Anti-violence protesters marched from Hamilton's Bridge street to Garden Place today to raise awareness of family violence.
Heading into the third test with England, All Black skipper Richie McCaw says the team is motivated to make it a test series clean sweep.
A representation of a traditional eel trap created by Dagmar and Nick Elliot has won the 2014 Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award.
Rather than sell off a unique block of bush within Hamilton, a community group is advocating for Fairfield College to restore and utilise their excess land for an alternative environmental education scheme.
Champion single sculler Mahe Drysdale is set to gauge his form at upcoming world rowing events with the Rio Olympics firmly in his sights.
One of five new bellbirds born at the Hamilton Zoo free-flight aviary grooms itself for the camera.
The Chiefs are preparing for a rugged derby battle against the Blues at Taranaki's Yarrow Stadium on Friday night.
Scientists have set up a tracking system in a Hamilton stream to monitor the only known spawning area of giant kokopu - the largest of five native whitebait species.
The All Black sevens team is unquestionably the best in the world but it takes hard work, dedication and a willingness to evolve to remain top of an ever-more competitive heap.
To loud cheers the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit New Zealand's new home of elite cycling.
Chiefs back Gareth Anscombe is ready to fill the boots of injured star first-five Aaron Cruden.
The Chiefs returned to their Hamilton base after mixed performances in their matches in South Africa.
It was a day of mixed emotions for those involved in the 150th commemorations of the battle of Orakau near Te Awamutu in Waikato.
The 2014 Balloons over Waikato festival wound up on Sunday and the best way to sign off is to go for a flight.
Great conditions for competition flying produced a great spectacle at the Balloons over Waikato festival.
With no success in more than a week, Hamilton police and Trevor Smith's family are appealing to the public to help in the search for the 70-year-old man who went missing from Waikato Hospital.
Stronger than desired winds grounded the mass ascension marking the start of the Balloons Over Waikato festival in Hamilton this morning.
With a large crowd cheering them on, two keen paddlers took their giant pumpkins for a spin on Hamilton Gardens Turtle Lake.
Two young white rhino males from Hamilton Zoo have been undergoing preparations for a journey to Canberra next month where they will become part of breeding programme.
The search for 70-year-old Trevor Smith continues after he disappeared from Waikato Hospital on Sunday evening.
One year after the murder of George Taiaroa near Atiamuri, Detective Inspector Tim Anderson talks about the on-going investigation.
The BikeNZ Elite and U19 Track National Championships have finished after three days of good riding at the new Avantidrome in Cambridge.
Winger James Lowe has made a couple of impressive performances from bench in the Chiefs first two games and, amid tough competition, is looking for more game time.
Chiefs stalwart loose forward Tanerau Latimer will clock up 100 super rugby games if he plays this weekend.
The family of a truck driver killed when his truck was hit by a passenger train at Rangiriri believe the condition of the rail crossing is to blame. KiwiRail was asked to be film for this video. The invitation was declined.
Under supervision Waikato Times sports reporter Ben Strang has a crack with a shotgun at the New Zealand Clay Target Championships.
Hamilton Boys High School cricketeer Josh Glass is the toast of his team mates after taking five wickets in five balls on during a recent match.
Pem Bird, principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau school in Murupara, explains the tragic outcome of the dog mauling.
The New Zealand Clay Target Championships are being held in Hamilton ahead of the Down The Line World Championships next week.
A collision has killed a truck driver after the Northern Explorer passenger train hit an articulated truck near Rangiriri in Waikato this morning.
With the Chiefs two first-pick halfbacks under injury clouds, wider training group player Brad Weber is taking his chance to make an impact on the field.
Chiefs prop Jamie Mackintosh is looking forward to the clash with his old team the Highlanders which will be a test due to a lengthy injury list.
For farmers in Waikato's Waiterimu region, ground conditions are drier than during the drought last summer. Not only is animal feed getting low, it's making for worsening fire conditions.
New Zealand boxing stalwart Keith Walker recounts the scuffle, controversy and corruption that surrounded the infamous bout he refereed at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Remote controlled drones equipped with cameras are becoming evermore affordable and easy to fly for keen flyers and photographers - including the Waikato Times own staff.
After having adjustments to his implanted heart valve, Chiefs midfielder Robbie Fruean feels fit and raring to play for his new super rugby franchise.
The Chiefs no.7 stocks are a bit thin with injuries to regulars Sam Cane and Tanerau Latimer but it could mean a huge call-up against the Crusaders for Tevita Kolomatangi.
More than 20 'bosses' got taken over the edge of the Gallagher building in Hamilton on Sunday all for a good cause.
At their new home at the Avantidrome in Cambridge the New Zealand track cycling team have been setting top training times leading to a large contingent heading to the world champs in Cali, Colombia.
Taking the sport of bench press out of the 'dungeons' and into the mainstream is an aim of the GPC NZ Bench Wars competition being held at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton on Saturday.
Former All Blacks and Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina has returned to his former super team after two seasons playing his trade in Japan.
English league team Wigan practised in Hamilton ahead of their Wednesday night match with the Warriors at Waikato Stadium.
Fears are high for Hamilton's Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park after the council failed to give a neighbouring piece of land reserve status and left the door open for development.
A 19-year-old man who handed himself into Manukau police on Wednesday morning has been charged with the murder of Sedrick Tilley Tiatia, 38.
Chiefs pivot Aaron Cruden is a the new co-captain joining Liam Messam at the helm of the champion Super Rugby team. Chiefs pivot Aaron Cruden is a the new co-captain joining Liam Messam at the helm of the champion Super Rugby team.
Last month Bradley Goudie became infamous for videoing a drunk boy at a Hamilton skate park. He also happens to be a pro-scooter rider so we had a chat about his passion.
A man was injured when the microlight plane he was flying dived into a paddock this morning.
Working on a shoestring budget a production crew have been filming throughout Waikato to finish the science fiction film 'Shepherd 2154'.
Giving up time to help prevent blindness and allow people to see clearer is an easy ask for New Zealand optometrists working in Tonga with Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas.
In the mid-cycle of Olympic competition rowing pair champions Eric Murray and Hamish Bond are finding new ways of staying motivated and in shape. This includes racing each other.
Into his third year with the Chiefs Super Rugby team winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma is a consistent and key performer who has taken his game to the international stage.
After their win in Napier the New Zealand cricket team are wary of a formidable backlash from India.
According to Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith their pre-season training is notoriously hard and dumped Blues player Marty McKenzie is taking the opportunity to join in with the champion team.
A lack of eye care in South Pacific nations like Tonga means a high number of locals suffer from preventable blindness and other vision disorders. Voso is combating the plight by sending volunteer New Zealand eye specialists to restore sight to those in need.
Endurance indoor rowers Falstaff Dowling-Mitchell and Aaron Ellis are raising money for charity by attempting to row the fastest time for a million metres (1000km). Failing that they will attempt the longest indoor row of more than four days.
Cancer victim Jennifer Doolabh did not expect to experience Christmas let alone be alive to bring home her newborn son Matthias.
Police criticised 18-year-old Bradley Goudie for posting a video of a drunk child to YouTube claiming it re-victimised the boy. Goudie argues his intention was to highlight serious issues facing society.
Hamilton police are investigating the incident of a drunk boy filmed at a Fairfield park on Tuesday.
In 2013 Chiefs centre Tim Nanai-Williams suffered a season-ending injury but is now back training and hoping to repeat his sparkling form of last year.
A steer spent several hours in a narrow well after falling into the hole on Joe Barnes Cambridge property before being rescued by the fire rescue service.
The Archbishop of Canterbury's representative to the Vatican David Moxon has received a knighthood in the New Years honours.
Family spokesman Matthew Bloxham, Trevor Cochrane's son-in-law, and Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Greene, of the Waikato CIB, address media.
Jennifer Doolabh is carrying a new life while her own ebbs away. She has breast cancer and to ensure her baby's health, Jennifer has minimised her cancer treatment meaning survival is slim.
The Frangos-Rhodes brothers, Nate, Sam and Laurence are talented musicians who entertain the crowds at the Hamilton Farmers Market.
The Waikato Times talked to people outside a puff shop in Grey Street who expressed a wide range of views on the impact of legal highs.
Former Northern Districts cricketer Mark Bailey played for New Zealand but in his only one day match never got the opportunity to bat or bowl. Where is he now?
At the ripe age of 27 Cambridge Stud's prize stallion Zabeel has retired from duty.
A memorial service held in honour of Nelson Mandela at Waikato Stadium also featured a reconciliation between former adversaries who battled on the same site during the tumultuous 1981 Springbok Tour.
Richelle and Sam Arber, the parents of missing Australian tennis coach Paul Arber, earlier asked for the public's help in finding their son.
The search for Australian tennis coach Paul Arber focuses on the river after witnesses come forward.
Hamilton based company Gallagher have signed as the Chiefs principal partner and naming rights sponsor from 2016.
As part of arrangement between rugby unions and private investors the Taranaki Rugby Football Union has joined the Chiefs in a seven-year licence issued by New Zealand Rugby.
When Warren Cole won gold in the coxed four at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, his world of funding, training and crew priority was vastly different to today's successful New Zealand rowing squad.
University of Waikato Psychology Senior Lecturer Dr Jo Thakker explains the motivations of paedophiles and the precautions people can undertake to minimise the impact of sexual predators.
Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere principal Keith Silveira talks about the impact of sexual offences committed by assistant principal Reuben Tapara.
An independent report has found that despite Maritime New Zealand being initially overwhelmed by the Rena incident the environmental impact was limited.
Where are they now? Pat 'Foxy' Bennett played more than 100 games for the Waikato rugby team and captained them to Ranfurly Shield glory.
Hamilton and Auckland Zoos have swapped two male Sumatran Tigers Jaka and Oz. The shift of Oz to Hamilton is also a move to help with the breeding programme.
A driver smashed into the read of a SUV while fleeing police on River Road in Hamilton.
Wanja Drees, a 19-year-old German tourist, slipped and broke his leg climbing Mt Ruapehu. He tied his legs together and dragged himself part-way down the mountain to get help.
An estimated 700 gathered at Raglan's Wainamu Beach to protest deep sea oil drilling and seabed mining as part of the nationwide Banners on the Beach campaign.
Descendants of Maori and British troops commemorated 150-years of one of Waikato's most decisive battles.
The car involved in the hit and run and plunge into the Waikato River on Sunday in Hamilton has been lifted from the water.
Motorcross bike collector Wayne Parry is devastated a bike he had kept in mint condition for nine years has been stolen and ridden from his home.
Joe Tuwhangai, who has had horses all his life, passes on his passion to his children.
Having horses tether next door is an on-going pain for Taumarunui resident Raewyn Walsh and a tricky issue for Ruapehu District Council to solve.
Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere principal Keith Silveira talks about the impact of the alleged sexual offences of assistant principal Reuben Tapara.
Without knowing the origin of the meat, the Waikato Times asked chef Toby Elliottyson to cook up one piece of Australian export rump steak alongside a slab of New Zealand beef and judge which was best.
A jury returned a manslaughter verdict in the trial of Israel Kaihau, 19, for the killing of Robert Murray Wilkinson, on New Years at Waihi Beach.
Keen cyclist Philip Burton knows there are dangers on Waikato's roads but the idea of not cycling among the province's open space is worse. He believes educating a minority of motorists would help.
An aero club student, on what is thought to be his first solo flight, had a crash landing into another park airplane resulting in minor injuries for the pilot and severe damage to the craft.
Thousands of horse enthusiasts, and more than 400 horses, were taking in all things equine at the third annual Equidays Festival at Mystery Creek.
Dave Macpherson has dropped out of the Hamilton mayoral race asking his supporters to vote for Ewan Wilson in order to oust incumbent mayor Julie Hardaker.
For Anthony Witehera-Stewart, his baptism is a final step in moving from a life with the Black Power gang to a path with Jehovah Witness.
We asked Hamilton's mayoral candidates six questions. The first is 'your boldest idea for Hamilton?' (Candidate Arshad Chatha declined to participate and Tim Wikiriwhi did not respond to the invitation.)
We asked Hamilton's mayoral candidates six questions. The second - 'What is your biggest ever mistake?' (Candidate Arshad Chatha declined to participate and Tim Wikiriwhi did not respond to the invitation.)
We asked Hamilton's mayoral candidates six questions. The third - 'The best advice you have ever received?' (Candidate Arshad Chatha declined to participate and Tim Wikiriwhi did not respond to the invitation.)
We asked Hamilton's mayoral candidates six questions. The fourth - 'Who's your favourite politician?' (Candidate Arshad Chatha declined to participate and Tim Wikiriwhi did not respond to the invitation.)
We asked Hamilton's mayoral candidates six questions. Question number five - 'What frustrates you most about Hamilton?' (Candidate Arshad Chatha declined to participate and Tim Wikiriwhi did not respond to the invitation.)
We asked Hamilton's mayoral candidates six questions. Question number six - 'What's your favourite suburb and why?' (Candidate Arshad Chatha declined to participate and Tim Wikiriwhi did not respond to the invitation.)
The full version of A Big Mighty Thanks song. Created by songwriter Neil Reid and performed by Cambridge High and Cambridge Primary Schools.
Songwriter Neil Reid, Cambridge High and Cambridge Primary Schools have combined to share a "A Big Mighty Thanks" with Team New Zealand as they contest the America's Cup.
The candidates outline their view on fluoride in the water.
Cr Dave Macpherson, Mayor Julie Hardaker and Cr Ewen Wilson explain how they voted on the Michael Parekowhai sculpture issue.
Julie Hardaker and Ewen Wilson respond to questions regarding the sale of assets with the ending of Hamilton V8 motorsport event.
Candidate Dave Macpherson gives his opening address at the Waikato Times Hamilton mayoral debate held at Wintec.
Candidate and current mayor Julie Hardaker gives her opening address at the Waikato Times Hamilton mayoral debate held at Wintec.
Candidate Arshad Chatha gives his opening address at the Waikato Times Hamilton mayoral debate held at Wintec.
Candidate Ian Hanley gives his opening address at the Waikato Times Hamilton mayoral debate held at Wintec.
Candidate Ewan Wilson gives his opening address at the Waikato Times Hamilton mayoral debate held at Wintec.
Candidate Tony Dixon gives his opening address at the Waikato Times Hamilton mayoral debate held at Wintec.
Candidate Jack Gielen gives his opening address at the Waikato Times Hamilton mayoral debate held at Wintec.
The Labour leadership rally touched down in Hamilton with each candidate making an impression on the gathering of party supporters.
Dan Carter returns as the All Black pivot against Argentina on Saturday after a run of niggly injuries and the unusual situation of having serious competition for the first five position.
Blues midfielder Francis Saili will make his All Black debut against the Pumas on Saturday replacing Ma'a Nonu who is suffering an ankle injury.
After a week off in the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks are stepping back into gear for their Hamilton battle with Argentina on Saturday.
All Black halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow talks about the All Black environment and the return of Sonny Bill Williams to the Chiefs.
The old Te Rapa Tavern closed its doors on Saturday for the final time as punters got ready for the new building situated round the corner.
Staff at the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust band and sex a young Takahe as part of a breeding programme to help the critically endangered native New Zealand flightless bird.
In their first year of taking over the double sculls seats from Olympic winners Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen, Michael Arms and Robbie Manson have blown away expectations and remain unbeaten.
Ministry of Primary Industries principal fisheries science advisor Pamela Mace explains the reasoning behind the proposed changes to the snapper one fishery and the quest to rebuild the population.
The community that which permanently lives next to the snapper fishery rely on it for more than just a recreational catch. For them it is often their livelihood as shown by the Whitianga processing company, OPC Fish and Lobster.
According to commercial fisherman Phillip Clow the snapper one fishery has great importance for the country that goes far further than just the fish.
Mussel Barge Snapper Safaris owner Darryl O'Keefe believes the benefit fishing charter operations have on the local community are immense. Changes to the snapper one fishery could mean loss of income for much of the area.
Proposed changes to the catch rules for the snapper one fishery have recreational anglers concerned.
Family and friends of Sara Niethe console each other outside Hamilton High Court at the sentencing of Mark Pakenham for her manslaughter.
Possible cuts to snapper allocations in New Zealand's most valuable inshore fishery has alarmed recreational and commercial fishers and become a thorny issue for politicians. On Saturday we dive deep into the issue.
While Waikato easily defended the Ranfurly Shield, they met a fun and competitive spirit from the locals when they played East Coast in Ruatoria today.
More than 100 animal rights advocates marched through the streets of Hamilton today to protest against possible animal testing of psychoactive substances.
The Chiefs emerged the victors over the Crusaders in the first semi-final of the 2013 Super Rugby competition.
Reporter Megan Smyth goes behind the wheel of a Ford Kuga with a parking assist feature from Fairview Motors to see if it’s as easy as it sounds.
The Chiefs are happy to be the underdogs going into the deja vu Super Rugby semi-final with the Crusaders being played at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.
With the big Crusaders game looming large the Chiefs were presented with their first trophy of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Hamilton's new night market is bustling mix of culture, taste and sound. Described as very un-Hamilton, it is a realisation of what helps form the local community.
Photographer Ben Curran stopped by the MOSAIC Waikato Modern Choir during a practice session ahead of their annual concert. The choir will perform two concerts . The first performance will be at the Raleigh Street Christian Center on Saturday, July 6 and the second will be at the Gails of Tamahere on Sunday, July 7 Tickets can be found at Gails Floral Studio in Hamilton and Wrights Bookshop in Cambridge. Some door sales available.
Heavy snowfall on the Central Plateau has impacted traffic while delighting tourists and businesses keen to see the ski season commence.
Police are still hopeful of finding the killer of Paeroa pizza-maker Jordan Voudouris one year after his death.
Simon Washer from Taranaki was a popular winner of the Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year competition.
Of the dozens of electric fence manufacturers in New Zealand operating when Gallaghers began its invasion of foreign markets, only two remained alive in the late 2000s, Sir William talks NZ Farmer through the story.
Afghan interpreters, along with their families, who served with the New Zealand Defence Force were welcomed to their new home in Hamilton today.
It's big, it's bold and it's on. Fieldays 2013 is open for business and under blue skies visitor soaked in all thing rural.
Some friendly sabotage between the Fieldays bachelor contestants leaves one team stranded.
The Ministry of Education, school leaders and family have found common ground to allow a 10-year-old with a violent history to continue his education in the area.
Paeroa Central School is being ordered to re-enroll a 10-year-old with a violent history despite family, the principal, parents and even the lad wanting alternative education.
Hamilton teacher and aviator Larry Spicer shows off his 7/8 replica of a 1916 German Siemens-Schuckert D-1B, at the Te Kowhai airfield.
Adrian Worsley is a sculptor who turns other peoples heavy metal rubbish into art in his Te Aroha gallery Historic Creations.
The Vaka Fa'aola Choir, made up from the Spring Hill Prison Pacfic Focus Unit, celebrate the release of their CD.
The new double sculls combination of Michael Arms and Robbie Manson talk about progress of the New Zealand rowing squad as they prepare for upcoming world cup regattas.
A neighbour to Ana Eriepa, who was dragged over rough asphalt between Putaruru and Tokoroa during an alleged kidnapping, talks of commotion on Clinkard Ave in Rotorua on the day of the incident.
The Waikato Times spent an afternoon with senior SPCA inspector Donna Young.
Menzies Hallett has been found guilty of murdering Turangi man Rodney Tahu 34 years after the event.
Hamilton Zoo's red panda triplets got a some home grown feeding with Sikkim Lama Dhamchoe Nyima making a special visit. He also came armed with naming options for the three furry youngsters.
Hundreds attended the Anzac Day service in Hamilton this morning.
The Police National Dive Squad put their unique skills to the test recovering numerous car bodies littering the the Waikato River bed.
Arthur Allan Thomas, pardoned of the Crewe murders, has retaliated against a eulogy in which Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush described officer as having "integrity beyond reproach".
Police in Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Auckland are working together to establish a firm link between the abduction of a motorist on the Kaimais early this morning and the arrest of a couple in Auckland.
Balloon pilot Jim Regan, from Connecticut in the States, is a star attraction at Balloons over Waikato 2013 with his flying crab.
The New Zealand Navy has joined the search for the bodies of Eric and Kathy Hertz.
Cambridge's Stacey Gilbert is a master of slalom water skiing and is defending her title during Easter weekend at Lake Karapiro.
The family of George Taiaroa, who was shot at Atiamuri last week, have made an appeal to the public for information about his shooting.
Hosted by motorsport legend Rod Millen the Leadfoot Festival got underway at Hahei today and was graced by another legend and keen motorsport enthusiast, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons.
Police divers search the Waikato River at the scene where Hamilton man George Taiaroa was shot dead on Tuesday.
It is a tough time for Waikato farmers both financially and emotionally. DairyNZ has advice and guidance on surviving the drought.
Dairy farmer Henri Pennings is philosophical about the drought baking Waikato's rural landscape despite seeing his herd stress under the hot sun.
Thelma Parkinson has knitted most of her life. Now her skill with wool and needles is providing relief from the Parkinson Disease she suffers from.
The New Zealand rowing team for the Sydney World Cup regatta named today included some new and renewed combinations in the womens sculls.
Tuhoe activist Tame Iti, jailed last May for firearms offences, was paroled today after the Board was satisfied he long longer presented an undue risk to the community.
Hamilton firemen had a unique call out to rescue a puppy with its head stuck in the rim of car wheel.
Eye-witness footage of an armed offenders operation resulting in the arrest of one man on Tomin Road in Hamilton.
Brothers Karam and John Haddad are the well-known owners of their menswear and womenswear shop in Otorohanga. They are famous for their customer focus and traditional trading nous.
Jack Maikuku, 49, has had charges of aggravated assault and assault with intent to injure dropped over the alleged attack on Constable Perry Griffin last month.
The iconic Hamilton company, the Gallagher Group, turns 75 this year. It is one of New Zealand's most innovative operations and business success stories.
Mark Pakenham has admitted to a reduced charge of manslaughter of Sara Niethe at the High Court in Hamilton.
Triplet red panda babies are the cute stars of Hamilton Zoo which were born in later December.
Lindsay Evans lives a homeless existence on Hamilton's streets yet has more than $75,000 in the bank. His problem, he says, is not homelessness but joblessness.
Chiefs head trainer Phil Healy talks about the teams pre-season training plan and new technology used to get the players in peak condition for the 2013 Super Rugby competition.
All Black and Chiefs first five Aaron Cruden is not a big player by Super 15 standards but over the pre-season he has increased his size without compromising his rugby skills.
A lop eared bunny, found with green fur after being doused with food colouring, is up for adoption at the Waikato SPCA.
Sweltering under the hot sun, hundreds lined Hamilton's Victoria Street for their chance to audition for the TV talent show X-Factor.
A Fastnet Rock colt out of Celebria was the top selling yearling on the first day of the national yearling sales at Karaka going for almost $2 million.
With new players, new coaches and a clinical, consistent approach, the Chiefs were able to win the Super Rugby competition for the first time much to their own and their fans delight.
Cambridge champion jockey James McDonald has the racing world at his feet. After a record-breaking New Zealand 2011 season he has gone on the perform at the highest level on the world stage including a second place in the Melbourne Cup.
The New Zealand Rowing team's London Olympics campaign was a huge success claiming five medals including three gold. The achievement stemmed from the hard work each member put in at their Waikato base on Lake Karapiro.
Several members of the Bethlehem College mission to Kenya, who survived a car accident, have returned to their school to be reunited with friends and family.
Recreation, bonding time and a whole bunch of challenges awaited the Waikato Chiefs in a two-day coast to coast trip.
Kay Shanley is a fan of the Waikato BOP Magic netball. After several close attempts she can now celebrate alongside the team as champions.
New Zealand Rowing coach Calvin Ferguson has a plan and that is to coach Olympic gold medal winners. He had success in London 2012 with Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan and intends to help more reach the dias at future games.
There was one obvious diamond in a fairly rough season for the Waikato rugby team - winning the coveted Ranfurly Shield.
New Zealand Olympic sculling champion Mahe Drysdale made his much anticipated announcement concerning his future and he is aiming to win a second gold in Rio 2016.
The Plunket Shield is the toughest title to win in New Zealand's domestic cricket season. The Northern Knights persevered to win in 2012.
Over the past few years the Waikato BOP Magic has been packed with New Zealand netball stars but failed to deliver an ANZ Championship title. While 2012 would ultimately prove to be theirs, they toiled the hard road to reach the pinnacle.
Missy was given an early Christmas present this year - a new eye. Born with a condition that left one eye disfigured, Missy was given a prosthetic eye in December. Her life has been transformed.
Waikato Regional Council test their innovative koi carp trap and digester at Lake Waikare.
The 2012 Chiefs team was guided by a completely new coaching crew. Head coach Dave Rennie explains how he, Tom Coventry, Andrew Strawbridge and the All Blacks World Cup assistant coach Wayne Smith came together.
Matthew Hughes is a Chiefs fan. Through thick and thin he has supported the Super Rugby franchise and after 17 years he has been rewarded with a title in 2012.
Top athletes in Waikato marked 2012 with great success culminating in a remarkable 12 months of sporting achievement for the region. We introduce various players and coaches involved and those who reported and witnessed these accomplishments.
Two separate crashes near Tokoroa have left seven people dead, including a family of five in one accident.
Skateboarding has given Pedro Day a job and it also won him freedom.
Concept to Catwalk Wintec Fashion Design Student Mitchell Vincent.
An aerial view of the Te Rapa section of the Waikato Expressway which opens this weekend.
The Te Rapa section of the Waikato Expressway is being officially opened this weekend with traffic using Hamilton's new northern entrance from Monday morning.
Bill Smith is Waikato's wildlife rehabilitator. He takes in sick birds and animals, mostly native, and nutures them back to health.
Ann Vernon wants laws banning the medical use of cannabis lifted.
Depression hit Bronwen Burmester in her mid-50s. From Whangamata, a wife and mother, she wasn’t any kind of likely candidate. She has survived.
Speed was believed to be the cause of a fiery crash on the outskirts of Hamilton.
World famous Curly's Bar in Waitomo was completely gutted in a raging fire yesterday but co-owner Curly McErlich vows it will be rebuilt.
A woman has been killed and four other people injured in a road accident in Taupiri, Waikato, this evening.
Thames Coromandel District councillor Jack Wells is angry about the spread of mangroves destroying the Whangamata harbour and the response by the Waikato Regional Council.
Regular dialysis treatment at Waikato Hospital has brought together a group of musicians who use their tunes for both relief and entertainment. Two members, Jake Wharewhiti and Nigel Tupu, tell their story.
The Model T Ford Club of New Zealand is re-enacting the first car journey from Wellington to Auckland which occurred 100 years ago.
The Waikato-BOP Magic have named their team to defend their ANZ title. Laura Langman talks about the mixture of experience and youth in the squad.
A lot of work goes into finding New Zealand's best homebrew. Graeme Mahy explains.
Local Hahei man Barry Hishon captures firefighters battling a suspicious blaze which destroyed The Cove restaurant overnight.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow was one of two new All Blacks named in the squad for the four-test end-of-year tour. Playing in the black jersey has always been Kerr-Barlow's dream and his mother flew in from Darwin to share the moment.
Eye-witnesses Glenn Sonntag and Jay Reece talk about the attack on the BNZ bank in Whangamata by an axe-wielding man.
Keith Woodley has a good job. He lives at the Miranda Shorebird Centre on the West side of the Firth just across from Thames town. He looks after the souvenir store and runs the 25 bed B ‘n’ B and watches, talks and reads and writes about birds.
Shorty the Jack Russell terrier is into everything including knee boarding behind owner Ian Witheford's boat. On Saturday he will star in the Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic on the Waikato River.
Orini Combined and Whitikahu Schools recently held their mixed agricultural day.
The family of American car crash victim Kirsten Steinke, who was on her honeymoon when her new husband was killed in the accident, will be well enough to travel home next week. Her father has said thank you for the support they received while in NZ.
Kilinochchi war widow Pushparani is a mother of four . She was displaced in 2008 and returned to her hometown in 2010. When she returned it was just a bare land. She managed to build a temporary shelter with the support of her children. Life was not easy at the beginning; however, with hope and courage she managed to build a new house and a small poultry farm.
Police name the two men who died in a P-lab accident in a Coromandel mine.
What drives a lawyer, a teacher, an insurance adviser and a pharmacist to fight?
Former pro-cyclist Stephen Swart, who originates from Morrinsville, is a former teammate of Lance Armstrong.
Landcare Research is conducting a Bellbird survey in Hamilton to better understand the population living in the city.
As part of their holiday programme Edventure run the 'The Annual Great Trout Hunt' held on the Waikato River.
Hamilton mayor Julie Hardaker and businessman Robin Ratcliffe discuss issues impacting the city.
The iconic Ranfurly Shield arrives in Hamilton after the Waikato rugby team demolished Taranaki at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.
From first hand experience South Waikato District councillor and former volunteer firefighter Warren Lee knows the dangers of the SH1 and SH5 intersection at Tirau. This blackspot has been the scene of numerous, regular and serious accidents.
The intersection of Bridge and Victoria Streets is the scene of many accidents making it an official black spot. Waikato Times reporter Aaron Leaman drives through the cross-road and highlights the issues.
In the past 12 months the turn off to and from Waitomo from state highway 3 has become a multiple killer.
Plenty of Waikato organisations took part in the New Zealand ShakeOut earthquake drill. The Waikato Times captured a hospital, school, business and tertiary institute and found they all took the exercise seriously.
Nick Ross is part of the family owned C and R Developments contracting business. Based in Cambridge, it is an integral cog in the construction of the Ngaruawahia section of the Waikato Expressway.
A young Whatawhata couple owe their neighbours their lives after fire leapt through their garage.
Hamilton's Rhode Street School has an innovative approach to teaching and learning. Principal Shane Ngatai explains the school's philosophy and how it has incorporated the National Standard into its curriculum.
Waerenga School is located in the north Waikato countryside. Principal Wille Rosendaal talks about their implementation of National Standards to the school's curriculum.
Hamilton North School is a learning centre for children with intellectual disabilities of varying degrees yet is still graded by the National Standards. Principal Tony Kane explains the situation and how hard the staff work under extraordinary circumstances.
Leaders of Maoridom arrived at Ngaruawahia's Turangawaewae marae to tackle issues about Maori water rights and interests.
Celebrity Kakapo Sirocco is a hit at his night time viewings at the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust. The rare flightless parrot is in Waikato on a six week visit.
So what is the secret to a long life? Well, for 103 year-old bowler Geoff Howlett it's plenty of wild women.
As a tribute to Waikato rugby icon Stephen Donald - the Beaver - mad-keen rugby fan from the Bay of Plenty, Hori BOP, takes on the Mooloo Challenge of walking down Victoria Street, eating a pie and swimming the Waikato River.
A battle between the South Waikato Council and Carolyn King over the fate of her dog, Jimbo, is now two-years old and has cost ratepayers more than $67,000. The council believes the animal is a public threat which King denies and has gone to the high court to prove her point.
An impressive hail storm hit parts of Hamilton on Sunday evening and when mixed with the lightening and thunder made for a dramatic stormy night.
Watch Nitro Cocktail Bar owner Karai Wall make his winning Black Widow cocktail which recently won the De Kuyper Masters of Mixology competition.
The 2012 World Press Photo exhibition opens at Wintec on Saturday. The Waikato Times had a sneak preview of images that both shock and delight.
For Matamata rider Kevin Egging, the pressure of making the New Zealand mounted games team is nothing compared to the pressure of steering several hundred kilograms of horse flesh towards a tennis ball on a traffic cone. The 15-year-old is a seasoned exponent in the relatively new sport of mounted games.
Prime Minister John Key was on hand to open the first phase of Waikato Hospital’s new $130m clinical centre.
Sali, the new tiger at Hamilton Zoo, is settling in and becoming acquainted with her new surroundings.
The Battle of the Nations is an international medieval historical reenactment festival and showcases full contact medieval fighting, one of the world’s oldest and most dangerous sports.
First Mt Tongariro eruption in over 100 years.
It may seem a bit old fashioned but going to the big top can still be the place where anything can happen.
Police reveal Paeroa pizza man Jordan Voudouris was shot.
All Black Sonny Bill Williams announces his plans to play in Japan followed by league in Australia.
Ruby Lindstrom is a year 13 student from Te Kuiti High School. She wants to make a difference for the well-being of young people in New Zealand.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie talks about the team named to face the Crusaders at Waikato Stadium on Friday.
Three men are dead and another man critically injured after the car they were travelling in crashed into a tree on Gordonton Road this morning.
Not everyone was at the All Black test at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night. While the men in black were smashing the Irish, Waikato Times photographer Mark Taylor filmed a different perspective of the night for the Waikato 100 project.
The North Island ski season kicks off with people flocking to the slopes.
The North Island ski season has kicked off with thousands partying in the streets of Ohakune at the annual Mardi Gras festival
All Black captain Richie McCaw and Ireland's assistant coach Les Kiss discuss tomorrow's Hamilton test in light of the tight tussle in Christchurch last week.
Police have launched a murder probe after revealing the identity of a mystery skeleton as that of teen Jane Furlong.
All Blacks Aaron Cruden and Piri Weepu stress the change of attitude needed for the Irish test in Hamilton on Saturday to ensure a series clean sweep.
Learning rally driving skills has a direct benefit for general driving behaviour according to Rally Drive NZ. Owner Dale Perry.
When rappers Dan Mbelo and Bobby Wahab perform together, with third member Omario, they are DOB. Their rap reflects their background with messages of growing up in Africa and the Middle East and from their arrival in New Zealand as young teens.
As cold, cloudy scenes make murky some parts of New Zealand, others are finding clear skies where the transit of Venus can be viewed from.
Beulah Baker first developed essential tremors in her early 20's. Her hands now shake so much that she is unable to write but it is doesn't hold her back from a full life.
Staunch royalists Angie and Bill Thompson are excited and their Waitakaruru cafe is bursting with memoribilia for the Queen's jubilee.
Josh Emett plays host and chef for the long lunch in the city.
Hundreds of hopefuls turned up to audition for New Zealand's Got Talent and the chance to win $100,000.
Cliff Robinson is committed to his children, Marita and Johnny, who are both mentally disabled and over forty.
This timelapse video demonstrates the 3D printer from Page Pulse. In front of your eyes it prints a working whistle including the internal pea.
Taiana Siufanga is a contestant on New Zealand's Got Talent. She gives the Waikato Times a rendition of her singing.
The family of Casey Nathan is mourning not only her death but also her baby as the coroner launches an investigation into how things went so wrong during the birth for the first-time mother. Waikato Times reporter Maryanne Twentyman talks with Casey's father and uncle.
An escaped pig at The Base in Hamilton caused an hour long swine hunt.
Richard Selinkoff is a voyager, a traveller and a storyteller, performing alongside Fisher in the Hamilton performance duo known as the New Millennium Beatniks.
For the first time Zealong Tea, at Gordonton, held a tasting with invited guests which included comedian and tea lover Dai Henwood.
The Armageddon Expo held at the Claudelands Event Centre was a huge success and home to colourful characters.
Joan Fear’s been drawing for as long as she can remember.
An 18-month old boy died on Sunday morning in Te Aroha after being crushed by a stove.
Eric Murray, partnered with Hamish Bond in the coxless pair, are rated as one of New Zealand's best chances of gold at the London Olympics. However, instead of relying on form or recent history, Murray is relying on mind-numbing and relentless training.
Waikato based actor John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli the dwarf in The Lord of the Rings, has an inspiring message for young film makers.
For a bit of fun brothers and science students Zac and Josh Lyon sent a camera to the edge of space on a weather balloon and collected stunning video and photos of earth at a height of more than 30 kilometres.
At eighteen Lewis Dean bills himself as the country’s youngest professional comedian.
New Zealand woman's single sculler Emma Twigg, a medal prospect for the London Olympics, talks about her build up to the big event.
Thousands attended the ANZAC Day dawn service in Hamilton to commemorate the sacrifice of New Zealand's armed services.
Alex Kane and friends have one the most comfortable and kitted spots to view the ITM400 Hamilton Supercars. Not surprisingly they are disappointed this is the events final year.
Alyssa Wright and Holly Cassidy discuss what is involved with becoming a Jim Beam Grid Girl at the ITM 400 Hamilton Supercars.
Irwin Racing driver Lee Holdsworth describes how the team sets up a V8 Supercar for the ITM 400.
Champion singles sculler Mahe Drysdale and high performance manager Alan Cotter discuss their preparation for London
In order to be deployed into action the territorial soldiers of the Waikato Mounted Rifles must complete an annual weapons qualification shoot at the Waiouru Army Camp. The shoot involves Styers and the C-9 machine gun. Lance Corporal Jeff East is the units Light Operational Vehicle (LOV) crew commander.
As part of the National Lego Building Competition Toyworld has been holding in-store building events. Peter Drury explored the master creations.
In between building houses and boats, Graham Ross has pursued a passion of creating machines in miniature.
Te Kowhai hosted the Waikato Heavy Horse Ploughing Championships over Easter weekend. It was a step back in time to see how the pioneers developed Waikato's farmland.
It is a lifestyle but also a unique profession. Irene Goed is a circus performer, a circus owner, aerialist, juggler and a mother.
She may be only be 20 but Katie Pepper more than comfortable sailing high in the sky. Katie is a Waikato balloon pilot and keen to see the world one flight at a time.
A little taster of the spectacular Balloons over Waikato Nightglow held at the University of Waikato on Saturday night.
The Balloons over Waikato festival started with the mass ascension from Innes Common. The weather conditions were great for pilots and spectators.
Laura Marston, mother of 21-month-old cancer patient Marley Marston, have been "blown away" by the public response to the Waikato Times story highlighting their desperate situation.
The Waikato Food, Wine and Jazz Festival
Affco Horotiu freezing workers, locked out over employment disputes, remain dedicated to their cause despite the hardships they are experiencing.
Waikato Times feature writer Tracey Cooper had an extraordinary encounter with four Maui Dolphins off the Waikato coast.
Dame Malvina Major has moved home. The world-famous opera star is returning to her roots, family and new position with The University of Waikato.
Free-range chicken farmer Rob Darby talks about his view of the egg production industry.
It is the largest Olympic rowing squad in New Zealand history, and looks well capable of surpassing the record haul of a gold and two bronze medals from four years ago.
New Zealand will send its largest ever Olympic rowing squad to London with gold in their sights.
Ironman athlete Keegan Williams talks about what it takes to compete in this gruelling sport.
This week we're looking at readers' favourite New Zealand roads: Today it's the Whaanga Coast from Raglan to Ruapuke.
David Klee from New Zealand Fish and Game discusses an avian botulism outbreak on the Piako River, near Thames, which is killing hundreds of water birds.
He may be silent but his presence is loud. He stands in a field near Mangakino like a sentinel, looking over the participants of Kiwiburn who come together to dance and create, love and live. And when the night comes the wooden giant burns. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
John Cox, the director of Creature Workshop, talks about the art and technology of animatronics before the opening of the How to Make a Monster exhibition at Waikato Museum.
Chris Williams has been there and done that in the world of marketing. He could have sailed off into the international scene but instead chose to return to Hamilton to run his own business and live life. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
Sonny Bill William is a sports star. A World Cup winning All Black and now the heavyweight boxing champ of New Zealand. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
Sheep and beef man, husband, JP, vice chair of Waikato Federated Farmers, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Walter Scott, born 1929 in Morrinsville, has had a bit of a classic Kiwi life. He finished his working days by handing over his farms to family, no multimillionaire and no regrets. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
He sells tractors and loves doing so. Mark Daniel is the sales trainer for Morrinsville Power Farming. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
More than 20 fire fighters battled a blaze at the Warehouse Stationery store on Hamilton's Ulster St this morning.
Waikato police, in a joint operation with Auckland and Bay of Plenty police, yesterday seized methamphetamine, cash, firearms and chemicals from properties in Cambridge, Waitomo and Oruanui, north of Taupo.
Sonny Bill Williams talks about his emphatic victory over Clarence Tillman III to become the New Zealand heavyweight boxing champ.
The Wha Street homicide scene where a 38-year-old man was killed on Monday night.
The weigh-in of Sonny Bill Williams and Clarence Tillman III turned into a scuffle.
Eddie Freeman is preparing to break New Zealand's land speed record. Waikato Times reporter Nicola Brennan-Tupara took the opportunity to do a lap with Eddie at Hampton Downs.
Sonny Bill Williams is feeling confident ahead of a his New Zealand heavyweight title fight with Clarence Tillman.
Waikato Times reporter Jonathan Carson steps in the ring with heavyweight title contender Sonny Bill Williams to see if he has what it takes to be a champion.
Anna Pidduck died at the scene, while Jacob, 9, was rushed to Waikato Hospital when their car and a bitumen tanker collided on the outskirts of Cambridge.
The salvage of the Rena, with the focus on container recovery, has continued after the ship was split in two after bad weather and high seas last week.
Vincent Chen and his family moved to the Waikato 15 years ago. After seeing how camellias grew in their neighbours garden they realised the potential for growing tea in the area. In 1996 they imported seedlings from Taiwan and have since established Zealong where they now grow oolong tea. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
Dave Campbell was the first principal of Fraser High School in Hamilton. At 89, the straight talker has wise words for today's educators and laments the changes in discipline. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
Cherie Kurarangi Sweeny is a nark. She talked to police about the death of her neighbour's six-month-old baby Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington. Sweeny faced nasty retribution but her altruistic actions soon galvanised a community looking for answers about the child abuse occuring in its neighbourhood. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
Waikato Times sports reporter Aaron Goile talks with Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow about the upcoming Super Rugby season and his competition with veteran Brendon Leonard.
Waikato Times tech editor Chris Gardner installs the optical drive.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie announced Liam Messam and Craig Clarke would co-captain the Super Rugby team during the 2012 season.
Renee Clark is technically blind but this does not stop her teaching pilates in her hometown of Thames.
High profile Chiefs players Sonny Bill Williams and Richard Kahui have joined the squad to begin training for the 2012 super rugby campaign.
Authorities continue to monitor the condition of the wreck of the Rena and the clean up of the containers spilt from the ship has begun.
Containers, milk powder and other debris from the Rena have washed up on Waihi Beach.
The wait is on for debris and containers to come ashore after the Rena split and spilt more of its contents into the sea.
High seas have split the Rena container ship stuck on Astrolobe reef and its contents have begun spilling into the ocean.
Norman Hill spans two worlds. That of his iwi and his profession as a biodiverstiy ranger for DOC. He describes himself as the glue bringing together these different worlds to protect the environment of the Waikato's waterways. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
Daniel Sharp is a champion. He has won medals for his country in swimming yet would not be able to see those he competes against. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
Kaiwaka Riki and his wife Lynette are gardeners. On the slopes above Whale Bay near Raglan Kaiwhenua Organics sprung from a desire to live well and true within a world of flux and change. Their crop of choice used to be marijuana but now it is "pure produce" and includes nuturing lost souls. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
Hamiora De Thierry, aka Harmz, is a life-long proponent of all forms of hip hop. His dedication to this form of expression gives it legitimacy and he has a positive influence on those who he reaches out to. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
Sid is a student of the sea. He attends the Raglan Area School Surfing Academy after his schooling in Auckland wasn’t working out. Now he dreams of being a professional wave rider. For the entire Our Waikato 100 project visit www.waikatotimes.co.nz/ourwaikato100
Waikato kids getting up close and personal with Santa.
The Glee Company, a Hamilton-based troupe of young singers and dancers, are about to lose their inspirational director and are on the look out for a replacement.
Waikato Times racing editor Aidan Rodley is on site at Te Rapa to give his prime tip for the weekend.
One person was found dead in the remains of the house, an old villa on School Rd fire in Netherton, near Paeroa.
He maybe 97 years old but Christchurch man Noel Allen thinks nothing of driving north to Hamilton to see his family.
This YouTube video captures the Dey Street house on fire early Tuesday morning. It was taken by neighbours.
Sonny Bill Williams will take on Richard Tutaki for the New Zealand heavyweight title at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton in February.
After a woman was shot outside the Tokoroa police station on Saturday, the armed offenders raided a local house where they thought the offender was holed up.
Solid Energy management, miners, union officials and the local community united at a public meeting to condemn recent allegations of unsafe practices at the Huntly East mine.
Once again Waikato Times racing editor Aidan Rodley gives his best pick for Saturday. However, this week he pits his expert analysis against the scientific methodology of Rob Kidd making for a knife-edge match-up.
The election result in Hamilton West was a good victory for National candidate Tim Macindoe.
Waikato Times racing editor Aidan Rodley discusses his best tip for the week.
It was an action packed night at Hamilton's Claudelands Event Centre on Saturday night. However, not everyone was there for the thrills and spills with SAFE staging protest against animal cruelty.
Salvage experts have continued the painstaking process removing containers from the top level of the Rena.
Waikato Times racing editor gives his prime tip for the Counties Cup day at Pukekohe on Saturday.
Waikato Times staff photographer Chris Hillock reviews radio poppers. Part two is a test of single flash operation and ratio control with multiple flashes.
Architecture historian and heritage consultant Ann McEwan announces the results of Waikato Times favourite building poll and visits the winning building.
Waikato Times staff photographer Chris Hillock reviews radio poppers. In part one he tests distance.
Simon Griffin is being hailed a hero after he and a truck driver saved a toddler and mother from their submerged car after it left the coast road north of Thames on Tuesday.
Prime Minister John Key announces major changes to New Zealand's welfare system.
Using timelapse photography, Waikato Times photographer Chris Hillock shows the work of volunteers cleaning oil from rocks after the spill from the container ship Rena.
Numerous Waikato farmers, including Mike Simpson, have had to dump milk after Fonterra was unable to pick up supplies after processing plants closed due to the Maui gas pipeline rupture in Taranaki.
The salvage team aboard the stricken Rena hope to use fine weather and extra specialists to increase the pump rate of oil off the container ship.
The impact of the Rena disaster is keenly felt by both the commercial and recreational fishermen of the Bay of Plenty.
The Rena salvage operation has been halted by bad weather. A team remains aboard to be ready to start pumping oil as soon the swell dies down.
As rough weather continues to batter the Rena, Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Steve Joyce discuss the ship's condition and the issue of compensation.
Volunteers hit Mt Maunganui and Papamoa beaches to boost the Rena oil spill clean-up mission.
There were plenty of questions posed at a community meeting held in Papamoa this afternoon as Defense Force personnel and a growing number of volunteers continue to clean oil from the beach.
Smashed containers from the Rena have begun washing up on Mt Maunganui Beach.
During a visit to the wildlife rescue centre near Papamoa Beach, Labour leader Phil Goff expresses how locals are angry at the slow response to pump oil from Rena.
The captain of the Rena appeared in Court at Tauranga this morning. He was given bail and name suppression.
Maketu resident and man of the sea Clem Tapsell worries as toxic oil from the stricken container ship Rena threatens to wash up along his slice of pristine coastline.
Residents and tourists are taking matters into their own hands to clean oil sludge from Mt Manganui Beach despite authorities asking them not to.
Marine life expert and charter boat operator Graeme Butler holds grave fears for the environment surrounding the stricken container ship Rena.
While on a break in the Waikato, Press reporter Olivia Carville thought she would get a hands-on experience in the milking shed.
It didn't matter what the result was going to be, the Welsh and Fijian fans were in party-mode in Hamilton for the final Pool D Rugby World Cup match.
Leading on from last week's success, Waikato Times racing editor Adian Rodley gives his best pick for the weekend.
Hamilton Zoo's zebra breeding programme struck gold once more with new addition arriving on Monday night. The unnamed two-day-old was an instant hit with the visitors.
Wales may have beaten Samoa in their World Cup test in Hamilton but the day belonged to the fans of both teams.
Laura Westbrook speaks to Samoa Rugby Union chief Peter Schuster who has first hand knowledge of defeating the Welsh dragons in the 1991 and 1999 Rugby World Cups.
Former All Black great John Kirwan recounts the beginning of the 1987 Rugby World Cup and his famous try against the Italians which is still considered one of the best.
Billionaire Roustam Tariko, the founder of the Russian Standard Vodka company, arrived in Hamilton on his 18-person private jet with an entourage that included Miss Russia Natalia Gantimurova.
Hundreds of mad keen All Blacks fans mobbed players at an autograph session held at The Base in Hamilton.
All Black doctor Deb Robinson discusses the injuries that have hit captain Richie McCaw, Israel Dagg and Mils Muliaina.
All Blacks team doctor Deb Robinson discusses the back injury that will keep Dan Carter out of Friday's World Cup match against Japan.
Mils Muliaina has been selected as the All Black fullback to play Japan but coach Graham Henry says the in-form Israel Dagg is putting the "old bull" under pressure.
All Black captain Richie McCaw will play his 100th test against Japan on Friday.
All Black assistant coach Steve Hansen discusses the squad selection method and keeping faithful to the plan to win the Rugby World Cup.
An All Black autograph signing session at Rebel Sport at The Base in Hamilton was overloaded with keen signature hunters and especially by those after the popular Sonny Bill moniker.
All Black Sonny Bill Williams talks about his ripped playing jersey going on sale and the ribbing he's been getting from his team mates for all the publicity his change of strip caused.
The ankle injury of All Black No 8 Kieran Read is on the mend and he is schedule to return for the Canada match in early October.
The All Blacks received a popular welcome onto Turangawaewae Marae where they were hosted by the Maori King.
All Blacks Andy Ellis, Cory Jane, Victor Vito and Andrew Hore talk about taking on minnow teams and competition within the squad.
The foucus of the Nga Tai Tamahine o Kirikiriroa (NTTK) programme is to prevent further offending by young females.
Racing editor Aidan Rodley discusses his best tip for the week
Searchers looking on Lake Arapuni for the missing fishermen James Roberts, 45, and Jordan Pooley, 21, remain unsuccessful since the alarm was raised on Wednesday, August 31.
Rowers competing in the The Great Race were welcomed with a powhiri at the University of Waikato Marae.
Look into his eyes and find out which horse Waikato Times racing editor Aidan Rodley reckons is a sure bet at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Waikato rugby captain Nathan White talks about the upcoming ITM Cup final with Canterbury.
The Raglan Surfing Academy ran their New Zealand Schools Surfing Championships and claim they were the best yet.
Waikato Times racing editor Aidan Rodley discusses his best tip for the weekend's racing.
Waikato have jumped to the top of the ITM Premiership table with victories over Counties, Canterbury and Otago. Captain Nathan White talks about the good progress and the upcoming Manawatu match.
As snow fell in Hamilton on Monday afternoon Megan Radonich recorded this footage from her city home.
Filmmakers, comedians, performers, politicians and Billy's family, friends and colleagues were on hand to celebrate the world premiere of Billy T: Te Movie at the new Hoyts cinema in Te Awa at The Base in Hamilton.
Jacqui Barrett maybe short on stature but is tall on pride. Her lack of height has always made her stand out but she is showing kids that being different need never hold anyone back.
Due to global demand for airline pilots CTC Aviation Group have purchased four new planes. Liaison manager Captain Martin Peters talks about the new acquisitions.
The inaugural Waikato Secondary Schools Skateboarding Champs were held in Hamilton on Thursday.
Waikato Times racing editor Aidan Rodley discusses his best tip for the weekend's racing.
Farmers staged a protest against stock movement bylaws outside the Waikato District Council in Ngaruwahia yesterday.
Waikato Times Racing Editor Aidan Rodley gives his weekly prime tip.
Waikato rugby captain Nathan White gives his regular update, reveals who are going to be the teams to beat in the ITM Cup and who to watch in the future.
The Karioi Classic mountain bike event - a 46 km race around Mt Karioi near Raglan - was won by Sheldon Gorter of Hamilton.
Waikato hooker Aled de Malmanche has only two games left to play for his province before heading to France. He talks about his time with the Mooloos.
Waikato rugby captain Nathan White discusses the loss to Bay of Plenty and how the team is shaping for the Tasman game.
Waikato Times Racing Editor Aidan Rodley gives his weekly prime tip.
Donna Walsh and Libby Higson went to watch members of the Hamilton Amateur Dance Club and other compete at the annual DanceSport Festival at Tamahere Community Centre.
News photographer John Selkirk covered the 1981 Springbok Tour for The Dominion. His images of the abandoned Waikato match are a stark illustration of the civil unrest and violence witnessed in New Zealand during this period.
Waikato rugby captain Nathan White talks about the recent defeat to Taranaki and getting ready for Bay of Plenty.
Waikato rugby captain Nathan White talks about the tough playing schedule, the match with Taranaki and the positive atmosphere within the team after beating Southland in the first round.
Two large fires broke out overnight, one engulfing a small church and the other a petrol station. Footage shot by Chris Hillock/ Waikato Times.
This month the country's prisons will become smokefree. Members of Te Ao Marama, Waikeria Prison's Maori Focus Unit, support the controversial ban.
Chace Topperwien, just two years and three months old, is staging a courageous battle against acute myeloid luekaemia. His parents Keri and Ryan Topperwien talk about his chemotherapy and the possibility that is his only hope of survival is to get on a drug trial overseas.
Tauranga arborist James Kilpatrick recently set a new world record at the Asia Pacific Tree Climbing Championships. He aims to win a world champ crown in Sydney later this month.
David Nyika, 15, is heading to the Junior World Boxing Championships in July. He has talent and future Olympic dreams.
Early this morning armed police sealed off a small section of Avalon Drive in what appears to be a P lab bust.
Champion jockey James McDonald has broken the New Zealand record for season wins. As the 19-year-old closes in on being the first to claim 200 wins in a single year, Waikato Times racing editor Aidan Rodley talks with him about his phenomenal record and future. By Mike Scott
It was a tough contest at the Silver Spades pairs in the NZ Wire/Wiremark Fencing Championships. Peter Drury caught up with Chief judge Richard Broughton.
Got a ute and want to make life easy? Check out the U-Tip on show at Fieldays.
Hamilton's Claudelands Events Centre opens it doors to the public on Saturday. Peter Drury had a sneak preview and spoke with Hamilton City Council event facilities manager Mark Christie about the contemporary facility. Music: Sora Shima - Owl.
The Waikato Times hit the streets at Fieldays and asked how people were finding the event and what they were buying.
Stuart Paterson demonstrates his new information patch for recording herd data.
Looking at more innovations, Marty Richards explains how dairy farmers can save money and have happier cows by using his eFeeder.
What is the New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays all about. General manager Barry Quayle explains.
Hugh McCarroll reaches great heights at Fieldays with his innovative personal scaffold.
Kicking off a look at the innovative ideas and products at Fieldays is T J Irvin and his slammer.
Watch the National Agricultural Fieldays site grow from the ground up as Mystery Creek Events Centre general manager Barry Quayle explains what is involved in setting up for 2011. Music: Sora Shima.
Mystery Creek Events Centre general manager Barry Quayle explains what is involved setting up Fieldays 2011. Music: Sora Shima.
Video footage from the aggravated robbery at the Manhattan Pricecutter in Hamilton East this week.
Under pine trees on the northen edges of the Pureora Forest the Maori incorporation Maraeroa C is successfully growing Ginseng - one of China's most sought-after herbs.
A six-month old Bearded Collie cross call Molly needs a $3500 operation to fix a leg broken in a car accident. The alternative is amputation, so the Waikato SPCA is launching a campaign to raise the funds.
Cycle Action Waikato's Robbie Price and Waikato Hospital Emergency Department clinical director John Bonning talk about Hamilton's biking network and what they would like changed.
Hamilton Boys' High School student Shaun Nilson, 17, was killed in a fatal crash on the weekend. His mates and headmaster talk about losing their friend and share their grief.
A fire destroyed the technology rooms at Fairfield Intermediate School on Tuesday night.
Legendary New Zealand poet Sam Hunt provides an off the cuff rendition of a favourite verse.
Waikato Times Chief Photographer Peter Drury and Press Photographer Iain McGregor talk about the Christchurch Quake Photo Exhibition which opened at the Hamilton City Council reception room last night.
This weekend Chiefs fullback Mils Muliaina clocks up 100 Super rugby games in the match against the Stormers in Hamilton.
Footage of wind damage to a suburban street in Te Awamutu. By Chris Hillock.
Otorohanga versus Waikato University.
Fraser Tech versus TeRapa.
Fraser Tech versus TeRapa
Opposition leader Phil Goff discusses the cost of living with middle income earner Melanie Sutton.
The scene of the two car accident on Gillard Rd.
Check out some goal-scoring plays from the Black Sticks' hockey test against Japan in Hamilton.
Chiefs centre Dwayne Sweeney talks about his time back playing outside All Blacks legend Tana Umaga.
Geophysicist Professor Kevin Furlong talks about what causes liquefaction. Dr Furlong is on sabbatical at Waikato University from Penn State University in the USA.
Jason Wynyard attempts to break the world hotsaw record in Hamilton.
Four days of music, 100 bands, 25,000 people - it's Parachute. Cameraman: Karl Drury. Presenter/Editor: Bradyn Watson. Music courtesy of Kadet
Four days of music, 100 bands, 25,000 people - it's parachute Christian music festival. Video by Karl Drury. Presented and edited by Bradyn Watson. Music courtesy Kadet.
Chris Amon gets back behind the wheel in a March racing car he drove in the early 1970s.
WARNING: Graphic violence
Speaking outside the Morrinsville District Court, Roger Wolfe and son Gavin Wolfe talk about the loss of cyclist Kay Wolfe.
The fire service attends a shipping container fire at a transport yard in Hamilton.
Trainer Andrew Clarken talks about Tinseltown and the Waikato Times Gold Cup.
Cowboys put their bodies on the line as thousands watched on at Paeroas inaugural Battle of the Bulls. VIDEO AND EDIT: KARL DRURY
V free flight champs preview.
Footage of the Hydroplane Karapiro world record attempt. By Peter Drury.
A hydroplane attempts to break the world record.
Hamilton-based heavyweight David Aloua is keen to keep New Zealand's healthy Commonwealth Games reputation going.
Hamilton badminton player Oliver Leydon-Davis is heading to Delhi knowing he and doubles partner Henry Tam need to cause a couple of upsets to medal.
Recently crowned New Zealand Squash champion Joelle King, is buzzing about heading to the Delhi Games. Cambridge-based Kings says the squash team could be one to look for as a major source of medals for New Zealand, especially in the doubles.