Waikato

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

Toddler airlifted to Waikato Hospital

A pair of Westpac rescue helicopters were called to two separate incidents in the Coromandel over the weekend. The first was scrambled to Whiritoa at 11:56am on Saturday, where a man in his 40s had fallen from the second floor of a house. The...... Read More

Freedom camping bylaw adopted in Taupo District

A freedom camping bylaw is set to come into effect across the Taupo District next month. The law, which will launch on December 1, bans campers from Ferry Road and limits areas where non-self contained campers are allowed to stay. Anyone...... Read More

Kaimai Ranges crash victim named

Police have revealed the identity of the man killed in a crash on State Highway 29 on the Bay of Plenty side of the Kaimai Ranges early on Friday. He was 37-year-old Cambridge man Ahmed Shariff. The crash happened near McLaren Falls...... Read More

Woman dies following Waikato crash

A woman has died following a two-car crash near Matamata in Waikato earlier this afternoon. The incident happened on State Highway 27 near the Tatuanui roundabout at approximately 1:30pm. The woman, in her 60s, died while being transported...... Read More

Night work to begin on Karangahake Gorge

From this weekend to mid-December 12.5 kilometres of new road surface will be laid on State Highway 2 between the SH1/2 interchange at Pokeno and the SH2/25 roundabout leading to Thames. Most of the work on this section of SH2 will be done at night with...... Read More

Failed piggery directors convicted

Two former directors of a failed piggery operation, which posed a significant risk to the environment, have been convicted and fined thousands of dollars each in the Hamilton District Court. Waikato Regional Council, which brought the prosecution,...... Read More

Record rescue time for Greenlea chopper

A missing woman has been found in record time thanks to the efforts of the Greenlea Rescue helicopter team. The helicopter was contacted by National Park Police on Monday evening in regards to a woman who had not returned from a day hike to Lake Surprise...... Read More

South Waikato CEO gets extended contract

South Waikato District Council's chief executive will continue his position for two years, from May next year, through to May 2020 after his contract was extended. Chief Executive Craig Hobbs took on the role in May 2013 and admits it is his...... Read More