Local News

Cambridge town residents encouraged to have say in future of public spaces

Residents have a chance to shape the future of public spaces in Cambridge.

May 17, 2019

Blue Light Taupo – Drive In Movie – Double Header

Blue Light is the volunteer arm of the NZ Police with a focus of youth events and programs free of Drugs and Alcohol.

May 15, 2019

Smell of durian prompts hundreds to flee from Australian library

The Emergency Services Agency said firefighters were called to the campus early Friday afternoon “following reports of a strong smell of gas”.

May 13, 2019

Hospice Waikato, Montana Food & Events Bucket List Banquet

Hospice Waikato and Montana Food & Events invite you to an evening of world-class acts, fine dining, and an auction that will leave you at the edge of your seats!

May 10, 2019

Strep throat circulates again in Waikato as winter sets in

Nurses and pharmacists in Huntly are seeing an increase of strep throat as the winter season begins.

May 9, 2019

Only in New Zealand: 9 classic, hilarious Kiwi moments

New Zealand is famous for a lot of things: a sexy accent, sheep and the All Blacks.

May 7, 2019

The Great New Zealand Food Show

The Great NZ Food Show, showcases the best in food, wine, delicious edibles and innovative products.

May 3, 2019

Measles outbreak spreads to Taupō, warnings for several sites

Two cases of measles have been confirmed in Taupō, and people who were at the movies, a games shop, or certain eateries may have been exposed.

May 2, 2019

How magnificent is this spider? You be the judge

A Sydney man’s photo of a bizarre-looking spider will definitely separate the arachnophobes from the arachnophiles.

April 29, 2019

Sixty per cent of Waikato DHB staffers have seen bullying at work: survey

Almost 60 per cent of at Waikato DHB staff have witnessed bullying at work in the past year, “mind blowing” figures reveal.

April 25, 2019

Teen who learnt to drift cars in simulator says he shocked Japanese instructors with his skills

It’s the type of high speed, high octane driving made famous in big screen action films such as The Fast and The Furious.

April 25, 2019

Taupō Monster Bike Sale

Discover New Zealand’s biggest bike sale these April school holidays in Taupō. All the brands, all the stores, and all the best local knowledge.

April 23, 2019

Waikato DHB board may go, replaced by Commissioner

Health Minister Dr David Clark has given Waikato DHB Board two weeks to come up with a reason why he shouldn’t fire its members and replace them with with a commissioner.

April 17, 2019

Mysterious mashed potatoes dropper strikes

Residents of a neighbourhood in the US state of Mississippi are confused by the bowls of mashed potatoes they’re finding on their cars, porches and mailboxes.

April 16, 2019

Easterfest 2019

Easterfest is a family friendly festival that includes music, special events and speakers, but wants to create an even bigger more interactive experience.

April 15, 2019

US police storm bathroom, catch a vacuum cleaner

​Pounding noises kept coming from the bathroom in a suburban home outside Portland, Oregon, US.

April 12, 2019

Women’s Lifestyle Expo

With more than 180 companies involved featuring everything from jewellery and beauty to business products & information, travel, crafts, fitness, food & wine and much more!

April 9, 2019

Large increase in property values alters rates for Matamata-Piako

Farmers will catch a break this financial year, while Matamata-Piako’s urban population will notice the largest increase in rates.

April 8, 2019

Taupo Home & Garden Show

It’s all about ideas at the Taupo Home & Garden Show. With over 150 exhibitors, latest trends, innovations and exclusive show specials it’s the place to be for inspiration for indoors and out.

April 4, 2019

Waikato District’s inorganic waste collection on hold

If you’re expecting to get a fridge or furniture collected kerbside in the Waikato District, you’re out of luck.

April 4, 2019

Armed US police break down door of family who didn’t take toddler to hospital

The scene looks like something from a middle-of-the-night drug raid.

April 1, 2019

Green light given for traffic lights on main route into Taupō

The green light has been given to a set of traffic lights on a main route in to Taupō’s CBD, but one man is dead set against the idea.

March 29, 2019

Stig the cat’s crime spree brings bare-footed man to owner’s door

The bare-footed man at Lisa Peckitt’s door Tuesday morning is all part of the humour of owning a sticky-pawed cat.

March 26, 2019

Great New Zealand Muster 2019

Proudly organised by the Waitomo District Council, the Great New Zealand Muster is Te Kuiti’s annual community event. A cross between a country fair and a rural extravaganza, it truly is kiwi heartland at its best.

March 25, 2019

‘Feisty’ koala decides to cool off inside Australian man’s car with dog

Even koalas need a little air conditioning to cool off.

March 22, 2019

Craft Extravaganza Market March 2019

Handmade,handcrafted arts and crafts, food, music, fun. An experience to be had. Local fundraiser for the community centre.

March 21, 2019

Part nurse, part doctor – nurse practitioners could help solve health problems, says nursing leader

They can diagnose you, prescribe you medicine, and read your test results – but they’re not doctors.

March 19, 2019

Balloons Over Waikato 2019

Proud to be one of New Zealand’s last large scale free events! Balloons over Waikato is New Zealand’s premier hot air balloon festival. Held annually, in Hamilton, this iconic event it is arguably the most popular event in the city.

March 15, 2019

Hamilton mayor’s political opponents label beggar billboards as early electioneering

Hamilton Mayor Andrew King’s latest billboard campaign against begging has ruffled opponents’ feathers but he insists he’s doing council business.

March 13, 2019

American Airlines updates support and service animal policy – mini horses still fly free

American Airlines is once again updating its policy on emotional support and service animals to specify what kinds of pets and how many can travel on board its aircraft.

March 11, 2019

Thames fire rips through building containing stored plastic

Stored plastic bottles have been engulfed in a fire near Thames that was visible from kilometres around.

March 7, 2019

Pilot orders pizzas for stranded flyers in Canada

It was not the usual order that Jofee Larivée gets every day.

March 7, 2019

Taupo Wellbeing Market

The Taupo Wellbeing Market is a fantastic free weekend with people who are passionate about making the world a better place through health, natural medicine, stress-free living and environmental awareness.

March 4, 2019

Car Boot Market Day

Come and enjoy a great whanau day out and catch up with friends. Find some great bargains and variety of things.Treasures to be found.

March 1, 2019

Late passengers watch helplessly as cruise ship leaves without them

What happens when you’re 45 minutes late for your cruise? Turns out they will leave you behind if they have to.

March 1, 2019

counterMOVEs Teenage Bootcamp

If you want to make some new friends, develop your personal fitness, reach your goals, and have fun whilst doing so, then this would be perfect for you.

February 26, 2019

‘Grave concerns’ for Waikato’s healthy rivers plan change hearings

Farmers may fail to speak up on wide-ranging plan to clean up the Waikato and Waipa rivers because hearings have been split into three blocks, lobby group Farmers for Positive Change fears.

February 25, 2019

Dangerous Hamilton footpaths being fixed after 28,000 faults found

Dangerous footpaths are undergoing urgent fixes after an innovative survey scooter proved invaluable, finding more than 28,000 faults in over 1000km of Hamilton footpaths.

February 21, 2019

Grooves In The Garden: Retro Market and Soul Picnic

Enjoy your lazy summer Sunday with an entree of sweet old-school music spun by15 vinyl DJs across 3 stages, mains buffet of 60+ vendors at the giant retro market and 3rd course with several hand-picked food trucks or BYO picnic with your fam at this Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival event.

February 21, 2019

Capital gains tax: Could cost commercial property owners ‘billions’

A comprehensive capital gains tax could cost the commercial property industry “billions a year”, the Property Council of New Zealand warns.

February 21, 2019

Coal dust turns white snow black in Siberian mining towns

A Siberian coal mining town has gotten a blanket of black snow, a regular occurrence in the region known for high industrial pollution levels.

February 19, 2019

Wastewater leak near Hamilton’s Pukete Boat Ramp prompts warning

Partly-treated wastewater may have leaked into Waikato River near the Pukete Boat Ramp, so people are being asked not to swim in the area.

February 14, 2019

New Zealand’s bone-chilling museum

Bruce Mahalski says he hasn’t killed anything that has ended up in his museum.

February 12, 2019

Brewery of The Month: Brewaucracy

Discover the best of local breweries every Friday with The Local Taphouse’s Brewery of the Month! Every month, a different local brewery will be taking over our taps to bring you the best of their brews, fresh from the keg.

February 11, 2019

Mystery creatures found in Auckland home likely to be moths, experts say

Mystery creatures found in an Auckland home that perplexed commentators on social media may be nothing more than insect legs.

February 7, 2019

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.

February 6, 2019

Capital gain on retirement village units is hit by cost of having to refurbish

Retirement village units where the resident gets the capital gain might not be as rosy as they first sound, the retirement village watchdog cautions.

February 5, 2019

Tamahere Country Market

The Tamahere Country Market is an open air Market featuring local produce and products made, grown, and created in New Zealand.

February 2, 2019

City clamps down on sprinklers amid soaring temperatures

Water restrictions have kicked in in Hamilton as the mercury threatens to top out in the early thirties.

January 29, 2019

NZ parliament sends condolences to Niue over Trevor the Duck’s death

The only duck in Niue has died.

January 28, 2019