femme Fatale.

Music celebrating a pair of notorious seductresses, including one piece by a Hamilton composer, are featured in a new concert by acclaimed

Pere's Hilton: a hotel for cats and dogs video

Nicola Pere, who is planning to open the country's first luxury pet hotel, says people are increasingly making sacrifices for the well-being of their pets.

Those who take advantage of luxurious hotel services while they're on holiday will soon be able to give their pets the same royal treatment.

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