Local News

New rules causing ‘chaos’ at intersection have increased staff anxiety, owners of a nearby business say

“Chaotic” new road rules at a busy Hamilton intersection have led to an increase in staff anxiety, owners of a nearby business say.

January 15, 2021

Scientists discover a bizarre new way snakes climb trees

Only four major types of snake locomotion have been recognized for nearly 100 years. And we’ve discovered a fifth.

January 12, 2021

Taupo Historic GP 2021

Come along to the annual Taupo Historic GP. This year is a celebration of Ford’s legendary history in NZ motorsport. There’ll be a very strong Ford presence over the weekend, plus a large number of feature cars, on display, demonstration laps, and other special promotions.

January 10, 2021

Waikato River Trails Summer Sizzler 2021

Grab your family and friends and come along to be part of an awesome summer running and walking event on the wonderful Waikato River Trails.

January 7, 2021

Take a trip through the meticulously managed fate of Hamilton’s food scraps

Most Hamiltonians probably don’t really think – or even want to think – about what happens to their scrapings and peelings, their shellfish shells, their gnawed-upon lamb chop bones and carefully extracted avocado stones.

January 6, 2021

Could there be a dancing robot in your future Hyundai?

If the future contains robots in our cars that can do menial tasks for us and bust out sweet dance moves on command, then that is a future we can get behind.

January 4, 2021

Hamilton City Council to open up food outlet ratings to the public

Food outlets in Hamilton appear to be improving their hygiene standards and record-keeping – and soon Hamiltonians will be able to monitor where to buy their food – or not – themselves.

December 28, 2020

The Long $2 Book Fair

The Long $2 Book Fair (this year over 23 days) features more than 250 boxes of secondhand books, both fiction and non-fiction.

December 27, 2020

US Humane Society gets 250 guinea pigs from overwhelmed owner

A US humane society has taken in 250 guinea pigs from an inundated pet owner.

December 23, 2020

Ruapehu’s crater lake heating up, tremors continue

Mount Ruapehu’s crater lake – Te Wai ā-moe – is heating up and is now at 43C.

December 21, 2020

Rāhui imposed on Coromandel scallop fishery after fears of over fishing

The decline in scallop numbers and a lack of action from government, has prompted a small Coromandel town to put a rāhui on scallop harvesting over the summer period.

December 17, 2020

Captain Nana Spider-Pig Wolfenstein the Second – just one of the unusual names chosen by Wellington dog owners

It can be a dog’s life if your owner wants a name to make you stand out. Just ask Captain Nana Spider-Pig Wolfenstein the Second.

December 15, 2020

The Taupo Market

Find things for the garden, the house, the pantry, the table – something for him, for her and for you.
Professionally managed to feature good customer facilities.

December 13, 2020

City council could charge $5 to park at the Hamilton Gardens

Visitors to the Hamilton Gardens could soon have to pay $5 to park their cars there each time they visit.

December 10, 2020

Another mysterious monolith appears in Pittsburgh, has yet to vanish

Yet another mysterious monolith has randomly appeared in another corner of the world, this time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

December 9, 2020

Te Kauwhata A&P Show

Te Kauwhata A&P Show, horse and cattle competitions, indoor competitions, trade stands, amusement rides, coffee and food trucks, NZ Strongman Series, live entertainment on stage. Fun for the whole family.

December 7, 2020

Top 10 mind-blowing secret passages that actually exist

Imagine stumbling upon of these epic historical secrets? For this list, we’ll be looking at instances of secret tunnels and passageways throughout history.

December 3, 2020

NZ’s last inorganic rubbish collection headed for the tip

People leaving old couches and kitchen sinks on the pavement for kerbside pick-up may be a thing of the past in Waikato district.

December 1, 2020

Covid-19: Playing video games during lockdowns can be good for mental health

When the pandemic put a stop to normal life, many people switched on their games consoles. Video-game internet traffic in America rose by 75 per cent within a week in March, as many states went into lockdown, according to Verizon, a telecoms firm.

November 30, 2020

Covid-19: Ōtorohanga College feeding an increasing number of students as coronavirus impact continues

A high school that caters to one of New Zealand’s top tourists destinations has had to feed an increasing number of students as the impact of Covid-19 continues.

November 26, 2020

North Korean gymnast escapes to South Korea by vaulting over 3 metre border fence

A North Korean gymnast escaped to the South by swinging himself over the border barricades without triggering sensors, according to reports.

November 25, 2020

Cambridge Athletic Park Christmas Market

The CAHC Committee are pleased to announce our “Athletic Park Christmas Market” Fundraiser event.

November 23, 2020

Black bag dumping still an issue, but city ‘adapting well’ to rubbish and recycling regimen

The staff at the Hamilton City Council have managed to engineer a massive behavioural change in the city’s residents when it comes to kerbside recycling – but they have copped a lot of abuse in the process.

November 20, 2020

President of Turkmenistan unveils giant golden statue of his favourite dog

The president of Turkmenistan, one of the most reclusive countries in the world, has unveiled a giant gilded statue of his favourite dog breed in the capital Ashgabat.

November 18, 2020

Cambridge Athletic Park Christmas Market

The CAHC Committee are pleased to announce our “Athletic Park Christmas Market” Fundraiser event.

November 16, 2020

‘Not a restoration’: Bizarre restoration of Spanish statue attracts disbelief

A statue in Spain has had a questionable makeover.

November 13, 2020

Warm season ahead raises prospect of water restrictions

Warmer air and sea temperatures are on the summer weather radar, forcing some councils to think about early water restrictions.

November 12, 2020

Te Awamutu Annual Craft Fair

The Te Awamutu Annual Craft Fair boasts over 100 craft stalls who only sell New Zealand made or assembled products.

November 10, 2020

North Waikato rubbish fire stokes residents’ anger

Residents in a North Waikato village have taken to sleeping in their cars to escape the suffocating stench coming from an underground rubbish fire.

November 6, 2020

Gorilla-size creature causes panic in Texas

What has five legs, moves like a sloth and is the size of a gorilla? That’s what police in Arlington, Texas, wanted to know after getting a barrage of calls about a mysterious monster in town.

November 3, 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 3, 2020

VW opens worlds smallest car dealership

You might think that when it comes to brand new, cutting edge new car dealerships, bigger is usually seen as better. But Volkswagen Australia is going in a different direction.

October 30, 2020

APL Waikato Showjumping

Takapoto Estate proudly presents Waikato Showjumping. A 3-day event for all ages showcasing the best of Waikato riders in an incredible facility on the shores of Lake Karapiro.

October 28, 2020

‘The smell is putrid. It’s toxic, bitter’: The Waikato rubbish fire that won’t quit

A deep-seated rubbish fire is still burning two months after it started, blanketing two North Waikato villages in a sickening smell.

October 26, 2020

Gourmet in the Gardens

Come and reconnect with friends and family in the beautiful Hamilton Gardens. Enjoy the live music, sunshine, and the selection of cuisine from our local food trucks.

October 23, 2020

No dogs in pet-friendly Kauaeranga Valley campgrounds following pre-Christmas 1080 drop

Don’t take your dog to pet-friendly campsites of the Kauaeranga Valley this Christmas.

October 21, 2020

Meet the sheep that’s worth $490,000

Meet the sheep that’s worth $490,000

October 19, 2020

10 Years of Street Art Exhibition

The Graffiato street art festival celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, with a special one-off exhibition.

October 16, 2020

Surge in demand for rooms at New Zealand university halls of residence

Halls of residence are experiencing a surge in demand, as students opt to stay and study in New Zealand.

October 14, 2020

The onions which were too ‘overtly sexualised’ for Facebook

A garden supplies company in eastern Canada has run afoul of Facebook with its “overtly sexualised positioning” of onions in an advert.

October 12, 2020

Animal killings lead to popular Waikato trail closure

Livestock killings and serious vandalism has forced a section of the popular Waikato River Trails to be permanently closed.

October 8, 2020

Colombian Woman Missing for Two Years Found Alive in Sea

A woman whose family reported her missing in 2018 was found floating alive in the Caribbean Sea off a northern Colombian port town on September 26.

October 6, 2020

Fat Bear Week is upon us. Here’s how to celebrate the big, glorious event

Need a break from the brutal, harsh reality of 2020? Election overload? Coronavirus anxiety? Tune in to Fat Bear Week.

October 2, 2020

NZMCA Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show – Hamilton

Celebrating 15 years in the industry, this Show is set to be the biggest ever… with even more exhibitors, external marquees and great deals for you… showcasing everything you love about the outdoor lifestyle!

September 30, 2020

Tamahere 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.

September 28, 2020

Waikato University prepares for more job cuts as $20 million loss looms

University of Waikato has warned staff to prepare for job losses across the board to combat a multi-million dollar deficit.

September 24, 2020

Monkey seen ‘flossing’ after eating

Macaques possess a repertoire of extractive foraging techniques that range from complex manipulation to tool-aided behaviors, to access food items that increase their foraging efficiency substantially.

September 22, 2020

Ferment Fest

This your chance to check out craft brewers, award-winning cheesemakers and artisan fermented good makers from around the Waikato.

September 21, 2020

Kohu Road – Factory Shop

Fill up your freezer with all your favourite Kohu Road flavours. Visit bespoke Factory Shop at 44K Portage Road, New Lynn, Auckland, every Saturday open 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, or during the week, Monday to Friday 9:00 am- 4:30 pm, closed public holidays.

September 16, 2020

The licence testing station where two thirds fail

When William Harris Junior turned up to VTNZ Frankton for his restricted drivers licence test he didn’t know the numbers were already against him passing.

September 14, 2020