Councils to consider case for Hamilton rail

Waikato councils will consider the business case for a start-up Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service expected to begin in 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. The Waikato Regional Transport Committee last week voted unanimously...... Read More

Major funding boost for Māori community repairs

The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta has just announced 24 community-led housing repair projects will receive funding from the Māori Housing Network, totalling $5.8 million. The announcement was made at the National Māori Housing...... Read More

Man facing kidnapping and indecent act charges

A 27-year-old Huntly man was arrested yesterday following an attempted abduction and a series of indecent acts towards children in Hamilton. An investigation began when a four-year-old girl was abducted in Hamilton on 5 October. The girl was pulled...... Read More

Highway to remain closed after fiery fatal crash

Police can confirm just one person has died in a crash between a car and a truck on State Highway 1 at Atiamuri this morning. Emergency services have been at the scene since shortly after 2:30am. The deceased was the sole occupant of the car, says Senior...... Read More

One confirmed dead in fiery crash

One person is dead following a fiery crash on State Highway 1, north of Atiamuri. Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash, near the Bull Ring Cafe, at 2.30am. A police spokesperson says a car and a truck were involved in the crash,...... Read More

Investigation into triple-fatal crash ongoing

Inquiries are ongoing into the fatal crash which killed three people on Mangaharakeke Road in Hamilton just after midnight on Sunday. The man driving of the Holden Trax in which three people were killed, was admitted to Waikato Hospital...... Read More

Council accused of charging ’illegal’ fee to pilots

Charging pilots a fee to approach a small North Island airfield is illegal, the head of Flying New Zealand says. The $15 landing fee applies to pilots of light aircraft who approach the Matamata Aerodrome, even if they do not land. The Matamata-Piako...... Read More

Chase goes from four wheels to two

Hamilton Police have arrested a fleeing driver after the man swapped his car for a bicycle. Police were alerted to the erratic manner of a red Nissan Maxima car being driven from Tamahere towards Hamilton around 6pm on Thursday. A patrol vehicle...... Read More

Te Aroha tramper rescued from Raetea Forest

A Te Aroha woman has been rescued after spending a night lost in the Raetea Forest. Police received a call Wednesday night from a 24-year-old Te Aroha woman who had become lost in the forest while walking the Te Arora trail. Due to...... Read More