City News

​​​​​​​​​​​​​City News is Hamilton City Council’s newspaper for our city residents. It is published in the second week of each month and delivered to all letterboxes across Hamilton.

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May 2016

Inside this issue:​

  • Arbor Day an ideal team activity
  • Time to think about standing for Council
  • Honouring Hamilton's first women councillors
  • Two fluoride-free taps available for residents
  • Maaori King awarded city's top honour
  • Linking the city to the expressway
  • What to do about speeding drivers
  • Hamilton leading the way for safety around schools
  • Waiwhakareke – a potted history
  • New system to keep path users informed
  • We will remember them
  • Victoria on the River underway
  • Jayne's job stint proves invaluable
  • Dig this – busy time for turf team
  • New artwork in CBD

​ City News - May 2016​​​​ ​(PDF, 7.5MB)​​​​

April 2016

Inside this issue:​

  • Public to have a say on future of Founders
  • Theatre's flying system historic technology
  • Safety the priority in Founders closure
  • Events shifted to new venues
  • A journey through the years
  • Big turnout expected at ANZAC Day services
  • Popping their hands up
  • Riders remember fallen horses
  • Students urged to be smart about parking choices
  • ​Pawfect day at the pool
  • Soft plastics recycling service launched in Hamilton
  • Helping Hamilton get smart with water conservation
  • Driving a safer community
  • Generation Y could hold power in local elections
  • Enderley Community Centre repairs planned
  • Victoria on the River development gets underway
  • Return to base
  • Treaty Workshop open to everyone

  ​City News - April 2016​​​​ ​(PDF, 5.8MB)​​​

March 2016

Inside this issue:​

  • Flush of grass grows in a flash
  • Playground design for Dominion Park
  • Heritage park focus for Arbor Day
  • Pesky pests
  • Dumping in parks no dirty secret
  • Guided tours a success at Gardens
  • Cemetery tour
  • Chinese celebration marks 30-year anniversary
  • Gardens well on way to meet target
  • Tribute to Gardens' benefactor
  • Putting smiles on the faces of city children
  • Partnerships help fulfil Hamilton's potential
  • River Plan action ramping up
  • Hamilton Zoo
  • Making biking an everyday Hamilton experience
  • What's on in Hamilton

    City News - March 2016​​​​ ​(PDF, 5.3MB)​​​

February 2016

Inside this issue:​

  • Leaks in the spotlight over summer
  • Museum plan looks to future
  • Entrepreneur a role model for local business
  • Safety improvements for Dinsdale roundabout
  • Hefty fines for Hamilton's illegal rubbish dumpers
  • Safer biking as work begins on Ohaupo Rd path
  • Huge investment in the city's infrastructure
  • ​Work starts on vital water link​
  • Reservoir transformed into work of art
  • Spreading the water-saving message
  • New floating platform secured city water supply
  • Water restrictions - what do they mean?
  • Out and about
  • Library to remain open during repaint project​
  • Love your bike on Valentine's Day
  • What's on in Hamilton

  City News - February 2016​​​​ ​(PDF, 3.68MB)​​​

December 2015​​

Inside this issue:​

  • Family first fro Christmas e-card competition winner
  • Children's Fun Week cures school holiday boredom
  • Competition for lighting up Christmas
  • Get your skates on
  • Hamilton brings Christmas to man's best friend
  • Events add magic to festive season
  • Ong ring road to bind them all
  • Safety first on Hamilton's roads
  • Tidy-up at Queens Ave and Killarney Rd Intersection
  • Information day for Waikato's biggest roading project
  • Seventy years an official city
  • Civic Awards celebrate Hamiltonians contributions
  • Plan provides a blueprint for Frankton's future
  • New property valuations for city homeowners
  • More good news for the Biking Plan
  • Welsh rugby team heads for Hamilton
  • Out and About
  • Blind app at libraries​
  • Come on, have a go
  • What's on in Hamilton Christmas City

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Unfortunately some of the information include​d in the property revaluation article on page five was incorrect. This has been corrected in the online version. We apologise for this oversight and any inconvenience this may have caused.​

November 2015​​

Inside this issue:​

  • Keep your lawn lush this summer
  • Spotlight on using water wisely
  • Water alerts - what do they mean?
  • Calls for comment on the Ruakura Variation
  • Christmas competition for creative kids
  • Students dive into a career at the pools
  • Positive feedback from public open day
  • Honouring Hamilton's unsung war heros
  • Water main contract underway but water savings crucial
  • Helping others with music
  • Trust Waikato gifts Art and Taonga Collection
  • Call for new advisory group members
  • Guidelines for Guy Fawkes
  • Mowing teams spring into action
  • What's on in Hamilton

  City News - November 2015​​​ ​(PDF, 5.88MB)​​​

October 2015​​

Inside this issue:​

  • City finances in great shape
  • Driving a great road and biking network
  • Smarter parking Hamilton's Business District
  • Samantha Kudeweh, Hamilton Zoo curator, 1972-2015
  • Soaring to new heights
  • Transforming the central city
  • Ideas wanted for new city playground
  • Hamilton​ Lake Domain in spring
  • Council decisions and public notices
  • What's on in Hamilton

  City News - October 2015​​​ ​(PDF, 9.02MB)​

September 2015​​

Inside this issue:​

  • A new destination playground
  • Victoria Street gets a floral facelift
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  • National awards for Hamilton City Transport Alliance
  • FMG adds name to city's stadium
  • New products at Hamilton pools
  • Sculpture of King unveiled at museum
  • Mayor hosts students from Japanese sister city
  • Councillors ShakeOut around town
  • Artists sought
  • Animals from Osaka to Ellis Street
  • Forum connects Council with Hamilton communities
  • Development plans for two parks go public
  • Out and About
  • Positive outlook for aspiring triathlete
  • Policy review aims to reduce number of gambling venues for city
  • What's on in Hamilton

  City News - September 2015​​ ​(PDF, 3.74MB)

August 2015​​

Inside this issue:​

  • Western Rail Trail coming to Hamilton
  • Western Rail Trail links Melville, Deanwell and Glenview t
  • o city
  • Visionary plan for biking in the city
  • Major roading projects set f
  • or com
  • n
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  • Historic CBD Building up for Sale by Tender
  • Waikato's Mooloo men cranking up for ITM cup
  • Don't get burnt this winter, make sure your fire is installed correctly
  • Bravery awards given to river rescuers
  • Classical music recital goes down a treat
  • Positive partnerships improve safety in the city
  • Driving force in the development of arts in Hamilton dies
  • Hamilton honey scores sweet silver at national awards
  • Jess' job juggling keeps her busy​
  • What's on in Hamilton

Unfortunately there were a small number of spelling errors in the August print edition of City News. These have been corrected in the online version. We apologise for the mistakes and any inconvenience this may have caused.​

July 2015​​

Inside this issue:​

  • Gardens set to flourish thanks to Lottery
  • What we've planned
  • Surreal appeal of the Tronite
  • We still need your support
  • Gardens' long-life friends
  • Celebrating the achievements of 30 under 30
  • Walker a whiz with the ref's whistle
  • r
  • Heritage Plan looks back to the future
  • Temple View roading upgrade breaks for winter
  • Exhibition explored the inside of us
  • Garden Place to shine for Matariki celebrations
  • Hamilton's biking plans receive major boost
  • Stair upgrade gives a welcome boost to cyclists
  • School kids safe to be seen
  • Out and about
  • What's on in Hamilton

June 2015​​

Inside this issue:

  • Mural adds colour to Hamilton
  • Hamilton makes the move to a capital value rating system
  • Your new-look rates invoice
  • Your rates in action
  • Ankle-deep in nature's seasonal change
  • Setting the financial direction for the city
  • Visiting Ambassadors and High Commissioners
  • Football and Fieldays make for a busy week
  • FIFA-inspired exhibition celebrates the beautiful game
  • From Montevideo to Beeres​court
  • i-SITE plan "fantastic trip" for overseas tourists​
  • Paying for your​ pooch registration made easy
  • Hamilton Biking plan - have your
  • say
  • Calling all Hamilton artists
  • Council gets the consents tick
  • Peace Tiles welcomed home
  • Mural adds light, colour and energy to blue bridge
  • What's on in Hamilton

May 2015​​


Inside this issue:

  • ANZAC Day honoured in style
  • The central city transformation begins
  • Public input sought for skate track
  • City prepares for FIFA U-20 kick off
  • Rules around the pitch
  • Dig this! Arbor Day
  • Residents urged to consider neighbours when lighting backyard fires
  • Out and About
  • Management Plan review for Hamilton Lake Domain
  • 10-Year Plan - have your say
  • What's on in Hamilton

April 2015​​


10-Year Plan special edition:

  • Our plan for the next decade
  • Growth - a challenge and an opportunity
  • Right investment, right time
  • Priority projects
  • Community projects
Other articles:
  • Waterworld the perfect base for Aquaferns
  • Innovation Park companies show growth
  • A time to remember
  • Telling it like it was
  • Drivers putting young pedestrians at risk
  • What's on in Hamilton

March 2015​​


Inside this issue:

  • Rototuna ​reservoir​​ gets green light
  • Hamilton the perfect choice
  • Volunteers' poppy power
  • Passion and pride for Hamilton
  • New immigrant's guide a valuable to​​​​
  • ol
  • Balloons set to roar with animal theme
  • Out and About
  • Council decisions​
  • What's on in Hamilton


 20 February 2015


Inside this issue:

  • Be smart with your summer water use
  • New-look Hamilton City News on its way
  • The sweet sound of success
  • Turkish link to Hamilton statue
  • Waikato Stadium impresses footballers
  • No rest for trialling Black Sox
  • The community shares their dreams for Frankton
  • What's on in Hamilton

​​​City News - 20 February 2015.pdf

6 February 2015​

​​Inside this issue:
  • Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival
  • African theme extends beyond the pitch
  • Hamilton bursting with world-class events
  • Give biking a go at Bike Wise
  • New-look City News
  • What's on in Hamilton

23 January 2015

Inside this issue:
  • History unfolds in Tudor Garden
  • Sprinkler water restrictions in place
  • Preparations for World War 1 100-year commemorations begin
  • Alex on the ball with new mural
  • Get prepared for an emergency
  • Making a splash at city pools

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12 December 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Ice-free skating rink slides into Christmas Place
  • Business as usual
  • Claudelands crowned supreme venue
  • Tip top tuatara
  • Be safe with swimming​ pools
  • Makeover season for the city's roads 
  • Use your head, stop on red 
  • What's on in Christmas Place

City News 12 December 2014​​ (PDF, 4400KB)​​


28 November 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Hamilton Christmas City
  • Hamilton knows how to party
  • Smashing good time
  • Time to get smart with your water use
  • Disability awareness
  • Mammal milestone
  • What's on Hamilton listings

City News 28 November 2014​​ (PDF, 1550KB)​​

14 November 2014

Inside this issue:

150th city birthday edition

City News 14 November 2014​​ - 150th edition (PDF, 10300KB)​​​

31 October 2014

Inside this issue:

Special River Plan edition

er Plan (PDF, 5019KB)​​​

17 October 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Dancing in the street
  • Catalogue showcases city's public art collection
  • Go with the flow at open day
  • Keeping kids safe with dogs
  • Pretty in pink at refurbished Seddon Park
  • Rating review decision date extended
  • Thoughtful progress on Ring Road link to gardens
  • Stadium track project under starter's orders
  • What's on Hamilton listings

City News 17 October 2014​​ (PDF, 730KB)​​

3 October 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Bellbird song heard in city reserve
  • Plenty of play at Lake Domain
  • Range of engagement and consultations go live
  • High energy performance promised on city's birthday
  • Public feedback sought on Council's draft proposal to sell its pensioner housing
  • The future of Hamilton Zoo explored
  • What's on Hamilton listings

City News 03 October 2014​​ (PDF, 1600KB)​​

19 September 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Tourism surge set to continue
  • Hamilton City Council names new CEO
  • Park neighbours' feedback sought on dog exercise​ areas
  • Libraries' new app a tour of the city's past
  • Cycle-friendly path rolling ahead
  • Schools invited to adopt a decade for city birthday party
  • Parana Park bridge repairs
  • Get Ready Week highlights the need to plan for emergency
  • What's on in Hamilton

City News 19 September 2014​ (PDF, 2280KB)​

05 September 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Hamilton Central City Safety Plan launched
  • November party for all Hamiltonia​ns
  • On the road to completion
  • Sporty September for city's east
  • Plans sets exciting future​ direction for libraries
  • Civic award applications now open
  • Officially celebrating 150 years
  • What's on in Hamilton

City News 05 September 2014​ (PDF, 788KB)​

22 August 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Celebrating 150 years
  • Council finances reveal excellent performance
  • Park pranks a pr
  • oblem
  • t
  • Have your say on capital value proposal
  • Next Council meeting held at The Link
  • Hamilton's song competition winner announced
  • What's on in Hamilton

City News 22 August 2014​ (PDF, 0.68MB)​

08 August 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Happy birthday Hamilton
  • The Mods are back in town!
  • Descendants to attend civic fun
  • ction
  • Key August events
  • Proposal to change to capital value rating 
  • Cemeteries review​ underway
  • Gully growth the reward for hard work
  • What's on in Hamilton

City News 08 August 2014​ (PDF, 1MB)​

25 July 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Much needed maintenance for Anglesea St
  • Public invited to see rugby legend receive city award
  • District Plan shapes a prosperous future for Hamilton
  • Got no time? View it online
  • Celebrating Maaori Language Week
  • The challenges for our growing city
  • New plaque reveals Captain Hamilton's history
  • School kids benefit from Water Safety NZ grant
  • What's on in Hamilton

City News 25 July​ 2014 (PDF, 0.79MB)​

Correction: Page three's story about Captain Hamilton contains some inccorect information. It reports that William Module was Captain Hamilton’s commanding officer. Colonel Moule (correct spelling) was not Captain Hamilton’s commanding officer. Moule was army, Hamilton was navy. 

11 July 2014

Inside this issue:
  • For the love of trees
  • Hamilton first city to produce braille map
  • Roundabout respect
  • Rating review update
  • Cricket volunteers sought
  • Canine corner
  • Decisions made on Proposed District Plan
  • Call for WW1 information to the Waikato community
  • FIFA U20 tickets now on public sale
  • Finding the right song
  • What's on in Hamilton

City News 11 July​ 2014 (PDF, 1.53MB)

28 June 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Annual Plan adopted
  • Campbell Smith receives city award
  • Safer streets
  • Survey to help plan for people & pooch-friendly parks
  • Libraries review
  • Hamilton recovers quickly from storm
  • Memories flow at reunion
  • What's on in Hamilton

City News 28 June 2014 (PDF, 3.13MB)

14 June 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Fieldays bring in the big bucks
  • Maintenance closure for Gallagher Aquatic Centre
  • Arbor Day success
  • Council, Tainui deal progresses pathway repairs
  • Brewery produces birthday wine and beer
  • What's on in Hamilton

City News 14 June 2014 (PDF, 3.13MB)

30 May 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Libraries looking to the future
  • River Plan Open Day
  • Water improvements for Dinsdale
  • Claudelands secures Dylan concert
  • Birthday song competition now open
  • Heritage Advisory Panel meets for the first time
  • Register your dog online and win
  • Gum tree removal at Innes Common
  • What's on in Hamilton

City News 30 May 2014 (PDF, 3.35MB)

16 May 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Wairere Drive hits key milestone
  • National Contemporary Art Award entries open
  • Panda pair out and about
  • Increasing safety in our central city
  • Big changes for Seddon Park
  • Mother's Day at the Zoo
  • What's on in Hamilton

ws 16 May 2014​ (PDF, 3.22MB)

2 May 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Water Alert Levels now lifted
  • Council defers alcohol policy decision
  • Call goes out for Arbor Day 2014 participants
  • Fluoride judicial review
  • Libraries review in early stages
  • FIFA trophy tour rolls through
  • City roundabouts reflect 150th birthday year
  • Templeview update
  • Draft 2014/15 Annual Plan update
  • Building staff recognised at BOINZ awards
  • ​What's on in Hamilton​​

City News 2 May 2014 (PDF, 3.24MB)

19 April  2014

Inside this issue:
  • Careful planning to ensure ANZAC Day success
  • Making our streets safer
  • Parks in Pictures winners
  • Royal visit 2014
  • Fluroide returns
  • Volunteers siught for Cricket World Cup
  • Award for District Plan
  • Enthusiastic youth chosen for Youth Council
  • What's on in Hamilton

4 April 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Summary of the draft 2014/15 Annual Plan

23 March 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Customer Service Centre get a makeover
  • Balloon festival joins birthday celebration
  • Orchestra's journey a logistical challenge
  • Free under 5s proposal clarified
  • Neighbours Day a chance to build community spirit
  • Older Persons' Advisory Panel appointed
  • TV Takeback programme ending
  • What's on in Hamilton

Friday 7 March  2014

Inside this iss
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  • Strong message on legal highs
  • Hamilton ideal host for national swim meet
  • Tune into musical history
  • 40km/h areas in place
  • Escalator removal opens up library space
  • Hamilton Facebook gets the thumbs up
  • Local Alcohol Policy update
  • What's on in Hamilton

Friday 21 February 2014

Inside this issue:
  • Free Bike Wise fun
  • 'Legal highs' decision-making process underway
  • Making out streets safer for everyone
  • Parks Week all about appreciation
  • Wastewater Plant update
  • Draft Annual Plan process underway
  • What's on in Hamilton


Friday 7 February  2014

Inside this issue:
  • Hamilton Zoo's new kid on the block
  • Council moves to restrict legal highs sooner
  • Warrior Sam is hometown poster boy
  • Festival preparations... by the truckload
  • A positive step towards a more accessible Hamilton
  • Blast from our past
  • What's on in Hamilton
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