It's an idea which mixes the old with the new. We call it: The Hamilton Soapbox.
Starting this Friday, the Waikato Times will invite two candidates standing in this year's Hamilton mayoral race to step onto our soapbox and talk to the people.
No teleprompter. No filters. No props.
Each candidate will be given two minutes to share their vision for the city, and passersby will be encouraged to ask the candidates questions.
What would you like to ask the candidates?
Read more here
A number of significant infrastructure projects in and around Hamilton are aligning to deliver a massive boost to the city and region.
Hamilton East list MP Jamie Strange even predicted the city will overtake both Wellington and Christchurch to become the country's second biggest city in 30 years.
Dallas Fisher, chair of regional economic development agency Te Waka, said he knew of one major Waikato construction company that had 37 projects in the works.
The region is "ready to pop".
What's your view on all the development coming our way? How do you think it will affect your daily life? Read more here
Non-urgent patients are asked not to show up at Hamilton's emergency department unless they have a health emergency.
Waikato Hospital is so full that some non-urgent surgery is being postponed. People who are unwell but don't need to go to ED can visit their GP, local urgent care centre, or call Healthline 0800 611 116.
Those who need immediate or urgent help should dial 111, or go straight to the Waikato Hospital Emergency Department.
Hi Neighbours, could you imagine cows floating down the Waikato River?
These cows are floating on Europe's largest port, in another effort to make cattle farming more sustainable. The owners call it the world's first 'floating farm'. It's in Rotterdam and they want it to minimize waste and land use, and also bring food production closer to the city.
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