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Mining company fined after discharging diesel into a stream

A judge called Taharoa Ironsands' actions "careless".

Watch: NIWA's Chris Brandolino and Ben Noll explain what we can expect for summer.

'Tropical-fuelled' storms to kick off first days of NZ summer

'True summer' won't be here for a while, Weather Watch warns.

Some freedom campers have been found defecating in plain sight.

Waikato council staff impersonators demanding money for fake camping permits

There have been six recorded cases of the deception.

Police are asking motorists to avoid the area if possible.

Seven injured in serious crash near Taupiri

State Highway 1 has been closed.

Colin says he doesn't expect to ever be able to retire.

72yo Waikato bus driver explains why he's striking

"If I can't pay rent, I will live on the street - and the council wouldn't care."

Electricity power pylons stand in Rangipo Desert near the State Highway 1 Desert Road on May 6, 2016 in Waiouru, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins)

More than 15,000 Taupō locals without power

A switchboard fault in Wairakei is to blame for the huge outage.

Closeup shot of an unrecognizable physiotherapist treating a patient

Physiotherapists go on strike

They say the DHB failed to make them an offer, as promised.

Papanui Point, south of Raglan.

Search for teenager swept off Raglan rocks 'unsuccessful'

The search will resume tomorrow morning.

Emergency services were called at around 2:30am to the crash.

At least one dead in fiery crash north of Taupō

Emergency services are still working to separate the vehicles.


Man critical after police pursuit

Police say he was the only one in the vehicle.


Two people dead after crash near Tokoroa

SH1 is now closed, and two other people have serious to critical injuries.

Truck on fire

Truck bursts into flames on the Waikato Expressway

The driver is okay.

Watch: Jacinda Ardern says New Zealanders are being "fleeced" by fuel companies.

The cheapest fuel in New Zealand revealed

A small Waikato town has taken out the top spot.

A police car.

Man stabbed after finding intruder holding knife to 3yo

The Waikato father received non-life threatening injuries.

Police car on the street at night

Pedestrian dies after Waikato car crash

It's the second fatal crash overnight in the region.

Multiple Waikato schools have had windows smashed over the weekend.

'Cynical vandalism': Windows smashed at multiple Waikato schools

One school says thousands of dollars of damage has been done.

Nicholas Way was taken illegally eight months ago by his mother, Lauren Way (also known as Lauren Smith) almost eight months ago.

Waikato father collects abducted son from Zimbabwe

The boy was taken illegally eight months ago by his mother.


Missing 4yo found in Paeroa

Waitoki Hemara, who is autistic, has been found safe at a friend's house.


Locals' epic footage of tornado above Te Awamutu

A Waikato man couldn't pass up the chance to chase the rare weather event.


PM pushes Te Aroha as next tourism hotspot

She says her daughter's namesake has potential to be a 'wellbeing' destination.

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