A Hare Krishna monk who is walking New Zealand from Bluff to Cape Reinga is on the final leg of his journey, and the man who painted an 8m high mural of Prince in his hometown has been invited to a private memorial tribute to the singer. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A drum and a small bag in tow, Hare Krishna monk Yasoda Dulal is on the last leg of his journey to walk from Bluff to Cape Reinga.

The former Motiti Island man who painted an 8m high mural of Prince has been invited to a private memorial tribute to the great performer.

The decision to spend an extra $36.9 million on the Ruataniwha dam in the face of overwhelming public opposition, could be left up to a new council.

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About 80 locals braved the rain and jumped into Tikitapu (Blue Lake) yesterday to raise funds for the Rotorua Life Education Trust.

Two dental assistants and their boss are heading to Vanuatu next month to bring dental care to the people of the South Pacific.