Stories making headlines around the regions today include an 8-year-old boy who told councillors his opinion and graduate with the world at his feet - again.

A Tauranga boy impressed local councillors after plucking up the courage to deliver a passionate speech.

A recent Waikato University graduate and maths whiz has been snapped up by Google for a second time.

Geothermal activity in Rotorua has forced the closure of a road, take a look at
photos and a video here.

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Meanwhile, Hastings Superette owners have suffered the second blow in less than a week.

Movie mogul Peter Jackson is at it again.... this time in collaboration with the National Army museum.

Whangarei is the first city in New Zealand to have entered a new digital era.

Has your car been broken into recently? Here are some tips on how to keep your car safe.