Eleven automatic weapons are stolen from a Dargaville property, and an elderly Paengaroa is discharged without conviction after his dog mauled his 6-year-old grandson. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Eleven automatic weapons - including submachine guns and assault rifles - are stolen from a gun safe at a Dargaville property.

Tears of relief flowed when an elderly Paengaroa man whose dog mauled his 6-year-old grandson was discharged without conviction.

Once an egg-stealing youngster and now a household name, British comedian and birdwatcher Bill Oddie OBE is in the Bay to share his tales.

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Illegal rubbish dumping in and around Rotorua has been described as "escalating at an alarming rate", prompting calls for more to be done about the issue.

A team of six Greenpeace activists locked themselves to a truck to block access to the Mars Petcare factory in Whanganui this morning.