Waihi teen livin’ the local government dream

Waihi 17-year-old Joshua Mason never wanted to be a fireman or astronaut when he grew up. Instead, he always dreamed of being a politician. It’s a career choice that is met with bemusement by many. “I definitely get some funny looks when...... Read More

Miners discover gold, but few celebrating

A small company wanting to extract gold from a mine on conservation land fears for the future of the industry in the face of red tape, local hostility and official indifference. New Talisman Gold Mines has spent $1.8 million over 18 months to get the...... Read More

Kayakers rescued after drifting out to sea

Two kayakers who got into trouble in the Hauraki Gulf have been rescued They were unable to get the vessel back to shore and it drifted out to sea off Orere Point in the Firth of Thames. One of the kayakers called police - using a waterproofed mobile...... Read More

Fire crews delayed by possible drone sighting

A reported drone sighting delayed a helicopter being sent to a fire in Coromandel this afternoon. Four fire crews and a helicopter have now extinguished the scrub fire at Hahei Beach on the East Coast. A spokesperson for Fire and Emergency said at its...... Read More

Teens involved in Hamilton police pursuit

Three teenagers have been involved in a police pursuit in the early hours of this morning. Police say they saw a suspicious vehicle in the Hamilton suburb of Bader shortly after 3am. They say the driver didn't stop for police and there was a short...... Read More

Two lucky Strike players win $150,000

Two lucky Strike players will be popping the champagne after each winning $150,000 with Strike Four in tonight's live Lotto draw. The winning tickets were sold at Paper Plus Hamilton in Hamilton and Mosgiel New World in Mosgiel. Powerball was not...... Read More

Spike in car break-ins

A spike in the number of thefts from car break-ins is prompting police to issue a warning to the public. In a post on the Waikato Police Facebook page, police says they have been alerted to a recent spike in thefts from car break-ins as well as stolen...... Read More

NZ fighter set for international stage

Alexi Serepisos is ready for the biggest stage of his career. The New Zealand Combat Sports scene is on a roll at the moment and this weekend Alexi “Phet” Serepisos (40-13-0) looks to keep the momentum going. The 24-year-old Muay Thai...... Read More

Injured climber in Waikato Hospital

A woman injured in a climbing incident in Mount Maunganui is in a serious but stable condition in Waikato Hospital. The 32-year-old Whakatane woman was injured in the climbing incident on Wednesday night. Emergency services were called to the tracks...... Read More