Branch punctures car windscreen

The branch appeared to come out of the undercarriage of a truck ahead.

9 min ago  Branch bounces down expressway and almost impales motorist in "freak accident".

Ruby's top five this weekend

It's the first weekend the Mansfield Garden will be open at the Hamilton Gardens.

13 min ago  Tour Cambridge gardens, pop into a garden party or get creative for Xmas.

Man wakes to intruders

The offenders fled down Clyde St in Hamilton East about 3.30am.

7:44 AM  Man sleeping in Hamilton East home wakes to intruders who came in through an unlocked door.

Rape word never occurred to alleged victim

Faine Kahia sits in the dock as his trial for sexual violation begins at Rotorua District Court.

'You think of rape as being dragged into an alleyway by a guy you don't know,' victim tells court.

Med school plans quashed

New Zealand Rural General Practice Network board member Ross Lawrenson.

A bid from Waikato for a specialist medical school to train GPs has been scuttled by the government.

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Skydiver snaps femur

The skydiver came down hard on landing at the Waharoa airfield near Matamata on Sunday (file photo).

Auckland woman came down quick near Matamata and landed with her leg extended.

Givealittle for crash victims' kids

Mitchell Kay survived the crash that killed his girlfriend Grace Hill and his parents Jeremy and Tania Kay.

Fundraising page setup to help out the children of those who died in a crash near Hamilton.

Waikato economic plan launched

Housing and construction are two of the areas Te Waka has highlighted as part of its focus in a new programme to lift ...

An economic plan to improve Waikato's prosperity has been launched.

Bureaucrats' $80k bill

An artist's impression of a 29 apartment development planned for Hamilton's Vialou Street by Yeoman Homes.

Building a new home in Hamilton? Satisfying red tape is likely to set you back $80k say developers.

Electric shock leaves man critical

The man, in his 40s, crashed a forestry vehicle into overhead powerlines on Cookson Rd on Wednesday morning.

Man, in his 40s, crashes into live wires on forestry block.

Bailed teen plunders Mobil station

Krome Wilson's family members identified him from security camera footage taken from the robbery of the BP service ...

While on a leash for one service station smash-and-grab, repeat robber Krome Wilson chose to raid another one.

Gran's hard labour in police cells

Rose Mauriohooho has been cleaning the Hamilton Central Police Station for 18 years.

Angry, drunk, upset and disturbed people leave every kind of filth for Rose Mauriohooho to clean up.

Fix as sea threatens town hall

Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service president Malcolm Beattie said securing funding for a new community facility at Sunset ...

Vote gives hope to village where the ocean's slowly eating its way towards community house.

Downfall of child sex abuse viewer

Warwick Potter was sentenced for possessing and copying hundreds of pictures and files depicting the abuse of children.

One-legged former truck driver detected by US child exploitation centre sparking raid on his Waikato home.

Guns, Nazis and stolen cash

Bill Bristow with the Swiss Ambassador Dr David Vogelsanger, left, and the Swiss Honorary Consul Peter Deutschle.

With the enemy hot on his heels Bill hid a hoard of cash in an abandoned cave.

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Pipe stuck on cat's neck

Piper was found on the streets with a pipe around her neck.

Cat recovering after a plastic pipe was found wedged around its neck in "weird" circumstances.

Family mourns 'fine young man'

Kingi-Jo Wiremu Vartiainen Veens, 18, died in a crash only minutes from his Tokoroa home.

New rabbit calicivirus found

Skydiver snaps femur

business

Water bottling tsunami

A shipping container loaded with boxes of Cloud Ocean Water at the factory site in Belfast.

A Chinese water bottling company is battling hostile local reaction as it invests millions into its export venture.

Boost for timber construction

An illustration of the five-storey apartment building to be developed at Clearwater in Christchurch to showcase mid-rise ...

A five-storey wooden apartment building at Clearwater in Christchurch is to be developed next year

New force at the Property Council

Property expert Leonie Freeman takes the chief executive role at the Property Council in December.

New chief executive Leonie Freeman has bold plans for the Property Council.

Building owners under the spotlight

The army policed no-go areas after the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch.

Greater powers for councils over dangerous buildings in emergencies are proposed.

Waikato economic plan launched

Housing and construction are two of the areas Te Waka has highlighted as part of its focus in a new programme to lift ...

An economic plan to improve Waikato's prosperity has been launched.

sport

Elise prepares for Mongol Derby

Elise Stables will be riding to finish the Mongol Derby, as well as raise money for the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury ...

I am honestly so excited but I think everyone thinks I'm nuts.

Morrinsville claims Muay Thai titles

Stefan Harrison and Connar Hotene-Wilson train at Fight 4 Fitness gym in Morrinsville and have recently brought back two ...

"They always say don't mess with the quiet ones."

Strawbridge new Waikato coach video

Andrew Strawbridge has been appointed the next coach of Waikato.

Chiefs assistant appointed coach for 2019 after Jono Gibbes led the Mooloos back to the Premiership.

Weekend of learning for rookie

Connor Davison, 13, is competing in the Toyota 86 Championship.

Young driver Connor Davison soaks up advice and knowledge from more experienced competitors.

Same trail for Smail

Charlie Smail may follow in his dad's footsteps as a professional in Japan.

The NZ amateur champ may end up on the same tour as his successful father.

opinion

Wear those pants with pride

file photo, generic, woman doing yoga at the beach

OPINION: Why the outrage over women in yoga pants? I'll wear them if I want to.

Nicholas can't let go on Haumaha

Louise Nicholas is consulted on police handling of sexual abuse claims on the basis of her past experience with of ...

OPINION: Why would Louise Nicholas expect any say on who should be a deputy commissioner of police?

The definition of gender

Gender-inclusive bathroom signs present more than just male and female options.

OPINION: There should be more public discussion of changing gender options.

Pike River decision is a victory for justice

Pike River Re-entry Minister Andrew Little and family representatives at the announcement of the plan to re-enter the ...

OPINION: We must learn from what happened at Pike River.

On the side of the victims

Churches have been drawn into the inquiry of abuse of children in state care.

OPINION: The Vatican is shutting down debate on sex abuse by the church; in New Zealand we're set to throw open the doors.

Life & Style

Ruby's top five this weekend

It's the first weekend the Mansfield Garden will be open at the Hamilton Gardens.

Tour Cambridge gardens, pop into a garden party or get creative for Xmas.

Topp stuff on show

The Topp twins, Dames Lynda (left) and Jools (right), prior to the opening of Topp Twins: An Exhibition for New Zealand.

Life and works of Huntly's biggest export (aside from coal and power) on display at Waikato Museum.

Early to bed for rowers

Personal trainer Alison Storey continues her weekly column, answering your questions on fitness and wellbeing.

Reduced sleep increases chances of injury.

What's Good: Spanish seafood paella, from The Kirk Cafe

Chef Ben Teyssier flames prawns for the finishing touches to his summery paella.

Classic paella is embellished with vibrant colour and contemporary Kiwi components.

Ruby's top five this weekend

The Original Gypsy Fair is back in Hamilton this weekend (file photo).

Delve into the stories of women during World War 1 or scope out some gypsy caravans.

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