A look at some of the stories making headlines around the regions today, including customers who came to the aid of a bashed dairy owner and two boys who cycle the equivalent of a return trip from Wellington to Auckland five times in a year just to get to school.
Quick-thinking customers rushed to Kiran Mistry's aid as he chased two robbers down the street with blood pouring from a head wound.
In one week 14-year-old Chris and his 13-year-old brother cycle the equivalent of a journey between Hastings and Wairakei just north of Taupo - just to get to school.
Forty archaeological sites have been discovered as work on the Bay of Plenty's largest roading project reaches its final stages - but so far no human remains.
Vandals targeting Masterton Town Square will come under the spotlight with the installation of temporary surveillance cameras.
A Whangarei man jailed for growing cannabis in two shipping containers says police deliberately set him up.
And finally at 490kg Turakina is home to the world's biggest pumpkin.