Rangitikei District Council receives a $7000 bill for 10 years worth of lawn mowing outside their property, and a Whangarei man buys his first home in Northland's most sought-after suburb for under $400k. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A resident has sent a cheeky $7000 bill to Rangitikei District Council for mowing the grass outside their property. The invoice sent in by one ratepayer was for 10 years of work keeping the berm tidy.

A Whangarei nurse has landed his first home in the most sought-after suburb in Northland for just $356,000.

Three lucky people drove away in their own brand new Hyundai cars yesterday thanks to the Napier RSA's lottery that raised money for its educational trust.

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The Tauranga City Council was forced to shut down its entire computer system after receiving a cyber threat from overseas yesterday. The shut down caused problems for anyone attempting to pay a bill online.

A farming community near Rotorua, reeling from being hit by burglars, has called an urgent public meeting to find its own solutions.