The Bay could be the backdrop for an international movie or soap opera if a plan to grow the television and film industry in the area wins support from the locals, and the teaching of te reo Maori in schools is being hampered by a shortage of fluent teachers. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

The Bay could be the backdrop for a television soap opera or an international movie if a plan to grow the film and television industry in the Bay wins support.

The teaching of te reo Maori in mainstream schools is being hampered by a shortage of fluent teachers, who are being snapped up by total immersion schools.

The two companies charged in relation to works carried out on the Waihi Dam, and the subsequent discharge of silt into the Waihi and Waiau Rivers, can now be named.

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An unloaded firearm was pointed and fired at a group of school students walking on a Whangarei street to a sporting event.

News that initial assessments show six Land Trust Masterton owned business buildings have failed to reach earthquake safety standards came as a "bombshell" to long-time trustee Chris Peterson.