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Gorilla loses appetite, lions develop cough after catching COVID-19 at Prague Zoo

A gorilla and two lions have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Prague Zoo, which is closed amid lockdown restrictions in the country.

March 4, 2021

Great Kiwi Beer Festival

Following on from a huge inaugural event in 2020, New Zealand’s favourite craft beer festival returns to Hamilton for the sensational second instalment, arriving in the Mighty Waikato on Saturday 13 March 2021.

March 1, 2021

Baarack from the brink: Wild sheep rescued in Australia shorn of 35 kg fleece

A wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece weighing more than 35 kilogrammes – nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo – after being shorn for the first time in many a year.

February 25, 2021

Grooves In The Gardens Retro Market

With 50+ hand-picked vendors from around the country stocking 1000’s of collectibles, a stack of vinyl DJ’s across 2 stages, food trucks, entertainment and a bunch of surprises, it is shaping up to be an incredible day so bring out the family and enjoy the last day of summer at GITG21.

February 22, 2021

Silver monolith torched in Congo after mysterious appearance

The latest in a series of mystery monoliths to capture the imagination of science-fiction fans around the world met a fiery end in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday when it was torched at a roundabout in the capital.

February 18, 2021

Covid 19 Coronavirus: Government agency to hand out food parcels after checkpoints cut off Port Waikato

Food parcels will be handed at Port Waikato after residents found themselves facing a 160km round trip on a dangerous road to get supplies after a surprise lockdown border change.

February 16, 2021

Gallagher Fireworks

This event is put on by Sir William and Lady Judi Gallagher as a gift to the families of Hamilton. This is a family event, come along to Innes Common and enjoy the display.

February 15, 2021

COVID maths: All the virus in the world would fit in a coke can

All the COVID-causing virus circulating in the world right now could easily fit inside a single cola can, according to a calculation by a British mathematician whose sum exposes just how much devastation is caused by minuscule viral particles.

February 11, 2021

What a load of garbage: More than half of Waipā’s rubbish doesn’t belong in landfill

More than half of the waste Waipā residents toss in their rubbish bins could have been diverted from landfill – much of it food that would have been still good to eat.

February 11, 2021

To lift lockdown gloom, Israelis keep calm and carry on screaming

Tired of COVID-19 confinement and seeking both communion and emotional release, some Israelis have taken to group screaming.

February 9, 2021

Hamilton Farmers’ Market

Fresh seasonal fruit & vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, milk, bread, honey, condiments buy local, support local. From our local farmers and producers direct to you. Stop also for a coffee or brunch while you buy your supplies!

February 8, 2021

Swedish film festival to screen on remote island for audience of one

Scandinavia’s biggest film festival is going ahead this year despite the coronavirus pandemic, but will be hosted on an isolated island and admit only one attendee – a healthcare worker, selected from 12,000 applicants.

February 2, 2021

Lobster shell patterns make concrete stronger: Australian researcher

Inspired by the natural, twisting patterns of a lobster shell, Australian researchers say they have found a way, using 3D printing technology, to improve the strength of concrete for use in complex architecture.

January 28, 2021

Rubbish dumping taints sacred Tainui site in Te Toto Gorge

Rubbish – including used nappies and bags of household waste – has been dumped in the picturesque Te Toto Gorge near Raglan and visitors are being asked to dob in offenders, who face fines of between $300 and $5000.

January 27, 2021

2021 4 & Rotary Nationals – Show & Shine

Save the date for 2021 4 & Rotary Nationals! The 3-day mega party is back, bigger and better!

January 25, 2021

Annual Waitangi Weekend Mini-Rally

Come relax and enjoy the hospitality at this family-orientated weekend gathering of sociality and friendship

January 17, 2021

Tomo causes road closure on SH1 through Hamilton

Part of State Highway 1 in Hamilton was closed this morning for emergency repairs after a tomo or sinkhole caused by a broken stormwater line opened up.

January 15, 2021

Extinct giant shark gave birth to ‘cannibal’ babies over 6ft 6in long

Megalodon sharks gave birth to babies bigger than most adult humans after they feasted on unhatched eggs in the womb, according to a new study.

January 14, 2021

Hamilton Farmers’ Market

Fresh seasonal fruit & vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, milk, bread, honey, condiments buy local, support local. From our local farmers and producers direct to you.

January 11, 2021

Quote of the Day

“The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.”

– Publilius Syrus

January 7, 2021

North Waikato: Plus one entitlement for some disabled bus travellers

Waikato Regional Council will this year introduce a new bus service in North Waikato as well as allow free travel across the region for carers travelling with accessibility concession holders.

January 5, 2021

We caught bacteria from the most pristine air on earth to help solve a climate modeling mystery

The Southern Ocean is a vast band of open water that encircles the entire planet between Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere landmasses.

January 3, 2021

Hamilton health warning: Dangerous algae levels at Lake Rotokauri

People are being warned to stay out of a lake near Hamilton after an increase in the levels of a dangerous algae.

December 28, 2020

Quote of the Day

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

December 27, 2020

A painful skin disease is killing dolphins worldwide — scientists just found out why

Ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005 with its Category 5 strength, dolphins that called those coastal waters home have been dying from a painful skin disease.

December 23, 2020

Waikato and Bay of Plenty highways busy this summer due to roadworks

As Covid-19 border closures restrict an overseas vacation this year, the NZ Transport Agency – Waka Kotahi (NZTA) expects busy state highways in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

December 21, 2020

Gourmet in the Gardens

Come and reconnect with friends and family in the beautiful Hamilton Gardens.

December 20, 2020

Wearing someone else’s face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan

A year into the coronavirus epidemic, a Japanese retailer has come up with a new take on the theme of facial camouflage – a hyper-realistic mask that models a stranger’s features in three dimensions.

December 17, 2020

Water restrictions in place for Waipā and Hamilton as summer starts to heat up

As the summer heat begins to kick in, Waipa district and Hamilton city are restricting water use to try avoid an outdoor water ban that hit the region last summer.

December 16, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.”

– Honore de Balzac

December 14, 2020

$2.8 million facelift for drought cracked roads on the Hauraki Plains

Hauraki Plains road users are set to get a smoother ride in the future as a $2.8 million facelift is upcoming after record-setting low rainfall caused cracking and slumping damage to roads.

December 10, 2020

Asteroid sample arrives in Japan after six-year space odyssey

Samples of an asteroid 300 million km from Earth arrived in Japan on Tuesday to applause and smiles, the climax of a six-year odyssey by a space probe pursuing the origins of life.

December 8, 2020

Great day for Pasifika rugby and community with celebration of Pan Pasifika Hub

After a journey of advocating and funding for the past 21 years, the dream of a new home for the Pasifika community in the Waikato will start to become real with a celebration ceremony in Hamilton for the $12 million Pan Pasifika Hub in a special event before the Moana Pasifika and Māori All Blacks rugby game.

December 3, 2020

Space oddity? Monolith in Utah desert mystifies helicopter crew

They were on a mission to count sheep when they found something they had not counted on.

December 2, 2020

Tamaheree Lions Best Artisan Market

Over 50 indoor and outdoor stalls: Gifts, crafts, food, coffee, clothes, some produce, jewellery, candles, bouncy castles, art, photography… you want it and you will be able to find it.

November 30, 2020

Concrete 3D printer an innovative approach by Hamilton construction company

The ability to print concrete houses in half the time it would take to construct one by traditional methods is being hailed as one of the possible solutions to saving a New Zealand housing market which is surging out of control.

November 26, 2020

Singapore activist faces fine over one-man smiley face sign protest

Singapore is set to charge an activist with staging a one-man protest without a permit over an incident in which he held up a sign bearing a crudely drawn smiley face outside a police station.

November 24, 2020

The Christmas Market with a Spitting Difference

Join for an unforgettable sunset market on the farm, with live music and friendly alpacas. Arts & Crafts, food, drinks, and alpaca feeding will be available​.

November 23, 2020

Clever rat sails to freedom on a piece of wood

This is the astonishing moment an intelligent rat escaped deadly floodwaters by using a piece of wood as a raft.

November 20, 2020

Waikato home buyers frustrated as housing market continues to surge out of control

A red hot housing market with prices that are continuing to surge out of control has left both first home buyers and those already on the property ladder frustrated by the extreme competition, with real estate organisations calling on government intervention.

November 18, 2020

Hamilton Collectables Market

With hundreds of interesting items for sale and friendly stallholders, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday.
Bring a friend and enjoy some light refreshments from our onsite coffee cart.

November 17, 2020

Tokoroa couple rewarded for mission to help youth in local community

Tokoroa, the South Waikato town that often gets a bad rap, has been inspired by the work of local couple Christina and Richard Ogle whose tireless effort with The Eclipse Project to help the local youth was rewarded this week with a surprise visit from The Hits breakfast hosts Jono and Ben.

November 13, 2020

Detained ‘drug smuggler’ cat escapes Sri Lanka prison

A cat detained at Sri Lanka’s main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said Monday.

November 11, 2020

Waikato Christmas Market

Waikato’s very own Christmas market is here, featuring a gorgeous selection of quality artisan goods and beautifully handcrafted gifts, fine art, skincare, wooden toys, leatherware, candles, fresh food and more, all showcasing our talented local enterprise.

November 9, 2020

Hamilton City council support for Pasifika hub rewarded after Government signs off on funding

Hamilton City Council’s advocacy of a new Pan Pasifika community hub has been rewarded with today’s announcement of government funding for the project.

November 6, 2020

Indian doctor duped into buying ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ for $41,600

Two men have been arrested in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly duping a doctor into buying an “Aladdin’s lamp” that they promised would bring him wealth and health.

November 5, 2020

Diwali – Food and Culture Festival

Tamil Society Waikato proudly presents Diwali – Food & Culture Festival with co-host Waikato Telugu Association.

November 3, 2020

A cow escaped from home and ended up stuck on a neighbor’s trampoline, and yes, there are pictures

A herd of 40 cows escaped their home in Australia earlier this month and had to be rounded up.

October 27, 2020

Waikato Home & Garden Show 2020

Don’t miss the annual Waikato Home & Garden Show, where you’ll find everything you need to renovate, build, decorate and landscape your home under one roof.

October 26, 2020

Man’s response to unexpected surprise while delivering package

A delivery driver’s adorable reaction to a woman’s kind gesture has melted hearts across the world.

October 23, 2020