MineWatch Northland springs into protest action hours after Evolution Mining announces it will start explorative drilling for gold, and Waihi College becomes the first secondary school to run a sexual consent workshop. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Only hours after Evolution Mining announced it was starting explorative drilling for gold at Puhipuhi, MineWatch Northland had organised protest action.

Waihi College has become the first secondary school in the Bay of Plenty to roll out an ACC sexual consent workshop aimed at preventing sexual and dating violence.

A major sponsorship commitment, $250,000 over the next five years, will keep the Hawke's Bay Regional Sports Park maintained and boost its coffers.

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Unison Networks' new Waipa zone substation is now live, marking a significant milestone in a large-scale project that will enable local timber company, Red Stag Timber, to double its annual production.

A man who sparked an armed offenders squad call-out and helicopter search after making threats with an imitation rifle in Martinborough has been sentenced to home detention.

A name left among a pile of rubbish dumped at the South Beach parking area could lead to the eventual prosecution of those responsible.