A thief with a knife got more than he bargained for when a mother, and Tauranga store owner, pulled out a baseball bat and two Australian tourists are rescued while clinging to their capsized dinghy are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

"Give me the cigarettes or I'll kill you." A brave mother, and Tauranga store owner, fights off a knife attack with a baseball bat from underneath the counter.

Two Australian tourists were rescued off Lake Kuratau yesterday evening after their dinghy capsized.

Northland's marine mammals have had visitors and locals marvelling as two orca pods entertained people off the region's east and west coasts within hours of each other.

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Masterton A&P Association has said it was a "no-brainer" to dump Event Fun Unlimited from this year's show calendar after six children were injured in the collapse of the contractor's giant inflatable slide last year.