A penguin named Happy Feet is nursed back to health and a $7.1 million winning Powerball ticket remains unclaimed are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A penguin which just days ago could barely move has been nursed back to its feet and is living up to his new nickname - Happy Feet.

Tauranga eagerly awaits as its $7.1 million winning Powerball Lotto ticket remains unclaimed nearly 36 hours after the live draw on Wednesday night.

Rotorua's Mark Wilson is awarded the title of 2016 UK New Zealander of the Year.

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The symbolic kohatu [rock] now atop Mount Parihaka was given the royal treatment when it was airlifted in, shrouded from public view and assigned its own personal security guard overnight.

Northland motorists flouting parking regulations have racked up nearly $300,000 in unpaid fines in the last year.

Around 500 people gathered around as Prime Minister John Key unveiled the statue of Charles Rooking Carter, the founder of Carterton.