It was with disappointment that I learnt of the cancellation of this festival because some neighbours objected to the traffic noise for a few days in the year and stopped the council from issuing event consent. I wonder if they considered the three years of hard work the owners out into making their property ready for this festival. Did they realise that they were putting over 300 catering, entertainment, ground and driving staff out of work for a week? They have also disappointed over 3000 members of the public from enjoying a day out and cost them part of their fee. They also managed to put the promotional company out of business and into liquidation. Why did you not go on holiday for that week if peace and quiet is so important to you? I hope you can compensate the owners in some way for the chaos and disruption you have caused.
Ahead of peak-tramping season, Police are urging hikers to not underestimate the "hostile" forest and mountains of Waikato.
This comes after a Waikato man, understood to be scouring the Pirongia Forest for a "rock structure", lost his life.
People are urged to plan their hikes carefully, carry equipment that would help them survive the night, and to not underestimate the length of time it takes to get from one place to another.
Rower Brooke Donoghue and rugby union player Luke Jacobson have come out on top at this year's Waipā Networks District Sports Awards.
The event was held on Monday at the Sir Don Rowlands Centre in Karapiro.
READ MORE about the other winners here.
The Melbourne Cup can be seen as an excuse for people to dress to the nines and get so drunk that they often miss seeing the races.
The physical and psychological pain these horses suffer is immense, with the movement against horse racing growing as animal welfare advocates call for change. What do you think? Should horse racing be banned? Vote in the poll below.
30.1% Definitely - it’s inhumane30.1% Complete
14% No - it’s a bit of harmless fun14% Complete
3.9% I don’t have an opinion3.9% Complete
52% Only for those found guilty of abuse52% Complete