Thieves steal a fully laden charity box for sick children and a mysterious Chinese plane drops in to Hawke's Bay Airport for a visit are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A Bay man who collects money for sick children is disgusted and appalled after thieves stole a fully laden charity box from his store overnight.

Mystery surrounds the Chinese airbus which arrived at Hawke's Bay Airport yesterday. Speculation has risen on twitter as to who might be on board, from Chinese investors to Neil Diamond.

Two lucky kiwis in Opotiki and Horowhenua will be celebrating a midweek windfall after each winning $500,000 with Lotto First Division in last night's live Lotto draw.

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An Australian skipper is fined $3000 after hiding fruit, vegetables and meat on her boat instead of declaring them to a quarantine officer in the Bay of Islands.

Vietnam veteran Robert "Tweet" Bird will receive a 2016 UCOL Council Honours Award for his work with the Rimutaka crossing re-enactment.