The daughter of a former Whanganui politician is jailed for tax fraud, and two teens, armed with knives, are alleged to have robbed a liquor store. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

The daughter of former Whanganui politician Rana Waitai is jailed for tax fraud.

Two boys, aged 13 and 14, armed themselves with knives and robbed a Okaihau liquor store of cigarettes and cash, police say.

More elective surgeries, such as hips and knees, are being operated on in Hawke's Bay, with figures showing there has been a 20 per cent increase in such procedures.

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A Tauranga school's right to get tough on pot-puffing international pupils is under examination after three pupils were excluded from Tauranga Boys' College for smoking marijuana outside of school grounds and time.

Rotorua could be the site of the first tethered helium balloon tourist venture in New Zealand, provided the company behind the idea can find a suitable base for its operations.