Rotorua's controversial Lumbercube mill closes down, and Hawke's Bay looks set for a much needed downpour to save the region from a winter drought. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Rotorua's controversial Lumbercube mill on the eastern suburbs of the city has been closed down.

A heavy rain warning for the Hawke's Bay should come just in time to save the region from a potential winter drought.

A formal apology has been issued by the Tauranga City Council for failing to decommission the sludge pond at the Te Maunga sewerage treatment works.

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It's the Northland go-to wine for a girls' night out, but now the ubiquitous Longview White Diamond has more or less disappeared from local liquor sellers thanks to strong interest from the Chinese.

Whanganui man Mark Goodier is taking the Earthquake Commission (EQC) to court over his claim after the Whanganui flood last June.