Life & Style

Check that kombucha, dietician says

A surge in kombucha companies - and sauerkraut options - shows that gut health is a buzz word at the moment, Chiefs ...

Our supposed healthy choices might not always be as good for us as we think.

Making music on-stage and off video

McLay will bring one of his handcrafted instruments when he performs in the Fête de la Musique on Sunday.

Waikato man Roger McLay will wield an instrument he crafted at a Hamilton music festival this weekend.

Data speed 'put ahead of health'

The Tairua community says the location of Spark's new 15m cell tower is less than ideal.

Plans to erect a 15m cell tower in Tairua have neighbours believing technology now outweighs their health.

Peat lake pest trapping successful

National Wetland Trust project coordinator Nardene Berry has helped facilitate installation of traps around peat lake ...

 Nearly 500 mammalian pests near Ōhaupō have been eliminated.

History hub has its architect

Te Ara Wai, the Waipā historical discovery centre, could be a template for projects by other councils around the country.

A designer for the $2.6m discovery centre in Te Awamutu has been confirmed.

How the rich do Fieldays

Helicopters parked up at Fieldays.

A door-to-door helicopter service and luxury lodges show another side to the redbands-and-swannies event.

Mushroom crepe at Punnet

Sophie Beck's mushroom crepe at Punnet uses brown button, oyster and honeycomb mushrooms.

Sophie Beck's mushroom crepe at Punnet uses three types of 'shrooms.

Top five for the weekend

Take part in a river fun run/walk this weekend (File pic.)

Gourmet toast, reggae and textiles are on the cards this weekend.

Small town life aids pageant finalist

Morgan Hands' passion is for the environment, and, as "quite a keen sailor" loves the beauty of New Zealand.

Morgan Hands said hailing from the Hauraki District was a point of difference during the pageant.

Sister ballerinas a tour de force

Sisters Leela and Neka Woolf have had an exciting start of 2019 for ballet.

Ballet tends to attract 'perfectionist and theatrical personalities' and the Woolf sisters fit the bill.

Kōkako traps funded by council

Kōkako are reestablishing themselves in Pirongia Forest Park.

The chime of birdsong is resplendent on Mt Pirongia, and soon kōkako will make up more of it.

Climate strike in Cambridge

Charlotte Matthews, 9, took to the picket in Cambridge to support the climate strikes around the country.

Cambridge Tree Trust gave away free trees to supporters.

From hippy commune, to French politics

Former Whitianga man Manaia Matafeo has been selected to study in France.

Coromandel teen headed to university that's educated seven of the past eight French presidents.

What's good: Buckwheat hotcakes at Camarosa, Hamilton

The hotcakes are a celebration of the fruit Camarosa is named for.

The dish celebrates the strawberries the cafe is named for.

Top 5 this weekend

Visit the birds at Lake Hakanoa.

Plenty to do in rain or shine this weekend in Waikato.

Digitising history in Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu Museum's collection is being digitised, before it is moved to a purpose built facility.

The museum is making its collection available online.

Equestrians ask for council land

Ron Cooke and Paula Fawcett stare out at the vacant land residents dub the Sherriff's Block.

An equestrian academy is hoping to nab council land that has sat unused for 19 years.

Farmer's embroidery rehab

Former dairy farmer and coach builder Neville Simons turned to embroidery following nearfatal farming incident.

'Typical Kiwi bloke' takes up not so typical craft following near fatal farming incident.

Love town eyes gay future video

A councillor is looking at the tourism benefits of Te Aroha becoming the LGBT+ capital of New Zealand. (Image digitally ...

The name fits and its sister town's embrace of sexual diversity has brought tourism dollars - could a big gay rainbow shine on Te Aroha?

Woman's fight for survival

Personal trainer Chris Croasdale from Evolve Fitness and Sharon Edge.

She went from flat lining on a surgical hospital bed to being able to walk 8km post surgery.

Museum requires rates increase

An artist's preliminary perspective of the proposed Cambridge Museum.

Another wad of cash will be thrown at Cambridge Museum, but there's a worry it's becoming 'burdensome'.

Top five this weekend

An image of Black Grace's 2017 show As Night Falls. Black Grace will be performing in Raglan and Hamilton on Staurday ...

Lots of ways to celebrate with your mum in Waikato this weekend.

Zine-makers gather in Hamilton

Graphic novelist and Victoria University lecturer Dylan Horrocks is one of the guests at this year's Hamilton Zinefest.

More than 60 creators of "labour of love" publications will gather at the Meteor Theatre this weekend.

Artist's 'icon' for Mercury Bay

Hans-Leo Peters' second model shows the Mercury transit as a large sphere symbolising a globe, with November 9, 1769 ...

Hans-Leo Peters hopes his design will come to life in time for the next transit of Mercury.

Fix for deadly highway

Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter talks to Waimata School principal Logan Phillips about the State ...

A school that sits along the country's 14th worst road corridor is pleased work has been done to increase safety.

Matarangi bach a winner video

Matarangi cabins by CAAHT Studio Architects NZIA Waikato Housing Award winner 6.5.19

This award-winning holiday home makes the most of the great outdoors.

Freemasons open their doors

Whitianga Freemasons Master John Hoyte inside the lodge rooms.

Brotherhood and benevolence are the keys to Freemasonry, Master says.

Volunteer firefighter given highest honour

Volunteer firefighter, Ian 'Grumpy' Bowater, with his Life Honorary Medal and his family; wife Janice and children Gavin ...

Cancer forces volunteer firefighter to hang up his helmet – but not before being awarded the highest honour a volunteer can receive.

This is NZ's best playground video

The million-dollar playground, with its scooter track, social swings and sensory play, opened in July.

The million-dollar playground in Hamilton features a scooter track, social swings and sensory play.

Singles search for soulmates video

Amanda Davids says finding a husband as a divorced Muslim woman is challenging, but soulmate coaching helped her ...

Looking for love but struggling to find that special someone? Perhaps you need a soulmate coach.

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