OPINION: The discomforting reality for National is that the Waikato has 2100 fewer jobs now and 6100 more unemployed than in 2008.
Labour Party politicians and supporters will find plenty of cause for disquiet in the latest poll figures.
The Waikato Regional Council has successfully taken two parties to court in recent days for breaching effluent disposal requirements under the Resource Management Act last year.
OPINION: The Hamilton City Council last week announced it had added fluoride to the city's Water Treatment Plant.
Teachers with fewer students can give each child more attention, but studies do not unequivocally show that this is the most cost-effective way of lifting performance.
OPINION: Only 44 per cent of the Waikato region's police agree the department has a clear vision of where it's going.
OPINION: Two environmental issues this week have highlighted the importance of who controls the decision-making process.
OPINION: Longer delivery times are likely turning customers away from using NZ Post, thereby exacerbating the slump in mail volumes
OPINION: Labour leader David Cunliffe had been teetering, politically, after a series of embarrassments in March.
OPINION: St Paul's Collegiate School has announced an $8m development including building a cutting-edge learning hub, expanding the school's music block and rebuilding a boarding house, Williams House.
The first part of the privately funded Glenn Inquiry into child abuse and family violence paints a grim picture of violence breeding violence.
OPINION: Labour's education spokesman, Chris Hipkins, has given Education Minister Hekia Parata a low mark.
OPINION: As memories fade of the horror of polio, diptheria and measles, parents fret about vaccine safety.
OPINION: If partnership schools succeed we should not forget John Banks' role in their establishment.
Announcing Graham Smith's appointment as Federated Farmers next chief executive, chairman Bruce Wills said the organisation is passionate about the positive role farming plays in New Zealand.
OPINION: Lake Waikare has become embroiled in feuding over farm practices and their contribution to water degradation.
OPINION: How should our libraries evolve to embrace the modern world?
Another Waikato regional councillor has been summoned to the chairwoman's office to explain himself.
OPINION: Not for the first time, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters complains of public money being misspent on Maori programmes.
OPINION: Perhaps these latest tragedies can serve as a reminder that "road safety is no accident".