A Hastings man has won over $30,00 after catching a 8.165kg snapper at the 90 Mile Snapper Bonanza, and Social Housing and State Services Minister Paula Bennett is met by protesters as she arrives in Whanganui for a meeting. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A Hastings angler reels in $32,000 after catching the biggest snapper at the 90 Mile Snapper Bonanza. The fish weighted in at 8.165kg.

Social Housing and State Services Minister Paula Bennett was greeted by a dozen protesters as she arrived in Whanganui this morning for a meeting.

Pranksters added bright orange decorations to the spinifex sculpture at the Papamoa entrance to the Tauranga Eastern Link. The 8m spinifex, created from power poles, had five road cones added to some of its spikes.

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The Whangarei lawyer who was the star of Kiwi movie classic Good Bye Pork Pie says he would love a cameo in the remake of the iconic film.

A three-day MaiBiz workshop held at Wairarapa College yielded almost a dozen new business ideas and products as 130 students at the school took part.