First-time city councillor Sarah Thomson is expecting her first baby in June.
She and husband Lloyd Stockman are very happy and excited, she said - and council staffers have offered to help look after baby if needed.
Read more here.
We’ve just released our draft 10-year strategy, and we’d like you to tell us if we’ve got it right.
The new draft strategy is geared at pushing us towards our vision for the mighty Waikato of “empowering our people, caring for our place”.
We’re interested in your thoughts on this new vision and whether you think our six strategic priorities – water, climate, biodiversity, coastal and marine, sustainable infrastructure, transport connections – are the right issues to focus our effort on over the next decade.
Please share your thoughts with us. The survey is open until 1 March.
A leaky gas heater sent six people from Melville to hospital - one in serious condition.
Firefighters were called to the smell of gas and found a leaky heater at the scene.
The poisoning has prompted calls to ban heaters like the one involved - something which has already happened in Canada and most of Europe.
(Note: the image of the heater is a file photo, to show the kind of heaters referred to.)
Do you think gas heaters should be banned?
50% Yes, they're too dangerous.50% Complete
50% No, people need to learn where and how to use them.50% Complete
0% Other - explain in the comments.0% Complete