Waikato

House fire reveals drug paraphernalia

Police have been called in after drug paraphernalia was discovered at a Taupo proeprty following a house fire. Fire crews were called to the blaze on Hinemoa Ave around 9.15pm. Northern Fire Communications shift manager Scott Osmond says firefighters...... Read More

Father and children injured in crash

A father and his two children sustained minor to serious injuries when the vehicle they were in crashed with a truck near Ngatea. The accident happened at Mangatarata, south of the Coromandel roundabout on State Highway 2, on Saturday. The Auckland...... Read More

Worries over rescue helicopter cuts

The mayors of Taupō, Rotorua and Ruapehu District will today meet with Health Minister David Clark over the possible loss of rescue helicopter services in the region. Under a proposed re-design of the national air ambulance service, the central North...... Read More

Mayors say medical school a ‘no-brainer’

Two Waikato mayors say a proposal for a Waikato Medical School will be a "game-changer" for smaller Waikato towns and the government must support it. The proposal to build a Hamilton-based medical school has come from the University of Waikato...... Read More

Coromandel crash victims named

Police can now release the names of the three people who died following a two-vehicle head-on crash just west of the Kopu Bridge on SH25 yesterday. They were 66-year-old Ian James Fielder, 64-year-old Jocelyn Fielder from Turua and 20-year-old Haydn...... Read More

Horror Thames crash: Father, son in stolen car

The survivor of a crash near Thames which killed three others was a passenger in a stolen car driven by his 20-year-old son, police say. Emergency services were called to the two-car crash near Thames. Police said the crash, at Kopu Bridge on State...... Read More

Crash kills married couple near Thames

  The sole survivor of a two-vehicle head-on crash near Thames remains in hospital in critical condition. A married couple, both in their 60s, and a 20-year-old man died at the scene of the crash on State Highway 25, west of the Kopu Bridge just...... Read More

Three killed in crash near Thames

  UPDATED 9.58PM: Three people have died and one person is in a critical condition following a two-vehicle crash at the Kopu Bridge, Coromandel. There were two people in each of the vehicles.  Emergency services were called to the...... Read More

Cambridge earthworks company fined $19,000

Waikato Regional Council is urging earthworks contracting companies to be vigilant with their environmental obligations after a Cambridge company was convicted and fined $19,125 for sediment discharges into a Tamahere stream near Hamilton. The prosecution...... Read More

Bold rescue in challenging conditions

Saving nine people from a cold night stranded on an island off the coast of Whangamata is being described as a bold rescue. A group of seven lifeguards from Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club carried out the challenging rescue during Easter weekend,...... Read More