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Rototuna community hub a boost for diverse community

During Hamilton’s 10-year plan, the council unanimously approved $18 million to go ahead with the construction of the community hub in Rototuna.

July 20, 2018

Okoroire Mid-winter Fun Ride

Brave the frosty winter morning and get your heart pumping with the Okoroire Mid-Winter Fun Ride.

July 19, 2018

Police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies

A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media.

July 18, 2018

World’s ugliest dog dies weeks after winning title

A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

July 13, 2018

Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town

Authorities in Australia have caught a saltwater crocodile measuring almost 5 meters (16.4 ft), one of the biggest on record, to stop it from reaching a populated area, the Department of Tourism said on Tuesday.

July 11, 2018

Wild weather: Severe rain warnings after flooding overnight

It is a wild start to the week with heavy showers dousing most of the country, the odd crack of lightning, small tornado and even snow on the alpine passes.

July 9, 2018

KFA decides against punishing egg-throwers

The Korea Football Association (KFA) has decided not to pursue charges against people who threw eggs at the national team after they arrived home from the World Cup, police said on Tuesday.

July 6, 2018

Treaty of Waitangi claim lodged over charter school closures

Charter school closures will have a disproportionately detrimental effect on Māori, educators Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi say in a Treaty of Waitangi claim.

July 5, 2018

MAKE Your Own Cleaning and Beauty Products

Want to kick start Plastic Free July? Learn how to make eight beauty and home cleaning products at a MAKE Workshop.

July 3, 2018

Housing major issue of our time — Hamilton deputy mayor

As Hamilton’s median house price is tipped to break the $600,000 barrier, deputy mayor Martin Gallagher has warned that the city council must use all its tools to offer the same deal for millennials, as baby boomers had, or face a backlash.

June 29, 2018

Opinion: Government bringing back manaakitanga

It is all happening in Māori housing, with major initiatives this month which will pave the way to a national resurgence of Papakāinga homes.

June 22, 2018

Blood, sweat and accessories: artist recycles bodily fluids for fashion

Struggling to make your fashion more personal? No sweat. A London fashion student can help you decorate your attire with crystal accessories formed from your bodily excretions.

June 21, 2018

Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks

People have brilliant ideas everyday but how do these ideas get transformed into something bigger and real? Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks examines some of our region’s problem-solving success stories

June 19, 2018

Minnesota online sensation raccoon captured atop skyscraper

A raccoon that climbed to the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday was captured after becoming a star on the web, where it won the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe.

June 15, 2018

Fieldays’ ‘haunted’ hospital

Something spooky is happening at the Heritage Village during the Fieldays 50th anniversary.

June 14, 2018

National Agricultural Fieldays

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Agricultural Fieldays – the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere, with more than 1,000 exhibitors across 40 hectares – making it Australasia’s definitive agri-business event.

June 11, 2018

Entry fee on hold for Hamilton Gardens

The Hamilton Gardens proposed development split the city council as Mayor Andrew King used his casting vote twice during 10-year plan deliberations on the the project.

June 8, 2018

Men’s Health Expo

Age Concern Hamilton is holding it’s annual Men’s Health Expo on the morning of Monday the 18th of June.

June 7, 2018

30-year-old leaves parents’ home with help from Alex Jones

The 30-year-old man whose eviction from his parents’ suburban home drew national attention finally left Friday, hours before a court-ordered deadline, with financial help from right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

June 5, 2018

Former Hamilton mayors speak on 10-year plan

Hamilton’s 10-year plan has brought submitters from all over Hamilton to the council table for the first time, but for two former mayors it was a blast from the past as they submitted their views on the plan.

June 1, 2018

Tiny California cottage on market for just under $1 million

595-square-foot (55-square meter) Southern California cottage with one bedroom and one bathroom is on the market for just under $1 million.

May 30, 2018

Arbor Day 2018!

Great day out to help plant 12,000 native plants for the future generations to enjoy.

May 28, 2018

Police investigate how a handgun ended up in driver’s bumper

Talk about gunning the engine.

May 25, 2018

Waikato Riverbed reveals active faults, University of Waikato researchers say

The bed of the Waikato River has revealed 25 potential fault lines and as many as four are active, University of Waikato researchers have found.

May 24, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.”

– Thomas Browne

May 22, 2018

No place for Central City Park in Hamilton’s 10-year plan

Hamilton’s 10-year plan is not the place for out-of-the-blue pet projects such as the central city park, Hamiltonian Kelli Pike told the city council this week.

May 18, 2018

Waikato Wedding Expo

Planning your upcoming nuptials? Then head along to the 2018 Waikato Wedding Expo at the Hamilton Gardens on Sunday 24th June.

May 17, 2018

German police bring in crane to get 5 buffalo off autobahn

Police called in a crane to lift five fugitive water buffalo off a highway in western Germany during an operation that lasted about nine hours.

May 15, 2018

Key themes in Hamilton’s 10-Year Plan

Hamilton city councillors now have some indication where the public stands on key projects outlined in the draft 10-Year plan.

May 11, 2018

Raccoon family drops through ceiling of Michigan home

A family of raccoons created a chaotic scene when they fell through a ceiling and into the living room of a Michigan home.

May 9, 2018


Bringing together members from two of the most successful boy bands in history, Boyzlife will be an evening that boy band fans will love on Friday 11 May 2018.

May 7, 2018

Carrot-addicted kangaroos hopping mad at tourists

Kangaroos are one of Australia’s biggest tourist draws, but visitors to one park are getting more than they bargained for.

May 4, 2018

Hamilton puts up its hand for a regional fuel tax of 11.5c a litre

Hamilton City Council has put up its hand for a regional fuel tax of 11.5 cents a litre, saying it needs the extra money to deliver better public transport and roads.

May 3, 2018

Limelight’s Annual Car Boot Sale

Here’s a great chance to clear some clutter with your own mini Garage Sale, or to promote and sell your craft or non-food items.

May 2, 2018

Ratepayers boycotting Hamilton’s 10-Year plan process

Hamilton Residents and Ratepayers Association is boycotting Hamilton’s 10-year plan process.

April 27, 2018

Bloom Collective

Join in supporting our small businesses. Make the most of walking/biking, and bring a picnic blanket and celebrate your friends and family.

April 20, 2018

2 men use signs to spread happiness

Two New Hampshire men are trying to spread some positivity in Nashua with their feel-good signs.

April 17, 2018

Hamilton’s free two hour parking plan raises problems

Hamilton’s CBD free parking trial is losing money at an annualised rate of $806,000 a year while only 20 per cent of cars parked in the CBD are being recorded in the system, city councillors heard on Tuesday.

April 13, 2018

50+ And Loving It Festival/Expo

A wonderful new Festival/Expo specifically for the fifty-plus age will be showcased at the Hamilton Gardens event centre, each day.

April 10, 2018

Maine petting zoo is site of first reindeer birth in years

A traveling Maine petting zoo says its reindeer has unexpectedly given birth to the first baby reindeer in the state in more than 20 years.

April 6, 2018

Quote of the Day

“What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.”

– Ray Charles

April 5, 2018

Number of people dying on NZ roads this Easter highest in 8 years

Six people died on New Zealand roads this Easter weekend, three times as many as last year.

April 3, 2018

Waikato Show

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The great family event that is the Waikato Show is set for 6th – 8th at Claudelands Event Centre Hamilton.

March 28, 2018

Audit NZ confirms it will review ‘unusual’ process taken by Hamilton City Council over new urban park

Audit NZ will review the process Hamilton City Council took around approaching two property owners about buying properties to expand inner city park Victoria on the River without a formal plan in place.

March 27, 2018

‘Most interesting man’ judges contest; ‘mountain man’ wins

The man made famous by being “the most interesting man in the world” while pitching Dos Equis beer loaned his expertise with his perfectly groomed facial hair by helping to judge a contest looking for the best beard in Vermont.

March 26, 2018

Report: Lives being lost due to transport strategies in NZ cities

Local councils can save lives and improve New Zealanders’ health with less focus on cars and a greater emphasis on walking, cycling and public transport, researchers say.

March 23, 2018

Austrian faces fine for calling police officers ‘smurfs’

An Austrian man faces a 160-euro ($197) fine for describing police officers as “smurfs” in a warning about speed checks posted on Facebook.

March 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.”

– John Boyle O’Reilly

March 19, 2018

One in four dogs at top show Crufts found to be overweight

An analysis of canines at Britain’s Crufts show – held annually since the reign of Queen Victoria – found 74 percent were in ideal condition but 26 percent were overweight.

January 23, 2018

Squiggle Holiday Programme

At Squiggle we do it all! Games, sports, arts and crafts, trips and the Lego activity that everyone loves – Young Engineers! Every day we have a different theme that we tie our activities to – we have environmental, …

January 23, 2018