The active will find plenty to keep them occupied whether it’s caving, surfing or fishing, hiking or biking in our lush countryside. You can learn about the rich history of the Tainui people and the Kiingitanga. There's so much to see in the Waikato district.

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Waikato boasts strong and vibrant communities, great schools and huge lifestyle advantages. Growing numbers of people are bringing their families to either start a business or to join a business and live here.

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Multimillion-dollar inland port to bring jobs, products to the Waikato

+30 Apr 2019

Nestled behind industrial sites in the Waikato is a development poised to bring 300 jobs. More

NZTA confirms maximum funding rate for Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service.

+26 Mar 2019

It's full steam ahead for passenger rail. More

Employment boom in Waikato as businesses spring up

+12 Feb 2019

Businesses is booming in the Waikato District. It's one of the fastest growing districts in the country. More

Waikato screenplay Daffodils set to make film debut

+12 Feb 2019

DAFFODILS is a heart-aching drama of a quintessential New Zealand marriage, told with iconic New Zealand music. More

Hansa chipper about move to Waikato premises

+7 Feb 2019

The team at Hansa's new premises in Northgate Business Park. More

Synlait Pokeno factory on track for completion this spring

+5 Feb 2019

Synlait Milk's new dairy factory at Pokeno is taking shape with commissioning on schedule to begin in early spring. More

Hamilton-Auckland train trial gets tick from NZ Transport Agency

+19 Dec 2018

The Hamilton to Auckland train will stop at Frankton, The Base, Huntly, and Papakura (file photo). More

First ultra-fast broadband connection made in Matangi / Tamahere

+18 Dec 2018

“It’s great to have a top rate internet speed, even though I’m living just outside of the city" More

Waikato's Perry Bridge wins on world stage

+23 Nov 2018

The bridge, at Horotiu north of Hamilton, was recognised as the best pedestrian bridge at the global Structural Awards in London last weekend. More

Economic agency releases plan to improve Waikato's prosperity

+14 Nov 2018

Waikato economic development agency Te Waka has released a four year plan that it hopes will drive the region's economic future. More

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announces 175 Kiwibuild homes for Waikato town

+25 Oct 2018

The Lakeside development in Te Kauwhata will see 175 KiwiBuild homes starting at $480,000 More

A strategy to link South Auckland and Waikato trails

+24 Oct 2018

Local and central government connect with communities to discuss linkages between north Waikato and Auckland. More

Auckland's urban sprawl gains pace south of the Bombays

+16 Oct 2018

Anyone driving over the Bombay Hills will have seen Pokeno undergoing a huge makeover. More

Ports of Auckland secure first tenant at one of Waikato's two inland ports

+2 Oct 2018

Hundreds of jobs will be created in the next few years after one of two massive inland ports near Hamilton secured its first tenant. More

East versus west coast battle for most beautiful small town heats up as judges visit

+27 Sep 2018

Waikato district town Raglan completing against Waihi Beach for Keep NZ Beautiful Award. More

Waikato's Cherry Tree Festival in Tamahere expecting thousands

+17 Sep 2018

Homeowners Anne Cao and Paul Oulton are expecting thousands when doors open on Waikato Cherry Tree Festival. More

Electric car owners amped for Hampton Downs event

+14 Sep 2018

They'll be blatting around a racetrack, but don't expect it to be a noisy affair. More

Tūākau and Huntly earmarked for start-up train stations on commuter line to Auckland

+13 Sep 2018

Work on passenger rail between Hamilton and Auckland is chugging along and two councils have picked their favoured spots for stations (file photo). More

Massive agri-tourism development plans to bring Kiwi farm, ferry rides, accommodation to north Waikato

+3 Sep 2018

Work on a massive agri-tourism venture just 35 minutes from Auckland International Airport is the latest in a corridor of new projects along the country's longest river. More

Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay schools get new classrooms

+29 Aug 2018

Te Kauwhata Primary, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Bernard Ferguson and Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga to gain 10 teaching spaces to assist with roll growth. More

A blueprint for solving New Zealand's waste problem

+20 Aug 2018

The small seaside community of Raglan may well have a blueprint for how New Zealand can reduce its ever-growing pile of rubbish. More

End of digital divide nigh for north Waikato

+15 Aug 2018

Huntly will soon get high-speed internet, a move that will end the digital divide. More

Waikato marae wants to turn koi carp eradication into commercial venture

+9 Aug 2018

Te Rui o Waikato have big plans for Lake Waikare. More

Subsea Training Centre can't keep up with demand for divers

+30 Jul 2018

As one of 10 commercial diving schools in the world and the only one in New Zealand, Huntly's Subsea Training Centre can't keep up with demand. More

Zenders Cafe in Hamilton recreates Netherlands theme

+18 Jul 2018

New cafe in Newstead set to open in December with traditional Netherlands fare. More

Meet Matua X-Man 'guardian of the environment' in Waikato and Waipa

+18 Jul 2018

Children across the Waikato District know Paul Murray as Matua X-Man. Now Waipa children know him too. More

MP Jamie Strange confident commuter tail announcement on the horizon

+18 Jul 2018

Labour MP Jamie Strange confident Hamilton-Auckland commuter train cash coming More

Digital application for Haakarimata Ranges launched by Waikato-Tainui

+13 Jul 2018

It was once used as a highway, a playground and a place for women to give birth. More

Almost 3,000 homes to be built in Te Kauwhata

+11 Jul 2018

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has announced 2,790 houses will be built around Te Kauwhata. More

'Serious' urban planning along Golden Triangle rail corridor

+11 Jul 2018

Waikato rail corridor can expect its fair share of investment. More


+25 May 2018

"If you build it, they will come." More

Revenue at Waikato Innovation Park soars 28% to $546m

+3 May 2018

The daily workforce at Waikato Innovation Park will next year top 900 people. More

Waikato school children ‘yarn bomb’ army tanks for ANZAC

+19 Apr 2018

Waikato district ANZAC initiative goes south to Waiouru. More

Youth worker says 'dreams can come true' at Women of Influence awards launch

+13 Apr 2018

Waikato youth worker Sharnay Cocup won the Women of Influence 2017 young leader award More

Kyokushin Karate Nationals to attract over 300 competitors to Huntly

+13 Apr 2018

Preparations are already underway for the 2018 Kyokushin Karate Nationals. More

Village shops get concrete progress

+3 Apr 2018

Tamahere Community Hub set to take shape More

6000 poppies will cover Waikato District to commemorate Anzac Day

+1 Apr 2018

Students of Waingaro School have been knitting poppies for Anzac Day. More

North Waikato town developing into a fitness hub

+27 Mar 2018

Ngāruawāhia is rebranding itself as the fitness capital of the Waikato. More

New Zealand's first dedicated drift park opens its gate for the first time

+6 Mar 2018

Evergreen Drift Park joins the automotive playground in central Waikato district. More

Synlait buys land in North Waikato for $260 million infant formula plan

+27 Feb 2018

Synlait has conditionally bought 28 hectares of land in Pokeno, North Waikato, to build a $260 million infant formula manufacturing plant. More

Show home in Taupiri will give customers the chance to experience an eHaus build

+19 Feb 2018

An eHaus build can now be experienced first-hand in the Waikato. More

Waikato tourism launching into new territory

+17 Feb 2018

Visitors on e-bikes cut a path from Garden Place, motors kicking into gear with the crank of a pedal. More

Plans for adventure lake with international watersport appeal in Huntly

+11 Feb 2018

Local couple have grand plans for ex-coal mine land. More

Pokeno's resilience pays off as population set to triple in coming decades

+11 Feb 2018

Pokeno is quickly turning from a small rural village into a town. More

160 lot development to crop up in Ngaruawahia

+1 Feb 2018

"Our aim is to create housing opportunities at an affordable price." More

Passion turned into glamping project in small Waikato town

+26 Jan 2018

Raglan R&R is a new glamping getaway based in Te Uku, a 30-minute drive from Hamilton. More

Taniwharau Rugby League Football Club a finalist at Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards

+19 Jan 2018

Taniwharau Rugby League Football Club is the epitome of a sports club. More

Raw food infiltrates canine market

+15 Jan 2018

The raw food movement no longer just applies to people, but dogs too. More

Waikato Business Summit Planned

+14 Jan 2018

Global giant Amazon to speak in Hamilton next month. More

New Opening: Tony Sly Pottery, Newmarket

+17 Dec 2017

The Raglan-based potter is now selling his signature cooks' range from a new Auckland store More

Tourism funding boost for Waikato hotpots

+15 Dec 2017

The government tourism funds will help build new toilet and rubbish facilities in Raglan. More

Foreign volunteers patrol Raglan's beaches for surf-season

+15 Nov 2017

Foreign summer-hopping lifeguards are lending a hand at Raglan's beaches over the surfing season. More

Perry Bridge and river ride opens up new link to Hamilton

+10 Nov 2017

The Perry Bridge was opened to more than 1000 cyclists and pedestrians on November 2. More

Business confidence grows in the Waikato District

+9 Nov 2017

Mike Rudling is proof of Waikato's growing reputation as a place to do business. More

Ngaruawahia welcomes roll-out of high speed broadband

+3 Nov 2017

The first of eight Waikato towns is underway. More

Te Kauwhata Primary School gala set to help send students to camp

+3 Nov 2017

Come along to an affordable day out for all ages. More

Tuakau Kindergarten Duck Race set to be a quacker

+1 Nov 2017

1,000 ducks will traverse the mighty Waikato River in the name of fundraising. More

Huntly College students to create shipping container home

+31 Oct 2017

Huntly College trade students are set to take on the mammoth project of creating a shipping container home. More

Huntly Speedway season kicks off with "bigger and better" opening night

+31 Oct 2017

Fireworks and family fun mark start of speedway season More

Waikato brewers create tea-infused beer

+30 Oct 2017

Two Waikato businesses have put their taste buds together to create a novel brew. More

North Waikato's Te Awa Great River Ride Perry Bridge to open

+30 Oct 2017

It's been five years in the making and come Thursday, the Te Awa Great River Ride Perry Bridge will open to the public. More

Brewer Damian Houghton's favourite things about the Waikato

+26 Oct 2017

Three Fat Pigs, "something we had always talked about, joked about, then got serious". More

NZ ranked 5th on Lonely Planet's Top 10 list

+25 Oct 2017

The 2018 travel guide hypes up New Zealand's appeal for thrill seekers and nature lovers. More

Population growth fastest in Northland, Auckland, and Waikato

+24 Oct 2017

Waikato population grew 2.4 percent last year More

Huntly's Rugby League Heroes head up mural

+23 Oct 2017

Huntly league legends honoured with mural ahead of Rugby League World Cup More

City growth pushing across council's northern boundary

+22 Oct 2017

A 135-hectare dairy farm could bolster housing stock in a city bulging at the seams. More

Hino Customers Hit the Track at Hampton Downs

+19 Oct 2017

Trucking industry members from across New Zealand put Hino’s latest models to the test at Hino’s Hampton Downs Track Day. More

A Taste of....Punnet

+18 Oct 2017

Stuff reviews Tamahere's decadent Punnet Cafe More

Exciting times ahead for Hampton Downs

+13 Oct 2017

A 68 room four star hotel, concept mall, museum and cafe are on track for Hampton Downs. More

Tourism contribution to the Waikato region exceeds $1.4 billion

+12 Oct 2017

Tourism is making cash registers in the Waikato ring to the tune of $1.4 billion dollars. More

Pocket money earning idea turns young Huntly brothers into entrepreneurs

+10 Oct 2017

Huntly brothers Martial and Samuel Pankhurst started their Recyclean business to earn some pocket money. More

Sister Nancy (Jamaica) coming to Raglan YOT CLUB

+10 Oct 2017

Ruapuke Roots presents Sister Nancy More

Cheap fee for proposed Hamilton-Auckland rail link network

+10 Oct 2017

If all goes according to plan, a Hamilton-Auckland rail commute could become a reality More

Waikato District Council is focused on sustainable growth

+10 Oct 2017

Waikato District Council has met its financial targets for the past year, and is focused on managing rapid growth in sustainable ways, says Mayor Allan Sanson. More

Ngaruawahia High School takes out supreme award for BCITO challenge

+3 Oct 2017

Ngaruawahia High School has come out on top of this year's BCITO Build-Ability Challenge. More

More than $6000 still needed for North Waikato planting project

+2 Oct 2017

And the Million Metres Streams Project is hoping the campaign - which closes on Friday - will help reach the overall target. More

Te Kauwhata locals a second family for one-stop-shop manager

+2 Oct 2017

Sunil Kumar has become a well-loved member of the Te Kauwhata community. More

Onewhero Area School ready to do battle on the basketball court

+27 Sep 2017

The Onewhero Area School boys basketball team is ready to show the country what they are made of at the Schick Premierships. More

League: Kiwis will go back to basics with marae visit

+24 Sep 2017

Kiwi Rugby League Team prep will take place at Turangawaewae Marae, Ngaruawahia More

League: Kiwis will go back to basics with marae visit

+24 Sep 2017

Kiwi Rugby League Team prep will take place at Turangawaewae Marae, Ngaruawahia More

Cerebral palsy no barrier for sports-loving Jahstice before Halberg games

+18 Sep 2017

CAITLIN WALLACE/STUFF Rugby fanatic Jahstice Harris Matthews is looking forward to competing in the Halberg Junior Disability Games for a second time. More

Annalese Webber shares her favourite things about the Waikato

+13 Sep 2017

There's an art to making the perfect cup of tea More

Raglan lifeguard named as one of the best

+9 Sep 2017

Sam Cron was awarded the U19 Lifeguard of the Year for Northern Region Surf Lifesaving. More

Huntly's eight-year old Taine de Thierry selected for New Zealand BMX team

+5 Sep 2017

Taine de Thierry, 8, only started BMX riding two years ago and has already been selected to the New Zealand Meybo BMX team. More

Pop up glamping accommodation business set up in Onewhero

+1 Sep 2017

Franklin's first pop up glamping business is in operation More

Waikato district welcomes UFB expansion to growing towns

+30 Aug 2017

Six more Waikato district towns are in the line to get fibre broadband. More

A billion-dollar industry for Waikato

+30 Aug 2017

Unquestionably now the country’s number one export earner, tourism attracts more than 3.6 million visitors to New Zealand shores each year. More

Mercer, North Waikato: The next tourism destination?

+15 Aug 2017

Mercer wants to be on the tourism map. More

Three golds for Invivo Wines at San Francisco International Wine Competition

+14 Aug 2017

The Te Kauwhata winery won the awards for its Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Noir and Graham Norton Sauvignon Blanc. More

Running an e-commerce business from Raglan - Fallenfront

+3 Aug 2017

Technology, the internet and flexibility allows Fallenfront to operate from the surf shores of Raglan More

Students get a close look at the America's Cup at Te Kauwhata College

+27 Jul 2017

The America's Cup paid a visit to Te Kauwhata College More

Small New Zealand towns that deserve more of your time

+26 Jul 2017

Off-the-beaten-track, these towns are worth a visit More

Waikato roading alliance wins LGNZ EXCELLENCE Award

+25 Jul 2017

Waikato wins Best Practice in Infrastructure at LGNZ Excellence Awards More

Swamp pa dated accurately for first time

+24 Jul 2017

Otahau Pa posts unveil AD1768 as date of fortification of Maori villages. More

Council’s cadetship programme labelled as a win-win by Wintec

+24 Jul 2017

Civil-engineering cadetship opportunities available in Waikato district. More

Soundsplash festival returning to Raglan

+23 Jul 2017

Eco-conscious, family-friendly festival returns to Raglan again for 19-21 January 2018. More

Building consents go online

+21 Jul 2017

Submitting a building consent application just got easier in Waikato. More

Review: Hopin Stopin Cafe, Taupiri

+19 Jul 2017

Stunning views of the Waikato River, prompt service and tasty steak sandwich. More

Ngaruawahia Matariki festival features new lantern parade

+17 Jul 2017

The stars will align at Ngaruawahia's Matariki Festival on 29 July. More

It's bridge building time on Waikato expressway

+16 Jul 2017

It's prime time for bridge building on the two biggest sections of the Waikato Expressway. More

Easter Egg maker Waikato Valley Chocolates opens new factory in Horotiu

+13 Jul 2017

Waikato Valley Chocolates has opened a new Easter egg factory in Horotiu. More

Waikato District successful in bid for Government housing infrastructure fund

+11 Jul 2017

Te Kauwhata to grow with $37 million allocated funding More

Five Councils to receive funding through HIF

+11 Jul 2017

Waikato District Council receives $37 million for new housing developments in Te Kauwhata More

Youth given platform to showcase wheelie skills

+10 Jul 2017

Wheelie pros will now have a place to showcase their skills with a new competition to be held in Ngaruawahia. More

North Waikato students get building for BCITO challenge

+10 Jul 2017

Te Kauwhata College and Ngaruawahia High School students take part in BCITO Build Ability Challenge. More

Ngaruawahia knitters create jumpers for Waikato district pound dogs

+10 Jul 2017

Waikato district pound dogs with be extra warm this winter More

Plastic Bag Free Raglan takes on Bow Street

+30 Jun 2017

In an effort to further share the mission of Plastic Bag Free Raglan - Pēke Kirihou Kore Whaingaroa, PBFR has taken their message to the streets, literally. More

Students selected for China youth delegation trip

+20 Jun 2017

A rare opportunity of travelling through China as part of a youth delegation has been given to two North Waikato students. More

Ngaruawahia youth action group hits the ground running

+20 Jun 2017

It's been a busy first year for the Ngaruawahia youth action group which is set to host a health expo on Friday. More

Development without losing prime rural land

+16 Jun 2017

Commercial development in the Waikato district is moving ahead of the national average. More

Niche food firm moves to Horotiu

+16 Jun 2017

A food company that makes freeze-dried high-nutrition meals for a range of niche markets is expanding with a new plant at Horotiu near the Ports of Auckland freight hub. More

Free business support available for north Waikato

+15 Jun 2017

Over the gate - with Peter Davey (business growth services) More

Paul Hodge shares his favourite things about the Waikato

+14 Jun 2017

Paul Hodge, chief executive of Cater Plus Services, is passionate about the Waikato Culinary Fare. More

Government funding moves Raglan nearer to zero waste

+14 Jun 2017

Waikato's Xtreme Zero Waste awarded $150,000 for food waste collection, diversion and composting services. More

Bridge set to illuminate Waikato River for cyclists

+13 Jun 2017

North Waikato's Te Awa Great River Ride Perry Bridge revealed as green. More

Former Ngaruawahia High School student wins International Award

+13 Jun 2017

From small town to international award winner More

Chief Fire Officer Karl Lapwood's QSM a tribute to North Waikato community

+12 Jun 2017

Ngaruawahia fire chief Karl Lapwood has been honoured with a Queens Service Medal. More

Value of i-SITEs explained to local government owners

+12 Jun 2017

i-SITEs critical in promoting local business, events, councils and community services to visitors. More

Port Waikato couple take next step in transplant journey in Spain

+12 Jun 2017

Jacqui and Colin Church are competing at the 2017 World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain. More

Tough Guy and Gal competitors brave mud in Ngaruawahia race

+11 Jun 2017

The Ngaruawahia Loaded Tough Guy and Gal Challenge attracted about 1200 competitors over the weekend. More

Tailored advice snapped up by local Raglan businesses

+8 Jun 2017

Free business advice meetings are in hot demand in Raglan. More

Radar Lunjevich shares his favourite things about the Waikato

+7 Jun 2017

Raglan, The Village Cafe Whatawhata and Tony Sly's Pottery are a few of Radar's favourite things. More

The Artists and the Teacup

+6 Jun 2017

Nestled amongst the shops in Gordonton is a revelation. The Mandarin Tree Art and Concept Store. More

Sharing the love with new koha shed at Ohinewai

+6 Jun 2017

Community helps community in Waikato district. More

Arts and crafts connect Huntly community

+6 Jun 2017

Everyone's welcome at Huntly's Friendship House. More

Revive a Smile dental charity sets up mobile clinic in Ngaruawahia

+4 Jun 2017

Free dental treatments have come to Ngaruawahia for the month of June thanks to the Revive a Smile Charity. More

Students and community reap benefits from Te Kauwhata Primary School garden

+3 Jun 2017

The Te Kauwhata Primary school garden is nourishing students and the wider community. More

SoundSplash Festival Returns for 2018

+2 Jun 2017

Get your tickets early for next year's Soundsplash festival at Raglan. More

Waikato artist Marti Wong exhibits scrap metal sculptures

+2 Jun 2017

Tamahere man Marti Wong creates glorious works of art from scrap metal. More

Strategic focus need for Asian investment

+1 Jun 2017

Asian investors most likely to invest in Auckland or the Waikato and in the meat, dairy, forestry, horticulture and property sectors. More

Onewhero and Karaka do battle on the hill in premier club rugby's game of the week

+31 May 2017

Karaka and Onewhero will battle it out this weekend in the Counties Power Game of the Week. More

Yoga prayers answered for small North Waikato town of Te Hoe

+29 May 2017

Megan Kerr is looking forward to yoga classes at the Te Hoe hall. More

The answer to dairy effluent storage compliance

+26 May 2017

Flexi Tanks manager Anton Meier shows the future answer to the dairy farmers effluent issues, this bladder holds half a million litres of effluent. More

Top 10 must-try dishes in Waikato

+24 May 2017

These are dishes that won't disappoint. Happy eating. More

Stephanie Lynch shares her favourite things about the Waikato

+24 May 2017

Perhaps it's the lifestyle that gives Stephanie Lynch her calm and contented manner, her air of fulfilment. More

North Waikato Transport Trust gets second shuttle

+23 May 2017

Huntly shuttle service makes out-of-town medical appointments easier. More

Community welcome to planting day for Mount Taupiri revamp

+23 May 2017

Sharnay Cocup, and Fiona Hughes are hoping for as many volunteers as possible for the Taupiri walkway planting day on June 18. More

Raglan Coconut Yoghurt initiatives both aim for downstream rewards

+18 May 2017

RCY is donating 50c for every specially labelled coconut yoghurt to Million Metres project. More

How to make the perfect herbal tea with Zealong

+15 May 2017

Zealong Teas' Blend Master, Amy Reason, shows us how to brew the perfect cup of tea. More

Gold for Waikato at Global Tea Championships

+11 May 2017

Mayor Allan Sanson of the Waikato District Council joined Zealong in celebrating their recent triumph at 2017 Global Tea Championship Fall in Colorado, USA. More

New poultry farm brings 100 new jobs to Huntly

+9 May 2017

A multi-million dollar poultry farm and hatchery is set for Huntly signalling a new industrial era for the area. More

Big names and big swells for rich Raglan professional surfing event

+4 May 2017

A perfect swell forecast has helped attract the country's best surfers to Raglan for the next two days. More

Dream small: Couple's tiny house build perfect fit for beach section

+2 May 2017

Dreaming big to build tiny has enabled one Auckland couple to create their own luxury holiday home within a mere 35sq m plot by the beach. More

Bombay's no hurdle for first home buyers

+2 May 2017

Aucklanders desperate to set foot on the property ladder have opportunities in the Waikato district. More

Waikato showjumpers will showcase skills in German Friendship Games

+1 May 2017

Brayden Aarts and Leeshelle Small will ride in the German Friendship Games in July. More

Huntly's Lucas McKinnon faces world kyoskushin karate champion on international stage

+1 May 2017

Lucas McKinnon came away with fourth place in the Super Heavy Weight at the World Weight Categories held in Tokyo. More

Cultures come together at Huntly's first Islamic mosque

+1 May 2017

Everyone is welcome to use the Islamic Community Centre in Huntly, which is used as a mosque as well. More

Open Country Dairy building new factory in Horotiu

+1 May 2017

Open Country Dairy's new Waikato factory will provide extra jobs for the region. More

Waikato decile-one kids go to top of class

+30 Apr 2017

Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga in Huntly topped NZ's NCEA Level 2 results for decile-one schools. More

Taniwharau only unbeaten side in Waikato club rugby league

+30 Apr 2017

Taniwharau now only unbeaten side in Waikato club rugby league, after defeating Ngaruawahia Panthers More

Waikato's energy and development potential impress Prime Minister Bill English

+27 Apr 2017

Green, wealthy and connected are the three words Prime Minister Bill English used to describe the Waikato. More

North Waikato's 'funny kid' to make first appearance at International Comedy Gala

+24 Apr 2017

Comedienne and Huntly resident Livi Mitchell says the North Waikato produces funny people like the Topp Twins. More

Young Auckland nurse flocks to Huntly for first home

+21 Apr 2017

Affordable housing highlights Huntly as a commuters paradise. More

North Waikato housing market heats up

+21 Apr 2017

Waikato's lifestyle and affordability draws Auckland and Hamilton buyers in droves. More

Meet the Maker: Raglan potter Tony Sly

+21 Apr 2017

Tony Sly watches the water lap over the sand from his picturesque Raglan studio. More

Te Kauwhata's Aparangi Village up for an international award

+21 Apr 2017

Nomination for Eldercare Innovation Awards is a tribute to the community. More

Raglan farmers help bail out flood victims

+20 Apr 2017

Raglan farmers have helped provide some relief to those stricken by the recent floods in Edgecumbe. More

Pipers help blow away the competition

+20 Apr 2017

Raglan pipers Deirdre Bourne and Brett McCardle recently helped blow the competition away at the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships in Nelson. More

Q + A with Raglan Shuttle

+20 Apr 2017

The Raglan Chronicle recently caught up with Phil and Emily Meek, owners of local transport business Raglan Shuttle, to see what they offer to the community. More

Meet Billy Lee-Pope: Upcoming photographer and film maker

+20 Apr 2017

This week the Chronicle had a chat with Billy Lee-Pope, an up and coming photographer and film maker. More

Waikato to host NZ’s first UN tourism monitoring observatory

+19 Apr 2017

The Waikato observatory will play an important role in providing robust data for better-informed planning and decision-making around tourism in New Zealand. More

Go Bus invest $5.4m in Waikato bus fleet

+17 Apr 2017

Waikato towns are set to benefit from a $5.4 million Go Bus investment into its service More

New Waikato circuit bringing Kiwis a slice of Japan

+15 Apr 2017

New Zealand's first dedicated drift track takes shape. More

Taupiri Youth Group recognised at New Zealand Youth Awards

+13 Apr 2017

"It takes a team to make it work, this award is an acknowledgement of their efforts." Group leader Sharnay Cocup says. More

Patumahoe's Regan Bernasconi aims for World Junior Rowing Championships

+12 Apr 2017

Mercer Rowing Club 17 year old heading to the National Junior Trials at Lake Karapiro. More

Waikato 'yarn-bombers' prepare for ANZAC Day

+12 Apr 2017

Young and old - everyone is giving it a go. More

UNWTO welcomes the Waikato Tourism Monitoring Observatory in New Zealand to its INSTO Network

+12 Apr 2017

The Waikato Tourism Monitoring Observatory, New Zealand’s first tourism observatory, has joined the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). More

Huntly expressway that 'noone can see'

+11 Apr 2017

Untouched greenfields home to new Huntly section of Waikato Expressway. More

Bucking the trend - small town Te Kauwhata goes boom

+10 Apr 2017

Ken Carter drives his mobility scooter up from Te Kauwhata's retirement village to its latest subdivision "for a nosey" a couple of times a week. More

Waikato Regional Theatre project tracking well – Momentum Waikato

+4 Apr 2017

Work on creating a concept design and finding the very best location for the new Waikato Regional Theatre is tracking extremely well, says Momentum Waikato. More

New Zealand's boom towns revealed

+30 Mar 2017

Regional GDP growth is up across 12 out of New Zealand's 15 regions, according to the latest data from Statistics NZ. More

Te Awa Cycleway gets boost from Waikato motelliers

+30 Mar 2017

When completed, a million-dollar cable arch bridge will connect Ngaruawahia to Horotiu, enabling cyclists to ride from Ngaruawahia to Cambridge. More

Miel Meyer's favourite things about the Waikato

+29 Mar 2017

Bridal Veil Falls, Raglan, and The Village Cafe in Whatawhata are favourites of Meyer. More

Hospice patients treated to life in the fast lane

+29 Mar 2017

Hospice patients treated to day of adrenaline at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. More

Ngaruawahia kindergarten achieves Enviroschools Green-Gold status

+28 Mar 2017

Newcastle Kindergarten children are proud of all the work to achieve a Green-Gold Reflection. More

Pop up Gallery in Ngaruawahia

+27 Mar 2017

North Waikato artists given spotlight with Ngaruawahia pop up art gallery More

Profs @ Woodlands marks a year as a favourite Hamilton cafe

+23 Mar 2017

Waikato district's Profs @ Woodland's Cafe celebrates one year as a favourite cafe spot for locals and visitors. More

Grey skies clear for perfect launch over Waikato

+22 Mar 2017

Balloons Over Waikato kicks off on 22 March with mass ascension. More

Waikato District Alliance apprenticeship scheme tackles skills shortage

+22 Mar 2017

Downer Basics Civil Apprenticeship Programme created by WDA offers industry qualifications and job opportunities to the Waikato district community. More

Balloons over Waikato take to the air for festival

+22 Mar 2017

The Balloons over Waikato festival began its programme with the mass inflation of balloons at Innes Common. A big crowd assembled to watch the balloons take off. More

Raglan firefighters excel in New York Stair Climb

+21 Mar 2017

Raglan Volunteer Firefighters have excelled in the 3rd Annual New York City Memorial Stair Climb held on March 19th. More

Bunnings gives helping hand at Progress to Health community garden

+20 Mar 2017

Bunnings management staff from across the country helped build new facilities at the Ngaruawahia Community Garden. More

Raglan Trio win at Billabong Grom Series Event

+19 Mar 2017

The Raglan trio of Taylor Hutchison, Indica Ratima and Brie Bennett claimed big wins at the Billabong Grom Series. More

Raglan’s Point Boardriders too strong for rest of Kiwi clubs

+17 Mar 2017

Raglan's Point Boardriders Club walks away with Tag Team, Open Men's and Over 35s division titles. More

Tesh Randall shares her favourite things about the Waikato

+16 Mar 2017

In her green summer dress and straw trilby, long blonde hair drifting over her shoulders, skin the colour of ripe peaches, Tesh Randall stands out as an individual among the crowd in a busy cafe in Raglan – a town of individuals. More

Waikato medical school proposal focuses on diversity

+15 Mar 2017

A proposed Waikato medical school could help prevent a generation of talented young people being lost to medicine. More

Federated Farmers support "real world" SSEP learning at Te Kauwhata

+15 Mar 2017

Federated Farmers Charitable Society has adopted Te Kauwhata College as part of Smart Waikato's Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP). More

Keeping waka kopapa alive at regatta

+15 Mar 2017

Visitors to the Turangawaewae Regatta will see waka kopapa racing along the mighty Waikato River. More

Free business support to help grow Raglan Start-ups and Innovators

+14 Mar 2017

Entrepreneurs, inventors and business start-ups in the Raglan area can get valuable free advice and mentoring support thanks to a team of visiting business experts. More

Waikato River tourism potential ready and waiting

+13 Mar 2017

Big strides are being taken to turn the Waikato River into the centre of tourists' attention. More

Waahi Whaanui Trust celebrates 30-year anniversary

+7 Mar 2017

The Huntly-based trust celebrated the milestone last week. More

Farming a natural progression for Dairy Awards finalist

+7 Mar 2017

Farming has been part of Rachael Foy's life since childhood and now she has been named as an Auckland Hauraki Dairy Awards finalist. More

Sunday picnics at LaValla mean good food and entertainment

+6 Mar 2017

LaValla really know how to put on a picnic. More

ANZAC Poppy Tree project growing fast

+5 Mar 2017

Knitted poppies will appear on trees in Waikato town centres in the lead-up to ANZAC Day. More

Raglan Bar Crossing Awareness Day coming up

+4 Mar 2017

Raglan Bar Crossing Awareness Day is scheduled for Sunday 2 April. More

Peninsula development designed to establish community quickly

+2 Mar 2017

In four years' time, Rangitahi Peninsula will be a small bustling community. More

Heritage and culture takes pride of place at Huntly Library and Council Office

+1 Mar 2017

Local carver Hohepa Karaka Peni has lovingly created Maaori carvings for the new-look Huntly Library and Council Office. More

Maree Harris shares her favourite things about the Waikato

+1 Mar 2017

Raglan woman Maree Harris creates exciting and unique icy treats called Dizzy Blocks. More

Trendy little libraries for Huntly

+1 Mar 2017

It's all hands on deck at the Huntly Menzsheds. More

Amanda Ratuki shares her favourite things about the Waikato

+22 Feb 2017

Amanda Ratuki from The Village Farm Shop in Whatawhata, Waikato. More

Te Kauwhata rugby kids made famous in 'How to Dad' Jordan Watson's mockumentary

+21 Feb 2017

Jordan Watson shows the Te Kauwhata rugby kids how to throw the gumboot. More

New dog agility park in Horotiu created from recycled materials

+21 Feb 2017

Te Kowhai’s old playground equipment has been put to good use, with Waikato District Council using it to create a dog agility park at Horotiu. More

Te Kauwhata College embraces modern learning model with Day Zero each Wednesday

+20 Feb 2017

Te Kauwhata College principal Deborah Hohneck is looking forward to seeing her students flourish under the Day Zero concept. More

Local chippie: Taupiri takeaways a family affair

+17 Feb 2017

It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of town, but come the weekend, Taupiri Takeaways is where it's at. More

ANZAC Poppy Tree project growing fast in Waikato

+17 Feb 2017

Knitted poppies will appear on trees in Waikato district town centres in the lead-up to ANZAC Day in the Waikato district. More

First Waikato Technology Showcase a huge success

+17 Feb 2017

Mouse click opens Waikato Technology Showcase rather than ribbon. More

Raglan plans prompt look at growing pains

+16 Feb 2017

A development is set to begin on Raglan's Rangitahi peninsular. More

Raglan businesses 'amped' for free advice service

+15 Feb 2017

Raglan businesses flooded in to take advantage of the new free business support service that started at the Waikato District Council offices last week. More

Fans turn out for double header at Huntly Speedway

+14 Feb 2017

Skies cleared as a double header of championship events was held for adrenalin junkies at Huntly and Te Rapa PlaceMakers Speedway on Saturday night. More

Raglan's bridge to boomtown: 500-section development to begin

+14 Feb 2017

Construction of a multi-million dollar housing development, complete with a new bridge, is set to begin. More

Sir Owen Glenn makes $5 million pledge to Waikato medical school proposal

+8 Feb 2017

Sir Owen Glenn is pledging $5 million towards the creation of a medical school in Waikato. More

Waikato hairdressers headed to New York Fashion Week

+8 Feb 2017

Jamie Barakat and Laura Williams went to high school together in the Waikato, and now they're headed to New York Fashion Week. More

Huntly's Lake Hakanoa boasts family friendly facilities for picnic day out

+7 Feb 2017

Summer is the perfect season for picnics - reporter Caitlin Wallace explores some of North Waikato's perfect picnic spots. More

Rockets launched in Huntly

+6 Feb 2017

Hundreds of spectators were thrilled to witness the launch of more than 100 rockets at the New Zealand Rocketry Association's national launch day near Huntly on Sunday. More

Work underway on new Te Kauwhata skate park

+3 Feb 2017

Te Kauwhata residents will be able to enjoy their new skate park soon with work underway. More

NZ-built Craz-E-Horse Mustang electric car targets world speed record at Meremere

+2 Feb 2017

A New Zealand-built electric car is aiming to be the world's fastest street legal electric powered vehicle. More

Review: Zealong Tea Estate, Gordonton

+1 Feb 2017

Christel Yardley's experience of High tea at Zealong Tea Estate near Hamilton. More

River is the heart of Tourism

+31 Jan 2017

Event strategy to focus on more visitors to the Waikato region. More

Eric Murray wins seventh top prize at Waikato Sports Awards after Olympic glory

+27 Jan 2017

Eric Murray's winning habit won't let up after he claimed his seventh sportsman of the year award at the 2016 Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards at Claudelands Arena on Thursday night. More

$300m expansion will bring UFB to 85pc of the country, but is it enough?

+26 Jan 2017

Ultrafast broadband is coming to more than another 200,000 homes, but doubts are already being expressed that the expansion of the network is quite ambitious enough. More

Ultra-fast broadband rolls out to more Waikato towns and fringes

+26 Jan 2017

Ultra-fast broadband is being extended to 25 more towns in the Waikato, Communications Minister Simon Bridges announced on Thursday. More

‘Authentic’ Maori cultural experience all set to go at Bridal Veil Falls, Raglan

+26 Jan 2017

Maori Cultural experience kicks off in Raglan. More

Maori artists tells the story of Rangiriri

+24 Jan 2017

It's home to a historical pa site and the famous Rangiriri Tavern but Te Ahorangi Totorewa hopes to see his new maori contemporary art gallery become a destination too. More

District looking to open new growth areas as developers pounce

+24 Jan 2017

Waikato has leapt over the capital city to be one of the highest growth councils in the North Island and the mayor reckons it's going to bolt again. More

Airfield the venue for new Te Kowhai market

+24 Jan 2017

The Te Kowhai Market has a new venue and people are travelling from all over the North Island to be there. More

Exclusive - Castaways Resort expanding

+23 Jan 2017

In an exclusive interview with Castaways Resort owner, Gavin Shine, the Post Newspaper can now reveal one of the best kept secrets in the community. More

Monthly home consents hit 9-year high in Waikato

+19 Jan 2017

The Waikato district consented 340 new dwelling consents in November 2016, a 9 year high, while New Zealand reached an 11 year high. More

Free Raglan business service launches in February

+16 Jan 2017

A February start date has been announced for a new business support service in Raglan offering free advice and access to enterprise funding. More

A little piece of picnic paradise riverside on Ngaruawahia

+16 Jan 2017

Summer is the perfect season for picnics so this year reporter Caitlin Wallace aims to explore some of North Waikato's perfect picnic spots. More

Four Corners: A Raglan local's view during the blooming busy season

+16 Jan 2017

Kristel Lindfield, owner of Raglan Buds Flower Farm, was arranging her bunches for sale at the Raglan Four Square on Bankart St when we stopped her for a chat about what it's like when the pace quickens in the small town. More

Raglan's Billy Stairmand wins record sixth national surfing title

+14 Jan 2017

Raglan's Billy Stairmand won a record sixth national open men's surfing title on Saturday, dedicating the victory to his late mother. More

Slave to summer: Ruapuke Motor Camp

+13 Jan 2017

No cellphone reception, no wifi, no worries. More

Waikato's quirky camping options

+12 Jan 2017

Off the grid, off the beaten track and off the radar even in Raglan is a house bus nestled in native bush with a sea view. More

German woman more at home in Raglan

+12 Jan 2017

Perched on a small white wooden stool in the back of a poky Waikato art gallery is Denise Fort. More

Raglan Surf Co legacy continues in new location

+11 Jan 2017

Luke and Nat Hughes are fooling around on the verandah of the Raglan Surf Co. More

NZ's new home of drifting

+11 Jan 2017

The ever-growing sport of drifting has finally established it’s own home in New Zealand with the first dedicated facility to be constructed at Meremere Dragway South of Auckland. More

Wins for young Raglan surfers at Piha

+11 Jan 2017

A full afternoon of surfing at Piha saw eight titles awarded at the 2017 National Surfing Championships presented by Health 2000 as the seven-day event heads toward the final stages. More

Soaring popularity sparks visitor impact study in Raglan

+11 Jan 2017

Raglan’s Chamber of Commerce is utilising the University of Waikato’s Management School Master’s students to conduct resident, visitor and business surveys over the summer period to further understand the impacts the booming summer economy has to the small seaside town as part of the town’s More

Green Wave surf school now in fifth month

+10 Jan 2017

A new local surf school, Green Wave Raglan, is now in its fifth month of operation and the owners are excited about the early results and feedback. More

One proposal, one video, a few hashtags and Raglan went global

+10 Jan 2017

The image of Twilight actress Ashley Greene holding her hands to her face in delight as her boyfriend proposed went around the world. And that's great news for Waikato tourism. More

Review: Firepot Cafe in Gordonton Village

+9 Jan 2017

A taste of...Firepot Cafe in Gordonton Village, 1063 Gordonton Road, Waikato. More

New talent and fresh tastes on the menu at 2017 Raglan Arts Weekend and Little Food Fest

+7 Jan 2017

Raglan’s eighth annual Arts Weekend is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. More than 36 artists will be exhibiting in the town over Anniversary Weekend – with a large number of them new to the event. More


+6 Jan 2017

The New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs from January 20-22 will celebrate the career of the legendary Kenny Smith, who’s been racing professionally since 1958. More

New Business Service for Raglan

+5 Jan 2017

Raglan business people will soon be able to access a free advisory and support service to help their enterprise grow. More

NZ savvy top tipple for UK wine buffs

+30 Dec 2016

Despite Brexit, New Zealand sauvignon blanc continues to set the pace for sales of wine varieties in the United Kingdom, showing the strongest growth this year. More

Sky's the limit

+22 Dec 2016

Drifting has been good to Sky Zhao. He left his home in China 16 years ago to finish high school in New Zealand. A degree in computer science at Auckland University followed but while he excelled in his studies, he also found time to pursue his passion for motorsport. More

Relocating to Raglan "saved my life"

+22 Dec 2016

Artist and designer Rick Youmans finds fresh inspiration at wharf. More

Major Waikato Expressway project full steam ahead during summer

+19 Dec 2016

As the Waikato region's biggest roading project hits full steam, travellers will notice a lot of dirt being moved over summer. More

Te Kauwhata brother and sister duo take on speedway track

+19 Dec 2016

Tearing it up on the Huntly Speedway track this season are brother and sister mini stock drivers Kyle and Imogen Whitiker. More


+15 Dec 2016

Four Māori Waikato University students looking for careers involving environmental protection are the recipients of this year’s Waikato Regional Council and Waikato-Tainui Dame Te Atairangikaahu Scholarships. More

Project Auckland: Looking beyond the big smoke

+14 Dec 2016

We need to capitalise more on the 'golden triangle' of Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton, writes Robert Jones. More

Huntly couple Joan and Murray Craig awarded Kiwibank Local Hero of the Year medal

+13 Dec 2016

Joan and Murray Craig are familiar faces in Huntly after committing more than three decades of their lives to the town. More

Growing Hamilton looks to land of nearby districts

+12 Dec 2016

Hamilton's bursting at the seams and the city council is eyeing pockets of neighbouring land. More

Property Report: The great Auckland escape

+12 Dec 2016

It's been the talk of the town for a while now - how some Aucklanders, often spurred on by the Super City's super property prices, are selling up and moving to the regions. More

Business Park and Raglan CBD expansion approved

+9 Dec 2016

A Waikato District Council meeting in Ngaruawahia on 5 December gave the final nod for Plan Change 14, commonly called the Raglan Rezone, the approval followed a lengthy process that began in 2014, of consultation, submission and then an independent enquiry. More

Work starts on Waikato Freight Hub

+5 Dec 2016

Ports of Auckland has started construction of a state-of-the-art inland port at Horotiu, just north of Hamilton. More

Ports of Auckland set to start building Horotiu inland freight hub

+4 Dec 2016

A patch of dirt in Horotiu is about to be converted into a vital piece in Ports of Auckland's growth strategy. More

Great region, great story - let's tell it!

+2 Dec 2016

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has today launched The Waikato Story, a toolkit of resources to help drive economic growth by building a strong, consistent profile of the mighty Waikato. More

WEL Networks to install electric vehicle fast charger in Raglan

+28 Nov 2016

WEL Networks installs electric vehicle fast charger in Raglan before New Year More

Xtreme Zero Waste Raglan - Recycle Revolution

+28 Nov 2016

How does one small Waikato town recycle nearly all its consumer waste? More

Hakarimata steps lead the way for small-town New Zealand growth

+24 Nov 2016

Visitors are surging to Ngaruawahia's Hakarimata Summit. More

Raglan a step closer to becoming plastic bag free with reusable bags coming your way

+24 Nov 2016

Plastic Bag Free Raglan – Pēke Kirihou Kore Whaingaroa launched their campaign this past July, setting out on a mission to create a ‘single-use plastic bag free town’ by July of 2017. More

Job advertisements grow in year to October, construction demand soars

+23 Nov 2016

Job ads in Waikato rose more than 17 per cent in the year to October. More

A Taste of...Rock-It Kitchen, Raglan

+23 Nov 2016

Rock-It Kitchen, 248 Wainui Rd, Raglan. More

Tomokanga unveiled at base of Hakarimata Track

+23 Nov 2016

A spectacular tomokanga was unveiled at the base of one of the Waikato’s most popular walking tracks over the weekend. More

Fibre cable laid west of Raglan

+23 Nov 2016

The specialised undersea cable ship 'Ile de Re' arrived west of Raglan on Sunday. More

Tuakau business owner wins business promotion

+17 Nov 2016

Tuakau business owner Baron Collocott is 'in shock' that he has won an iPad Pro package valued at over $1900 in a business promotion. More

A taste of...The Shack, Raglan

+16 Nov 2016

A taste of… The Shack, corner of Bow Street and Wainui Road, Raglan. More

Waikato district continues to flourish

+7 Nov 2016

Significant growth in Ngaruawahia and Horotiu, with a number of new developments underway. More

Bill English opens Concretec's new buildings

+7 Nov 2016

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English was in attendance at the opening of Concretec’s new buildings in Bombay on Friday November 4. More

New Chair for Tourism Body

+1 Nov 2016

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism has a new chair. More

Council works to keep up with demand for development in the North Waikato

+31 Oct 2016

An influx of housing developments has placed the Waikato District as the third fastest growing district in the country. More

Tamahere Gardens Fundraiser for Age Concern

+31 Oct 2016

Green-fingered people of Tamahere and Matangi will have their garden creations admired in a fundraiser for Age Concern Hamilton next month. More

$4M for new classrooms in Waikato schools

+25 Oct 2016

Around $4 million will be invested to build a total of 11 new classrooms at six Waikato schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. More

Regional growth isn't only about the big cities

+25 Oct 2016

It has been a good year so far for most parts of regional New Zealand, with much of the country enjoying healthy economic growth across a range of spending, investment, and labour market indicators. More

New blocks and redevelopments: $17m for two Waikato schools

+24 Oct 2016

Ngaruawahia High School has been given $8 million and Cambridge High School $9m for infrastructure development by the Ministry of Education. More

New Zealand’s growth concentrated in handful of regions

+21 Oct 2016

The four fastest-growing regional council areas accounted for over 75 percent of New Zealand’s population growth in the year to June 2016, Statistics New Zealand said today. More

John Key opens $8 million Zealong visitor centre and production plant

+20 Oct 2016

The only view of tea fields in New Zealand can now be viewed from an $8 million building. More

Chef Andrew Clarke shares his favourite things about Waikato

+19 Oct 2016

Paris, Rome, a tropical island? Nah, says Andrew Clarke, his idea of sublime time out is staying at home, having a good sleep in. More

Specialised undersea cabling ship ready to close gap from mid-Tasman to Raglan

+19 Oct 2016

The specialised undersea cable ship ‘Ile de Re’ has arrived in Auckland – en route to the middle of the Tasman Sea where it will continue laying the final section of the Tasman Global Access (TGA) undersea cable to Raglan. More

Upgraded race track ready

+18 Oct 2016

Hampton Downs race track is about to host its first major event marking the completion of its 18 month transformation. More

Elton Goonan in petrolhead heaven as Hampton Downs track manager

+18 Oct 2016

Motorsport has helped Elton Goonan travel the world but the boy from Hikutaia is back home and doing what many people would consider a dream job, Track Manager at Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park in Waikato. More

People get ready, there's a commuter train a-coming

+14 Oct 2016

A commuter rail service between Hamilton and Auckland is picking up a head of steam, but Transport Minister Simon Bridges says it will still be some time before a train pulls into the station. More

Pending motorway completion fast-tracks commercial development opportunity

+4 Oct 2016

The simultaneous sprawl of commercial and industrial land south from Auckland and north from Hamilton has spurred the sale of a substantial 'greenfield' development site midway between the two cities. More

Innovation Park continues to boost Waikato region

+28 Sep 2016

Waikato Innovation Park (WIPL) reported excellent results at its recent annual general meeting. “It’s been a fantastic year both from a financial point of view and strategically,” says CEO Stuart Gordon. More

New employer partnership schools announced

+26 Sep 2016

An initiative strengthening relationships between Waikato secondary schools and businesses will be implemented in four more schools in the region next year. More

The best things to see and do in Pokeno

+23 Sep 2016

More than a pit-stop on the way from Auckland to Hamilton, this village is worth a visit in its own right, says Elisabeth Easther. More

Book an appointment with a Business Growth Advisor and be in to win

+22 Sep 2016

Waikato Innovation Park business growth advisor bookings via will be in the draw to win an iPad Pro package - Details here. More

$1M grant for inspiration ideas with potential to transform Waikato

+19 Sep 2016

Momentum Waikato will open its first Vital Waikato Grants round on Friday 14 October. More

Creating youth employment opportunities in Waikato

+9 Sep 2016

Waikato District Council looks forward to meeting with more than 100 employers, educators and other community leaders in the district at the launch of a new initiative on Wednesday 14 September to encourage more employment opportunities for Waikato youth. More

New Zealand Tea Tempts German Tastebuds

+5 Sep 2016

Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only commercial tea plantation, signed a landmark export agreement with TeeGschwendner, the world’s largest speciality tea retailer on Saturday September 3, 2016. More

Best practice award presented to Council’s roading alliance

+29 Aug 2016

Waikato District Alliance, a joint venture between Downer New Zealand and Waikato District Council, has won a best practice award for its work on the Rotowaro culvert replacement. More

House values hit $600k across NZ - Auckland nears $1m

+2 Aug 2016

New Zealand house values have just exceeded $600,000 for the first time while Auckland values climbed towards $1 million. More

$1.3m bridge to provide missing link for two-wheeled travellers

+20 Jul 2016

The suspense is nearly over for cyclists, with construction soon to start on a $1.3 million suspension bridge over the Waikato River. More

Yashili Production Plant among Finalists at NZ Property Awards

+4 Jul 2016

At the recent New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards, Yashili New Zealand Dairy Company was named as a finalist in the MyTrends Industrial Property category, receiving Merit for its infant formula production plant in Pokeno. More

Tony Quinn wants the Grand Prix at Hampton Downs

+2 Jul 2016

Tony Quinn has high hopes for the newly refurbished Hampton Downs raceway. More

Local eatery joins Matariki Dish Challenge

+24 Jun 2016

Waikato district eatery and outdoor activities venue, Nikau Caves and Café, has entered this year’s ‘Tino Reka te Kai Matariki Dish Challenge’. The café is one of 21 eateries which have taken up the region-wide event - running from now until Monday, 11 July inclusive - celebrating the harvest More

Artwork at Ngaruawahia

+1 Jun 2016

As part of the upcoming district-wide Matariki initiative, two large sculptures by internationally-recognised Ngaruawahia artist Wayne Ross will be on display at Waikato District Council’s Ngaruawahia Office from Monday 23 May 2016. More

Local artists’ Matariki exhibition opportunity an open and shut case

+17 May 2016

Waikato District Council is ‘lifting the lid’ for the second time on the work of local artists, with the return of its upcoming ‘suitcase’ art exhibition which aims to celebrate Matariki (the Maaori New Year) in the district. The exhibition is part of the Council’s local Matariki Festival events More

Sneak peek at Huntly's $458 million roading project

+6 May 2016

Hidden in the valleys and hills to the east of Huntly, work is underway to dramatically reshape Waikato's northern gateway. More

Huge economic benefit likely through 2017 World Masters Game

+5 May 2016

When the world's largest multi-sport event comes knocking on Waikato's door next year, it will bring with it statistics likely to out-shoot even the Olympics. More

Raglan offers a 'little piece of paradise'

+12 Apr 2016

To the west of Hamilton lies Raglan, a dramatic piece of coastline with a rough left hand surf break. Where bright Pohutakawa and native bush, slightly bent from the sea wind, make their way down the cliff faces to meet the comforting black sand. More

Graham Norton giving Invivo Wines celebrity factor

+10 Apr 2016

Kiwi winemaker, Invivo could recruit more famous ambassadors for expansion, reports John Anthony. More

Raglan-based drone company Aeronavics to raise $5 million

+18 Mar 2016

New Zealand drone company Aeronavics is looking to raise $5 million to push its international growth plans. More

Work starts on Hamilton section of Waikato Expressway

+11 Mar 2016

The soil has been broken on Waikato's largest roading project. More

Waikato's housing market continues to benefit from Auckland commuters

+3 Mar 2016

Waikato's housing market continues to boom thanks to Auckland commuters, with house values increasing rapidly. More

Mayor ‘chuffed’ at port decision

+22 Feb 2016

Ports of Auckland’s decision to build a major freight hub in Waikato proves the district’s growing status as an “economic power-house,” according to Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson. More

Waikato popular holiday spot for Auckland residents

+19 Feb 2016

Mobile data usage has put the spotlight on a mass annual migration of tech savvy humans to the regions over the summer break. More


+16 Feb 2016

Hi Charlie, We have some exciting news! We have secured a long term lease and full control of an historic 114-year-old winery south of Auckland in Te Kauwhata. More

Ports of Auckland set to develop multimillion dollar freight hub in Waikato

+11 Feb 2016

Ports of Auckland signed a conditional agreement to purchase 33 hectares at Northgate Business Park in the Waikato to build a multimillion dollar freight hub. More

Teen gains national title after launching largest amateur rocket in Taupiri

+7 Feb 2016

An event for rocket enthusiasts to launch their biggest and most impressive rockets, was held in Taupiri on Sunday, attracting groups from as far as India. More

'Hyper months' ahead as Waikato/BoP property market outpaces Auckland?

+20 Jan 2016

The supercity has taken a back seat to its nearest neighbours as Waikato and Bay of Plenty team up with Northland to set the pace in the New Zealand housing market. More

Chinese Company Weihai Station to buy large farm west of Auckland

+6 Jan 2016

A Chinese company is planning to build a resort on a large coastal farm it has been given approval to buy near Auckland. More

Thinking of developing in Pokeno’s main street?

+21 Dec 2015

Waikato District Council has adopted a design guide that will direct the look of new development (including enhancements to existing properties) on Pokeno’s main street. More

Mayor's Community Awards recognise outstanding contribution to community

+16 Dec 2015

The Waikato District Council’s Mayoral Community Awards were held this morning with 13 nominees attending along with their friends and family. These awards are held every two years and recognise the significant contribution made by volunteers to the community and to the vitality of the Waikato More

Houston, we have arrived

+16 Dec 2015

Air New Zealand's inaugural flight between Auckland and Houston, Texas has touched down this morning. More

Cambridge section of Waikato Expressway ready to open

+11 Dec 2015

The Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway was officially opened on Tuesday and the public will be able to use it for the first time from Wednesday. It runs between Tamahere to just south of Cambridge, passing over eight bridges, including the imposing Karapiro Gully Viaduct. More

Record High for Visitor Spend in Hamilton & Waikato

+23 Nov 2015

Visitor spending in the Hamilton & Waikato region for the year ended March 2015 has reached the highest figures on record according to statistics released on Friday. More

Yashili, Arla and Danone sign agreement

+7 Nov 2015

Yashili International along with European dairy producers Arla and Danone have entered into global strategic cooperation agreement. More

Yashili New Zealand's Pokeno factory opens

+6 Nov 2015

Yashili New Zealand Dairy Co has opened its new state-of-the-art infant formula manufacturing plant in Pokeno, south of Auckland. More

PM tours Waikato Milking Systems global headquarters

+6 Nov 2015

Hand-cleaned garden rocks and gleaming steel welcomed Prime Minister John Key to the opening a flash "tin shed" to kick off his visit to the Waikato. More

Chinese dairy producer opens in Waikato

+6 Nov 2015

Chinese-owned dairy producer Yashili opened its massive new factory in Waikato today – the first business of its kind to open a manufacturing base overseas. More

The New Zealand China Council has analysed China's investment flows into New Zealand that have resulted in a $6.6 bln stake, or 6.8% of all foreign investment

+5 Nov 2015

The New Zealand China Council has analysed the substantial direct investment coming to New Zealand from China, showing that Chinese companies are being attracted by the FTA, our stable environment, and investor-friendly tax regime. The following is extracted from a Council report: Fostering Growth. More

Waikato District Council continues to move online

+22 Oct 2015

Following its recent launch of Maps Online, Waikato District Council has now released an electronic version of its District Plan online, coined ‘Waikato district e-Plan’. More

Raglan Library and Office late night opening

+5 Oct 2015

The Raglan Library and Council Office will soon be offering extended hours with its very first late night on Wednesday 14 October. More

Funding Boost for Trail-Blazing Raglan Cycle Project

+28 Sep 2015

Raglan’s Ocean Trails Mountain Bike Park is one of five projects across New Zealand to receive funding from the latest round of the Government’s Tourism Growth Partnership Fund. The $8 million per annum fund, administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment aims to boost More

Fertile fields for foreigners

+27 Sep 2015

Of the 78,000 Germans who visit each year, some stay to set up businesses. More

Waikato developers offer free land to buyers

+20 Sep 2015

A group of Waikato developers hope to entice Auckland buyers by giving away the one-acre Kiwi dream. More

Ultrafast Fibre build six months ahead of schedule

+18 Sep 2015

Ultrafast Fibre will finish building an 3000 km ultra fast fibre optic broadband network in the North Island six months ahead of schedule. More

Small spaces with big flavours

+15 Sep 2015

Creative New Zealand foodies are serving up fantastic food from tiny spaces. More

Zealong Tea Tastes Major Award Success in Asia

+28 Aug 2015

A trip to Asia's foremost natural and organic expo has proved fruitful for Zealong Tea, which has clinched 'Best New Natural/Organic Beverage' in its maiden appearance - an award voted for by visitors. More

WEL Networks supports Raglan power project

+26 Aug 2015

Raglan residents exploring generating their own power have the support of WEL Networks. More

Waikato population tipped to grow more than 40 per cent by 2063

+11 Aug 2015

While the number of people living in Waikato's main centre will rise over the next 50 years, smaller centres will need to fight to retain their numbers. More

Ideas and innovation thrive inside Waikato Innovation Park

+10 Aug 2015

Waikato Innovation Park has become a "community of innovators" says park chief executive Stuart Gordon as people come together to share ideas. More

TGH to sell up to half of The Base

+3 Aug 2015

Half of Waikato-Tainui's flagship development, The Base shopping centre in Hamilton, will go up for sale as the tribe seeks to free up cash. More

Waikato town running out of water taps into Auckland's supply

+23 Jul 2015

The population explosion in North Waikato has forced council to tap into the super city's water main to secure supply for escapees of Auckland's maddening housing market. More

Waikato-Tainui 2015 Annual Result Announced

+22 Jul 2015

Waikato-Tainui is reporting solid performance in a year significant for advances in its social development initiatives, environment programmes, diversification of its commercial activities and the 20th anniversary of its historic Raupatu settlement. More

Down dairy cycle an opportunity for booming Waikato-Tainui iwi

+22 Jul 2015

The dairy downturn may have opened the door for tribal giant Waikato-Tainui to broaden their investment portfolio and continue to build their empire. More

Up, up, and away: NZ drone makers target Hollywood

+20 Jul 2015

Deep in New Zealand's dairying heartland, drone maker Aeronavics tests aircraft designed to corner the fast-growing emerging market for unmanned aerial vehicles in the film and television business. More

New $9m investment in Waikato Innovation Park approved

+8 Jul 2015

A deal to build a new $9.4 million purpose-built building at Waikato Innovation Park has been soured by claims of poor governance and oversight by city officials. More

Waikato and Hamilton Tourism gets funding boost

+2 Jul 2015

Hamilton and Waikato Tourism has been given a vote of confidence by the region's councils, by the way of a funding boost. More

Savings from water company proposal too great to ignore

+16 Jun 2015

A massive shake-up of Waikato's water management that could save hundreds of millions of dollars has been given its first tick of approval but knocked back a proposal to join up with the outfit running Auckland's water. More

Economic Strategy Implementation Governance Group Named

+15 Jun 2015

A high class team of Waikato business and political leaders has been appointed to oversee the implementation of a ground-breaking economic development strategy prepared under the auspices of the Waikato Mayoral Forum. More

Housing boom spreads south of the Bombay border

+9 Jun 2015

Skyrocketing house prices mean Aucklanders’ can no longer ignore happenings south of the Bombay Hills, as competitive house and land packages spark a population explosion ‘south of the border.’ More

Economic strategy gathering impetus

+20 May 2015

Implementation of a new economic development strategy for the Waikato is gathering pace, with a number of projects well underway and a private-public governance group in the process of being finalised. More

Auckland property: New rules 'won't have a huge impact' - Key

+18 May 2015

Two-year ownership requirement and curbs on foreign buyers announced as Govt moves to cool the Auckland market. More

No housing crisis in Auckland: John Key

+18 May 2015

Prime Minister John Key is standing by his statements that there isn't a housing crisis in Auckland and says the decision to tax property speculators was only made in April. More

Waikato River ride brings people together

+10 May 2015

Jennifer Palmer has become a cycling enthusiast thanks to her work on Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride. More

80 year celebration for family business

+4 May 2015

Tuakau's Grahams Funeral Services' Lynne Graham, her son Mark Graham and his son Jared Graham proudly celebrate the family-operated business' 80th anniversary. More

Waikato Milking Systems set for international growth

+22 Apr 2015

The walls have gone up, the roof is on, and the final slabs of cedar are being put into place. The hulking 8000 square metres of buildings that dominate Northgate Business Park are ready. More

Annual inflation just 0.1 per cent, lowest since 1999

+20 Apr 2015

Interest rates are likely to remain on hold for longer after annual inflation fell to just 0.1 per cent, although unions and the Green Party want rates to be cut. More

Opening of Yashili's $212 million plant delayed

+20 Apr 2015

Pokeno's $212 million infant milk formula factory has hit an eight-month delay as it works its way through red tape. More

Tainui Group Holdings chief says goodbye

+14 Apr 2015

After eight years at the helm of one of Waikato's biggest businesses, Mike Pohio is ready to move on to other challenges. More

Auckland house prices surge 13 per cent

+13 Apr 2015

Auckland house prices surged 13 per cent annually and are up $83,000, from $637,000 last March to $720,000 last month. More

Waikato building boom sparks job call

+10 Apr 2015

The Waikato's construction sector is feeling the effects of a building boom and is desperate to recruit more apprentices. More

Parity: A pinch for some, a party for others

+8 Apr 2015

Waikato businesses are keeping a wary eye on the Australian economy while consumers celebrate the Kiwi dollar's near-parity with that of our neighbour. More

Take a simulated trip along Huntly expressway

+26 Mar 2015

The start of construction on the $458 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway may be up to six months away but the public can already take a virtual drive-through. More

Turangawaewae Regatta celebrates 120 years

+23 Mar 2015

Young and old from near and far gathered on the banks of the Waikato River at Ngaruawahia over the weekend to take in the 120-year celebrations of the Turangawaewae Regatta More

Waikato expansion likely for Open Country Dairy

+13 Mar 2015

Open Country Dairy's next decision on processing expansion is close, as a waiting list of more than 500 farmers press to supply. More

Billion-dollar funding boost to Waikato Expressway

+10 Mar 2015

The final three links of the chain that will allow commuters a swifter drive through the Waikato are about to fall into place, thanks to a billion-dollar funding injection. More

Te Kowhai celebrates its 125th birthday

+9 Mar 2015

One hundred and twenty five years have passed by since Te Kowhai Primary School was established, and the area celebrated with a weekend full of festivities. More

New Zealand considers regulatory framework for drones to operate beyond-line-of-sight

+6 Mar 2015

Allowing drones to operate beyond the operator's line of sight could provide economic gains of up to $190 million a year to New Zealand's farming, forestry and energy sectors, according to a report commissioned by Callaghan Innovation. More

SODA Inc. moving to Wintec House

+6 Mar 2015

Waikato business incubator SODA Inc. will be relocating to Wintec House in the heart of Hamilton city, alongside the Waikato Chamber of Commerce this month. More

Drone company Aeronavics' funding takes off

+18 Feb 2015

Raglan company Aeronavics raised its target of $750,000 in just three days, and is now over the $1m mark. More

Prime Minister's big on Waikato commute

+5 Feb 2015

If you can't afford a house in Auckland the prime minister has some advice for you – head to Waikato. More

River crossing a boon for Waikato cycling

+31 Jan 2015

A proposed river crossing could drive an economic stake into the ground and cement the region as the country's top cycling destination. More

Yashili factory promises 'dramatic' flow-on effect

+17 Dec 2014

FACTORY GROWING JOBS: Yashili's $210 million infant milk formula plant in Pokeno will be commissioned next year. More

Waikato region's 'unprecedented growth'

+2 Dec 2014

Growth in the northern reaches of the Waikato District shows no signs of abating as building consent applications flood into the council mailbox. More

Mining key to rural wealth - report

+1 Dec 2014

Rural New Zealand needs to mine its mineral wealth if it is to escape a cycle of economic decline and poverty, according to a report released today. More

Waikato District open for business - By Lynne Richardson

+25 Nov 2014

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park – a successful business venture that delivers $12 million in value to the Waikato district. More

Waikato Milking Systems sites to be consolidated

+19 Nov 2014

Northgate Business Park's solitary building will soon have a neighbour. More

Employment outpaces strongest population growth in 10 years

+5 Nov 2014

Rising employment is more than keeping up with our growing population, while unemployment has fallen to 5.4 percent, Statistics New Zealand said today. More

Business in Waikato District is growing fast

+30 Oct 2014

It's game on in Waikato as our northern-most district council competes to secure big business in its neck of the woods. More

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+29 Oct 2014

If you’re wondering why global organisations like Yashili are investing millions to open their doors in the Waikato, don’t miss this outstanding opportunity.

Please join us at a FREE one-day conference to find out what the Waikato district offers, what help is available and how you and More

Council launches economic development tool for investors

+23 Oct 2014

Waikato District Council is to launch a unique web-based tool for investors aimed at supporting new business and new investment in the district. More

NZ wealth growth on top of the world

+15 Oct 2014

New Zealand's wealth has grown more than that of any other country in the world since 2000, according to a new report released by Credit Suisse. More

Resilient NZ near top of table

+10 Oct 2014

Index ranks country one of the least corrupt and most politically stable More

Building activity gathers momentum

+30 Sep 2014

Spending on commercial construction in the Waikato is booming this year, with value of consents streaking ahead of 2013's statistics. More

Why the NZ exchange rate is unjustified and unsustainable

+25 Sep 2014

The Reserve Bank considers the level of the exchange rate is unjustified and unsustainable, and that it is susceptible to a significant downward adjustment, Governor Graeme Wheeler said in a statement today. More

Waikato district focus on community wellbeing and growth opportunities

+24 Sep 2014

In line with our goal to enable further economic development and employment opportunities in our district, this month we launched Open Waikato, our online prospectus. This is a fantastic resource for people... More

Waikato district focus on community wellbeing and growth opportunities

+19 Sep 2014

In line with our goal to enable further economic development and employment opportunities in our district, this month we launched Open Waikato, our online prospectus. This is a fantastic resource for people who want to invest, live or visit the Waikato as it provides economic data, fact sheets on More

Hamilton’s planned $3.3 billion transport hub has jumped its biggest regulatory hurdle

+16 Sep 2014

Hamilton's planned $3.3 billion transport hub has jumped its biggest regulatory hurdle and now faces only resource consenting before it becomes a reality. More

Tourism operators investing more in sector

+10 Sep 2014

Waikato tourism operators are continuing to invest significantly to support the development and marketing of the region as a visitor destination. More

Handling Auckland's growth implications for Waikato

+9 Sep 2014

The growth of Auckland could have pluses and minuses for Waikato, with the region needing to be ready to meet challenges and take up the opportunities it presents. More

Trade on the agenda at Turangawaewae

+21 Aug 2014

Trade talks were put on the agenda as the billion-dollar iwi welcomed 26 international diplomats to Ngaruawahia. More

Certificates point to growth of Waikato exports

+25 Jul 2014

Waikato products are increasingly heading overseas, according to the region's Chamber of Commerce. More

Economic growth and jobs are key priorities for local government

+25 Jul 2014

A report, based on the findings of a recent survey, identifies what Mayors and Chairs of local authorities think are the major issues facing their communities and organisations. More

Tainui's success, Waikato success

+4 Jul 2014

Waikato-Tainui began its financial activities in 1995 with its first $170 million treaty settlement. Now it is one of the biggest players in the Waikato investment market, with a total asset value that passed the $1 billion mark in the last year. More

Structure plans will support Tuakau and Ngaruawahia growth

+29 Jun 2014

A lot of work is underway in Tuakau and Ngaruawahia with the development of a structure plan for each of the towns. More

Latest Infometrics Forecasts

+27 Jun 2014

The latest set of Infometrics forecasts have been released and Gareth Kiernan, Managing Director of Infometrics, is now available to travel to your region to present seminars. More

Major New Alliance

+26 Jun 2014

We are pleased to report on a major new alliance between Fonterra subsidiary, Kotahi and Port of Tauranga which will save exporters $338 million per year. More

Northgate Business Park - Major Logistics Hub Planned

+5 May 2014

Developers have unveiled plans for a major new logistics and import/export facility north of Hamilton that they say will pump millions of new dollars into the Waikato economy. The development has all its resource consents in place and is ready to go. More


+29 Apr 2014

An independent report to the Waikato Mayoral Forum has recommended three Waikato councils investigate establishing a jointly-­‐owned limited liability company to manage their water infrastructure. More

Mayoral Forum has good process for future

+15 Apr 2014

The Waikato Mayoral Forum says it has established a very robust process for making efficiency improvements in the way councils operate and for gathering information to help inform discussions on local government in the region. More

Strategy aims to unleash potential

+4 Apr 2014

Waikato’s economic story is largely one of “unrealised potential” which will require the region to leverage its geographic location, according to a major discussion paper released today. More

We Need Your Help Turning Our House Into A Home

+1 Apr 2014

With the refurbishment progressing well on the Raglan Library, Waikato District Council is inviting ideas from the community on how they would like the new space to look. More

+1 Jan 1



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