Tiwha Rota was in the grip of a gram-a-day methamphetamine addiction when he got himself a shotgun and walked into a Hamilton pizza store in a bid to find funds to feed his habit. It was 9pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 and Avalon Pizza was about to close up for the night. The store manager – who was pregnant at the time – was out the back cleaning up, and her partner had gone in to help her. He was standing near the front counter when Rota entered. Rota was wearing a hoodie and holding what appeared on CCTV footage to be a double-barrelled shotgun. “Open the till. Give me the f...ing money. Give me the money,” he yelled. The man behind the counter was not a store employee and did not know how to open the till. Unable to get his hands on the cash directly, Rota grabbed the entire till in his hands and ran off. It is not known how much – if any – cash was inside the machine. Hamilton police tracked down and charged the 36-year-old with aggravated robbery soon … [Read more...] about Pizza store gunman takes off with till in closing time robbery
It started as a few spare food items in a trolley, now a full-fledged kai shed by Ra Stucki’s front gate helps feed a rural Waikato town. And with inflation at nearly 7% and running at a thirty year high, Ra’s home-spun generosity is hitting home in her small community of Te Aroha. Smiling from the steps of her front porch, Stucki is a bright face surrounded by her vibrant terracotta coloured home, gardens and art galore . She and husband Frank are in their 80s and retired, and decided to open the community food shed with hopes that they could make a small impact on Te Aroha. It is from here that Stucki is giving back to her community in any way she can. READ MORE: Cost of living: 'Hideous' rising food costs hit shoppers in the pocket What chefs eat at home: Pasta with butter braised leeks Eighty-year-old self-taught artist features in Waikato exhibition Kai for Kaiapoi: North Canterbury woman delivering kai to those in need Stucki noticed the hardship … [Read more...] about Ra’s inflation busting kai shed is a magnet for hungry people in rural Waikato
With its industrial frame, rustic complexion and vintage woodwork, the Bootleg Brewery and Tap Room is home to music, chatter and the lingering aroma of beer. Waikato’s Bootleg has featured for the first time on the New World Beer & Cider Awards’ top 30 list, among some of Aotearoa’s finest beverages. With an “under-promise, over-deliver” approach, the brewery is making a name for itself. “It’s amazing … for us, it’s significant, it’s huge,” co-owner Fraser Graafhuis said. READ MORE: Top taprooms: Hopping around Waikato's diverse craft beer scene Eateries for every occasion in Hamilton History: The dead tell tales Born and raised in Hamilton, business partners Fraser Graafhuis and Jaden Hatwell struck up a friendship while they were both at Hamilton Boys’ High School. The pair would each find conventional jobs as a planner and insurance broker until the brewery industry came calling, and they thought ‘why not?’ “Myself, Simon [Graafhuis] and my little … [Read more...] about ‘Under-promise, over-deliver’ strategy proves winner for Waikato brewery
A team of scientists is assessing Dunedin's earthquake potential and what lies below the city, using knowledge from the Canterbury quakes. PAUL GORMAN reports. After a mild start, Tuesday April 9, 1974 soon turned showery and cool in Dunedin, with a high of about 13 degrees Celsius. The big news on the front of the Otago Daily Times (price 6c) that day was the city council's decision to increase parking fees by up to 50 per cent, with metered parking to cost 30c for two hours. There were doubts about the origins of historic ship timbers found in the Portobello mudflats and reports of deadlock over efforts to improve pedestrian safety outside St Paul's Cathedral at the top of the Octagon. It was just two months after the end of the hugely successful Commonwealth Games up the road in Christchurch. A pint of milk cost 4c and Labour prime minister Norman Kirk had about four months to live. Darkness fell about 6.45pm and many switched on their black-and-white televisions to … [Read more...] about Could Dunedin be hit by a large, local earthquake?