Best-known for its towering smoke stacks and a dilapidated sign for a department store, Huntly is a place where locals say things are actually looking up - it's a town on the move. The riverside settlement has a not-so-proud history of being a lazy punchline, but Waikato News reporter Tom Rowland and editor Peter Tiffany find a town determined to have the last laugh.

The small Waikato town of Huntly (population 10,300) sits astride the Waikato River as it heads north to the Tasman Sea with State Highway 1 and the main trunk rail line running side by side just


Huntly needs new hit

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