'The love of my life'

Sean McKinnon with his fiance Bianca Buckley who fled during the shooting.

10:12 AM  The fiancee of slain tourist Sean Mckinnon has penned a heartfelt note about her "protector, the light...of my life".

In business at 22

The 22-year-old now stocks her cakes and slices at New Plymouth's Tartan Rose Cakery and Deli.

In less than a year, Eden McPhillips has won a reality TV show and started her own business, and she's only 22.

Hunt for Raglan murder weapon

Australian man Sean McKinnon was shot dead in his campervan in an apparent random attack near Raglan.

The public helped find a tourist's alleged killer - now police hope they can help find his gun.

Renovation gets the lodge look gallery video

The outdoor kitchen in Julie and Jamie Mikkelson’s home links to the pool and back garden; the walls are recycled brick ...

Hooked on Huka Lodge, this couple based their Hamilton new build on the stylish luxury accommodation.

Waikato win wheelchair rugby champs video

Barney Koneferenisi of Waikato gathers the ball as two players put him under pressure.

Some of the country's best wheelchair rugby players went head-to-head this weekend for the 2019 NZ Wheelchair Rugby National Championship.

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Splashed man assaults bridge jumper

Doing bombs off the Raglan footbridge is a popular summertime activity in the town. (File photo)

Bridge jumper feared he would be "diced" by propeller of reversing boat.

Jealous man strangles girlfriend

Keanu Frelan, 23, was jailed for 15 months when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Friday on a charge of ...

"I lost it when I found out she was cheating on me," Keaunu Frelan told police.

Hamilton's high-rise potential

Hamilton's tallest buildings could be dwarfed under proposed height restriction changes.

Removing height restrictions in the central city would be a boon for retailers and developers.

Locals look for shooting leads

Nicki Quinn, who runs the Morrinsville Community Facebook Page, says a group effort help the police nab the man accused ...

When Waikato locals spotted a man acting strangely, they used Facebook to share sightings.

Brother may be left behind video

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Former Afghan interpreter Nawidullah Atayee has been living in New Zealand by ...

A former interpreter is trying to bring his family from Afghanistan to NZ, but an age limit may stop him.

'I feel like I failed'

A homicide investigation into the campervan shooting is ongoing.

Flatmate of man accused of murdering Australian tourist Sean McKinnon had suspicions his friend wasn't "all right".

Shooting victim's family speaks

Emmeline McKinnon said she didn't know how to begin to put life together after her brother's death.

Sean McKinnon's "devastated" family are focused on supporting his fiancee.

Injury boost for All Blacks video

All Black Luke Jacobson is confident his concussion issues are behind him and he hopes to return to rugby via Waikato in ...

Rookie loosie Luke Jacobson says latest concussion symptoms are behind him as he targets World Cup spot.

Man, 80, run down by reverser

As Philip Briffault reversed out of a driveway onto Charlemont St he struck his elderly victim who was walking down the ...

Philip Briffault backed down a driveway too fast and ran over an octogenarian.

A foot in both worlds

Rob Storey was a man who moved easily from the farming world to a national and international stage and back again.

Former minister switched between farming and politics and left a huge mark on both.

news

Person injured after crash

The crash happened on Matai Street, Murupara, in the Bay of Plenty.

Emergency services arrived to the scene about 10am.

Woman's death referred to coroner

The person had died by the time police arrived.

Farmers quit as costs bite

Police hunt gun used in killing

business

Major agreement for inland port

Tainui Holdings Group CEO Chris Joblin said the agreement with Port of Tauranga is a key step.

Thirty-year deal between Waikato-Tainui and Port of Tauranga a "key step" in unlocking economic golden triangle.

Transport hub consultation 'anti-business'

Hamilton City Council is proposing a new public transport hub near Rotokauri but it comes with a backlash from the ...

Business owners say they've been treated unfairly in the push to get public transport up to standard.

Fonterra: 'how the hell did we get here'?

Canterbury farmer Tom Mason says Fonterra's announcement is disastrous.

What happened to the talk of world domination by Fonterra?

Mandatory insurance for new builds

Building Act reforms are likely to be rolled out over the next two to five years.

Key influencers want insurance for building a new house or doing a big renovation to be compulsory.

Waharoa to become railway hub

Waharoa, 7km North of Matamata, received $900,000 to invested into creating an Industrial Hub.

Waharoa, North of Matamata, is the ideal position for a road and rail hub.

sport

BOP thrash Waikato

Emoni Narawa scored one of Bay of Plenty's tries in their round 2 win against Waikato on Sunday.

Bay of Plenty rout Waikato to head into round three as the only team with maximum competition points.

Live: Bay of Plenty v Waikato

Bay of Plenty's Aaron Carroll, centre. and team-mates celebrate a try during the round one rout of Otago.

The Steamers take on the Mooloos in a Mitre 10 Cup clash at Rotorua International Stadium.

Waikato win wheelchair rugby champs video

Barney Koneferenisi of Waikato gathers the ball as two players put him under pressure.

Some of the country's best wheelchair rugby players went head-to-head this weekend for the 2019 NZ Wheelchair Rugby National Championship.

Injury boost for All Blacks video

All Black Luke Jacobson is confident his concussion issues are behind him and he hopes to return to rugby via Waikato in ...

Rookie loosie Luke Jacobson says latest concussion symptoms are behind him as he targets World Cup spot.

Dragon boating festival on its way

The dragon boating international festival will be taking place on Lake Karapiro in 2022.

More dragon boats will be taking to the waters of the Waikato in 2022.

opinion

Fonterra fall no joke

Fonterra is expecting a large loss this year.

OPINION: no joy to be had from Fonterra's losses, but maybe there's lessons.

Don't park your manners

A Hamilton City Council parking warden writes a ticket. 
(file pic)

OPINION: When the parking wardens get it wrong, they could at least say sorry.

Māori let down by botched census

Chief Statistician Liz MacPherson, seen here with Deputy Statistic Carol Slappendel at an A[pril media briefing, ...

OPINION: A litany of failures have hit Māori especially hard.

Valuable lessons from census failure

The buck stopped with Government Statitician Liz MacPherson, who quit on Tuesday.

OPINION: Chief Statistician Liz MacPherson had no choice but to resign.

Wintec at risk in polytechnic mega merger

Wintec and its previous iterations have been part of the fabric of the Waikato since 1924.

Waikato people already know how to train skilled workers and don't need a national polytech to tell us, writes David Bennett.

Life & Style

Renovation gets the lodge look gallery video

The outdoor kitchen in Julie and Jamie Mikkelson’s home links to the pool and back garden; the walls are recycled brick ...

Hooked on Huka Lodge, this couple based their Hamilton new build on the stylish luxury accommodation.

LOTR's fans skip $3k fee, marry at i-SITE

American couple Josh and Ashley Baurle got married outside Matamata's i-SITE centre.

The American couple wanted to avoid paying $3000 to get married at Hobbiton, so tied the knot outside the replica i-SITE.

Crime's a passion

Turangi author Jen Shieff has been shortlisted for a second Ngaio Marsh Award - making it two from two, after her debut ...

Tūrangi author Jen Shieff has again been shortlisted for a Ngaio Marsh Book Award - with just her second novel.

Tiny chocolate factory in the bush

Craft chocolate maker Mike Renfree works from his his home in Raglan.

The Raglan craft chocolatier uses equipment made from vacuum cleaners to churn out 200 bars a week.

Challenge for young performers

Waihi Beach-based musician Brianna Rackham, who goes by the stage name of Bree Rose, is one of the entrants in the first ...

It can be a lonely life as a young musician in New Zealand. A new competition in Hamilton may help change that.

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