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

Issues with Tokoroa's Leith Pl public toilets continue.

10 min ago  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.

9:43 AM  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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Laws separate us from the beasts, revenge only brings us closer

Masjid Al Noor mosque in Deans Ave, Christchurch.

The Christchurch terrorist has every right to appeal his conditions through the same legal system that imprisoned him.

Housing proposal will 'give others a leg up'

People on the housing register, kaumātua and female former inmates would all have a place in a Kainga Ora development ...

Social housing, including for former inmates has been welcomed in Hamilton's Melville - a contrast to reaction to another housing plan over the river.

Senior of the year points to big issues as NZ ages

Dr Doug Wilson poses some curly questions on the future ahead for the elderly in New Zealand but... “You can have a ...

At 70 Dr Doug Wilson – Senior New Zealander of the Year – isn’t curmudgeonly when he poses curly questions on the future for the elderly.

Call for memorial at site of forgotten railway disaster

A view of the overturned train AB748 at Ōngarue in the King Country in 1923.

One of New Zealand's great rail disasters is almost forgotten but there are plans to mark the spot where 17 died on an Auckland-to-Wellington train.

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.

Trans-Tasman bubble: Waikato players expect 'slow burn' video

The trans-Tasman bubble is ready for take-off on April 18 and Hobbiton says it’s an important stepping stone in the ...

Australians will land on New Zealand soil in days but a tourism operator says it won't be like turning a tap on.

Jobs cuts at management school proposed at Waikato University

University of Waikato down 100 spots in the global university rankings

The University is proposing cutting 11 roles from its management school - a flagship facility long untouched by Covid cutbacks.

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.

'He’d be a fantastic league player': Weber backs Perenara's mooted NRL move video

Brad Weber, right, would be “gutted” to lose TJ Perenara, left, from rugby, but feels he would be a “fantastic” rugby ...

But the man who has most to gain from the potential code switch would be "gutted" to see his "good friend" lost to the 15-man game.

Police at Work and Income after threat

Three police cars were outside the Ministry of Social Development in Anglesea St, Hamilton on Friday.

Police officers were sent to the Hamilton office after a report about “a threat of some sort”.

news

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.

Housing proposal will 'give others a leg up'

Social housing, including for former inmates has been welcomed in Hamilton's Melville - a contrast to reaction to another housing plan over the river.

Hamilton beach resort 'would be a hit with tourists'

Trans-Tasman bubble: Waikato players expect 'slow burn' video

business

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.

Business confidence in Waikato up but concerns remain

Hamish Bell: Stronger sales look good for manufacturing, construction and retail, however supply chain issues, ...

Waikato businesses are more optimistic about the regional economy but still harbour doubts about the country’s performance overall.

Record prices paid for properties

100420 News Photo: CHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF
News: House prices in Waipa have had a dramatic increase due to low stock. ...

Five out 10 district and city areas in the Waikato made record median property sales for March.

Potential buyer for mill appears

Whakātane has been worried about the mill’s closure, coming hot on the heels of Covid-19 and the Whakaari eruption which ...

Is salvation in store for Whakātane's biggest private employer?

sport

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.

Brad Weber admits hate still exists between Chiefs and Crusaders video

Chiefs captain Brad Weber says there is still hate between his team and the Crusaders.

Bad blood built during the Dave Rennie days has not exactly evaporated, with Hamilton-based side carrying extra edge into this weekend.

'He’d be a fantastic league player': Weber backs Perenara's mooted NRL move video

Brad Weber, right, would be “gutted” to lose TJ Perenara, left, from rugby, but feels he would be a “fantastic” rugby ...

But the man who has most to gain from the potential code switch would be "gutted" to see his "good friend" lost to the 15-man game.

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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