One dead in Ōtorohanga crash

A fatal crash has closed part of State Highway three in Ōtorohanga

Police have confirmed a 31-year-old man has died after a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 3 in Ōtorohanga

Multicultural lineup for gardens arts fest

Ria Hall will perform songs from her critically acclaimed album, Manawa Wera, on Friday, February 26.

Covid-19 may have stopped overseas acts getting to the 2021 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, yet it has retained a vibrant, international flavour.

Heavy rain causes flooding chaos in Te Awamutu video

The majority of the flooding occurred on the main street of Te Awamutu.

Burst of heavy rain damaged Christmas stock in shops and caused the roof of one café to collapse.

Woman on trial for child sexual exploitation accused of lying to the court

Laken Maree Rose, 31, was “particularly vulnerable to coercion”, a psychiatrist told the court.

Prosecution attacks Laken Rose's credibility, saying she was into photos and videos, but psychiatrist says she was "particularly vulnerable to coercion".

Decision on Sleepyhead factory fast-tracked

The start of Sleepyhead's massive industrial hub and housing community may be fast-tracked under the Government’s ...

Expediting a decision on part of a billion dollar North Waikato development has Government backing.

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Waikato Wizards cast spell on Otago Gold Rush to claim women's NBL victory video

Jayzelee Waihi and the Waikato Wizards proved too good for the Otago Gold Nuggets in their 18IN18 clash.

For a second successive night, Otago pushed their opponents close but fell short in their 18IN18 clash.

Farmer convicted for failing to treat cow's cancerous eye

Morrinsville farmer Selwyn Wayne Berger has been convicted after he failed to seek treatment for one of his cows. (File ...

The dairy cow's eye was so infected it could be smelt from five to six metres away.

Woman accused of child sexual exploitation challenged in cross-examination

Laken Maree Rose, 31, said she didn't believe anyone could help her get away from former partner and co-accused Andrew ...

Laken Rose has been questioned about why she let a man with "strong paedophiliac interest" in young girls be alone with one.

Road safety group slams 100kmh outside school video

The remote school of 44 pupils is positioned in the middle of two bends.

A national road safety group is slamming a Waikato Council for its inaction on a 100kmh road near a rural Waikato school, saying that kind of speed outside any school is “far too fast”.

Auckland warned to prepare for potential power cuts amid heavy rain video

Rain will be setting in around the North Island on Tuesday, but the heaviest falls are expected through Wednesday.

Aucklanders told to prepare for possible outages, as weather system looks set to bring a wet Wednesday to the North Island.

Great-grandfather of murdered toddler says 111 call failures not to blame video

Nevaeh Ager was murdered by her father, Aaron Izett, at Little Waihi in 2019.

John Sturgess puts blame squarely on the shoulders of Neveah Ager's father, describing emergency call failures as a "side issue".

Kiwi sprinter carrying family cycling pedigree into Olympic debut in Tokyo video

Ellesse Andrews is presented a silver fern by NZOC chief executive Kereyn Smith at the New Zealand Olympic track cycling ...

Ellesse Andrews' dad was also a track cycling Olympian, while mum was set for mountain bike world champs, only for one such pregnancy to change that.

Councillors can $50m Matamata bypass plan

Heavy traffic will continue to make its way through the town centre after the bypass proposal was canned.

It would have attracted less than 2000 vehicles per day and only reduced main street traffic by 15 to 20 per cent in 2041.

Police name man who died in motorcycle crash in Ōpōtiki

A motorcyclist who died after a crash on Bridge St has been named.

David Jonathan Kanuta, 49, died in a single-vehicle crash in the Bay of Plenty town.

Person jumps out window to escape pack of burglars

A person jumped out a window to escape a burglary in Taupō on Wheretia St.

A person in Taupō had to jump out a window of their home overnight to escape three-to-four people broke in.

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Months-long dump fire in north Waikato appears to be out video

A fire was burning at Puke Coal landfill in Pukemiro since August 16. Now recent drone shots say there’s no longer any ...

Heat detecting drone can't spot signs of the long-burning dump fire west of Huntly yet a deep-seated smoulder might remain.

Granddad takes stand against drinking, pot smoking and bullying at skatepark

Rakuo Edwards, 68, is fed up with older skaters' intimidating behaviour at a flash new skate park in Hamilton.

Farmer convicted for failing to treat cow's cancerous eye

Woman accused of child sexual exploitation challenged in cross-examination

business

Pop-up digital help for businesses

Rocketspark's CEO Grant Johnson and Hamilton Central Business Association's Vanessa Williams are behind the Digital ...

A Digital Pop-up week-long event is offering practical advice to improve businesses digital performance.

The Waipā Covid-19 response

Waipā District Council's community advisers Gina Scott and Corren Ngerengere will lead the council’s Covid-19 recovery ...

Specialist advisers and a $200k fund to support recovery projects form part of the district's council's response to the pandemic.

Trout farming back on the table, but beware the hooks

Whether the commercial wild fishery would be devalued if in competition with a farmed product is one of the points ...

Environmental controls, iwi aspirations and the tourism market all be on the scales should trout farming be reconsidered

Here come the 3D printed houses

Special quick-drying concrete is used for the 3D-printing process.

Robots printing concrete houses is being pitched as an alternative to traditional house building and a way to help ease the housing crisis.

Ratepayers' foot $33k bill after blood bags, medical waste thrown into recycling

Medical blood bags are among the items turning up at the Waipā recycling collection in Te Awamutu.

Medical liquid bags, some containing blood, along with tubes, needles and assorted medicine among items people popped into their mixed recycling containers in Waipā.

sport

New Zealand Grand Prix moves from Manfeild to Hampton Downs for 2021

Close racing and plenty of action will be a winner for race fans at Hampton Downs when the 2021 New Zealand Grand Prix ...

North Waikato track to play host to the prestigious event for the first time in January.

Waikato Wizards cast spell on Otago Gold Rush to claim women's NBL victory video

Jayzelee Waihi and the Waikato Wizards proved too good for the Otago Gold Nuggets in their 18IN18 clash.

For a second successive night, Otago pushed their opponents close but fell short in their 18IN18 clash.

Kiwi sprinter carrying family cycling pedigree into Olympic debut in Tokyo video

Ellesse Andrews is presented a silver fern by NZOC chief executive Kereyn Smith at the New Zealand Olympic track cycling ...

Ellesse Andrews' dad was also a track cycling Olympian, while mum was set for mountain bike world champs, only for one such pregnancy to change that.

Central Hinds make early season 50-over statement

Central's Claudia Green dominated with the ball to start the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield competition.

Defending champions Auckland off to rough start in Hallyburton Johnstone Shield after dropping both matches to Central over weekend.

Welcome home, son: Bryn Gatland to lead Chiefs' Super Rugby charge in 2021 video

After two years at the Highlanders, Bryn Gatland is heading home, signing with the Chiefs from 2021.

Just as one Gatland heads out the door, the Chiefs snap up another as a key part of their squad for next year.

opinion

Behind China's don't-you-dare rhetoric

Chinse Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian:

EDITORIAL: Is this really a substantive threat? If so, to whom?

The dumbest thing I ever did

Brannavan Gnanalingam thanks his lucky stars for surviving a life-threatening situation.

I was privileged enough to be young and stupid - and get away with it.

Yes Minister, let's call time on freedom campers

Concerns over safety and public access prompted the Christchurch City Council to close a beach car park popular with ...

OPINION: If tourism is such a winner for the country, why does the public pay for the infrastructure. Maybe this is where we wise up, writes Tom O'Connor.

What 2020 has taught universities

A thing of the past? A busy but rather bored looking lecture theatre at Victoria University in Wellington, photographed ...

OPINION: As a student in 2020, not everything's been bad. For one, lecturers were finally forced to move completely online.

How early can you put your Xmas tree up?

03112020- Why I put up my Christmas Tree up early.

COMMENT: Why wait when I can enjoy the pine tree and its light cascading across the room five weeks early?

Life & Style

Multicultural lineup for gardens arts fest

Ria Hall will perform songs from her critically acclaimed album, Manawa Wera, on Friday, February 26.

Covid-19 may have stopped overseas acts getting to the 2021 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, yet it has retained a vibrant, international flavour.

Ex-state home's big secret out back video

From the front, this former state house gives nothing away. But it is a different story out back.

What lies beyond - there is an astonishing side to this former state house, which has just won a Master Builders award in Hamilton.

Make the most of 48 hours in the mighty Waikato video

The Zealong Tea Estate is New Zealand's only commercial tea plantation.

There is plenty to explore in this lush, fertile region in the upper North Island.

Chinese roast duck and cucumber salad

Chinese roast duck salad and five spice is a satisfying dish that everyone can agree on.

Buy an already roasted Chinese-style duck and you can whip up this tasty salad in no time.

Parsley and cashew pesto

Parsley and cashew pesto is the perfect accompaniment to lasagne pasta bake.

All that bright green, you just know it's gotta be good for you. And it tastes great, too.

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