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Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

Poacher who illegally killed hundreds of deer ordered to repeatedly watch Bambi.

December 18, 2018

Antiques, Curios and Collectables Fair

This is a fair enjoyed by people from all over the Waikato and is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, and showcases a wide range of antiques, curios, collectables and bric-a brac.

December 14, 2018

This Chinese city is feeding garbage to a billion cockroaches to combat waste

In the near pitch-dark, you can hear them before you see them – millions of cockroaches scuttling and fluttering across stacks of wooden boards as they devour food scraps by the tonne in a novel form of urban waste disposal.

December 11, 2018

Charges likely for Te Rapa Park and Ride

Train commuters will have to pay to use the planned Park and Ride at the new Te Rapa station, on top of the expected $40 ticket for a return train trip to Auckland.

December 10, 2018

New study explains creation of deadly California ‘firenado’

A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer’s deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday.

December 8, 2018

Water restrictions in place despite rain

Despite flash flooding and heavy rainfall, Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Pirongia and Waikato district moved to water alert level one at the start of the month.

December 6, 2018

The Village Whatawhata Christmas Market

Just in time for Christmas shopping, market offers you the chance to buy local this Christmas.

December 4, 2018

Darts-Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts

Players set more than just their arrows flying at the Grand Slam of Darts this week, with opponents rowing over who had emitted noxious smells during their match, media reported on Saturday.

November 20, 2018

Cops come clean for a good cause

How much would you be willing to give to help four Hamilton police officers to come clean?

November 16, 2018

Hamilton Go Bus passengers to ride for free

Bus passengers can ride for free in Hamilton from Monday as Go Bus drivers take partial strike action.

November 16, 2018

Soccer: Referee banned by FA after rock, paper, scissors blunder

Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women’s Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday.

November 14, 2018

Summer Cricket

With a combination of test matches and ODI all on the agenda, there are plenty of opportunities to grab some mates and head to the cricket in Hamilton this summer.

November 11, 2018

WaiBOP seeks home of football for Hamilton

A lack of artificial football turfs is causing disruptions to the region’s top football teams, as the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Football Federation continues to search for a site for its proposed Home of Football in Hamilton.

November 9, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.”

– George Jean Nathan

November 8, 2018

Rotten shark made you queasy? A vomit bag for every guest at the Disgusting Food Museum

The dead mouse in the Chinese wine sure looks nasty, and the maggots in the cheese tend to put people off. But nothing is more horrible to an unaccustomed palate than the Icelandic fermented shark. It’s the worst. Or so says the expert.

November 7, 2018

Hobbiton Beer Festival

Explore the magic of Middle-earth with a special five hour Beer Festival at Hobbiton Movie Set on Saturday 3rd November 2018.

October 30, 2018

Look what we found: Tiny female lion cub in French garage

France’s customs agency says it’s made an extremely surprising discovery in a garage in Marseille: a lion cub.

October 29, 2018

Ed Sheeran caught up in Rhys Darby’s quest to get NZ back on the map

Comedian Rhys Darby is getting closer to solving one of the world’s great mysteries: Why New Zealand keeps getting left off the map.

October 29, 2018

City council looking towards a 100-year plan for Greater Hamilton

Hamilton City Council is looking for a more high-powered approach to have its say on what happens outside its city boundaries, to plan for the next 100 years.

October 29, 2018

Cops Ask for Help Identifying Alleged Thief Who Looks Suspiciously Like ‘Friends’ Star David Schwimmer

Police who turned to social media for help catching a suspected thief got more than they bargained for when users noticed the man’s distinct resemblance to Ross Geller from “Friends.”

October 25, 2018

Smart approach pays off for Hamilton as city puts new technology to work

Hamilton is using its size and small scale to make big differences with smart technology being rolled out across the city.

October 24, 2018

BMWi Launch Event

In celebration of becoming New Zealand’s latest BMW-i dealer, Coombes Johnston BMW and MINI would like to invite you to come and experience the future of driving.

October 22, 2018

Natural Health Expo

The Natural Health Expo promotes a broad range of healing options, healthy lifestyle values and services. This powerful event promotes and energises your understanding and wisdom when it comes to making the most wholesome decisions for the health and wellbeing of yourself and your family.

October 16, 2018

A wagging finger sticking out of your mobile phone is creepy. Why?

A French researcher has invented a robot finger that attaches to your mobile phone. It can wriggle across your desk. It can stroke your hand. And guess what? It’s creepy. No, really, watch the video. Creepy, see?

October 14, 2018

Big Splash as Waterworld reopens after upgrades

Hamilton’s Waterworld swimming complex will fully reopen to the public on Saturday, November 3, with free entry on the day as part of a special event.

October 11, 2018

For sale to the highest bidder: A 12-pound chunk of the moon

Anyone who can’t make it to the moon to gather a few lunar rocks now has the opportunity to buy one right here on Earth.

October 11, 2018

The 2018 Agritech New Zealand Showcase

Agritech New Zealand is joining forces with IOT Waikato to host a major regional agritech event at the Atrium conference centre at Wintec.

October 9, 2018

Houston officials block brothel from featuring sex dolls

The Houston City Council on Wednesday prevented what was billed as the first brothel in the United States equipped with sex dolls from opening in the Texas city, altering a local ordinance to block the business and any others like it.

October 5, 2018

Affordable homes slip away for first home buyers

Hamilton City Council is being forced to reduce the supply of affordable homes to be built in Special Housing Areas (SHA), leaving private developers with more power and creating a tighter market for first-home buyers.

October 3, 2018

Waikato A&P Show

The Waikato A & P Show is back for 2018, bringing together the livestock, rural competitions and traditional events linked to the region’s thriving rural sector.

October 1, 2018

Affordable homes slip away for first home buyers

Hamilton City Council is being forced to reduce the supply of affordable homes to be built in Special Housing Areas (SHA), leaving private developers with more power and creating a tighter market for first-home buyers.

September 28, 2018

Dwarf goats make the party scene in Los Angeles

Spanky and Pippin are literally party animals in the Los Angeles nightlife scene.

September 27, 2018

Waikato Home & Garden Show

Whether you are building, renovating, buying, selling or simply looking for new décor for your existing house, the Waikato Home & Garden Show is the place to check out the latest and greatest for your home.

September 25, 2018

Scaly, scary lodgers: Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles

In an unassuming house on France’s River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg (110-pound) tortoise roams the garden and a two-meter (seven-foot) alligator sleeps in the owner’s bed while another keeps watch at the door.

September 21, 2018

Pirongia Craft Day

The annual Pirongia Craft Day Market is being held on Sunday 30th September 2018.

September 19, 2018

Special housing areas eating into Hamilton’s industrial land

Hamilton City Council is juggling the demands of holding on to industrial land, while opening up space for special housing areas.

September 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

“If you can’t convince them, confuse them.”

– Harry S Truman

September 14, 2018

Outrage after McDonald’s stops worker from speaking te reo Māori

A McDonald’s worker is furious and saddened after management told her she couldn’t speak te reo Māori to customers.

September 13, 2018

Homeless vet to get all cash raised by New Jersey couple: GoFundMe

A homeless veteran who spent his last $20 to help a woman will receive the more than $400,000 that was raised for him.

September 11, 2018

Traffic light upgrades under way at Hamilton intersection

A notorious Hamilton intersection will undergo upgrades from the start of October with traffic lights being installed to be finished by Christmas.

September 7, 2018

St. Louis apartment with kitchen-bathroom combo creates stir

A St. Louis man is the new tenant of a tiny apartment with a unique layout — the kitchen and bathroom are in the same place.

September 5, 2018

Waikato Cherry Tree Festival

The Waikato Cherry Tree Festival is a great family event, with food vendors, stilt walkers, face painting, Japanese drummers, Kung Fu dance performers and even more great entertainment on offer.

September 3, 2018

Hamilton new waste plan given green light

Hamiltonians are one step closer to getting their new kerbside collection service, with council approving the new level of service for the city.

August 31, 2018

Waikato Wellness Fairs 2018

Are you interested in holistic or alternative health practices or energy medicine? Do you like crystals, spiritual music, spiritual readings or meditation? This Wellness Fair is hosted by Catherine Weston (EFT & Access Bars Facilitator) will have something for everyone.

August 30, 2018

Bees besiege Times Square street, drawing swarm of tourists

It was a case of hold the honey, double the mustard in Times Square at lunchtime on Tuesday.

August 29, 2018

Take a Magical Tour of Hamilton Gardens

Explore magical enclosed gardens that tell the intriguing story of how gardens from around the globe reflect different civilisations.

August 23, 2018

Crikey! Photographer gets up close with dangerous crocs

A photographer with a passion for wild animals was able to get up close and personal with one of nature’s deadliest creatures.

August 23, 2018

Banning foods in schools not the solution: Allergy advocate

Banning kids from taking cakes and nuts to school or daycare won’t necessarily stop kids from breaking out in hives or having an anaphylactic shock, according to parents of children with severe allergies.

August 20, 2018

Swiss brothers get ready to refloat the bubble car

With its quirky egg shape and minimalist interior, the bubble car was a symbol of cheap and cheerful mobility on European roads in the 1950s and 60s.

August 17, 2018

Waikato Regional Council in mediation with landowner over race-based policy claim

The Waikato Regional Council is set to defend a complaint laid with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) alleging its controversial plan change aimed at improving water quality gives iwi special treatment.

August 16, 2018