NZ@Noon: Tie-wearing revolt, big win

FORMAL: A request by Hawke's Bay Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson for male councillors to wear ties was not taken up by Rex Graham and Tom Belford. PHOTOS/GLENN TAYLOR
FORMAL: A request by Hawke's Bay Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson for male councillors to wear ties was not taken up by Rex Graham and Tom Belford. PHOTOS/GLENN TAYLOR

Stories making headlines around the regions today include councillors disagreeing over tie-wearing rules and a man who couldn't wipe the grin off his face after winning the big prize on a scratch card.

Two Hawke's Bay regional councillors have defied their chairman's request to wear ties to meetings.

A Rotorua man is planning a dream South Island road trip after winning a $100,000 Instant Kiwi prize.

A court has ruled that police have failed to prove allegations a young woman driver was texting at the time of a fatal crash.

A man who tried to stop Michael Laws from running for mayor has pleaded guilty to blackmail.

It is a miracle no one was killed in a crash that left a truck on its side in a Pukehina paddock and three people in hospital yesterday, police say.

Police are warning people to pay attention on the roads ahead of the holiday season after yesterday's crash. Photo/Joel Ford.
Police are warning people to pay attention on the roads ahead of the holiday season after yesterday's crash. Photo/Joel Ford.


A natural gas leak that led to the partial evacuation of Kamo was caused by a driver-less bus rolling 50m backwards after its handbrake was left off.

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