Cursed ring claims first victim

The ring had a curse placed on it after Gertrude Christina Nohl and Martin Johann Wagner were married in 1906.

The ring hexed with a 100-year-old curse has claimed its first victim: the guy who allegedly stole it.

Surfing Iran and Papua New Guinea

Easkey Britton was reportedly the first woman to surf in Iran.

An Irish surfer has shared her passion with women in Iran and Papua New Guinea.

Frankton after Forlongs: The future looks bright

Tim Macindoe: Not keen to speculate.

It seems a phoenix could be pulled from the ashes if the retailing giant closes.

A new farming model video

Dan Steele believes his farming system at Blue Ducks Station, based on low input agriculture and a diversified income, could be a template for other farmers on a similar type of land class.

Dan Steele has a vision for the future, and it doesn't look like its past.

Conservative MP Macindoe backs flag change

Tim Macindoe, National MP for Hamilton West, hosted the debate against NZ First list MP Tracey Martin at Cafe Agora.

At least one conservative MP wants to ditch the Union Jack flag.

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Taupo Times

New ride for Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

Shaine Pask, Nat Every and Angus Helmore hand over the new rapid response vehicle to the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter.

It might not be able to fly but the new Toyota Hilux will contribute to saving lives by assisting the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter team respond to emergencies. 

Taupo carp farm 'minimal impact'

A carp farm to supply Auckland restaurants is proposed for Taupo.

Tuwharetoa relies on DOC advice, resource consent hearings ahead.

South Waikato News

SPCA fashion show to help with funding

Sandra Harrington-Frost and model Tara-Anne Pascoe hope they will reach their target of $1000 at Thursday's fashion show.

A fashion show to raise money for the South Waikato SPCA is needed at a critical time.

DIY burger menu creates new jobs

Katy Cassidy, Rebecca McCaskill, owner Eileen Byrne, Hone Wilson and Jocelyn Paiti reckon South Waikato residents deserve to have a gourmet menu just like the city stores.

Customers to McDonald's in Tokoroa now have the option to experience a new form of service by being able to create their own burgers that comes with table service.

Ruapehu Press

National Park fire near Raurimu Spiral

Firefighters are battling a scrub fire near the rail Raurimu Spiral in the central North Island.

Sparks from a train are thought to have started a forest fire in the central North Island.

Making wishes come true

Five-year-old Daniel Te Ahuru plays in the sandpit given to Daniel by the Taumarunui community.

Daniel Te Ahuru was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia almost two years ago. Kim Marshall made it her mission to achieve all his wishes.

Rotorua Review

Looking back at life-changing year

Taylor Barnes, 4, could be the youngest in New Zealand to receive a heart transplant.

Meet three Kiwis who found new heart and courage to overcome their fears in 2015.

Christmas egg produces kiwi

It was a Kiwi Christmas for this chick who arrived at Rainbow Springs on Christmas Day.

The birth of Rainbow Springs' 1500th kiwi chick has been labelled "extra special".

Piako Post

New initiatives tackle unemployment in Te Aroha

YES volunteer John Watson, left, manager Leith Vickers and employee Angela Edwards-Melgers.

Te Aroha's Youth Empowerment Service has launched two initiatives to address high unemployment among youth in the town.

Cooling off at Kiwitahi School family picnic

Students, teachers and family members enjoyed a family picnic at Kiwitahi School on February 12.

North Waikato News

Tog donations get kids back in the pool

New Pukemiro School principal Wendy Sheridan-Smith is overjoyed that the children get to use the school pool. Paige Katipa, Jorjah Tawha, Jahmain Kaihe, Rakai Taoho and Summer van Leeuwen cool off in the summer heat.

Thanks to swimsuit donations and the new school principal, kids at decile one Pukemiro Primary School are learning how to swim again.

Menzshed launches in Huntly

Committee members John Cope, Jim Coleman and chairman Andrew Price are looking for a suitable workshop space for their new Huntly Menzshed.

Menzshed New Zealand has come to Huntly, to offer the community a workshop space. But the hunt is on to find an appropriate location.

Matamata Chronicle

Heart attack survivor appreciates appeal week

100316 News. North Taranaki Midweek. Caption: Heart Foundation health promotion co-ordinator Anne Berrie, left, and heart health advocate Elaine Jamieson with volunteer street collector Darrell Pearce.

Matamata's Eddie Davies counts himself lucky to be alive.

One mountain down two to go

Matamata Policeman Mike Boston conquers the Aconcagua Mountain in the name of men's health.

Death and failure crossed Mike Boston's mind many times on his hike up Aconcagua.

Hauraki Herald

Love takes Margaret-Ellen from Waihi to New York

Former Waihi College prefect Margaret-Ellen Pipe now lives in New York and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm University

A former Waihi College head prefect has received an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm University.

Family tree spreads its branches at HPC

Brylie Gordon and Harry Horder, with a picture of their great grandparents, Dave and Alice Dudding, are continuing the family tradition of school leadership.

A pair of cousins are continuing the family tradition of school leadership at a Ngatea school.

Hamilton Press

Road movie making pitstop in Hamilton

Penny Black producer Fiona Jackson

A film produced by Hamilton's Fiona Jackson is having its home town screening on February 17.

Triple treat at Balloons over Waikato

The Race Car hot air balloon

The first three special shapes have been announced for Balloons over Waikato next month.

Franklin County News

Most famous goat in world rugby dies

Poppy the goat, pictured with owner Stephanie Lee, left, and Counties Manukau Rugby chief executive Andrew Maddock in 2012, has died.

Poppy the goat, Counties Manukau Steelers' unofficial mascot, has passed away.

FAST stars turn up the speed

FAST (Fulton Amateur Swim Team) members who collected medals at an impressive showing at the recent Counties Age Group Swim Championships at Papatoetoe. From left, Blake Elliot, Matthew Waddell, Ethan Langit, Leon Duke, Nathan Hickmott, Elizabeth Murphy, Erin O'Mara, Molly Kaio and Shontelle Dally.

FAST members tore up the pool at the recent three-day Counties Manuaku Swimming Age Group Championships at Papatoetoe.

Cambridge Edition

Cambridge local's poignant reason for riding the REV

Cambridge’s Samantha Fairweather with be riding the REV with her late father in mind.

Cambridge local to ride the REV with her late father in mind.

Pedalling for the people

Paul Carrick is cycling to raise money for two charities.

A Cambridge man is doing his bit to support two health organisations by cycling 125 kilometres.

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