'Whakaari has spoken'

Whakaari White Island cultural advisor Pouroto Ngaropo says the island will become tapu if the bodies of those missing ...

If Whakaari/White Island entered a state of tapu, its tourism future would have to be questioned.

Few clues before eruption

Allessandro Kauffman filmed his tour of Whakaari/White Island - one of the last before Monday's eruption.

A tourist's video from the morning Whakaari blew shows those on the island may have had little warning of what was about to happen.

Tours need to 'front foot' disaster

Paul Quinn, (L) chairman of White Island Tours talks with Police Minister Stuart Nash following a meeting with the ...

White Island Tours needed crisis PR plan ready for "imminent" disaster.

The risk of recovery

Police are considering an in-and-out option which would mean leaving some evidence behind.

An in-and-out option which would see recovery teams swoop in on the island is being considered. But crucial evidence could be left behind.

Poet's letters focus of study

Waikato University literary scholar and writer Sarah Shieff has received a $20,000 research grant for her latest ...

Allen Curnow never wrote his autobiography, but he did pen plenty of letters.

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Guide killed by volcano 'true hero'

Hayden Marshall-Inman.

Tour guide spent his last moments alive going back to save people, family say.

Drug court for Hamilton

Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced a new drug court for Hamilton on Thursday.

New way to deal with drug users announced for Waikato after successful pilots in Auckland.

80 per cent burns on birthday

Tour guide Jake Milbank. A GiveALittle campaign created for him by a close family friend said he had burns to 80 per ...

White Island guide Jake Milbank turned 19 on Monday. Since then, he's been fighting to stay alive.

Family can't recover body video

Hayden Marshall-Inman was killed in the eruption.

Man's request to recover his brother's body from White Island himself rejected as 'foolhardy' by police minister.

'We wrapped her in Gladwrap'

A medical professional talked about the patients he treated at Whakatāne Hospital.

Warning: This article describes the harrowing scenes inside Whakatāne Hospital as White Island victims arrived.

City supports victims' families

Dozens still remain in hospitals across the country, including Waikato Hospital, following the eruption on White Island.

Families of those injured in eruption get food, accomodation and other help as they begin their bedside vigil.

'A lot of ash, a lot of gas'

Tim Barrow, Volcanic Air Safari director and chief pilot, choppered the last two survivors off Whakaari/White Island. ...

Man who flew last survivor off of erupting island has described those last moments.

A home for Grimm

Grimm the goat has found his forever home with plenty of other animals to keep him company.

Grimm the goat has a home in time for Christmas.

Mum mourns tot hit in driveway

Lilah Brooks was a "beautiful soul" who will be dearly missed by her family, grieving mother says.

Sadness impossible to express for woman whose "cheeky" one-year-old was struck near Hamilton.

Preparation for new bridge begins

The construction contract, which includes building the bridge and northern roads around the development, will cost $177 ...

Power lines have been relocated to make room for construction of a new bridge in Hamilton.

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A cruise marked by tragedy

The Ovation of the Seas arrives in Wellington.

It's grim on the Ovation of the Seas, after passengers' deaths from the White Island eruption. Onboard, some say it could have been even worse.

Hot ash rained down

Couple suffered severe burns from the hot ash and have had surgery to clean their "scorched skin".

Gun seeker 'no extremist'

Truck and car crash on highway

business

Decision looms for liquor licence

Lisa and Tony Dowse and their 20-plus staff outside the Whitianga Hotel which has been refused its liquor licence.

Popular summer pub to learn if it can serve alcohol again before Christmas.

Waitomo Whangamatā consent granted video

Waitomo confirmed its resource consent to build an unmanned gas station in Whangamata had been granted (file photo).

All going to plan, Whangamatā residents will have a second choice when fuelling up come mid-2020.

Home kitchen ready to expand video

Tania Jones hopes she can find Home Kitchen a permanent home in 2020 (file photo)

Home Kitchen is ready to expand with a permanent home.

Sex and City star joins NZ winemaker

Invivo and Co founders Tim Lightbourne (left) and Rob Cameron, with Sarah Jessica Parker and her award-winning Sauvignon ...

In 10 years two businessmen went from hand-selling wines to rubbing shoulders with Hollywood's elite - how did they do it?

One pump petrol town video

Petrol pricing was one of three areas under the spotlight in a Commerce Commission investigation.

There's just one service station in the beachside town, but a low-price provider is making moves.

sport

Girls got game at cricket festival video

The event was marketed as a non-competitive day in which girls could take bat and ball in hand and try out the sport of ...

Positive responses from the first ever Sista Smash has already secured the event's future.

Shooting hoops for 24 hours

Woody Carter is raising money to support the people of Samoa by shooting basketball hoops for 24-hours.

Woody Carter couldn't sit idle as kids died in Samoa so he used his basketball to raise cash.

Gatland demands smarter Chiefs

Warren Gatland has grand plans for the Chiefs side he's taking over.

New coach wants a step up in game-smarts and for the Chiefs to be 'a beacon' for others to aspire to.

Gatland's big juggling act

Warren Gatland has been juggling two roles and will still continue to do so.

New Chiefs coach confident in his ability to do two different jobs.

Gatland's challenge to ABs

New Chiefs coach Warren Gatland has sent a strong early message to his All Blacks players.

New Chiefs coach fires early warning to his team's star players.

opinion

Fatal flaws in our tourism thinking

A women grieves after placing flowers on a fence at the Whakatane Wharf on Tuesday, following the eruption of White ...

OPINION: Another tragedy will likely bring a new review of adventure tourism and its risks. We have been here before. Too many times.

Musings from Seddon Park oval

As England's Jofra Archer catches the ball at Seddon Park, Richard Swainson is pondering all manner of cricket-related ...

OPINION: From security guards to between-over ditties - there's much to ponder during test cricket match.

Crack down on car parking

A parking warden on patrol in Hamilton's CBD.

OPINION: When parking wardens are being abused for doing their job, it's time to bring in the machines.

Locking up the homeless

Homelessness is a growing problem throughout the country, including in regions such as Taranaki and Wairarapa.

OPINION: The suggestion to outlaw begging raises many questions, mainly, what do you do with a person who doesn't care they're breaking the law?

Nice (time off) work if you can get it

Dean Hall, of Rocketwerkz studio.

OPINION: Have these employers taken leave of their senses? Can we make sense of their leave?

Life & Style

Guests hike for hours to mountain top wedding video

Livvy Bruce and Justin Flitter tied the knot at the Pinnacles Hut on the Coromandel Peninsula on December 7, after ...

The bride stuffed her gown on the top of her pack and the 60 guests brought their own drinks and food.

Artists found for massive mural

One of Poihakena Ngāwati's recent works is a stunning portrait of master carver George Nuku, that graces a wall in Hastings.

Te Whētū Collective have a large body of work to their names and a big job ahead of them.

City verge turns vege patch video

Gena Moses-Te Kani only gardens to eat, and also finds it's a good stress release.

Where most people have a grass verge, Gena Moses-Te Kani is growing kūmara and berries.

Gardens arts fest acts revealed

Nadia Reid will perform in the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion on February 28.

Some of the country's finest musicians, dancers and actors will take the stage in Hamilton.

It's time for DateMonthYear

Chairs, everyone: Hamilton band DateMonthYear are, from left, Brooke Baker, Tyler Leet, Emma Koretz, Trevor Faville and ...

One of Hamilton's most note-worthy bands are about to release their fifth album.

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