The mystery of itching skin and bright red rashes among Bay of Plenty beachgoers looks to be over and a man is bound, gagged and robbed after falling asleep in his home with the doors open are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

The cause of itching and bright red rashes among beachgoers in the Bay of Plenty appears to have been discovered. You won't believe what it is.

An Aramoho man was bound, gagged and robbed last week after falling asleep at home watching TV with his doors open.

The sporting future of Hawke's Bay has received a huge boost with the financial backing that will help establish a high-performance sport system in the region.

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Rotorua's Valentines Restaurant goes into liquidation and closes down, resulting in the loss of 22 jobs.

Does alphabetical order on a voting sheet really matter? Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai wants candidate names to be listed in a random order to eliminate bias ahead of the October triennial Local Government Elections.

Martinborough's Waihinga Centre has been given the green light to press ahead with stage one, despite opposition. The $5.1 million project includes trengthening and refurbishing the historic town hall, a new extension and landscaping.