Ed Sheeran's forever linked to Hamilton

Local artist leaves mark on muso

Ed Sheeran

A Hamilton tattoo artist flew across country to give rising star, Ed Sheeran, his first ta moko, and his first tattoo with real meaning.

Busy time for best in the business

Tiare Kata Teinakore

Could you raise two young children, hand in a masters thesis and win best female leader at Te Matatini all at the same time? Tiare Kata Teinakore did.

Thursday throwback: 1987 Danish royal tour

royal tour

Do you know these young men from Tūrangawaewae Marae who greeted Queen Margrethe in 1987?

Hotere legend lives on in Hamilton

New Zealand has lost one of its great artists, but Ralph Hotere's name is legend that will live on in the Waikato.

New Year at the Mount

drunk strap

A sober Aimie Cronin walks along the main street of Mount Maunganui on New Year's Eve and decides she's a decade too late to appreciate the atmosphere.

That great sucking sound

Wayne Timmo’s father, Neil, says it’s not the first time the Fergie has got stuck at Buffalo Beach.

Chief of staff Wayne Timmo 's collection of beach stories just got a new chapter.

Summer pix photography competition

You've been sending in lots of summer pics so here are more entrants in this year's reader's photo competition.

Turning the orange tide

Koi carp have exploded in number in the lower Waikato River basin.

Aaron Leaman looks at a trial project tackling the invasive pest fish koi carp.

Tempo on the Lawn at Waikato Times Gold Cup

An exclusive day of thoroughbred horses, racing, entertainment and fashion at Tempo Fashion at the Races.

The Skater - Waikato 100

The skateboarder learned his craft at night.

Coming clean

FORESEEN DANGER: David Hamilton says the situation was not unexpected, but problems with the Rotorua lakes were predicted 30 years ago.

Alistair Bone looks at the state of our fresh water.

The accidental holiday

WHITE ISLAND: Visitors are issued gas masks and there are two guides for every 10 to 12 tourists.

Matt Bowen heads to the Bay of Plenty and has a good time, eventually.

Sustaining belief

WORM FARM BLISS: Strategic policy analyst for the environment Gareth Cartwright and Councillor Daphne Bell.

Alistair Bone talks to Hamilton City Council about its new scheme that some see as part of a dangerous global conspiracy.

Travel - Colours of India

KNOW YOURSELF: Yoga master Laxman Singh offers a sound philosophy for life on earth.

Sacred cows, gypsy women, cricket fanatics and marijuana salesmen . . . Paul Rush gets a glimpse of the endless colour and complexity of life in India.

street smart

Georgina Harris and Etsuko Murakami.

Out and about among the locals.

Hot wheels - Hooked on a feeling

Megan Arthur is thrilled with her new racing bike, the Specialized Shiv TT.

A speed demon and an artwork are terms Megan Arthur uses to describe "the Shiv", her new racing bike.

Nude and loving it

What's it like to get naked with hundreds of strangers?

What's it like to get naked with hundreds of strangers? Jared Levy shares his impressions after taking part in The Edge's world record skinny dip on Sunday.

Finding a way back

Bronwen and Greg Burmester.

Alistair Bone talks to a family of swimmers about what happened when one of them faced a deadly challenge.

Thursday Throwback: Rock carvers 1979

Hamilton's getting some new public art, which is great, but we're not exactly leading the world on that front.

Gone to pot

From the nuclear nightmare of Fukushima to the relative serenity of Te Aroha

FULL FOCUS: Aaron Scythe likes to immerse himself in work, with few interruptions.

Aaron Scythe tells Tracey Cooper about his long journey home.

Waging peace

An aerial view of a former battle front in the northeast of Sri Lanka from the helicopter carrying the then UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon during his visit in April 2009.

In the last of series of articles from Sri Lanka, Nicola Brennan-Tupara examines whether peace can really last.

Historic perspectives

Tom O’Connor in his man cave.

Grant Shimmin interviews Waikato Times history page columnist Tom O'Connor about his latest book.

It's a conspiracy

Alistair Bone talks to a rising star in the conspiracy world.

KIWI CONSPIRACIST: Vinny Eastwood hosts his daily show from his Glen Eden flat in Auckland and it is webcast through American Freedom Radio.

Alistair Bone talks to a rising star in the conspiracy world.

Crossing to Malta

Church facade during a traditional festa.

For a tiny place, the Mediterranean island of Malta packs in a lot of history, as Ross Werland discovers.

Taekidokai Martial Arts

Taekidokai Martial Arts classes for children 5 to 12, teens and adults offer fitness, confidence and self-defence skills withoutworrying about the competition.

Thursday Throwback: Gangs 1979

Mongrel Mob 1979

This week police union boss Greg O'Connor reckoned gangs were infiltrating the police by joining up and a budget freeze on the force will mean fewer gang members are weeded out at the recruitment stage.

Then & Now

Having first reported from Sri Lanka in 2005, Nicola Brennan-Tupara revisited to see how it was recovering after years of civil war and the Boxing Day tsunami.

Shield fever

GLORIOUS MEMORY: Matthew Cooper with the Shield, flanked by Warren Gatland, left, and John Mitchell after winning it in 1993.

Waikato puts the Ranfurly Shield on the line today and, as Tracey Cooper finds out, there's still plenty of passion for the old Log O' Wood yet.

Head to head - Julie Hardaker and Robin Ratcliffe

Julie Hardaker and Robin Ratcliffe

First in an occasional series of well-known Waikato people in conversation.

Thursday Throwback: Ranfurly Shield 1993

Ranfurly Shield 1993

On Saturday the Waikato rugby team put the Ranfurly Shield on the line against Hawke's Bay.

The Braemar boys

Braemar Hospital's founder, Frances Young, fostered not just a hospital, but two young boys.

The Bish

Denise Irvine talks to Bishop Denis Browne as he celebrates his 75th birthday.

The soft option

BIG ISSUES: Off-licences create more problems than bars.

Michael Cameron is part of a Waikato University team looking at the link between liquor stores and crime in a massive new study. He talks to Alistair Bone .

Te Aroha to Tunis

Alistair Bone talks to a Waikato woman caught up in Middle Eastern turmoil.

Robyn Davey stands in the ruin of a classroom at the school where she works in Tunis. Of the attack on the school she says: ‘‘People are very, very shocked and dismayed that this would happen. If there is a silver lining, it’s that general Tunisians have had to stand up and say this is not what they want their country to be.’’

Alistair Bone talks to a Waikato woman caught up in Middle Eastern turmoil.

Thursday throwback - Humphrey the Sea Elephant

The Waikato has been playing host to a very glamorous celebrity of late with Sirocco the Kakapo charming the crowds out at Maungatautari and doing his bit for conservation at the same time.

Thursday Throwback: Waikato Art Gallery 1970

Waikato Art Gallery

Plans unveilled today for a couple of towers of luxury apartments for empty-nesters in Hamilton got a bit of attention and it certainly looks an interesting proposal.

Kaumatua Olympics full of fun

Poi were twirling, kumara was flying, and hips were swinging at a day of song, dance, sport and laughter for the eighth annual Kaumatua Olympics in Templeview

Nearly 300 kaumatua from places all over the North Island gathered at the old Church College building for Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust’s day of games.

Thursday Throwback: Miss Waikato 1981

Raweyn Marcroft

Last weekend Kylee Tan, 22, was crowned Miss Hamilton and will go on to compete for the title of Queen of the World New Zealand

Hot wheels: Fun and Flirty

Rochelle Parker

Trading in her trusty motorbike for a playful Mazda MX5 roadster was something of a lifestyle change for Rochelle Parker.

Thursday Throwback - Turangawaewae Marae in 1971

  	 Turangawaewae Marae 1971

Hundreds of people headed to Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia on Thursday for a national hui on water rights.

Zombies, homosexual ducks and other stories

Alistair Bone hears all about dead ducks, zombie ants and the madness of Todd Akin.

Zombies, homosexual ducks and other stories

Alistair Bone hears all about dead ducks, zombie ants and the madness of Todd Akin.

Thursday Throwback - Waipa Delta in 1985

Waipa Delta

For 24 years the replica paddle steamer Waipa Delta plied the waters of the Waikato River from its Hamilton base, giving thousands of people the chance to see the city from the river.

Migrants among us

Scroll down to see an interactive NZ map

It's common knowledge in the Waikato that the green and pleasant township of Cambridge is full of people late of England.

Thursday throwback - Huntly in 1990

It’s been a tough old week for Huntly, with news more than 120 jobs will be axed at the Huntly East Coal Mine.

The Storm feels the heat

NERVOUS: Thai boxing fight organiser Norm (‘‘The Storm’’) Graham says every time he runs a show, it weighs on him heavily.

Norm Graham is the organiser of Saturday night's Storm Warning Thai boxing fight night at the YMCA in Hamilton.

Thursday throwback - Noah in 1982

The arrival of Sumatran tiger Sali at Hamilton Zoo on Wednesday raises hopes of the pitter patter of little tiger paws in the future and it was much the same when Noah, the ten-month old puma, pictured, arrived at the zoo - which was then called the Hilldale Game Farm - back in 1982.

Radio sports show becomes a reality for students

Chris Gardner talks to Sports Wrap presenters Matt Hobbs and James Roberts.

Thursday throwback - Urban sprawl in 80s

Urban sprawl has been in the news this week, with Waikato University professor of environmental planning Bob Evans saying sprawl was gobbling up some of the world's best farmland and killing Hamilton's heart.

Presenter caps the blues with a reggae ska chaser

Special Free FM series

HE'S GOT SOUL: Free 89 FM’s Nate Taiapa has two shows a week – both on Wednesday night.

"It was a Green Eggs and Ham moment," says Nate Taiapa about the first time that he stepped into the community radio studio in Hamilton.

All work and no play?

Tips for managing your time better

SUCCESS: Kylie Power, left, and Emma Bettle.

Ruth Taylor talks to a couple of women who are figuring out that cliched life-work balance thing.
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