The Waikato is New Zealand’s fourth-largest region, covering 25,000 square kilometres of the upper central North Island. The region is bounded by Auckland to its north, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay to the east, and the Manawatu and Taranaki to the south. To the west, the region extends to the Tasman Sea coast, a largely rough and hilly expanse that does however offer a renowned series of surf breaks around the popular beach town of Raglan.

The Waikato’s population is an estimated 418,500. The region’s largest city is Hamilton, with 179,000 people; the remainder of the population are spread over more than 20 smaller towns across numerous territorial districts.

The region takes its name from the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest, which has its mouth at Port Waikato and its origin in Lake Taupo. The Maori name Waikato translates as ‘flowing water.’ The Tainui tribe, one of New Zealand’s largest, regard the Waikato River with some reverence as a source of their mana - a concept broadly encompassing pride, spiritual power and authority. The river was historically an important transport and communications link for the people surrounding it, and in modern times is both a popular spot for boating and other recreation activities, and a site for hydro-electricity generation.

Waikato’s economy is heavily derived from the agricultural sector, particularly dairy. The second-largest sector in the Waikato is business services, contributing 8% of gross regional product (compared to 13% from the dairy sector.)

The Waikato region is also home to New Zealand’s largest population of horse operations and racing personnel. Much of the Waikato’s horse breeding district is centred around the town of Cambridge, the ‘Equine Capital of New Zealand,’ which has the distinction of being the birthplace of 13 Melbourne Cup winners.

The Waikato offers a diverse range of tourist and leisure activities. Hobbiton, the Hobbit movie set turned tourist attraction, is located in Matamata, 45 minutes east of Hamilton. The Waitomo Caves, south of Hamilton, offer an underground experience ranging from the tame - a boat or walking tour to view the beautiful limestone formations and native glow worms - to the adrenaline filled, including underground blackwater rafting, abseiling and ziplining through the darkness. The Waikato River provides boating, fishing, jet boating and rafting along its considerable length. Lake Taupo, the Huka Falls, the black sand beaches of Raglan, and Hamilton City itself are all popular destinations as well.

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Comedy At the Meteor

Comedy at the Meteor is back for the last show of 2016. Late October is probably too early to call it a Christmas special, but phwoar! It'll be a cracker!
October 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
October 25, 2016

Ministry of Education is shelling out for more classes in Waikato

Students have been spilling out of classrooms and into desks in the corridor of one Hamilton school while they await funding for more space.
October 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

That's your best friend and your worst enemy - your own brain.
October 20, 2016

An Evening With the Artist: Matahi Brightwell

Come and spend an evening with Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings artist Matahi Brightwell. Brightwell will discuss the story behind the creation of the carvings, the meaning behind them and the connection to his grandmother.
October 18, 2016

That day that paper towels and polystyrene fell from the skies onto Wellington

It seemed like manna from heaven as hand towels fluttered down from above.
October 16, 2016

Taupo Local Boy's Band Night

This can be great place to relax at the friendly pub and enjoy live music after long day's work or travel. Come and enjoy live music from some of the Taupo's Local musicians.
October 13, 2016

Andrew King takes Hamilton mayoralty, but recount to come

Andrew King has been elected Hamilton's mayor with a single-digit majority.
October 12, 2016

Quote of the Day

The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself.
October 10, 2016

Mayor defends council's $15k spend on $30k Christmas tree

The mayor of a Taranaki town has defended its decision to spend $30,000 on a single Christmas tree, saying it was something the community asked for.
October 4, 2016

Photoshop & Illustrator Fundamentals

This course develops your skills in computer programs Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, providing an overview of their fundamental features. Perfectly suited to those wanting to edit or manipulate photos and graphic images, for use in design activities such as basic graphic design and social networking or other web-related activities.
October 3, 2016

Quote of the Day

This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.
October 2, 2016

Inner city living answer for Hamilton's dying CBD

A multi-level home in Hamilton's inner city is the new black.
September 29, 2016

Quote of the Day

The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
September 28, 2016

Te Whaanau Maarama Storytelling

Hear stories inspired by the exhibition Te Whaanau Maarama. Recommended for children.
September 27, 2016

Quote of the Day

The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well.
September 22, 2016

C3 Church Taupo Awaken Conference The River

This moment is about you. Created with the intention for supernatural connection. We would love you to come to our place and pursue with us God’s Presence. It is in created moments and time set aside that we encounter the real, living and true presence of God. Know Him authentically. Come to “The River.” Aroha and Blessings. Pastor Mark and Sarah Percy.
September 21, 2016

Man calls police to report ex for overfeeding hamster leaving him 'looking like a fat little pig'

A man called British police to report that his former girlfriend for over feeding their hamster "looking like a fat little pig" by over-feeding it.
September 19, 2016

Plenty of style and class for travelers ready to hit the road

Thousands have flocked to the Mystery Creek Events Centre for the first day of the 2016 NZ Motorhome, Caravan and Leisure Show.
September 15, 2016

Some great feedback for The Cane Factory & Upholstery Shop Ltd

“Just a note to once again thank you for the lovely job you did on our sofas. Every time I come out in the morning and see them I feel the pleasure in them all over again. The entire family & friends have seen them and everyone likes them and so they should. Thank you again.” - Valerie
September 15, 2016

Quote of the Day

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
September 13, 2016

Conservation Week - Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Join the Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Team during Conservation Week, and learn about this awesome community-led project, and NZ conservation in action! If you wish to join the team on a Guided Tour during Conservation Week go to our website and enter the Discount Codes: CWSMGT to receive 25% discount.
September 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

Do the best you can, and don't take life too serious.
September 7, 2016

First Impressions Toastmasters - Hamilton Lake

Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.
September 6, 2016

Photo seems to shows toddler chasing cheetah at Paignton Zoo in beautiful illusion

A photo of a child seemingly chasing a cheetah has left everyone baffled.
September 5, 2016

Oh What a Night!

Oh What a Night! awaits all music fans. During the '60s and '70s, the No. 1 hits Sherry, December, 1963 (Oh What A Night), Walk Like A Man, Silence Is Golden, Dawn (Go Away), Rag Doll and Big Girls Don’t Cry saw the Four Seasons and lead singer Frankie Valli propelled to super stardom.
September 1, 2016

Quote of the Day

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
August 30, 2016

Hamilton gets its first charter school

Hamilton kids who want to learn in te reo Māori will have another option from 2017.
August 29, 2016

More positive comments for Pied Piper Products

"I am very happy with the way the bait stations are working. We are using them as part of a pest control programme in the Helps Kaik reserve. The Pied Piper Bait Stations have performed very well with no problems. Thanks again Kevin." Many thanks. John
August 25, 2016

Quote of the Day

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
August 24, 2016

Dog elected as mayor for Cormorant, Minnesota, for third term

An American town's mayor cannot speak English and doesn't wear clothes, but that hasn't stopped him being voted in for a third term.
August 23, 2016

Property Investment Education Evening

Investors of all skill levels are invited to come along and learn from expert investor and Property Coach Trevor Moore at this free education night.
August 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

I've always thought of acting as more of an exercise in empathy, which is not to be confused with sympathy. You're trying to get inside a certain emotional reality or motivational reality and try to figure out what that's about so you can represent it.
August 18, 2016

The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner Documentary

The unique insights and research of Rudolf Steiner into subjects such as education, medicine and agriculture has grown in both relevance and urgency for today’s modern society.
August 16, 2016

Changes first hand: Waikato women talk about decades spent with NZ Post

Christine Clark, Glenda Giles and Natalie Rouse have all been working for New Zealand Post for more than 30 years.
August 15, 2016

Another excellent review for Know a Fence

"Know A Fence have been supplying & building fences/retaining walls for Generation Homes Ltd since 2003. We have found the team at Know A Fence exceedingly easy to work with & always readily available for quotes, queries etc we may have. Their high level of worksmanship and strong customer satisfaction focus has made for a pleasant working relationship and we have no hesitation in recommending Charlie & the team at Know A Fence for all your fencing requirements." - Clinton
August 15, 2016

Thief in China cuts down a tree to steal a bike

Footage has emerged from China of a man cutting down a tree so he can steal a bike.
August 10, 2016

Quote of the Day

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
August 8, 2016

Hamilton & Waikato Business Showcase

If you organise meetings, accommodation, functions, activities, or anything business event related, in the Hamilton & Waikato region don’t miss this informal mini tradeshow and networking drinks.
August 7, 2016

Great feedback for Burgeon Signs

"Just wanted to thank you and the team again for the time and effort you spent in designing and constructing our new signage for MTF Hamilton . We are absolutely stoked with the final outcome and love the design as it makes us stand out from the crowd because of it’s appeal to the eye. I would recommend you and your team to anyone that is looking at brand solutions for their business and I love the way you guys just get the job done from start to finish with minimal fuss and no distraction to our business. Thanks again for a job well done." - Barry
August 4, 2016

Quote of the Day

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
August 3, 2016

Funding boost to get more rural kids licensed to drive

In an effort to get more young people into employment, the Otorohanga District Council is pumping more than $100,000 into driver's licence training.
August 2, 2016

The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner Documentary

The unique insights and research of Rudolf Steiner into subjects such as education, medicine and agriculture has grown in both relevance and urgency for today’s modern society.
August 1, 2016

Quote of the Day

If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
July 28, 2016

National Investment Property Showcase

Register now for this 2-hour, content-rich event which is aimed at anyone serious about investing in the New Zealand property market in 2016.
July 26, 2016

Labour leader Andrew Little's New Plymouth billboard defaced by vandals

The new face of the Labour Party leadership is small, furry and named Stuart. Labour leader Andrew Little's billboard erected outside his New Plymouth electorate office on Northgate has been taken to by some creative vandals, who expertly superimposed the face of the movie mouse Stuart Little.
July 24, 2016

Children’s Winter Art School

Once again our tutors have prepared an exciting school holiday programme for young artists. All children will work around the same subjects on projects suitable for their age and skill level. Children who already attended the first week can skip the introduction in the second week and jump straight into a new project.
July 20, 2016

Hamilton Farmers' Market is on the move to Claudelands

Wild winter weather gave the Hamilton Farmers' Market a walloping one too many times, so the organisers have decided to move somewhere more sheltered.
July 19, 2016

Quote of the Day

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.
July 18, 2016

Great feedback for bGreat feedback for The Cane Factory & Upholstery Shop Ltd

“Andrew and Tracey have been fantastic to deal with. I have purchased cane furniture from them and had several items of furniture and squabs re-upholstered by them also. Their workmanship is of a high standard and they are really friendly and helpful when trying to decide on fabrics and design.” - Heather
July 17, 2016

Shipping containers for rebuild workers could provide emergency housing

Shipping container company Royal Wolf is involved in confidential talks about housing the homeless in modified shipping containers.
July 14, 2016

Free Tech Advice Session

Your friendly Tech experts at Geeks on Wheels have come to Maori Hill Community Centre to give you free tech advice, right on the spot.
July 11, 2016

Tears to cheers for Murray

When Andy Murray broke down in tears on Centre Court after the most painful defeat of his life, it was impossible to imagine the Scot would be wrapping up a second Wimbledon title just four years later.
July 10, 2016

Quote of the Day

To begin, begin.
July 7, 2016

Quiz Night

Quiz Night: General; knowledge, tv themes, famous voices. sport, all blacks, movies, video clips.
July 6, 2016

Global dairy prices slip, whole milk powder prices fall 1.6 percent

World dairy prices dropping 0.4 percent at the GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight.
July 4, 2016

Art School 2 Day Event

Art School Taupo is a special two day event made up up of 14 mini art based workshops tutored by various local and award winning artists in a wide variety of topics and mediums.
June 30, 2016

More positive comments for Aztech Buildings

"Aztech, you have outstanding service, excellent workers who have done an absolutely first class job. Farm Building built to perfection and before specified time - would highly recommend you to all."
June 30, 2016

Quote of the Day

Don't fight the problem, decide it.
June 29, 2016

Bottle flipping craze eclipsed by Christchurch-born chair flipping

First it was bottle flipping, a seemingly innocuous water bottle trick that temporarily took over the internet.
June 27, 2016

Quote of the Day

I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.
June 23, 2016

Waikato Playcentre Association Open Week

Come along and Play at a Waikato Playcentre near you. This is a fantastic opportunity to attend open days across all Waikato Playcentre’s during week eight of this term.
June 21, 2016

Warriors go to the dogs: Thrilling Sabre a winner

Greyhound trainer Karen Walsh is a huge Warriors fan.
June 19, 2016

More positive comments for Wash Rite

“Troy was a delight to deal with friendly, polite and nothing was a trouble for him." - Maree
June 16, 2016

Quote of the Day

Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.
June 15, 2016

Man films mystery objects in night sky

"I thought, am I losing my mind?" That was the reaction of Oisin Lavelle as he spent two hours watching a mysterious, brightly coloured sphere moving in the sky south-west of Christchurch on Monday night.
June 14, 2016

Oil Painting Classes - Beginners In Oils & Seascapes in Oils

Learn to paint in oils with Jacquie Ellis - Karangahake artist. Classes run in 5-week blocks - $95 per block. Some classes include materials, canvases etc. Small classes so your time with the tutor is maximised. Learn to create your own masterpiece.
June 13, 2016

Quote of the Day

The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name.
June 7, 2016

The Future Not-for-Profit Organisation Workshop

The future of organisations operating in the Not-For-Profit sector has always been uncertain with many facing the equal challenge of funding and relevancy.
June 5, 2016

Great feedback for Signcraftsmen

"Signcraftsmen have handled our signage and signwriting for several years now, and we trust their consistently high standard of work. It is a pleasure to work with their professional, punctual and friendly team and we would recommend their service." - Therese
June 2, 2016

Quote of the Day

Leap, and the net will appear.
June 1, 2016

First Impressions Toastmasters - Hamilton Lake

Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.
May 31, 2016

Chiefs feel they've done all they can, as Sonny Bill Williams set to sign with Blues

Details of Sonny Bill Williams' new three-year deal with New Zealand Rugby will be confirmed on Wednesday, and the cross-code star is believed to be favouring a move to the Blues.
May 30, 2016

Blood spatter researcher working on computer simulation to help forensics

Never mind Dexter, a Kiwi student is embracing all the gore of blood spatter in an effort to help crack complicated crimes.
May 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed - there's so little competition.
May 24, 2016

Register in Secondary Schools' Mooting Competition

Secondary school students who want to get a taste of law and experience the thrill of the court room can take part in the University of Waikato’s Secondary Schools’ Mooting Competition.
May 22, 2016

More positive comments for Polished Concrete Company

"Rodney and the team did the concrete floors for my new retail shop in Cambridge. We are absolutely thrilled with the end result of the floors, they have come up beautifully, it looks amazing and we get so many compliments regarding the new concrete finish. Rodney's team went over and above to work over the weekend and late into the night to complete the floors, so that building could start on Monday. The team was very professional to deal with and helpful in all aspects of the job. I would thoroughly recommend The Polished Concrete Company and you are welcome to check out our new concrete floors at our shop in Cambridge." -Helen
May 19, 2016

A Night of Hope with World Vision

A Night of Hope is an event for all ages, featuring live music from talented social justice musician, Levi McGrath, who spent six months working with former child soldiers in Uganda.
May 18, 2016

Quote of the Day

Step by step and the thing is done.
May 16, 2016

Mobil fined over oil spill in Tauranga

Mobil has been fined $288,000 in the Environment Court after thousands of litres of oil spilled into Tauranga Harbour.
May 15, 2016

Quote of the Day

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
May 12, 2016

Awesome comments for The Cane Factory & Upholstery

“Andrew and Tracey have been fantastic to deal with. I have purchased cane furniture from them and had several items of furniture and squabs re-upholstered by them also. Their workmanship is of a high standard and they are really friendly and helpful when trying to decide on fabrics and design.” -Heather
May 12, 2016

Bucket List Banquet Charity Dinner

The Hospice Waikato and Montana Catering Bucket List Banquet is the Waikato’s finest charity gala dinner.
May 11, 2016

Scottish man arrested after teaching pug dog 'Nazi salute'

A Scottish man has been arrested for teaching his girlfriend's pug dog to do a Nazi salute.
May 10, 2016

True Colours Annual Garage Sale

Our annual Garage Sale is on again. If you are in the market for a bargain or two, be sure to mark this date in your diary. We had a huge amount of great items for sale last year, and I'm sure that this year is going to be even better!
May 5, 2016

Tainui Group Holdings behind Lake Taupo protection breaches

Tainui Group Holdings has outed itself as the company behind the rule breach designed to protect Lake Taupo after the regional council withheld its details.
May 4, 2016

Quote of the Day

A goal is a dream with a deadline.
May 4, 2016

Certificate in MYOB AccountRight 2016 Course

Knowledge and confidence are essential to your success in life and career. Discover how you can gain comprehensive knowledge of accounting and become a confident MYOB user in just 4 weeks.
April 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.
April 25, 2016

Chinese tourist killed by rockfall caused by monkeys

A Chinese tourist has died after being hit by falling rock said to be caused by monkeys.
April 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.
April 21, 2016

Ice Skate Tour

Come enjoy ice skating at Goodwood School. It’s a great, safe and fun way to get active and also an activity that kids can do together with their parent(s) and friends. Entry fee is $7 for kids (under 16) and $13 for adults (ice skates included).
April 20, 2016

Aucklanders have a hand in Hamilton rates hike

Auckland investors continue to make their mark on Hamilton property owners' wallets with the announcement that 77 per cent of residential ratepayers are going to see an increase in rates.
April 18, 2016

Quote of the Day

Never, never, never give up.
April 13, 2016

Woman's hair cut off on Sydney bus

A woman catching a bus into Sydney's CBD had a chunk of her hair cut off by passengers who were sitting behind her, according to a witness.
April 12, 2016

Children's Discovery Trail

The Hamilton Gardens Discovery Trail will take children on a journey where they can explore an enchanting world of secret themed gardens.
April 10, 2016

Quote of the Day

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
April 5, 2016

Keep Calm and Carry on Safely Seminar

Join us for this refreshing and dynamic seminar where we separate fact from fiction in relation to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. This morning seminar includes morning tea and plenty of question and answer time.
April 4, 2016

Quote of the Day

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
March 30, 2016

Alliance Française French Film Festival

The best of French cinema returns to New Zealand in 2016.
March 29, 2016

Koala holds up highway traffic in Australia

A koala held up traffic on Saturday after running around haphazardly on a Brisbane highway road.
March 28, 2016

Waikato River system below par on report card

The first big report card on the well-being of the entire Waikato River system shows it fails to make the grade.
March 21, 2016

Advanced Driver Training Course

The NZ Advanced Driver Training Course is New Zealand's premier advanced driver training. We operate and conduct courses nationwide, utilising driver training venues in Pukekohe, Taupo, Manawatu, Christchurch and Invercargill.
March 20, 2016

Bat Tour

Ever wondered what creatures come out at night in Hamilton city? Book into one of our famous Bat Tours and find out!
March 9, 2016

Learn How To Manage Conflict

Attend this workshop and emerge as a more confident and effective leader, equipped with practical skills that can be transferred to your workplace as well as your personal life.
March 9, 2016

Name of Fairlie's new Chinese restaurant a head-scratcher

The name of Fairlie's newest eatery is turning heads before it even opens.
March 7, 2016

Quote of the Day

Space is an inspirational concept that allows you to dream big.
March 2, 2016

Kartsport the perfect tonic for young adrenaline junkie Suvarn Naidoo

Suvarn Naidoo will readily admit it. He's an adrenaline junkie - and that's why he loves karting.
March 1, 2016

Free Seminar: How to Achieve Smart Results Online

In these challenging economic times make sure you have a highly persuasive website! It’s one of the most cost effective methods of generating new business! If you are serious about growing your business and generating great results from your website, then this is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss!
February 29, 2016

Quote of the Day

Reach for the stars.
February 25, 2016

Mysterious high-pitched whining sound plagues US town

An unexplained high pitched whining sound is plaguing a US town, and puzzling experts.
February 23, 2016

Waikato's ORI2016 - Big in Our Backyard

We're putting Waikato on the map by bringing you the biggest and best orientation yet!!
February 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

Let each man exercise the art he knows.
February 17, 2016

What a Woman Wants - Featuring Lisa O'Neill

What a Women Wants - Learn what to wear & how to dress. Featuring Lisa O'Neill stylist and motivator. Lisa has 21 years of experience dressing women of all ages and body shapes.
February 16, 2016

Severe earthquake south of New Zealand felt as far north as Dunedin

People as far north as Dunedin are reporting feeling a "severe" earthquake which struck far to the south of the country.
February 15, 2016

Singles Valentine's Ball

A fun singles ball where you can wine, dine, dance and meet other single people of all ages. There is a live band, an MC and a cash bar; dress code is formal and/or smart.
February 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

Prayer is man's greatest power!
February 9, 2016

How your brain works to decipher this code

This passage, written in a combination of letters and numbers, has been circulating social media for years and purports that only certain "strong minds" can read it.
February 7, 2016

Quote of the Day

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
February 4, 2016

Rototuna Junior High School opens with 634 foundation students

It's not quite school at most know it at Rototuna Junior High, since no bells signal the start, intervals or end of the day.
February 3, 2016

The Search for Life on Mars

Guest speaker: Malcolm Walter is a Professor of Astrobiology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He has worked for 35 years on the geological evidence of early life on Earth, including the earliest convincing evidence of life.
February 1, 2016

Quote of the Day

Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon... must inevitably come to pass!
January 28, 2016


While out shopping don't forget to take a spin on the Grand Carousel by the playground. NZ's grandest ride, 3 rows of galloping horses, fun for everyone.
January 26, 2016

Keeper of the worlds biggest water hazard

Ground keeping the biggest water hazard in New Zealand is no easy feat, but at least Mathew Neilson doesn't have to fix any divots.
January 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.
January 19, 2016

Three quarters of Kiwis use a smartphone while watching TV

Millions of Kiwis are spending the equivalent of two working days a week glued to a screen.
January 18, 2016

Let's Go Tongariro

Part of the Mahi Aroha Summer Programme: This tour gives you a unique look into the significant cultural, environmental and historic sites of the Ngati Hikairo people.
January 17, 2016

Fake carrots stuffed with US$500k worth of marijuana seized

They looked like a load of carrots - but on closer inspection, the game was up.
January 14, 2016

Defending champions Waikato name strong side for national sevens tournament

Waikato will have to defend their national sevens title without the services of several key New Zealand stars.
January 13, 2016

Quote of the Day

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
January 12, 2016

Taupo Summer Carnival

Enjoy non stop action all day and night long- the Safari Playhouse giant inflatable, returning favourites the Hurricane, Dodgem Cars, Graviton, Ghost Train, Giant Slide, Merry Go Round and much more.
January 7, 2016

Revival of rotten corn a real labour of love for one Waitara man

Marty Toa from Waitara is keen to revive the rotten corn business in Taranaki.
January 5, 2016

Gary Harding's day brightened by Mi Tensile's Waikato Classic win

Owner Gary Harding had the chance of a unique New Year's Day Group II double washed away by heavy rain at Ellerslie which forced the late scratching of his thoroughbred filly Capella.
January 3, 2016

Quote of the Day

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance.
December 21, 2015

New Plymouth man gives up retail management to be a ghost-buster

Herman Petrick's first experience with banishing what he calls demonic energy came out of the blue in a home in Wellington in May, 2012.
December 21, 2015

Christmas in the Pool

Join us this Christmas Eve for a very special Christmas Event!
December 20, 2015

Quote of the Day

I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind.
December 18, 2015

Christmas Carols in the Library

Young and old are invited to share some Christmas cheer with music provided by the Taupo Concert Band and students from Taupo Christian School. Get into the Christmas spirit and join this very popular free event brought to you by Friends of Taupo Public Library.
December 16, 2015

New Cambridge Expressway open to traffic

The Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway has been officially opened – six months ahead of schedule.
December 14, 2015

Carols in the Park

Christmas Carols in the Park. Join Taupo Big Band with a few classic Christmas Carols. Great family activity.
December 10, 2015

Quote of the Day

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
December 8, 2015

Southland man Nigel Sherborne involved in Brisbane taxi cricket pitch incident

Former Southland man Nigel Sherborne didn't realise he would be a central figure in one of cricket's most bizarre incidents when he donned the pads in Brisbane on Saturday.
December 6, 2015

Quote of the Day

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
December 2, 2015

New Zealand Aronui Lecture Series

The Royal Society of New Zealand presents the 2015 New Zealand Aronui Lecture to be presented by Professor Iain McCalman of the University of Sydney.
December 1, 2015

The Kiwi behind global business Hammamas

Her products retail alongside Prada and Gucci, and get used by global superstars. But Hammamas owner Sacha Hardy can be found in bare feet and jeans, sitting at her home in rural Waikato.
November 30, 2015

Choirs at Waihou

An entertaining evening of varied choral music featuring the Mighty River Harmony Chorus and the Waikato Rivertones Chorus together with talented local choirs.
November 26, 2015

Quote of the Day

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
November 24, 2015

"Mega Cow" coming to Morrinsville

A 6.5m tall "mega cow" is planned for Morrinsville as part of the Herd of Cows? street art project.
November 22, 2015

Quote of the Day

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.
November 19, 2015

Face Melter

The worlds going to end on the 20th. We decided it would be nice to put together a smashing night of musical weirdness to see us through! Come party and lose your minds with us at Altitude Bar on Alexandra street- you wont regret a thing, you wont have time to!
November 18, 2015

New Zealand cows producing better than ever

The average New Zealand cow is producing 18 per cent more milk today than what she did 10 years ago because of better genetics and feed.
November 16, 2015

Quote of the Day

Out of difficulties grow miracles.
November 11, 2015

Digital Photography Group Novice

The Digital Photography Novice Group meets on every 2nd Wednesday of the Month. We discuss ways to improve your photography.
November 10, 2015

Giant sinkhole swallows cars in American parking lot

A huge sinkhole has swallowed more than a dozen cars in the parking lot of a new restaurant in Meridian, Mississippi.
November 8, 2015

Starlight Cinema Fireworks & Laser Extravaganza

Family friendly event for all ages. Movie, Lazer Show and Fireworks. All funds raised go back to the Taupo Community.
November 5, 2015

Fun and excitement at Melbourne Cup day celebrations

Melbourne Cup day was celebrated in styleat the Te Aroha & District Community Hospital.
November 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
November 1, 2015

Christmas donations wanted for those in need

Community House in Morrinsville is calling for donations for Christmas parcels for those in need.
October 29, 2015

Quote of the Day

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
October 28, 2015

Dream River Poker

Welcome to Dream River Poker, NZ's leading free poker league, where you will be playing in live, free texas hold 'em poker tournaments right here at Retrospect (part of the the Ambassador Hotel complex) for your chance to move on to Venue, Regional & National Championships and your shot at up to 5 seats into the WSOP.
October 25, 2015

Quote of the Day

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
October 22, 2015

Napier man Manu Robin bought Taser to use on himself

A man who admitted illegally owning a Taser bought it to use on himself, so he could be like martial arts star Bruce Lee.
October 20, 2015

Cambridge residents save good old post box

The actions of a group of Cambridge residents has succeeded in saving one of the town's historic icons – an old red post box.
October 19, 2015

Quote of the Day

With self-discipline most anything is possible.
October 14, 2015

International Language Evening Classes

Waikato Institute of Education (WIE) currently has classes in French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, German, and English. We can also arrange private tuition for languages not listed. Next term starting on 13/15 October 2015.
October 12, 2015

Owner of lost trans-Tasman cat located in Hong Kong

A Kiwi tom cat found mangy and flea-ridden in Brisbane now has another international connection to his story.
October 11, 2015

Dead cow left rotting in Waikato school's water supply

A cow carcass left to rot and seep into the main water supply of a Waikato school has sparked health concerns.
October 8, 2015

Quote of the Day

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
October 6, 2015

Living Enlightenment : Crazy Wisdom for Crazy Times

Living Enlightenment : Crazy Wisdom for Crazy Times A Series of public talks throughout the North Island from 2 October – 8 October 2015 with Yanchiji
October 4, 2015

Quote of the Day

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
October 1, 2015

SNaP- Social Networking and Performance Night

You are invited to join us at The Meteor Theatre, for an evening of conversation and connection for creative people.
September 30, 2015

Jedi not religious enough for a tax break in New Zealand, says Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs has rejected a request by the Jedi Society Incorporated to be recognised as a legitimate charitable endeavour, with all the tax-free benefits that entails.
September 28, 2015

Cambridge man's wishing chair

A 2 metre high colourful chair on the roadside in Cambridge's Cowley Drive, made from recycled wood and decorated with a mirror and CDs, has caught the eye of passers-by.
September 22, 2015

Mulligan's World Famous Quiz Night

If you are in Taupo on Tuesday - Do not miss this
September 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

I think I've been addicted to openness since long before my rock career. I was terrible as a teenager. I used to go out of my way to make people uncomfortable with personal details. I was always fascinated by the idea that we have these weird, random boundaries between what we do and don't show.
September 20, 2015

NZ tsunami warning cancelled after 8.3 Chile earthquake

A national tsunami warning that had been in force following a magnitude-8.3 earthquake off the coast of Chile has been cancelled.
September 17, 2015

Kiwi tramper bemuses girlfriend with bush puns

The trend for annoying your girlfriend with a barrage of puns - then posting the results on YouTube - has taken a Kiwi detour into the bush.
September 16, 2015

Meet the Mediums

First 35 through the door - please be there at 6.30pm - we have a busy night ahead of us entrance from bridge street only - there is ample parking at the rear of the building...
September 15, 2015

Quote of the Day

I know that a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania is about the most random place for a country singer to come from, but I had an awesome childhood.
September 10, 2015

Thames firth is worth a lot to the mussel industry

Sustaining the ocean and its environment is in the best interest of mussel farmers on the Firth of Thames.
September 8, 2015

Busy day of animal rescues for fire crews

A cat on a fiery mat, a sizzling bird on a wire and a horse in a drain made for an unusual day of animal rescues for fire crews.
September 6, 2015

Fink About It

Don't miss the latest offering from one of New Zealand's most successful live comedy acts. The Laughing Samoans comedy duo of Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai has been touring the world for more than a decade now performing their hilarious and unique brand of humour.
September 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

I have a Woody Allen Jewish attitude to life: that it's all going to be disastrous. That it hasn't all been that way is simply down to some random quirk of fate.
September 2, 2015

Stormy weather strikes Waikato

Heavy, persistent rain has caused flooding and commuter chaos across the upper North Island and triggered weather warnings for parts of Waikato.
August 31, 2015

When inanimate objects attack

When it comes to inanimate objects, expect the unexpected.
August 26, 2015

Fourth man arrested over Matamata roadside bashing

A fourth man wanted for allegedly bashing a weary driver with the butt of a gun and robbing him has been arrested.
August 23, 2015

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are heading to the Nivara Lounge in Hamilton on Thursday 20th August ready to 'rock the joint'.
August 19, 2015

Hamilton City Council caps funding for Waikato Plan

The region's million-dollar Waikato Plan had been given a "reset" after the project became bogged down in information.
August 18, 2015

Quote of the Day

I'm not like most designers, who have to set sail on an exotic getaway to get inspired. Most of the time, it's on my walk to work, or sitting in the subway and seeing something random or out of context.
August 17, 2015

Secret world of octopuses: Sneaky hunting, rough sex and months of breeding

Scientists in the US have discovered a species of octopus that uses sneaky methods to hunt, engages in some romantic - if not a bit rough - sex and spends months breeding.
August 13, 2015

Waikato Photographic Society - Meeting

Our club is made up of members with a wide range of experience and knowledge of photography. We all enjoy sharing and talking about our interest in photography.
August 10, 2015

Former volunteer concerned peoples' lives will be lost in the outdoors

They've helped keep people alive in the outdoors and trained thousands of safety conscious firearms users but a former volunteer says the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council has been gutted to the core.
August 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

Random chance plays a huge part in everybody's life.
August 5, 2015

Texas man injured after bullet bounces off armadillo

A Texas man has been hit in the jaw by his own bullet after it bullet ricochetted off an armadillo.
August 4, 2015

Family Well-Being Programme for Migrants

An Introduction to Mindfulness Facilitator: Vanisri Mills (Counsellor)
August 3, 2015

Midwife hoping to make a difference in Nepal

A chance meeting was the catalyst for a Franklin woman's decision to head to Nepal and use her skills to make a difference in the village of Gogane.
July 29, 2015

Quote of the Day

One of the best things about paintings is their silence - which prompts reflection and random reverie.
July 27, 2015

Weird fish washes up on Rabbit Island

It came from the deep with big eyes and sharp teeth, but the marine creature that washed up on Rabbit Island, near Nelson, was more novel than scary.
July 26, 2015

The Wingmen

Now here’s a band that will keep you coming back for more. With Mark in front of the mic you’ll be kept well entertained even between songs!
July 23, 2015

New Zealand's best pie announced

A potato-top pie has won the top pie award at the 19th annual Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards.
July 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

The progression of roles you take strings together a portrait of an actor, but it's a completely random process.
July 19, 2015

The mystery of the foundation stone missing from a historic Wellington church

No-one knows the location of the Old St Paul's Cathedtral foundation stone 150 years after it was laid.
July 16, 2015

Harry Potter Family Quiz Night

Dress up, bring along some snacks and settle in for an evening of 'Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone' questions and activities. Prizes donated by Sail Barbary, AC Baths, Heli Adventure Flights & Huka Falls Jet.
July 15, 2015

Small businesses go social

Jojo Gittings started Two Birds Eatery, her allergy-friendly raw and whole foods café in Hamilton, a year and a half ago. It's in an unlikely location, tucked into the side of her father Bernard Gittings' pub, The Riv, in a corner of the Clyde Street shopping centre. But the café has quickly become a popular spot for many Hamiltonians and is now open seven days a week.
July 15, 2015


Function VenueLinen Hire Hamilton

Phoenix Decoration Hire


North Island Specialists for wedding and event decoration.

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27th October, 2016 - Waikato
Upholstery Waikato

The Cane Factory & Upholstery Shop Ltd


Cane and upholstery supplies, maintenance, recovery and repairs

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26th October, 2016 - Waikato

McGuire Property Management


An experienced property management team in Hamilton to give you the right investment advice.

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26th October, 2016 - Hamilton
Fibreglass Waikato

Mike Shaw Fibreglass


High Quality fibreglass parts manufacture and repairs - Hamilton factory

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26th October, 2016 - Waikato
Beauty Therapy Hamilton

The Skin Spa


Take comfort in the relaxing atmosphere and rejuvenating services of Hamilton's own Body and Skin Boutique Day Spa.

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25th October, 2016 - Hamilton
Signwriters Hamilton



Design, manufacture and install signage solutions to the highest possible standards.

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25th October, 2016 - Hamilton
Plumber Hamilton

Iremonger Plumbing


Solar hot water, drainage, gasfitting and plumbing services located in Hamilton, Cambridge and Waikato

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24th October, 2016 - Hamilton
BlindsSecurity DoorsShowers Waikato

Ahead Home Products


The perfect solution for all your insulation, fly screen, shower door, blind and security door needs.

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24th October, 2016 - Waikato
LandscapingPaintersWater BlastingWelding Waikato

Jacks Maintenance


We offer maintenance for your property, landscaping and improvements.

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24th October, 2016 - Waikato
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23rd October, 2016 - Waikato
Concrete Contractors Hamilton

Polished Concrete Company


Floor and wall coatings and sealants and professional concrete grinding and polishing.

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23rd October, 2016 - Hamilton
Signwriters Waikato

Burgeon Signs


Leading manufactures of Quality Signage Solutions.

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Refrigeration Waikato

Cotter Refrigeration


Servicing the Auckland, North Waikato and Pukekohe regions with light industrial and commercial HVAC Refrigeration engineering

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22nd October, 2016 - Waikato
Fencing Contractors Hamilton

Know a Fence


Waikato wide services from the experienced and professional retaining wall and fence builders.

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22nd October, 2016 - Hamilton
Surveying Hamilton

Rad Surveying


Land development services for subdivisions, resource consent and land surveying.

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21st October, 2016 - Hamilton
Builder Waikato

Watts and Hughes Construction


Approachable, Innovative, Local

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21st October, 2016 - Waikato
Gasfitting Taranaki

Allgas Taranaki Limited


Taranaki gas heating and hot water system installation, from your local experts.

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20th October, 2016 - Taranaki
Garage Doors Waikato

Automatic Door Services


Garage door installation and repair services for either commercial, residential or industrial

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20th October, 2016 - Waikato
Plant Suppliers Waikato

Roach Nurseries


Growing quality healthy rose plants for decades

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19th October, 2016 - Waikato



New in advanced techology KLARO: an energy efficient wastewater system.

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18th October, 2016 - Waikato
Builder Waikato

ASAP Contracting


Building repairs, renovation and alterations, residential, commercial, industrial, rural

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18th October, 2016 - Waikato
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Stock Aid


Leading Online Store for First Aid, Safety, Hygiene and Protective Products in New Zealand

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27th October, 2016 - National
Food products National

Mexican Supplies Limited


Worldwide distributorship of New Zealand grown, GM free corn chips

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25th October, 2016 - National
Business products and services National

Pioneer Group


Environmentally Efficient management of your cardboard recycling and waste. Cardboard compacting & recycling division.

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23rd October, 2016 - National
Safety Equipment National

Gaprie Ltd


Safety net supplier, FASET approved safety net training as required by Worksafe NZ

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21st October, 2016 - National
Safety Equipment National

Action Safety


Safety gear, safety boots and work wear online store. We're New Zealand owned and operated

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20th October, 2016 - National
Paving National

West Stone Quality landscape Products


House Bricks, Patio & Driveway Paving, Retaining Walls, Schist Stone, Decorative Stones, Sandstone Products and many more...

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19th October, 2016 - National
Pest Control National

Pied Piper Products


Rat bait station supplier and wholesaler throughout New Zealand, our bait stations are suited to the NZ environment.

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Local Business Of the Month

Farm supplies Waikato

Aztech Buildings


Request a call for Aztech Buildings.


Haybarn & implement sheds. Workshops & storage. FARM BUILDINGS & MORE...

Covered feed areas. Barns, yards & sheds.EQUINE SHEDS

Horse stables Gorse arenas and covers


Tough rural buildings for farm Modern lifestyle and commercial buildings Kitsets, standard building to fully customised choices.

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Tour companies Waikato

Tukino Skifield


Check out the amazing eastern slopes of Mt. Ruapehu and have a one of a kind skiing experience on the Tukino Ski Field.

Don't spend your time in a waiting line. Come check out the amazing sloops of Tukino and get a more intimate experience with the mountain.

Check out our accommodation options for staying on the mountain, close to the action.

Mountain accommodation.  Click here.

Stay right on Tukino and have the freedom to be able to ski from the front door of your accommodation.Ski lessons?  Click here.

You can ski faster and more expertly through our lessons. Our instructors will help you learn every step of the way.


Ski where the sun shines first!

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17th October, 2016 - Waikato
Pest Control Waikato

Pest Attack Pest Control (Waikato)


See to it that you have a pest free home!

Experts in pest control, making your property completely pest free

If you need expert pest exterminators, contact our team at Pest Attack Pest Control for a trusted and honest services that you can depend on...

 Insect Control

Whether you need fly control, cockroach control, spider control or bedbug control, you can rest assured that our expert insect control specialists can take care of it promptly!Rodent control services

If there are any signs of rats or mice in your property, it is a must that you treat it immediately. You can call our rodent control to treat the problem before it gets worse.Carpet cleaning

Aside from pest control services, we also provide a wide range of carpet cleaning services to make sure that your property will be clean and odor free.


Your home is no place for pests! Providing the protection your home needs with professional pest control services

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16th October, 2016 - Waikato
Kitchen Design Waikato

Sandra Grummitt Design


Want the best in bathroom and kitchen design? We can handle the job, with over 30 years of experience in the Waikato region.

Sandra Grummitt Design is your expert source for modern kitchen and bathroom design in Hamilton.

The bathrooms and kitchens we design are made to suit the clients specific needs and tastes, while surpassing expectations.

Creating unique kitchens!  Click here.

When it comes to your kitchen, don't settle for substandard designs and cheap finishes. Sandra Grummitt can design a kitchen that looks and functions exquisitely while remaining affordable. Designing amazing bathrooms

Don't settle for a mediocre bathroom design that will leave you regretful the next day... Choose Sandra Grummit to design you a flawless, exceptional design that is both beautiful and functional.From concept to reality kitchen and bathroom designs

By teaming up with renown manufacturers from various locations, Sandra Grummitt can take your dream kitchen and bathroom and make them a reality with superb designs and superior craftsmanship.


For more than 30 years we've been your local Waikato kitchen and bathroom design specialists.

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16th October, 2016 - Waikato

Wash Rite


Wash Rite

Wash Rite is hamiltons prefered house washing company that is able to get your house moss and mould free and looking its best, We offer the following services, House washing, apartment washing, driveway washing, roof washing, gutter cleaning, fence cleaning and more , check us out at www.washrite.co.nz

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16th October, 2016 - Waikato
Roofing and Roof Coatings Waikato

VRS Roofing


New coloursteel roofing, metal roofing, aluminium roofing and more for commercial and residential

Have you got a leaky roof? Our team will find the solutions for your problem.

Skylights, A cost effective way of bringing in more light to your home or workplace.

 Need a new roof

Need an experienced and reliable roofer for new corrugated iron roofing, colorbond roofing and all new roof installations. Have a roof that is leaking?!  Click here.

Regardless your roof needs repairs or complete re roofing, we can take care find the best solution and handle the job properly.Skylights for natural light?  Click here.

Create a comfortable home! Take a look at Suntrenz skylights and Velux roof windows for environmentally friendly and economical lighting choices.



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14th October, 2016 - Waikato

National Business Of the Month

Spa and Pool Service National

Trueform Spa Pools


Luxury spa pools made in New Zealand - with 22 different models to choose from!

From compact spas perfect for couples through to large spa pools that are suited to large families and hotels, we offer it all.

You can view your new spa before you buy or customise and build your own spa all online...

 Broad selection of NZ made spa pools

Whether you are after a cozy two-person spa or a larger seven person spa, we give you options with our variety of spa models and pool sizes, ensuring we have the model you need. Customise your own spa pool

With a range of accessories, covers, styles and colours to choose from, our build-your-spa service ensures that you can create a custom spa that is perfectly suited for your requirements and needs.Replacement spa covers?  Click here.

Looking for a brand-new spa cover for your existing spa pool? We have something for spa pools of all makes and models, available at fantastic prices and NZ made!


Made right here in NZ, our luxury spa pool range are perfect for relaxing and relieving stress.

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17th October, 2016 - National
Awnings National

Shade Systems


We are committed to reducing the number of skin cancer cases reported each year in New Zealand through the design and implementation of safe shade structures.

We design our products to feel open and free, with enough room above so as not to feel claustrophobic and so you can still enjoy the pleasure of being outdoors.

Keep enjoying the outdoors and stay safe from the sun with Shade Systems, contact us today to find out more information or make an enquiry.

We care the most for you and the next generation

The struggle of having to constantly be wary of the sun, wearing hats and applying sunscreen can be difficult... But with Shade Systems, we create safe sun solutions that keep you and the family outdoors while reducing the risk.From concept to solution?  Click here.

Our fabric sun shade system solutions are more than simple products, but safeguard against the harms of the sun. You can enjoy time outdoors and remain safe with our sun shades at Shade Systems NZ.Goals of Shade Systems!  Click here.

Our mission is to protect the well being of current and future generations by providing our customers with long lasting, great looking shade structures.


Services for the installation, manufacture, design and repair of sun shade structures.

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15th October, 2016 - National

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