An apple grown in the Hawke's Bay has broken the record for being the crunchiest apple in the world and for the second time this summer shellfish on Northland's west coast have been found to carry poisoning toxins are just two of the stories from around the regions today.

The crunchiest apple in the world has been found, and it was grown in Hawke's Bay. The record-setting apple, a SweeTango, measured a 79.1db by a certified sound engineer.

People are being warned not to collect or eat any shellfish from Northland's west coast as they have shown unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins.

A Whakatane woman has become the first person in the Southern Hemisphere to have life-changing surgery to improve her vision by implanting a tiny telescope into her eye.


A group of 19 dancers has raised $54,000 for their trip to dance at Disneyland next month.

A Whanganui group called The Hot Pink Flamingos has raised at least $6000 in the lead up to the Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

A Featherston teenager has pleaded guilty to attempting to set fire to the town's petrol station. The 18-year-old was also charged with shoplifting, burglary and unlawfully being in an enclosed yard.