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.
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.