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Greens seek Taupo party vote

Wanting New Zealanders to have the best of everything is why 33-year old Julie Sandilands is standing for the Greens in ...

Green candidate is realistic about toppling National's Louise Upston.

'Symbolic' campaign to reduce waste video

Plastic bottles are being sent to associate minister for conservation Scott Simpson to raise awareness of the need for ...

Will Scott Simpson take note of his message on a bottle?

Cambridge plus in car charging unit

BMW i3 was designed as an electric car. Pure-battery version does 200km on a charge.

Latest electric car charging station up and running in Waipa.

Greenslade House home to many

From the same viewpoint: the changes to the outside of the house are evident in this photo from 2012, under Terry and ...

Reporter Kelley Tantau​ delves into the history of Greenslade House in Hamilton.

Maitland's top weekend markets

Plenty of options at a range of markets on in the Waikato to support your community and buy fresh fruit and vegetables.

Stalls brimming with goodies are popping up left, right and centre in the Waikato.

Bird lover's 75-year obsession

Frank Bailey picked up the paintbrush again about six weeks ago and has been painting kingfishers.

An 85 year old's fascination with birds dates to his childhood in England during World War II.

New voice for children

Former lawyer and child abuse detective Jane Searle has been appointed as the new chief executive of Child Matters.

Don't deal with things in isolation, seek advice, pick up the phone and speak to the right people.

Creating floral art for over three decades

Pam Portegys received a Life Membership Award from the Morrinsville Floral Art Club.

Floral art more than just 'little old ladies' poking around with flowers.

Moove over Gollum, Moonique is here

Farmlands owner Ian Morgan and Glen Murray with Moonique, a lifesize fibreglass cow they won on a TradeMe auction.

Moonique moves into Matamata.

Should council consider a cap on companion cats?

Matamata-Piako District Council says it would cost too much to enforce a policy restricting the number of cats per home ...

75 per cent voted yes to a cap on the amount of cats you can own. 

Get rewarded for recycling

Kiwi Bottle Drive will hopegully come into effect in Matamata

The Kiwi Bottle Drive is making recycling even more rewarding.

Candidates prepare to woo Hamilton voters

Jo Wrigley, Green Party candidate for Hamilton West.

Can anyone topple incumbent Tim Macindoe?

Review: Gothenburg, Hamilton

Thai prawn fish cakes with chilli and lime mayo, chilli and coriander.

The hardest thing is picking which tapas to try.

Engineer pursues difficult field

Software engineer Alaa Abuellif has received a $1000 scholarship to help with her study at Waikato University.

In a field dominated by men, Alaa Abuellif is changing the status quo.

Marae made of matchsticks, who's the builder?

The folk art marae at the Cambridge Museum has been built out of about 1000 match sticks.

A miniature marae built from matchsticks has piqued the interest of museum officials.

Quarter of Waipa's population is disabled

There are about 4700 people in Cambridge living with some sort of disability, 2200 of them with serious mobility issues.

The scheme would cost $100,000 per year, co-funded by Waipa and NZTA.

Maitland's Top 5 - hot springs

The private spas at the Te Aroha Mineral Spas are large wooden tubs filled with hot mineral water.

Help take the chill off this winter by taking a dip at these hidden gems around the region.

Honest, Kiwi music with tears and big beats

Singer Abbie Harker-Ferguson's powerful voice demanded attention.

Review: Performers leave Hamilton, On A Good Note.

Young dancer in Psy's video video

Psy performs Gangnam Style at the 40th American Music Awards.

A Hamilton 12-year-old dances in Gangnam Style star's latest music video.

NZ war museum campaign launches

Greg Moyle, chairman of the New Zealand War Memorial Trust speaks at Cambridge's St Andrew's Church.

Museum marks New Zealand's part in liberation of Le Quesnoy.

Review: Caress/Ache

Megan Goldsman and Calum Hughes play torn lovers Saskia and Cameron in Caress/Ache.

Tactile production impresses with evocative delivery and powerful performances.

Vegans can save our world

Laura Hetherington wants to bring Earth Overshoot Day to people's attention.

What happens when we use up the Earth's resources for the year?

Doctor courts Miss Universe crown

"Recovering Aucklander" doctor Sarah Hensby-Bennett fell in love with Hamilton and Waikato Hospital in 2016 during an ...

Cancer scientists can still be interested in ball gowns, contestant Sarah Hensby-Bennett says.

Review: Hopin Stopin Cafe, Taupiri

The battered gurnard, thick crunchy chips and garden salad with balsamic dressing, was tasty.

The tables with a river view are spectacular - if you can get in quick enough.

Opinion: Sparkling and delicious wines

Hunter's Wines founder Jane Hunter with the Wolf Blass Award, 2016.  Hunter's 2014 Marlborough Pinot Noir features ...

Opinion: When should one enjoy a glass of bubbles?

Hakarimata steps still closed

The Hakarimata Summit steps in Ngaruawahia has been closed since April after torrential rain damaged parts of the track.

The Hakarimata Summit track is still closed to the public, even though the barrier restricting access has been removed.

Council says no to sugary beverage policy

Matamata-Piako District Council has decided not to back a plan to introduce rules on sugary drinks at public events and ...

The heat is going in councils to introduce sugar-free policies.

Interact reaching out to children in Pakistan

The newly-formed Matamata College Interact club, with co-presidents Brooke Dunbar and Patrick Roskam is seeking books to ...

Same as Rotary, no committees. 

Bee Fruitful project

Matamata Bee Fruitful project, by Transition Matamata, is looking for graftings from plum, peach, apple and pear trees ...

An initiative co-ordinated by Transition Matamata could bear fruit around town.

Award-winning homes

Nick Holcroft, of Holcroft Prestige Limited, has won the Builder's Own Home category for his Chartwell home.

Awards for the Waikato House of the Year have been announced, and one Flagstaff build has swept up half a dozen.

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