A Kaikohe father goes from couch potato to PhD after his son told classmates he sat and watches TV all day, and police staff will take part in a rely to celebrate 75 years of women in the force. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A Kaikohe father goes from couch potato to PhD after his 5-year-old son told his class all his Dad did was stay home and watch television.

To celebrate the 75 years women have had in the service, a police staff torch relay is being run around New Zealand and will arrive in Rotorua this Friday.

Hawke's Bay locals will soon have another car park to choose from as Napier city's current parking undergoes a reshuffle, with additional space which could provide more than 50 new car parks.

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When most 16-year-olds were figuring out the NCEA system and counting up credits, Tauranga-born Jolene Skeen was off to university, and four years down the track she's heading to Cambodia with a Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia.

Up to $25,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from a house in Carterton on Sunday.