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Silence offered as respect for fallen soldiers

People march as part of the Te Aroha, Anzac Day Dawn Parade.

Waikato students reflect on Anzac Day commemorations.

Ka Mate haka relived on Anzac Day

Les Raddeker lays a wreath at the Morrinsville Anzac Day service, on behalf of the NZ Navy.

Morrinsville people turn out to pay tribute to those who died in major conflicts.

Debrief likely on flood protection

Paddocks were underwater after the Piako River breached its banks.

OPINION: Financial impact of weather event yet to be felt.

BMXers claim top eight spots in nationals

Two wheels is the preferred mode of transport for three young racers.

Built to last but left to ruin

Department of Conservation will be left to decide the fate of the Ngarua Hall.

Community halls well past their use-by date in Matamata-Piako.

Vineyard's focus on environment

Sir George Fistonich at the Villa Maria Winery.

OPINION: Sheep wander the grape-less vines of Villa Maria vineyards.

Mangateparu celebrates 100 years

Brothers Graeme and Brian McIntyre, with their mum, Evelyn McIntyre (nee Strang), at the Mangateparu School and District ...

Old times were rekindled as former teachers and pupils were reunited.

Mangateparu district marks 100 years

Back in the day, if you wanted to find out what was going on in Mangateparu, you went to the local garage. 

Stay engaged with Health Rivers plan

Waikato Regional Council  chairman Alan Livingston.

OPINION: More than 1000 submissions received for Health Rivers plan.

From airlines to animals

Former flight attendant turned farmer Evan McLennan loving all things rural.

From flight attendant turns 'pretend farmer' in Te Aroha.

Choking off the choker

Climbing spindleberry's ripe berries ready for the birds to spread.

It came to New Zealand as a garden ornamental but is now strangling our trees.

Depression's toll on farmers

Matamata-Piako Federated Farmers vice chair Ben Moore is lobbying for more publicity and understanding of depression in ...

Farming is one of the toughest jobs out there, and Fed Farmers sees a lot of depression in the farming community.

Site visits check farm compliance

Waikato regional councillor for Waihou, Hugh Vercoe.

OPINION: Spying helicopters in the sky put extra pressure on farmers working below on the land, writes Hugh Vercoe.

Good George partners with World Masters

Good George Brewing has been unveiled as the official beer of the World Masters Games.

OPINION: Good George locks down the Masters Games, cementing its place as a household name, writes Simon Wood.

Libraries in the digital era

Dr Ursula Edgington recently visited a number of libraries in the South Island to see how well they were connected to ...

Opinion: Has there been enough investment to bring out libraries into the digital era?

Epic hikoi puts pastor's faith to test

Phil Pawley on the Morrinsville to Waharoa leg of his hikoi from Waitangi to Waikanae.

Hikoi from Waitangi to Waikanae follows the path of Te Rongopai a Ruka.

Children's book on WWI survivor

Chris Little with Tortie, the tortoise, recognised as the oldest survivor of WWI.

WWI survivor shares her story with children.

Saving life 'a natural thing to do' video

Wilbur Smith saved a young Morrinsville Primary School boy in 2014.

A bus driver came to the aid of a young boy - and saved his life.

Council shows fiscal responsibility

Sir Dryden Spring, keeping a tight grip on the reigns of finance and compliance as chair of the Matamata-Piako District ...

Matamata Piako District Council continues to show fiscal responsibiltyresulting in a projected $1.9 million surplus.

Refuse station tightens revenue stream

The entrance way to the Te Aroha Refuse Transfer Station clearly shows charges for disposal.

A review of the Matamata-Piako refuse transfer stations revealed lapses in revenue gathering.

Morrinsville Floral Festival


Cigarettes and cash taken in shop burglary


New review to detect earthquake-prone buildings

The Nottingham Castle has withstood everything nature has thrown at it over its 104-year history.

Review may bring some relief to owners of at-risk earthquake buidlings.

'Heroes' efforts praised

Rebecca Johnson and Dannielle Buckton jumped in to help the six-year-old.

Pair who jumped into help a child hit by a boat and trailer have been acknowledged at a special assembly.

Women 'on their moons' do not approach

Film-maker Claire Ashton lives in Te Aroha and has worked as a film location scout.

Opinion: Waikato writer, film-maker Claire Ashton gives readers an insight into New Zealand's movie industry.

Esk Valley's taste enough to satisfy the palate

Simon Wood continues his column, Wood on Wine and Beer.

Opinion: Old-world wines of Esk Valley prove to be popular option for those looking for something new and different.

Nan, brother saw boy get run over

The boy, 6, was hit as he tried to cross the road to get to his nan.

A 6-year-old boy was crossing the road to meet his nan when he was hit.

Fighting fires for 40 years

Being a volunteer fire fighter is a job you can never take lightly especially when it comes to call outs.

Old Man's Beard overstays welcome

Old Man's Beard flower and leaf.

A trim won't do, Old Man's Beard must be removed.

Rentals targeted by 'P' users

Wayne Robb tests houses across Waikato for methamphetamine use.

Landlords warned to increase inspections for methamphetamine.

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