Waikato

Jailed for accidentally shooting friend

A woman who accidentally shot a friend has been sentenced to three years and one month in jail. The 23-year-old was arrested and charged with manslaughter following the fatal shooting at a Hamilton address on May 30. The victim, Rhys Williamson, is...... Read More

Blue whale fear as exploration ship heads for NZ

An oil exploration ship at the centre of a storm of controversy for its seismic blasting agenda earlier this year in New Zealand is on its way back. The Schlumberger-owned Amazon Warrior, the world’s largest seismic exploration ship, is just two...... Read More

Explicit joke reignites claims of sexism on council

The actions of a Hamilton city councillor who sent a sexually explicit joke to a journalist has reopened claims of sexism at Hamilton City Council. Mark Bunting has apologised to Angela Cuming for sending the joke via Facebook, and he now faces a disciplinary...... Read More

Waikato communities take action to protect kauri

Waikato Regional Counci officials have claimed It is "fantastic" to see local community groups taking action to protect threatened kauri. “With these iconic forest giants increasingly threatened by kauri dieback disease, we’re...... Read More

Storm yields flooding and funnel cloud

As most of you know a large belt of high pressure is crossing New Zealand and will take the rest of November to do so. It's the same block of high pressure that is giving Melbourne and Hobart their (potentially) warmest November since records began...... Read More

Shopkeeper assaulted in armed robbery

Tobacco has been stolen and a shopkeeper assaulted in an armed robbery. Hamilton Police are asking for assistance to identify those responsible for the aggravated robbery of a Hamilton dairy on Saturday.   Two offenders entered the dairy on Bader...... Read More

Sticky situation after massive molasses spill on road

A truck carrying 14 tonnes of molasses rolled near Ngahape in the Waikato this morning, spilling five tonnes of the sugary syrup on the road. The Fire Service was called to the truck roll on Ngahape Road shortly after 7.30am. A spokesman says the...... Read More

Former MP warned health board over CEO

Former Labour MP Sue Moroney says she warned the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) chairman about Nigel Murray before he was hired. The DHB is under intense scrutiny over spending on travel and expenses by its former chief executive. Dr Murray spent...... Read More

Waikato DHB chair: I’m not to blame for spending scandal

The head of the Waikato District Health Board says he was unaware of the scale of travel by its former chief executive, and he is angry about the spending scandal that's engulfed his DHB. Former chief executive Nigel Murray, who was on a salary of...... Read More