Smart direction, impressive cast lift TVNZ's Kiwi gang drama Vegas video

Eds Eramīha plays Kingi in TVNZ's new Kiwi drama Vegas.

REVIEW: While the script can be a little too on the nose and the dialogue occasionally clunky, it all builds to a satisfying opening finale.

'Dangerous' Chiefs growing in self-belief after form flip video

Anton Lienert-Brown (top), Damian McKenzie (left) and Mitchell Brown celebrating after a dramatic finish to beat the ...

Naitoa Ah Kuoi's eyes were shut for the match-winning steal to beat the Crusaders, but Chiefs assistant credits their dramatic wins to those "little moments" after 2020's woes.

From Brisbane to the Bay for an Athenree homecoming video

The McCrea family get to visit friends and family with the trans-Tasman travel bubble now open. (L-R) Daniel, Jade, ...

The McCreas are hoping Auckland Airport have plenty of mops for their tears when they're reunited with family and friends on Tuesday.

Horses rescued from float after crash north of Hamilton

Emergency services were asked not to use sirens on the approach to the crash on Puketaha Road, to avoid further ...

A vet and firefighters were among those called after a vehicle towing the float crashed into a ditch.

Son's promise to late father in balance as dogs wait on death row

Kobe Simiona-Wiki with his late father's dog Natty – one of two dogs South Waikato District Council says need to be put ...

Natty and Dread escaped their Tokoroa pen and attacked a teenage girl in an incident that is pitting a son's vow against public safety and justice.

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Car parks out, gardens and BBQs in - city streets set for new trial video

A trail that is proposed to remove on-street car parks is days away from trial day.

A controversial street project replacing car parks with pedestrian and cycle friendly alternatives is ready to be trialled.

One dead following Bay of Plenty crash between car and motorbike

Police were conducting a scene examination following the fatal crash (file photo).

Police remained at the scene conducting an examination and motorists were asked to avoid the area.

Predator pests face terminal future on outskirts of Hamilton Airport

Predator Free Mystery Creek community co-ordinator Karen Barlow explains the finer details of baiting traps for possums ...

Airport staff and the chief executive brush up on their trapping skills as they tackle pests at the airport.

Meet the 12-year-old who sang with Sol3 Mio at Spark Arena video

Jazz Vidamo singing with Pene Pati and Amitai Pati.

Sharing a stage with the best wasn't a nervous moment for Matamata's Jazz Vidamo - “I felt, surprisingly, really calm."

One stop shop for farmers to clear out chemicals, waste oil and plastic bags

Te Awamutu farmer Chris Numan drooping off containers at the AgRecovery recycling pop-up event.

Farmers finally get to have that big clean out of used plastic containers, oil and bags they've been hoarding in their sheds.

From 'wow factor' to foul factor - fancy new loos in Tokoroa plagued with issues

Issues with Tokoroa's Leith Pl public toilets continue.

The block, laid to signify the Southern Cross, comes with a constellation of issues that a councillor has described as an "embarrasment".

One person injured after Waikato house goes up in flames

One person sustained moderate injuries after a house fire in Waharoa.

The person was taken to Waikato Hospital in a moderate condition following the blaze near Matamata.

Beloved cat found 65km from home four years after vanishing video

Peter Morgan is thrilled Dion recognised him after being gone for so long.

Lost moggy Dion wandered onto a farm in Matamata, but his microchip said he was a long way from home. Oddly, he wasn't alone.

Keeping up with the machines video

Management consultancies have predicted AI technology will add trillions to global output.

New Zealand is scrambling to keep up in a global race to ramp up artificial intelligence capability.

'That's why he gets paid the big bucks, eh' - Chiefs cherish their humble hero video

The Chiefs were ecstatic after downing the Crusaders in Hamilton on Saturday night.

Damian McKenzie will brush it off as just another day at the office, but his matchwinning abilities have his team showering praise.

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Legal showdown between big business and city council over development fees

Leading city businesses have launched a legal challenge against Hamilton City Council's development contributions ...

Group including Foodstuffs and Gallagher is seeking a judicial review of the Hamilton City Council’s development contributions policy.

Round the clock security for abandoned psychiatric hospital costs $1.24m video

The abandoned hospital, just south of Te Awamutu, requires security guards 24/7 and demolition could be years away.

Car parks out, gardens and BBQs in - city streets set for new trial video

NZTA's 'Innovative Streets' coming to a town near you

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Legal showdown between big business and city council over development fees

Leading city businesses have launched a legal challenge against Hamilton City Council's development contributions ...

Group including Foodstuffs and Gallagher is seeking a judicial review of the Hamilton City Council’s development contributions policy.

Predator pests face terminal future on outskirts of Hamilton Airport

Predator Free Mystery Creek community co-ordinator Karen Barlow explains the finer details of baiting traps for possums ...

Airport staff and the chief executive brush up on their trapping skills as they tackle pests at the airport.

One stop shop for farmers to clear out chemicals, waste oil and plastic bags

Te Awamutu farmer Chris Numan drooping off containers at the AgRecovery recycling pop-up event.

Farmers finally get to have that big clean out of used plastic containers, oil and bags they've been hoarding in their sheds.

Major new precinct for downtown Hamilton video

An artist's impression of Stark Property's planned development on the corner of Ward Street and Tristram Street.

Newly-released plans by Stark Property reveal a striking three-stage build connected by a garden terrace.

Seven break-ins over three weeks 'hurt our hearts' video

The Sweet Painted Lady Cafe, which was broken into four times, is a popular stop for truckies, or people travelling in ...

Thieves have repeatedly used rocks to smash their way into a rural Waikato café and ice cream parlour, leaving the owner concerned about the future.

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'Dangerous' Chiefs growing in self-belief after form flip video

Anton Lienert-Brown (top), Damian McKenzie (left) and Mitchell Brown celebrating after a dramatic finish to beat the ...

Naitoa Ah Kuoi's eyes were shut for the match-winning steal to beat the Crusaders, but Chiefs assistant credits their dramatic wins to those "little moments" after 2020's woes.

Clayton McMillan's tight team culture credited for Chiefs' big turnaround video

Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan has drilled in a strong team culture in his short time at the Chiefs.

Having "overachieved" with sides in the past, Chiefs coach knew just how vital it was to get his troops playing for a bigger cause.

Australian Diamonds shooter Caitlin Bassett feeling appreciated at the Magic video

Australian Diamonds star Caitlin Bassett has joined the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic for the 2021 ANZ Premiership season.

The star shooter has had limited playing time for club and country in recent months, so she can't wait for the ANZ Premiership to get started.

'That's why he gets paid the big bucks, eh' - Chiefs cherish their humble hero video

The Chiefs were ecstatic after downing the Crusaders in Hamilton on Saturday night.

Damian McKenzie will brush it off as just another day at the office, but his matchwinning abilities have his team showering praise.

McKenzie kicks Chiefs to thrilling win over Crusaders video

Damian McKenzie again came up trumps for the Chiefs, who defeated the Crusaders in Hamilton on Saturday night.

Chiefs playmaker comes up trumps yet again, as his team secures fourth successive victory to keep themselves in the hunt for a place in the final.

opinion

Drug reform has a timing problem

Drug reform advocates say personal use of cannabis and other drugs should be decriminalised.

The people spoke, narrowly, against cannabis liberalisation six months ago, so it would be a brave Government to act without another referendum.

Māori wards a thorny issue for some

Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate supports Maori wards. (file photo).

Ratepayers not councils alone must debate the merits of Māori wards, writes Tom O'Connor.

The pandemic's surprising effect on bullish young Kiwis

Fat Freddy's Drop singer Dallas Tamaira, who performs as Joe Dukie, has released two singles under his own name.

OPINION: There's an incredible post-pandemic energy hitting young Kiwis. Let's keep it.

Sometimes leadership is saying 'you go first'

Let’s just form an orderly queue and no pushing, please .

OPINION: What's the difference between a leader and a queue jumper? Well for starters, there's this . . .

A Minister's personal, powerful message.

Kiritapu Allan of Ngāti Ranginui & Ngāti Tūwharetoa

EDITORIAL: Kiritapu Allan wants a word.

Life & Style

Recipe: Sticky pear & cinnamon baklava slice

For this rich, sweet treat, I use a combination of half nuts and half seeds to reduce the cost.

Be bold when brushing the filo sheets with butter so to create layers of crispy pastry.

Hamilton beach resort 'would be a hit with tourists'

The lagoons are constantly filtered and come with mobile vacuum cleaning machines which patrol the bottom of the pool, ...

Artificial beaches are booming in popularity around the world, and a new one proposed for Hamilton should prove a magnet for international tourists.

Pear, hazelnut & blue cheese salad

This is a heavenly combination for a salad.

This is a heavenly combination for a salad.

Hakarimata Walkway to reopen

The Hakarimata Scenic Reserve near Ngaruawahia is a great place to see kauri and to enjoy a walk or tramp through native ...

The more physically fit members of the Waikato’s population will again be able to indulge in a free workout from Saturday.

Gorse plays key role in giant wētā breeding program

One of the female Mahoenui Giant Wētā which just had its health check.

The nuisance plant is an unlikely ally on a mission to help Mahoenui giant wētā numbers recover.

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